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Issue: 2376

Dated: 22 Oct 2013


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Warning - new nuclear power plan is the Tories' toxic trick

The Tories’ new deal for a consortium of giant companies to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is one we’ll pay for dearly—three times.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Union leaders should get on with a national walkout, say striking teachers

Tens of thousands of teachers struck on Thursday of last week. The action shut schools in London, the North East, South East and South West of England.

Strong support for striking teachers

Teachers won support for their strike from across Britain and the world.

Stop Ineos bosses' blackmail at Grangemouth oil refinery

Bosses at Scotland’s biggest oil refinery are holding nearly 1,400 workers and the Scottish government to ransom.

Will Ineos bosses close Grangemouth?

Ineos has threatened to close Grangemouth if it doesn’t get its own way.

Leading struggle can build stronger unions, say workers at Unite the Resistance

More than 500 activists from struggles across the workers’ movement came to the Unite the Resistance conference last Saturday to debate the way forward, reports?Sarah Ensor

Trade unionists debate which tactics hit the Tories hardest

The Unite the Resistance conference was also a chance to debate strategy in some of the key national disputes.

Scottish National Party lobbied over bedroom tax

The Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation lobbied the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Perth last Saturday.

Airport workers back pay strikes

Baggage handlers and check-in staff for Swissport have voted overwhelmingly for strikes over pay at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester airports.

Walkout due on Warrington buses

Workers on Network Warrington buses were set to walk out on Wednesday of this week in a continuing dispute over pay.

Votes for action in the health service

The Unite union’s health sector committee voted last week for strikes to defend the NHS, and health workers’ pay and conditions.

People's inquiries for London's NHS

The Unite union, along with John Lister, Polly Toynbee and health campaigners, has initiated a series of five “People’s inquiries for London’s NHS”.

Fight to save health jobs in Bridlington

The future of Bridlington Hospital in east Yorkshire is under threat.

Mark Duggan witness ‘saw an officer move a gun’

A key witness to the police shooting of Mark Duggan told the inquest into his death that she saw an officer move a gun after Mark died.

Harlow gig raises money for victim of racist attack

Up to 70 people attended a Love Music Hate Racism gig in Harlow, Essex, on Saturday of last week.  

Disability rights protesters take on Tories

Disability activists protested at London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Monday of this week.

Join London protest to demand justice over deaths in custody

The fifteenth annual United Friends and Family campaign procession and rally was set to take place in central London on Saturday of this week.

Angry firefighters demand fresh strikes after union postpones walkout

Firefighters are furious after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) called off a planned five-hour strike to defend pensions last week.

New offer is not enough for council workers in South Gloucestershire

Council workers in South Gloucestershire called off a planned strike last week after management made them an offer.

'No help' for E15 mothers facing eviction in east London

Young mothers facing eviction from a mother and baby unit have been told they will get no rehousing help from Newham council until bailiffs arrive to evict them.

Fight to defend jobs for all at Ferrybridge

Construction workers were set to protest at the Ferrybridge waste into fuel power plant in West Yorkshire on Wednesday of this week.

PCS plans a walkout to fight privatisation

pcs union members in the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) department and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were set to strike for a day on Friday of this week. 

Protest to defend early years education

Activists plan to protest at parliament over changes to young children’s education. 

Things they say

‘If a vehicle is unavailable then clearly that’s not ideal’

Unions in higher education unite to fight for decent pay

Workers in the UCU, Unison and Unite unions in universities are set to strike over pay on Thursday 31 October. 

Probation and family court workers to strike for service

Probation officers in the Napo union have voted overwhelming to strike over Tory plans to privatise their service.

Post workers plan walkout

Postal workers have voted to strike by 78 percent on a 63 percent turnout in defence of their jobs, pay and conditions. 

Protesters say, 'we are all migrants' as Tories push through nasty Immigration Bill

The Tories’ new Immigration Bill returned to Parliament for a second reading on Tuesday of this week.

Southwark tenants hit out as council takes thousands to court over council tax

Southwark council summonsed more than 5,000 poor households to Camberwell Magistrates Court on Friday of last week because of council tax arrears.

News round-up

Unqualified head teachers at two free schools have resigned this month. 

Man convicted of racist murder in Birmingham

A man has been convicted of the racist murder of 82 year old grandfather Mohammed Saleem and a number of mosque bombings.

Stand up to Ineos bosses' blackmail at Grangemouth

The attacks on workers at Scotland's Grangemouth oil refinery are a threat to all workers. 

New footage of Marikana massacre shows unprovoked attack

Socialist film maker Rehad Desai has uncovered previously unseen news footage of the beginning of the Marikana massacre in South Africa in August 2012.

Mitie cleaners defy bosses to strike for a second time over pay

Around 250 cleaners working for Mitie on First Great Western trains struck today, Friday, for the second time to win £8.55 an hour.

Firefighters' union announces two further strike dates

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced today, Friday, two further strike dates for firefighters in England and Wales.

Teachers' unions pull back from national strike this year against Gove

Teaching unions have retreated from plans to call a national one-day strike before Christmas. The news will be a bitter blow to teachers across Britain who want to see a serious fight that can beat Tory education secretary Michael Gove.


International

Rage after students are deported from France

Protests over deportations have challenged the French government’s racist agenda, says Dave Sewell

Nigerian military kills hundreds in 'war on terror'

The Nigerian military has killed over 950 people in custody this year as part of its “war on terror” against Islamist group Boko Haram.


Comment

Do migrants take jobs and lower wages?

Eight eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004—the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

Don't let the Tories divide us

A decade ago the then-chair of the Tory party Theresa May said the Tories needed to lose their image as the “nasty party”.

Union should have rejected Grangemouth ‘survival plan’

The deal between Ineos bosses and the Unite union at Grangemouth petrochemical plant is nothing to celebrate.

What George Osborne's visit to China tells us about Britain's economy

The British business delegation to China headed by George Osborne and Boris Johnson was more interesting than these things usually are. Chinese people still have bitter memories of imperial arrogance during the colonial era. So, if they noticed the visit at all, they must have been amused by Britain hustling for Chinese custom.


Features

Blame bosses for cuts and unemployment, not us - migrants in Britain speak out

The government blames migrants for most of society’s ills, saying they come to use the health service or undercut wages. Raymie Kiernan spoke to four people who have come to Britain to find out the real reasons why they live and work here

Fighting racism is no crime - the hidden history of Britain's Asian Youth Movements

Anandi Ramamurthy's new book Black Star rightly celebrates the hidden history of Asian Youth Movements that defied racism in the 1970s - but they faced real challenges too, argues Yuri Prasad

How Marxist historian CLR James understood racism and revolutions

The Trinidadian Marxist CLR James broke new ground in the study of racism and revolutions, says Christian Hogsbjerg


Reviews

Captain Phillips - a Somali piracy yarn that tries to salve the US’s conscience

Captain Phillips, a tale of kidnapping on the high seas, promotes its empathy for desperate Somalis—but Dave Sewell says it turns the real villains into heroes

Walesa. Man of hope - workers fought and hoped for much more than this

Man of Hope is the conclusion of Andrzej Wajda’s trilogy about Poland under the rule of the Communist Party.

Reviews round-up

Aquatopia | Manchester Science Festival


What We Think

Resist attacks on Roma and all other racism

The photo of a face of a young blonde girl with a Roma man and woman who are accused of abducting her has dominated the media. 

Food waste - a supermarket rip off

Revelations about food waste in Britain have sparked new attacks on ordinary people.


Other Categories

Frank O’Donnell, 1947-2013

Comrades will be sad to learn of the death of Frank O’Donnell from cancer. Frank joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in Edinburgh in the early 80s. 

Letters

Surviving on benefits in Birmingham, remembering a great day against the fascists in Welling, and turning up the heat on estate agents

The government can’t keep track of its many imperialist crimes

The forgetful Foreign Office has just admitted to the existence of a hitherto secret archive of 1.2 million files recording how Britain ran its empire.

Cuts make mental health services 'unsafe' for use

A new report into mental health services shows that cuts, shortages and short-term thinking is only making them worse, writes Simon Basketter



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