Dated: 05 Nov 2011
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Capitalism isn’t working—that’s the verdict of millions of ordinary people around the globe who are taking to the streets to protest.
Doncaster council is threatening to sack its entire workforce to push through cuts. Bosses have put the 10,000 workers on notice that it is firing them and re-hiring them on worse terms and conditions.
Supporters of Abdul Omer Mohsin, the sacked Unite union convenor at London Sovereign buses, will mount a protest outside his employment tribunal on Monday morning next week.
Train cleaning staff who work on the Virgin West Coast Mainline service tooted horns and waved placards on a lively picket line at London’s Euston station on Friday of last week.
All unions representing workers at the BBC are to ballot for strikes against huge cuts.
Hospitality staff at the houses of parliament in London are being balloted to strike in a pensions dispute.
Some 550 Capita staff working at TV Licensing struck solidly on Monday. This was their second strike in the battle for decent pay.
Teachers and lecturers took part in a mass lobby of MPs over pensions last week as the NASUWT geared up to start its ballot.
Thomas Cook cabin crew in the Unite union have voted overwhelmingly for action in a consultative ballot last week.
"We’re extremely disappointed that we won’t be on strike on 30 November.
Lecturers at Barnsley College were set to start a five-day strike on Friday of this week in defence of their union rep, Graham Mustin.
Teachers at Langdon School in Newham, east London, were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
The McCormac report into "teaching professionalism" marks a fresh attack on teachers in Scotland. It was commissioned by the SNP government and COSLA, the organising body for Scottish councils.
Talks are due to start between the UCU union and the employers this month over proposed changes to university lecturers’ USS pension scheme.
Over 80 activists attended the Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) national conference last Saturday.
The British National Party tried to hold its annual conference in secret in Wavertree, Liverpool.
Two men were hurt in an attack on a gay bar in Leicester on Monday of last week.
The Department for Work and Pensions announced the closure of 19 job centres across Britain on Friday of last week after a period of consultation. They originally proposed closing 22 centres.
The battle to stop building bosses tearing up contracts and slashing wages saw pickets in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottinghamshire this morning, Wednesday.
The "concessions" offered by the government to trade unions today are absolutely no basis for settling the pensions dispute.
Activists from the GMB and Unite unions gathered in central London today, Wednesday, to discuss the upcoming public sector strikes.
Activists at Occupy London outside St Paul’s Cathedral gathered to discuss their response to the latest talks with the City of London last night, Wednesday.
Unison union members delivered an overwhelming vote for strikes today, Thursday.
Lecturers at Barnsley College are celebrating after their union rep, Graham Mustin, was offered a new job at the college.
Teachers in Scotland’s biggest teaching union, the EIS, have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action to defend their pensions.
Activists in Occupy London are preparing for a march tomorrow, Saturday, from their camp to parliament and back.
Greece’s government has called a vote of confidence in parliament to be held at midnight tonight (Friday).
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s swipe at financial markets has attracted a lot of attention. But a much more consistent anticapitalist will be speaking in London next week.
Activists marched from Occupy London's St Paul's Cathedral camp to Parliament Square yesterday (Saturday). Some 2,000 set off with the main march at 3pm, while several hundred more dodged their way past police to reach the destination.
Five protesters were imprisoned for up to 18 months last Friday. Another six received non-custodial sentences.
Electricians marched, blocked roads and construction sites, and even occupied a site in London on Wednesday of last week.
Construction bosses ruined the lives of thousands of workers with a blacklist.
The Ucatt construction union has banned Mick Dooley from standing in the union’s general secretary election.
A national day of protest to defend construction workers will take place on Wednesday 9 November. Several actions will take place in London:
Around 60 students and lecturers marched in Portsmouth on Wednesday of last week against course closures and 16 redundancies.
A new review of the university admissions process reveals that rich students and private school pupils have an unfair advantage.
Thousands of students are preparing to descend on London next week for a national demonstration against government attacks on higher education.
Three student protesters have had accusations against them quashed.
The row over attempts to remove London’s main Occupy camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral intensified this week.
We’re told that we live in a democracy—but it doesn’t feel like it.
The battle lines are being drawn for the biggest confrontation yet between workers and the Tory-led government.
"We were shocked when one of the midwives here died recently. She retired about a year ago when she reached 60, but came back on what they call ‘flexi-retirement’.
The government is attacking the provision of legal aid, housing and squatting rights while handing more power to unaccountable magistrates.
Yunus Bakhsh, the sacked nurse and trade union activist who won a stunning victory against his employers, was due to face another key hearing this week.
Activists at the Occupy London protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral are facing the continued threat of forcible eviction.
Police officers are avoiding misconduct charges by quitting their jobs early.
Brighton and Hove city council evicted up to 25 Travellers from a site in the city on Tuesday of last week. The Green Party leads the council.
Right wing lobby group Migration Watch has launched an anti-immigration e-petition.
Figures released last week showed that former prime ministers are claiming millions to cover "public duties" costs.
New documents released last week show that Prince Charles can veto any legislation that affects his private interests.
Home secretary Theresa May has unveiled plans to "clamp down" on gangs.
The results of a strike vote by over a million workers were set to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.
Over 500 people defied police intimidation as they marched to Downing Street in London last Saturday, calling on the government to take action over deaths in custody.
The campaign to halt privatisation of council services in Edinburgh scored a major victory on Thursday of last week.
Southampton council workers are to vote on whether to accept a deal in their fight against pay cuts.
Birmingham bin workers in the Unite and GMB unions have voted for industrial action against pay cuts and job losses. Stewards were set to meet this week to decide their next steps—up to and including strikes.
"We’ve visited over 100 workplaces in the last fortnight to build for a yes vote over pensions. We’ve been getting a good reception.
Occupy Oakland’s call for a general strike on 2 November has transformed the political climate in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Flooding in Thailand has affected millions of people, and waters are predicted to remain high for at least a month. But the response to the disaster has been held back by the political crisis that has engulfed the country since the 2006 coup.
Hundreds of students demonstrated against poverty and inflation in eastern Sudan on Sunday and Monday of this week.
Angela Davis became one of the icons of the radical movement of the 1960s when she was placed on the FBI’s "ten most wanted" list on spurious gun charges. Today she continues to campaign against the US’s vast, oppressive system.
Thousands took to the streets of Cairo on Monday to demand the release of Alaa Abd El-Fatah, one of Egypt’s most prominent bloggers and political activists.
Unesco, the cultural agency of the United Nations (UN), voted to accept Palestine as a full member on Monday.
A Kenyan air strike killed five people, including children, in Jibil food distribution camp in southern Somalia last Sunday, according to Médecins san Frontières.
The Greek government is trying to present the decisions of last week’s European Union (EU) summit as a "helping hand" that relieves the Greek people of half their debt burden.
Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher deregulated the London Stock Exchange 25 years ago last week—on a day pretentiously titled the "Big Bang". Market speculation exploded.
The recent phone hacking scandal has exposed the grubby links between mass media, politicians and the police. For many people the scandal confirmed a view of the mainstream media as little more than a tool of the rich and powerful.
Each year in the UK approximately 235,000 people get married. The vast majority of these weddings will get no media coverage at all.
What happened to the courageous socialists who escaped Nazi Germany and tried to alert the world to the coming dangers?
Did Shakespeare write his own plays? Or was he the front man for a political intriguer called Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford?
For the past 50 years, the satirical magazine Private Eye has upset and enraged the powerful.
Political hip-hop artist Lowkey will be known to many from his performances at Stop the War protests and others.
This harrowing story of revenge returns to the West End 20 years after it was first performed.
This documentary follows the last remaining independent record shop on Teesside.
Every day the Tories launch some new assault on ordinary people. Their solution to the ongoing swirl of economic crisis is to force through as many attacks on workers as they can.
Huddersfield SWP are mourning the unexpected death of Chris Patrick at his home last week.
Dealing with divisions in the Greek movement Greece’s 48-hour strike on 19-20 October was the biggest success for the workers’ movement here in decades (Socialist Worker, 29 October).
‘When we think of occupations we think of the Nazis. What you’re doing is imposing your will on everybody else’