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While the poor choose between eating and heating the energy companies profits jump
Statement from the Greek Socialist Workers Party on three members who will appear in court on 12 December 2013 accused of “defamation” by a lawyer who has worked for a Golden Dawn MP
As eight construction firms announce compensation the victims of blacklisting say it is a cynical move and vow to continue their fight.
Birmingham council—the largest in England—voted to call for the bedroom tax to be scrapped last week, while anti-bedroom tax campaigners lobbied outside.
A group of young parents and mothers-to-be in Newham, east London have forced their housing association to withdraw eviction notices.
Workers at South Gloucestershire council struck for six hours last Friday in an ongoing dispute over attacks on their pay.
Unison union members at Stirling council are promising to step up industrial action to defend pay and conditions.
Anger at the pressure Michael Gove piles on children is driving regional school strikes, says Sadie Robinson
Manufacturing workers at Ardagh Glass have won an improved pay rise after threatening strikes.
Firefighters in England and Wales were set to strike this Saturday against Tory plans to force them to work until they’re 60 or face savage cuts to their pensions. Workers will walk out for five hours, starting at 6.30pm.
The Unite union and Grangemouth oil refinery bosses Ineos were in talks at the Acas conciliation service as Socialist Worker went to press.
Drivers for Network Warrington buses in the Unite union struck for 24 hours on Tuesday of this week against a zero percent pay offer. Further strikes are planned for Wednesday of next week and Thursday 31 October. Send messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thousands marched in Liverpool against fascism on Saturday of last week.
Unions in Higher Education (HE)—UCU, UNISON and UNITE—have all won industrial action ballots over this year’s pay award, writes Liz Lawrence, UCU vice president (pc)
The great Royal Mail robbery has begun, as bankers trade and deal shares for the postal service after centuries of public ownership.
As health bosses warn that free health care in Britain is ‘unsustainable,’ Judith Orr argues that the government’s drive to privatise the service is the real reason for attacks on the NHS
A protest met education secretary Michael Gove when he came to speak in St Albans at a pricey lunch for the Chamber of Commerce on Friday 11 October.
A comprehensive new survey of austerity in Europe reveals unemployment, hunger, suicides and emigration. Judith Orr says the only alternative is to fight
Cleaners in the RMT union working for Mitie at First Great Western struck on Friday of last week.
Protest to keep East Coast Mainline public at 9.30am on Wednesday of this week at Westminster.
Sri Lankan Tamils demonstrated against David Cameron attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo on 15 November.
Around 50 protesters occupied Southwick library last week as part of a campaign to get it reopened
Activists from around the world plan to converge on Warsaw in Poland to protest as world leaders assemble for the next climate conference next month.
New measures will endanger lives and undermine liberties—and it’s all based on a lie, reports Ken Olende
The taxi driver who was driving Mark Duggan before police shot him has said that the cops were behaving as though “they had come to hunt someone”.
A man has been charged following a brutal attack in Harlow, Essex.
Letting agents prepared to exclude black tenants | Three quarters of lesbian, gay and bisexual hate crimes go unreported to police | Scottish Independence could be decided on public service quality | The myth of the north south divide
Visteon pensioners staged four protests last Saturday—in Rayleigh, Enfield, Belfast and Swansea (pictured). They are demanding Ford returns their pensions to the level they would be if it had not sold them off to a new company.
Local residents and activists outnumbered anti-abortion bigots in Stratford, east London, last Saturday.
In a week of strikes and demonstrations, trade unionists and activists are set to get together in London for the Unite the Resistance (UtR) conference this Saturday. The workshops will be a chance to debate the way forward—not just for teachers, post workers and firefighters but for everyone who wants to stop the Tories.
Unions representing higher education workers call Halloween strike over pay
Post workers' CWU union announces national ballot result and strike date
Over 5,000 firefighters staged an angry protest through central London today, Wednesday, against Tory cuts to the fire service.
Thousands of striking teachers and their supporters marched through central London today, Thursday.
From the protests and picket lines
The Movement Against Xenophobia has called a protest outside parliament during the second reading of Theresa May’s draconian new Immigration Bill next Tuesday.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced today, Friday, that it has called off tomorrow’s planned five-hour walkout.
Both Greece’s main union federations have called a general strike against public sector mass sackings on Wednesday 6 November.
The fascist Front National (FN) won a by-election last week in Brignoles, southern France. It took more than 40 percent in the first round vote and 54 percent in the second.
Paramilitaries kidnapped Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan for several hours last Thursday.
Striking platinum miners at South Africa’s Amplats company returned to work last week following concessions from bosses. A planned 3,300 redundancies have been shifted from being compulsory to voluntary by the strike.
Guards targeted Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantanamo, when he joined a mass hunger strike protesting prison brutality, a fellow inmate has reported. Hunger strikers were put in solitary confinement and force fed through the nose.
Chinese security forces injured at least 60 people when they opened fire on a Tibetan separatist demonstration in Dathang last week.
Analysing the human genome can give us ammunition against racist myths, argues John Parrington
While expressing greater optimism about British prospects, the IMF cut its forecasts for global economic growth this year and next. This isn’t primarily because of the uncertainty caused by the standoff between Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress in the United States, writes Alex Callinicos
Following the resignation of EDL leader Tommy Robinson, Weyman Bennett looks at how fascist groups build—and how anti-fascist movements can push them back
The English Defence League was formed in June 2009 to target Muslims. Racists in Scotland and Wales set up their own “defence leagues”.
A journalist, activist and militant born in slavery, Ida B Wells campaigned against lynching in the US and for women's rights, write Sarah Ensor and Ken Olende
Are the Bridget Jones books too superficial? For Sarah Creagh, Bridget’s obsessions reflect real pressures—and there’s nothing wrong with escapism
If you look for pictures of workers in the Tate gallery, you’ll probably be shown LS Lowry’s dismal stickmen. Depictions of women are more common—but often nude and sexualised.
Handbagged by Moira Buffini | The Great War by Joe Sacco | The Fifth Estate
Strikes and protests by workers are taking on the Tories. Teachers in several regions were preparing to strike on Thursday of this week against the government’s assault on education.
Labour’s new welfare spokesperson Rachel Reeves has pledged that Labour would be “tougher” on welfare claimants than the Tories.
Donald Casson, a life-long socialist, died on 8 October after a long period of illness.
How cuts discriminate against special needs children, the Daily Mail's attack on Ralph Miliband, the First World War, supporting firefighters, stopping the Tories and attacks on the unemployed
Things that they say
Energy giants sit on £1.2 billion a year belonging to customers in credit because of estimated bills. And they make more than £12 million annual interest from people who pay by direct debit.
Two years after Travellers were evicted from Dale Farm, Grattan Puxon tells Sadie Robinson about the human cost of being denied the right to a home