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Issue: 2426

Dated: 21 Oct 2014

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Tens of thousands of workers join TUC march to demand a pay rise

Working class people filled the streets of London last Saturday in a mass show of opposition to Tory austerity.

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Education reports round-up

UCU union members reballot at Lambeth College in south London and nationally across FE, plus a strike vote to defend university pensions and a strike against redundancies in Wales. NUT national consultation to end this week and defending NUT rep Julie Davies.

Reports round-up

Short reports on Yorkshire Freedom Rides campaign, protesting against deaths in custody, Bolton health anti-privatisation campaign and strikes by prison officers, refuse collectors and train conductors

Victory for Sandwell Council workers as they beat back bosses’ pay cuts plan

Children’s admin workers at Sandwell Council have defeated bosses’ plans to downgrade their posts and cut their pay by up to £4,000 a year.

Victory for Manjeet Kaur

Asylum seeker Manjeet Kaur won an important victory on Thursday of last week after plans to evict her were stopped at appeal.

Bosses’ tears about blacklisting won’t wash

Union activists are planning a series of demonstrations over blacklisting.

Cops target Occupy Democracy camp in Parliament Square

Up to 100 protesters set up camp in Parliament Square, central London, on Friday of last week.

London protest shuts down property fair

Hundreds of protesters forced a property development fair in London to close down on Wednesday of last week.

Resist attempts to try and break care staff

Strikers at Care UK in Doncaster ended a three-week strike last Sunday. The care workers have now struck for 90 days in eight months.

Your Choice Barnet workers ballot on new offer

A ballot by Unison union members at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) ends on Thursday of this week. 

Garston call centre workers in five-day walkout against DWP bosses’ shutdown

Call centre workers at a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office in Garston, Merseyside, completed a five-day walkout on Friday of last week.

Tower Hamlets deputy mayor targeted at work

The Cabinet Office issued orders to ban the London borough of Tower Hamlets deputy mayor Oliur Rahman from his workplace on Tuesday of last week.

Hillsborough inquests hear how cops 'diverted blame onto victims'

Inquests are continuing into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

St Mungo’s seven-day strike hits housing bosses

Around 600 housing workers began a seven-day strike in London and Bristol on Friday of last week.

Defence Support Group workers go to battle over pay

The fight for better pay at Defence Support Group (DSG) has begun in earnest. Pickets gathered at Ministry of Defence (MoD) bases in Donnington near Telford and Sealand in north Wales on Thursday of last week.

More NHS workers set to join pay fight

Strikes showed workers’ power—now unions must escalate the action, says?Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Ebola deaths grow as US and Britain send in troops

Some 500 people died of Ebola during the last week, taking the total of this outbreak past 4,500. 

Tories' anti-immigrant racism feeds Ukip

David Cameron has said he wants to limit free movement within the European Union (EU).

Local government workers organise to throw out shoddy pay 'deals' and restart strikes

A revolt is growing among local government workers after unions suspended strikes over pay.

News in-brief

Ofsted targets Birmingham, Cardiff win for abortion rights, child poverty is still on the rise, vigil for victim of racist attack

'Islamic State' terror charges after arrests across London

Five men appeared in court in London last week after being arrested in a series of police raids at their homes over the last two weeks.

Ukip's nasty Nazi funding deal

Ukip has done a deal with a Polish Nazi to save its grouping in the European Parliament.

Firefighters in England set to walk out for four days next Friday

Firefighters in England have announced a four day strike in the battle against Tory pension theft. The walk out will begin at 6pm on Friday 31 October.


International news round-up

Nigeria; Catalonia; Russia

Hong Kong's protesters refuse to leave the streets

Televised talks were taking place between the leaders of Hong Kong’s government and the ongoing Occupy protest movement as Socialist Worker went to press.

Turkey allows Kurdish fighters into Kobane

Turkey lifted a ban on Kurdish fighters crossing the border into north eastern Syria to defend the town of Kobane from Islamic State forces last Tuesday. 


There's no automatic forward march of progress for humanity - a response to Brian Cox

Dave Sewell welcomes Brian Cox’s new TV programme on evolution, but argues that we cannot ignore human agency

The Mangrove - defending a beacon of resistance in Notting Hill

Moyra Samuels was active in the campaign to defend the Mangrove restaurant in west London in the 1980s. Here she discusses the lessons it holds for today

Our rulers fear a new economic crisis after new market upheaval

The upheaval in the global financial markets last week raised the spectre of a new crisis. It was also proof that the old one is still sending shudders through the system.


As Russell Brand calls for revolution - we say another world is possible

More and more people are demanding a better world, and it’s the working class who have the power to fundamentally change the system, writes Sadie Robinson

After strikes and marches - where next for the unions?

After a series of strikes and up to 100,000 marching in London, trade unionists talk to Socialist Worker about the way ahead in the battle against the Tories


Made in Dagenham - musical chimes with workers’ anger today

The new musical is both funnier and politically sharper than the film with a powerful message of working class struggle and solidarity, writes?Paul McGarr

Terror and wonder exhibition - a terrific look into the dark heart of our society

This exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s 1764 The Castle of Otranto, regarded as the first gothic novel.

The Black Panthers Speak and the Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: bringing to life the US revolutionary black movement

These two books bring to life the fiery days of the US revolutionary black movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

What We Think

Tories’ lurch to the right only feeds Ukip

What exactly the Tory party strategy is for the next election was laid out rather succinctly in the conservative Spectator magazine this week.

Cops write off child abuse victims

We are often told that Asian men get away with abusing children because police fear being called racist if they arrest them. But the head of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, revealed the real reason for police inaction last week.

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Leading on how strikes can transform the mood in work and including letters on why the SNP are not radical and why Labour should offer working class people something to work for

The Things They Say

‘He didn’t really answer my question’


This week's Troublemaker leads on Osborne's sale of the century and includes stories on warmonger Tony Blair and cops moaning about being judged by "unrealistic standards"

As anti-union Carr Review reports - unions’ ‘extreme’ action is not nearly hard enough

Annette Mackin argues the Tories’ Carr Review of anti-trade union laws shows bosses will only go further on the offensive if we don’t put up a fight

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