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Dated: 22 Jul 2014

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Rage against Israel as bloody offensive batters Gaza

As Israel’s relentless attacks on Gaza claim hundreds of Palestinian lives, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are rising up in anger. There were protests every day last week.

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Local government workers call new strike during Tory Party conference

The next strike in the pay battle with the Tories has been announced today, Wednesday. The Unison union has called a second one day strike for 600,000 local government workers on 30 September—right in the middle of the Tory party conference.

Protest gets Palestine flag to fly in Preston

Up to 1,000 protesters forced Preston City Council to fulfill a promise to fly the Palestinian flag over Preston Town Hall tonight, Friday.

Protesters fill the streets of central London in solidarity with Palestine

Up to 100,000 people filled the streets of central London today, Saturday, in protest at Israel's continuing assault on Gaza.

Argos workers hit back at bosses with week-long walkout

Some 1,000 workers are on strike at five Argos distribution centres. This weekend was set to be the launch of the chain’s new catalogue. It is one of the busiest times outside Christmas for Argos branches across Britain, with hundreds of new product lines to rush in. But bosses hadn’t reckoned with a seven-day strike by members of the Unite union, which began on Saturday of last week.

Strong Ritzy pickets get cinema bosses worried

Ritzy cinema workers, members of the Bectu union, struck for the eleventh time last Sunday.

Barnsley marchers vote for a new Freedom Ride

Over 100 elderly and disabled people braved the rain in Barnsley last Saturday to march through the town chanting slogans and singing songs.

Anti-union laws see Games strikes stopped in Glasgow

A company owned by Labour-run Glasgow city council has used Tory anti-union laws to stop a strike.

Defence Support Group workers hold unofficial stoppage in fight for pay

Defence Support Group workers stopped production for 15 minutes on Thursday of last week in support of their union’s claim for an 8 percent pay offer.

Walkout is off at the BBC

Union leaders have called off a planned strike by BBC workers. The walkout had been set to take place on Wednesday of this week.

Seven-day strike threat at Look Ahead gets results

The threat of a seven-day strike has forced mental health charity Look Ahead to withdraw attacks on workers in Hackney, east London.

Tilbury talks fail to stop all out action at docks

Unite members at Tilbury docks are in their fourth week of an all-out strike.

Food inspectors ballot over wages

Over 500 Unison union members at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will ballot to strike against an imposed 0.75 percent pay offer this week.

Take action to support suspended NUT union rep Julie Davies

NUT union members in Haringey, north London, have been shocked by the suspension of their branch chair Julie Davies.

Health workers will be balloted for strikes over pay

Staff in the health service are set to join the pay fight after three health unions announced workers are set to be balloted to strike.

Top construction firms admit blacklisting workers

Senior directors at construction firms Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Vinci were up in front of a committee of MPs last week. 

Hexthorpe protest rejects the racists

Anti-fascists and locals turned out to oppose a march by the English Defence League (EDL) in the South Yorkshire village of Hexthorpe last Saturday.

News in-brief

Bin workers set for walkout, protest for locked out staff, therapists hail win over harassment, join the vigil for Mark Duggan, activists discuss Egypt repression, Kent music festival stands up to racists

'We need to escalate after solid action,' say firefighters

Firefighters in England and Wales completed eight days of strikes on Monday of this week.

Lib Dems attempt face-saving U-turn on bedroom tax

The coalition might have hoped to bury a new report on the impact of the bedroom tax by releasing it on the same day as a headline-grabbing reshuffle.

British firms are making a killing out of Israeli terror

When Israeli forces mow down Palestinians in Gaza they can count on help from across the world—including Britain.

Gaza injuries suggest new weapon is being used, say doctors

Doctors in Gaza say they are treating injuries consistent with experimental Dense Inert Metal Explosive (Dime) weapons.

Tories use Trojan Horse report to step up attacks on Muslims

Two reports into allegations of a “Muslim plot” to take over a group of Birmingham schools have been published. They contradict each other.

House of Lords debate assisted suicide bill

The House of Lords debated a bill last week that would legalise assisted suicide for some terminally ill people.

Rebekah Brooks ignored corruption fears over Daniel Morgan case

Former Scotland Yard detective Dave Cook has spoken about a meeting with the former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks in 2002.

BNP gives Nazi Nick the sack

Nick Griffin has been ousted as leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP).

Probe launched into death in custody of Sharmilla Ullah

An investigation has been launched after a 30 year old woman died shortly after being arrested by West Midlands Police on suspicion of shoplifting.

Things they say

'What a disgusting sight to see in our capital'


Syria - the regime makes people suffer in rebel held areas

Ghayath Naisse, a Syrian socialist in the Revolutionary Left Current, compares life in government and rebel held zones

Israel steps up slaughter in Gaza as the West wrings its hands

More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Gaza last weekend, pushing the death toll from Israel’s ongoing attack to over 500. Most of those killed are civilians.

Imperialist rivalry is to blame for MH17 plane deaths

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine above territory held by pro-Russian separatists on Thursday of last week.

South Africa strikers in talks

Union representatives from the Numsa metal workers’ union in South Africa were in talks as Socialist Worker went to press.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialist Mahienour el-Massry has jail sentence reduced

Revolutionary Socialist and lawyer Mahienour el-Massry had her two-year sentence for defying the anti protest law reduced after an appeal last Sunday. She was charged after demonstrating outside the court hearing of the police officers charged with murdering political blogger Khaled Said in 2010.

British detainees Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan are sentenced in US

Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan, two British citizens extradited to the US on terrorism charges, have been sentenced.

Egyptian revolutionaries take aid convoy to border with Gaza

Over 500 of us in 11 coaches set off in a “People’s Convoy” from Cairo early last Saturday morning to take medical supplies into Gaza and show solidarity.

Protesters defy French government's ban on Palestine solidarity demo

People in France were outraged by the bombings on Gaza. But the French state tried to deny them the right to express their view and their anger.

Syrian protests for Palestine

Protesters have marched in solidarity with the Palestinians in Aleppo and elsewhere, even as people suffer their own bombardment and shelling from Bashar al-Assad’s regime.  

Israel - choking on the racist poison it rests on

The response in Israel to the attacks on Gaza has exposed a society consumed by the violence implicit in the Zionist enterprise.


The Commonwealth is a club for a declining empire

The Commonwealth is one of the British Empire’s last vestiges—indeed, the games were launched as the British Empire Games in 1930.

Cameron's cabinet reshuffle is a sign of weakness

The reshuffle shows how Tory party has largely lost connection with reality, and is being driven by ultra-Thatcherite ideologising writes Alex Callinicos


The real cost of the Commonwealth Games

Millions of pounds have been poured into the Commonwealth Games, opening in Glasgow’s East End this week. But whoever wins, it certainly won’t be ordinary people in the area, write Charlotte Ahmed and Raymie Kiernan

Lessons to learn in Egypt

Leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, Sameh Naguib, analyses the scale of the revolution’s retreat and the balance of power with its enemies


Kazimir Malevich and the pioneering art that fell victim to counter-revolution

The Tate’s Malevich exhibition combines a history of the Russian Revolution with a rare opportunity to see some truly great art, says Peter Robinson

Concert is a rare opportunity to see Tom Robinson live

Tom began recording music with his band Cafe Society in the early 1970s. But most of us will be familiar with the Tom Robinson Band’s (TRB) angry and political music.

What We Think

Labour plans Tory cuts

The Labour leadership’s pitch to voters for next year’s general election is that we need “big reform, not big spending”.

Capitalist competition breeds bloody wars

The news seems to drip with horror wherever you look.

Other Categories

Charlie Haden 1937-2014

Charlie Haden, a jazz revolutionary who fought oppression has died. Here Roger Huddle looks over his radicalism.


Letters on building the fight after 10 July strike | Taxing the rich | We need more than a few women ministers | Glad to see Gove gone | Bear joke let us down | Free transport for all | Bullfighting is brutal | Boycott fossil fuel firms


This week's Troublemaker leads on the tax dodging rich and includes stories on prince Charles' stingyness, Gove having an eventful first day as chief whip and immigration minister Mark Harper

Poor are driven from their homes as rich snap up land

Dave Sewell says council homes are being demolished in droves in London, as the land is sold to rich developers keen to profit from rocketing prices

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