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Issue: 2409

Dated: 24 Jun 2014

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Punished for being Muslims - the family hounded by the British state for 12 years

Abu Baker Deghayes and his family have faced persecution for the last 12 years.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Tax workers strike to stop Tories’ job cuts

Some 50,000 tax workers at HMRC offices around Britain began a week of rolling strikes on Monday of this week.

Glass workers out to smash pay insult

Unite union members at Tyneside Safety Glass in Gateshead struck for better pay for a week from Monday of last week.

NHS trusts could go bust as Tories' austerity assault bites

Hospitals are struggling to pay their bills as a deepening crisis spreads throughout the health service—but all the Tories care about is how it might damage their vote

Hillsborough inquests hear of safety fears

inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans at Sheffield’s Hillsborough football stadium have heard evidence of safety concerns about the ground.

News in-brief - police under fire

New notices over Sean Rigg death, payout for man assaulted by cop, more police investigated over treatment of Bijan Ebrahimi

TUC backs Ritzy boycott

Cinema workers at the Ritzy Picturehouse in south London staged their seventh strike in two months over pay last Saturday.

Lorry drivers walk off job

Some 200 lorry drivers based at Haydock, St Helens, struck for two hours on Friday of last week over pension changes.

City Lit workers plan to rally against jobs slasher

Workers at London’s City Lit college have called a rally against job cuts.

Schools round-up

Teachers at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn, south Tyneside, struck on Tuesday and Thursday of last week.

News in-brief

Pensioners call for basic pension rise | Scientists to strike over contracts | Exiles protest over army rule in Sudan | Bradford Hovis workers balloting | Hackney carers set to battle pay cut | Organising against the crisis in care

Crisis in Tory government's disability benefit 'reforms'

The government is under fire over the growing number of sick and disabled people going without benefits due to the backlog created by its tests. 

Asian man who died after police stop had injuries consistent with restraint

An Asian man who died after being stopped by police in Camden, north London, had injuries “consistent” with being restrained according to his family.

Lambeth College strikers remain defiant in the face of bosses' blackmail

Vindictive bosses have gone on the offensive to try and smash an all-out strike at Lambeth College.

Pensioners and disabled people 'appalled' at police violence on freedom ride protest

Northern Rail Transport Police turned to violence to try and break protests by pensioners and disabled people in South Yorkshire this week.

News in-brief

Student killed in Colchester, Swansea mine bosses cleared, Governors quit in Birmingham, Mental health cuts slammed

Care UK staff determined to continue fight over pay

Doncaster Care UK workers have voted by 85 percent for more strikes in a consultative ballot. The Unison union members will now ballot for strikes over pay. 

Local government workers in Unison union vote to join 10 July strike

One of the biggest strikes for decades is set for Thursday 10 July.

Fury at four years of cuts at Unison conference

Over 2,000 delegates left the Unison union’s national delegate conference in Brighton last week with a plan to wage a national campaign over pay, starting on 10 July.

Strike is on at Newsquest

Journalists on Newsquest titles in the North West and London were set to strike on Wednesday of this week.

Protest opposes the Nazis in Haringey

Some 200 people attended a protest in Tottenham, north London, on Monday night after Nazis attacked a free music festival at the weekend.

Heathrow Express workers walk out

Workers in the RMT union at Heathrow Express struck for two days last week against bosses’ multi-million pound package of cuts. It led to the closure of the prestigious Terminal Five transport hub.

Mixed fleet backs strikes at British Airways

A group of workers at British Airways (BA) has voted by 95 percent for strikes over pay in a consultative ballot. The Unite union members work in the “mixed fleet”. 

Reinstate One Housing's victimised union rep Bryan Kennedy

Bosses at One Housing Group in London sacked Unite union rep Bryan Kennedy (right) on Wednesday of last week. 

Man found not guilty of knocking over anti-blacklisting protester George Tapp

 A jury at Manchester Crown Court found Michael Collins not guilty of dangerous driving last week.

Phone hacking trial - Coulson's conviction causes a crisis for David Cameron

David Cameron and the Tories saw their cover-up of the hacking scandal come back to haunt them this week.

Cameron and cops clamp down on Muslims in new terror scare

Tory prime minister David Cameron has declared that members of Isis, the Islamist group that is advancing through Iraq, are doing more than just “taking territory”.

Rose Gentle - my boy was killed because of Blair’s lies about Iraq

On Saturday of this week it will be ten years since my son Gordon was killed in Iraq. I get really upset when I look at Iraq now, as my boy was killed for lies.

Thousands of angry tax workers walk out against the cuts in HMRC

Thousands of tax workers in the PCS union are walking out this week in a series of 24 hour regional strikes. Workers in the London, South East and South West regions walked out this morning, Wednesday.

Support grows for South Yorkshire freedom riders after police violence at protest

Support has flooded in for freedom ride protesters in Barnsley after police arrested two protesters on Monday of this week.

Huge solidarity day of action for inspiring Lambeth College strike

Workers across Britain held stunts and protests in solidarity with Lambeth College strikers yesterday, Wednesday.

EDF energy workers show they have the power to take on the bosses

Meter readers began picketing at energy giant EDF’s building in Bexley Heath, south east London, this morning, Thursday, as the Unite union stepped up selective action.

Birmingham meeting confronts ‘Trojan Horse’ smears about Muslims

Up to 1,000 people jammed into the launch rally of Putting Birmingham Schoolkids First last night, Thursday, at the Bordesley Centre in Camp Hill.  So many people came that organisers had to set up an overflow hall. The meeting was a response to the attacks on Birmingham schools by Ofsted and Tory minister Michael Gove triggered by the discredited “Trojan Horse” letter.

Barnsley freedom riders return unbowed

More than 100 people joined a freedom ride protest in Barnsley today, Monday. Disabled people, pensioners and their supporters gathered to lobby a meeting of the South Yorkshire Transport Executive.


Five-month strike wins big pay rise for miners in South Africa

South African platinum miners force bosses to pay up after five-month battle, writes Ken Olende

Egypt regime gets US seal of approval

US secretary of state John Kerry met Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday of last week to promise the unblocking of US military aid. 

Strikes hit bosses in France

Thousands of striking workers marched together in Paris on Thursday of last week, bringing together two major disputes. 

Threat of war looms closer in Iraq as Isis take strategic towns

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) has continued its spectacular advances in Western Iraq. It seized more Sunni Muslim majority towns near the capital Baghdad, as well as all the country’s western border crossings.

Workers' strike wave offers hope in France

Thousands of workers across France protested today, Thursday, against Labour-type Socialist president Francois Hollande’s pact of austerity. The day of protests and strikes was called by the CGT union federation at the centre of the current wave of strikes in France.


The Arab revolutions mix despair and hope

Only in the most mechanical understanding of history do relations of oppression and exploitation automatically translate into revolution. 


Exposed - the limits of US power

The crisis in Iraq shows the weakness of the US — and that means movements from below can strike blows against the whole system, Alex Callinicos tells Socialist Worker

A line in the sand: The great carve-up of the Middle East

Many of the modern borders in the Middle East were created by a secret agreement between imperial powers Britain and France during the First World War, explains Annette Mackin


Keeping Rosy - it's hard to find a rosy future in this competitive society

Independent thriller Keeping Rosy has no truck with managers that tell us we’re one big family—but can’t quite grasp why we are alienated, says Camille Tsang

Return of the Rudeboy photographs showcase people's defiance and dignity

This is a slightly strange, but welcome exhibition. 

Reviews round-up

The Golden Dream | Roman Empire | Power and People

What We Think

10 July strike is chance to take on the Tories

The Tories like nothing more than an opportunity to drive down living standards for working class people. Some 800,000 public sector jobs have been slashed since they took office.

Tories are spouting nonsense on the north

It wasn’t only David Cameron and George Osborne who went to patronise voters in the north of England this week. They also dusted off Margaret Thatcher’s old “minister for Merseyside” Michael Heseltine for the trip.

Other Categories

John Maclachlan 1953-2014

Comrades in the west of Scotland were saddened to hear of the death of our friend and comrade John Maclachlan on 15 June after a long illness. 


Our schools have problems - but this won't solve them, defend rep to defend the union, can workers stop attacks on our homes?, vile Pickles is not welcome in our city, what about Palestinians?, Tories left us in darkness, we don't want British values, online spooks get personal

Phone hacking - things they say...

‘I’m really sorry about it all. Call me if you need to. Tx’

Top cop suspended in car dealer bribery investigation

Tory MEPs research beaches and wines | How to relieve the stress of moving house | Blair makes killing with duty expenses | We bought the royals a new helicopter

British Social Attitudes survey shows Tory propaganda fails to remove support for poor

Latest British Social Attitudes Survey reveals diverse opinions on immigration and benefits—despite constant Tory scapegoating, reports Sadie Robinson

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