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Issue: 2407

Dated: 10 Jun 2014

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Witch hunt against Muslims in Birmingham - Get racist Tories out of schools

A Tory clampdown on schools in Birmingham has unleashed a torrent of racist filth.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Angry tenants lobby Haringey council meeting over plans to demolish homes

Some 60 angry tenants and housing campaigners lobbied the annual meeting of Haringey Council on Monday of this week to oppose housing demolitions and attacks on tenants' rights.

Official report slams police over their actions in the aftermath of Mark Duggan's death

Mark Duggan’s coroner has said police actions after the killing allowed evidence to be destroyed and led to ‘distrust’, reports Annette Mackin

Man found dead was due a police payout

Gary Ford was one of two men who had pending claims for damages against West Yorkshire Police after being jailed on the basis of tainted evidence.

Documents show British ministers ordered torture in Northern Ireland

British government ministers sanctioned the use of torture against prisoners in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s.

Yes campaign steps up as Scottish independence vote nears

A day of street stalls, leafleting and door-to-door canvassing for independence took place across Scotland last Saturday.

Tories get defensive over racist Operation Centurion raids

Operation Centurion has targeted many migrants working without papers. But it has not been the big success the Tories had planned.

News in brief round-up

Terror cop is jailed for leaks | Phone hacking trial nears end | Vile attack on gay man at club | Top cops try to block spy case

Anti-fascists set to meet to discuss victories and new challenges at UAF conference

The Unite Against Fascism conference will look at how we beat Nazi Nick Griffin and what has to be done next, reports Annette Mackin

Inquest hears Hillsborough capacity was miscalculated

There was serious overcrowding at Sheffield’s Hillsborough football stadium seven months after a disaster that led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans, an inquest has heard. And post workers threaten to strike if they are made to deliver copies of the Sun newspaper.

Unison's conference will discuss plans for 10 July strikes

Britain’s largest ­public sector union, Unison, will hold its national conference next week against the backdrop of potential coordinated strikes involving more than a million workers.

Crunch week at Care UK

Unison union members at Care UK in Doncaster have been told they must sign new contracts by next Monday or lose their jobs.

More unions are building for action on 10 July

The PCS civil service workers’ union was set to begin consulting its 250,000 members on Thursday of this week for a mandate to join the 10 July strike.

Teachers say, ‘Stand up for education’ outside parliament

More than 100 teachers rallied before an NUT union lobby of parliament on Tuesday of this week. 

Cantona on the picket line: legendary striker joins Ritzy dispute


NHS worker says 'don’t miss opportunity for united strikes'

Health workers staged a day of action to demand better pay around Britain on Thursday of last week.

Zero tolerance for zero hours in 11-day Tilbury dock strike

Twenty four dockers working for SCA Logistics based at Tilbury Docks in Essex began an 11-day strike on Thursday of last week. 

Support London Met University union rep Max Watson

Max Watson, a Unison union rep at London Metropolitan University, has launched an appeal against a decision dismissing a complaint he had brought against bosses. Max said he had suffered detriment after bosses targeted him because of his union activities. An Employment Tribunal dismissed this claim.

One Housing Group workers strike to defend their union rep

Workers at One Housing Group in London struck from Friday of last week to Monday of this week.  The Unite union members are angry at the suspension of their steward Bryan Kennedy.

Activists meet to organise unity for benefits justice against Tory attacks on welfare

Campaigners from across Britain met in Manchester last Saturday to organise against Tory attacks on benefits. More than 80 people attended the national meeting of the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation.

Freedom riders defy the cops in Tour de South Yorkshire

Over 100 Freedom Riders from all over South Yorkshire travelled by train to Meadowhall in Sheffield on Monday of this week.

Transport workers round-up

TfL set for joint pay strike | Virgin West Coast cleaners | Heathrow Express

Education round-up

Shorts on UCU union ballots to strike against cuts to further and higher education in Dundee and London

Reports round-up

HMRC strike gets go ahead | Hundreds attend memorial for Tony Benn | Racist EDL outnumbered in Stevenage | Unison service group executive election results | Protest in London over rapes in India | Lunchtime protests to save legal aid | Four-day strike for 3 Cosas campaign

Anger and calls for action at EIS Scottish education union conference

Anger at increasing workloads dominated the annual conference of the EIS, Scotland’s biggest education union, in Perth last week.

Anger at Tory austerity at GMB conference

THE GMB union’s national congress in Nottingham was dominated by anger against Tory austerity and the bosses’ attacks – and what an incoming Labour government should do to stop it.

Asylum seeker dies in Dorset prison

Bruno Dos Santos, a stateless asylum seeker, died in Verne prison on the island of Portland in Dorset last week.

Bakers' union seeks to build on the Hovis strike that beat zero hours contracts

Some 180 delegates of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (Bfawu) gathered at the union's annual conference in Southport this week.

Second union joins solid strike at Lambeth College as bosses struggle to cope

Unison union members walked out on strike at Lambeth College in south London today, Wednesday. They joined UCU union members at the college, who are already on all-out strike.

Firefighters strike across England and Wales against Tory pension robbery

Firefighters walked out across England and Wales today, Thursday, to begin their longest strike yet in a three year dispute with the government.

Your photos of the 24 hour firefighters' strike

Firefighters struck across England and Wales against Tory attacks on their pensions. Thanks to all Socialist Worker readers who sent photos

Strikers furious at pay rise bonanza for Lambeth College boss

The boss of Lambeth College pocketed a 13 percent pay rise last year–the highest rise of any college principal in London.


Cabinet reshuffle won't help Greek government

Hospital workers in Greece were set to strike on Wednesday of next week. Days earlier Tory Makis Voridis, a former Nazi, was named minister of health. Just two years ago he was head of the fascist Laos party.

French fascist provokes fury

Anti-fascist protests across France mark a year since the murder of anti-fascist student Clement Meric, and Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen in new anti-semitic outrage

'The cell block is a microcosm of class society' says jailed Egyptian revolutionary

A letter from prison by leading Egyptian Revolutionary Socialist and human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry.

Boko Haram gets a helping hand from desperate elites in Nigeria

Politicians, bosses and generals are arming and funding the very insurgency that grew out of anger at their rule, reports Baba Aye

The spiral into sectarian civil war is the West's bitter legacy in Iraq

It was a war that cost an estimated one trillion dollars, fought, we were told, as part of the global “war on terror”. But 11 years, on the invasion of Iraq has become a nightmare for the West and the region.

World Cup of repression, protests and strikes is changing the game in Brazil

The World Cup 2014 has finally begun in Brazil. It took seven years of preparation--including thousands of forced evictions, deaths of construction workers in stadiums and emergency laws to serve the organising body Fifa.


EU row over Juncker has nothing to do with democracy

The whole row over Jean-Claude Juncker is symbolic politics, writes Alex Callinicos


On all-out strike: Workers teach Lambeth College boss a lesson

An all-out strike of lecturers in a south London college shows how to resist attacks on workers and cuts in education, reports Sadie Robinson

Can new left party Podemos make a change in Spain?

As the Spanish state strains under the pressures of the crisis, activists told Dave Sewell about the new party Podemos they are building to take the fight to its rulers


Still the Enemy Within - hilarity, defiance and tears as miners recall their struggle

New film Still the Enemy Within tells the story of the Great Miners’ Strike in activists’ own voices. Sadie Robinson spoke to strikers at the film’s premiere

Refugee Week reviews

FILM: Leave to Remain | EXHIBITION: Snippets of Hope by Fetlework Tesfaye | CHILDREN: My Friend Selma

What We Think

Oppose Islamophobia to fight for education

The moral panic the Tories and their friends in the press are whipping up over the issue of Muslims and education is about racism. There was no “Trojan horse” plot of Islamic fundamentalists to take over Birmingham schools.

Tory split reflects a crisis

The Newark by-election last week didn’t tell us much, but it told us something. The Tories saw their majority in the seat cut from 16,800 to just 7,000.

Other Categories


Call to welcome migrants in Scotland grants us space | Thank you for sending me books on socialism | More profits for frackers in Kent | TTIP trade deal hits our rights | Well done for raids report | Expose the Ukip crackpots | Politicians tell the same lies | Eton churns out fanatics | Queen's speech makes you feel sick

Bosses, politicians and Fifa in World Cup cash-in contest

Bank and baroness tighten their belts | A better way to deal with homelessness? | Top Tesco boss gets real | Last orders already for new mayor? | Twee torturers on Twitter | Tories' Lego against independence falls down | Going up: child poverty | The things they say

How much does the super rich royal family own?

The queen may be the world’s richest person, but the establishment makes it nearly impossible to find out how much the royals have, writes Adam Cochrane

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