Dated: 09 Jun 2012
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A patient died of a heart attack in a hospital corridor after waiting more than two hours for emergency treatment, it has emerged.
The recent massacre in Syria shows the horrendous violence that states are prepared to use against people who resist them. But is the answer to use violence against them?
David Cameron is clinging tightly to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. He hopes that by keeping Hunt in office the hacking scandal will stay one step removed from him.
Tory Party chairman Lady Warsi faces an inquiry into breaches of the ministerial code.
The ability of a union to defend its members ultimately rests on its ability to organise collective industrial action.
Debates on lecturers’ USS pension scheme in the pre-1992 universities, and on our 2012-13 pay claim will be central to the higher education sector conference.
The Further education sector conference agenda reflects the diversity of attacks on "second chance" education.
Morale at picket lines was high at Sunderland College on Thursday of last week, as lecturers struck against pay cuts and redundancies.
The impact of austerity on education will dominate debates at the annual general meeting of Scotland’s EIS teachers union in Dundee this week.
Teachers at Alperton Community School in Brent, west London, struck on Thursday of last week against plans to turn the school into a privatised academy.
Disabled workers sent a clear message that they will fight back at the TUC’s disabled workers conference last week.
A strike by more than 400 admin workers across Kirklees Council in west Yorkshire was a massive success.
Jason Poulter, a Unite union health and safety rep who had been suspended from work for six weeks, has been reinstated.
PCS members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were set begin a three-day strike across Merseyside and Halton job centres from Wednesday of this week.
NHS workers in the Unite and Unison unions were set to strike on Wednesday of this week at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust against plans to slash pay.
Respect Party activists and others are occupying an abandoned construction site in Bradford to protest over it being left empty for a decade.
Baggage handlers put their case Swissport baggage handlers at Stansted airport struck for all four days of the long weekend last week. The workers, in the Unite and GMB unions, are fighting plans to make them work 14 extra days a year with no extra pay.
Local government employees could be forced to work until 67 or later after union leaders and council bosses announced a rotten proposal last week.
Teachers are demanding their union sticks to a decision to strike over pensions this month.
Lecturers in the UCU union will discuss the next steps in their pensions campaign at their annual congress in Manchester this weekend.
Unions in Sheffield are determined to make the TUC anti-austerity march in October a massive show of strength.
All the possibilities and problems of Egypt’s revolution have been plain to see in Tahrir Square this week.
A group of unemployed people slept on the streets last weekend before being coerced into working for free—at the queen’s jubilee.
The Tories’ top corporate donor paid no corporation tax for three years.
London Bus workers in the Unite union are set to announce the result of their strike ballot over extra pay for Olympics work.
Fourteen people have been jailed for over 70 years in total for taking part in riots in Nottingham last year.
The amount of money in people’s pockets will fall this year for the third year running, a report says.
There is to be a new inquiry into police corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation.
The racist English Defence League is set to come to Rochdale on Saturday of this week. Activists there are organising to protest against them.
Doctors in the British Medical Association (BMA) have called industrial action on Thursday 21 June against the Tories’ pensions robbery.
Sixteen NHS trusts in south west England have signed up to what unions describe as a "pay cartel".
Workers from Guys and St Thomas’ NHS trust in London protested on Wednesday of last week against a potential Sainsbury’s takeover of pharmacy services.
Lecturers in the UCU union have voted overwhelmingly to continue the fight to defend their pensions.
A referendum in Ireland to decide whether to support a European Union (EU) treaty to cut public spending has returned a yes vote by 60 percent to 40 percent. But the campaign for the treaty only won through fear and bullying—with the only enthusiasm coming from government parties and the bosses.
After years of house arrest, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s first foreign visit was to neighbouring Thailand.
Tensions are growing on the streets of Greece ahead of fresh elections on Sunday.
"I consider abortion to be murder."
The massacre in Houla has re-ignited calls for outside military intervention in Syria. Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague warned the "military option" is on the table. His warning comes alongside the expulsion of Syria diplomats from most western capitals following the massacre by Syrian regime militia in the village of Houla.
Three days of US drone attacks in north west Pakistan have left at least 27 dead.
The biggest danger of a sectarian "spillover" is in Lebanon. There have been sectarian clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, close to the border with Syria’s restive cities of Homs and Hama.
David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson was arrested and charged with perjury by Strathclyde Police on Wednesday of last week.
The contours of the next major phase in the pensions battle are now finally taking shape. This comes after months of sellouts and backtracking by union leaders.
More than 1,100 people in UK prisons committed suicide between 1996 and 2009. By 2010 there were around 35 incidents of prisoners self-harming every day—and this rate has continued to rise.
Britain’s prisons are more overcrowded than ever, with around 16,000 more people in prison than a decade ago.
Women account for almost half of the self-harm incidents in prison—even though only 5 percent of prisoners are women.
Forty years ago this June saw one of the biggest industrial disputes of the 20th century. Builders began their first national strike since 1924.
The Building Workers Charter had been formed in 1970 and the paper soon had a sale of tens of thousands on the sites, with a much wider circulation.
The plan for the Olympic Games to come to London was sold as the only possible way to get some funding into east London. The reality has been very different.
Musician Ben Drew, aka Plan B, turned heads earlier this year with his "riot single" Ill Manors.
Who is Poly Styrene? BBC4, Friday 8 June, 11:30pm
We’re told there’s not enough money around—and that it might lead to a full-blown global recession. It’s true that in 14 leading economies the amount of cash in circulation has dropped by three quarters over six months.
The presidential election campaign is well and truly under way in the US. Barack Obama wants to banish any lingering illusions that he might be an anti-war president.
Rulers’ Olympic nightmare: the voice of the poor speaks The media has highlighted the military manoeuvres around the Olympics—the missiles on blocks of flats and warships on the Thames.
‘There may or may not have been trees’
To lose one tax policy may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two or three looks like carelessness.
Bosses at Torbay Hospital have given their workers a break—by handing them Kit Kat chocolate bars to celebrate winning an award.
You’d have thought that BBC’s Top Gear programme had run out of minority groups to insult and smear.
Tesco boss Terry Leahy says he’s a lefty.
Amid all the Leveson fuss, Tory education secretary Michael Gove admitted that he thinks it’s OK for schools to be run for profit last week.
The government loves to point the finger at "lifestyle choices" to explain health problems faced by ordinary people.
A woman has been given a police warning—for joking on Facebook that she would put out the Olympic torch with a water pistol.
This week's Toff of the Week is Henry Armitage
The nuclear industry is to be subsidised via our electricity bills, at an expense of up to £200 a year for the average household.
It is more than 15 months since the meltdown of four nuclear reactors in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.