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Horrific cases of child abuse have come to light recently from Jimmy Savile’s victims to the Rochdale and Rotherham scandals.
Teachers in an east London school have won a significant victory as part of a national campaign over workload and conditions.
Lecturers in the EIS teaching union in Scotland are set to strike on Tuesday of next week over pay. The workers are fighting a below-inflation 1 percent pay offer.
Hundreds of people turned out at St Paul’s Cathedral last Saturday to celebrate the first anniversary of Occupy London. They heard speakers from Greece, Spain and the student movement in Quebec before marching to City Hall.
More than 100 striking Tesco lorry drivers marched through Doncaster, south Yorkshire, on Tuesday of last week in defence of their jobs.
Some 40 supporters of the campaign for justice for Jimmy Mubenga protested outside Crown Prosecution Service offices in central London on Friday of last week.
Lecturers at Gateshead College staged a highly successful strike on Wednesday of last week. The UCU union members are fighting management attempts to impose unacceptable changes to their working conditions.
Workers in the PCS union will vote on an offer to end a dispute over conditions in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) call centres.
Activists hand in closures petition Campaigners against the planned closure of half the A&Es in north west London delivered petitions signed by over 60,000 to stop the cuts. Around 50 activists delivered the petitions to North West London NHS headquarters last week.
Show us the 1972 documents Construction workers are demanding the release of government documents relating to the 1972 builders’ strike.
"The Metropolitan police is the most dangerous institution on Britain," anti-racist campaigner Darcus Howe told some 300 people last Saturday.
A judge has ruled that the police must hand over video footage to the legal team of the family of Azelle Rodney. Azelle was shot by a police officer at point blank range in April 2005.
The government is preparing a vicious attack on NHS workers’ pay, terms and conditions, it has emerged.
RMT union members at delivery company DHL’s Neasden depot in North London are set to strike next Monday for 24 hrs over pay and conditions.
Fresh inquests could be held into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Haringey council in north London is planning to move residents to the north—and even produced a PowerPoint presentation with a motorway sign to prove it (see picture, above).
Gas firms cash in on the cold Energy firms are hiking up their prices just as the weather gets colder—again. Companies including British Gas, Npower, and Scottish Power are raising prices by up to 9 percent.
The fascist English Defence League (EDL) is threatening to descend on Walthamstow, east London, on Saturday 27 October. The racists hope to spread fear among Muslims and whip up violence.
On Tuesday home secretary Theresa May overruled the extradition of computer hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
Over 150 people linking arms around the international secretariat of Amnesty International in Islington, north London, this morning (Wednesday).
The Tories plan to sack 600 firefighters and close 17 fire stations in London. This represents a huge and fundamental attack on the capital’s fire service.
A head teacher at an east London school is threatening to cut teachers’ pay if they take part in action short of a strike.
Lecturers across University of East London (UEL) campuses walked out today, Thursday, in a dispute over workload and management bullying.
New evidence has emerged of tens of thousands of workers being on blacklists. The scale of the blacklist may be far larger than previously thought—and it goes well beyond the construction industry.
Hundreds of thousands of workers from across Britain are making the final preparations for the TUC’s mass march in London tomorrow, Saturday.
Around 100 Travellers and their supporters marched on the Department for Communities and Local Government in central London today (Friday) to mark the anniversary of the Traveller evictions at Dale Farm in Essex.
Protesters from the length and breadth of the country are on their way to central London this morning to take part in the TUC’s national demonstration against the Tory’s vicious cuts programme.
Protesters are gathering in Glasgow’s George Square for the Scottish TUC’s anti-austerity protest.
Wales The Wales TUC train to London is packed with 650 trade unionists, politicians and activists, reports Seb Cooke.
Voices and portraits from the anti-cuts protest in London
The huge TUC march in London set off at noon. Giant balloons from the Unite and Unison unions hover overhead along with some from the Daily Mirror newspaper.
Marchers in London have started arriving in Hyde Park for the closing rally of the TUC’s anti-austerity march.
The march of thousands in Glasgow has ended. The Scottish TUC is estimating that more than 10,000 people took part in the protest. Some marchers estimate that up to 15,000 demonstrated.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has addressed the TUC rally in London—and won cheers when he called for a general strike.
The crowd in London’s Hyde Park at the TUC rally has little truck with the idea we need any cuts—and is raring to fight back against the Tories.
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I became active before the revolution, organising demonstrations and sit-ins at my workplace early in 2010.
The second general strike this autumn in Greece was set to take place on Thursday of this week. Several sections of workers are already striking.
The United Nations (UN) has waved through more sanctions on Syria—freezing the assets of 28 individuals and two companies.
As the US presidential election approaches, both camps are drafting in volunteers to phone people and persuade them to vote on 6 November.
Workers in Greece took part in a general strike today, Thursday, in protest at the Greek government’s plans to push through even harsher austerity measures on the country’s population.
Jalila al-Salman is vice president of the teachers’ union in Bahrain. She faces the prospect of a three year prison sentence on Sunday for her trade union activities, which include leading a strike.
There are two main arguments why socialists should support Scottish independence in the 2014 referendum.
The party conferences have been unable to conceal the fact that the government coalition is in big trouble. Its reason for existence is to reduce the budget deficit—indeed chancellor George Osborne’s original plan was to eliminate it.
The economy has crashed but is this really a ‘crisis of capitalism’?
The experience of being black in Britain has changed beyond recognition after 50 years of fighting racism and being part of working class struggle. It has changed Britain for both black and white people.
The unemployed of Belfast rose up 80 years ago against poverty. They united against sectarian division—and won.
The last thing the eyeball of Edward Oldcorne would have seen was the executioner walking to disembowel him.
World Spirit Forum theatre group Glasgow’s World Spirit Forum theatre group is seeking new members for an anti-racism project in schools. Its community theatre explores "integration" and the asylum process from the perspective of those experiencing it directly.
The scale of attack the Tories want to inflict on ordinary people is colossal. If the millionaire Tories get their way they are going to lay waste to the welfare state and slash our living standards.
For those who began reading the journal International Socialism in the early 1960s, a key part of its appeal was the design of its magnificent covers. Each one was different, and gave the journal a powerful identity.
Julie Leadbetter, a lifelong workplace activist and revolutionary socialist, has died at the tragically early age of 55.
Stop these attacks on civil service reps I am horrified by the government proposal to cut union time for reps in the civil service. As a rep I deal with members who have problems with pay, unfair disciplinary action and bullying from managers who are trying to get more work out of fewer staff.
‘All we get is grief. All we get is hassle’
Millions of people in Britain are cutting back on the essentials as food prices continue to surge.
One in three women in Britain will have an abortion in their lifetime. When the Abortion Act made abortion legal in 1967 it was a milestone moment in the fight for women’s liberation.