Dated: 23 Jun 2012
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Across Europe ordinary people’s money is being used to bail out the bankers and the rich.
Women admin workers in west Yorkshire struck for three days last week—and convinced other workers to come out and support them.
The Unison union will ballot over the local government pensions deal—but it won’t make any recommendation until it has asked members what it should be.
Over 1,000 people marched in Glasgow last Saturday on a defiant demonstration opposing deportations of refugees and the return of dawn raids.
Child poverty has fallen according to the latest official figures, released last week—but the statistics conceal continuing misery.
More than 2,000 engineering and supervision workers struck on Monday of this week against plans to introduce a two-tier workforce at Ford car factories.
Over 100 oil refinery workers marched in London on Wednesday of last week in protest at plans to throw them out of work.
All PCS union members in HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) hundreds of offices—some 55,000 workers—are set to hold a one day strike next Monday.
Rail workers in the RMT union on South West Trains are set to be balloted for strikes over Olympic bonuses.
The United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainability is set to begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Wednesday of this week.
The British government is still trying to stop people tortured on its orders during Kenya’s Mau Mau independence war in the 1950s getting compensation.
Around 400 staff at the British Medical Association (BMA) are set to strike over a below-inflation pay offer on Wednesday of this week.
Around 60 health workers and activists met at London South Bank University on Saturday to organise against NHS cuts and privatisation.
Over 20,000 bus workers were set to walk out on Friday of this week in the first London-wide bus strike since 1982.
A Cambridge student, who was suspended for more than two years for taking part in a protest, will have his appeal heard on Friday.
Some 100,000 doctors in the British Medical Association (BMA) are set to join the pensions fight with industrial action on Thursday of this week.
Recycling workers in Sheffield are preparing to escalate their strike campaign on Saturday of this week.
Hundreds picket against greedy pie boss
Call centre workers say their working conditions are harming their health
The number of people working beyond their retirement age has almost doubled since 1993.
Some 30 teachers in the NUT union picketed outside Kimberley School, Nottinghamshire, when they struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
The government plans to punish low paid workers who strike.
Workers at Downhills Primary School in north London struck on Tuesday of this week against government plans to privatise it.
Three quarters of people who have a mental health problem aren’t getting treatment. The Mental Health Policy Group report found that effective therapies exist but aren’t widely available.
Campaigners against academies won two victories last week.
Family, friends and supporters packed into the public gallery at Southwark Coroner’s Court last week for the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg.
Vigils took place across Britain last Sunday to remember those who have died in police custody to coincide with Father’s Day.
The NUT teaching union will ballot members for action over pensions, pay and workload from Monday of next week.
PC Simon Harwood, accused of killing Ian Tomlinson, began his manslaughter trial on Monday of this week.
Trade unionists have launched a campaign to defend union activist and lecturer Christine Vie.
Workers at the threatened Coryton oil refinery near Basildon, Essex, have called three emergency demonstrations for 1pm on Monday of next week.
A striking miner from Spain is on his way to speak at the Unite the Resistance conference in London this Saturday.
After three one-day strikes at API Foils in Livingstone, bosses have reached an agreement with the workers’ Unite union.
Fire crews in Essex have voted by two-to-one to strike against frontline cuts and changes to their conditions.
Irish republican socialist Bernadette McAliskey addressed a meeting of more than 200 people in Glasgow on Thursday of last week. It was part of a campaign for the release of dissident Irish republican Marian Price.
The Unison union’s annual conference has voted to prepare for strikes over pay in the autumn.
Bosses at three London bus companies won a last minute High Court injunction against the Unite union on Thursday night.
There were lively and confident scenes on bus garage picket lines across London on Friday as workers in the Unite union struck for 24 hours to demand an Olympic bonus payment.
Jake works as a bus engineer and was outside West Ham bus garage on strike for the first time. "It’s great to see everyone out together," he said.
The spirit of rank and file rebellion at austerity marked this weekend’s Unite the Resistance conference.
Some 55,000 civil service workers in HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) struck on Monday against job cuts and privatisation.
Len Shelley is assistant branch secretary of the PCS union at the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) headquarters in Euston Tower, central London.
Around 100 people protested in Purfleet, Essex, yesterday (Monday) as part of the fight to save the threatened Coryton oil refinery.
Things never stand still in Tunisia. In the past weeks exiled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was sentenced, in his absence, to ten years imprisonment for unlawful killing. He is hiding from justice in Saudi Arabia.
Greece’s parliamentary election results will not resolve the political and economic crisis that is tearing through the country.
France’s Socialist Party won a majority in the 17 June parliamentary elections, its best result since 1981.
The ruling Military Council (Scaf) has launched a number of very serious attacks on the Egyptian Revolution over the last week. The military police can now arrest civilians at will and parliament has been dissolved.
The people excluded the remnants of the old regime from the election and rejected Ahmad Shafiq at the ballot box. This is important because if Shafiq had won the election this would have led to massive demoralisation.
Tens of thousands of protesters joined an enormous demonstration through the centre of the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Wednesday evening to demand economic justice and action over climate change.
Egyptians heard on Sunday that Mohamed Mursi from the Muslim Brotherhood had won the country’s first presidential election since the fall of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.
For around 6.5 million workers in the UK, being in a union is a recognition that we need organisations to defend us at work. Over 2.5 million of us in the public sector enthusiastically struck together in defence of our pensions on 30 November last year.
David Cameron gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry last week. He said, "I can’t remember if it was me or someone else, who suggested, come on, there’s nothing to hide here, just answer the question."
Revolutions are momentous political battles centred on the actions of millions of ordinary people. They are full of surprises and contradictions—and do not follow any prescribed course or formula.
The revolutionary socialist tradition has always combined a commitment to workers’ revolution with opposition to imperialism.
The British media reports Greece’s crisis as if it was down to the idleness of Greek workers being supported by a generous Europe. Nikos Loudos is a journalist on Workers Solidarity, Socialist Worker’s sister paper in Greece. He spoke to people about the reality of life under the hammer of austerity.
One of Scotland’s sporting giants crashed and died on Thursday of last week. HM Revenue & Customs voted against Rangers Football Club’s proposed debt repayment plan. The only alternative is liquidation.
A festival of art and music from West Africa has arrived in Manchester. We Face Forward draws its title from words uttered by Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah in 1960.
The Oily Cart company excels in producing theatre for young, neglected audiences—babies, two to four year olds, and young people with profound learning disabilities.
From Cable Street to Brick Lane by Phil Maxwell & Haz Hashim5 July, Genesis Cinema, Londonbox office 0870 060 6061
The revolution in Egypt is at a critical moment. Some commentators in the mainstream media have even declared it finished.
The debates at this year’s trade union conferences have shown that workers are determined not to let the Tories make them pay for the crisis.
Comrade Andy Sharp from Crewe sadly died on 27 May 2012. Andy was a bus driver and a T&G union steward and branch secretary, and was also president of Crewe & District Trades Council for many years.
The Tories want us to believe that they are reformed supporters of lesbian and gay equality.
‘A Marxist organisation’
A quarter of the richest people in Britain are Tory party donors—and they have handed Cameron and co a massive £83 million.
Kate Middleton’s parents have splashed out £4.7 million on a new mansion after the queen’s jubilee got the tills ringing at their firm Party Pieces.
More bad news for Newsnight’s political editor Allegra Stratton, whose vicious interview with a woman on benefits sparked outrage.
Our fat cat of the week is Martin Baggs, chief executive of Thames Water.
Four out of the eight accident and emergency (A&E) departments in north west London could close within 12 months.
Supporters of closures often argue that many patients currently going to A&E could be treated better elsewhere.
McKinsey, a US‑based consultancy firm, has picked up NHS contracts worth £5 million in north west London. it is also providing advice on cuts and closures there.