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Christine Case, a 40 year old woman from Jamaica, died last Sunday while detained at Yarl’s Wood “immigration removal centre” near Bedford. Survivors of Yarl's Wood tell Socialist Worker about their experience and why all refugee prisons must be shut down.
Christopher Alder’s family is preparing to mark his death as new questions emerge, Janet Alder told Annette Mackin
A police officer was accused of overlooking “glaring inconsistencies and blatant lies” about PC Keith Blakelock’s murder.
Doncaster care workers were set to strike for three days from Sunday of this week in a continuing fight to stop Care UK bosses slashing their pay.
A planned selloff of George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, has been called off.
Some 300 people packed into a meeting in Halifax, West Yorkshire, to protest against the proposed closure of an A&E unit.
Yorkshire ambulance workers struck last Saturday and on Monday of this week.
Some 150 workers at Ealing hospital were set to walk out for a further seven days in a row over pay and holidays.
An occupation at Lifeworks centre in Cambridge was holding firm as Socialist Worker went to press.
Protest against cuts to mental health in Eccles, London forum on where next for the NHS and Derriford hospital workers in Plymouth protest about cap park charges
The government has published the terms of reference into its inquiry into trade union tactics.
Elections for places on the national executive committee of the NUT teachers’ union end on Wednesday of next week.
Over 200 anti-fascists marched to oppose the English Defence League (EDL) in Peterborough on Saturday of last week.
Two anti-Ukip events took place in Harlow, Essex, last Saturday after Ukip threatened to visit for a day of action.
Some 150 people marched from Strood Library to Rochester Library in Kent last Saturday.
Abortion Rights held a public meeting followed by its annual general meeting in London last Saturday. Some 40 activists took part.
Ten workers at London’s Chartered Institute of Environmental Health plan to strike for one hour this Thursday against a 1 percent pay offer. The action follows a one-hour walkout last week by the NUJ union members.
Members of Kirklees Axe The Tax lobbied the Tory MP for the Colne Valley constituency, Jason McCartney, at Huddersfield Town Hall last Saturday.
Latest Scots referendum polls | Hillsborough inquest | Books for prisoners | The Royal Mail selloff
Solicitors and probation workers in England and Wales walked out on a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Workers in the probation officers’ union Napo struck over Tory plans to outsource 70 percent of the service.
A think tank funded by private health firms says people should be forced to pay a £10-a-month “membership charge” to use the NHS. The report from think tank Reform also says prescription fees should be higher and that people staying in hospital overnight should pay “hotel charges”.
Workers struck for three days at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) from Tuesday to Thursday of last week. The strike involved members of the Unite union at sites in central London and Manchester.
Production workers at Bombardier are on strike against bosses’ attempts to force them to work 70 percent of their shifts at night time.
Singer songwriter Ayo’s new album is worth a listen.
More than 120 pensioners and disabled people defied the decision to axe free travel by refusing to pay when they boarded trains on Monday of this week.
The new financial year brings new tax cuts for bosses as welfare cuts continue, says Dave Sewell
A year after it was introduced the stated aim of the Tories’ bedroom tax—to free up more homes by attacking the benefits of those they deemed to have a “spare” room—has failed.
Up to 75 students from Vardean School in Brighton staged a walkout on Thursday of last week.
The government confirmed last week that Atos Healthcare would no longer be carrying out “fit for work” tests on sick and disabled people.
Firefighters protest in Hull and Barnsley | Fast food rights protests | Merseyrail strike planned
Union members at Lambeth college are furious at new contracts. But their dispute is about the community they serve too, says Sadie Robinson
UCU union members at Richmond College in south west London struck on Wednesday of last week over pay cuts and workloads. Bosses want to cut pay by 3 percent on top of the national pay freeze.
Climate change is already having an impact and unless we do something to stop it the worst is yet to come, scientists have warned.
Protesters took to the streets against the bedroom tax in dozens of marches, rallies and actions around Britain yesterday, Saturday.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Syntagma Square outside Greece’s parliament on Sunday.
The fascists have won high votes in France—and mainstream parties helped them, says Dave Sewell
The West and Russia are continuing their phoney war over Ukraine.
Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has resigned from the army in order to stand in presidential elections due on
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP party did well in local elections last week.
Over two million students stayed away from class and more than 100,000 took to the streets across the Spanish state last week.
Nasty cuts need nasty lies to justify them—and to divide opposition to the pain and suffering they cause. So scapegoating unemployed people on benefits has been central to the government’s plans to drive through austerity.
John Parrington says recent findings open up the potential for new technologies—but the drive for profit brings big risks
As Western and Russian rulers rattle sabres, Simon Basketter says we must take on a system that drives the world to war
Last week’s teachers’ strike showed the anger that exists in our schools. Teachers in London and Birmingham told Socialist Worker about the reality of life in education, why they hate Michael Gove—and how to beat him
London’s critics love musical comedy Urinetown for its satire—but behind the crude gags lurks a whiff of something nastier, writes Mary Brodbin
In the year when the union between Scotland and England could be consigned to history, Union looks at the events leading up to the momentous vote in 1707 that established it.
This sequel grapples with civil liberties, the threat of fascism, drones, and spooks.
The success of the NUT union’s national teachers’ strike last week shows what’s possible when workers get organised. There was a mood of confidence and defiance on picket lines, rallies and demos in many towns and cities.
The first same sex marriages in Britain took place last week after it was finally legalised. Thousands of LGBT people will have celebrated after years of being denied the right to take part in a ritual that is held up as the greatest thing two people can aspire to, simply on the basis of their sexuality.
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Quotes from the week's news
Lib Dem Nick Clegg, whose party was beaten by Elvis in a recent by-election, challenged Ukip’s Nigel Farage to debate him.
Fascists Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons are campaigning to keep their seats in the European parliament. Annette Mackin recalls their unpleasant histories