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Tory chancellor George Osborne promised this week that 2014 will be “a year of hard truths”. This means more cuts.
campaigners protested against fare rises at London’s King’s Cross mainline station on Thursday of last week.
Transport workers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are balloting for strikes over attacks on pay and conditions.
Shoppers in Portsmouth enjoyed free parking on Monday 23 December.
Activists joined a protest outside Brixton prison in south London on New Year’s Eve.
CWU union reps were meeting across Britain to discuss the post-privatisation deal that the union negotiated with Royal Mail as Socialist Worker went to press.
Daily protests against exploratory drilling for fracking, or shale gas extraction, are continuing at Barton Moss in Eccles, Greater Manchester.
Nazi British National Party leader Nick Griffin (right) has been declared bankrupt.
More than 30 workers at Renold Hi-Tec Couplings in Halifax struck against a pay freeze on Thursday 19 December.
Social work residential workers in Glasgow were considering plans for industrial action as Socialist Worker went to press.
Newly released secret state documents do nothing to dispel rumours of a child abuse cover-up at the top, explains Simon Basketter
After three more solid strikes, FBU firefighers tell Annette Mackin they need to escalate their action
In 1984 the IRA blew up a hotel in Brighton hosting Tories staying for their annual conference.
Barristers walked out of courts in England and Wales on Monday morning of this week. Their half day strike was in protest at Tory attacks on legal aid.
Food workers union Bfawu, Unite the Resistance and left wing Labour MP John McDonnell have teamed up to fight for fast food workers’ rights.
Anti bedroom tax activists in Manchester were set to protest outside the Civil Justice Centre court on Wednesday of this week.
Disabled tenants and their families, representing over 500,000 people, will be in London’s Court of Appeal between 20 and 22 January.
Activists in teaching unions are calling for more action to defend their pay, pensions and conditions.
Bulgarians and Romanians failed to ‘invade’—but that hasn’t stopped the scapegoating, writes Ken Olende
Tower Hamlets in London had Britain’s fastest-growing population in the past decade, as Matt Cavanagh pointed out in the Guardian in 2012.
Anti-migrant stories keep emerging.
Migrants who come to Britain do not leech off existing wealth like the rich. It is workers who create the wealth—and if there are more workers, more wealth is created.
UCU union members are fighting for their union leaders to escalate action in a dispute over pay. They include members of the UCU Left, which Socialist Workers Party members are part of.
Teachers at a privately-run school in north London are voting on whether to strike to demand union recognition.
Students at the University of Sussex are continuing their campaign against bosses’ attempts to discipline five students for their role in an occupation last year.
Amy Jowett’s leg was broken on a demonstration opposing the British National Party (BNP) on 1 June last year in central London (above). She has issued an appeal for information.
Angry residents in Birmingham’s James Turner Street spoke to Socialist Worker about a new TV show about their lives being broadcast on Channel Four.
New year riots hit two prisons... | ...but Tories want more prisoners | Jobless young feel worthless | NHS union rep Charlotte Munro loses appeal
The family of Mark Duggan reacted with shock and fury to the decision of an inquest jury into his killing by police today, Wednesday.
Firefighters, trade unionists, campaigners and residents gathered outside London fire stations this morning, Thursday, to mark their closure.
The family of Mark Duggan have called a vigil for Saturday of this week to remember and respect his life.
A jury inquest conclusion that Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by police has caused anger and defiance on the streets of Tottenham.
Around 1,000 people gathered outside Tottenham police station to remember the life of Mark Duggan yesterday, Saturday. The road outside the station was filled with people who came to stand in solidarity with Mark’s family as they held a vigil to respect his life.
Sylvestre Jaffard asks if the protests against governments of the centre left in Italy and France are the shape of things to come
The military regime in Egypt is carrying out a serious crackdown on socialists and activists who played leading roles in the 2011 revolution. When the state has attacked revolutionaries in the past international solidarity has made a difference. Such solidarity is vital today.
The US is sending advanced weapons to the Iraqi government to help crush a growing rebellion in Anbar province in the west of the country. Anbar was a centre of the resistance against the 2003-2011 US occupation.
South Africa’s largest union withdrew electoral support for the governing African National Congress (ANC) in a historic move at a special conference last month. It went on to call for a new workers’ party to be set up.
Elections in Bangladesh this week have plunged the country deeper into turmoil.
Up to 100,000 rail workers in South Korea struck for three weeks last month against government plans for running a new bullet train service.
The state of South Sudan, created in 2011 after a 30-year civil war in Sudan, is now riven by internal fighting.
The French government said its military intervention in the Central African Republic last month would stop the country collapsing into anarchy.
A century after the First World War our rulers are still trying to peddle patriotic pride. But the British Empire’s crimes are nothing to celebrate.
The jury was out in the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan as Socialist Worker went to press. Mark was shot by police in August 2011. Annette Mackin reviews the evidence given to the inquest—and says it raises questions about the conduct of the police
New film 12 Years A Slave, adapted from the memoirs of Solomon Northup, is a poignant and powerful tale of horrific oppression, writes Ken Olende
In the wintry woods of medieval France, a rich merchant is stopped by the thugs of a baron who seize two of his finest horses.
This is the first major exhibition in Britain of the work by Hannah Hoch, an influential artist in the radical Dada movement in 1920s Germany.
The odious Michael Gove wants us all to celebrate the First World War as a “just war”. For him it was a “noble cause” fought to defend “the Western liberal order”.
The weather has always been difficult to predict. But the past week has been particularly dramatic.
Leon Kuhn, the socialist and anti-war cartoonist, died shortly before Christmas.
Alex Callinicos reflects on the life of a Turkish revolutionary socialist who died last month
Our government would have us believe that migrants are bad—especially those from Eastern Europe who may come at a later date.
The week's news in their own words
Troublemaker finds the Tories making the most of floods, expenses and fox hunting. The police invest in removals, and some people worked very hard for gongs
Newly released documents show how the supposedly invincible Thatcher government reeled from the impact of strikes, writes Simon Basketter