Dated: 04 Feb 2012
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A shocking 99 percent of workers suffered below-inflation pay deals last year, according to a new report from the TUC.
Up to 200 people blockaded Regent Street in central London today, Saturday, in opposition to attacks on disabled people in the government’s Welfare Reform Bill.
Children led a march last Saturday against plans to force their schools to become academies. Up to 1,000 people including parents and teachers joined the demonstration through Haringey in north London.
A profit-making company will run a Suffolk school on a ten year contract worth £21 million.
Education secretary Michael Gove used the latest school league table results to accelerate his drive to privatise schools. But his figures don’t add up.
Stagecoach bus drivers in Barnsley and Rawmarsh have stepped up their fight to improve their wages. They plan strikes on alternating days next week.
The Unite union in London has launched a campaign to win £500 bonus payments for its bus drivers to cover the Olympics period.
Cleaners in the RMT union on the Channel Tunnel rail network have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action over pay.
Around 100 people joined a picket line at Montgomery Primary School in Birmingham on Wednesday of last week.
Activists gathered in central London last Saturday to discuss the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaign for this year’s local elections.
Remploy workers in the Unite and GMB unions struck in Glasgow and Chesterfield on Thursday of last week. They are fighting what they call the "semi-privatisation" of their factories.
Waltham Forest Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Amnesty International held a Holocaust Memorial Day public meeting at Harmony Hall in Walthamstow last Sunday.
Workers employed by Initial at Whipps Cross Hospital in East London protested last week against an attack on Len Hockey, a porter and their joint Unison branch secretary.
Sixth form teachers in the NUT union have voted overwhelmingly for strikes in two ballots.
Scottish education union EIS will lobby other education unions to organise a joint strike as soon as possible.
Around 60 activists attended an organising conference of the UCU Left last Saturday. It came at a critical time for the union’s disputes over the TPS and USS pensions schemes.
More unions have called for strikes in March to defend public sector pensions.
The latest union membership figures show that unions grow when they fight back.
The NUT teachers’ union is pushing for a coordinated, national public sector strike in March over pensions.
Striking tanker drivers are in a buoyant mood as they prepare for more strikes on Thursday of this week after talks with management broke down.
The second wave of strikes to defend pensions at consumer giant Unilever concluded last weekend.
The result of the strike vote of electricians at Balfour Beatty is due this week. And protests are still spreading around Britain against attempts to force workers to sign new contracts.
Revenue and Customs (HMRC) workers struck on Tuesday against privatisation. Some 20,000 PCS union members took action.
Council workers in Barnet, north London, plan to strike for a third time against privatisation on Thursday of next week.
Newspaper journalists at Newsquest in Essex are taking industrial action against a pay freeze. NUJ union members voted by 90 percent for strikes and 95 percent for action short of a strike.
The National Gallery in London was largely closed last Saturday as gallery assistants in the PCS union walked out for two hours from 4pm.
Scores of drivers at Leeds-Bradford Airport’s private hire taxi provider walked out on Friday of last week after 11 of them were suspended.
The Right to Work campaign in Scotland held its annual general meeting in Glasgow last Saturday.
As European leaders met in Belgium on Monday to plot more austerity, the country was rocked by a general strike.
The government’s benefit-busting Welfare Reform Bill was set to return to the House of Commons on Wednesday of this week.
Four employees of the Sun newspaper were arrested as part of the ongoing corruption scandal over News International (NI) and the Metropolitan Police last week. One police officer was also arrested.
Evidence that was supposedly destroyed by police—which led to the collapse of a multi-million pound police corruption trial—has been found.
Police in Strathclyde are to reopen investigations into what murder lawyer Aamer Anwar has dubbed the "Scottish Stephen Lawrence case".
Tory health secretary Andrew Lansley has been slapped in the face by leading medical publications over his attacks on the NHS.
Protesters were evicted from Occupy London’s "Bank of Ideas" on Monday—and nearly run over by a bailiff.
University applications from students in England have fallen by 8.7 percent in the past year. The most notable is the plummet in over-21s applying.
Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan was freed from jail on Monday after a year inside.
More than 16,000 homes were repossessed in the last three months of 2011—the highest for three years.
The Tories are to exclude thousands of vocational courses currently classed as equivalent to GCSEs from school league tables.
Soldiers from the Parachute Regiment are being trained to be deployed if there are more riots in Britain.
The racist English Defence League (EDL) has received police permission to march through Leicester on Saturday. But they will have to deal with the town’s anti-racist majority.
A key strategist and funder behind the English Defence League (EDL) has been suspended from his management post at a major international development bank.
EDL thugs like to pretend they are "peaceful protesters". But nothing could be further from the truth. The EDL is a group of violent racists led by Nazis.
Nearly 200 people packed the Finsbury Park Mosque to attend a brilliant launch public meeting of Islington Unite Against Fascism (UAF) on Wednesday of last week.
The revolution is still getting stronger, Egyptian revolutionary tells London meeting
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Anti-fascists took to the streets of Leicester today (Saturday) to make a stand against the racist English Defence League (EDL).
The Revolutionary Socialists (RS) in Egypt are a recognised part of the revolution with a profile way beyond their size. They can be seen selling their paper on Tahrir Square with stalls and megaphones. Graffiti around Cairo advertises their website and slogans.
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The revolution in Syria is moving closer to the centre of power in the country—and the regime is responding with brutality.
Thousands marched in 27 cities around the US last Sunday in solidarity with Occupy Oakland in California.
Government workers in Zimbabwe struck for four days last week, demanding a doubling of their wages, medical insurance and travel allowances.
In defence of the Ultras: their message and our response What message was the crime committed against the Ahly Ultras—that killed more than 75 martyrs—meant to deliver? Was it to punish the forces and groups that
participated in the revolution and that still continue to oppose the SCAF The ruling army council? This crime occurred on the anniversary of the "Battle of the Camel"—was it meant to confirm that those responsible for that battle still have their influence and power and can commit new crimes?
Every decent person will have rejoiced at the conviction of two of Stephen Lawrence’s murderers.
European Union (EU) leaders held yet another summit meeting this week as the crisis of the euro continued.
The US and the eurozone are the world’s largest two economies by some margin. Both are in the throes of a deep economic crisis. But could China, their nearest competitor, and other emerging economies pick up the slack and keep global capitalism going?
The one year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution has marked a new turning point in the struggle. It came in the first week of the newly elected parliament where the Muslim Brotherhood gained two thirds of the seats.
We started marching from different parts of Alexandria on the morning of 25 January. At noon there were not many of us, but then the numbers exceeded all our expectations.
John Keane is best known as a war artist. In 1991 he was the Imperial War Museum’s official artist during the Gulf War. His criticism of the horrors of war—and particularly of the US’s conduct—outraged the political and military establishment.
A ghost story spliced with a romance spliced with a biopic. About a pair of Nazi royals. Directed, written and produced by Madonna. What could possibly go wrong?
Alan Turing was one of the 20th century’s pioneering mathematicians. He developed the abstract theory of computation before moving on to work on early computing machines.
OutStories Bristol aims to collate and preserve the social history of LGBT people in Bristol. It has scheduled a string of talks in the city throughout February.
Millionaire bankers and bosses are furious that RBS chief executive Stephen Hester has been forced to give up his obscene bonus.
Climate change could be good for British businesses, according to Tory environment secretary Caroline Spelman.
Privatised school not welcome in Hackney The people planning to set up a privatised free school in Hackney, east London, got a hostile reception when they called a public meeting last Saturday. Around 100 people attended.