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Dated: 21 Jan 2012

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Disabled woman speaks out: ‘Tories will drive people to suicide’

The government wants to slash the number of people who claim Disability Living Allowance by a massive 20 percent.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Revealed: the true scale of the blacklisting scandal

Socialist Worker can reveal shocking new information about how construction bosses operated a blacklist of trade unionists.

Blacklisting - how bosses targeted 'troublemakers'

Blacklist files of over 100 workers were submitted in evidence as part of Dave Smith’s Employment Tribunal.

Racist stop and search is on the rise

Black people are now 30 times more likely than whites to be stopped and searched by police, according to new analysis.

Tower Hamlets - life is grim for young people

The example of one London borough shows how poverty, police racism and a lack of opportunities affect young people.

Dorries bill would replace sex education for girls with abstinence

Tory MP Nadine Dorries’s private members’ bill on sex education was due to have its second reading this Friday.

No let-up in sparks’ fight

Hundreds of electricians protested last week against a planned working agreement that could see their wages cut by about 35 percent.

Vote for a fighting strategy in Unison

Voting is underway in a by-election for a seat on Unison’s national executive council.

Met commissioner dodges difficult questions at LSE 'total policing' meeting

Last night, Monday, Bernard Hogan-Howe the Metropolitan Police Commissioner spoke on ‘Total Policing: The future of Policing in London’ at the London School of Economics (LSE).

HS2: a railway for the rich that will increase emissions

The government last week approved the construction of a £33 billion high speed rail link between London and cities in the north of England.

Striking oil

Oil tanker drivers are set to strike at three major oil terminals against attacks on their terms and conditions.

Little fracking support

Some 200 residents of Balcombe, West Sussex, met on Wednesday of last week to oppose shale gas drilling.

Signals of resistance

The RMT union has called two further 24-hour strikes at the West of Scotland rail signalling centre in Glasgow.

Edinburgh privatisation plan opposed

Some 2,000 Edinburgh city council staff could see their jobs transferred to private contractors under council plans.

Council workers to ballot over cuts

The Unison union is set to ballot Cheshire West and Chester council workers for strikes over cuts to overtime pay and allowances for weekend and shift work.

School swept up in the struggle

School janitors in Renfrewshire struck on Wednesday last week over working conditions.

Library supporters book rally date

A lobby of parliament to stop library closures has been planned for 13 March.

Picture of resistance

Workers in the PCS union at the National Gallery in London are set to walk out over staffing levels.

This is a class fight, say Unilever strikers

A second wave of strikes involving over 2,000 workers in three different unions was set to hit consumer giant Unilever from Tuesday of this week.

Building the battle against privatised academies

The Anti Academies Alliance (AAA) held its annual general meeting in London last Saturday.

Tax workers strike against sell-offs

Revenue and Customs workers in the PCS union went on a "lightning strike" on Monday of last week.

Flour and yoghurt for EDL in Barking

Attempts by the English Defence League (EDL) to whip up racism in Barking, east London, on Saturday of last week were a humiliating flop.

Lecturers discuss government pension plan

The national executive of the UCU union was set to meet this Friday to determine its response to government proposals in the Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS).

Bus worker walkout in Barnsley

Bus workers at Stagecoach in South Yorkshire walked out on Monday of this week—their eighth strike day. The strike followed a decision last week to reject a management offer in their pay dispute.

Unions under pressure to call further strikes

Union leaders met at the TUC last week and failed to make any call to take the pensions dispute forward.

Sovereign pay offer rejected

London Sovereign bus drivers have rejected a below inflation pay offer. Drivers at the Harrow and Edgware garages in north west London voted 105 to 21 against the offer on Friday of last week.

Where does my union stand on the pensions fight?

All three of Unite’s sectors involved in the dispute have voted to reject.

Hundreds debate way forward in pensions dispute at packed meeting

An emergency national meeting of Unite the Resistance brought together over 400 trade union activists in London last Saturday.

Workers call for unity and escalation in pensions fight

The following are key points from the statement passed at the Unite the Resistance meeting

Euro bailout fund loses credit rating

The institution set up to bail out failing European economies has become the latest casualty of the crisis.

British intelligence covers up, again

The British intelligence services are bogged down in accusations of torture and collusion.

Resistance can scupper Tory assault on welfare

The Tories are facing fierce opposition to their plans to snatch billions of pounds from benefit claimants.

Babar Ahmad court ruling is a defeat for government

Attempts to silence Babar Ahmad suffered a blow in the high court last week.

Extradition overturned

The European Court of Human Rights has overturned a House of Lords decision in the case of a Palestinian refugee who faces extradition from Britain to Jordan.

Photographers fight police demand for Dale Farm footage

Photographers are fighting police demands that they hand over their footage of an eviction at the Dale Farm Traveller site in October last year.

LSE racism scandal

The London School of Economics (LSE) is investigating claims that students took part in a Nazi-themed game on a skiing trip.

A nasty attack on schools

In between calling for yachts for the royals, Tory education secretary Michael Gove has been waging war on teachers.

New job cull

Premier Foods announced 600 job cuts this week—

Fresh arrest hints at hacking corruption

Metropolitan Police officer Dave Cook was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office last week.

Rich plan an Olympic party

The rich will be living it up in London during this summer’s Olympics.

Socialist Worker’s idea for a jubilee gift

Top Tory ministers think we should buy the royals a yacht as a "gift" to celebrate this year’s diamond jubilee.

Vultures eye up health bonanza

Are you worried about Tory cuts in the NHS?

Cops clear tent camp in London

Police have cleared away the Democracy Village camp in Parliament Square in London.

Downhills campaign forces government climbdown

A mass campaign has forced education secretary Michael Gove to retreat on plans to force a primary school to become a privatised academy.

Occupy London told to face eviction—but you can’t evict an idea

Occupy London protesters camped outside St Paul’s cathedral have been told they will be evicted next Friday unless they win the right to appeal.

Great start to second wave of Unilever strikes

Picket lines swelled at Unilever factories from Port Sunlight in Merseyside to Purfleet in Essex this morning (Wednesday) as the second wave of strikes to defend pensions got underway.

UCU lecturers’ union names the day for further strikes

The executive of the UCU lecturers’ union met today (Friday) and voted three to one for a strike on 1 March over pensions and to invite other unions to join them.


An uncertain future for Syria's revolution

This week marks the tenth month since the start of the Syrian revolution. It is a great event in the Arab Spring and a cornerstone of many issues across the Middle East.

US ratchets up its threats against Iran

Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated on the streets of the capital Tehran last week.

Burma's diplomatic thaw

French foreign minister Alain Juppé became the latest western leader to visit Burma this week, following fast on the footprints of Britain’s William Hague and the US’s Hilary Clinton.

More US atrocities in Afghanistan

A video showing US marines urinating on Afghans they had killed is sadly not surprising.

Athens rocked by solidarity strike

There’s no media or transport in Attica today because workers are on strike.

Petrol protests win partial victory in Nigeria

Labour leaders in Nigeria called off a general strike on Monday of this week after the government agreed to partly reintroduce petrol subsidies.


Scots should opt for independence

David Cameron’s attempt to hijack the referendum on Scottish independence backfired spectacularly last week.

Keeping racism off the terraces

The issue of racism in football has once again come to the fore, following incidents involving high profile Premier League players.


The birth of the Bolshevik party

The Bolshevik party—the party that led the 1917 Russian Revolution—was formed a century ago this month. It did not emerge from nowhere. The Bolsheviks split with the Mensheviks, ending a period in which the two groups had been factions inside the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP).

From peasants to workers

Russia’s revolutionary movement at the turn of the century was shaped by the country’s large peasantry and small and historically young working class.

Reject the pension deal

They want us to retire into poverty Under the Tory plans public sector workers will receive lower pensions when they finally retire—despite paying more into them. The average public sector pension is currently less than £100 a week.


Financial disaster movie is portrait of banks’ panic

The frenzied 24 hours leading up to the banking crisis of 2008 form the claustrophobic setting for director JC Chandor’s debut feature.

A Useful Life: Labour of artistic love

Jorge, a cinema worker in Uruguay, learns that his beloved arthouse picture palace, Cinemateca, is about to close.

Rare Earth: Truth in disguise

Writers in China often have to fictionalise their work in order to be heard. "Write it into a novel to get through the censors," publishers will tell you.

Domesday Reloaded: How Britain Has Changed

Danny Dorling looks at how Britain has changed since 1986 as he revisits the BBC’s Domesday Project, which collected information on how people lived at the time.

Miners greeting cards

A newly released set of greeting cards remembers the rich history of miners in South Wales.

Competition winners: Lenin Football T-shirt

We can now reveal the winners of our November competition to win a Philosophy Football T-shirt.

What We Think

Fury at Labour's support for cuts

Barely a day goes by without the grotesque spectacle of Labour Party leaders seeking to prove they can be every bit as vicious as the Tories.

Costa Concordia: the drive for profit and to cut 'red tape' makes ships less safe

Since the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago, it has supposedly been standard that ships are built for safety first.

Other Categories

Rob Windsor 1964-2012

Socialists in Coventry were saddened to learn of the death of Rob Windsor last Saturday after a long illness.

Leon Kuhn: Front bench

Tim's view

Tim: Yacht appeal


Occupation victory for La Senza shop workers La Senza shop workers at the Liffey Valley shopping centre in Dublin courageously occupied their workplace—and won. This victory sets an example to follow for retail workers who want to fight back.

Who says?

‘By the time we’d paid expenses and fees to manage our properties, we were left with around £35,000 to live on. It wasn’t enough’Landlord Charles Cole on the perils of owning property and having access to posh public schools

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