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Issue: 2379

Dated: 12 Nov 2013

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Philippines typhoon shows the price of poverty

Rescue workers were fighting to get to outlying regions of the Philippines hit by typhoon Haiyan as Socialist Worker went to press. In the worst-hit city of Tacloban more than 10,000 people are thought to have died.

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Never again - witnessing the horror of Nazi death camps

Kate Hurford and Saba Shiraz told Socialist Worker about Unite Against Fascism’s visit to the former Nazi extermination camp

Unite Against Fascism gears up to take on racists

Anti-fascists are gearing up to protest against the racist English Defence League (EDL).

Storm as bus workers' rep is suspended

Bosses at Metroline’s Willesden bus garage in north west London have suspended Unite union rep Robert Chung after he raised safety concerns. 

Post workers fear no-strike deal as talks continue

The CWU union was locked in talks with Royal Mail bosses last weekend to reach an agreement over pay and working conditions. 

Tories lose court case on Independent Living Fund

The Court of Appeal last week upheld a legal challenge against the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in 2015.

Firefighters prepare for new walkout to defend pensions

Firefighters in England and Wales were set to walk out for a fourth time on Wednesday of this week.

Marine guilty of murder - but army let off lightly

A sergeant in the Royal Marines was convicted of murder last week after footage of him shooting an unarmed injured Afghan prisoner was shown in court.

Met chief was 'confused' over Hillsborough

Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe gave an incorrect statement relating to the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.

Mark Duggan crime scene investigator describes chaos

The inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, who police shot dead in 2011, has heard of breakdowns in communication.

Hypertac bosses give early Christmas present

Women manufacturing workers in the Unite union were set to protest outside the AGM of Smiths Group on Tuesday of next week.

New walkout for Glasgow school assistants

Some 400 Pupil Support Assistants (PSAs) in Glasgow walked out on strike on Wednesday of last week in the north east area of the city. 

Teachers call for strikes as Gove goes on offensive

Education secretary Michael Gove has sent a provocative letter to the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions, which are in dispute over attacks on pay, pensions and conditions. 

Higher education unions call united December strike over pay

Higher education unions have called a national strike for Tuesday 3 December.

South Gloucestershire council workers back on strike

Strong pickets joined the fourth strike in two months in south Gloucester libraries on Saturday of last week. 

Sheffield City council gets strike grilling from Academy cleaners

Cleaners at Sheffield’s Park Academy struck last Wednesday for £7.45 per hour living wage.

College cleaners protest huge wage cuts

Cleaners in the GMB union protested at the College of North East London in Tottenham on Friday of last week.

Historical Materialism conference gathers a crowd

Around 900 people attended the tenth annual Historical Materialism conference in London last week. Canadian Marxist David McNally gave the Deutscher Memorial Prize lecture.

Motion to PCS left conference calls for more joint action

Socialist Workers Party members have submitted an emergency motion to the upcoming conference of the PCS union’s Left Unity group. 

Call for action at Unite conferences

The Unite union was holding sector conferences in Brighton this week.

Cuts push NHS to crisis point

The Tories have cut £10 billion from the NHS in the last three years and plan to cut another £10 billion by 2015.

Cameron still backs Sri Lanka

David Cameron was set to attend a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka this week. 

Luton man dies in police custody

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched a criminal investigation into the death of 39 year old Leon Briggs in police custody on Monday of last week.

Tenants take case to parliament while MPs debate bedroom tax

Campaigners and tenants protested against the bedroom tax outside parliament on Tuesday of this week, as MPs debated getting rid of it.

Workers’ fury as jobs are cut at shipyards

As BAE systems slashes jobs, strikes and occupations can hit back write Dave Sewell and Jon Woods

Newham council will ‘try’ to help E15 mothers

Newham council officials last week agreed to “try to find social housing in London” for the Focus E15 mothers.

March to mark twelve years in US detention for Shaker Aamer

Relatives and supporters of Shaker Aamer, the last British man in Guantanamo Bay, plan a march and rally on Saturday 23 November to mark the 12th anniversary of his detention.

Firefighters strike again over pension attacks

Firefighters in England and Wales walked out of work today, Wednesday, for the fourth time in a row over Tory attacks on their pensions.

Pictures of firefighters' strike on 13 November 2013

Views from the picket lines

Angry meeting over Luton death in custody

Up to 250 people turned up at a community meeting in Luton last Monday following the death a black man in police custody. The audience was angry and overwhelmingly black, but the platform were largely made up of establishment voices.


Utopia: The brutal theft of a continent goes on in Australia

Paddy Gibson says the recently elected Tory Australian government will only tighten the oppression of Aboriginal people

Fresh crisis for Greece's rulers after raid on ERT broadcaster

An attempt to clamp down on workers’ fightback has backfired on the government, says Dave Sewell

Lampedusa survivors kept in detention

Italian authorities have arrested a man for being one of the traffickers responsible for a fatal sinking last month, when at least 366 migrants died. 

Fish processing workers occupy factory in France

Workers occupied the Marine Harvest smoked salmon factory in Brittany, north western France, against its closure on Monday of last week.


Will China abandon its state capitalism?

The paralysis in Washington is turning more eyes towards Beijing. Often this reflects quite exaggerated expectations about China’s emergence as a new superpower on the verge of displacing the United States. 


Children need play, not tests - what's wrong with the Tories' early years reforms

Sadie Robinson spoke to childhood learning expert Richard House about what government schemes for pre-school education will mean for young children

Drowning with the wonga debt sharks

As the legal loan sharks at Wonga try to improve their image with a new movie, Sadie Robinson examines the reality of the payday loan industry


Tate exhibition shows how art has always blossomed through revolt and revolution

Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition looks at more than two centuries of art, social movements and the left.?Mark O’Brien says its scope is breathtaking

Gravity-doom and loneliness never looked this spectacular

Gravity is the latest film from Alfonso Cuaron, the director of among other things the brilliant Children of Men.

Arts round-up

Guantanamo Boy | Matangi - MIA | Only in England

What We Think

Poverty is the killer in ‘natural’ disaster

Why have so many people died after typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines?

Tory cuts forever?

David Cameron has finally admitted that he isn’t making cuts to deal with the budget deficit. He is trying to create a “leaner, more efficient state”.

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Unemployed and tenant activists beat evictions. If austerity bites we should bite back. What's going on with ED and Len? Plus more. 

Can there be a revolution?

Revolution is being hotly debated since Russell Brand wrote an article in the New Statesman calling for the overthrow of the current political system. And Brand’s argument that we need a revolution to get rid of our system riddled with “lies, treachery and deceit” has received a lot of support. It’s no surprise so many people feel that to get rid of inequality we will need a revolution. 

Quotes of the week

The week's news in their own words

Home Office enforcers are the worst uninvited guests

 Immigration cops raid a wedding, but Britain is GREAT for rich migrants, the army's cunning plan and Tory corruption

Detention centres breed despair behind the bars

As Yarl’s Wood is mired in an abuse scandal, Ken Olende looks at the scale of detention centres in Britain and what life is like for people locked inside them

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