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Issue: 2390

Dated: 11 Feb 2014

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Tories laid the ground for Britain's flood crisis

Services cut by politicians would have protected tens of thousands of people, writes Dave Sewell

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Higher education unions strike to demand a decent pay rise

After years of below-inflation pay rises unions in universities are striking for a real pay increase. Many are demanding that the unions escalate the dispute, says Sadie Robinson

Teachers prepare for national strike

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced plans on Friday of last week for a strike across schools in England and Wales for Wednesday 26 March.

Bedroom tax campaign celebrates in Scotland - and prepares for new battles

Over 100 people crammed into the Glasgow Unison union’s office last Sunday for the Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation’s national committee. 

Billionaire Ineos boss comes back for more with fresh sacking

Bosses at Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemicals plant have sacked Unite union convenor Mark Lyon.

CWU union’s damaging deal with Royal Mail is a blow that strikes could have stopped

Post workers in the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) have accepted an agreement reached with Royal Mail bosses.

Day of action planned for fast food workers' rights

Campaigners around Britain were set to protest for fast food workers’ rights on Saturday of this week.

Campaign meets to get fascist Andrew Brons out in May election

Some 40 people attended a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) conference in Leeds last Saturday.

Hundreds rally to save fire service in Middlesbrough

Hundreds of people rallied in Middlesbrough last weekend against £6 million worth of cuts to Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Stem 6 strikes push bosses back - again

Teachers at a north London free school have won a resounding victory.

Walkout threat gets result at Henley Sixth Form College

NUT union members at Henley Sixth Form College in Oxfordshire have won a victory after threatening strikes.

Solid action in Edinburgh College

A strike by lecturers at Edinburgh College got off to a flying start on Thursday of last week. 

CPS to meet family of Habib 'Paps' Ullah

The family of Habib “Paps” Ullah, who died during a stop and search in 2008, are set to meet with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at the end of the month.

Workers in Liverpool DWP will resist job cuts

Around 1,000 jobs are at risk at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after it decided to close four large offices.

Barristers want more strikes over legal aid cuts

Hundreds of barristers from England and Wales met in London last Saturday to discuss opposition to legal aid cuts.

Rally for beds at Torrington Hospital

Over 100 people rallied in The Globe pub in Torrington, Devon, last Saturday to defend Torrington Hospital.

Students protest against privatisation

Students held a national week of action against the privatisation of student loans last week.

Portsmouth traffic wardens strike back

Unite union members in Portsmouth struck on Wednesday of last week.

Police staff prepare for strike over pay

Thousands of civilian staff at the Metropolitan Police were set to walk out for 48 hours from Wednesday of this week.

Weymouth bus walkout wins talks

Striking Unite union members at Weymouth and Bridport First Bus staged their second strike on Monday of this week.

People's Assembly plans women's conference

The People’s Assembly will hold a Women’s Assembly Against Austerity later this month.

More strike votes at Newsquest

More Newsquest journalists have voted for strikes against job cuts. NUJ union members in Bradford voted by 80 percent for strikes and those in York by 83 percent.

Unofficial walkout hits building site

Up to 200 construction workers in Billingham, Durham, struck unofficially on Wednesday of last week.

Journal hosts debate on class

Some 200 people attended a conference hosted by the International Socialism Journal last Saturday.

Fracking protester set to sue the cops

A protester arrested at the anti-fracking protest camp in Barton Moss near Eccles, Greater Manchester is set to sue Greater Manchester Police over a “trumped up” arrest.

Widespread chaos after floods sweep Britain

Floods and storms swept over wide areas of southern England, Wales and the Midlands last week.

Cops snoop on Muslims at prayer, school and job centre

Children as young as nine have been referred to the anti-extremism Prevent strategy, reports Judith Orr

More reasons to stand up to racism on 22 March

The need to stand up to  racism was shown again last week through the hypocrisy of immigration minister Mark Harper.

Flooded in Somerset—and hit by the Tory bedroom tax

Disabled Lucie Almond is still living in a council-owned bungalow in Bridgwater, Somerset, that first flooded on 3 January.

After unions suspend walkouts - strikes have the power to stop Tube cuts

The RMT and TSSA unions suspended a strike on London Underground on Tuesday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Outrage over attack on union rights after RMT's Mark Harding is arrested

Tube workers launched a campaign at a 100-strong meeting on Monday of this week to defend a worker who was arrested and held for 13 hours.

Action planned in Glasgow and Leeds

Care workers in Glasgow residential homes were set to strike for 72 hours from Friday morning of this week.

Rising waters continue to wreak havoc in Somerset

Two months of floods have wreaked chaos in Somerset. Scores of families have been evacuated from flooded villages such as Moorland. Some homes have been flooded several times since winter began.

News in brief

Homeless are being forced to sleep in bins, Barclays axe jobs as bonuses go up, Britain used US drones in attacks and the DWP want to privatise pensions


Francois Hollande’s retreats have given the bigots a boost in France

France’s centre-left president Francois Hollande has given a chilling glimpse of what could be in store for Britain under a future Labour government.

Assad holds firm in talks on Syria

Talks between representatives of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and Western-backed sections of the opposition restarted on Monday of this week.

Swiss vote against migrant workers gives boost to racists

Some 50.3 percent of voters rejected freedom of movement for workers from European Union (EU) countries in a Swiss referendum last week.

Strike escalates in South Africa after more workers walk out

A strike across South Africa’s platinum mines escalated after metalworkers in the Numsa union at the mines came out alongside miners.

Thousands of textile workers stage a sit-in in Mahalla

Over 10,000 workers at state-owned textile factories in Egypt’s industrial city Mahalla struck and staged a sit-in on Monday of this week.


Labour wants union cash, but not unions

By 28 votes to two Labour’s national executive committee last week endorsed the package of “reforms” put forward by party leader Ed Miliband.

Scotland polls have warmonger worried

David Cameron’s hamfisted intervention in the debate on Scottish independence confirms that the British ruling class is getting worried about the outcome of September’s referendum.


Exposed! The reality of Britain at work

Photographs by nine of the world’s leading photographers emerged from a Magnum project to document contemporary British manufacturing. The exhibition of their work, Open for Business, is a fascinating look at the world of work, writes Lesley McGorrigan

Marxism and history

Understanding what forces drive human progress and change in society is crucial for all those who want a different world, writes Camilla Royle

Diverse sexuality isn't alien to Africa - homophobia is

Contrary to current stereotypes, Africa has a rich history of same sex relations that was buried by colonialism, writes Ken Olende


Her is a gripping film, but in the end it's really about him

A good plot can’t rescue Spike Jonze’s new science fiction romance Her from its dismal view of humanity—and especially of women, says Sadie Robinson

Student Nurses - a good antidote to the hype about ‘uncaring’ nurses

This eight-part documentary series sets out to portray human stories of idealistic nursing students.

Reviews round-up

How to be immortal and we will be free

What We Think

Take on the system to stop climate chaos

 Now that parts of their beloved Eton College are under flood water, you might expect even the Tories to get serious about climate change. 

Labour's latest retreat as Ed Miliband attacks public services

 Ed Miliband should have dashed any remaining hopes in him with a speech on public services this week.

Other Categories


David Cameron's latest insult on Scottish independence, Remember the injustice of Christopher Alder's death, Glasgow care workers blame the council, back jobs at the checkouts, First World War 'cranks'

Vladimir Putin’s protest park is miles away and a protest free zone

This weeks Troublemaker leads on Putin's uncharacteristic burst of openness, Gove in Jag crash outside Buckingham Palace, Pickles claiming for biscuits and the Taliban hounding the SAS in Afghanistan, plus many more

The real impact of Tory benefit sanctions

The government’s attacks on benefits include cutting off people’s money often for the pettiest of reasons. Dave Sewell looks at the reality of sanctions

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