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“If they get away with these cuts they’ll cut again before the next election, and I’ll tell you what—people won’t be able to live,” Ricky Tomlinson told Socialist Worker.
Workers in the TSSA tube workers’ union have voted by 59 percent to join with the RMT union for two 48-hour strikes.
CWU union members in Royal Mail are voting on a deal with bosses.
Some 100 post workers in Torquay are set to be balloted for strikes after a colleague was sacked just before Christmas.
Around 350 people packed into the Scottish TUC offices to take part in the Labour supporters for Independence launch in Glasgow last week.
More than 250 people attended the launch of the People’s Assembly in Scotland last Saturday.
Cleaners at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) began a three-day strike on Monday of this week. The action was part of the “3 Cosas” or three demands campaign – sick pay, holiday pay and pensions.
IGas is looking for gas near Salford—but opposition is growing, writes Katherine Jacobs
Short reports of action at Renold Hi-Tech Couplings, Yorkshire Ambulances, Fords, First Hampshire and Dorset Busses, Gaymer Cider
Over 300 people poured into a meeting in Burry Port, Llanelli, to voice their anger and concern about plans for underground coal gasification (UCG) in the Loughor Estuary.
Teachers at four schools run by the National Autistic Society (NAS) struck on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
More than 50 people attended the Anti Academies Alliance AGM.
Teachers at the Stem 6 Academy in Islington, north London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week.
Question Time in Hammersmith, Birchgrove Comprehensive, NUT London-wide rally, Campaign against Brixton free school
The strength of the latest university strikes shows the potential for harder hitting action, says Sadie Robinson
Unite Against Fascism’s (UAF) Nick Griffin Must Go campaign was out across the North West of England last weekend.
Campaigners are getting organised to build demonstrations against racism and fascism on Saturday 22 March.
The pressures of our sick society make healthy eating harder for ordinary people, explains John Parrington
The RMT union this week called off planned strikes on the Serco Docklands Light Railway.
Care workers in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes struck for 48 hours on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The Unison union members came out for the second time in a fortnight to resist pay cuts of up to £1,495 a year.
The Coen brothers have done it again with new film Inside Llewyn Davis, an understated tragedy set in New York’s 1960s folk scene, writes Dave Sewell
Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 18 months for fraud. The racist says he will be in solitary for his own safety.
Millions reeling from wage freezes and benefit cuts won’t fall for David Cameron’s figures, writes Judith Orr
Up to 200 people marched through Southwark, south London, against the bedroom tax and benefit cuts on Saturday of last week.
The workers, at Stem 6 Academy in Islington have forced school bosses to back down and won union recognition after threatening to strike.
UCU union members in universities across Britain took part in a second two-hour strike over pay yesterday, Tuesday. It followed a successful two-hour strike on Thursday of last week. The action saw big picket lines and a clear mood among strikers that the union should escalate to harder hitting action.
Picket lines around the country during the two-hour strike by university workers
The Bloody Sunday March for Justice will take place today, Sunday, in Derry. It marks the 42nd anniversary of the murder of 14 protesters by British troops. The march is part of a series of events that includes the publication of a new pamphlet by Eamonn McCann ‘Go on the paras...!’ Bloody Sunday and the continuing search for justice.
Socialists in Egypt prepare for long struggle amid a deadly clampdown and pro-army rally, says Judith Orr
Talks in Geneva between the Western-backed elements of the Syrian opposition and representatives of dictator Bashar al-Assad were deadlocked as Socialist Worker went to press.
More than 20,000 right wing protesters marched in Paris last Sunday. They called on unpopular centre left president Francois Hollande to resign.
Oligarchs are exerting their power but protests continue, writes Simon Basketter
Tens of thousands of platinum miners began an all-out strike in South Africa on Thursday of last week.
The corporate rich, along with their celebrity hangers-on and intellectual apologists, had their annual bash at Davos in Switzerland last week. They should have been starting to feel happier.
What is the state? Does it always act for the bosses or does it have its own interests? In the wake of the Mark Duggan verdict, Annette Mackin explains its role
The First World War was a imperialist bloodbath—yet the establishment wants to rehabilitate it as a struggle for freedom. Adam Hochschild has written a book on the brutal reality of the conflict. In a recent talk he discussed people who rejected the call to war from the outset
Thousands of First World War appeals from men of military age arguing for exemption from conscription were released last week, writes Raymie Kiernan
Review of the play, 1848
Longbourn by Jo Baker | Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me! | Wapping dispute online exhibition
Events in the Middle East and North Africa have posed the question of what revolutions achieve. Media commentators are keen to point out that the prospect of a new military president means Egypt is reverting to “business as usual”.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls’ plan to reintroduce the 50p tax rate on people earning over £150,000 has caused outrage in the media.
Pete Seeger, who has died aged 94, was a giant not just in the world of folk music but of contemporary popular music in general
Irish TD defends jailed activist, jobcentre worker tells the truth about Benefit Street and teachers campaign against academies and fascists
Things that they say
The government is planning to scrap or amend more than 3,000 regulations.
The media panic about a rapid rise in new drug-resistant strains of TB in London supposedly linked to immigration is wrong and dangerous