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Stephanie Bottrill, a pensioner in Solihull, was losing £20 a week because of the bedroom tax.
The government launched a new assault on immigrants in last week’s queen’s speech.
Manjeet Kaur, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, spoke about the government’s attack on migrants.
The argument about scapegoating migrants needs to be taken up urgently.
Around 300 workers at IT firm Computer Science Corporation (CSC) have voted overwhelming for strikes.
Workers in the GMB and Unite unions at eight RAF air bases in England and Wales are being balloted for strikes over a puny pay rise.
Supporters of Aminet Mary Adenugba, a trafficked woman from Nigeria, demonstrated outside her hearing in Manchester on Friday of last week.
The inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga began on Monday of this week.
Sacked Bus driver and Unite union member Gerry Downing has won his job back in a successful appeal.
The queen’s speech outlined plans to make it easier for bosses to ignore discrimination in the workplace.
Lawyers aren’t known for striking, but a few weeks ago criminal defence barristers across the North West did just that.
Civil service workers in the PCS union’s public sector group began a series of walkouts on the day of the queen’s speech last week
Over 800 teachers, parents and campaigners crammed into the International Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham on Saturday of last week
Local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being consulted on a 1 percent pay offer. It was made in line with chancellor George Osborne’s public sector pay restraint.
The FBU union is expected to call a national strike ballot to defend firefighters’ pensions at its conference in Blackpool this week.
Lecturers in the UCU union have rejected below inflation pay rises of 0.5 percent in further education and 0.8 percent in higher education.
The establishment has been forced to accept that the cover-up of the murder of Daniel Morgan is unsustainable.
Two car bombs went off in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, last week, killing at least 47 people and injuring many more. It intensified the fear of Syria’s civil war extending across the border.
The first Pride festival of the year will take place in Birmingham next week. After right wing attacks on gay marriage the theme is going to be Equal Love.
People aged 18-24 are now more likely to be unemployed than they were before the recession, according to analysis by the TUC.
Tours of duty for British troops in Afghanistan are set to be extended from six to nine months. The shift will affect 3,500 soldiers.
Unite Against Facism is mobilising against a national demonstration by the English Defence League in Newcastle on Saturday 25 May.
Over 300 refuse workers in Brighton called a strike ballot last Friday after a two-day unofficalwalkout. They had occupied their canteen at the Hollingdean Road depot from Wednesday to Friday, then began a work to rule.
The Counihan-Sanchez family of Brent, north London, have called for a protest at their home when Brent council tries to evict them on Monday 27 May.
London Underground drivers | ISS cleaners | STM on London Overground | Mitie at TfL
The first London Radical Bookfair took place in Conway Hall in London last Saturday. It was organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, formed two years ago to bring together bookshops such as Housmans, Bookmarks and News from Nowhere, as well as radical publishers.
PCS, Unite and Prospect union members at Gatwick Airport have voted overwhelmingly to reject bosses’ latest offer of new, lower start rates.
University College London and Newham council have abandoned plans to bulldoze the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, east London.
Over 100 people joined the second Camp Frack in Lancashire last weekend.
Jerry Hicks has been speaking at meetings around Britain to discuss how to build on his success in Unite’s general secretary election.
The 13 striking kiln workers at Hanson Brick in Whittlesey, near Peterborough, have entered their sixth week of continuous strike action this week.
More than 350 people from 74 organisations met in London last Saturday to coordinate resistance to the government’s attacks on benefits.
Albert Portillo from Barcelona spoke at the benefit justice summit about the movement for housing rights in Spain.
Benefits campaigners have called protests in several areas, including Wakefield and Sheffield, this week.
Households will find their benefits capped at £500 a week from July in many councils, with four London boroughs already piloting the scheme.
Senior Tories are lashing out at each other after they got a drubbing in this month’s local elections.
A protester against the blacklist is in hospital in Manchester with two broken legs.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage got a rowdy reception outside a pub in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon, Thursday. He had invited the press to the Canons’ Gait on the Royal Mile to hear him speak about the far right party’s prospects in Scotland.
Some 7,000 health workers, trade unionists and activists marched through London today, Saturday, to defend the NHS. Health workers came from Bristol, Brighton and Newcastle to join the protest.
Thousands of high school teachers in Greece could face arrest if they strike during exams from Friday of this week.
Tensions between unions in South African mines have grown since last year’s massacre of striking miners, writes Rehad Desai
Muslim League leader Nawaz Sharif will become prime minister of Pakistan for a third time after elections last week.
Protests have continued in Bangladesh over the factory collapse last month that killed over 1,100 workers. They have won concessions from the government.
The queen’s speech last week made clear the government’s strategy. It is to move right and savage the working class in an attempt to recapture votes that have leeched to Ukip.
The science behind IVF and “test tube” babies was a breakthrough—but cuts now mean it is only available to a few, says John Parrington
Overstretched nurses running out of beds and ambulance crews who can’t get patients into A&E. That’s the reality of the health service today. But, writes Annette Mackin, things are about to get a whole lot worse
Seventy years ago this month the Communist International, known as the Comintern, was dissolved by Stalin. Simon Basketter looks at its achievements—and the lessons its holds for today
JJ Abrams’ action-packed sequel Star Trek into Darkness takes the franchise back to the optimism of the original television series, says Dave Sewell
The enormous mammals that thrived in the last ice age, which began 80,000 years ago, are entertainingly explored in this three-part documentary series.
Quentin Tarantino’s violent revenge fantasy, now out on DVD, looks at slavery in the years leading up to the US Civil War.
During the 1980s, as Margaret Thatcher attacked the working class, photographer David Sinclair travelled Britain taking pictures of people fighting back.
Do this month’s local elections show that working class people are becoming more right wing? There’s a growing consensus that says they did. One version of this saw the media push a “new” report from Joseph Rowntree.
The government likes to talk about the benefits of prison and the need for criminals to pay for their crimes. But it seems that some criminals need to repent more than others.
‘Meet us 100 miles away or we’ll snatch your benefits’; Panicked government is lashing out in Dhaka; Ukip racists take advantage of misery
Revulsion at the way multinationals use cheap labour reached a new height in the wake of the factory collapse in Bangladesh last month.
This week's news in their own words
The smart way to boycott Israel, less smart defence spending and made up figures from IDS
Dave Sewell looks at the Tory government’s plan to privatise Royal Mail and explains why it is a money-making gimmick that offers no benefits
The postal service will be ruined if the sale goes ahead. We’ll see the end of universal service. Prices will go up, but it’s also the quality of service.
TNT is trialling a delivery service in west London. It delivers twice a week instead of once a day.