Dated: 17 Sep 2013
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Workers are preparing for ‘the fight of their lives’ over privatisation, say Julie Sherry and Annette Mackin
Teachers rallied in London and Nottingham last Saturday in the run-up to regional strikes next month to defend pay, pensions, conditions and education.
The UCU union will ballot its members in universities for strikes over pay. The union served notice on the UCEA employers’ organisation on Tuesday of this week.
Bosses of multinational bottle company Ardagh Glass have made concessions to stave off strikes for the second time.
Beer and lager delivery drivers working for Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) at Swansea struck on Wednesday of last week.
Police launched a series of raids targeting Irish Travellers last week.
Cleaners on the East Coast Mainline struck on Monday of this week. The RMT union members are employed by ISS.
Social Workers across Glasgow are on unofficial strike. They held a 60-strong union meeting on Monday of this week and voted unanimously to join colleagues who walked out on Friday of last week. And the dispute is spreading.
Muslim and other students got together and forced a college into a U-turn, writes Helen Salmon
Students are returning after the summer and are gearing up to protest against the Tories in Manchester on Sunday 29 September.
Health workers backed a motion of no confidence in their bosses at a meeting at Whipps Cross Hospital on Thursday of last week.
Fans’ families fight for justice as new evidence emerges of a police cover-up, writes Sadie Robinson
Up to 1,000 people marched in south east London last Saturday, celebrating a High Court decision overruling plans to slash services at Lewisham hospital.
The inquest into the police shooting of Mark Duggan has begun.
A meeting for anti-fascists arrested on the day of a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) protest on 7 September in east London was set for Wednesday of this week.
Around 500 people attended the North East People’s Assembly launch in Newcastle last Saturday.
Workers picketed the Network Warrington bus depot on Friday of last week, in the first of seven planned strikes against a pay freeze.
Some 600 workers were set to strike at Britain’s biggest bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Striking Hovis workers have stepped up the pressure on Premier Foods’ bosses, using mass pickets to disrupt delivery vans in Wigan this week.
Up to 3,000 people marched to the Shell headquarters in central London last Sunday, demanding a ban on drilling for gas and oil in the Arctic.
Workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery near Glasgow are balloting for strikes.
Around 150 delegates from around Britain came together for the Stop the War Coalition (StW) AGM last Saturday in London.
The bosses claim that privatisation can help workers and ordinary people.
Momentum is building for the demonstration against the Tories in Manchester next Sunday 29 September.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called a four-hour strike on Wednesday of next week in England and Wales in protest at attacks on firefighters’ pensions.
Politicians in all three parties are struggling under fire to contain the opposition to the bedroom tax.
The Liberal Democrats struggled to put a brave face on their ongoing decline at their annual conference in Glasgow this week.
Cuts to sexual health services will send the number of sexual diseases and unplanned pregnancies soaring according to charities.
Social workers in Glasgow have taken unofficial action and won.
High school teachers across Greece began an all-out strike on Monday of this week. Almost all schools were shut and over 90 percent of teachers took part. More than 30,000 marched in central Athens.
US president Barack Obama has stepped back from his threat to bomb Syria. The US and Russia signed an accord in Geneva last Saturday.
Up to 200,000 trade unionists marched in Warsaw last Saturday against the government’s austerity polices.
Riot police attacked striking teachers in Zocalo, the central square of Mexico city, on Friday of last week.
Some 370,000 people marched in Paris on Tuesday of last week on a day of strikes against plans to make workers pay billions more for their pensions.
The Greek government has begun a second attempt to prosecute Petros Constantinou, an Athens councillor and coordinator of the Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat (Keerfa).
Protesters filled the streets of Greece's major cities this evening, Wednesday, over the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn member.
John Parrington is excited by a new plan to send humans to Mars—but warns that our rulers want to use it for their own ends
Labour’s leaders are worried. Their cunning plan was to sit back and do nothing while the Tories attacked, hoping that the Tories’ resulting unpopularity would get them back into office.
Syndicalist unions committed to revolution flourished during the early 20th century. Ralph Darlington examines what they stood for—and their limitations
A year from now people in Scotland will vote on independence. Dave Sherry says a yes vote in the referendum is a chance to put forward a socialist vision that can expose the limitations of nationalism
The Common Weal Project, set up by the left wing Jimmy Reid Foundation thinktank, offers one of the few practical visions of what independence might be like.
The government’s commitment to nuclear weapons shows that the attacks on welfare are ideological. There is no austerity for weapons of mass destruction.
New documentary InRealLife asks if immersing young people in the internet is a good thing. Ken Olende thinks it raises more questions than it answers
Birmingham’s new ten?storey, £189 million, civic library opened last week. It is an awesome sight, combining open study spaces, stunning views and beautiful roof gardens.
Broken Hands: a tribute to Victor Jara | Marx in Soho | Les Invisibles
Muslim women who choose to wear the face veil or niqab are facing a new tide of bigotry. Some politicians declare that it should be illegal for Muslim women to cover their faces.
When workers fight back against the Tories and the bosses, they can win.
Socialists in South Wales are saddened by the death of Ken Cross, after a long and painful illness.
Scott Williams has died at the age of 19.
I want to let your readers know of a recent victory we’ve had in Kirkcaldy Axe the Bedroom Tax campaign.
The week in quotes
MPs claimed a record £98.1 million on expenses last year. The inflation-busting 10 percent rise added £9 million to the expenses bill.
Reports of the death of class consciousness have been greatly exaggerated according to the latest British Social Attitudes survey, says Sadie Robinson
People are more favourable towards trade unions than they are towards politicians, banks or newspapers.
Nearly half of those surveyed agreed that homosexuality is “not wrong at all”—compared to just 17 percent in 1983.
A huge majority— more than eight in ten—say the income gap between rich and poor is too big. This is up from three quarters in 2010.
The number of people who think those out of work could find a job “if they really wanted one” has fallen.
Some 21 percent didn’t identify with any political party.