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Dated: 09 Jun 2012


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Welcome to the Tories' health service

A patient died of a heart attack in a hospital corridor after waiting more than two hours for emergency treatment, it has emerged.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Do we need violence to change the world?

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?

Cameron clings to Hunt - but can't escape hacking scandal

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.

What's behind Warsi stories?

Tory Party chairman Lady Warsi faces an inquiry into breaches of the ministerial code.

UCU - we need democracy that will help us fight back

The ability of a union to defend its members ultimately rests on its ability to organise collective industrial action.

Fight over pensions to win on pay

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.

Further education lecturers face attacks on every front

The Further education sector conference agenda reflects the diversity of attacks on "second chance" education.

Sunderland College lecturers strike back

Morale at picket lines was high at Sunderland College on Thursday of last week, as lecturers struck against pay cuts and redundancies.

EIS union prepares to debate austerity

The impact of austerity on education will dominate debates at the annual general meeting of Scotland’s EIS teachers union in Dundee this week.

Alperton school strikes to stop an academy

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.

Fury at cruel attacks on disabled jobs

Disabled workers sent a clear message that they will fight back at the TUC’s disabled workers conference last week.

Solid council strike in Kirklees

A strike by more than 400 admin workers across Kirklees Council in west Yorkshire was a massive success.

Suspended spark wins a victory

Jason Poulter, a Unite union health and safety rep who had been suspended from work for six weeks, has been reinstated.

PCS workers strike to stop cuts

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.

Birmingham health workers set to walk out

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.

Bradford's ace in the hole

Respect Party activists and others are occupying an abandoned construction site in Bradford to protest over it being left empty for a decade.

Post workers strike against closure

Reports round-up

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.

Millions told 'work till you drop' as union leaders announce deal

Local government employees could be forced to work until 67 or later after union leaders and council bosses announced a rotten proposal last week.

Prepare now for autumn strikes

Teachers are demanding their union sticks to a decision to strike over pensions this month.

UCU shows that small unions can pack a punch

Lecturers in the UCU union will discuss the next steps in their pensions campaign at their annual congress in Manchester this weekend.

Sheffield unions make protest battle plan

Unions in Sheffield are determined to make the TUC anti-austerity march in October a massive show of strength.

The Egyptian revolution has entered a new phase

All the possibilities and problems of Egypt’s revolution have been plain to see in Tahrir Square this week.

Work for free at queen’s jubilee

A group of unemployed people slept on the streets last weekend before being coerced into working for free—at the queen’s jubilee.

Top Tory donor pays zero tax

The Tories’ top corporate donor paid no corporation tax for three years.

Battles over Olympics pay

London Bus workers in the Unite union are set to announce the result of their strike ballot over extra pay for Olympics work.

70 years jail for anti-police riot

Fourteen people have been jailed for over 70 years in total for taking part in riots in Nottingham last year.

Less cash in all our pockets

The amount of money in people’s pockets will fall this year for the third year running, a report says.

Police racism and corruption wrecked the Lawrence inquiry

There is to be a new inquiry into police corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation.

Activists are mobilising in Rochdale to stop racist EDL exploiting misery

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' action vote - 'we'll stand up and be counted'

Doctors in the British Medical Association (BMA) have called industrial action on Thursday 21 June against the Tories’ pensions robbery.

Stop NHS trusts' pay cartel

Sixteen NHS trusts in south west England have signed up to what unions describe as a "pay cartel".

Protest at Sainsbury's NHS takeover

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.

Angry lecturers' conference votes for autumn action over pension attacks

Lecturers in the UCU union have voted overwhelmingly to continue the fight to defend their pensions.


International

Irish voters bullied into accepting EU treaty—but the fight continues

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.

Thailand - leaders balance between migrants and the military

After years of house arrest, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s first foreign visit was to neighbouring Thailand.

Left and right prepare for battle in new Greek elections

Tensions are growing on the streets of Greece ahead of fresh elections on Sunday.

Turkey: Protests for right to abortion

"I consider abortion to be murder."

Revolt in Syria is still growing

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.

US drones slaughter dozens

Three days of US drone attacks in north west Pakistan have left at least 27 dead.

Strikes in Lebanon undermine sectarianism

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.


Comment

Did Andy Coulson lie in Sheridan trial?

David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson was arrested and charged with perjury by Strathclyde Police on Wednesday of last week.

Pensions action strengthens the hand of activists

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.


Features

Crime and punishment - why prisons don't work

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.

How governments created overcrowding in jails

Britain’s prisons are more overcrowded than ever, with around 16,000 more people in prison than a decade ago.

A system that makes women suffer

Women account for almost half of the self-harm incidents in prison—even though only 5 percent of prisoners are women.

Building pickets - 1972 and the revolt of workers

Forty years ago this June saw one of the biggest industrial disputes of the 20th century. Builders began their first national strike since 1924.

1972 - rank and file was the key to winning

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.


Reviews

Olympic art: Who benefits from these multi-million pound trinkets?

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.

Ill Manors: Plan B’s gangster film fails to rise above the clichés

Musician Ben Drew, aka Plan B, turned heads earlier this year with his "riot single" Ill Manors.

Reviews round-up

Who is Poly Styrene? BBC4, Friday 8 June, 11:30pm


What We Think

Why the banks are hoarding all the money

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.

Obama’s list of death

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.


Other Categories

Tim's view

Tim: bloodbath

Letters

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.

Quotes from this week's news

‘There may or may not have been trees’

Osborne feels the heat from Tory turmoil over tax U-turns

To lose one tax policy may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two or three looks like carelessness.

Bosses' 'thank you' that takes the biscuit

Bosses at Torbay Hospital have given their workers a break—by handing them Kit Kat chocolate bars to celebrate winning an award.

Top Gear's bigots turn on Travellers

You’d have thought that BBC’s Top Gear programme had run out of minority groups to insult and smear.

Is Tesco boss a socialist?

Tesco boss Terry Leahy says he’s a lefty.

Amid the love-bombing - Gove backs for-profit schools

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.

Official - the Tories are bad for your health

The government loves to point the finger at "lifestyle choices" to explain health problems faced by ordinary people.

The terror of the Olympic flame squirter

A woman has been given a police warning—for joking on Facebook that she would put out the Olympic torch with a water pistol.

Socialist Worker's toff of the week

This week's Toff of the Week is Henry Armitage

Is there an energy crisis - and do we need nuclear power?

The nuclear industry is to be subsidised via our electricity bills, at an expense of up to £200 a year for the average household.

Impact of the Fukushima disaster is still felt today

It is more than 15 months since the meltdown of four nuclear reactors in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.



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