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Dated: 08 Oct 2013

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Posties reject the bribery behind Royal Mail sell-off

Royal Mail is set to be sold off after centuries of public ownership. The privatisation begins on Tuesday of next week when this vital public service “floats” on the stock exchange.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Mark Duggan cop ‘didn’t hear’ call to put gun down, inquest told

The cop in charge of the firearms operation in which police shot and killed Mark Duggan said that he did not hear officers warn Mark to put down a weapon.

Alder family's fight to get justice continues

The family of Christopher Alder have been told nobody will face prosecution for giving them the wrong body to bury. 

Civil service workers boycott appraisal system

The Group Executive Committee (GEC) of the PCS HMRC group met on 30 September and agreed to tell members not to cooperate with a new annual appraisal system. 

Anti-racists in Edinburgh celebrate multiculturalism

Edinburgh Unite Against Fascism held a fundraiser in the city last Saturday called, Love Culture Hate Racism.

Protest planned at anniversary of Dale Farm evictions

Travellers and their supporters plan to protest to mark the two-year anniversary of an eviction of Travellers from Dale Farm.

New Tory immigration bill targets the same scapegoats

Theresa May reiterated harsh new immigration plans while bodies of African migrants were being fished from the sea, says?Dave Sewell

Boat tragedy exposes the dangerous waters surrounding Fortress Europe

A boat packed with 500 migrants caught fire and sank half a mile from the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday of last week.

City Link workers protest over wage cuts

City Link workers (above) and supporters demonstrated in Southsea last Saturday. They plan further protests on Saturday of this week over contracts that will cut pay by up to £7,000 a year.

Firefighters: Let’s all strike together to save our pensions

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is holding a consultative ballot in Scotland over pension proposals from the Scottish Government and Fire Service employers.

Action at Grangemouth sparks panic over supplies

Workers began a work to rule at Grangemouth oil refinery in Falkirk on Monday of this week.

Leicester People's Assembly launched

Over 100 trade unionists, activists and others gathered in Leicester last Saturday to launch the People’s Assembly Against Austerity in the city.

Council workers strike back at attacks on pay

Unison union members at South Gloucestershire council struck for a second day last Saturday in a continuing dispute over attacks on their pay.

Teachers say name the day

Strikes by teachers will shut schools across England on Thursday of next week. 

Education round-up

No testing for young children | Charter for Primary Education conference | Campaign against Islington/Haringey free school

UK Uncut protests to defend legal aid

Anti-cuts protesters demonstrated in towns and cities across Britain last Saturday against cuts to legal aid.

Reports round-up

Second post walkout in Burnley | March to defend abortion rights | Barnet bosses put council jobs at risk | Hundreds protest at Newport mural demolition | Strong vote for strikes at Liverpool University | University workers threaten walkouts

Solidarity can win in Rochdale care workers dispute

Some 20 Future Directions workers in Rochdale held a noisy picket outside the company’s headquarters on Thursday of last week as part of their ten day strike.

A powerful re-staging of Miller’s corruption classic theatre

Dave Gibson says the play highlights the immorality of capitalism, where profit is more important than human life.

Racists humiliated in Dundee and Croydon

Anti-racists in Dundee and London scored victories over the Scottish Defence League (SDL) and British National Party (BNP) last Saturday.

Fresh crisis for English Defence League as leader Tommy Robinson quits

Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, co-founders of the racist English Defence League (EDL), have announced plans to quit the group. 

Workers organise to link up their struggles

Next week’s Unite the Resistance conference has struck a chord with trade unionists, reports Judith Orr

Labour needs to take a stand over evictions for bedroom tax arrears

Labour faces calls to turn its words into actions on the bedroom tax.

Did cops "edit" Hillsborough footage?

Police video footage filmed during the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster “may have been edited” according to an audiovisual expert. Pete Weatherby QC reported the claim at a pre-inquest hearing in London last week. 

News round-up

The Ministry of Defence has been found to have illegally kept 66,000 files on the Troubles in Northern Ireland in a warehouse in Derbyshire. 

NHS staff furious at Hunt’s wage blackmail

Tory minister’s plan to freeze wages and blame health workers for cuts is a ‘massive insult’, says Sarah Ensor

Royal London protest against NHS cuts

Around 150 health workers and campaigners protested outside the Royal London Hospital yesterday evening, Tuesday, against staff and wage cuts across Barts Health NHS Trust. Staff across the trust’s six hospitals are angry that up to 3,000 workers will have pay slashed or will be sacked because it is crippled by its huge Private Finance Initiative (PFI) debt.

The Great Post Robbery has begun as bankers snap up Royal Mail shares

The great Royal Mail robbery began today, Friday, as trading began for the postal service after centuries of public ownership.


Anti-racists in Greece speak out - united we can beat the Nazis

Anti-fascists from across Europe met in Greece last Sunday at the spot where musician Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by a member of the fascist Golden Dawn.

Framed Panther freed after 41 years—just in time to die

Herman Wallace, who served 41 years in solitary confinement as one of the Angola 3, died three days after being released last week.

Raid in Somalia goes awry for US Navy special forces

US special forces failed to capture a leader of the Islamist group Al Shabaab in the Somali town of Barawe last weekend

Fresh clashes shake Egypt

Police killed over 50 people in Egypt last weekend and more than 200 people were arrested. Demonstrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war took place on Sunday 6 October, a national holiday in Egypt. Thousands of supporters of the military gathered to celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as jets flew in formation overhead.


US budget crisis can lead to a new slump

Once again the United States is shutting down government services because of a confrontation between president Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress.


Miliband and Marx

After the Daily Mail’s attack on Ed Miliband’s father, Charlie Kimber looks at what Ralph Miliband’s work can tell us about the nature of the Labour Party

Fear of the law keeps migrant sex workers trapped

Hsiao-Hung Pai spoke to Sarah Ensor about the living hell faced by migrant sex workers in Britain

How we organised to break racism on Bristol buses

Fifty years ago, black people in Bristol organised a boycott of Bristol buses. Paul Stephenson and other campaign leaders addressed an anniversary meeting last week and two of them, Guy Bailey and Roy Hackett, spoke to Ken Olende


Reviews round-up

Nothing but a man | Iain Duncan Smith’s realistic unemployment simulator

How I Live Now: Growing up in the crossfire of the adults’ confusing war

Teen third world war drama How I Live Now is well worth watching for a point of view that most films forget, says school student Bethan Turner

Revolutionary Berlin in London's West End

A rare chance to see 50 works by Dadaist George Grosz

What We Think

Privatisation benefits fat cats, not workers

Privatisation is not about empowering ordinary people. It is simply about allowing the market into areas it has been excluded from

Stop the demonisation

Big businesses seem to have decided it’s open season on demonising people with mental illnesses

Other Categories

Children are starving as Tory millionaires cut welfare

A recent poll by the Daily Mirror has shown that children are going to school hungry every morning.

The things they say

Things they say

No expense is too small for Mr Fox’s fantastic journeys

The weekly Troublemaker

Why the Tories are trying to take our schools back decades

Michael Gove’s new curriculum won’t ‘raise standards’ because it’s designed to bash teachers, blame children for failure and justify cuts, writes Sadie Robinson

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