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Issue: 2391

Dated: 18 Feb 2014

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David Cameron claims 'money no object' but they don't give a damn

Hundreds of Kent flood victims listened with anger this week as officials explained that they could have to wait years for new flood defences.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Suspicion and stereotyping won't end the horror of FGM

Over 200,000 people have signed a petition started by Bristol school student Fahma Mohamed demanding government action over Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). 

Care workers rattle council bosses by escalating strike

Council care workers in Glasgow residential homes voted unanimously for another three 72-hour strikes at the end of a three-day strike last week.

Tube workers want say in any new deal

Tube workers’ unions the RMT and TSSA are set to enter seven weeks of talks with London transport bosses after calling off a 48-hour strike last week.

Day of action against Atos

More than 100 protests against Atos Healthcare were set to take place around Britain on Wednesday of this week.

Pressure on to scrap bedroom tax after new appeal victories

New rulings could open the gates to tens of thousands of successful appeals against the Tories’ hated bedroom tax.

Bosses refuse to meet after Yorkshire ambulance walkout

Yorkshire ambulance workers struck for the fourth time on Monday of this week.

Walkout wins sacked post worker his job back

A post worker in Oxford has won his job back after workmates struck to demand his reinstatement.

NASUWT won't call more strikes this term against Michael Gove

The NASUWT teaching union has announced it won’t join a national strike this term to defend teachers.

Edinburgh College staff reject offer

Lecturers at Edinburgh College struck for three days last week in a bitter dispute over attacks on their terms and conditions.

Demonstration against racism targets Ukip at count for Wythenshawe by-election

Unite against Fascism (UAF) supporters protested in Manchester against the Nazis and Ukip during the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election on Thursday of last week.

Fast food chains face protests over workers' rights

The Fast Food Rights campaign held protests outside fast food outlets last Saturday. 

Nurses in Doncaster vote for seven-day strike

Nurses at a supported living service in Doncaster have voted for a seven-day strike against attacks on their pay and conditions.

Wigan workers set to ballot over cuts

Over 300 workers at Wigan council will begin balloting for industrial action this week. 

Soas cleaners win a strong strike vote

Cleaners at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) have voted by 100 percent for strikes.

Journalists are out to save their jobs

Journalists working on Newsquest titles in Darlington, Bradford and York struck over job cuts on Tuesday of this week.

Stop the victimisation of One Housing union rep Bryan Kennedy

A Unite union convenor at London’s One Housing Group was suspended last week in what activists see as an attempt to victimise him.

Scottish naval base strikes are off for talks

A planned strike by hundreds of workers at two Scottish naval bases for Wednesday of this week was called off for talks.

Back the Nicky Jacobs is innocent campaign

The Nicky Jacobs is Innocent campaign was set to be launched this week.

Manchester asylum seeker says ‘At home I faced persecution. Here I live in fear of the UKBA’

The government and UK Border Agency’s treatment of asylum seekers is appalling—but campaigns give people confidence. Refugee Manjeet Kaur explains why to Ken Olende

New council cuts will hit the poorest

A new wave of council spending cuts is set to hit the poorest areas the hardest.

Tory floods soundbite rebounds on Cameron

The prime minister has retracted his ‘Money no object’ for flood victims promise, writes Dave Sewell

Local government unions enter dispute with bosses - Let’s build the fight over pay

Pressure is growing on trade unions to fight for real wage increases. The Tories talk of a “recovery”.

News round-up

Did cops spy after Hillsborough disaster? | After school care is at risk | Are jobless figures wrong? | Home evictions reach a record

Ministers try to avoid deluge of blame

Tory ministers and top civil servants have played a dizzying blame game in recent weeks. 

Flood defence cuts could put nuclear sites at risk

Flood defence projects around nuclear sites were among those that didn’t go ahead because of funding cuts.

Cops attack refugees in Australian offshore detention camp

Armed police and locals with machetes, pipes, sticks and stones have attacked asylum seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The row over Scotland’s future currency heats up

The row over a currency union between a future independent Scotland and what’s left of the British state created much media noise last week.

Firefighters providing essential flood support face cuts

Firefighters have been rescuing those trapped by the floods across Britain.

Human and animal sewage contaminate flood water

Flood waters bring contamination from overflowing sewers and drains.

Private energy firms profits as lights go out

Hundreds of people went without power for five days or more following storms in Wales last week.

Protesting pensioners save their bus service

Pensioners in the West Midlands have won a victory against public transport body Centro. 

Unison women's conference discusses austerity

More than 600 delegates attended Unison Women’s conference in Brighton, which began on Friday of last week. 

Hundreds rally in defence of unions

Up to 400 people attended a rally to defend union rights organised by the People’s Assembly on Tuesday of last week in London. 

Lively pickets during two-day strike at Ealing hospital

Around 60 striking GMB union members were camped out the front of Ealing Hospital on the first day of their second 48 hour strike yesterday, Wednesday. The strikers are porters, domestic, catering, and help desk workers employed by Compass Medirest. They are fighting for the London Living Wage and holiday pay, sick pay and unsocial hours pay. The action follows a 98 percent vote for strikes and a solid 48 hour strike last week. 

London protest at arrest of journalists in Egypt

 Journalists protested outside the Egyptian embassy in London yesterday, Wednesday, as 20 journalists are being put on trial in Egypt for 'endangering national security'


Protests in Bosnia can push back nationalism

Workers’ united resistance is defying the Western stereotype of ethnic rivalries, writes Andy Zebrowski

Right wing protests turn violent in Venezuela

Wealthy students led right wing protests that turned violent in Venezuela last week. These included armed attacks on government buildings.


Tory recovery hopes sink in the flood fury

The storms that have battered Britain this winter have exposed the government’s complacency in the face of climate change.

How authorities swept away wartime sexual freedoms

After a period of sexual liberalism during the Second World War, the establishment cracked down, writes Noel Halifax


New strike wave shows Egypt's workers have unfinished business

A new strike wave has the military regime in Egypt worried that the spirit of rebellion that gripped the nation is not yet snuffed out. Judith Orr and Anne Alexander report on a minimum wage fight with big implications

Dump the system to save the planet

Politicians say “we” must change our ways to save the planet—but Sadie Robinson argues waste is built into capitalism


The Lego Movie - this toy advert with an anti-capitalist twist is surprisingly good fun

For a riotous celebration of resistance and creativity, The Lego Movie is the next best thing to a rummage in the toy chest, says Stephen Brackenridge

Reviews round-up

Give The People What They Want by Sharon Jones | I'm Tryin' by DeRobert and the Half Truths | Moon On a Rainbow Shawl

Only lovers left alive sees ancient vampires after meaning in a decaying world

Jim Jarmusch's latest movie reviewed by Ken Olende

What We Think

Don't pander to Ukip

Nasty right wing Ukip pushed the Tories into third place in the Wythenshawe by-election in Manchester last week. 

Other Categories

Stuart Hall 1932-2014 —cultural theorist

The Jamaican born left wing intellectual, cultural theorist and gifted orator Stuart Hall could be a contentious figure on the left.


Join barristers' fight to save legal aid, we can kill the bedroom tax, whipping up racism over birth rates, don't close Barnsley Central Library, bombarded by TV news, being sick is not a crime, no let-up in war on poor, reprint the war accounts

No need to wait to resist the Tories

 It’s time the Tories saw a real fight. They are under pressure. People blame them and their cuts for the chaos of their flooded homes. Polls show that 60 percent of people think that they have handled the floods badly.

Things they say

Quotes of the week

Mixed marks for Gove with Nazis out but Scout scabs in

Troublemaker rarely celebrates a win for Tory education secretary Michael Gove. 

Hundreds die as food chiefs cut corners

Our lives are being put at risk as cuts to inspections and testing make it easier for greedy food bosses to drive down standards, reports Raymie Kiernan

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