Dated: 10 Sep 2013
Search below by year or month.
Try our search to find a specific issue of Socialist Worker, or use the search at the top of the page to find a specific article.
This week Tory chancellor George Osborne proclaimed the British economy is in "recovery". However, the grim reality for many in Tory Britain is unemployment, low pay, pensioner poverty, and an ever?growing class divide.
Draft statement from Max, the new organisation to defend immigrants launched on 5 September
Around 200 campaigners for disabled people’s rights protested at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in central London on Wednesday of last week.
Wigan Hovis workers who struck for a week earlier this month against zero-hours contracts and the use of agency staff have won a victory.
Last weekend’s mass mobilisation shows what it takes to stop the fascists
United strikes by teachers next month can defend workers’ conditions and children’s education—and hit the government hard, writes Sadie Robinson
Some 30 Unison activists, campaigners and parents protested at a youth event attended by Labour mayor Ian Stewart on Tuesday of last week.
A new coalition to oppose the scapegoating of migrants, the Movement Against Xenophobia (Max), held its inaugural meeting in London on Wednesday of last week.
There are just two weeks until the protest at the Tory party conference in Manchester on Sunday 29 September. Activists are building for it across Britain.
Around 900 workers at Britain’s largest, and Scotland’s only, bus makers could walk out in a dispute over pay later this month.
Anger and bitterness at the scale of the Tory assault flowed through the TUC Congress in Bournemouth this week. But frustration with the effectiveness of Labour’s opposition did too.
Protesters staged a die-in to protest at an arms fair last Sunday.
There was unanimity at the TUC in opposition to attacks on employment rights and curbs on union organisation.
Some 50 health workers, trade unionists and NHS campaigners protested outside Yorkshire Ambulance Trust HQ in Wakefield on Tuesday of last week.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, predicted a pay revolt by the end of 2014.
Trade unionists from the PCS, Unison, Unite, GMB and NUT unions, as well as community activists, lobbied an NHS Cambridgeshire CCG meeting last week.
Charities are unhappy that their political campaigning could fall under restrictions for the first time.
Academy schools are increasing segregation between rich and poor children, according to a new report.
Unions with more than 10,000 members will have to submit an annual Membership Audit Certificate to the Certification Officer.
The third annual Diggers Festival took place last Saturday.
The one thing the lobbying bill won’t do is put any controls on lobbying.
Campaigners protested against payday loan companies in a number of cities across Britain last Saturday.
Unite members working for Hutchison Ports in Felixstowe, Suffolk, have voted for strikes over pay.
Journalists at the Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times have backed industrial action in a re-run ballot by 97 percent.
Workers at Kuehne and Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) were set to strike for one day from 10am on Wednesday of this week.
Greek Secondary school teachers, outraged at a massive attack on wages and conditions, have announced a series of five-day rolling strikes.
Even the United Nations is feeling the heat as bedroom tax campaign increases the temperature
Campaigners are planning a major rally in Edinburgh on Saturday 21 September
The Nazi Golden Dawn are trying to criminalise activists in the anti-fascist struggle by using defamation laws
Striking power workers put the lights out in Johannesburg, South Africa, for three days last week.
Workers at the One Housing Group in London began a five-day strike on Thursday of last week. The 150 Unite union members are fighting plans to slash their pay by up to £8,000 a year.
Workers at Oxford East Delivery Office have voted by over 75 percent to strike after two post workers were sacked. Bosses claimed they “wilfully delayed mail”.
The TUC has called a nationwide day of action against blacklisting on Wednesday 20 November. Among events across Britain there will be a protest and lobby of parliament.
UCU union members at Liverpool university have voted for strikes against bosses’ plans to impose worse contracts on nearly 3,000 non-academic staff.
Workers at Uplands school in Leicestershire struck on Wednesday of last week to defend jobs.
Justice minister Chris Grayling has dropped plans to hand legal aid contracts to the lowest bidder.
There was anger among Unison union delegates at last week’s Scottish Local Government Conference.
The union Unison has sent a pay consultation document to local government branches. It asks them to consider two options that could become part of the union’s pay claim.
Unite members in Felixstowe are in dispute
Around 100 people protested at UK Border Agency in Glasgow against giant posters inside depicting a destitute refugee last Monday. The posters read, “Is life here hard? Going home is simple”
Those hit by the Bedroom Tax told their shocking stories at the United Nations Bedroom Tax hearings held in Manchester last Saturday.
Students at Birmingham Metropolitan College are organising a protest after the college banned its students from wearing the niqab
A senior United Nations (UN) official has said the Tories’ bedroom tax must be “suspended immediately”.
More than 75 Hovis workers and their supporters joined a picket line in Wigan this morning, Wednesday. It marked the start of the workers’ second week-long strike against zero-hour contracts.
Workers at Kuehne and Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL), members of the Unite union, held a 24 hour strike that ended at 10am this morning.
Health workers and trade unionists backed a motion of no confidence in their bosses at a meeting at Whipps Cross Hospital in east London yesterday, Thursday.
Thousands of CWU union reps meet to discuss national strike action
Plans to ban the niqab Muslim face veil at a Birmingham college were in tatters yesterday, Friday, after student campaigning forced management into a humiliating climb down.
A group of social workers in Glasgow walked out unofficially last Friday afternoon. All ten workers in the office walked out.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that it is finalising plans to strike in England and Wales to defend workers’ pensions.
Barack Obama is exposing the faultlines of US power as he goes all out to win a vote to attack Syria.
A growing number of insurgent organisations in Syria have declared their opposition to a US strike on Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The Conservative Party has won Norway’s elections, with 27 percent of the vote.
Right winger Tony Abbott won Australia’s election last week. Rupert Murdoch’s papers enthusiastically backed the liberal party leader.
Mario Nain says new struggles are sweeping Chile—and that activists must learn the lessons from defeats in the 1970s
THE G20 summit has been dominated by the divisions among the Great Powers over Syria. The line-up has been predictable. A joint statement signed by the US, Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Turkey called for “a strong international response” to Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
Augusto Pinochet’s neoliberal experiment began 40 years ago in Chile after a coup. He is celebrated by the right but workers could have beaten him, writes Ken Olende
After the 1970 election UP argued it found a new path to socialism bypassing old divisions between reform and revolution.
The government is waging war on workers and the poor—but their rich mates are booming Socialist Worker provides a few reasons to demonstrate at the Tory party conference
New TV series Peaky Blinders gives a glimpse of the revolutionary mood that gripped Britain in 1919 but puts family dramas first, says?Annette Mackin
Obituary for radical poet who died last week
Bristol short film festival | The Returned DVD | Reggae sound systems book
How can we stop the Tories’ assault? That was the question asked but not answered at this year’s TUC Congress in Bournemouth.
The sexual exploitation of children has become a racialised crime.
Rosey Kirwan, a much-loved socialist, teacher, union activist, Irish rebel, fun-lover and Hackney SWP member, has died aged 52.
Letters on abortion rights; Bill Shakly;Puma helicopter danger and much more
The things they say
The week in quotes
The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), or the military wing of the Daily Mail as it should be known, is pushing for jobseekers to do 30 hours of unpaid work a week, or lose their benefits.
The Walkie Talkie building’s concave structure focused the sun into a 50 centigrade solar “death ray” in central London last week. It melted the inside of a car—tragically a sports Jaguar. It happened due to cost cutting during construction. Architect Rafael Vinoly has form.
Warship HMS Brilliant torpedoed whales in Margaret Thatcher’s 1982 war over the Falklands.
Troublemaker’s favourite top cop Sir Norman Bettison just can’t stay away.
Vince Cable’s business department is finding new ways to flog arms around the world.
The Sri Lankan army bathed the Jaffna region in blood as it overran the separatist Tamil Tigers in 2009. Its problem now is what to do with the vast territory it forcibly cleared. So the army has decided to fill it with tourists.
Former chief fundraiser for Tony Blair
A graduate has told of his “humiliation” after being forced to dance during a job interview at
Navy used warship and helicopter to kill whales
The Tories new bill will make it harder for trade unions and campaigning groups to organise—and let lobbyists off the hook, writes Simon Basketter