Dated: 11 Feb 2014
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Services cut by politicians would have protected tens of thousands of people, writes Dave Sewell
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
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.
Over 100 people crammed into the Glasgow Unison union’s office last Sunday for the Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation’s national committee.
Bosses at Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemicals plant have sacked Unite union convenor Mark Lyon.
Post workers in the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) have accepted an agreement reached with Royal Mail bosses.
Campaigners around Britain were set to protest for fast food workers’ rights on Saturday of this week.
Some 40 people attended a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) conference in Leeds last Saturday.
Hundreds of people rallied in Middlesbrough last weekend against £6 million worth of cuts to Cleveland Fire Brigade.
Teachers at a north London free school have won a resounding victory.
NUT union members at Henley Sixth Form College in Oxfordshire have won a victory after threatening strikes.
A strike by lecturers at Edinburgh College got off to a flying start on Thursday of last week.
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.
Around 1,000 jobs are at risk at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after it decided to close four large offices.
Hundreds of barristers from England and Wales met in London last Saturday to discuss opposition to legal aid cuts.
Over 100 people rallied in The Globe pub in Torrington, Devon, last Saturday to defend Torrington Hospital.
Students held a national week of action against the privatisation of student loans last week.
Unite union members in Portsmouth struck on Wednesday of last week.
Thousands of civilian staff at the Metropolitan Police were set to walk out for 48 hours from Wednesday of this week.
Striking Unite union members at Weymouth and Bridport First Bus staged their second strike on Monday of this week.
The People’s Assembly will hold a Women’s Assembly Against Austerity later this month.
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.
Up to 200 construction workers in Billingham, Durham, struck unofficially on Wednesday of last week.
Some 200 people attended a conference hosted by the International Socialism Journal last Saturday.
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.
Floods and storms swept over wide areas of southern England, Wales and the Midlands last week.
Children as young as nine have been referred to the anti-extremism Prevent strategy, reports Judith Orr
The need to stand up to racism was shown again last week through the hypocrisy of immigration minister Mark Harper.
Disabled Lucie Almond is still living in a council-owned bungalow in Bridgwater, Somerset, that first flooded on 3 January.
The RMT and TSSA unions suspended a strike on London Underground on Tuesday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press.
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.
Care workers in Glasgow residential homes were set to strike for 72 hours from Friday morning of this week.
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.
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
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.
Talks between representatives of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and Western-backed sections of the opposition restarted on Monday of this week.
Some 50.3 percent of voters rejected freedom of movement for workers from European Union (EU) countries in a Swiss referendum last week.
A strike across South Africa’s platinum mines escalated after metalworkers in the Numsa union at the mines came out alongside miners.
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.
By 28 votes to two Labour’s national executive committee last week endorsed the package of “reforms” put forward by party leader Ed Miliband.
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.
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
Understanding what forces drive human progress and change in society is crucial for all those who want a different world, writes Camilla Royle
Contrary to current stereotypes, Africa has a rich history of same sex relations that was buried by colonialism, writes Ken Olende
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
This eight-part documentary series sets out to portray human stories of idealistic nursing students.
How to be immortal and we will be free
Now that parts of their beloved Eton College are under flood water, you might expect even the Tories to get serious about climate change.
Ed Miliband should have dashed any remaining hopes in him with a speech on public services this week.
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'
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 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