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N30 was a historic day for the trade union movement. It could be a turning point in the fight to defend our pensions and stop the government’s austerity measures.
The biggest police corruption trial in British legal history collapsed in farce last week.
The hacking scandal continues to cover the Metropolitan Police, News International and David Cameron in filth.
The unsolved killing of Daniel Morgan in 1987 is one of Britain’s most investigated murders.
The Eurozone’s political leaders are battling to prevent the collapse of their economies. This week Standard and Poor’s, the US credit rating agency, warned that all eurozone countries—including France and Germany—could lose their credit ratings.
The Tories reacted to the 30 November public sector strike by dismissing it as a "damp squib". But their actions since the strike tell a different story to their words.
Dozens of Labour Party constituencies and thousands of Labour activists declared their support for the 30 November strike.
One former Labour cabinet minister had no trouble working out which side he was on.
Teachers in Newham, east London, have called for borough-wide strikes to support strikers at Langdon School.
Parents of children at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, Leeds, protested wearing gags outside the school on Thursday of last week.
Over 150 people took part in the Students for Revolution conference last weekend, organised by Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS).
Students at the University of Essex have occupied a lecture theatre in solidarity with the 30 November strikes.
PCS union members in revenue and customs (HMRC) are set to walk out next Monday in two ongoing disputes.
The UCU lecturers’ union has voted unanimously to escalate action to defend public sector pensions.
Over 400 skilled workers at defence electronics company Selex Galileo were set to strike on Thursday of this week over pay.
The Unite union held its biannual sector conferences last week. Delegates told Socialist Worker there was real mood of excitement after the 30 November strike.
RMT union members on Wightlink’s ferry service between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight are balloting for strikes over the dismissal of a union rep on 11 November.
Around 500 London Overground (LO) workers will be paid normal time plus 25 percent for shifts worked during the Olympic and Paralympic games next year.
The Unison union’s national executive was set to meet this week to decide the next steps after the 30 November strikes. Helen Davies from the executive spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity.
The Tory-led government set up the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in May last year. It is supposed to provide "independent and authoritative analysis" of Britain’s public finances.
Hundreds of people protested in Whitehall, central London, last Saturday against repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Occupy London activists backed the 30 November public sector strikes by marching to Lincoln’s Inn Fields to join the main London demonstration.
Stagecoach bus drivers in Barnsley and Rawmarsh struck on Friday and Saturday of last week in protest at their low wages.
Firefighters and fire authority workers are raising the alarm at plans to privatise firefighter training in London.
The NUJ chapel workplace union branch at the Financial Times has voted to ballot for industrial action.
Alan Spence, the north east organiser for the English Defence League (EDL), was jailed last week after attacking a Socialist Workers Party meeting in Newcastle.
Over 60 people attended a meeting in Battersea, south London, on Monday of this week.
The war in construction is at a crucial stage.
Some 200 electricians gathered at the Balfour Beatty site at Blackfriars in central London on the day of the public sector general strike last week.
The UN climate negotiations—the Conference of Parties, or ‘the Cop'—in Durban, South Africa, are deciding to do nothing about climate change for many years to come.
Over 2,000 private sector workers in three trade unions were set to walk out on Friday of this week at multinational company Unilever.
Hopes of a new agreement to replace the soon-to-expire 1997 Kyoto treaty on carbon emissions were fading this week.
When riots broke out in August, the Tories and the press rushed to explain them away. It was just looting by gang members, they declared, or "criminality, pure and simple" as David Cameron put it.
People from ethnic minorities who face court are more likely to be sentenced to prison than their white counterparts for certain categories of crime.
School managements in privatised academies can teach children for as many or as few days as they like.
The government’s constantly shifting plans for higher education funding have thrown students into chaos.
The gap between the rich and poor is soaring in rich countries—and it’s growing faster in Britain than anywhere else.
Banking giant HSBC has been fined £10.5 million. It will have to pay almost £30 million in compensation after one of its subsidiaries scammed thousands of older people out of their life savings.
The government has doubled the budget for ceremonies at the Olympic and Paralympic games. It has thrown another £41 million into the pot for shows on the opening and closing nights.
Christmas has come early for energy companies. They are paying the lowest wholesale rate for gas for a year. But the rest of us have seen a 21 percent increase in energy costs over the same period.
Rank and file electricians walked off jobs, protested and blocked roads in towns and cities across Britain this morning, Wednesday.
Occupy activists squatting a disused UBS bank building in London, now known as the Bank of Ideas, scored a major legal victory today (Wednesday).
Over 2,000 workers at nine factories, two research and development facilities and one IT office are on strike today (Friday) to defend their pensions at manufacturing multinational Unilever. They are members of the Unite, GMB and Usdaw unions.
Tens of thousands of people protested against austerity in Brussels on Friday of last week. Large parts of Belgium’s transport system were shut down by strikes.
Unelected leader Mario Monti has forced through 30 billion euros of austerity cuts by parliamentary decree. These new cuts will be implemented before Italy’s parliament can discuss them.
It was the week that support for strikes helped to sell newspapers. While most of the press jumped on board the union-bashing bandwagon, for a few days before the strike the Daily Mirror went back to its roots.
Speakers at the After N30 – how do we bring down the government in central London on Tuesday 6 December 2011
For 30 years, there has been some activity on the anniversary of the New Cross Fire of 18 January 1981. This year saw more interest than I can remember for many years. It included the unveiling of a plaque at the south London address where the tragedy occurred.
A leading scientist cast doubt on claims that key forensic evidence he found in the Stephen Lawrence case was flawed.
Jacques Chirac was elected president of France in 1995 and promised to mend France’s "social fracture". Alain Juppé, his new prime minister, said it was time to deal with the county’s debt problem.
Margaret Davies, PCS, Merthyr Tydfil tax office
For the millions who hate Sarah Palin and her reactionary politics, the rise and fall of the former governor of Alaska makes a gripping spectacle.
Stewart Lee has become one of the few alternative comics from the early 1990s to keep his clout.
The West African state of Ghana held a presidential election in 2008. This documentary follows the campaign, interviewing candidates and filming rallies and electoral officials.
This series of twisted comedy dramas from Guardian journalist Charlie Brooker offers some disturbing food for thought.
Mikhail Bulgakov, the Russian dramatist, routinely had his plays banned by the Stalinist authorities in Russia.
Tory sleaze was back in the headlines this week when the Independent newspaper ran an exposé on PR firm Bell Pottinger.
Western powers, fresh from their intervention in Libya, are keen to assert themselves elsewhere.
Why I backed the strike I retired from local government in April of this year but that doesn’t mean I’m inactive.
‘An institution that confuses active citizens with criminals and equates Al Qaida with efforts to reimagine the City is an institution in grave danger of losing its way’Statement by Occupy London after police briefed against them in a "terrorism update".