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Dated: 07 Oct 2014

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Up to half a million health workers set to join NHS pay walkout

Next week’s health strike can be an outlet for wider anger at the Tories’ attacks, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

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Exclusive: ambulance bosses’ desperate bid to use doctors to break tomorrow’s strike

Health bosses are cooking up a frantic plan to use doctors, nurses and other medics to run ambulances during tomorrow’s NHS strike, Socialist Worker can reveal.

Mass pickets show anger at the Tories as NHS workers strike over pay

Up to 500,000 NHS workers in England struck out four hours today, Monday, in the first national health strike over pay for 32 years.

Photos of NHS strikers on 13 October 2014

Picket lines and protests from the four hour strike for health service pay

Police launch another child abuse inquiry after ‘credible evidence’ was ignored

Fiona Woolf, the chair of the inquiry into historic child abuse has stepped back from issuing a statement about her links to Leon Brittan.

Mark Duggan's family questions cops’ conduct

The family of Mark Duggan has raised serious questions over police conduct surrounding his shooting in August 2011 and the investigation into his death.

'We beat Nick Griffin - now keep up the fight'

The fascist British National Party (BNP) has expelled former leader Nick Griffin.

Your Choice Barnet workers bear brunt of Tories’ privatisation

Care workers at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) in north London have announced two strike days.

Strikes shut down refuse offices

Workers at two household waste recycling centres in Sheffield shut down their offices as they struck over bosses’ bullying, pay cuts and conditions.

Arriva train conductors plan strike

Train conductors at Arriva Wales were set to strike for 24 hours from 12 noon on Friday of this week. It follows a 67 percent vote to strike by the RMT union members.

The great Royal Mail robbery - one year after rich snapped up shares

It is one year since Royal Mail shares began being snapped up by city fat cats.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital workers to strike

Health workers in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, south London, were set to strike over terms and conditions on Wednesday of this week.

Southampton march against rail privatisation

Members of the RMT rail union marched alongside other trade unionists through central Southampton last Saturday against the McNulty report.

Protest forces hate pastor to cancel

Islamophobic pastor James McConnell was forced to cancel a lecture in Pontypridd, South Wales, after anti-racists threatened to protest.

Take action over bosses’ TTIP treaty

Campaigners against bosses’ transatlantic trade deal TTIP were set to take part in a day of action around the country this Saturday.

New challenge after by-election result

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) vote in the by-election in the Woodside ward in Tottenham, north London, was disappointing—TUSC received 1.5 percent. However, local activists will continue to build for a serious challenge in the Tottenham seat at the general election next May.

Council drops action against Focus E15 occupation

A group of women ended their occupation of empty council homes in Newham, east London, on Tuesday of this week.

Teachers move to defend victimised rep Julie Davies

Two north London secondary schools—Fortis Green and Highgate Wood—have held indicative votes to ballot for action to defend Haringey divisional secretary Julie Davies.

Ballot for further action at Lambeth College

UCU union members at Lambeth College are balloting for fresh strikes.

Bolton marches against the Bedroom tax

Protesters carried a bed, a coffin, and a skeleton in a wheelchair around Bolton last Saturday chanting, “Axe! Axe! The Bedroom Tax!”.

Barnsley Freedom Riders hop on at the interchange

More than 30 Freedom Ride campaigners demonstrated at Barnsley Interchange on Tuesday of last week.

Defence Support Group workers announce three day strike

Workers at Defence Support Group (DSG), the Ministry of Defence equipment repair agency, unanimously voted to strike for three days at a mass meeting at Donnington on Monday of this week.

Councils move to chase old debts after Scottish referendum

A third of councils in Scotland say they want to use the expanded voters’ register after the referendum to chase people for outstanding debts. Some are even set to pursue 25 year old poll tax debts.

David Cameron calls for more Iraq attacks

Politicians are using Islamic State murders to ramp up their war rhetoric, writes Judith Orr

Freedom at last for Moazzam Begg

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was released without charge by the British state last week.

Manjeet Kaur must stay - resist Tory eviction plans

Disabled human rights campaigner Manjeet Kaur is resisting Home Office attempts to evict her and make her destitute.

Tube workers announce 48-hour strike

London Underground workers are set to hold a 48-hour strike next week in a row over job cuts.

News in brief

Including stories on justice delayed for Sean Rigg, prison riot in Kent, Cops Off Campus pair cleared and free schools undermining teaching jobs

Watchdog slams standards at Suffolk care home run by private health firm Care UK

A damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into a Suffolk residential care home reveals the standards of care deemed acceptable by owners Care UK.

Historic Care UK strike needs national union support

Doncaster Care UK strikers are set to become the longest ever health strikers in Britain on their 81st strike day on Friday of this week. 

Strikes can beat poverty pay in local government

Hundreds of thousands of local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were set to strike on Tuesday of next week.

Civil service workers prepare to strike on Wednesday 15 October

Civil service workers in the PCS union plan to walk out on Wednesday of next week to demand a pay rise.

Racist Ukip hope to get first MP in Clacton

Ukip won a council seat in South Tyneside last week. Norman Dennis was elected in Westoe ward with a majority of 51 over Labour.

Unions suspend next Tuesday’s public sector strike

The planned joint strike of hundreds of thousands of local government workers in the Unison, GMB and Unite unions on Tuesday of next week has been suspended.


Intervention by Turkey or the US won’t help the Kurds

Islamic State is trying to take the town of Kobane in northern Syria.

Hong Kong protests defy government ultimatum

Protesters continued to occupy Hong Kong’s central district in defiance of an ultimatum, but with much smaller numbers as Socialist Worker went to press.

Brazil’s president fights second round in election

The first round of Brazil’s presidential, parliamentary and state elections took place last Sunday.

First Ebola case in the US

The first case of Ebola was recorded in the US last week.

Athens Roma resist eviction

Roma people demonstrated outside their camp in Athens on Tuesday of last week against a planned eviction.

Mexican students call day of action

Student protesters are calling for action across Mexico on Wednesday of this week after the discovery of mass graves suspected to be of murdered student activists.


After the Scottish referendum - the left must harness the class anger against Tories

Jim Main argues the left must seize the moment and carry the spirit of the radical Yes vote into the fight against austerity


Hong Kong protests - lighting the fuse?

The movement in Hong Kong has the potential to light the tinder box in China. Sally Kincaid looks at its relationship to mainland China and what this crisis could mean for its rulers

The migrants who saved the NHS

Black workers didn’t just build the health service—they have also played a crucial role in the struggles that have defended it from the very beginning


New production denies The Crucible its fiery message

Arthur Miller’s play about persecution is still relevant today—but stripped of its politics it falls short of his original intention, argues Dave Gibson

Highlights of Black History Month events in Glasgow

Events are taking place around Britain for Black History Month. Here are some highlights from Glasgow. For a full list go to 

Reviews round-up

Featuring Withnail and I, V for Vaselines and Cassetteboy

What We Think

Turn the heat up on the Tories - build more strikes to beat back austerity

Poverty pay has put some public sector workers who provide essential services to millions of people on the minimum wage.

Organise to stop Ukip

Ukip was set to win its first MP on Thursday of this week, when a by-election will take place in Clacton, Essex.

Other Categories

Bassem Chit 1979-2014

Alex Callinicos pays tribute to Lebanese revolutionary socialist Bassem Chit who died last week aged 34


Leading on what is the alternative if bombing Iraq and Syria is not the answer? And including letters on Ian Paisley, the DWP and workers and climate change.

We should stop the farce of calling human rights a farce

This week's Troublemaker leads on the Tories' attacks on human rights and features stories on new head of MI6 Alex Younger, Thatcher must worse than previously thought and pay-day loan sharks

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