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Issue: 2399

Dated: 15 Apr 2014

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Strike to save the NHS - workers' walkout could turn the tide against Tories

Health workers in the Unison union have voted overwhelmingly for a ballot to strike over pay as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Construction workers launch more wildcat action in fight for direct employment

New employment rules for construction workers have caused angry walkouts and demands that construction firms employ their workers directly.

NUS conference defies executive to back free education

The National Union of Students (NUS) conference 2014 took place last week amid a backdrop of austerity, economic crisis and privatisation. 

Brixton Ritzy cinema staff strike for London Living Wage

Striking workers shut down Picturehouse’s Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, on Friday of last week. 

Journalists want a fight

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) conference met last weekend.

Transport workers' round up

London Underground, First Great Western, Heathrow Express, Bombardier

Anti-fascist news round-up

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.

Bedroom tax campaigners protest to stop any evictions

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.

Goldthorpe march remembers Miners' Strike and continuing the fight today

About 1,000 people turned up in Goldthorpe to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike.

Deadly stand-off over east Ukraine

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

Egypt's doctors fight for minimum wage as state continues crackdown

A student was killed on Cairo university’s campus last Monday as state forces attacked pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters. 

Disabled people against the cuts conference discusses resistance

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' strikes can beat Michael Gove’s attacks on education

Teachers at this week’s NUT union conference will decide how to take the fight against the Tories forward, says Sadie Robinson

Downbanding at Barts NHS trust threatens access to health service

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.

Workers shut down Edinburgh museums

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.

Teachers call on NUT union to keep up the momentum in fight with the Tories

Delegates at the NUT union conference have some critical decisions to make over the Easter weekend.

Cambridge Lifeworks centre occupation continues

The occupation to save a centre for people with personality disorders in Cambridge was ongoing as Socialist Worker went to press.

Social Work Action Network conference calls for resistance to the cuts

Over 350 social workers, service users, students and academics attended the Social Work Action Network (Swan) ninth annual conference at Durham University last weekend.

Socialist candidates in London stand for something worth voting for

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 round-up

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 trial: 'It was a matter of any black man will do' says Winston Silcott

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

Garston call centre workers set to be balloted to strike over closure plans

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.

Doncaster rally for Care UK workers as new four-day strike set to begin

Care UK workers in Doncaster are set to strike for another four days over the Easter weekend starting on Friday this week.

News round-up

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

Victory for striking cleaners at Soas

Migrant cleaners at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) have won improved holidays, sick pay and pensions from outsourcing giant ISS.

Tube workers to strike against cuts for five days

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’ conference votes to strike

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.


Roma people are standing up to racism in France

The economic crisis has seen politicians whip up old bigotry to new heights, says Umberto Guerra of campaign Rromeurope

Strikers mock claim that Greek financial crisis is at an end

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.

Somalis held in custody in Kenya

Around 4,000 Somalis were rounded up in Kenya last week and held in a football stadium for processing.

100,000 march in Paris against austerity

Around 100,000 joined a demonstration against austerity and the government in Paris on Saturday of last week.

General strike shuts Argentina

Three of Argentina’s five union federations called a general strike on Thursday of last week.

Chinese factory workers strike

Over 10,000 workers at China’s massive shoe factories in Dongguan in the Guangdong province walked out on strike last Monday.

Maduro set for talks with right wing leader Capriles in Venezuela

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.


Capitalist logic has skewered the Co-op

As the Co-op staggers from disaster to disaster the conflict arises from its very nature, writes Alex Callinicos


Tiananmen Square: Another China is possible

The protests in Tiananmen Square that began 25 years ago this week showed the possibility of real socialism emerging in China, writes Dave Sewell

Hillsborough: Never forgotten

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


Calvary: Bleak Irish film will answer cinema fans' prayers

The acclaimed Calvary looks at a rotten institution in a sad and alienated world—and finds a surprising faith in humanity, writes?Sarah Ensor

Reviews in brief

Half a Yellow Sun film | The Sense of a Moment: Gianni Berengo Gardin exhibition | Modern Living play by Rowena Moreno

What We Think

Strikes lift confidence—and they can win

The Tories are leading an attack on workers to pay for a crisis that the rich caused.

Fracking falsehoods around 'shale gas revolution'

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.

Other Categories

Sue Townsend 1946-2014

A working class hero with a wicked sense of humour

Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1927-2014

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

The Things They Say

Things that they say

All-in-one cop service: kidnap, investigate and shred evidence

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. 

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