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Up to half a million workers will strike over pensions on 10 May.
Workers’ labour, not the "talent" of bosses, produces wealth under capitalism, as we argued in last week’s column.
Hundreds of Remploy workers demonstrated outside government offices in London and Sheffield on Friday of last week.
London Underground workers employed by Tube Lines were set to start a 72-hour strike at 4pm on Tuesday of this week.
Bus drivers in Belfast forced their bosses to reinstate a suspended colleague last week by abandoning their vehicles for an hour.
Over 100 disabled people and their supporters protested in central London on Wednesday of last week against welfare cuts and the closure of Remploy factories.
The campaign against plans to evict up to 140 refugees who have been refused asylum from their homes accelerated this week in Glasgow.
Unite union negotiators were in talks with six major haulage companies over the ongoing tanker drivers’ dispute as Socialist Worker went to press.
Workers sacked by Mayr Melnhof Packaging in Bootle, Merseyside, are continuing their campaign.
Protests hit Virgin stores as part of a day of action against NHS privatisation last Saturday.
Workers at IT firm CSC staged a lunchtime protest against compulsory redundancies.
"If members are up for action it is our job to support them," PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) group executive committee last week.
Around 20 people attended a vigil at Plumstead police station in south east London to demand justice for Shanise Paris-Goff on Tuesday of last week.
At the Unison union’s health conference in Brighton last weekend the talk was of the fantastic strikes on
Refuse workers in Mole Valley, Surrey, struck for 24 hours over pay on Friday of last week.
Some 520 workers at Mahle Engineering in Kilmarnock near Glasgow began the first round of planned strikes on Tuesday of this week.
BAE Systems workers in Brough, Yorkshire, plan to protest at the firm’s shareholder annual general meeting on Wednesday of next week against planned redundancies.
Hundreds of workers at Cheshire West & Chester council were set to protest outside a council meeting on Thursday of this week to defend their conditions.
Teachers at Swinton School in Rotherham, south Yorkshire, were set to strike on Friday of this week.
Protesters rallied against cuts to youth services in Derbyshire on Wednesday of last week.
A number of media moguls were giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry into press standards this week.
Calls are growing for a new inquiry into police corruption that derailed the hunt for Stephen Lawrence’s killers.
Up to 500 families on housing benefit in east London could find themselves relocated to Stoke-on-Trent if Newham Council has its way.
Some 6,000 patient X-ray records were left unprocessed at an "urgent care centre" run by private firm Care UK in London.
British intelligence conspired with Libyan spooks to pressure asylum seekers to work as spies for both countries, leaked documents show.
Anti-fascists from across Britain are heading to Luton, Bedfordshire, on 5 May to help stop the racist English Defence League (EDL) from holding a march in the town.
Multinationals are ripping us off by shrinking products while keeping prices the same.
Older and disabled people face a serious threat to their living standards because of the Tories’ cuts.
In the spending spree to mark the run-up to the queen’s diamond jubilee, a million pound row barge has been launched on the River Thames.
Royal relative Pippa Middleton is in trouble after a friend threatened a photographer with a gun.
The campaign to get a socialist voice back into Preston’s council chamber is heating up.
Over 1,000 anti-racists took to the streets of Brighton last Sunday. They succeeded in reducing a far right march to a miserable and defeated mob that needed a heavy police escort to get out of town.
The jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial of student protester Alfie Meadows last week.
Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, says it is vital that anti-fascists take on the EDL.
Unite Against Fascism campaigners around Britain went door-to-door last weekend campaigning against the British National Party (BNP) and other fascist organisations.
Ken Livingstone, Labour candidate for London mayor, pulled out of a radio hustings last week after the BBC insisted on including the British National Party (BNP) candidate.
The Tories want to drive down the living standards of millions of public sector workers. They hope that this will strengthen them in a bigger battle against the whole working class.
As well as supporting the strikes on 10 May, workers are passing motions and pushing to join the strikes too.
Without prior warning, Brendan Barber, the TUC general secretary, has announced he will retire later this year. Barber is only the 9th TUC general secretary since its formation in 1922.
Socialist Worker supporters are standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), and as the Scottish Anti Cuts Coalition (SACC) in Scotland.
Over 700 workers attended the CWU union’s annual conference in Bournemouth this week.
Dozens of pickets huddled under umbrellas across the six entrances of Central Foundation Girls School in Bow, east London this morning (Wednesday).
London Underground maintenance, upgrade and emergency workers employed by Tube Lines started a 72 hour strike yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).
Teachers across Nottingham struck for the third time yesterday, Wednesday, against council plans to rip up their terms and conditions.
More than 10,000 workers in the Ministry of Defence and other government departments are set to join the strike over public sector pensions on 10 May.
The national executive of UCU lecturers’ union today voted overwhelming to strike alongside Unite and PCS on 10 May. The union believes that the strike is a welcome step in the campaign to fair pensions for all.
The national executive of the NUT union met yesterday (Thursday). The meeting deferred any decision on national strike action in June until a further executive meeting on 10 May—the day when hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers will strike over pensions.
Boris Johnson has been a mayor for the rich and the bankers—not to mention he’s a millionaire himself. He has pocketed £250,000 a year for his Telegraph column alone while he’s been in the job, but he says that money is just "chicken feed". Meanwhile he has hiked tube and bus fares, hitting the poorest. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to give him his full name, not only went to posh private school Eton with David Cameron but was in the Bullingdon Club at Oxford with him too. And both are descended from royalty, tracing their ancestors back to King George II. No wonder Boris hates working class people and has been lobbying for even tighter anti-
Socialist election candidates are entering the final few days of campaigning as they step up their efforts ahead of polling day this Thursday, 3 May.
David Cameron brushed off calls to condemn the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix today. "Bahrain is not Syria," he declared. "There is a process of reform underway."
The first round of the French presidential election has revealed a dramatic rise in support for Marine Le Pen’s fascist Front National (FN).
The British press has been full of lurid stories about Bo Xilai, the Chinese politician who has just fallen from grace.
Karolin Hijazi, a pro‑Palestinian activist from Aberdeen, was arrested in Israel and held for four nights after attempting to join a protest for Bethlehem.
The arrival of United Nations observers has triggered a new round of protests in the Syrian cites that remain under siege. In return the cities of Idlib, Hama and Douma could face attacks by government forces.
Tahrir Square in Cairo saw a massive mobilisation last Friday which exposed the contradictions of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Protesters in Bahrain undermined the Formula One grand prix last weekend by holding three "days of rage".
Last Saturday more than 120,000 people gathered in Prague’s Wenceslaus Square to demonstrate against government austerity. It was the climax of a week of protest—as well as the biggest demonstration in the Czech Republic since the "Velvet Revolution" against the old Stalinist regime in 1989.
The leadership of the Front National (FN) around Marine Le Pen has tried very hard to ditch the party’s fascist image.
Jim Wolfreys author of The Politics of Racism in France spoke at a meeting in central London on 25 April
The government has been forced to release secret colonial documents it claimed were lost. Ken Olende examines the evidence of Britain’s imperial crimes
The shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin in the US earlier this year sparked a wave of anti-racist anger across the country.
Dominic Sandbrook is a historian and a Daily Mail columnist who rails against "metropolitan liberals" who reject Britain’s imperialist past.
In 1967 a little-known chapter in the history of the anti-apartheid movement began. Radical students from London universities, mostly socialists, travelled to South Africa to take part in illegal activities against the regime.
Salford-based hip-hop duo Class Actions return with their latest single "Rip Up The Sun". The track doesn’t stop short at attacking the newspaper—it mounts a scathing onslaught on Rupert Murdoch’s entire empire.
Picturing Politics is a free exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Manchester that charts the history of the political poster in 20th century Britain.
Studio Strike, a radical artists’ collective, is holding a series of events in London to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous "bread and roses" strike by US textile workers.
Black & Blue is a new literary publication that aims to bring a radical and socialist perspective to drama, prose, poetry and other forms of writing.
The political crisis faced by the ruling classes of Europe deepened this week.
The Tories are trying to impose their own austerity package in Britain.
Workers want to fight As a Unison member fighting for a reject vote in the pensions ballot, it has been great to be able to point to the Unite union health workers and PCS planned national strike on 10 May.
‘This is the premise on which members of the Occupy Whatever You Like movement take over public parks and interrupt businesses’The Daily Mail’s Thomas Fleming compares the "civil disobedience" of Norwegian fascist Anders Breivik to the Occupy movement