Dated: 28 May 2013
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The Tories and the media refuse to accept any connection between imperialist attacks and the killing in Woolwich. Their pandering to Islamophobia has given confidence to racists and fascists. We must urgently oppose it.
The UCU lecturers’ union was set to hold its annual congress from Wednesday of this week. It will be an opportunity to discuss what kind of union higher and further education needs for the 21st century.
Teachers at Uplands Junior School in Leicester struck on Tuesday of last week over job cuts. Eight teaching assistants could lose their jobs.
Teachers at Copland school in Wembley, north west London, struck on Thursday of last week against plans to turn the school into an academy.
Over 100 people joined a march and rally called by the FBU firefighters’ union to defend Belsize Fire station in north London last Saturday.
Cleaners employed by Mitie at Manchester airport struck for the second time in a month on Friday of last week, against a £90 a month pay cut.
Bus drivers in the Unite union working for Bus Vannin on the Isle of Man began a 12-day strike on Saturday of last week. They are fighting wage cuts of up to £3,000 per year.
Civil service workers in the PCS union have voted overwhelmingly to hold a national strike at the end of this month.Workers were voting at the union's annual conference in Brighton last week.
Delegates held a lively debate on a potential merger with the Unite union.
PCS members in the HMRC tax office, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Valuation Office Agency (VOA) sections were set to strike in their regions from Monday of next week.
Former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross has sparked anger by claiming “rape isn’t always rape” in his new book serialised in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
US biotechnology company Auxogyn has been granted a patent for basic information about human cells. The data comes from research into IVF treatments.
A new report on payday loan companies and their customers is due to be presented to the government.
Around 1,000 lawyers rallied against legal aid cuts opposite parliament in central London on Wednesday of last week.
Gerry Conlon was one of the “Guildford Four”. He spent 15 years in jail for a bombing he didn’t commit.
Some 4,000 CWU members at Crown Post Offices struck nationally on Tuesday of this week.
Some 500 Yorkshire Ambulance Service workers in Unite union were set to strike again from noon to midnight on Friday of next week.
Coastguards in the PCS union walked out over the bank holiday weekend against plans to cut a further six stations and around 140 jobs.
The Counihan Sanchez family of Brent, north London, had notice to quit their home on Monday of this week.
Around 70 students demonstrated at the University of London Union on Wednesday of last week.
Members of the Unite union have launched a new organisation, Unite Fight Back, to help build networks of solidarity at the base of the union.
Unite members have voted to retain the union’s political fund. Of those voting, 87.4 percent wanted to keep the fund. The turnout was 18.6 percent of the union’s 1.3 million members.
The Manchester People’s Assembly drew over 700 people in the biggest rally against austerity seen in the city. It is part of the build up to the national People’s Assembly in London on 22 June.
Around 200 workers in the Unison and Unite unions from South Gloucestershire council protested last week against attacks on their conditions.
About 1,000 joined Birmingham’s LGBT Pride parade, watched by a crowd of about 70,000.
Workers at the Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent are expected to vote for strikes this week.
Bosses of 2 Sisters Food Group have begun consultation to close the five West Midlands sites where more than 1,200 workers struck in December of last year. It was a solid action with hundreds on picket lines.
Over 60 people met to launch Unite the Resistance in South London on Thursday of last week.
Around 260 delegates attended last week’s TUC disabled workers’ conference.
‘I was answering in a questioning way’
Trade unionists, socialists, and anti-racists were out campaigning against racism in Woolwich, south east London, last Saturday.
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and a group of his henchmen went to Woolwich within hours of the killing to try and whip up race hatred.
Evidence is emerging of the links between British intelligence and the two men suspected of killing a solider in Woolwich.
The killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich received widespread media coverage. Not all killings are treated this way.
Anti-racists mobilised against the EDL in Newcastle and London
Benefit slashing Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith called for an extra £3 billion of welfare cuts on Tuesday of this week.
Protests were set to challenge the bedroom tax around Britain on Saturday of this week.
Judges have ruled that disability benefit tests disadvantage people with mental heath problems.
Health minister Jeremy Hunt blamed the crisis in A&Es on GPs’ lack of out of hours (OOH) care last week.
Charity rejects EDL leader Tommy Robinson's attempt to capitalise on the Woolwich killing
Workers in Unite union have called two days of strikes at drug charity Equinox in London
A meeting at Lewisham Islamic Centre in south London last night, Wednesday, discussed how to counter the Nazi British National Party’s (BNP) plan to go there from Woolwich on Saturday.
British National Party fuhrer Nick Griffin has accepted police instructions to move the Nazis’ London protest tomorrow from Woolwich to Whitehall.
Anti-racists scored a crucial victory over the British National Party (BNP) last Saturday, as they first outnumbered and then blocked a planned march by the fascist party in central London.
Åsa Hjalmers reports on the riots that have shaken Sweden’s capital Stockholm over the past week
People fighting Assad's regime in Syria have welcomed the European Union's decision to lift the arms embargo against the Syrian opposition. But the West has offered a poisoned gift.
Hundreds of thousands of right wing protesters demonstrated against equal marriage again in Paris last weekend—a month after it was voted into French law
The African Union (AU) met last weekend and rubber?stamped a United Nations (UN) plan to intensify its intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rally to save Chicago schools. A fresh inquiry into Iraqi deaths. Colombian rebels sign deal.
The Gezi Park resistance in Turkey is in its sixth day. Protesters there organised a sit-down at the park to protect trees that were set to be cut down. Police launched a barbarous attack on them - but yesterday the government suffered a defeat.
The financial markets have been behaving recently as if the 2008 crash was merely an unhappy memory, of no relevance to the present.
We are told that competition and division are hard-wired into humanity. But, says Martin Empson, evidence from pre-history points in the opposite direction
Some commentators claim the attack on a soldier in Woolwich has nothing to do with the “war on terror”. Ken Olende explains how the brutality of Western imperialism feeds bitterness, resentment and violence
The “war on terror” led to hundreds of people being flown around the world in secret “rendition” flights to be tortured and imprisoned.
Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah declared himself Mahdi (saviour) of Muslim lands in 1881 and led a popular revolt. This swept through much of Sudan. People were outraged at the British domination of Egypt, which in turn dominated the region.
Britain now has 500 drones (unmanned aerial vehicles). These include five Reaper drones in Afghanistan which can carry 500lb bombs and hellfire missiles.
Can we really be controlled with propaganda posters? The British Library’s new exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion overlooks the power struggles that propaganda reflects
This is an international documentary film festival of new and historical films covering everything from poetry and LGBT stories to liberation struggles.
This is a five part documentary about a call centre, one of the “factories of the 21st century”.
The hypocrisy of the ruling class knows no bounds—especially when it comes to justifying violence.
Racism and the 'Asian grooming' scandal, problems in Greece and the hounding of Nigel Farage
How would you feel if you found out that a load of strangers could go rooting through all your texts, emails and instant messages without you even knowing?
David Cameron says he is cracking down on tax avoidance, but Dave Sewell shows the cosy relationship between the government and the corporations