Dated: 09 Mar 2013
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Around 90 students from across the south of England and Wales attended the Revolt—Ideas to Change the World conference in London on Saturday of last week.
A loud, lively 750‑strong march called by Unite Against Fascism countered the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Manchester last Saturday.
A Rosy Future
How should health workers respond to the unprecedented wave of attacks on their jobs, pay and conditions? And what can be done about health unions that are retreating in the face of a vicious bosses’ offensive?
The prospect of a fight over pay in local government in England and Wales increased significantly last week.
Defend council horses in Cardiff More than 200 trade unionists and others protested outside Cardiff city council on Thursday of last week.
A quarter of a million workers in the PCS union could be on strike within days.
Striking tanker drivers at Grangemouth oil refinery near Glasgow have beaten back bosses’ attempt to loot their wages and pensions.
Leaders of the PCS civil service union were debating a programme of strikes as Socialist Worker went to press.
Teachers in the NUT and NASUWT unions were discussing taking industrial action together as Socialist Worker went to press.
Over 150 people attended an inspiring meeting in Tottenham, north London, last week. It was called by Haringey Trade Union Council under the slogan, "It’s time to Unite the Resistance in Haringey".
Anger is growing at the government’s attacks on benefits.
Labour councils and housing associations have criticised the bedroom tax.
Banks mired in scandal and throwing workers on the dole have all agreed on massive bonuses for the people at the top.
Children face strip searches Children were made to strip naked 43,960 times in 25 young offender institutions, children’s homes and training centres in the 21 months to December 2012.
Workers at a 2 Sisters Food Group factory in Corby, Northamptonshire, are set to vote on strikes against attacks including a £40 a week pay cut last year.
Around 50 activists took part in the Campaign Against Climate Change’s AGM last Saturday.
Workers at Brent Highway Operations in north London have voted unanimously for an indefinite strike from Monday of next week.
London Tube drivers on the Jubilee line are to be balloted for industrial action over allegations of bullying and worsening conditions.
Farm workers and supporters in the Unite union returned to the constituency of Lib Dem farming minister David Heath in Frome, Somerset, on Saturday of last week.
Teachers at a west London academy began a two-day strike on Tuesday of this week in a dispute over excessive workload and bullying.
Education unions in the Midlands have called a lobby in Coventry to coincide with the European TUC day of action on Wednesday of next week.
The Anti Academies Alliance holds its AGM on Saturday of next week in central London from 2pm.
Over 120 UCU union delegates from higher education institutions around Britain met on Wednesday of last week to discuss a pay claim for 2013-14.
Strikes suspended for new talks
Students at Sussex University are continuing an occupation in protest at plan to privatise services.
The retrial of student protesters Alfie Meadows and Zak King saw Alfie give evidence.
People are already sick of millionaire ministers insisting on the need to slash benefits.
The Tories are arguing among themselves after a bad week.
Labour came fourth in the by-election with a vote that barely changed from the 2010 general election.
More than 400 activists attended Unite Against Fascism’s (UAF) annual national conference last Saturday.
Up to 800,000 protesters took over the centre of Lisbon, Portugal, on Saturday of last week.
The French parliament was set to vote on Wednesday of this week on an attack on workers’ rights effectively drafted by the bosses.
Some 100,000 people took to the streets last Sunday in Bulgaria’s latest wave of protests against poverty and rising utility prices.
If revolution is the moment when the masses take to the stage of history, then Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution began on 11 April 2002.
Western powers are stepping up their attempts to shape the opposition in Syrian by announcing an increase in aid to those who are fighting.
The French government says its troops will stay in Mali, west Africa, at least until July.
An inquiry into allegations that British soldiers tortured and killed people in Iraq finally started hearings this week.
Police in Egypt’s Port Said killed three protesters and injured 500 in clashes last weekend.
South African police handcuffed a taxi driver to the back door of their van and dragged him along the road in Johannesburg last week.
People living near the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan are more likely to develop cancer, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The police officers who oversaw the Marikana massacre and the triggermen who unleashed an estimated 3,000 bullets will face an official inquiry this month.
I started to be politically active when I was 18 years old. I joined the campaign against dictator Hosni Mubarak handing power to over his son Gamal.
There is no doubt that the Italian election results represent a humiliation for the traditional political elite.
Members of Britain’s largest union will begin voting this month for the union’s next general secretary. And blacklisted former aerospace rep Jerry Hicks has made sure they’ll get a choice on the ballot paper.
Jerry said, "One of the main things that affects workers are the anti-union laws.
Both candidates in this election hold left wing views and call themselves socialists.
Why we're supporting Jerry Hicks
Women’s oppression affects every part of women’s lives—from the commodification of our bodies to unequal pay. A recent report, Sex and Power, showed that the situation for women in terms of political representation in Britain is going backwards.
The call for 8 March to be celebrated as International Women’s Day was made at a conference for socialist women in Copenhagen in 1910. It was originally called International Working Women’s Day.
Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953 was mourned by millions. Now, 20 years since the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, he has only a handful of admirers left.
A powerful new film, The Happy Lands, recreates the General Strike of 1926 with non‑professional actors and relatives of the strikers, says Greg Jones
The battered cassette recorder on top of the fridge and yellow Tupperware help to place new play God's Property in a Deptford council house in 1982.
Iraq: Photographs by Sean Smith | From Mary Wollstonecraft to Margaret Thatcher | Labour in film
Politicians in all the main parties are out to divide us. They tell us it isn’t their fault that the NHS is under pressure or that there aren’t enough jobs or affordable homes.
Israel and its backers have always reacted with outrage when it is accused of developing a segregated, apartheid state.
NHS – the real problem is the Tories, not uncaring workers Never was I more glad of the national health service than earlier this month.
‘Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down’
Ukip has outdone even the Tories at the old game of "I’m not racist but…"