Dated: 09 Feb 2013
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Hospital wards in Britain are sometimes or always dangerously understaffed. That’s according to a majority of nurses who responded to a recent Nursing Times poll.
The Socialist Worker Student Society is holding two events debating the crisis of capitalism and resistance to it.
Some 60 people turned out to a meeting on injustice at the hands of the state in Sheffield last week.
Dozens of low-paid factory workers rallied outside the Greencore bakery in Hull on Wednesday of last week, on strike against attacks on their pay.
After two magnificent one-day strikes at Amnesty’s International Secretariat in north London, workers agreed a new redundancy policy and pay deal last week.
Around 80 construction workers held a protest in Teesside from 6.15am on Monday morning of this week.
Agency workers at stations of the Bakerloo and District lines of the London Underground have voted unanimously to strike over threats to jobs and conditions.
Department for Transport workers in the PCS union called off their strike last Friday after the government agreed to talks.
Ministry of Justice workers walked out for two hours on Wednesday of last week. They oppose the privatisation of the fines collection service that they work for.
The Unison union representing council workers in Southampton has blasted the Labour council’s budget.
Thousands of workers at the BBC are preparing to strike against job cuts at the corporation.The National Union of Journalists says management want to force through 30 compulsory redundancies as part of their cost-cutting programme.
Teachers at Redhill School began a two-day strike on Tuesday of this week against plans to turn the school into an academy. The teachers are members of the NASUWT union.
NASUWT union members at Newton-le-Willows Primary school in St Helens struck on Tuesday of this week against a punitive appraisal policy.
Lecturers at Halesowen College were set to strike on Thursday of next week in defence of four sacked lecturers.
Elections are underway in the lecturers’ UCU union. The UCU Left group, which Socialist Worker supporters are part of, is standing several candidates for national officer and national executive committee positions.
Some people on the government’s welfare to work scheme are being pushed into pretending to be self-employed so that private firms can make money.
Around 500 people joined a march against plans to close a swimming pool in south Manchester on Saturday of last week.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has condemned a decision by London mayor Boris Johnson to go ahead with swingeing cuts.
Rank and file candidate Jerry Hicks will challenge Len McCluskey for general secretary of the Unite union.
The Remploy factory in Springburn, Glasgow, slammed its doors on its workers on Thursday of last week.
Tory chancellor George Osborne has said he wants to stop banks using the money in ordinary people’s accounts to fund risky investments.
The cost of cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear waste site has reached £67.5 billion according to a new report.
Over 400,000 of the people set to be hit by the Tories’ "bedroom tax" will be disabled. That’s someone in almost two thirds of affected households.
Student protesters Alfie Meadows and Zak King will face their third trial for violent disorder next week.
Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, the man accused of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan, is awaiting sentence after being found guilty.
Carole Duggan, Mark’s aunt, spoke about his killing
The fascist English Defence League (EDL) has cancelled a march planned for Cambridge on Saturday 23 February, saying it will now hold a static protest.
It was standing room only at Socialist Worker’s London meeting to discuss year three of the Egyptian Revolution this week.
Ballot papers will land on the doormats of quarter of a million civil service workers this week.
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Teachers in the NUT union have demanded their union leadership calls strikes at a series of angry union reps’ meetings across Britain.
Workers in the Unite union are set to be balloted for strikes at one of London’s largest housing associations.
Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that he intends to close and downgrade swathes of services at Lewisham Hospital.
Some 57 percent of respondents to a survey by Nursing Times (NT) magazine described their ward or unit as sometimes or always "dangerously understaffed".
Farm Workers in the Unite union protested on Saturday of last week against the government’s plan to scrap the agricultural wages board.
Furness opposes maternity closure Around 250 people met last Friday to oppose the decision to close maternity services and critical care for newborns at Furness General Hospital.
A firebomb attack on an anarchist bookshop in Whitechapel, east London, last week damaged thousands of books.
Unions in Greece have called a general strike on 20 February against a government clampdown on strikers.
The Greek ruling class is keen to deflect people’s anger at the cuts and the crisis towards migrant workers. But it doesn’t always get its own way.
Pressure is growing on Spain’s Tory prime minister Mariano Rajoy to resign along with leading members of his cabinet.
The government is trying to close more than 50 hospitals, out of a total of 133 in Greece.
French forces intensified their bombardment of northern Mali last weekend. Thirty aircraft took part in bombing raids on at least 20 targets in the mountainous regions near the Algerian border.
The military clampdown in Egypt claimed more lives last week.
Karl Marx in his famous work Capital referred to "the incredible adulteration of bread" in 19th century Britain.
Ten years ago, bloated with a euphoric belief in its own omnipotence, the United States under George W Bush was preparing to invade Iraq. Where does US power stand today?
Medical secretaries and admin workers are a vital part of the NHS and have extensive specialist knowledge.
Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust wants to cut the NHS at a time when people across Wakefield District are struggling with serious health problems.
Harold Wilson became leader of the Labour Party 50 years ago this month.
In 1953 Harold Wilson wrote a book called The War on World Poverty.
The cuts across the NHS will wreck the lives of workers and patients alike if they go ahead. In Yorkshire, 500 low paid women workers are standing up to the Tory assault. And local people and other hospital staff are right behind them.
Around 10,000 households are struggling with fuel poverty in Wakefield— meaning they spend 10 percent or more of their income on fuel.
It is a happy coincidence that Manet, Portraying Life opened as the musical based on Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is on in cinemas across Britain.
How do you overthrow one of the world’s most notorious military dictatorships? For Chilean director Pablo Larrain, the answer seems to be with the power of happiness.
Fifty years ago this month the Beatles recorded their iconic album, Please Please Me.
This is the first of three short stories to mark the centenary of the birth of Rosa Parks.
The Young Fathers are a hip hop trio hailing from Edinburgh.
The question of whether people of the same sex can marry has opened up deep rifts in the Tory party.
The odious Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne looks set to go prison for fiddling his speeding penalty points.
Tory care reforms will make childhood as joyless as work There were cries of alarm in my children’s centre last week at Tory minister Liz Truss’s increase of child to worker ratios in early years settings.
‘Mum’s not the only leggy beauty in the family’
Last week brought earth-shattering news. Almost as many people in England and Wales now speak Polish as Welsh.
Teenager Melissa Jones was arrested, spent ten hours in a cell and faced a gruelling eight months waiting to go to trial.
A woman in her 80s was found close to death last week, after cops shut down her care centre.
Remember when those dastardly Islamists burned all the ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu?
Mali is at the centre of the new front in the "war on terror". French forces, aided by the US and Britain, have invaded to fight "Islamic extremism" in the country.
The semi-nomadic Tuareg people have lived in the region since the 12th century.
Mali is one of the 25 poorest countries in the world.