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Dated: 26 Nov 2011

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Strike against this government of… Gold plated hypocrites

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is determined to slash the "gold-plated" pensions of millions of public sector workers.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


30 November strikes: Which unions are balloting and when?

Votes for strikes, starting with the most recent <table>

Tory lies fall apart as the jobless rate soars

More than a million young people are now unemployed, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Workfare: ‘There’s pressure to take any job, but there is no respect in working for free’

"I was told I was overqualified for most of the jobs I’d applied for. So I ended up working in retail, which I enjoyed.

Market chaos shows the crisis is far from over

There is huge uncertainty across Europe. Bank shares are plunging, France is facing a possible credit rating downgrade and the markets are falling sharply in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Workers gear up for epic day of strikes

Workers in 27 trade unions are set to strike together on 30 November. It will be Britain’s biggest strike since 1926.

Spain’s new rulers face pressure over austerity

Big business is celebrating the absolute majority won by the right wing Popular Party (PP) in Sunday’s elections in Spain.

Teachers have paid £46bn net to pensions

The NUT teachers’ union has calculated a shocking figure that blows apart the government lies that public sector pensions are unaffordable.

Supporting N30: activists plan kaleidoscope of solidarity

Activists in Manchester are busy organising feeder marches, solidarity rallies and delegations for the 30 November strikes.

Occupy Wall Street: ‘We are unstoppable, another world is possible!’

"This Tuesday was the two month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The mayor and the cops have been doing everything to get rid of us.

John's Occupy London diary

"On Wednesday of last week we were served with eviction notices from the City of London Corporation. These stated that legal proceedings to evict us were to start at 6pm the next day.

2,000 march over cuts impact on women

More than 2,000 people marched on parliament last Saturday to highlight how government cuts are impacting on women.

The war on building sites has opened up new fronts

Protests on construction sites across Britain turned into mass stay-aways last week. Groups of other construction workers have united with electricians to walk off the job.

0ut against job cuts in Salford

Teachers at an academy school in Salford struck on Tuesday of this week against job cuts.

Leeds teachers strike against academy plans

Teachers at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, Leeds, began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

Stow College Unison accept pay offer

Members of the Unison union at Stow College in Glasgow voted last week to accept a revised pay offer from management.

Langdon School in Newham set for strikes

Nut union members at Langdon School in Newham, east London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week.

EDL join political party

The racist English Defence League (EDL) has announced a tie-up with the British Freedom Party (BFP), which emerged from a splinter group of the fascist British National Party last year.

London firefighters on overtime ban

Firefighters in London start an overtime ban on Friday. The FBU union members are fighting a raft of attacks, with all sorts of policies being imposed.

National ballot at defence company

Workers in the Unite union at defence electronics company Selex Galileo have begun a national ballot for industrial action over pay.

John Lennon airport staff: Imagine there’s no job cuts

Ground staff at Liverpool John Lennon Airport are to stage a series of two-hour strikes.

Southampton council workers reject pay offer

Workers in the Unison, Unite and Ucatt unions have voted to reject Southampton City Council’s latest proposal for pay cuts.

National Gallery, a renaissance of struggle?

Workers at the National Gallery in London have voted to support a strike against cuts to security at the gallery in an indicative ballot.

BBC strike vote closes this week

A ballot of thousands of workers at the BBC closes on Thursday this week.

Student protester wins trial

On Friday of last week student protester Nadir was found not guilty of violent disorder. He had been arrested after the anti-fees protest on 9 December last year, aged 17.

Write to student protester in prison

Letters offer huge support for people in prison. Write to Zenon Mitchell-Kotsakis, prison number: A6970CH, HMYOI Portland, 104 Grove Road, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL

Cameron’s plot to drive down workers’ rights

The Tories have unveiled a raft of fresh attacks on workers and the poor.

Mark Duggan wasn’t armed when police killed him

Police killed Mark Duggan in August in Tottenham, north London. The investigation into his death is in chaos.

Northern Rock: Richard Branson bags millions

The government will hand over part of the Northern Rock bank to Richard Branson’s Virgin firm.

Leaked report shows Lansley will sell off NHS

A leaked report confirms that the Tories aim to privatise much of the NHS.

50,000 NHS jobs threatened

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says that government cuts put 50,000 jobs at risk in the health service in England.

Racism and the ‘beautiful game’

A row over racism has engulfed international football.

Bradley Manning gets court date

Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking information to the Wikileaks website, will have a first hearing before a military court next month.

Government apology over Christopher Alder’s death

The government will formally apologise for Christopher Alder’s death in police custody in 1993.

Bus workers: angry pickets in Barnsley

Bus workers in South Yorkshire struck on Friday of last week and Monday of this week. Members of the Unite union at Stagecoach’s Barnsley and Rawmarsh depots walked out over pay.

Cleaners fight back against deportation

Cleaners working on the London Overground have won concessions from the John Laing agency after protesting against ambush raids by immigration officials.

Ballot on the ferries

The RMT union is balloting members for strikes at the West of Scotland signalling centre and at Wightlink’s ferries between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

TV licensing workers walk out

Hundreds of TV licensing workers struck for a third time on Friday, in a dispute between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Capita.

Electricians occupy company offices in London

Electricians occupied the offices of the Gratte Brothers construction site in Kings Cross station in London this morning, Wednesday.

Students and parents join Prince Henry's Grammar School strikers on the picket line

Around 100 teachers, parents and school students picketed Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley, Leeds, this morning, Wednesday.

List events and rallies on 30 November

Aberdeen – 11am, assemble at the St. Nicholas Graveyard, Union Street, AB11 6BH. 12 12 noon, rally at Castlegate, Castle Street, AB11 5BB. 1.30pm, social gathering at the ATUC-Social Club, 13 Adelphi, AB11 5BL. Aberystwyth – 11.30am, assemble at the top of Penglais Hill, by the entrance to the Cwrt Mawr student village, SY23 3AN, for march to 12.30pm rally at Morlan Centre, Queen’s Road, SY23 2HH. Aylesbury – 10.30am, march from Kingsbury Square, HP20 2HT, to Railway Club, Penn Road, HP21 8HN. Banbury – 11am, march from Banbury Town Hall, Bridge Street, RG1 8AG, to join Oxford Rally.</li

Determined London school strike stands up to strike breaking

NUT union members at Langdon School in east London delivered another solid strike today, Thursday.

Health strikes: what emergency cover means

As preparations for the 30 November strike step up a gear in the NHS, many health workers are facing questions about levels of emergency cover on the day.

Chesterfield: an ordinary town preparing for an extraordinary day

With just five days to go until the strikes on 30 November, activists are stepping up their preparations for the day—and not just in the big cities.

Solidarity from Korea to Cairo

Protesters demonstrated near the Egyptian embassy in Seoul, South Korea today in solidarity with protesters in Tahrir Square. Around 50 came to show their support, including Egyptians living in Korea.

Hundreds march in London in solidarity with Egypt

Around 300 people joined a protest in London in solidarity with those resisting the military regime in Egypt yesterday, Saturday.


Egyptians rage against the regime

People are filling the squares in cities across Egypt in their tens of thousands. The numbers in the streets are amazing.

‘The revolution has reawakened’

Right now Tahrir is surreal. There are enormous numbers of people coming into the square.

Role of Revolutionary Socialists

The Revolutionary Socialists are one of the key radical organisations working on the ground in Egypt. We are particularly active in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Monsura.

The military against the masses

What is the purpose of the Egyptian state? Does it exist to serve the people—or the interests of the military elite? This is the question that now confronts the mass of Egyptians.

Kuwait rocked by mass protests

Thousands of angry Kuwaitis stormed parliament last week in an extraordinary show of defiance against the Gulf state. Protesters battled security forces before pushing their way into the building.

Statement from the Revolutionary Socialists

Workers of Egypt: Rise up for the victory of the revolution Nearly a year into our glorious revolution, the regime of oppression and corruption led by the SCAF has not ceased to impose itself by force, attempting to erase traces of the revolution and to prevent the impoverished, toiling masses from reaping the fruits of their great struggle.


Migrant workers aren’t to blame for job losses

Sections of the right wing media have seized on figures that show employment for non-British nationals is increasing.

Rulers’ plans will let planet burn

There will be mass demonstrations outside the United Nations (UN) climate summit in Durban, South Africa, next month.

Mark Serwotka: Our vision for how to stop these cuts

Let’s remind ourselves of the scale of the threats. There’s 1.3 million jobs to be cut in the next three years, services cut in every community across Britain, education cuts that mean working class kids won’t be able to afford further and higher education, and an abandonment of our pensioners.


Defendant in Stephen Lawrence murder trial was ‘nervous’ when questioned by police

Gary Dobson, one of those accused of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993, appeared "nervous" when questioned by the police a court heard today, Monday.

British Empire: rule of terror

Richard Gott’s new book, Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt, could not be more timely.

Unite the Resistance convention shows: We can win

Some 1,200 trade unionists and campaigners gathered at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London last Saturday for the Unite the Resistance convention.

Voices from the Unite the Resistance convention

Amanda, NUT union rep from west London

Forensic questions at Stephen Lawrence murder trial

Gary Dobson and David Norris are accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence on 22 April 1993.

Stephen Lawrence murder trial: Evidence like a needle in a haystack

A forensic expert has told the Stephen Lawrence murder trial that tiny fibres linked to the victim were not initially found on the suspects’ clothes because it was like "looking for a needle in a haystack".


Leonardo da Vinci: The art of humanity in an era of rapid change

This collection of portraits, altar pieces and exquisite draftsmanship tells the story of Leonardo da Vinci’s evolving vision under the patronage of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, in the late 15th century.

Wuthering Heights: Brontë adaptation engages with the world of today

Andrea Arnold’s new film Wuthering Heights breathes ferocious life into Emily Brontë’s novel of the intense, but doomed, love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.

Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin

Imperial War Museum, London

Onion News Network comes to Britain

Sky Arts

Competition: Lenin Football T-shirt

"For those who desire not simply an aimless skipping from instance to instance, an integral central movement will take us forward towards a great goal," said Lenin.

What We Think

Egyptian workers’ movement is critical to revolution

The revolution in Egypt has inspired millions across the globe. Since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February, after decades of dictatorship, the process of revolution has continued in every institution of Egyptian society.

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John Hindmarch 1932–2011

Born in Jarrow, South Shields, in the middle of the Great Depression, John Hindmarch was an extraordinary individual. He left South Shields to look for work at the end of the Second World War, and eventually landed up in Birmingham.

Tim's view

Leon Kuhn: Don't open the door


Prison is no place for the student protesters My partner is on remand in Wandsworth prison, south London, for a crime that has nothing to do with the student protests last year.

Quotes of the week

‘She has picked up her voicemails, Bob, she is alive’The mother of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler Sally Dowler after the News of the World hacked Milly’s phone and deleted voicemails

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