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Health workers in the Unite union will strike over pensions on 10 May—and teachers in the NUT are set to strike in June.
Lib Dems are having a tough time finding candidates for the upcoming local elections.
Environment minister Richard Benyon has said everyone should "play their part" in the hosepipe ban in southern and eastern England.
An arrested currency speculator traded through a firm owned by shamed Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas.
Rich visitors to the Olympics will be welcome at the 30 luxury suites of the "Fish Island Riviera" in Tower Hamlets, just 100 metres from the games venue.
Aberdeen City Council’s privatisation plans have been beaten in a victory for the Unison union branch there.
The past week has seen a series of racism scandals hit the Metropolitan Police.
Signal workers in the Stirling area are balloting for strikes in their dispute with Network Rail management over rosters.
Care workers at homes run by Enable Scotland are taking part in a consultative ballot for strikes after some have been threatened with a 15 percent cut in pay.
On Saturday last week more than 60 people joined a demonstration called by health unions in Barnsley to protest against attacks on the NHS.
Protesters camping to stop the building of temporary basketball courts for the Olympics have been evicted.
This year’s NUT union conference was watched closely from across the working class movement, as teachers backed more strikes to stop the Tories’ assault on pensions.
Delegates rejected the idea that Ofsted was an impartial inspection system aimed at improving teaching. Many saw it as a tool to force through privatisation.
We had a good team out for the bank holiday Monday, even though it was chucking down with rain. We were up at 7am—you have to be if you’re going to get into the flats.
The racism scandal sweeping the police has smashed the notion that bullying and bigotry are confined to a small number of rogue officers.
Some teachers wanted the union to launch a more urgent fight to stop academies. Annette Pryce said, "If you blink, you’ll miss an academy conversion. It’s time to get out the big guns—it’s time to fight."
No to tests for five year olds Teachers passed a motion opposing the use of phonics reading testing—which would be carried out on children as young as five.
Teachers at the NUT union’s conference voted to organise another national strike over pensions in June.
The Unite union has called for another national strike over pensions in the NHS.
The NUT teachers’ union will meet in two weeks’ time to discuss further strikes over pensions.
Black people are more likely to be unemployed in Britain than in the US, according to a study released today, Friday.
London’s Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has announced his intention to install CCTV cameras in all police cars and vans.
Some 850,000 families will see their income slashed from today (Friday) as tax credits are torn from low paid workers.
Anne Lemon is on the NUT national executive. She spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity
The Unite union has called for another national strike over pensions in the NHS.
Anti-fascist activists, Muslim groups, trade unionists and local councillors in Luton are banding together to see off the threat from the racist English Defence League (EDL).
Nazi organisations are gearing up to field candidates at the local elections in England and Wales on Thursday 3 May.
When the Tories proposed the idea of imposing lower regional pay on public sector workers, it hit a nerve.
Time to Get Organised is a tool for all workers, whether in public or private sector workplaces.
Bus workers in London are meeting this Saturday to discuss their campaign to win a bonus payment for the Olympic games.
Talks between the Unite union and six fuel distribution contractors resumed on Tuesday of this week at the Acas conciliation service.
A coalition of unions and campaign groups is organising against the government’s plans to close 36 of the remaining 54 Remploy factories.
Workers at Cheshire West and Chester council struck over the Easter weekend in their battle over conditions.
Traffic wardens in Ealing, west London, have started a fresh two-week walkout in their battle to defend their union rep.
Members of the PCS union who work for contractor Balfour Beatty at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) walked out for two hours on Tuesday of this week.
Locked out workers from Mayr Melnof Packaging (MMP) factory in Bootle near Liverpool were in Manchester on Thursday of last week.
Voting has begun in the elections for the Unison union’s service group executives.
George Galloway’s Respect party has launched its campaign for the local elections in Bradford.
A millionaire Tory donor slept in the air in his private jet —to avoid paying tax.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday of this week that British terrorism suspects wanted by the US can be extradited there.
The victory of George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election has spurred on local election campaigns that were already on the way—and inspired some new ones.
Socialist Worker supporters are also standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), and as the Scottish Anti Cuts Coalition (SACC) in Scotland.
More evidence is emerging that the British government is responsible for torture.
The trial of Alfie Meadows and four other student protesters has continued at Kingston Crown Court.
Moves to impose a Western-brokered ceasefire in Syria have collapsed after president Bashar al-Assad insisted the opposition be forced to obey the ceasefire too.
The queen has invited the king of Bahrain to her Jubilee jamboree.
Egypt’s first presidential elections since the revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak will begin on 23 May.
There will be no jury hearing to decide whether George Zimmerman, the man who shot black teenager Trayvon Martin in February, should face charges.
A 77 year old pensioner shot himself dead in the main public square in Athens today, Wednesday.
The streets of Toulouse in the south of France were alive with red flags and banners on Thursday of last week.
Mario Monti’s government in Italy is in a deepening crisis. He has watered down his flagship labour reforms, and now business leaders have slammed them.
The war on women’s rights in the US has taken centre stage in this year’s Republican presidential primary race.
The Tories are under pressure in more ways than one. They may have hoped the withdrawal of some larger trade unions from the pensions fight might have finished it off.
Libraries are always at the top of the list for spending cuts. The librarians’ body CILIP estimates that 600 are currently under threat.
The prospect of an oil tanker drivers’ strike threw the establishment into a tailspin.
You can rely on the playwright George Bernard Shaw to have a good remark to say about almost anything.
I had distinctly mixed feelings when I read that the new series of Mad Men on Sky attracted 47,000 viewers, compared to a whopping 2.9 million for the first part of Channel 4’s The Undateables, which looks at the love lives of disabled people.
The Tate Modern gallery in London unveiled its summer blockbuster exhibition last week—a retrospective of Damien Hirst, the infamous "Young British Artist" whose work shook up the art scene in the 1990s.
Jarvis Cocker’s made-for-radio voice graces a new BBC Radio 4 series Wireless Nights.
Simon Norfolk’s haunting landscape photographs record the physical remainders of past atrocities.
This play by Cameroonian playwright and activist Lydia Besong explores themes of power, political corruption and the absurdities of censorship.
This anti-war classic by French director Jean Renoir has been reissued in a restored print for its 75th anniversary.
Even the pope has joined the calls for a ceasefire in Syria. It is being posed as the only solution to violence that the Bashar al-Assad regime has inflicted on ordinary Syrians.
There has been a slew of revelations about the casual and brutal racism that pervades the Metropolitan Police.
Mick Shaw, firefighter and former president of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), has died aged 53.
Remploy factories offer the only work we can get As an employee at Neath and Port Talbot Remploy I am very worried about our futures.
‘You can hear all those whispering voices saying "play it safe if you want to win a majority" and "don’t rub too many people up the wrong way" and say "No, that is not us"’