Dated: 16 Jun 2012
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There’s no austerity for the bosses of Britain’s biggest companies. Their pay packets have grown to a typical figure of 139 times average employee earnings, according to a new survey.
Thousands of Tamils marched through central London yesterday (Wednesday) to protest at the queen lunching with the Sri Lankan president who presided over war crimes.
NHS workers in the Unite and Unison unions at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust struck today, Wednesday.
Staff at Merseyside and Halton job centres began a three-day strike yesterday, Wednesday.
The racist EDL failed to deliver the monster demo they had promised for last Saturday in Rochdale.
The inquest into the death of Sean Rigg opened on Monday.
Vigils are planned across Britain on Sunday to remember those who have died in police custody.
The police are 37 times more likely to stop and search black people than their white counterparts, a new report has found.
Church leaders and Tory MPs have joined a chorus of bigots attacking plans to allow same-sex couples to get married.
The government of Spain—the fourth biggest eurozone economy—has turned to the European Union for a bailout estimated at up to £81 billion.
How to resist the Tory attacks was the theme of the GMB Congress in Brighton this week. But the key terrain of that battle for the union is the Labour Party’s conduct in opposition.
New details have come to light about the boss of the company that made unemployed people work for free during the jubilee.
Shop workers could be better off on the dole because of tax credit changes brought in by the Tory government.
Doctors are set to take their first industrial action in four decades on Thursday 21 June to defend pensions. They will refuse all work apart from urgent and emergency procedures.
Lecturers in the UCU union voted overwhelmingly to continue the fight to defend their pensions at their annual conference in Manchester last weekend.
A conference in London next Saturday organised by Unite the Resistance aims to forge links between all those fighting back.
Cleaners in the RMT union at Tyne & Wear Metro struck solidly for 48 hours starting from last Sunday night. They are demanding an end to poverty pay and victimisation of union activists.
Men, women and children are being forcibly deported by the Tories. This is the reality of the government’s propaganda about immigrants and family life
The Tories pose as the party of the family. But they are choosy about which families they defend.
Activists and academics are preparing for an alternative summit this weekend in advance of the United Nations Rio+20 summit on climate change.
Harwich taxi control room staff in Essex are celebrating the reinstatement of their shop steward who was suspended for "insubordination".
The National Shop Stewards Network held its sixth annual conference last Saturday. Speakers included Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, and Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary. Both spoke about their members’ determination to build further coordinated strikes against the government’s attacks on pensions, and further cuts.
London bus workers have voted overwhelmingly to strike over Olympic pay—raising the prospect of a bus strike during the games themselves.
Delegates to the EIS teaching union’s annual general meeting in Dundee last weekend voted unanimously to continue the fight for pensions. The motion passed called for further joint action in the campaign.
Coastguard staff in the PCS union are holding lightning strikes throughout June.
Around 40 workers protested outside Coryton oil refinery in Essex on Monday and Tuesday of this week against the planned closure of the plant—which will see 850 workers sacked.
The GMB union threw its weight into the fight against blacklisting at its congress this week.
Around 60 parents, staff, pupils and local people attended a loud and lively lobby of a governors’ meeting at Worthing High School in West Sussex last week.
A flying picket of women admin workers in Kirklees brought refuse workers out on unofficial strike on Tuesday of this week.
Cutbacks in the number of health and safety inspectors and inspections lie behind the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh.
Lecturers in the UCU union at Salford University have voted overwhelmingly for strikes to defend jobs.
Teachers in the NASUWT union at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School in Lancashire are balloting for industrial action against plans to turn the school into an academy.
Teachers were set to meet in Liverpool this Saturday to discuss the fight to defend their pensions.
Delegates to the UCU conference resoundingly rejected attempts by their general secretary Sally Hunt to change the union’s structures. They said the changes would have undermined democracy and risked derailing struggle by encouraging passivity.
The UCU union held further and higher education sector conferences on Friday of last week before its main conference began on Saturday. Delegates voted resoundingly for action to defend their pay, jobs, pensions and conditions.
Workers from the Coryton oil refinery in Essex are set to march in London tomorrow (Thursday) to demand government action to save their jobs.
Over 100 oil refinery workers took to the streets of London today (Wednesday) in a protest against plans to throw them out of work.
The Unite union has called the first London-wide bus strike since 1982. It will take place on Friday 22 June and involve some 20,000 workers.
The revolution in Syria is entering a critical phase marked by mutinies, strikes and a growing insurgency—as well as renewed attempts by the West and other outside forces to intervene.
A militant strike by 8,000 coal miners has brought parts of northern Spain to a standstill. They have been on strike for over three weeks against cuts to mining subsidies.
The impact of the crisis in Spain affects all aspects of life for ordinary people.
Students in Quebec, Canada, marched again in defiance of the anti-protest Special Law, following the collapse of new negotiations with the government at the end of May.
Voters in Egypt face a critical choice in the second round of presidential elections on 16 and 17 June. On the ballot paper will be Ahmed Shafiq, candidate of the army and supporters of Hosni Mubarak’s old regime, and Mohamed Mursi, a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Up to 30,000 teachers struck in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday of last week in what looks set to be a long-running battle over pay.
The Israeli government has begun rounding up migrants in order to forcibly deport them.
The Greek election campaign entered its final week with two important events overshadowing the strategies of the old ruling parties.
Nine medical workers were sent to prison on Thursday in Bahrain. This capped off an eventful 24 hours in the Gulf state and the year-long uprising threatens to spill over once more.
The main shopping street in Rochdale is crowded with charity stores, pawn brokers, pound shops and "cash converters".
In France’s presidential elections in April Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the radical left candidate, waged a dynamic campaign and won around four million votes. But at the same time the fascist Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen achieved a record 6.4 million votes.
The poster for the new film Red Tails shows Second World War fighter aircraft in combat. It doesn’t show that the pilots are all black. You wouldn’t know that the Red Tails’ greatest achievement was overcoming racism. The 332nd Airborne were the only black fighter pilots in the segregated US Air Force, where racism was deeply entrenched.
It's hard not to be infected by the enthusiasm with which fantasy author China Miéville describes his revival of "goofy old 1960s comic" Dial H for Hero.
The latest from left wing director Ken Loach is a heist movie set among the web of petty and not so petty frustrations of working class life.
Damon Albarn’s "Afro-pastoral folk opera" about a 16th century mathematician sees him reunited with Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, his band mate in The Good, the Bad and the Queen.
This week will see Britain’s foremost documentary film festival take place in Sheffield.
Everywhere we look the rich show they are all in it together while they make us pay for their crisis.
David Cameron is likely to forget more than where he left his daughter this week. The Tory toff is set to give evidence at the Leveson inquiry after Socialist Worker went to press.
Government of millionaires targets 'problem' families David Cameron blames 120,000 "troubled" families for "a large amount of crime" and claims that £75,000 is spent on each family a year.
‘An unfortunate logistics planning problem’
David Cameron’s mantra about the Leveson inquiry is that all politicians "got too close" to Murdoch. But behind that is the truth about how deep he was drawn into the Murdoch web. Again and again he has had to admit more meetings with the Murdochs.
The 8,000 people who are going to carry the Olympic torch were supposed to be chosen because they were "inspirational". But the official list shows hundreds of torchbearers were selected just because they are bigwigs at one of the corporate sponsors.
The world’s super-rich will spend almost £1 trillion on luxury this year, a report says. They are so rich that they’re looking for new ways to splash their cash—and posh "experiences" instead of things are the newest trend.
They had an unusual way of celebrating the jubilee in Bury. Instead of waving union jacks, they held a festival where people dressed up as Nazis. But things got a lot worse when a Jewish couple was asked to join in—by dressing as Holocaust victims.
Local government workers who have been battling to save their pensions are being offered a deal that means massive cuts.
Supporters of the deal claim that career average pensions can be better. But the only way to make that claim is to be very pessimistic about pay.