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Roger Hutt, a Care UK striker, is clear about the Tories’ aims for the health service. “Our society is defined by how we look after the most vulnerable,” he said. “But this lot want to erode our NHS and the welfare state.”
Trade unionists and migrants took to the streets of London, Glasgow and Cardiff, reports Ken Olende
Thousands of people joined protests against racism and fascism across Britain last Saturday
Cleaners and other outsourced workers at King’s College London are finally to be paid the London Living Wage of £8.80. The university initially agreed to pay staff the living wage in November 2010.
Some 200 people gathered at Sandwell Council in the West Midlands to lobby against significant cuts to youth services on Wednesday of last week.
Unison union members in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes for older people have voted to accept an improved offer by 69 percent to 31 percent.
Unison, Unite and GMB, the local government unions, are to begin an immediate consultation of their members over employers’ lousy 1 percent pay offer.
Staff in the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in London and Manchester began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week.
More than 100 probation workers in the Napo and Unison unions rallied in the centre of Sheffield on Thursday of last week against privatisation.
Some 150 workers at Ealing Hospital completed a seven-day strike on Friday of last week.
UCU union members at Lambeth College in south London have called a strike for Tuesday of next week.
Some 79 percent fewer workplace disputes reached Employment Tribunals in the final quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2012.
An occupation by up to 30 mental health service users at Lifeworks in Cambridge was entering its third week as Socialist Worker went to press.
Bristol health workers in the Unite union met last week in the wake of new attacks on our pay.
Pathology staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, are set to be balloted to strike in a dispute over reduced staffing levels and patient safety.
Yorkshire Ambulance workers have struck for a fifth and sixth time in a long-running dispute over working hours and patient and staff safety.
The family of Cherry Groce has launched a petition demanding that legal aid be granted for an inquest into her death.
Carole Duggan spoke at a meeting in King’s College London on her nephew Mark Duggan’s killing and the injustice of the system, on Friday of last week. Around 70 people attended the meeting, where speakers also included author Paul Gilroy.
NUJ union members at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health struck for an hour on Tuesday of this week after rejecting a 1 percent pay increase.
Over 300 miners and their families marched from South Kirkby to South Elmsall in west Yorkshire last Saturday.
Antarsya uk was set to host an open meeting on crisis and the European Union this Saturday.
A firm at the forefront of NHS privatisation faces a rebellion from its own staff. Workers who care for adults with learning disabilities in Doncaster ended their second seven-day strike in a month on Tuesday of this week.
The Fast Food Rights Campaign was set to hold a day of action this Saturday to demand rights for fast food workers.
Tory education secretary Michael Gove is weak. The first national teachers’ strike since 2011 is a chance to turn the tide on him, writes Sadie Robinson
The Tories have drained £3 billion out of the NHS, a new report reveals.
Protesters slam cops over policing of fracking protests, tuition fees in shambles, G4S guards face death charge over Jimmy Mubenga
Trade unionists gathered in London on Monday of this week for the funeral of former RMT union leader Bob Crow
The South African metal workers’ union Numsa held a day of action on Wednesday of last week against unemployment.
In-brief stories on books for prisoners, GPs want early retirement due to cuts, new job losses at Royal Mail, and cuts to specialist diabetes nurses
A cap to the welfare budget means more cuts to make up the targets, reports Simon Basketter
Banners spotted on the Stand up to Racism and Fascism demonstration in London
Teachers across England and Wales are out on strike today, Wednesday, in a battle against hated Tory education secretary Michael Gove.
Photos of strikers from around England and Wales
More than 100 people gathered in Brixton tonight, Thursday, to protest against the selloff of a local Lambeth College site.
Tens of thousands of people protested against racism and fascism in Greece last Saturday
New protests against cuts in Spain are uniting social movements and trade unions, reports Dave Sewell
Russia was booted out of the elite club of rich economies on Monday of this week.
The latest gains for the fascist Front National (FN) come against a backdrop of years of attacks on Muslims without real opposition.
The fascist Front National (FN) achieved its best ever results in a first round of France’s local elections last weekend.
An Egyptian court sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters with the death penalty on Monday of last week after a two day trial.
New anti-government protests of royalist and middle class “yellow shirts” broke out in Thailand on Monday of this week.
The Al-Sweady inquiry has heard clear evidence of torture at Camp Abu Najah in Iraq, writes Simon Basketter
Geographer Danny Dorling spoke to Dave Sewell about his new book All That is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster, and how government housing policy is creating problems, not solving them. Dorling argues for the return of council housing and the abolition of the bedroom tax
In the first of a new series on commodities that shaped history, Simon Basketter looks at banana giant United Fruit Company
Starred Up, a powerful film by a former prison therapist, exposes a barbaric world that breaks more people than it rehabilitates, says Antony Hamilton
Neneh Cherry has said Blank Project, her first new album since 1996, was the creative outlet she needed after the death of her mother. Cherry is known as much for her style as her hits. And she has not lost the attitude or confidence that in 1988 propelled her on to Top of the Pops seven months pregnant in a Lycra mini-skirt, exciting a storm of tabloid outrage.
This roller coaster of a play will have you crying one minute then howling with laughter a few minutes later.
This spin-off of spoof Olympics documentary Twenty Twelve takes on the BBC. There’s fun skewering of bureaucracy’s love of jargon, particularly from narrator David Tennant, and of petty workplace tyrants. But W1A might be letting a scandal-ridden institution of the establishment off too lightly. The first episode even pokes fun at those who speak out about discrimination.
Punk rock trio S*M*A*S*H made a song about killing the hated and discredited Tory government into a top 30 hit 20 years ago.
Labour party leader Ed Miliband has said that he “relishes” the close fight with the Tories in the run-up to next year’s general election. Some polls now put Labour and the Tories only one point apart. This is after four years of devastating cuts by a government of millionaires regularly seen to be acting in the interest of millionaires.
The crisis over police corruption won’t go away. Revelations that a lorry-load of secret files detailing corruption was shredded have kept police chiefs in the spotlight. Former Met commissioners Lord Stevens and Lord Blair have been asked by the Home Affairs Select Committee how much they knew about the shredding.
Don't let cops stop you organising, science advances despite limitations, we will fight for a socialist Scotland, medicine is no luxury, jokes are the best way to show truth
Things that they say
The post-Budget bingo poster blamed on not so poor Grant Shapps, the Tory chairman, was designed in the Treasury and signed off by bungling baron George Osborne. After the advertisement highlighting cuts to bingo tax and beer duty was issued it was dubbed a condescending public relations disaster.
George Osborne used the budget last week to push through further attacks on ordinary people. Simon Basketter looks at the facts and figures