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34 South African miners shot down by police in cold blood
Angry campaigners against violence in police custody marched through Birmingham on Saturday, almost 18 months after the death of 29 year old Kingsley Burrell in the city.
£2 fire sale to equity firm All of London’s fire engines have been sold to a private equity company—for just £2. AssetCo, the troubled private firm which owned the engines, disposed of them in a "fire sale" to AB&A Investments.
London Metropolitan University looks set to become the first British university taken over by a private company, reports have indicated.
For one year the right wingers couldn’t claim that exams are getting easier. Top results for A-levels fell for the first time in 21 years. But the pressures facing young people are far from letting up.
Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder being protected by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, appeared on a low balcony last Sunday to make a speech. He seemed to be almost mocking the British police, who could not touch him.
Tory housing minister Grant Shapps has backed plans to sell off social housing in "expensive areas".
As London prepares for the Paralympic Games next week, disabled activists are organising protests against one of the year’s most grotesque hypocrisies.
This week saw the first closures of the 36 marked Remploy factories, which provide work for disabled people. But workers at some sites are refusing to give up the fight.
Around 50 electricians and their supporters held a protest in London on Friday of last week. They were targetting construction company Crown House which has announced plans to pull out of the JIB national pay agreement.
The Unison and Unite unions have suspended their industrial and legal action against Southampton council to ballot on a deal over pay.
The racist English Defence League (EDL) found itself outnumbered in Chelmsford, Essex, last Saturday as locals came out to oppose its march. The EDL only managed to convince 70 racists to protest against the expansion of a local mosque.
Around 70 anti-racists and people from Sikh organisations from around London gathered outside parliament last Thursday.
Workers were set to finish voting over the future of the local government pension scheme (LGPS) this week. The Unite and Unison unions’ ballots are ending this Friday. The GMB union’s ballot ended last week.
About 70 people, including 20 refugees, joined a demonstration in Glasgow against refugees being made homeless by landlords Ypeople last Friday. Speakers included journalist Ako Zada and representatives from the UCU, FBU and Unison unions.
Activists campaigning to save the historic Ancoats Dispensary building in Manchester protested outside Manchester Town Hall on Saturday.
Some 150 people demonstrated against pay cuts last week outside Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Medical secretaries dressed in black to mourn the proposed death of their jobs.
Some 100 workers at Sheffield council struck over pay on Friday of last week. The GMB, Unite and Ucatt union members work as electricians, mechanics and in other craft trades.
Royal Mail last week announced plans to close Gloucester mail centre and transfer the bulk of its work to Bristol.
Some 16 workers at specialist publishing company Gomer Press struck for half a day on Wednesday of last week. The plant is in Llandysul in Ceredigion, west Wales.
Station protests over ticket prices The RMT union is planning demonstrations at train stations in marginal Tory and Lib Dem seats in the Home Counties as well as at party conferences.
Downhills school is made an academy The High Court crushed the hopes of parents and teachers at Downhills primary school in Haringey, north London, last Wednesday. A judge ruled against holding a judicial review into the forced conversion of the school into an academy.
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Hundreds gathered in Lambeth Town Hall, south London, on Tuesday night for a memorial meeting on the anniversary of Sean Rigg’s death.
Racist killers of Stephen Lawrence lose appeal bid
School students across Britain are reeling today as many discover they have been awarded lower GCSE grades than expected, particularly in English.
Sacked workers at Remploy protested today, Thursday, by occupying the company’s head office in Leicester for four hours.
Workers in the Unison and Unite unions have voted to accept a deal over their local government pension scheme (LGPS).
The police want to march the racist thugs of the English Defence League (EDL) right through the centre of multicultural Walthamstow in east London, Socialist Worker has learned.
As levels of ice in the Arctic Ocean reached a new record low this weekend, around 40 protesters assembled outside Downing Street, central London, with an "Arctic wake up call" for David Cameron.
Bus workers at Abellio Surrey have settled their pay dispute after the company made them an improved offer.
Australia’s Labour government is set to bring back the notorious anti-refugee policies of the previous John Howard government.
Azaz in northern Syria is a town under the control of the opposition. Everything from the baking of bread to the welfare of thousands of refugees from Aleppo is run by revolutionary committees.
Swaziland: Sacked striking teachers rehired Swaziland’s prime minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini agreed last Sunday that a group of teachers who were sacked for striking will be reinstated. The southern African country’s ministry of education had sacked more than 150 teachers at the end of July.
Thapelo Lekgowa, Botsang Mmope and Peter Alexander investigate the scene of the killing
A Muslim minority in Burma’s Arakan state is facing pogroms that have killed at least 90 people and displaced more than 100,000.
The verdict on Norway’s mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has delivered some justice for his victims and their families.
An independent Scotland would remain part of Nato, the leadership of the Scottish National Party (SNP) recently announced. This reversal of party policy marks a significant moment for the SNP—and for the debate on Scottish independence more generally.
The 2012 Paralympic games, starting in London next week, are set to be the biggest ever—with around 5,000 competitors from 147 countries.
Gavin Capps looks at how platinum has taken centre stage in South Africa’s mining industry—and how workers have paid the cost
In the misty early morning of 27 April 1994 I stood in a township near the city of Johannesburg to watch an extraordinary event. Black people, oppressed and spurned for decades, were lining up to vote for the first time.
Parade’s End explores the impact of the First World War, the turbulence of the period and the effect it had on society and ideas. The drama covers the moments leading up to the war, right through to its aftermath.
Riot From Wrong is what the BBC’s The Riots In Their Own Words programme should have been. This new film documentary by Fully Focused Productions pulls no punches.
The massacre of striking workers in South Africa is not simply a human tragedy. It shows what can happen when the logic of capitalism remains, even in a society that has emerged out of momentous uprisings from below.
Myths about rape run deep. A US Republican politician wants to ban abortion, including for women who have been raped.
Hinchingbrooke hospital shows up the failures of health service privatisation Ali Parsa has been given uncritical coverage by the BBC and other media in the past few weeks. He is chief executive of Circle, the private health firm that took over Hinchingbrooke Hospital Trust in Cambridgeshire six months ago.
The government this week published a list of its "most wanted" tax dodgers—a rogues’ gallery of smugglers and VAT fraudsters.
Sky-high ticket prices. Overcrowded trains. Bumper profits for private firms. Massive bonuses for bosses. The reality of Britain’s privatised railways was brought to everyone’s attention last week as another year of above inflation fare increases sparked protests at 40 stations.