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The Tories are on the back foot—stung by the backlash against their "workfare" scheme to force unemployed people to work for free.
The government claims its workfare scheme has always been "voluntary". But unemployed young people forced onto the schemes say that’s a lie.
Right to Work campaigners are set to target McDonald's fast food outlets around Britain over workfare.
Emma Harrison, the government’s "back to work tsar" and boss of private firm A4e, was forced to resign twice last week.
Rank and file electricians have won. They have beaten the building bosses who wanted to tear up their terms and conditions and slash their pay.
Defeating bosses over the hated Besna contracts has boosted workers’ confidence.
Some 800 mostly local people came out to show their disgust at a racist mobilisation in Hyde, Greater Manchester, last Saturday.
Some 440 delegates attended Unite Against Fascism’s national conference in London last Saturday to discuss strategies against the far right.
A workshop on discrimination against Roma people in eastern Europe heard shocking reports.
Police and bailiffs cleared Occupy London’s camp at St Paul’s cathedral in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The stand-off at the gates of Mayr Meinhof Packaging (MMP) in Bootle entered its second week last Saturday.
Brighton The Green Party passed its first-ever council budget last week in Brighton—with £17 million of cuts.
Workers at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) struck on Thursday of last week over the threat of huge redundancies.
A pay freeze for council workers has been extended for yet another year.
Former Norwich football star Justin Fashanu was remembered on what would have been his 51st birthday with a day of action against homophobia in football.
Sixth form teachers across London struck on Thursday of last week against funding cuts and attacks on their pay and conditions.
Teachers have challenged Tory education secretary Michael Gove to visit the borough of Haringey, north London.
Elections for the national executive committee and national officer positions in the UCU union close on Thursday.
Porters, cleaners and caterers in the GMB union started three days of strikes at Swindon’s Great Western hospital this Monday.
The Heathrow Express between London Paddington and Heathrow airport was reduced to a skeleton service early this week as RMT union members struck.
More than 80 workers stopped health bosses docking their wages in a landmark legal battle last week.
Journalists at the Financial Times newspaper have voted by 75.5 percent in favour of strikes, on a 67 percent turnout.
The next round of action in the pensions fight has been called. This is great news for every trade unionist who wants to fight the government’s austerity plans.
Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary, NUT "The government shouldn’t think the pensions issue has gone away.
Electricians won a stunning victory last week when they stopped bosses imposing worse contracts.
Occupy London started on 15 October last year—an international day of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in the US, which began a month earlier.
The latest revelations in the phone hacking scandal have brought it back to the door of Number 10—and prime minister David Cameron.
After months of public fury over the plot to sell the NHS, trade unions are starting to mobilise against it. The Unite union is calling for health workers to come to parliament to lobby their MPs on Wednesday of next week.
Hundreds of anti-Tory protesters gathered in central Leeds last Saturday to tell communities secretary Eric Pickles he was not welcome.
Student activist Edd Bauer has been found not guilty of intentionally causing danger to the public and conspiring with others to do so.
Around 150 people packed into a House of Commons committee room last Tuesday to build the campaign against Tory attacks on housing rights.
An angry protest greeted Basildon council’s Tory leader Tony Ball in London on Tuesday as he was nominated for an award for evicting Travellers.
Campaigners held a noisy protest in central London this morning, Wednesday, against the Tories’ Health and Social Care Bill.
The Tories are retreating over workfare—again. Tory minister Chris Grayling has announced he is scrapping benefits sanctions from his "work experience" scheme.
James Murdoch resigned as the head of News International today, Wednesday. Police officers told the Leveson inquiry into press standards that they felt unable to continue a search at News International headquarters because they felt intimidated.
McDonald’s was once more the target for anti-workfare protesters tonight, Wednesday, as their campaign forced the Tories onto the retreat.
Amanpreet Kaur is a Punjabi Sikh who is due to be deported today (Thursday) pending the outcome of a judicial review.
A large meeting of British Muslims in London threw its weight behind the Syrian revolution last night (Wednesday). Over 400 mainly local people turned out for the meeting, which was hosted by London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel, east London.
Over 250 students and their supporters marched in Edinburgh on Wednesday. The demonstration was called by Scottish Students Against Cuts (SSAC) in defence of a generation of young people under attack from the austerity measures being enforced by governments in Westminster and Holyrood.
Anti-workfare activists harangued Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith outside Tottenham town hall in north London this morning (Friday).
Mark Campbell, the UCU Left candidate in the union’s general secretary election, has won 27 percent of the vote.
Protesters exposed central London shops that exploit the government’s workfare scheme on Saturday. The protest was one of 38 around the country on a national day of action called by Boycott Workfare.
Workers at a Chicago factory staged a 12-hour occupation on Thursday of last week—and won an agreement that will save their jobs for at least 90 days.
Last week saw the fraudulent election of Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi as president of Yemen.
Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Tunisia’s capital Tunis on Saturday to protest against the government.
The cornered Syrian regime is lashing out viciously against pressure at home and from abroad to step down.
The second Greek bailout is in trouble before it even starts to be implemented. The idea that the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will "save" Greece despite the massive opposition of the Greek people themselves is just not on.
There is a propaganda campaign underway over abortion access in Britain. Right wing bigots are trying to create the impression that the law is too liberal and access to abortion is too easy.
Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith said last week that "the government’s opponents constitute a group of modern-day Luddites". Then health minister Andrew Lansley denounced those opposed to his assault on the NHS as "Luddites" too.
Two hundred years ago last month the radical poet Byron spoke in the House of Lords against a bill to make frame-breaking a hanging offence. Bitter anger and contempt runs through his speech, made on 27 February 1812.
the Palestinian resistance organisation Hamas publically renounced the Syrian regime on Friday of last week. Its public break with its one time ally president Bashar al Assad sent an important message.
Protests erupted across Afghanistan last week after copies of the Quran were found in an incinerator at Bagram, the biggest US base in the country.
Refugees collect prescriptions in a tent field hospital run by a German NGO. As landless people they are not eligible for treatment in government hospitals, no matter how desperate their condition.
Last week I argued that locating women’s oppression within the family and the rise of class society helps us to understand why it exists.
In the early 1840s a young German revolutionary called Frederick Engels spent three years in Manchester. He observed how rapid industrialisation had made working class lives a misery.
This new six-part drama series by Paula Milne charts the experiences of seven friends from 1965 to the present day.
The works of left wing German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht are brought to life in a new theatre production.
This lecture by history professor David Nash is part of the Monarchy and Republicanism series running this year at the Bishopsgate Institute in London.
"Multicultural Britain needs help. Some people just aren’t mixing. Our communities are becoming increasingly divided. And nowhere is the problem clearer than in Bradford."
The Socialist Workers Party found itself at the centre of a political storm this week after being denounced by various Tory government ministers.
Teachers and students challenge homophobia It is sad that Michael Gove appears to be giving the green light to homophobia in schools.
‘A spirit of anti-capitalism stalks the land, a fire-breathing beast that has shrivelled Stephen Hester’s bonus in its nostril-blast’