Dated: 03 Dec 2013
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Tory chancellor George Osborne says Britain is booming. He wants us to believe that his austerity plans are working and the economy is out of crisis.
Reports from picket lines around the country report strong turnouts and lots of support from students
Picket line pictures
Post workers in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset were set to strike on Thursday of this week.
Bosses have locked out construction workers building a £500 million gas plant on Shetland.
Six workers at St Mungo’s North Herts Sanctuary in Hitchin began a seven-day strike last Saturday.
Cleaners at University of London working for Balfour Beatty have been offered improved sick pay and up to 33 days holiday after three years after their two day strike last week.
Mitie cleaners consider new offer | Defend union rep Charlotte Monro | March celebrates victory at Hovis | Action in Glasgow wins concessions | Ballot due over attack on shifts | Anti-racists block EDL in Hartlepool
Tube drivers set to strike for a day | Firefighters’ ballot draws to an end | Hewlett Packard workers balloted | Gatwick staff vote to strike over pay |
Pictures from the strike rallies and more from the picket lines
Around 1,000 cyclists in London held a “die-in” protest at the headquarters of Transport for London on Friday evening of last week.
Teachers and other trade unionists protested outside a local Tory party meeting due to be addressed by Michael Gove on Friday of last week.
The inquest into the death of Mark Duggan heard final, important evidence as Socialist Worker went to press.
One young family will be spending Christmas crammed in a one bedroom flat—after a death brought the bedroom tax onto them.
Around 60 people came together to resist the plans of iGas to extract coal methane and then begin fracking at Barton Moss in Eccles, Greater Manchester.
Students occupied several universities in solidarity with the strike, and turned out in big numbers to support picket lines across Britain.
Supporters of Hands off our Homes demonstrated outside the Leeds County Court on Thursday of last week as a tenant was brought in for failing to pay the bedroom tax.
Some 50 people demonstrated in Barnsley town centre on Monday of last week against plans to close the Central Library.
Bosses at the Grangemouth petrochemical complex in Falkirk announced vicious new cuts on Monday of this week.
Theresa May’s latest attempt to look tough on immigration has failed—for now, writes Ken Olende
Hundreds of steel workers in Helwan were continuing their sit-in to demand payment of bonuses and government investment on Monday of this week.
The French government is caught in a battle over who should pay tax.
Around 500 people attended the launch of the new party Left Unity in central London last Saturday.
Mass Protests were loosening president Viktor Yanukovych’s control of Ukraine as Socialist Worker went to press.
Over 400 attended the Stop the War (StW) Coalition International conference in London last Saturday. Speakers included Labour MP Diane Abbott who talked about the opposition in parliament to David Cameron’s plan to bomb Syria.
The Angolan government is accused of “banning” Islam as a clampdown on the Muslim minority intensifies.
100 years after Ford’s first automated assembly line, Simon Basketter looks at a workplace model that bosses still follow today
Giles Ji Ungpakorn looks at what’s behind the new wave of monarchist protests
Nine people were killed when a police helicopter crashed through the roof of a packed Glasgow pub, the Clutha, as a band was in full flow on Friday evening last week.
The police helicopter that crashed, a Eurocopter EC135 Type 2, was the subject of safety checks in July but was not withdrawn from service.
Theresa May makes man stateless - again | Police failed to protect victim of vigilantes | Man guilty of Grimsby mosque bomb | Back to work scheme fails
Five students have been suspended from Sussex University after taking part in the occupation there.
Tory chancellor George Osborne claimed “Britain's economic plan is working”.
Students at Sussex and in colleges at the University of London are resisting a crackdown on protests and occupations by police and university bosses.
Egyptian Revolutionary Socialist and labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain is a leading activist in the struggles against the military’s new “protest law”. He writes from Cairo on why this resistance shows that the revolution continues
Workers are rallying to defend our newspaper and take on the Golden Dawn Nazis, says Panos Garganas
Local council election results in Denmark showed a surge in support for the far left Unity List (EL). Also known as the Red-Green Alliance, EL includes members of the Socialist Worker Party’s sister organisation the International Socialists.
100 toffs and bosses joined David Cameron on his trip to China
George Osborne's Autumn Statement on Thursday of this week is no doubt set to continue the tactical adjustments that a coalition that is fundamentally on the defensive has been pursuing.
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill looks at the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command in his new film Dirty Wars
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill set out to put names, faces and stories to the victims of the Western military in his new film Dirty Wars. He spoke to Judith Orr about his journey to expose the slaughter of the “war on terror”
Exhibition shows a culture born in mills, mines and zero hours contracts says Emma Martin
The story of Carrie was always linked to women’s liberation. Steven King, whose book both versions of the film are based on, described it as about women “finding their channels of power”.
This novel imagines the last months of Agnes Magnusdottir who was beheaded for arson and murder in Iceland in 1830
This great exhibition opens with a picture of a May Day march through Nottingham in the 1970s.
This extraordinary vivid film returns to the US fishing port of New Bedford, over 150 years after the classic novel Moby Dick.
Politicians are playing games with energy. Millions of ordinary people are outraged at the hike in fuel bills while the big six power companies rake in massive profits.
Billionaire petrochemicals boss Jim Ratcliffe is adding insult to injury for workers at Grangemouth.
Nelson Mandela's fight against apartheid inspired millions of people across the world. Charlie Kimber looks back on his life and the struggle he helped lead
Including letters on why Hull should be both a city of culture but also resistance, supporting left wing Turkish lawyers and Bargee travellers and organising against anti-abortion bigots on campus.
Boris Johnson attacks the poor, media whipping up racism against migrants, how the rich slum it in style, high wire act comes to Heathrow
Britain burned a huge number of damning documents in secret to hide the shame of its brutal empire. Ken Olende looks at Operation Legacy