Dated: 16 Apr 2013
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Tenants, trade unionists and others are organising to fight the Tories’ bedroom tax across Britain.
Racists killed Stephen Lawrence on 22 April 1993. At least three of Stephen’s killers remain at large. The reason is police corruption.
The last British detainee in Guantanamo Bay has spoken out about conditions in the prison and why he’s on hunger strike.
Thousands of people attended a memorial service at Liverpool FC’s ground to mark the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on Monday of this week.
The auction of the the East Coast train line is being rushed through by Tory transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
One in three building sites in Wales and south west England has recently failed a safety inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Around 3,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square in London in pouring rain last Saturday evening to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher.
During the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike I worked at Corah’s, a clothing factory in Barnsley, south Yorkshire.
More than 3,000 people marched through Glasgow on Saturday of last week. They called on the government to get rid of nuclear weapons instead of replacing its Trident missile system.
Teachers in Liverpool and Manchester are gearing up for rallies as part of a joint union campaign to defend their pay, pensions and conditions.
Students at Sussex university are taking part in a week of action against the privatisation of staff posts and the victimisation of student protesters.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) activists in Brighton are set to oppose the fascists and racists who annually “march for England” on St George’s day weekend.
Kiln burners at Hansons Brick near Peterborough have entered the second of six weeks of action to defend their conditions.
Nursery nurses in Swansea schools held a protest outside County Hall last week over the loss of thousands of pounds from their pay.
Up to 4,000 workers at 373 Crown Post Offices are set to strike for half a day on Friday afternoon of this week.
Teachers in the north west of England were set to join a march and rally in memory of Lucy Meadows this Saturday.
Up to 180 trade unionists and campaigners came to a North West Unite the Resistance conference in Manchester last Saturday.
Some 60 percent of Unison union members in Scottish local government have voted to reject a 1 percent pay offer in a consultation ballot on a 25 percent turnout.
The Unison union is set to hold its NEC elections from 22 April to 24 May.
More than 500 people came to the eighth national Social Work Action Network (Swan) conference in London last weekend.
Thousands of people in four London boroughs had their housing benefit cut from Monday of this week to fit under the Tories’ new cap.
Ten million people lose part of their council tax benefits in the same week as the cap comes in. This will also hit London hardest due to higher housing costs.
Residents’ protests are demanding that their landlords—whether housing associations or local authorities—stand with them against the bedroom tax.
The ministers behind the bedroom tax are millionaires with spare mansions. The UK Uncut group organised protests on their doorsteps last Saturday.
Thousands of Home Office workers began a week of action against government attacks on their pay, pensions and working conditions on Tuesday of this week.
People are taking to the streets across Britain to fight attacks on their benefits
Around 200 workers in the GMB and Unite unions struck for two days at the Union Electric (Davy Roll) factory in Gateshead last week. After five years without a pay rise in a profitable company shop floor
Biomedical scientists at the Royal Preston and Chorley hospitals have voted by 96 percent to strike against pay cuts of up to £6,000 a year.
The Unite union’s Health National Industrial Sector Committee has voted overwhelmingly for action on 26 June.
Health workers and activists are coming to London on 18 May to join the Defend the NHS march called by London Save NHS and Keep Our NHS Public campaigns.
Private health care provider Care Plus is trying to tear up the NHS Agenda for Change pay and conditions in the services it runs in north east Lincolnshire.
The Unison union has called on the government to step in to save Mid Staffs NHS Trust from going into administration.
A new report by MPs has slammed construction bosses for running a blacklist.
Lib Dem employment minister Steve Webb has claimed that people will have to work until they are 70 because the country is short of people to fill vacancies.
The national minimum wage is set to rise by 12p to £6.31 an hour in October, it was decided this week. It’s the fifth year running that the rise has been less than inflation—the equivalent of a 7 percent cut since 2008.
Some two million school children are now taught in academies, new figures reveal.
Council cuts could soon threaten vital services such as free school meals, a thinktank has warned.
Here are just some of the reasons why bosses put workers on the blacklist
Up to 300 demonstrators were in no mood for mourning at Ludgate Circus by the end of Fleet Street. Under pressure the police had allowed the protest and many demonstrators wore red to show they weren’t there to mourn.
The funeral of Tory Margaret Thatcher today, Wednesday, was marked by pride and dignity - the pride and dignity of ex-miners who celebrated her death.
Over 200 people crammed into a jubilant public meeting on Thatcher’s toxic legacy yesterday, on the evening of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral
Around 1,000 people marched through the streets of Leeds today, Saturday, against the Tories' hated bedroom tax.
Up to 30,000 protested in Stafford on Saturday against threatened cuts to the local hospital
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The shock results of the Unite union general secretary election revealed the scale of workers’ frustration with the policies of current leader Len McCluskey.
The result of the Unite general secretary election shows a real call from Unite members to discuss the direction of the union. The election campaign was the beginning of that.
Doctors and nurses in Greece were set to take part in a national strike on Wednesday of this week. This action is against job cuts caused by hospital mergers.
An Egyptian court this week ruled that former dictator Hosni Mubarak shouldn’t be held over the killing of protesters during the revolution. But he is being kept in prison because he faces separate corruption charges.
Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro, won the presidential election in Venezuela last Sunday.
Thousands of people are staging daily protests in the run-up to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain. They point out that the government uses money from the race to buy arms and repress ordinary people in Bahrain.
Bosses in Paris told “black and Arab” porters not to come to work on the day of a visit by the Israeli president. That’s according to workers in the SUD union at the Gare du Nord station.
The strongest earthquake in 50 years struck south east Iran as Socialist Worker went to press.
Over 40,000 teachers converged on the Danish capital Copenhagen on Thursday of last week in a magnificent demonstration of defiance against a savage employers’ offensive.
When asked about her greatest achievement, Margaret Thatcher famously replied, “Tony Blair and New Labour”. So it’s quite appropriate that, as one monster is laid to rest, the other should suddenly surface.
For five weeks television viewers around the world saw non-violent protesters, including young children, attacked by police with dogs and fire hoses. They saw Martin Luther King arrested and jailed. They saw white racist thugs lining up to batter unarmed black people. And after they had seen all that they asked, how can this be happening in the heart of the “free world”?
Martin Luther King was a young minister in the town of Montgomery, Alabama.
The Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943 was a high point of Jewish resistance. And in both its scale and heroism it was one of the key events in the history of resistance to the Nazis.
Oblivion is Hollywood’s latest post-apocalyptic film and set in the year 2073.
My Daughter's Trial is an absorbing and fast moving new play, written by a barrister, Jabine Chaudri.
Guez’s photographs come from the work he began in 2009 creating the first Christian-Palestine archive in Israel.
To celebrate ten years of LMHR this exhibition of original memorabilia from LMHR and Rock Against Racism (RAR) is now in Scotland.
In the 1960s and 1970s some US prisons allowed inmates to form bands and produce commercially available albums.
The bombing at the Boston marathon last Monday left at least three people dead and many more injured.
Politicians of all stripes have spent the past week telling us Margaret Thatcher was a “great” individual who transformed Britain. Others have compared her to previous “great” prime ministers.
Comments on the death of Margaret Thatcher
The Tories threw barrels of our cash at Maggie Thatcher’s funeral. But all the money in the world can’t buy respect. Most of the friends she’d have actually cared about died years ago.
Quotes from this week's news
Today just 7 percent of England’s population live in council homes. When Margaret Thatcher came to office it was almost half.
One of London’s biggest housing associations today is the Peabody Trust.