Dated: 18 Feb 2012
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It’s on. Three unions have named the day for their next joint strike—Wednesday 28 March.
Striking Barnet council workers bellowed out a determined chant from their picket line on Thursday morning, "Say no to easyCouncil".
Anger at the NHS privatisation bill could be fatal for David Cameron’s government—according to Tory cabinet ministers.
Management consultancy firm McKinsey and Company have spent thousands of pounds on lavish events for top NHS regulators.
Police arrested five senior figures on the Sun newspaper last weekend.
Trevor Kavanagh, the Sun’s associate editor, wrote on Monday, "The Sun is not a ‘swamp’ that needs draining."
In 1999 Metropolitan police chief Sir John Stevens declared, "We now realise that while we did deal with the ‘rotten apples’, the approach did not destroy the tree from which they had been picked.
Unions have proposed a new date for their joint strike over pensions.
The decision to name 28 March as a date for a joint pension strike breaks the stalemate that followed the government’s "heads of agreement" deal.
Bigots use obnoxious language to parade their obnoxious views. They spit out vile words that demean women, black people, people with disabilities, lesbians, gays—or anyone else they want to target.
Arthur Scargill led the National Union of Mineworkers during its epic strike against Margaret Thatcher’s attempts to smash the union in 1984-85. For this he remains a heroic figure to a generation of activists.
Downhills Primary School in Haringey, north London, is "failing", according to Ofsted, the hated schools inspectorate.
London teachers in sixth form colleges are preparing to strike for half a day on Thursday of next week.
Lecturers at James Watt College in the West of Scotland have voted for more strikes against job cuts.
Ballot papers in EIS elections go out this week.
Supporters of Shaker Aamer—the last British resident in Guantanamo Bay—marched last Saturday in south London.
Tensions between Britain and Argentina increased last week as Argentinian foreign minister Hector Timerman accused Britain of "militarising" the Falkland Islands region.
Barnsley bus drivers finished their twelfth strike day on a high note. Some 70 of them were on the picket line from 5.30am until lunchtime on Friday of last week.
Cleaners at London’s St Pancras station are set to strike for 48 hours this week over pay. They are currently paid £6.76 an hour and are demanding £8 plus sick pay.
Prince Philip hospital Hundreds of people marched through Llanelli, South Wales, on Saturday to protest at threats to downgrade the town’s Prince Philip hospital.
Cheshire West and Chester Workers in the Unison, Unite and GMB unions struck for three hours this Tuesday against worse contracts at Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The West of Scotland signalling centre dispute is back on after talks collapsed. RMT members at the Glasgow centre struck for 24 hours on Tuesday this week and plan to strike for a further 24 hours on Friday 2 March.
Jobcentre workers in the PCS union in Merseyside have voted to strike over compulsory job transfers, it was announced last week.
Staff at the Lifeline drug treatment centre in Hackney, east London, are set to strike against service cuts on Thursday of next week.
Around 30 activists from Disabled People Against the Cuts protested against the closure of the Independent Living Fund on Monday.
RMT workers on London’s Heathrow Express service have voted by 80 percent for strikes against the sacking of driver Zahid Majid and victimisation of RMT rep Liaqat Ali.
Around 100 activists attended a day school on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues on Saturday.
Around 800 food workers in the BFAWU union are balloting to strike over attacks on their terms and conditions at the Gunstones bakery in Sheffield.
Journalists at Thompson Reuters news agency have called off their strike following a new deal.
Forty people attended the SWP’s day school for new members and young workers last Sunday—to discuss the tasks ahead for revolutionaries in the workplace.
A court decision over Balfour Beatty’s challenge to the Unite union’s ballot for strike action was due on Thursday of this week.
A doctors’ surgery in central London is set to close in April—after being sold twice in four years.
The Tories’ deputy party chairman Michael Fallon MP has pocketed more than £27,000 in fees from private healthcare firm Attendo, he has admitted.
The new private bosses of Hinchingbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire will need to make cuts of £10 million in order to turn a profit, a report says.
The National Union of Students (NUS) has called a national walkout on Wednesday 14 March against the government’s attacks on further and higher education.
Austerity and crisis didn’t stop top Tories from having a lavish time last week.
Another shocking case of private firm Atos declaring people "fit to work" when they are clearly sick or disabled has come to light.
David Cameron’s latest wheeze for kickstarting the economy would be funny if it wasn’t so obnoxious.
Senior executives at BAE Systems were set to receive multi-million pound bonuses after the group received a £200 million tax rebate from the government.
Cleaners formed a noisy and lively picket outside the new St Pancras International Station today, Thursday.
Electricians at construction firm Balfour Beatty are set to strike officially, after bosses’ attempts to use the anti-union laws to stop them failed.
Electricians scored a major victory today as Balfour Beatty withdrew from its plan to force through pay cuts under threat of strikes.
Six Zimbabwean socialists have lost their application to have charges of "conspiring to commit public violence" dismissed.
Up to 300 construction workers took their fight to the building bosses at the Electrical Contractors Association’s annual black tie dinner, held at the Grovesnor hotel on London’s posh Park Lane, 15 February 2012
Scottish education workers are moving to join the next round of pensions strikes.
The Right to Work Campaign occupied a Tesco Express store opposite the Houses of Parliament today (Saturday).
Electricians protested outside several Morrisons stores across Britain today, Saturday.
Revolutionary Socialist Hossam el-Hamalawy talks (in English) at the American University in Cairo, 12 February 2012
Workers and students in Egypt’s state and private universities held a national strike last Saturday, 11 February.
Civilian casualties mount in Syria as Bashar al-Assad’s forces try to smash the revolutionary movement there.
Trade unions and activists in Egypt called for mass strikes on Saturday of last week.
The Greek government has come out badly shaken by three days of workers fighting back.
More than 300,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Portugal last Saturday to take part in the country’s biggest mass protest for decades.
A right wing coup deposed the first democratically elected president of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean last week.
The Labour Party suffered another blow in Scotland last week as it struggled to force through a cuts budget on Glasgow council.
"It's halftime in America, too… This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. Our second half is about to begin."
For Western rulers Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has gone from reformer to war criminal. At the same time his repression of protests against his regime is threatening to drive large numbers of Syrians into the arms of the West.
Panos Garganas, Editor of Workers Solidarity The experience of 15 general strikes over two years has resulted in a high level of radicalisation.The employers are on the offensive. The IMF and EU say the government must cut wages to be more competitive.
Jeremy Hunt, a man laughingly known as the minister of culture, celebrated Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday last week by giving Dickens novels to his cabinet colleagues.
Here’s a selection of what’s on offer. For more details go to <a href="http://www.dickens2012.org">www.dickens2012.org</a>
For the ruling class, the economic crisis is an opportunity. Politicians may talk a lot about the debt—but their austerity policies are not really driven by a burning desire to bring down the deficit.
The footage of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez refusing to shake hands with Patrice Evra, the black player he had previously racially abused, has reignited the row about racism in football.
Rej Jones, an internationalist and socialist to his core, died a few days before Christmas. He will be greatly missed by socialists and trade unionists in Swansea and across South Wales and beyond.
Football fans in Britain send solidarity to Egypt Numerous football fans in Britain sent messages of support for Egypt’s Ultras after the massacre at Port Said. We print some here
‘It is important that we do not jump to conclusions. Nobody has been charged with any offence, still less tried or convicted’