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Tory health minister Jeremy Hunt is threatening to send “hit squads” into hospitals following an inquiry into excess deaths at 14 hospital trusts.
Thousands of people took a huge hit to their housing benefits on Monday of this week. The first part of the Tories’ benefit cap came into force in the majority of Britain’s councils.
Campaign groups against the bedroom tax from towns and estates across Greater Manchester were set to launch a city-wide federation on Saturday of this week.
Thousands of people took part in debates on Marxist theory, the working class, how to fight oppression and how to beat the Tories at the Marxism 2013 festival in London last weekend
Trade unionists discussed how unions can win in David Cameron’s Britain.
Hemali Deb, student, University of East London
Pathology laboratory staff at Leeds teaching hospitals struck on Tuesday of this week and plan to begin an overtime ban.
Dr Jackie Davis, co-author of NHS SOS, spoke about privatisation.
Unison union members in South Gloucestershire are to hold an indicative ballot for strikes and industrial action
Train cleaners working for DB Shenker on the Tyne and Wear Metro are on strike for a living wage and to defend their conditions.
Rail workers in the RMT were set to protest in stations against the selloff of the East Coast Mainline this Thursday
Refuse workers in two south east London councils will no longer be striking next week. They are members of the Unite union employed by Veolia in Croydon and Bromley.
Campaigners in Kilburn, north London, protested at and attended the inquest into the death of Nygel Patrick Firminger. So did his friends and family.
Bedroom tax campaigners picketed York Magistrates Court on Thursday of last week, where Selby council had summonsed people in council tax arrears.
Workers at Equinox Care, a charity for people in supported housing, struck for two days last week against plans to slash their pay.
Postal workers in Peterborough have scored a crucial victory after an unofficial four-day strike forced bosses to lift the suspension of a delivery rep.
The ongoing CWU dispute in Bridgwater, Somerset, was set to escalate as more than 100 workers were set to strike on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The threat of strikes has pushed management at south London’s Lambeth College to give a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for teaching staff.
A nail bomb exploded outside the Kanz-ul-Iman Muslim Welfare Association Central Jamia Mosque in Tipton, West Midlands, on Friday of last week. It left jagged shrapnel strewn across the site. The blast occurred just an hour after the funeral of Lee Rigby, the soldier killed in Woolwich.
A group of south London lecturers were set to strike against cuts on Wednesday of this week.
Workers at the University of Liverpool were set to protest outside the honorary graduates celebration dinner on Wednesday of this week.
Teachers at the Alec Reed Academy in Ealing, west London, met last week following the sacking of a teacher.
Firefighters are set to ballot for strikes over attacks on their pensions.
Activists have saved Whittington Hospital from cuts, writes Sarah Ensor
The UK Borders Agency is continuing attempts to deport Roseline Akhalu, a seriously ill woman, despite accepting that deportation will lead to her death.
Home Office gave secret cops fake IDs | Police evict Brixton squat | Britain has the richest bankers | Lords vote for equal marriage
Jordan Begley collapsed and died in the street after being hit with a 50,000 volt police taser gun in Gorton, Manchester last week.
The two biggest teachers’ unions covering England and Wales, the NUT and NASUWT, have announced national and regional strikes in their campaign to defend pensions, pay and conditions.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said that 55 more police officers’ statements may have been altered in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
Sir Ian Kennedy, head of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, has recommended that MPs get a 10 percent pay rise.
Around 100 people protested at the US embassy in London yesterday, Tuesday, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.
Workers in 372 Crown Post Offices (CPOs) struck today, Wednesday, over plans to cut the crown network by a fifth and slash 800 jobs.
Some 600 firefighters and supporters marched against station closures and job cuts in London yesterday, Thursday.
Some 110 post workers walked out yesterday, Thursday, for three days in Bridgwater, Somerset.
Mass strikes and economic crisis have got Greece’s government on the run, writes?Panos Garganas
A national strike by teachers in Kenya entered its 22nd day on Tuesday of this week.
Workers struck at hundreds of workplaces across Brazil on Thursday of last week. Thousands marched in the main cities of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.
Protests have spread across the US following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case last Saturday.
The term “three parent baby” is misleading but the technology could combat disease, says John Parrington
When we say the Egyptian Revolution is permanent, it’s not just that it literally hasn’t stopped since 2011.
Talat Ahmed looks at how the system developed the way it did in different parts of the world and argues that there was nothing special about the West other than accident
An important new book on the politics of anti-racism has just been published. Here Socialist Worker reprints some small extracts
Despite a contrived setup, BBC’s We All Pay Your Benefits showed ‘taxpayers’ how hard life on benefits can be, says bedroom tax activist Honor Donnelly
On a council estate wall metres from east London’s Silicon Roundabout, the big eyes of a vivid tiger peek out from behind a fig tree.
This summer, Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of landscapes by the much loved painter LS Lowry—and we have a pair of tickets to give away.
George Monbiot’s new book Feral puts forward a radically unconventional philosophy of nature conservation—“rewilding”, writes John Sinha
The dance duo’s 12th studio album is a refreshing return to the upbeat tone of earlier records.
The black inner city ghettos of the US exploded in the 1960s, in a series of uprisings against racism.
The devastating benefit cuts are not enough for some Tories. A group of MPs in marginal constituencies is calling for a vicious clampdown on teenage mothers.
We are sad to report that Huseyin Derinkuyu has died, at the age of 36. He was a Kurdish activist and a revolutionary socialist.
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The week's news in their own words
An old joke went along the lines of a Tory MP saying, “My grandad knew a lot about mining—he owned loads of it.”
Simon Basketter looks at why Ed Miliband is trying to cut union members’ automatic subs to Labour—and why union leaders continue to fund the party
Unions are not legally allowed to support a political party in any way out of the general fund raised from members’ subscriptions.
John Mills handed over £1.65 million worth of shares in his JML company to the party earlier this year.