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Issue: 2312

Dated: 21 Jul 2012

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Olympic fat cats grab gold

Before the first starting gun has been fired, it’s already clear who the winners of the Olympics will be.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Teachers stand up to Michael Gove and the privateers

Noel Park Primary School Teachers at Noel Park Primary School walked out on Thursday of last week against plans to turn their school into an academy.

Marches in Oxford and Sheffield gear up for autumn

Up to 200 trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners joined a march in Oxford last Saturday. It was called by Oxfordshire NUT and NASUWT unions.

Huge turnout in Durham for Miners' Gala

Around 100,000 people attended the Durham Miners’ Gala last Saturday. Some 80 miners’ banners were paraded through the city and about 50 brass bands turned up from ex-mining communities.

Lambeth College lecturers strike

Lecturers in the UCU union at Lambeth College struck for an hour on Friday of last week. The action was in response to the college’s lesson observation policy.

Revealed: how health bosses are plotting to slash NHS pay

NHS bosses in England and Wales plan to slash pay for hundreds of thousands of health workers next year.

Remploy workers set to strike to stop cruel closures

Thousands of disabled workers were set to strike this week to save their jobs. The Tories want to close 36 of 54 Remploy factories, which employ disabled workers.

Reports round-up

Olympics protesters won’t back down Activists in east London are preparing a Counter Olympics demonstration for Saturday of next week—in defiance of Transport for London attempts to ban it.

Pride marches in Glasgow, Bristol and Bournemouth

Pride marches took place across Britain on Saturday for LGBT rights. In Glasgow some 6,000 people took part, making it what organisers say is the largest ever in Scotland.

Protests for Coryton jobs

Workers at the Coryton oil refinery in Essex have called demonstrations at the nearby Vopak terminal this weekend. This follows a packed public meeting on Wednesday of last week.

Bus strikes force out bonuses from under Boris's bed

Bus workers in London were voting on an offer in their fight for an Olympic bonus as Socialist Worker went to press.

G4S Olympics fiasco is just the latest in a string of scandals

The failure of security firm G4S to find enough staff to cover the Olympics is the latest in its long history of scandals and privatisation.

News round-up

Police invent terror evidence West Midlands Police have been caught making up evidence to detain a Muslim student under the Terrorism Act.

Firefighters ready to march in Essex

Firefighters in Essex were set to strike and hold a mass march through Chelmsford on Wednesday of this week.

Traffic wardens strike in Camden and York

Some 160 traffic wardens in Camden, north London, struck for two days last week. They are demanding a living wage from parking contractor NSL.

Sean Rigg inquest hears from police officer

The inquest into the death of Sean Rigg has heard from the police officer who was responsible for his wellbeing.

Transport round up

Rail workers in the RMT union at First Great Western have voted to accept an Olympic payment offer. They had started a strike ballot.

Maritime round-up

Coastguards take action against cuts Coastguards in the PCS union took industrial action last week over the closure of 50 percent of the rescue stations in Britain.

Racists outnumbered by Bristol protests and Pride

The English Defence League’s (EDL) promise of a march of thousands in Bristol turned out to be a damp squib last Saturday.

Six arrested under Terrorism Act

West Midlands Police have charged six men under the Terrorism Act 2006 for an alleged plot to attack an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration in Dewsbury last month.

Meeting demands Pride returns as a protest

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists from across London came together on Monday to reclaim London Pride.

Ian Tomlinson died after shove from G20 riot cop

The verdict in the trial of Simon Harwood was being decided as Socialist Worker went to press.

Probe into abortion clinics finds little wrongdoing

Health secretary Andrew Lansley ordered a £1 million investigation into whether clinics were getting abortion forms "pre‑signed". It found only 14 had done it.

BMA workers walk out over pay

Workers at the British Medical Association (BMA) struck today, Wednesday, over pay. Members of the GMB union employed by the doctors’ organisation walked out for 24 hours.

University of East London lecturers fight for respect at work

Around 60 lecturers and their supporters protested at the University of East London today (Wednesday) against management plans to restructure the way they work.

Striking Essex firefighters march against cuts to jobs and services

Firefighters on strike in Essex marched through the town of Chelmsford on Wednesday together with supporters from up and down the country.

Remploy workers walk out to save their jobs and factories

Disabled workers took to picket lines to fight for their jobs today, Thursday. It was the first of two 24-hour strikes by Remploy workers in the Unite and GMB unions.

Riot cop who shoved Ian Tomlinson found not guilty

Police officer Simon Harwood walked free from court today, Thursday, acquitted of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson.

Remploy strike: reports and pictures from around the country

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Post workers in Bridgwater walk out unofficially against bullying

Royal Mail workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, went on unofficial strike on Friday against bullying managers.

Protests at Vopak to save Coryton

Up to 80 workers at the Coryton oil refinery and their supporters protested outside the Vopak terminal in Purfleet, Essex, today (Saturday).

London Underground cleaners set to strike on Friday and Saturday

Cleaners on the London Underground are striking on Friday 27 July and Saturday 28 July for basic rights, dignity and an end to injustice.


Eyewitness from Mexico: Revolt against flawed elections

For the second time in six years protests have erupted after an election result was seen as deeply flawed. The context is the ruling elites’ response to attempts to challenge them at the ballot box. The old ruling party, the PRI, controlled the Mexican presidency for 70 years.

Syrian revolution comes to a critical crossroads

The Syrian revolution has reached a new crossroads. Recent regime massacres have combined with a series of defections that could open the door to greater influence by the West.

International round-up

US’s riot training for West Africa US marines are teaching crowd control to troops in several West African countries.

Strike by workers who opened door to Egypt's revolution

Some 23,000 workers at the giant Misr Spinning plant in Mahalla al-Kubra, Egypt, walked out on strike last Sunday.

Kenya's Mau Mau veterans demand justice

Three Mau Mau veterans took their case against the British government to London’s High Court on Monday of this week.

Bank crisis could let Berlusconi return

Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded some of Italy’s major banks on Monday of this week.

Shia youth rise up in Saudi Arabia in protest at leading cleric's arrest

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Solidarity with Mahalla workers!

Once again the Mahalla workers have declared a strike. Let us not forget that their great strikes in December 2006 and September 2007 and their struggles in February and April 2008 were the sparks which ignited the Egyptian revolution.

Electricity workers in Lebanon strike back against casualisation

Some 2,300 electricity workers in Lebanon have been on strike for the past 79 days. They are demanding permanent contracts from Électricité du Liban (EdL), the state department that manages electricity in the country.

Protests against austerity cuts erupt across Spain

Massive demonstrations against austerity rocked cities across Spain on Thursday night.



The miners of Asturias and their long history of struggle

In the region of Asturias, north western Spain, most of the country’s coal mines are to be found. On banners or painted on pit village walls three dates symbolise the fight of these workers—1934, 1962 and 2012.

Striking miners march on Madrid and say: 'We can be the spark!'

We didn’t expect such an amazing reception when we marched into Madrid on Tuesday. I didn’t dare to dream that it would be like that. The sheer size of the march meant we could barely move.

Spirit of revolt spreads across Spain

The miners’ struggle in Spain has become a focus for the fight against austerity.

The madness of Spain's rulers

The 63 percent cut in mining subsidies and attacks on workers has been implemented by a right-wing Popular Party (PP) government that despises working class people.

Racist bosses are in a league of their own

Is football the epicentre of racism? With the scandal of former England captain John Terry fresh in our minds it is tempting to think so.


Music of the Arab revolutions spreads alongside the struggle

Music, poetry and politics have always mixed in the Middle East—and never more so than during the Arab Spring.

Anthony Cartwright: How I Killed Margaret Thatcher

This is a story of a working class family in Dudley living under Margaret Thatcher.

Exhibitions round-up

Superhuman Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1

Cairo, Year One exhibition

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What We Think

Miliband won't lead the charge against the Tories

It was before the Berlin Wall fell and when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister that a Labour leader last spoke at the Durham Miner’s Gala.

No room for the poor?

Are there too many people in Britain? A report based on last year’s census says that there are almost half a million more people here than previously thought.

Other Categories

Tim: Olympic troops

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Tim's view



Don’t let government dismiss people like me This government despises the working class and many of its "welfare reforms" are aimed at emasculating us. The ruling class know that if we stand together we are strong. But it’s difficult to feel strong when you are claiming state benefits.

Quotes from this week's news

‘The Bob Diamond of the retail world’

The Olympic Games will be great (for getting out of tax)

Poor old fat cats. They can’t even avoid their tax without causing a backlash.

Israel's endless lies cover up devastation in Palestine

The human rights group B’Tselem reveals the horrific reality of daily life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in its annual report for 2011.

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