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Issue: 2398

Dated: 08 Apr 2014


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Unhappy birthday for bedroom tax as activists vow to kill it off

Protests took place across Britain last Saturday to mark the first birthday of the bedroom tax, and to make sure it doesn’t see a second.


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News

Rally in support of Lifeworks occupation in Cambridge

Up to 40 people rallied to save the Lifeworks centre in Cambridge on Saturday of last week.

Trouble down the line as rail workers resist attacks on jobs and the service

Northern Rail maintenance drivers in the RMT union working in Traincare depots are set to escalate strikes over a company re-grading exercise.

Walkouts win a pay rise from Medirest at Ealing hospital

Workers at Ealing Hospital have won a victory over pay after strikes.

Public meeting held to celebrate George Eliot hospital victory

Campaigners met to celebrate beating planned privatisation at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton on Wednesday of last week.

Ritzy Cinema workers in Brixton plan to strike over pay

Workers at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, south London, were set to strike on Friday of this week.

Back candidates for a fighting union

The annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) takes place from Tuesday to Thursday of this week.

Swansea gears up to take on fracking

Opponents of fracking and other forms of gas extraction being planned for South Wales met in Swansea last week.

Unity in campaign for benefit justice

Some 30 people attended the Birmingham PCS public meeting on Benefits St or Scapegoat St—what is the government doing to our benefit system?

Ford forced to make pensions offer to former Visteon workers

Former Ford-Visteon workers were set to discuss a new pensions deal on Thursday of this week. 

Elections in NUT set to end

Elections in the NUT teachers’ union were set to end on Wednesday of this week.

Tony Benn meeting debates reformism

Eighty people attended a meeting about Tony Benn at Leeds Metropolitan University on Friday of last week.

Vigil for Christopher Alder promises the fight for justice will continue

Janet Alder told a vigil in Hull last Saturday, “I am not working alone and this crowd of people is proof of that.”

Mark Duggan's family given permission to challenge ruling

A judge has given Mark Duggan’s mother Pamela permission to challenge the inquest into his killing on the grounds that it was legally flawed.

Jury in Hillsborough inquests asked if lives of 96 could have been saved

New pathologists to give evidence into the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster reports Sadie Robinson

Protests in France after Hollande's lurch to the right

The left was preparing to protest against austerity in Paris on Saturday of this week in the wake of gains for the right in local elections.

Jury in PC Blakelock trial retires to consider its verdict

The jury in the trial of Nicky Jacobs for the murder of PC Blakelock has retired to consider it's verdict has Socialist Worker went to press.

Care UK workers stand firm with fresh strikes in Doncaster

Carers for adults with learning disabilities in Doncaster struck for 48 hours from last Sunday. The Unison union members are fighting Care UK bosses’ attempts to slash their pay and conditions by forcing them to sign new contracts.

News in brief round-up

Setback for immigration bill | Nazi Brons won’t stand in May | Prison staff let young man die | Tories float wind turbine ban

Anger over healthcare at Yarl’s Wood as detainee's death is marked

A memorial service was held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre near Milton Keynes last Sunday for Christine Case. She died the previous week and is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Evidence pointing to police corruption 'disappeared' in Daniel Morgan case

A leaked file reveals a shocking statement from the first inquiry into Daniel Morgan’s murder, reports Simon Basketter

Construction bosses provoke anger with new tax scam

Construction workers are resisting new attacks on the way they are employed. Changes to the rules governing self-employment should have made it harder for construction bosses to use bogus self-employment as a tax scam.

‘Roma are welcome here’ says community carnival in Glasgow

Around 300 people marched in Glasgow last Sunday for Scotland’s first ever International Roma Day event.  A Roma band set the festive spirit as the march made its way through the heart of the city’s Govanhill neighbourhood. 

London radio presenter resigns over Nazi airtime while fascists outnumbered in Swansea

A Croydon Radio presenter resigned after the web-based station gave a platform to National Front (NF) Nazi Tony Martin last week. Guests had threatened to pull out and Kingston Unite Against Fascism lobbied and threatened to picket. They were told that the invitation had been withdrawn.

Letters

Toxic tests | Stop global warming, don’t just adapt | Back independence—and fight for socialism | Tory insult to unemployed | Zero hours need to go | We stood up for Yashika

South Yorks anti-cuts activists fight for right to free travel

Up to 150 protesters joined the second South Yorkshire Freedom Ride to fight for the right for free travel for disabled people and pensioners. 

Bombardier workers call third week of strikes

Production workers on strike at Bombardier’s Central Rivers Depot in Burton upon Trent have given notice to extend their strike for a third week.

Protesters in Manchester rally to stop deportation of Manjeet Kaur

Supporters gathered outside Manjeet Kaur’s appeal against deportation in Manchester on Wednesday of last week. Around 35 people joined the lobby.

200 Isle of Wight students walk out to save teachers

More than 200 students at Cowes Enterprise college, Isle of Wight, walked out of classes on Friday morning of last week.

Tories face strikes in NHS over pay ‘insult’

The Unison union has threatened a year of unrest in the NHS after senior reps agreed to call a strike ballot over pay.


International

Potential for conflict rises as Ukrainian military seal off town

Ukrainian authorities sent security forces to clear government buildings in Kharkiv, the country’s second biggest city, of pro-Russian demonstrators on Tuesday of this week. 

The bitter legacy of Western intervention in Afghanistan

As Nato’s occupation comes to an end, Guy Smallman speaks to Afghans about its legacy of deep poverty and corruption

Disillusion makes the hard right a threat in India’s elections

The month-long Indian elections began this week with speculation that the hard right BJP party would replace the Congress party-led government.

International: In Brief

European unions take action; Fascists gain in Hungary election; Shot fired in Brazilian Olympic strike

Huge anger fuels strikes in Greece

Workers across Greece were set to strike on Wednesday of this week in the first combined public and private sector general strike since November last year.


Comment

Neither SNP nor Labour offer solutions to poverty in Scotland

There have been few demands in the independence debate for far-reaching wealth redistribution. Class divisions are being overlooked in competing claims to “Scottishness” and other supposedly national characteristics. 

The elite's arrogance strengthens Ukip's Nigel Farage

Ukip is polling 28 percent for next month’s European elections—only two points behind Labour—according to the latest YouGov survey. This five point rise is a big boost for Nigel Farage’s party. All the main parties have slipped back, with the Tories at 22 percent and the Lib Dems at 9 percent.


Features

A million years of Humanity

An exhibition at the Natural History Museum traces humans in Britain over a million years, and shows how recently class society emerged, writes Judith Orr

The toxic taste of air pollution

There was a spike in hospital admissions last week as towns and cities across Britain were covered in toxic smog. And as Dave Sewell writes, if action isn’t taken against pollution, things could get worse


Reviews

Film review: That's Noah answer to climate catastrophe

Noah is an epic fable of despair in the face of environmental disaster that takes liberties with more than just its Biblical sources, says Camilla Royle

Education, education, education & war: Kaiser Chiefs’ declaration of war has struck a chord

The latest offering from the Kaiser Chiefs is an unexpected but refreshingly welcome poke in the eye—or the ear—of the British establishment.

Reviews round-up

Coal Not Dole: Women Against Pit Closures exhibition in Barnsley | Brick Lane photography book and exhibition by Phil Maxwell


What We Think

Cops, politicians and media are falling out

When the police are in trouble, the establishment is in trouble. 

Tony Blair wants more war

Warmonger and former prime minister Tony Blair showed his contempt for ordinary people this week.


Other Categories

Things they say

Quotes from week's news

Miller was judged by MPs who know a lot about expenses

 Troublemaker regular culture secretary Maria Miller was ordered to repay £5,800 for mortgage-payment claims for her “second” home.

Scotland’s rich and poor have no common interest

Supporting Scottish independence doesn’t mean falling for nationalist myths. Raymie Kiernan looks at a new book that busts Salmond’s claims about class



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