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Health workers in the Unison union have voted overwhelmingly for a ballot to strike over pay as Socialist Worker went to press.
New employment rules for construction workers have caused angry walkouts and demands that construction firms employ their workers directly.
The National Union of Students (NUS) conference 2014 took place last week amid a backdrop of austerity, economic crisis and privatisation.
Striking workers shut down Picturehouse’s Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, on Friday of last week.
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) conference met last weekend.
London Underground, First Great Western, Heathrow Express, Bombardier
The latest from UAF's Nick Griffin Must Go Campaign. Plus the court case against five anti-fascists arrested at UAF demo against the BNP last year is dismissed.
Most people affected by the bedroom tax have stayed in their homes, according to new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Around half of them are in arrears as a result.
About 1,000 people turned up in Goldthorpe to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike.
Pro-Russian insurgents seize buildings and imperialist powers step up war of words as the escalating crisis spirals out of the new Kiev government’s control
A student was killed on Cairo university’s campus last Monday as state forces attacked pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.
More than 160 people attended the Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac) annual conference in London last Saturday. That’s more than double last year’s attendance.
Teachers at this week’s NUT union conference will decide how to take the fight against the Tories forward, says Sadie Robinson
Workers who provide vital language, cultural and religious services in the NHS in Tower Hamlets, east London are under attack from bosses at Barts Health, Britain’s largest NHS trust.
Strikes shut down the National Museum of Scotland and The National War Museum in Edinburgh on Friday of last week—in the middle of the school holidays.
Delegates at the NUT union conference have some critical decisions to make over the Easter weekend.
The occupation to save a centre for people with personality disorders in Cambridge was ongoing as Socialist Worker went to press.
Over 350 social workers, service users, students and academics attended the Social Work Action Network (Swan) ninth annual conference at Durham University last weekend.
Labour fails to provide a real alternative to the Tories, so candidates in the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition aim to do better. Annette Mackin reports
News shorts: One Housing workers vote for industrial action to defend union rep; Freedom Riders protest against four South Yorkshire Labour councils’ axing of their free train travel; Scottish Trade Union Congress takes place in Dundee this week; Deaths in police custody a theme of TUC Black Workers Conference last weekend; Strikes on the Clyde force bosses to offer better pay rise.
Nicky Jacobs was found not guilty of the murder of PC Keith Blakelock last week. One of the Tottenham Three, Winston Silcott, spoke to Annette Mackin about the system’s racism
The PCS union has agreed to ballot members in the Department of Work and Pensions Call Centre in Garston in south Liverpool against its proposed closure. Garston was one of four large sites identified for closure earlier this year as part of DWP’s estates rationalisation programme planned to save £61 million.
Care UK workers in Doncaster are set to strike for another four days over the Easter weekend starting on Friday this week.
New shorts: One million people relying on food banks; Arms dealer gets Commonwealth Games sponsor deal; The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war will now not report until next year; Two cops could face charges over evidence given at the 2012 inquest into the death of Sean Rigg
Migrant cleaners at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) have won improved holidays, sick pay and pensions from outsourcing giant ISS.
London Underground (LU) workers are set to strike for five days over cuts to jobs, services and safety. The RMT union announced a 48-hour strike from Monday 28 April followed by a 72-hour walkout from Monday 5 May.
Teachers have voted overwhelmingly for a one-day national strike in June. The NUT union members, meeting for their national conference in Brighton, are fighting Tory education secretary Michael Gove's attacks on their pay, pensions and conditions.
The economic crisis has seen politicians whip up old bigotry to new heights, says Umberto Guerra of campaign Rromeurope
Workers across Greece walked out in a general strike on Wednesday of last week which was followed by a very big march to the parliament in Athens.
Around 4,000 Somalis were rounded up in Kenya last week and held in a football stadium for processing.
Around 100,000 joined a demonstration against austerity and the government in Paris on Saturday of last week.
Three of Argentina’s five union federations called a general strike on Thursday of last week.
Over 10,000 workers at China’s massive shoe factories in Dongguan in the Guangdong province walked out on strike last Monday.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro was set to enter a second round of formal talks with right wing opposition leader Henrique Capriles as Socialist Worker went to press.
As the Co-op staggers from disaster to disaster the conflict arises from its very nature, writes Alex Callinicos
The protests in Tiananmen Square that began 25 years ago this week showed the possibility of real socialism emerging in China, writes Dave Sewell
Twenty five years after the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, Sheila Coleman spoke to Sadie Robinson about the campaign that refused to let the establishment wash its hands of the victims—and why it’s right to fight back
The acclaimed Calvary looks at a rotten institution in a sad and alienated world—and finds a surprising faith in humanity, writes?Sarah Ensor
Half a Yellow Sun film | The Sense of a Moment: Gianni Berengo Gardin exhibition | Modern Living play by Rowena Moreno
The Tories are leading an attack on workers to pay for a crisis that the rich caused.
The United Nations panel of climate change scientists has urged rapid action to bring down greenhouse gas emissions or face disaster. Yet to read much of the British press, you’d think they’d thrown their weight behind David Cameron’s plans to roll out fracking for shale gas across Britain.
A working class hero with a wicked sense of humour
Mike Gonzalez looks at the significance of the anti-imperialist giant of Latin American literature who died last week
Including letters on Maria Miller from a former Remploy worker, no to testing two year olds, u-turn on demolition of Red Road Flats in Glasgow and Michael Gove's plans for one London school
Things that they say
A team of the Sweeney— police flying squad officers —came up with a novel way of keeping crime under control in the 1990s. They decided to carry out their own kidnappings.