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Dated: 21 Jan 2014

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A sick system: 85 people own the same as 3.5 billion poorest

Anyone who believes that wealth “trickles down” from rich to poor would be stunned by the latest figures.

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'Stand up to bullying in the NHS’ says sacked Whipps Cross union rep Charlotte Monro

Charlotte Monro, a Unison union rep and health worker, was sacked earlier this month. She spoke to Sadie Robinson

Benefit justice activists say - 'We will continue to fight the bedroom tax'

Activists call a day of protests to beat the Tories’ bedroom tax one year on, writes Dave Sewell

1996 rule could be another nail in the coffin for the bedroom tax

More than 10 percent of households hit by the bedroom tax could be exempt according to Merseyside housing consultant Joe Halewood.

How bedroom tax campaigners have beaten back evictions

Court proceedings and eviction threats are currently a major focus for many local campaigns.

Campaign gets going to stop Tube job cuts

Around 170 people filled Conway Hall in central London to launch the Hands Off London Transport campaign on Thursday of last week.

Disabled activists call protests against Atos

Disabled activists have called for protests at Atos Healthcare centres around Britain.

A handy guide to claiming back bedroom tax under the 1996 rule

Here’s a handy guide for claiming back bedroom tax under the 1996 rule. 

IPCC watchdog 'sorry' for falsely claiming Mark Duggan had shot at cop

The investigation into Mark Duggan’s death has raised many questions, writes Annette Mackin

Memories of Holocaust survivors inspire activists to stop Nazi Nick Griffin

In less than four months we have a chance to be rid of Britain’s two Nazi MEPs when they defend their European Parliament seats.

Focus E15 Mothers occupy for decent housing

Homeless mothers in Stratford, east London, occupied Newham council’s housing offices and the East Thames Housing Association building last Saturday.

Reports round-up

Bus workers walk out in Weymouth | Vote for action on the DLR | Newsquest journalists start ballot | Shetland construction workers discuss offer | Tata Steel deal accepted in Scunthorpe | Sandwich workers could strike in Corby | National Gallery staff want living wage | Ballot for Romec workers | Resistance meeting in Donnington | Library protest called in Barnsley

Birth in toilets puts a spotlight on Sports Direct conditions

On New Year’s Day a woman worker gave birth to a baby in the toilets of a Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook, north Derbyshire.

Council workers and anti-fracking protesters unite in Salford

Some 200 council workers and anti-fracking protesters gathered outside the Swinton Civic Centre on Wednesday of last week.

Mitie cleaners’ strike hits train bosses

Cleaners picketing at Paddington Station on the last day of a solid three day strike on Tuesday of this week. The workers are members of the RMT union working for sub-contractors Mitie on First Great Western (FGW) trains.

Day of action over local government pay can be a springboard to strikes

Local government workers are organising a day of action over pay on Tuesday 4 February. The Unison, GMB and Unite unions are backing the action.

News in brief

358 ambulance calls at G4s jail, officers cuff a dying man, inquiry into custody death, court quashes convictions

Throw out Royal Mail's no-strike deal in CWU ballot

CWU union members in Royal Mail were set to begin voting on the deal their union has reached with bosses as Socialist Worker went to press. The ballot had been due to start on Thursday of last week but was delayed.

New strikes ahead in universities - now step up the fight over pay

University workers in the UCU, Unison and EIS unions are set to strike on 6 February over pay.

NUT teachers union confirms it will call a national strike

The NUT union has confirmed a policy to call a national strike this term unless Tory education secretary Michael Gove makes serious movement in an ongoing dispute. The union executive (NEC) met on Thursday of last week.

Memorial held in Manchester for Syrian doctor Abbas Khan

Hundreds of Syrians and other supporters attended a memorial meeting last week in Manchester for Abbas Khan.

Strikes and campaigns in schools, colleges and universities

Abbey Special School in Rotherham | Birchgrove Comprehensive School in Swansea | Dukeries Academies in Nottingham | Birmingham University | Gateway sixth form college in Leicester | Sulivan Primary school in Hammersmith | Anti Academies Alliance AGM

Glasgow care workers announce 48-hour strike

Care workers in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes have announced another 48 hour strike. They are set to strike on Monday and Tuesday next week.

Two hour lecturers’ strike shows mood for more action

University lecturers across Britain struck today, Thursday, in a battle to stop bosses imposing a miserly pay deal.

Anti-fascists block Hungarian Nazis’ London rally

More than 200 anti-fascists blockaded the exits to Holborn underground station in central London cornering members of the Hungarian Nazi party Jobbik.


Turkey: A volatile cocktail of corruption and conspiracy

Ron Margulies looks at the government corruption scandal that could open up new opportunities for the left in Turkey

Refugee hunger strike in Australia’s brutal Christmas Island detention centre

A major protest has erupted inside the Christmas Island immigration detention centre. The Australian government controls the tiny island over 300 miles off the coast of Indonesia.

New protest law fails to clear streets in Ukraine

There were pitched battles between police and protesters in Ukraine after 100,000 people took to the streets in defiance of a court ban last Sunday.

5,000 domestic workers march in Hong Kong after beating

Over 5,000 mainly Indonesian domestic workers chanted, “We are workers not slaves,” as they demonstrated in central Hong Kong on Sunday of last week.

Anger in Ireland as Margaretta D'Arcy is jailed

Protests erupted in Ireland when anti-war activist and prominent Irish writer Margaretta D’Arcy was sentenced to three months in prison on Thursday of last week.

Kabul restaurant attack is fresh blow for Nato

A Taliban attack killed 21 people in the well-protected district of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul where most foreigners live and work last week.

Difficult times for the Syrian revolution, but people continue to fight

Western politicians and the Syrian opposition groups they support —primarily the Syrian National Council—claim that talks in Geneva will solve the crisis in Syria.

Wave of solidarity for refugees in Hamburg

Florian Wilde reports on how a broad movement for residency rights for refugees has combined with a fight for housing and public space in the city – and how a violent state crackdown led to rioting in parts of the city last month.


The establishment in a breakdown of trust

The frenzy with which the coalition attacks migrants and “welfare cheats” may reflect the fact that it can no longer fall back on unquestioning public trust in the pillars of the state writes Alex Callinicos


Dark days in Egypt on the third anniversary of the Revolution

On the third anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution the military is cracking down. Wassim Wagdy examines the balance of forces, Mostafa Bassiouny looks at the workers’ movement while Phil Marfleet looks at the role of the old left

A military massacre in India: Secret papers reveal Britain's role in Operation Blue Star

As Britain’s role in the 1984 Operation Blue Star emerges, Rahul Patel looks at how India’s rulers came to ask their old imperial oppressors to help put down Sikh opposition


Jeremy Deller interview: William Morris is back—and rampaging against the rich

Artist Jeremy Deller talks about his English Magic show, bringing a unique portrait of socialist William Morris to the London gallery named after him

Kino-Film: Soviet posters of the silent screen which still look fresh today

The British Council and the Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs have made 2014 the “UK/Russian Year of Culture”.

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules - and about time too

At last, a novel that puts old people in the driving seat and gives them personalities.

Po Po: Hard-hitting and timely new film from Migrant Media

Po Po is the latest project by Ken Fero, the radical filmmaker best known for Injustice.

Tough Young Teachers: Showing how you can't substitute for proper teacher training

“Fifty percent of newly qualified teachers leave within the first five years” is the statistic that opens the BBC 3 documentary Tough Young Teachers.

What We Think

Defend women's rights to control their bodies

Sensationalist headlines in the Independent newspaper claimed that abortions by immigrant women have led to thousands of “lost girls”.

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Letters on Tory health cuts denying people cancer medication, the First World War, fighting sexism, capitalism in the schoolyard and bosses strikes, 'hartals', in India

The Things They Say

Things that they say

Climate reporting - It’s the end of the world as we know it, but TV feels fine

With freezing weather confining millions of Americans to their homes for days on end recently, you’d think their TV news would want to discuss climate change. But you’d be wrong.

Bullying Barts Health trust bosses are putting people at risk

After a report exposes bosses’ bullying at Barts Health in east London, health workers say cuts and pressure are undermining care. Sadie Robinson reports

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