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The Tories promised that new jobs in the private sector would make up for what they slashed from the public sector.
Britain’s biggest union is rushing through a general secretary election—and blacklisted former rep Jerry Hicks is campaigning for a fightback against austerity and job cuts.
Private companies, such as Virgin Care and InHealth, are lobbying to avoid tax on the profits they make from health care contracts.
The Academies Commission that reported last week was expected to be a whitewash. It was set up to help academies work better.
Signallers escalate dispute in Scotland Railway signallers across Scotland could walk out to support signallers in Stirling.
Striking Post workers held a lively and determined picket line in Whitstable, Kent, last Saturday.
Six people including a 20 day old baby were killed as they tried to hide from a tower block fire in 2009, an inquest has heard.
Some 300 people packed into a central Newcastle hall on Wednesday of last week to rally against library closures.
Over 100 people joined a rally outside Battersea Park Adventure Playground on Saturday of last week (see above).
Around 7,000 people marched from Hackney to Haringey, north London, last Sunday in protest at the assassination of three Kurdish activists in Paris last week.
London’s Met Office revised its predictions about climate change last week.
The NUT union’s national executive committee will vote on whether to call a one-day national strike in March on Thursday of next week.
Bosses at Halesowen College in the Black Country dismissed three lecturers on Friday of last week.
The National Executive and national officer elections in the UCU union are set to open in a few weeks’ time.
Unison, the largest union in the NHS, has agreed to negotiate with employers over attacks to the national agreement on terms and conditions.
Staff in the PCS union at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have voted for strikes over compulsory redundancies and cuts.
Workers walked out over "disgusting" welfare conditions on the construction site of a massive new power station last week.
pensions minister Steve Webb unveiled changes to pensions this week. He claimed that the reforms would give poorer workers and women better pensions.
MPs voted last week for a real term cut to most working age benefits by scrapping the link with inflation. It could leave some people as much as £215 a year worse off.
A new study has highlighted the dangers of government cuts to health and safety workplace inspections.
Jimmy Savile used his wealth and power—and his close relationship with the police—to carry out serial abuse over five decades.
Tory education secretary Michael Gove has appointed academy sponsor and Tory donor John Nash as education minister.
A senior cop tried to sell information on the phone hacking inquiry to the now defunct News of the World tabloid.
MPs are demanding a 32 percent pay rise —because they claim they can’t survive on any less.
Royals meddle in making laws The Queen and Prince Charles have directly interfered in at least 39 bills to parliament.
Over 500 anti-fascists rallied outside London’s Greek embassy today, Saturday. The protest was in solidarity with a demonstration in Athens against Greece’s Nazi party Golden Dawn.
Around 300 NUT union reps from London met today, Saturday, to discuss education secretary Michael Gove's attacks on education.
French warplanes began pounding the northern half of the West African state Mali on Friday of last week.
A right wing demonstration of around half a million people marched in Paris on Sunday of last week against gay marriage.
Socialists in Nigeria are taking action to defend Socialist Worker editor Femi Aborisade, whose house was attacked twice. The first time, on 22 November, he suffered machete wounds.
Over 1,000 workers struck last week over working conditions at a Foxconn plant in China.
An Egyptian court has granted former dictator Hosni Mubarak a retrial over his responsibility for the killings of hundreds of protesters in 2011.
Six men have been arrested and police are looking for a seventh after a woman was raped on a rural bus in the Punjab region of India.
The British press has blamed bloody killings last week in Quetta, Pakistan, on "religious fanatics". This does nothing to explain why they took place.
Anti-fascist protesters were set to fill the streets of Greece’s capital, Athens, on Saturday of this week in an enormous demonstration against Golden Dawn.
Black director Spike Lee has been very hostile to Django Unchained.
Jimmy Savile knew that his victims in state institutions would find it hard to stand up to him.
Many people have rightly condemned a column written by Julie Burchill in last Sunday’s Observer newspaper and are shocked that the paper would publish it.
David Cameron will finally make his long heralded speech on renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the European Union (EU) on Friday. He is in a pretty pickle.
George Orwell wrote, "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
Orwell’s view of the kind of socialism needed in Britain—most clearly stated in The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius—is fundamentally wrong, but not in a trite, nationalistic way.
George Orwell wrote one of the most important celebrations of revolution–Homage to Catalonia.
One of Orwell’s writings being rereleased as a cheap pamphlet is the Politics and the English Language.
How a socialist shared his ideas with other prisoners.
Quentin Tarantino’s new film is a violent revenge fantasy set in the years leading up to the US Civil War.
Why did the Industrial Revolution happen here? Why was Britain the first country to industrialise and why did it begin in the 18th century?
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously supported Western intervention in Mali.
The Loyalist riots in Belfast have moved on to their traditional target—Catholics.
Target banks and bosses, not people claiming benefits Government efforts to cap a rise in working age benefits at 1 percent show how shameless Tory millionaires are.
‘Last year was a great one for the world’s billionaires’
Almost half the food produced in the world every year never makes it onto a plate, according to a new report.
If a council worker has to commute by train to London from Chelmsford in Essex, they’ll pay £348.70 a month for the privilege. In a year the cost is £3,540.
Britain’s rail network was nationalised 65 years ago—for the second time.
Poor maintenance under Railtrack led to a crash at Potters Bar that killed seven people in 2002.