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A million workers or more are on zero hours contracts. The contracts are designed to hold down workers’ wages, denying them holiday pay, sick pay and pensions. And they leave them unsure if they will work no hours or 50 hours in a week.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt was humiliated last week after a judge quashed his plans to slash services at Lewisham Hospital following a mass campaign, reports Sadie Robinson
Unions are gearing up for a mass march at the Tory party conference in Manchester next month.
NHS campaigners are delighted at the High Court decision to quash the health secretary’s plan for cuts at Lewisham Hospital.
Bosses have retreated from their outrageous attempts to sack London cleaner and RMT union rep Clara Osagiede.
Rank and file electrician Ian Bradley and his supporters have been campaigning in the race to be the Unite union’s new Executive Council member for the London and Eastern region.
Anti-fascists in east London are mobilising to stop the English Defence League (EDL) marching in Tower Hamlets—again.
Around 35 people joined a protest in Leigh, near Wigan, called by Unite Against Fascism.
Workers at Ardagh Glass in Barnsley, Doncaster and Knottingley in Yorkshire and Irvine near Glasgow were set to begin a month of strikes on Friday of this week.
Journalists at the Independent newspaper were set to strike for two hours on Friday of this week, demanding talks over massive job cuts.
Workers operating London’s “Boris bike” bike rental scheme are set to strike for 48 hours next week.
Activists rallied in support of Reverend Paul Nicolson outside Tottenham Magistrates Court in north London on Friday morning of last week.
Voting is underway in the firefighters’ FBU union strike ballot against attacks on their pensions and the fire service. With a decent yes vote expected, firefighters could be on strike in September.
The FBU firefighters union has slammed the news that London Mayor Boris Johnson, has overruled the London Fire Authority and ordered £35 million of cuts.
Supporters of Shaker Aamer—the last Londoner in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp—held a vigil outside the MI6 building in central London on Monday of this week.
We should coordinate our action with those unions and any others who are prepared to fight back now.
Local government workers in Scotland are into the final week of their strike ballot over pay.
A number of LGBT Pride demonstrations took place on Saturday of last week, including in Leeds and Brighton
RMT union members at East Midlands trains continued action short of a strike last weekend, after judges threw out bosses’ attempt to get an injunction against them.
More than 150 workers are set to be made redundant at Railcare after it went into administration last week.
Winston Silcott told a public meeting in Tottenham, north London, that people should come out in force to demand justice for Mark Duggan’s family.
The Tories have launched two schemes to scapegoat migrants. Spot checks to identify “illegal” immigrants were carried out during raids at London tube and rail stations last week.
The Metropolitan Police has apologised to Ian Tomlinson’s family and reached an out of court settlement.
The coroner’s report into the death of Jimmy Mubenga condemns “pervasive” racism among G4S guards and dangerous restraint techniques.
Eyewitnesses say that Jordan Begley was unarmed and being pinned to the floor by police officers when he was shot by a 50,000-volt stun gun.
Campaigners are gearing up to take on courts and bailiffs to defend the homes of people hit by benefit cuts.
Cleaners who work on the Tyne and Wear Metro have secured a major improvement to their terms and conditions after an Employment Tribunal ruled in their favour.
HSBC has slashed 46,000 jobs and plans to cut a further 14,000—despite half-year profits rising 10 percent to £9.2 billion.
Families of 20 of 300 people killed by British soldiers in Northern Ireland are suing chief constable Matt Baggott, head of the Historic Enquiries Team.
Around 3,500 Parcelforce workers have voted overwhelmingly to reject the privatisation of Royal Mail in a consultative ballot.
Reps at a national policy forum of the CWU postal workers’ union unanimously voted to resist the attacks on Royal Mail—including with a national strike ballot, reports Annette Mackin
Postal workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, are set to call up to ten more strike days in their dispute.
Royal Mail boss Moya Greene has handed back a £120,000 housing perk.
Owen Gower says an electoral challenge in Cambodia has led to jubilation—but there is still pressure to contain protest
New Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd played the race card to try to boost his votes—but the move has backfired, writes Ken Olende
Public sector workers in Greece struck last week against massive job cuts.
More radioactive water is leaking out of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.
For a good part of his 33 years in power, Robert Mugabe has presided over a ruthless dictatorship.
The Egyptian Revolution is teaching us what we had at best learned from books before. It is showing that revolutions are vast complex processes that embrace both advances and retreats.
Anger is growing at zero hours contracts—but ‘casual’ jobs or worse conditions don’t automatically stop workers fighting back, writes Sadie Robinson
The Tories are throwing money at some of Britain’s biggest firms to fund dangerous fracking projects. But their hopes of a “shale gas revolution” won’t benefit workers—and will create a disaster for the environment, writes Dave Sewell
Fracking aims to extract gas and oil locked in shale rocks by blasting them with a mixture of water, sand and chemicals and fracturing the rocks.
Sections of Britain’s ruling class are desperate to find a magic solution that can end the crisis. Some hope copying the US fracking boom could be it.
From up on Poppy Hill is an animated film from the director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
Thanks to everyone who entered our competition to win tickets to the Lowry and the painting of modern life exhibition at London's Tate Britain.
Joe Glenton’s book Soldier Box is a riveting read about the reality of life in Britain’s imperialist wars—and the brave fight to expose it, says Judith Orr
Every day millions of people watch, play, debate and reflect on sport. They revel in its excitement, its energy, its drama and the prowess of players and athletes.
Our rulers are often keen to talk about transparency and openness. But the Bradley Manning case has revealed an important reality.
"UK economy bounces back” trumpeted the Financial Times’ front page on Tuesday of this week.
Speaking truth to bedroom tax judges, racist Tories and money grabbing MPs
The week's news in their own words
You don’t have to give money to a political party to get into the House of Lords—but it helps.
Newly released government documents shed light on secret Tory plans to target miners, Northern Ireland and England’s flood defences, writes Simon Basketter