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Dated: 18 Mar 2014

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Health staff could strike over Tories’ wage insult

Nurses are furious at their effective pay cut after MPs got an automatic 11 percent raise, reports Judith Orr

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Teachers prepare to take the fight to hated Tory minister Michael Gove

The first national teachers’ strike in two years is for the future of education, reports Sadie Robinson

Hundreds debate strategies to beat Tory cuts at People's Assembly recall conference

Up to 500 people attended the People’s Assembly recall conference in central London last Saturday.

Decision due in Glasgow care workers' ballot

The result of Glasgow residential care workers’ ballot on an improved offer from council bosses was due as Socialist Worker went to press.

Soas cleaners set to strike back again

Cleaners at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) were set to strike on Friday of this week.

Campaigners prepare to protest against bedroom tax and benefit cuts

Campaigners across Britain are preparing for a series of protests against the bedroom tax and benefit cuts.

Victory at Gateway College in Leicester

NUT union members have won a victory at Gateway College in Leicester.

Elections for NUT national executive begin

Elections for the NUT teaching union’s national executive committee open this week.

Lambeth college workers fight site sale

Workers at Lambeth College in south London are fighting bosses’ plans to sell off a college site in Brixton. The site has been earmarked to become a free school.

Left wing activists win positions at Kingston University

Left wing activists at London’s Kingston University last week won three part time student union positions and a position to be a delegate to NUS conference.

Occupiers resist cuts to Cambridge mental health services

Some 30 mental health service users have occupied an NHS clinic in Cambridge to stop plans to shut it down. The protesters were in the second week of their occupation as Socialist Worker went to press.

Nicky Jacobs trial hears evidence from key prosecution witness

The trial of Nicky Jacobs for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock heard evidence from a key prosecution witness this week.

Get blacklisting firms out of public projects, say MPs

Firms that blacklist workers should be blacklisted themselves according to a committee of MPs.

Protesters say no to 'fracking' for gas in Farndon Bridge

Around 250 people protested last Sunday in Farndon Bridge, near Chester, against Dart Energy’s plans to drill there.

NUJ members at Chartered Institute of Environmental Health vote to strike

NUJ union members at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) have voted unanimously to strike in response to a 1 percent pay offer. Staff pay at the charity has fallen by 15 percent in real terms since 2009.

Protest marks the Fukushima disaster

More than 100 protesters marked the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan with a march in London against nuclear power last Saturday.

Marchers challenge planned fire merger in Grimsby

Hundreds of firefighters and supporters marched through Grimsby last Saturday over plans to merge two fire stations in the town.

Health workers at Ealing Hospital strike for seven days for better pay

Some 150 workers at Ealing Hospital began a seven-day strike on Friday of last week to demand better pay.

Stobart drivers vote for strikes

Around 400 car transporter drivers could strike at Stobart Automotive against threats to jobs and for a pay rise.

Care UK workers call fresh strike dates in Doncaster

Doncaster care workers were set to begin their second seven-day strike on Wednesday of this week over attacks on evening and weekend wages.

Anti-fascists take on racist EVF

Some 150 anti-fascists opposed the English Volunteer Force (EVF) in central London last Saturday.

A new day of action for fast food rights

Campaigners are set to take on low pay and zero hours contracts at fast food chains around Britain on Saturday 29 March.

Documents found in Cardiff police corruption case

Some 227 boxes of missing legal documents relating to a South Wales Police corruption case that collapsed have been found at an RAF base.

Court date for Moazzam Begg

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg, who was arrested on Syria-related terrorism charges, has been given a court date on 

NHS round-up - campaigners fight Tory health cuts from Halifax to Torrington

About 90 people attended South Gloucestershire health scrutiny meeting on Wednesday of last week to show support for Cossham Hospital gaining a minor injuries unit. 

Tory job search site to be scrapped

The Tories could be forced to scrap their job search website Universal Jobmatch.

A 'lorry-load' of documents relating to corruption were shredded

A “lorry-load” of material relating to a corruption inquiry in the Metropolitan Police has been shredded.

Activists gather at London Max conference to challenge scapegoating of migrants

Up to 100 activists and representatives of various organisations gathered in central London for the Movement Against Xenophobia (Max) conference last Saturday. Speakers debated how to challenge the scapegoating of migrants and the Tories’ immigration bill.

Glasgow vigil for Turkish student Berkin Elvan

More than 60 people from the Turkish community attended a vigil in Glasgow’s George Square on Thursday of last week in memory of Berkin Elvan. He was only 14 when he went out to buy fresh bread and was caught up in an anti-government protest in Istanbul. 

Rembering miners who lost their lives - Barnsley memorial biggest for years

Every year miners, their families and supporters come together in the Yorkshire Miners Hall, Barnsley to remember the two Yorkshire NUM members, David Jones and Joe Green, who lost their lives fighting for justice in 1984-85. 

Anti-fascist pressured to spy in Cambridge was threatened with arrest

The police repeatedly tried to recruit informers to disrupt the campaigning of anti-fascists in Cambridge. 

Cops can't block infiltrator case

The Police have dropped an attempt to block legal action by women who were duped into having relationships with undercover officers.

Unite and fight to stop the racists

This Saturday’s Stand Up to Racism and Fascism protests are a chance to push back racist scapegoating. 

Campaigners march against the Scottish Tory Party conference

Up to 700 protested at the Scottish Tory Party conference in Edinburgh last Saturday. Marchers included anti bedroom tax groups, trade unionists, students and campaigners both for and against Scottish independence.

The Evergreen in Red and White is a winning tale that revives a football hero buried by bigotry

The Evergreen in Red and White by Steven Kay, £8.99 in paperback

Osborne's budget means more cuts for us but the rich are OK

Tory chancellor George Osborne declared today, Wednesday, “The message from this budget is this: You've earned it, you've saved it. This government is on your side”. That’s true if you are well off.

G4S guards face manslaughter charges over deportation death of Jimmy Mubenga

Three guards who worked for the G4S firm are to be charged with manslaughter over the death of Jimmy Mubenga during a forced deportation at Heathrow Airport in 2010.

Parliamentary report accuses Tories of inflaming prejudice against migrants

A new parliamentary report has found that the government is “playing into the hands of those who wanted to inflame tensions” over migration.

Soas cleaners strike to demand equal rights

Cleaners at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) were on strike today, Friday, in a long-running campaign against their employer, outsourcing giant ISS.

Thousands unite on Stand Up to Racism and Fascism protests

Defiant Stand Up to Racism and Fascism protests took to the streets across Britain yesterday, Saturday. In London around 7,000 people marched while more than 1,000 protested in Glasgow and another 500 in Cardiff.


Death of boy hit by tear gas canister brings rage to streets of Turkey

The funeral of a young protester has brought anger at the government back onto the streets of Turkey, writes Ron Margulies

Workers take on the Nazis and strike against cuts in Greece

Workers were set to march against racism in the Greek cities of Athens, Thessalonika and Chania this Saturday. The protests have a lot of support, from virtually all the trade unions as well as local councils and the left.

Ukraine caught in clash between powers as Crimea joins Russia

Crimea has joined the Russian Federation as the Ukrainian crisis continues to be a faultline for the major powers. The outcome of a referendum in Crimea last weekend was a foregone conclusion. 

Large protests declare no confidence in Australian government

As many as 100,000 people across Australia joined “March in March” protests last weekend, delivering a “vote of no confidence” in the new conservative government. 

Miner out on bail in South Africa

Striking South African platinum miner and leading AMCU union activist Makhanya Siphamandla was released on bail on Friday of last week. Makhanya and another militant are charged with attempted murder. 

Anti-fascists mobilise in Bratislava to stop Nazis marching

Up to 300 marched against fascism in the Slovakian capital Bratislava last Saturday. The protest was on the 75th anniversary weekend of the fascist ‘Slovak State’. The march was organised by Bratislava without Nazis, as part of a weekend of activity between 13 and 15 March.

Urgent measures needed in polluted European cities

Public transport was made free in a number of French and Belgian cities last week, as an emergency measure to deal with air pollution. Paris also imposed restrictions on car use. Paris has the fourth worst average air quality of any city in the world. Last week’s weather briefly made it number one—despite the media’s fixation on pollution in China.


It's time the cops' pet watchdog was put to sleep

The  Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is lacking in empathy, sensitivity and compassion. That’s not just the view of the left, it’s what the IPCC thinks about itself.


How we're resisting the racist poison

Anti-racist activists from across Britain talk to Socialist Worker about their hopes for the future


Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain - What is it about ruins that haunts us?

Devastation is all the rage these days, with zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic fantasies and lush photographs of urban decay doing a roaring trade in their respective niches. This exhibition traces this modern fascination back through postwar modernism and cities bombed in the Blitz to a 19th century trend for “Ruin Lust”.

Under the Skin is a chance to see a hypnotic and lonely Glasgow through alien eyes

Under The Skin combines trippy effects, ordinary non-actors and an out of place superstar to make rare and powerful cinema, says Sally Campbell

Laibach take a new direction with latest album Spectre

The controversial Slovenian giants of industrial metal have taken a more dancy direction in this latest album. The cement-mixing voice of Milan Fras is now accompanied by Mina Spiler.

Brassed Off adaptation is worth seeing in the miners' anniversary year

This adaptation of the 1996 film is a must-see in this 30th anniversary year of the Great Miners’ Strike.

A musical tribute to Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams

The Angel by Dominic Dunn, Available on iTunes

What We Think

Don’t let the bosses divide and rule

Whatever the Tory spin all we are offered is more of the same—cuts. Chancellor George Osborne only has one plan, and that’s piling years more of austerity on ordinary people.

We deserve better than Labour's choice of decent benefits or jobs

Ed Miliband says he has declared war on inequality. The Labour leader hopes to benefit from the widespread anger at the growing gap between the rich and poor in Britain.

Other Categories


Will independence boost radicalism or nationalists?, we can't take science on trust, freedom ride planned over pass cuts, a missing treaty in Ukraine?, Putin won't stop fascism, back legal aid strikes, no to Blair's blood money, people can save planet, Tory priorities are rubbish

Do we need to control immigration?

Common sense tells us that immigration needs to be curtailed but in reality all controls aim to drive a racist wedge between workers with identical class interests

The Things They Say

Things that they say

Council leaders' junket to housing fair opens Cannes of worms

Housing campaigners occupied a luxury flat in the Strata Tower in Elephant and Castle, south London, last Saturday. At the same time London mayor Boris Johnson and several council bosses were attending annual property development fair Mipim in Cannes, France.

Ukip—the populist party that backs British bosses

Nigel Farage claims that his party is outside the establishment, standing up for ordinary people. But as Annette Mackin shows, this rhetoric is a sham

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