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Chris Grayling, the Tory work and pensions minister, launched fresh attacks on benefit claimants this week, despite his smear that they are fakers being proved wrong.
Figures released last week underlined that the Tories’ austerity policies are pushing Britain’s economy deeper into recession.
Ballot papers have gone out in the Unison union’s ballot on whether to accept cuts to the local government pensions scheme (LGPS).
Firefighters in Essex struck for four hours on Thursday of last week as part of their continuing battle against job cuts.
A planned strike by PCS union members on the eve of the Olympics was called off last week after management concessions.
Sunderland strike suspended for talks Workers at Paragon printing company in Sunderland suspended a planned 58 hour strike this week for talks. The action was due to start on Tuesday evening.
Workers at central London’s National Gallery struck for two hours on both Friday and Saturday of last week.
Workers at Atos Healthcare and Atos IT services have voted to strike over pay.
Protesters from the Stop the War Coalition continue to hound war criminal and former prime minister Tony Blair as he tries to rehabilitate himself.
Rows upon rows of empty seats. That was the dominant image of the first few days of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Cleaners expose low pay London Underground cleaners in the RMT union struck as the Olympics opened to demand a living wage. They walked out for two days, starting on Friday of last week—the day of the Olympics opening ceremony.
The jury at the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg at Southwark Coroner’s Court was considering its verdict as Socialist Worker went to press.
Fascist Nick Griffin scurried out of Scotland last Saturday after failing to either turn up to his own protest in Glasgow or hijack another demo 50 miles away.
Disabled workers facing factory closures at Remploy are to strike for a third day on Monday of next week.
"Why aren’t you dead then?" This was the response of an Atos work capability assessor to an interviewee who said they had attempted suicide several times while suffering with depression.
Trade unionists and campaigners all along the south coast are organising to make the TUC’s 20 October demonstration massive, they have told Socialist Worker.
On 15 September marches against hospital cuts are set to hit four London boroughs.
The campaign for compensation for blacklisted construction workers has stepped up a gear. Some 86 former construction workers have lodged a High Court claim against the Sir Robert McAlpine firm.
Rank and file activists gathered outside Ratcliffe on Soar power station in Nottinghamshire on Thursday of last week.
Saturday strikes to hit Stagecoach Winchester coach drivers at Stagecoach were set to hold two 24-hour strikes from 6am on Saturday of this week and next. The workers, in the RMT union, voted to strike over pay and conditions.
Former London regional organiser Steve Hedley has been elected assistant general secretary of the RMT.
The number of people in Britain without a home has rocketed by 25 percent in the past three years, new research has found.
Gove’s attack on teachers Tory education secretary Michael Gove snuck in a fresh attack on education as the Olympics began last week.
The jury in the Sean Rigg inquest has delivered a damning verdict on the police, accusing them of using an "unacceptable level of force" to restrain Sean shortly before he died in their custody.
Waltham Forest has sent a message of defiance to the racist English Defence League (EDL), which plans to march in the east London borough next month.
Cleaners on London Underground are set to strike for 48 hours this Thursday over pay and an Olympic payment.
Sudanese activists demonstrated outside Downing Street on Saturday in solidarity with the Sudanese revolution.
The Syrian government used helicopter gunships, tanks and artillery to bombard the country’s second city Aleppo this week.
Workers in Tunisia have been protesting, and in some places striking, against the privatisation of factories that were nationalised during the revolution.
A coordinated eurozone bailout of Spain’s economy looks increasingly likely. But there is also deep confusion about when and how this could happen.
Government workers marched through the Spanish capital Madrid on Monday of this week while striking against the cuts.
Steelworkers in Greece have ended their nine-month long strike against job cuts at the Hellenic Halyvourgia plant in the west of Athens.
The trial of three members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot began in Moscow this week. They are charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after performing a protest song at the altar of one of Moscow’s major Orthodox cathedrals in February.
The man who gunned down six people at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, yesterday was a white supremacist with a web of links to the neo-Nazi music scene, according to US anti-racists.
There is a puzzling contradiction in contemporary discussion of American power. The theme that the US is in decline, being elbowed out of the way by China, is well established in mainstream discourse.
For four days in August last year the streets of England burned. There were riots and other forms of disorder in at least 66 towns and cities, involving anything up to 15,000 people—most of them young. The police took a hammering as cars and buildings were set ablaze and shops were looted.
"It’s a very difficult time to be young," says Nanda, who lives in Barking. "I’m broke and unemployed. I’m surviving off £53 a week on jobseeker’s allowance.
Anderson Fernandes took two scoops of ice cream from a Manchester cafe after finding the door ajar during last summer’s riots.
The Stop Criminalising Hackney Youth campaign was set up in the weeks after the riots. Some 150 people came to a public meeting on the riots, including many from nearby estates who saw riots on their doorstep.
The police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham sparked riots on 4 August 2011 when local people went to the police station to demand answers.
One year on, the rage still burns
Today’s working class movement faces an urgent task. In order to spur on the fightback to austerity, organisation and confidence must be rebuilt at a rank and file level. But 40 years ago, rank and file workers’ power in Britain was a reality impossible to ignore.
The film director Alfred Hitchcock emphasised that all he wanted was to entertain people.
Despite being born out of brutal and systematic oppression, blues music is not about being depressed or defeated.
A Lowry Summer The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Official events are so often simply a parade of nationalism and militarism that it came as a surprise to many when the Olympics opening ceremony did not just follow that pattern.
The US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent international tour has revealed the vicious politics peddled by the US ruling class. Romney is super-privileged and ultra-rich—and he is not good at hiding that fact.
Let’s reclaim Pride as a protest Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) activists are organising to reclaim the Pride march in London after the event was dramatically scaled back this year.
‘Hang 20 bankers at the end of the street’
Barclays boss Jerry del Missier has walked off with £8.75 million despite admitting illegally rigging Libor interest rates.
Several thousand farmers have staged demonstrations outside dairies in Britain. They have blockaded entrances with machinery and poured milk down drains. But why?