Dated: 29 Oct 2011
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Over a million workers are entering the final week of their vote on whether to join the mass strike on 30 November.
Some 400 workers blocked the entrances of the Balfour Beatty site at Blackfriars in central London this morning, Wednesday.
There were brutal scenes at Dale Farm in Essex last week as police evicted Travellers from their homes.
Travellers have faced racism for centuries. As early as the 16th century, laws were passed in England expelling so called "Egyptians" or Gypsies.
Workers at Park Cakes in Bolton and Oldham have voted for strikes over new contracts.
Tube drivers have voted by a four to one margin for industrial action short of a strike in a safety dispute on London Underground.
Workers in the Unite union at API Holographics in Salford have ended their dispute over pay.
Vik Chechi, the Unison union branch secretary at London’s Queen Mary University, was suspended from work last week.
Thousands of disability campaigners flocked to city centres around Britain last Saturday as part of the latest Hardest Hit day of action.
Around 70 people gathered outside Longsight police station in Manchester to protest against an eviction on Tuesday of last week.
Barnsley College UCU members voted overwhelmingly to escalate their long-running dispute into a five-day strike starting on Friday of next week.
Library campaigners gathered in London on Saturday to share strategies to resist the wave of library closures.
Left wing Labour MP John McDonnell has given his backing to the campaign to reinstate victimised trade unionist Abdul Omer Mohsin.
The executive council of the FBU firefighters’ union decided last week to "refrain from initiating an immediate ballot for strike action".
The friends and relatives of those who have died in police custody were set to march on Downing Street this Saturday demanding justice.
Protesters gathered outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change offices on Saturday of last week, calling for an end to subsidies for bioenergy.
Two young men have been standing trial accused of violent disorder on a demonstration against the rise in tuition fees on 9 December last year.
Six unions have launched a joint high court challenge against the government’s decision to change the inflation index used to increase public sector pensions.
Over 200 people from Hastings and St Leonard’s protested for up to five hours last Saturday to prevent fascist British National Party leader Nick Griffin from speaking at a local village hall.
The trial continues in Zimbabwe of six socialists threatened with long prison terms for showing a video about the Arab Spring.
Around 70 people rallied in defence of Camberwell Jobcentre on Thursday of last week. They are fighting Tory plans to close the centre—the only one in the local area.
The Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral is digging in for the long haul.
"There’s a new university in London—and it’s free," says Kitty, a postgraduate student at London School of Economics and part of the camp’s Tent City University working group.
Around 1000 young people and youth workers in delegations from across Britain lobbied parliament this Tuesday against cuts to youth services.
Police raided the camp in Melbourne’s central square in Australia on Friday of last week. They used pepper spray, horses and dogs to push out the hundreds of occupiers.
Amalia is a 31-year-old living in Athens, Greece.
This week an earthquake has killed hundreds in south-eastern Turkey, in and around the Kurdish town of Van.
A 48-hour general strike saw the biggest turnout ever in every Greek city on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
European leaders are panicking over the debt crisis that threatens the existence of the eurozone.
The first genuine elections in over 40 years were held in Tunisia this week. The electoral authorities say that some 90 percent of registered voters cast their vote.
The campaign to release south London IT worker Babar Ahmad is asking supporters to sign an e‑petition which demands he should be tried in Britain.
The government showed its weakness this week as David Cameron was bloodied by his own MPs over Europe.
Government spending on education is falling at the fastest rate since the 1950s, according to a new study.
Jurors at the Old Bailey will decide on Wednesday the fate of two student protesters.
David Cameron declared "all-out war on gang culture" after the August riots. But the latest government statistics show only 13 percent of those arrested were part of a gang.
The chair of the Royal College of GPs has laid into the money-grubbing logic behind the latest NHS reforms.
Around 100 protesters from UK Uncut and the Occupy London camp descended on the head office of Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on Monday of this week.
Wheelchair users in Croydon have been told to climb a flight of 42 stairs to attend their compulsory disability assessment centre tests—because using the lifts would be "unsafe".
Bailiffs and police began a brutal eviction of Travellers at the Dale Farm site in Essex last week.
Electricians fighting attempts to tear up their terms and conditions marched, blocked roads and construction sites and occupied one site, this morning, Wednesday.
Teachers and lecturers took part in a mass lobby of MPs today, Wednesday, to demand that they support decent public sector pensions.
Police armed with machine guns raided a Kurdish tent at the Occupy protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral tonight, Thursday.
The racist English Defence League (EDL) suffered a disastrous day this weekend, on Saturday.
The row over attempts to remove London's main Occupy camp intensified as the dean of St Paul's, Graeme Knowles, resigned on Monday afternoon. The Occupy the Stock Exchange camp outside St Paul's Cathedral is still going strong, but now faces legal proceedings to evict it.
Almost seventy thousand passengers in Australia and 22,000 around the world were stranded last Saturday when Qantas grounded its planes and locked out its workers.
Dozens of students stormed a meeting on the education budget in Chile’s senate building in Santiago on Thursday of last week.
Barack Obama is to send 100 "military advisers" to Uganda and across central Africa to assist in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Zuccotti Park is a slice of prime downtown Manhattan real estate, named—with an almost comical lack of imagination—after the chairman of the private company that owns it. Yet for just over a month now, the site has had another name—Liberty Square.
When the chaotic videos and images of Muammar Gaddafi’s last moments were broadcast, it generated mass celebrations—and deep misgivings.
MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S end resembles nothing more than that of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, sometime colonial master of Libya.
Prime minister David Cameron welcomed the death of Gaddafi, saying it marked a "historic transition" for Libya.
"Utter filth and depravity" shouted the Daily Mail. This brilliant play, in which the Marquis de Sade stages scenes from the French Revolution in an insane asylum, has seen people walking out of performances.
If you’ve ever watched the news and wondered why the demonstration you’ve just been on wasn’t on it, then don’t worry.
The constant demand for mobile phones has meant an ever-increasing demand for raw materials.
The Kandhamal district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha saw some of the worst examples of communal violence in the country’s history in 2008.
This spectacular new series gives the full David Attenborough treatment to the icy extremities of earth.
The parliamentary debate on Europe this week brought the rabid right of the Tory party out in force. They were fighting for a referendum on membership of the European Union (EU).
The TV news report opens with a close-up of a malnourished African child. As the world’s population reaches seven billion, we are told that overpopulation is the cause of poverty.
Occupations show democracy is in demand I have noticed that the media seem determined to downplay the continuing protest at St Paul’s Cathedral. They have dismissed it as left wing oddballs, clueless anti-capitalists, or just jobless bums. Well I was there last Saturday and the following Wednesday, and the amount of tents was still growing.
‘I can’t answer that question because I don’t know what happened.’