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Issue: 2412

Dated: 15 Jul 2014

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Stop Israeli Terror - Palestinians say take to the streets against Gaza attack

Adam Cochrane looks at the reasons for Israel’s latest attack and talks to people under the bombs in Gaza

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Marxism 2014 - debating how we can resist the Tories and change the world

Revolutionaries, campaigners, strikers and trade unionists came to Marxism 2014 from across the world to celebrate their struggles and discuss ways to change the system

Voices from Marxism 2014


Cops knew of 'failings' within months of Cherry Groce’s shooting

Police failings contributed to the death of Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, an inquest jury has found.

Firefighters' strike has Tories rattled

Firefighters in England and Wales are striking on eight days in an ongoing row over the theft of their pensions by the Tories.

Judicial review of Duggan inquest ends

The judicial review of the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan concluded last week.

Workers at Defence Support Group go on offensive over pay

Defence Support Group (DSG) workers walked out on lunchtime protests at sites including Donnington, Catterick, Ashchurch and Bovington on Thursday of last week.

Smashing result in Tyneside Safety Glass strike

Workers at Tyneside Safety Glass achieved a breakthrough in their dispute over pay on Friday of last week after three weeks on strike.

Syrian dictator seeks alliance with the West

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad boasted that the West needs to ally with him, claiming that only his regime can beat the Islamist group Isis, now renamed the Islamic State. 

Freedom riders to march through Barnsley

Freedom Ride activists and supporters were set to march through Barnsley on Saturday of this week. They are demanding that south Yorkshire councils reinstate free travel for older people.

Tube power deal betrays strength of workers’ action

London Underground (LU) power control room operators (PCROs) have narrowly voted to accept a deal and end their two-week strike.

Reports round-up

Tilbury dockers on all out strike | Reject new insult to JIB electricians | Blacklisted workers protest | Hundreds protests against Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership | Protests force Scotland’s biggest council to cough up discretionary housing payments | Back Justice 4 Bolton

Back to work at Lambeth College, but workers say 'it’s not over'

Strikers at Lambeth College have returned to work. The UCU union members had been on indefinite strike since 3 June at the south London college against hated new contracts.

New Unison local government ballot could spread next walkout to Scotland

Local government workers in Scotland have voted by 65 percent to reject the imposition of a 1 percent pay rise in a consultative ballot by the Unison union.

Strikes could shut down facilities before Commonwealth Games

Strikes could shut publicly owned sports facilities, museums and libraries in Glasgow just two days before the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Electricians strike at Hackney Homes over pay

Electricians in the Unite union struck on Friday of last week and Monday of this week at Hackney Homes against the use of targets to dock their pay.

Tory child abuse inquiry in chaos as judge Butler-Sloss quits

The government was blasted this week as the judge appointed to lead a child sex abuse inquiry quit less than a week into the job.

King’s College London pickets ruin royal visit

UCU union members struck at King’s College London on Thursday of last week.

Winterbourne Boys’ Academy teachers continue fightback

Teachers at Winterbourne Boys’ Academy in Croydon, south London, struck against lesson observations on Tuesday of this week. And members of the NUT teachers’ union were set to strike on Wednesday of this week against academy conversion of Hove Park School in Hove, East Sussex.

Care UK workers plot new struggle

Care UK workers in Doncaster were set to meet this week to discuss the results of a strike ballot over a new pay claim of £7.65 an hour.

News round-up

Birmingham council "Trojan Horse" report due | Protest at Harmondsworth refugee prison | Tories rush through new snoopers' law | British government claims torture flights records have been destroyed

Let’s seize the chance and escalate the strikes to stop the Tories’ attacks

The 10 July strike was the biggest walkout over pay the Tories have faced since taking office. Here is Socialist Worker’s highlights from the day taken from reports sent to us from the picket lines as strikers filled town and city squares, and the arguments that were made for the way forward

Thousands protest across Britain as Israel continues assault on Gaza

Protests are taking place across Britain this week in opposition to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. At least 215 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured in sustained airstrikes that have levelled whole buildings.

Horror in Gaza after Israel cuts power and sends in tanks

Israeli forces began a ground invasion of Gaza last night, Thursday. Tanks and infantry units crossed into northern Gaza, supported by heavy bombing.

A cry of rage for Gaza fills the streets of London

Up to 100,000 people streamed through the streets of London today, Saturday, in one of the biggest anti-war demonstrations in years.


International round-up

Union mocks the bosses in South Africa | US intervenes after Afghan election | New threat despite stalemate in Ukraine

Migrant workers are fighting back against racism in Greece

A court battle between migrant farm workers and the bosses who shot at them has inspired a strike against racist raids and restrictions on the other side of the country


Will there be racism in an independent Scotland?

Ayesha Saleem and Stephen McBroom argue that anti-racism must be a central part of the struggle to break the British state

Palestinian liberation is ingrained into the Egyptian revolution

Many consider the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000 to be the beginning of the road to the Egyptian revolution, writes Wassim Wagdy


Eleanor Marx - the activist who built unions and fought oppression

Sarah Ensor looks at the life of Eleanor Marx, who was key to industrial struggles at the end of the 19th century, and interviews author of a new biography Rachel Holmes


Still Ragged - film celebrates 100 years of a working class classic

The documentary Still Ragged hammers home why the 100 year old novel The Ragged Trousered Phillanthropists is still relevant, writes Pat Carmody

Return to Homs shows a goalkeeper try to save the Syrian revolution

Directed by Talal Derki.

Reviews round up

US band Warpaint | Utopia on TV | Roots reggae from Ivory Coast by Tiken Jah Fakoly

What We Think

Revolution, not 'peace process' talks, can win freedom for Palestine

Millions of people across the globe are rightly furious at Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza. They want to see an end to the killing.

Tories reshuffle moves deckchairs on the Titanic

David Cameron has culled top ministers William Hague, Owen Paterson, Dominic Grieve and David Willetts.

Other Categories

Kevin Williams 1954-2014

Kevin Williams died suddenly on 23 June, aged 59. He was a lifelong socialist, a trade union activist and a SWP member in the 1970s and 80s in Slough.


Inspiration of Lambeth College strikers | They boost profit by squeezing us harder | Health and social care merger | Tory cuts behind shoplifting, Cardiff Threeand more

Things they say

Quotes of the week

Bosses get 180 times more in wages than workers do

Presidential health tourism in Wales | Labour dinner is a match for Tories | Glasgow car clampdown for commonwealth | Parents told be quiet over school fraud | Toff of the week

Tony Blair is the career criminal who just refuses to fade away

A decade after launching the war that killed a million Iraqis, Tony Blair is still busy helping out dictators and making himself richer, writes Adam Cochrane

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