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Issue: 2346

Dated: 28 Mar 2013


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Clampdown on migrants could paralyse sick baby

A baby could be left paralysed because her parents don’t have the right to live in Britain. This makes her ineligible for treatment.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

The other side of the story of the British riots

Riots Reframed is about the people and politics behind the riots in Britain in 2011.

PCS strikes defy the Tories

A quarter of a million civil service workers struck as George Osborne delivered his budget last week.

'Bedroom tax means I'll have to survive on £6 a day'

The Tories’ hated bedroom tax comes into effect on Monday of next week. Thousands of people across Britain are organising to resist it.

Councils make evictions pledges as tenants' movement deepens

Islington council in north London last week became the first Labour-run local authority to take a stand against evictions.

Teachers demand a national walkout

Teachers in the NUT union were set to gather for the union’s annual conference in Liverpool on Friday of this week (see below).

Union conference is a chance to build pre-emptive action against Tories

The most popular vote at NUT conference in Liverpool this weekend will be one of no confidence in Tory education secretary Michael Gove.

Push people off benefits and get an Easter egg

Job centre workers are facing disciplinary measures if they don’t sanction enough benefits claimants.

Protest in solidarity with hounded teacher

Lucy Meadows, a transgender teacher, was found dead in her home on Wednesday of last week in what police believe to be a suicide.

Cops arrested in investigation of Kingsley Burrell’s death

Four police officers have been arrested as part of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the death of Kingsley Burrell two years ago.

Votes for Jerry Hicks can build workers’ resistance

The Unite union’s general secretary election is heating up as it enters its second week.

News in brief

A round up of some of the week's news

Reports round up

Organising against fascism in Scotland—Wales hosts Unite the Resistance—Unions together against unfair laws—Fresh strikes for train cleaners

Mid Yorks NHS workers are preparing for battle

Some 3,000 health workers at Mid Yorkshire NHS foundation trust are set to be balloted.

Unions and MPs back campaign against the blacklist

Around 150 people attended the Blacklist Support Group (BSG) AGM on Saturday of last week.

No silence at the lamb jobs slaughter

Some 300 workers were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the Welsh Country Foods lamb processing factory in Anglesey, north Wales.

BBC workers' resistance to job attack

Bectu and NUJ union members at the BBC were planning to strike on Thursday of this week against increased workload, compulsory redundancies and bullying.

Sussex students fight back against privatisation

Up to 1,000 students demonstrated at the University of Sussex on Monday of this week, against management’s plans to privatise the jobs of 235 workers.

Post office staff ‘itching’ to strike for jobs and pay

Thousands of Post Office workers were preparing to strike on Easter Saturday in a dispute over pay, conditions and job security.

Protest at Barnet council’s great £750 million sell-off

Around 400 people defied blizzard conditions to march in Barnet, north London, on Saturday of last week.

G4S asylum seekers' housing failure exposed

Multinational security firm G4S has admitted internally that it is failing to adequately house asylum seekers.

Post Office workers ready to strike on Easter Saturday

Post Office workers across Britain are preparing to strike this Saturday in a fight against proposed closures and a continuing pay freeze.

Thousands walk out against crushing BBC cuts

Thousands of journalists, technicians and other workers walked out at the BBC today, Thursday, in protest at the extra workload and stress caused by cuts at the corporation.

Three cops arrested in Sean Rigg investigation

Three police officers, two serving and one retired, have been arrested over evidence given at the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg.

Bedroom tax protests: Reports from across Britain

Thousands of people took to the streets today, Saturday—just days before the bedroom tax hits social housing tenants that have what the Tories call a “spare room”.

Teachers' union narrow vote against strikes on 26 June

Teachers at the NUT union conference in Liverpool have voted narrowly against striking on 26 June.


International

Workers’ rage at Cyprus bail out deal

The bank deal imposed to keep Southern Cyprus in the eurozone will bring job losses, privatisation and financial ruin to ordinary people.

South Yemen demands independence

Hundreds of thousands of people protested in the port city of Aden in South Yemen on Monday of last week to demand independence for South Yemen.

Protests put pressure on Egypt's president Mursi

Demonstrators gathered outside Cairo’s high court on Tuesday of this week to protest against the state prosecutor questioning five leading opposition activists.


Comment

Cyprus bail in shows austerity has failed

The crisis in Cyprus is dominating headlines worldwide and in Greece. The mainstream media claims that what is at stake is reform of an island economy that relies on “money laundering for the Russian oligarchs”.


Features

Can we win real power?

With disenchantment with parliamentary democracy at an all time high, Dave Hayes discusses what real democracy would look like – and how we can win it


Reviews

Is it the end of the world if a few more species die out?

A provocative new exhibition asks if extinction matters, and whether we can stop ourselves wiping out thousands of species writes Dave Sewell

Reviews round-up

God’s Revolution | Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazon: the making of a naturalist | Science Shows explores the solar system


What We Think

Grisly 1 April landmark should spur us to fight

A series of Tory attacks are set to take effect on Monday of next week. It will be 1 April, a landmark date in the government’s offensive against the working class.

Cold wind of capitalism

It’s hard to believe that Britain had just been hit by a heat wave this time last year. This March has been the coldest in 50 years.


Other Categories

Letters

We need much more than nostalgia for old Labour—Tories rob the sick—Leveson will gag the left—How dare they tell the poor not to go to A&E—Jerry gives Unite members an alternative

Things they say

Quotes from the week's news

Labour defends the Tories from benefits backlash

Last week could have been a disaster for the government’s workfare programme. It sends unemployed people to toil for free – and takes away their benefits if they refuse.

Budget - Osborne steals from the poor to give to the rich

The Tories are steaming ahead with their programme of cuts and austerity – and they are still looking after their friends at the top, writes Simon Basketter



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