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Dated: 01 Jul 2014

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'Our strike can make Tories pay' - 1.4 million to join 10 July walkout

Join me on the picket lines, says kitchen assistant Wendy Harris

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Lambeth College strikers get a solidarity boost in critical week for the walkout

Pickets discuss how to win as support grows for Lambeth College strike, writes Sadie Robinson

Report reveals Edwina Currie approved Jimmy Savile's role at hospitals

Jimmy Savile was given “free run” in hospitals to turn up day or night, which allowed him to assault patients.

More abuse allegations at Yarl’s Wood

Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre near Bedford faces new allegations of sexual harassment and neglect.

It makes us stronger if we all strike together, say activists in run-up to 10 July walkout

Activists talk to Raymie Kiernan about how they’re getting organised for the 10 July mass strike

Working poor are getting poorer still

The cost of a minimum food shopping basket has increased by 28 percent since the recession hit in 2008. Domestic fuel has gone up by 45 percent and transport costs by 37 percent.

Northampton pathologists locked out

Bosses at Northampton General Hospital had locked out up to 78 biomedical scientists for five days as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Victory for campaign to save Cambridge mental health drop-in centre

Patients who occupied a mental health drop-in centre in Cambridge for nearly four months have saved it from closure.

NHS pay campaign

Health workers are organising two events ahead of the NHS’s birthday on 5 July, as part of a national campaign for better pay.

Workers at King's College London set to strike - plus roundup

Workers at King’s College London have overwhelmingly voted for strikes to stop job cuts. 

Christine Blower re-elected NUT general secretary

NUT general secretary Christine Blower was re-elected with 73 percent of votes. Her challenger Martin Powell Davies of the Socialist Party got 27 percent.

In brief reports

Bedroom tax, London Pride, BBC, Ritzy strike, Media bias and rail safety

New campaign launched to defend council housing in London

Residents of council estates from several London boroughs met last Sunday to launch a new campaign to save homes facing demolition. It was agreed to campaign against the demolitions, to lobby the Housing Committee at City Hall, and to oppose the real estate property developers’ trade fair at Olympia, London, in October.  

Inquest hears how injuries from police shooting 'contributed to death of Cherry Groce'

The inquest into the death of Cherry Groce began on Monday of this week.

News in brief

Hillsborough inquests hear of previous crushes | Cops search over a million young people | Cops in Greater Manchester caught changing records | Energy fat cats to make even more cash

Tensions grow in Iraq as new Caliphate declared

The militias fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) in Syria and Iraq have declared a new Islamic state, a “Caliphate”. 

Revolutionary socialists across Middle East denounce sectarianism

Revolutionary socialist organisations in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria and Morocco have issued a joint statement condemning the sectarianism ripping Iraq apart.

Len McCluskey tells Unite conference, 'the union is behind Ed Miliband'

Members of the Unite union debated the Labour Party this week. This was a central theme of the union’s policy conference in Liverpool.

Tube talks show London Underground bosses still plan job and pay cuts

London Underground bosses are reneging on promises to protect workers’ salaries and their location of work—part of a deal struck to call off Tube strikes in May.

Tube power workers set for eight-day walkout

Workers who control the power to run trains on London Underground were set to strike for eight days from 8pm on Tuesday of this week.

EDF energy strike suspended after pay offer

The Unite union suspended a strike by meter readers working for EDF energy on Friday of last week after bosses offered a 2 percent rise.

Glass workers two-week strike to smash bosses' pay insult

Workers at Tyneside Safety Glass in Gateshead began a two-week strike on Monday of this week.

After attack in Markfield Park, anti-fascists say - 'No to Nazis in Tottenham'

Up to 300 people gathered in Markfield Park, north London last Saturday to protest against a violent Nazi attack that had taken place there.

Anti-fascists join Jewish grave clean-up in Manchester

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) supporters joined 40 people for Operation Clean-Up at the Jewish cemetery in Blackley, north Manchester, last Sunday.

First Group workers in Glasgow reject bosses' miserly pay offer

Strikes at Glasgow’s largest bus operator First Group over pay took a step closer after workers rejected paltry pay offers from bosses.

Firefighters to strike on 10 July alongside up to 1.4 million other workers

The FBU announced today, Wednesday that firefighters in England and Wales will join up to 1.4 million workers on strike on 10 July. The walkout, set to last from 10am to 7pm, will be the 15th time firefighters have struck in a dispute over Tory attacks on their pensions.

Tube electricity control staff escalate strike


College principal forced into talks as Lambeth strikers stay united

Talks began between bosses and the UCU union at Lambeth College today, Thursday. UCU members have been on indefinite strike since 3 June against hated new contracts.

London solidarity demo called as Palestinians face Israeli onslaught

Palestinians face an onslaught by Israeli forces in the wake of the killing of three Israeli settlers. Warplanes bomb Gaza and bulldozers demolish houses in the West Bank – yet growing numbers of Israelis demand still more revenge.

Protesters stand up for Palestine outside the Israeli Embassy

More than 1,000 people protested outside the Israeli embassy in West London today, Saturday, against Israel's deadly new attacks on the Gaza strip.


Kurdish gains of more than a decade are under threat from latest Middle East crisis

For the region’s Kurdish minority, both sides of the current upheaval stand in the way of liberation, writes Ron Margulies

Activists' anger and defiance at state repression in Egypt

The 23 defendants on trial in Cairo for marching against the protest law were defiant at their court hearings last weekend.

Abu Qatada acquitted but can’t return

Abu Qatada was cleared of terror charges last week and then told he would never be allowed back into Britain.

Building bosses arrested in India

At least six people, including construction company bosses, have been arrested following the deaths in a building collapse in Chennai, southern India, last Saturday.

Rising migrant death toll in Europe's waters

The Italian navy discovered 30 bodies in a fishing boat on Monday of this week.

Israel bombs Palestinian villages after discovery of settlers' bodies

Israel launched air strikes against 34 targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday of this week. 


The left must fight for a different kind of Scotland

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond recently drew on the rhetoric of Barack Obama’s 2008 US presidential election campaign to assert “Yes, we can”.


Disability campaigners sit in at Westminster Abbey

Some 75 people occupied Westminster Abbey grounds in central London last Saturday, in protest against Tory plans to scrap the Independent Living Fund (ILF) disability benefit.

Hacking scandal exposes corrupt rulers behind rotten ideology

The rotten ruling class hide behind a veneer of ideology—and the hacking scandal has torn it open, writes Simon Basketter

The lives of others: the hacking trial and the establishment's corruption

The phone hacking trial reveals the normally hidden relationship between newspaper barons, journalists and the cops. Simon Basketter lifts the lid on the corruption at the heart of the British establishment, the cosy relationships and the abuses of power


War set out to build empires—but ended with revolutions

Dave Sherry tells Tomáš Tengely-Evans he wants his new book Empire and Revolution to take on the elite’s attempt to whitewash the First World War

Reviews round-up

Common on BBC One and Great Britain, a play by Richard Bean

What We Think

Look to our own strength, not the Labour Party

The rows in the Labour Party keep coming. The latest criticism came from Labour’s policy chief Jon Cruddas this week.

West is losing control in the Middle East

With Israel lashing out at the Palestinians and the prospect of more lethal air strikes over Gaza, the Middle East is again engulfed in conflict.

Other Categories

Chris Davison

Chris Davison was a very important member in the early days of the International Socialists, the forerunner of the Socialist Workers Party. 


Fascist violence is no excuse for attacking Polish migrants| Gerry Conlon was a fighter| Don’t defend Muslims by attacking Catholics| We’re marching against homophobes|

Things they say

‘It will require tough decisions to cut public spending and social security spending’

Fake law firms threat letters go much wider than Wonga

A working class Tory is something to be, consultants rake in cash despite cuts, counting the cost of special advisors, comfy cushion for cash boss Cobbold, taxing question for prince Charles, Cameron lines up top job for Eton friend

Platinum miners’ victory is shaking South Africa

The nightmare is not over for South Africa’s ruling class as more workers now plan to walk out after the success of the miners’ strike, reports Ken Olende

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