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Issue: 2408

Dated: 17 Jun 2014

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The West wrecked Iraq last time—Don't let them do it again

Tony Blair has called for a new war on Iraq in the wake of the crisis erupting in the country.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Insurgents seize cities as crisis in Iraq grows

Renewed fighting in Iraq threatens to push the country into a new sectarian hell, writes Simon Assaf

Unison members call three more strike days at Lambeth College

Unison union members at Lambeth College have announced a three-day strike starting on Tuesday of next week.

Fury as Miliband bans jobless young people from benefits

Labour activists are reacting with fury at Ed Miliband’s plans to ban jobless young people from claiming benefits.

Strikers won't be bought off with sandwiches at Lambeth College

Strikers at Lambeth College handed in a “sandwich petition” to governors yesterday, Thursday, as part of their long-running dispute.

Glass workers in Gateshead are out to smash an insulting pay deal

Striking workers at Tyneside Safety Glass marched through a Gateshead industrial estate today, Friday. Some 112 Unite union members have been on strike for better pay on Monday of this week.

Strikers come together in south London ahead of austerity protest

Ritzy cinema staff gathered outside the cinema in Brixton today, Saturday, for a strike over pay. The strikers, in the Bectu union, are demanding the London Living Wage.

'Now let's strike together' say firefighters walking out to defend pensions

Firefighters struck across England and Wales today, Saturday, to stop the Tories' attacks on their pensions.

Thousands march against austerity in loud, lively and determined protest

Up to 20,000 people marched against austerity in central London today, Saturday, in a loud and lively protest called by the People's Assembly.

Angry EDF workers strike over broken pay promises

Nearly 500 workers at EDF Energy struck for 24 hours on Monday of this week in sites around the London, South East, South West and Eastern regions.

Commonwealth Games faces transport disruption

Transport workers in Glasgow are balloting for strikes which could see serious disruption ahead of the Commonwealth Games next month.

Heathrow Express workers continue strikes

Workers at Heathrow Express were set to strike for another two days this week after their RMT union said Acas talks were “effectively sabotaged by the company”.

No to fracking in Wales

Around 100 people came to a meeting at the Guildhall in Swansea to debate fracking on Thursday of last week.

Industrial round-up

Defend Legal Aid|Ritzy staff to walk out|10 July strikes discussed

Crown Post Office workers accept deal

Crown Post Office workers voted to accept a pay deal which sees wages increase by 7.5 percent.

Solid all-day strike by firefighters lifts long battle for pensions

The FBU union walkout last week was the firefighters’ biggest yet in their dispute, reports?Annette Mackin

Angry walkouts at Transport for London make unions bigger

More than 1,000 workers at Transport for London (TfL) struck for 24 hours on Friday of last week over attacks on pay and pensions.

Dockers have no time for zero hours plan at Tilbury Docks

Dockers working for SCA Logistics at Tilbury Docks in Essex are considering their next move after completing an 11-day strike on Monday of this week. 

As Lambeth College strike hits hard—back strikers against victimisations

Workers at Lambeth College have entered their third week of indefinite strike—and their action is getting stronger.

Passport crisis - bosses pass the buck on backlog woe

The chaos in Passport Offices is deepening as a backlog of hundreds of thousands of documents pile up due to job cuts.

International round-up

French railways at a standstill | Santos re-elected in Colombia | South African miners to settle?

Egypt: Hunger striker is released

Hunger striking detainee Abdallah El Shamy has been released from prison after protests within Egypt and world wide. 

Anti-fascists call for unity to take on Europe's new Nazis at Unite Against Fascism conference

More than 400 people attended the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) conference in London last Saturday.

Inquest is told of 'flaws' at Hillsborough ground

Former Sheffield Wednesday safety officer Graham Mackrell this week gave evidence at new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans.

News in-brief

Police racism not dealt with | Jury out in hacking trial | Lloyd Butler inquest begins | Asian man dies after cop stop

Let's all strike for better pay on July 10

Local government workers are up for a fight at the Unison union's conference, and civil service workers are protesting outside their workplaces

Unison local government conference: Fury at Tory cuts creates mood to fight

The Unison union’s local government conference took place in Brighton on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The conference hall simmered with anger at Tory austerity and policies that benefit the rich. Unison’s strike ballot of 600,000 members against a miserly 1 percent pay offer from bosses will put them potentially at the head of a strike of up to 1.4 million public sector workers on 10 July.

Birmingham protest rejects 'Trojan Horse' scapegoating


Industrial in brief

Big majority for action at Newsquest | Hall cleaners fight to keep their jobs | Teachers to walk out over redundancies | NUT general secretary election | Gwalia care workers defend conditions | Justice for Domestic Workers protest

Unite union resolves Visteon pensions dispute


Local government round-up

Barnet | Kirlees | Scotland

Angry march against a plague of flies in Bristol

Around 40 people protested at Bristol docks against a fly infestation and dust problem in the adjacent Avonmouth area last Saturday.

Leicester meets against NHS privatisation

Nearly 100 people attended a Campaign Against NHS Privatisation (CANP) meeting in Leicester last Saturday. It was addressed by GP Louise Irvine from the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign.

Settlement in Optare bus makers dispute

The Unite union called off a planned 48-hour strike at Leeds-based bus and coach manufacturer, Optare, after bosses made concessions in a new agreement.


Air war is breaking the Pakistani government—but not the Taliban

An attack on Karachi airport exposed how weak the deadly conflict has left Pakistan’s rulers, writes Geoff Brown

We won—socialists in Greece celebrate after Nazis failed to silence them

A court exonerated three journalists—Katerina Thoidou, Tasos Anastasiadis and me—from the socialist newspaper Workers’ Solidarity on Thursday of last week.

Ukraine: Russia cuts off the gas

Russia’s state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, cut off Ukraine’s gas supply on Monday of last week.



'British values' are a myth that serves the bosses

What are the ‘British values’ the Tories want to promote? Nothing but lies meant to hide the crimes of Empire and bind workers to bosses’ interests, argues Raymie Kiernan

A warning from Birmingham - Muslims speak out against racist witch hunt in schools

Could the ‘Trojan Horse’ witch hunt be just the start of a new period of worsening racism in our schools? Muslim parents, teachers and governors talked to Adam Cochrane and Sadie Robinson about why they are angry—and afraid

‘Would Ofsted object to the Bible? They are dancing to Gove’s racist tune’

Islamophobic criticism of schools isn’t limited to Birmingham. Ofsted inspected Olive Tree primary school in Luton last month. Farasat Latif, the school’s chair of governors, told Socialist Worker why the report published on 4 June has caused a lot of anger


Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation - There’s more to culture than our insecure rulers can see

A new exhibition at the Tate Britain revisits influential critic Kenneth Clark. Annette Mackin argues we should reject his attempt to keep art in the establishment’s hands

Orange is the New Black shows a community growing in a women’s prison

The second season of Orange is the New Black, the hit US series set in a women’s prison, was released on Netflix last week.

Exhibitions round up

Issa Samb—From the Ethics of Acting to the Empire without Signs | Der Krieg by Otto Dix | Mondrian and His Studios

What We Think

Right skews the facts over attitudes to racism

Right wingers used the latest British Social Attitudes survey to claim there is a widespread panic about immigration.

Wars exposed weakness of the west

One of the biggest surprises of the crisis in Iraq has been Western warmongers going cap in hand to Iran. 

Other Categories

Gerry Conlon 1954-2014

His long struggle against false imprisonment transformed attitudes towards the British state, writes Shaun Doherty


Losing my disability benefits means losing control of my life | Fight Islamophobia and support Muslims | The real plot is coming from Tory racists | Carers are at the sharp end of the system | Podemos can give us hope | Referendum on the royals | Join a picket for Palestine | No titles for rich parasites

Decadent posho parties will be all the rage this summer

Also: Magna Carter didn’t die for this | Only £50,000 for a royal weekend away | Minted monarchs | Tories get that sinking feeling | Not too disgraced for parliament | Tories start to raise cash for election fight | The things they say

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