Dated: 08 Dec 2012
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George Osborne’s economic plans have left the economy tanking and the welfare state damaged. His autumn statement comes as inequality in Britain looms large.
Over 1,000 health workers and activists protested in Bristol last Saturday against regional pay. Radiographers marched with physiotherapists, nurses, ward clerks, medical secretaries, estates staff and midwives.
Survey bound to support closure NHS North west London has claimed it has majority popular support for plans to close four local A&Es. Some 5,000 people marched through Ealing against the plan in September.
Bus drivers picketed their garages across north London last week. Over 40 striking bus workers were outside Stamford Hill garage on Thursday.
Lorry drivers in Doncaster have called an all-out strike from Thursday of this week and a demonstration at their distribution centre on Saturday.
Around 50 striking train cleaners employed by ISS on East Coast Mainline picketed at King’s Cross station in London on Friday of last week.
The RMT rail union has released a shocking picture of a 12 centimetre gap in the track of the East Coast Mainline at Colton Junction, south of York. Normal running speeds are 125 mph in the area. The picture was taken at the beginning of last week.
Postal workers in the CWU union could refuse to deliver post sent via anyone other than Royal Mail in the new year.
Over 8,000 workers in the Department for Transport struck across Britain on Friday of last week against job losses and office closures.
Teachers at Dunston primary school in Chesterfield held a two-day strike last week over an "intrusive" appraisal scheme and observations.
Over 70 people attended the North West Unite Against Fascism (UAF) regional conference in Liverpool last Sunday, supported by many of the region’s trade unions.
Lawyers in Scotland struck on Monday of this week against planned cuts to legal aid. The action hit courts in Falkirk, Aberdeen, Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Alloa.
Action on the menu in West Midlands About 1,200 workers at factories in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands are being balloted for industrial action, including strikes. They are members of the Unite union employed by the 2 Sisters Food Group.
Labour won a by-election in Rotherham last week—but the vote showed the danger that right wing parties pose.
Disabled man is left behind Wheelchair user Geoff Meeghan was left on the second floor with his carer when an Atos centre was evacuated for a fire alarm.
Talks to end the long running dispute over "downbanding" at Mid Yorkshire hospital NHS Trust have been interrupted by the bosses’ attempt to victimise a striker.
George Osborne announced that his plan for the economy wasn’t working even on his own terms in his somewhat wintery autumn statement today, Wednesday.
Hundreds protested in central London last night, Wednesday, against Tory chancellor George Osborne and his latest round of cuts.
Around 500 people tried to make themselves heard at a public consultation on the closure of Lewisham A&E last Tuesday night.
Events are moving at breathtaking speed in Egypt once again.
François Hollande of France’s Socialist Party (similar to Britain’s Labour Party) was elected president in May. Now his ratings are down to 36 percent—a record low for a new president.
Fast food workers across New York struck on Thursday of last week, demanding a pay rise and the right to join unions.
The new bailout agreement with Greece amounts to looting.
After more than 900 days in custody US army private Bradley Manning finally got to testify at his army pre-trial hearing in Maryland last week.
Israel has said it will restart its illegal settlement building programme in the West Bank, despite being condemned by United Nations (UN) members.
The ongoing Slovak teachers’ dispute has demonstrated the militant potential of the long dismissed Slovak working class.
Teachers and students in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, are striking against the arrest and interrogation of leading Tamil activists from their university.
There are hundreds of thousands of people on the streets today, Friday. People are marching on the presidential palace right now, while the army is trying to close off all access.
Lord Leveson argues that "far from holding power to account, the press is exercising unaccountable power which nobody holds to account".
The man who blacklisted construction workers justified ruining their lives because "they had other agendas" when they raised health and safety issues.
Victor Serge was a revolutionary anarchist who went to Russia in 1919 and joined the communists. His articles, books and novels capture the revolutionary experience in the first half of the 20th century.
The report issued by Lord Justice Leveson last week has done its job effectively.
In this sweet dry comedy two people with serious mental health needs find ways to survive and be happy. Tiffany was severely depressed before her husband died and she copes now by getting drunk and sleeping with lots of different people.
The BBC has been running a documentary series that asks why poverty exists.
Karl Marx walking tour What better way to spend a crisp winter morning in the capital than following in the footsteps of Karl Marx?
George Osborne’s latest statement won’t ease the pain of millions of working class people targeted by the Tories’ austerity attacks.
Socialist Worker is delighted to learn that yet another royal scrounger is on the way.
Many comrades will be sad to learn of the death last week of Colin Tipton after a decades-long battle with MS.
Cyril Smith case exposes double standards People in Rochdale have been shocked by the revelations that former MP Cyril Smith abused boys in the 1970s. But the establishment, including police officers and senior politicians, knew what was going on.
‘On Day of Solidarity with Palestinians, Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 1-state solution’
Sergeant Danny Nightingale became the hero of the press last week for illegally possessing a firearm.
Over three million people work- ing in Britain are struggling to survive on the pay they receive each month—and want to work more hours than they can get. That’s the finding of a new report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).