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Issue: 2427

Dated: 28 Oct 2014

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As desperate politicians scapegoat migrants we say - resist racism

Tory defence minister Michael Fallon wants to whip up fears with his talk about parts of Britain being “swamped” by eastern European migrants.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


St Mungo's - strike gets stronger at homeless charity

Workers at homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway ended a seven-day strike on Thursday of last week with a rally outside the firm’s west London headquarters.

Mark Duggan officer is accused of 'misconduct'

A police officer from the anti-gang Operation Trident, who was involved in the events leading to Mark Duggan’s shooting, is being investigated for alleged misconduct.

London protest over deaths in police custody

Some 300 people attended the annual United Families and Friends’ march and vigil in London last Saturday.

Wigan walkout hits Stagecoach bosses

Stagecoach drivers in Wigan held their sixth day of industrial action on Monday of this week. 

Wildcat post strike gets results in Portsmouth

Post workers in two offices walked out last week over allegations of unfair sacking of their colleagues.

Ritzy cinema workers face new attack

Picturehouse bosses plan to cut jobs by a quarter at their flagship south London Ritzy cinema.

Racist demo is a flop in Cardiff

Some 100 anti-fascists blocked a march of the racist South Wales Alliance in Cardiff last Saturday.

Freedom Riders keep up the protests

Freedom Riders protested at the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport offices in Sheffield on Monday of this week. 

Defence walkouts hit out at greedy bosses

Workers at Ministry of Defence (MoD) bases in Stirling, central Scotland, and Catterick, north Yorkshire, struck on Thursday of last week. The 24-hour walkout by Defence Support Group (DSG) workers is part of a rolling programme of national action for better pay.

Lambeth College keep up the fight by rejecting bosses' offer

Workers at Lambeth College have overwhelmingly thrown out the latest offers by bosses in an ongoing dispute over new contracts.

Teachers back more strike dates

Teachers in the NUT union have overwhelmingly backed a plan for up to two days of strikes before the general election.

Lecturers to begin marking boycott

Lecturers in 69 universities were set to begin a marking boycott from Thursday of next week in a row over pensions.

Swinton High School teachers strike for five days over workloads

Teachers at Swinton High School in Salford, Greater Manchester, began a five-day strike on Tuesday of last week.

Lecturers draft motion to reject monitoring of non-EU students

The UCU union at London’s Kingston University are fighting increased monitoring of students from outside the European Union (EU).

Teachers vote to strike to defend union rights

Teachers at two north London schools have overwhelmingly voted to strike to defend union rights.

Barnet care staff reject shoddy pay deal

Your Choice Barnet (YCB) workers in north London have resoundingly rejected the latest ‘improved’ pay cut from bosses at the council-controlled company.

Socialist conferences debate where next for Scotland

Around 100 people attended the Solidarity party’s conference last weekend in Glasgow.

Protests expose construction bosses' crocodile tears

GMB and Ucatt union members held a protest against construction blacklisting outside Cleveland Bridge Ltd in Darlington on Tuesday of last week.

Defiant mood on shop staff picket

Over 250 shopfloor staff staged a 24-hour strike at Meggitt Polymers and Composites in Shepshed, Leicestershire, on Tuesday of last week.

Union suspends action for talks

A 48-hour strike by train conductors at Arriva Wales last week was suspended for talks, the workers’ RMT union announced.

Anti-war activists say no glory in war

Around 200 people attended a 100 Years of War conference organised by the Stop the War Coalition and No Glory in War organisation.

Hospital faces further walkout

The GMB union is discussing further strike dates in a dispute over pay and terms and conditions in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, south London.

Bin workers set for indefinite walkout

Refuse and recycling workers in the GMB union in Sheffield, south Yorkshire, plan to begin an indefinite strike on Saturday of this week.

'The media makes people think that all Muslims are terrorists'

As the West sinks deeper into another imperialist adventure in the Middle East, politicians’ racist propaganda about Muslims is fuelling more Islamophobia in Britain, says?Judith Orr

Stop the cuts at Kew Gardens

Some 250 people attended a meeting at Kew, south west London, to hear about the impact of cuts on Kew Gardens.

West leaves a bloody legacy in Afghanistan

Britain’s role in the West’s 13-year occupation of Afghanistan ended last Sunday. The US is rapidly reducing troop numbers.

NHS workers in Wales are set to strike for a pay rise

A new strike date has been called—now workers want to see escalating action, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Reject pay proposal in local government

Unison leaders face a serious kickback over their decision to call off a local government strike on 14 October.

G4S guards' trial starts over death of Jimmy Mubenga

The trial of three G4S guards accused of the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga was set to begin on Monday of next week. 

Firefighters set for four-day walkout in pensions battle with the Tories

Firefighters in England have announced a four-day strike in the battle against Tory pension theft. It was set to begin on Friday of this week with workers walking out of stations at 6pm.

Mainstream parties look to racism ahead of Rochester and Strood by-election

The Tories and Labour’s battle to be the toughest on migrants will only feed Ukip, argues Ken Olende

Staff and residents put at risk by lax new care rules

Care homes have now been deregulated to the point that operators are not being required to put in place emergency procedures.

Ukip uses Rotherham abuse scandal to garner votes

Ukip is using child sexual abuse to try and win votes.

Officers lied and hid evidence over "sham marriages" trial

The case against south London reverend Nathan Ntege, accused of carrying out hundreds of “sham marriages”, collapsed spectacularly last week.

Latest child sexual abuse inquiry chair under fire

Questions continue to be asked about the chair of the inquiry into historic child abuse Fiona Woolf and her links to former Tory home secretary Leon Brittan.

News round-up

The British government has said it will not support future search and rescue operations for refugees; report into young people's in the police; payout for undercover cop victim; Britain slips out of the top 20 countries for gender equality

Crane drivers vote to strike over pay

Crane operators could bring major construction sites across Britain to a halt after voting overwhelmingly for strikes.

Hillsborough cop sorry for ‘misleading the court’

A former police superintendent has admitted misleading the court during fresh inquests relating to the Hillsborough disaster. Roger Marshall told the jury last week, “I offer my unreserved apology for misleading the court.”

Glasgow Unison rep Claire Lyall reinstated

A Glasgow Unison union convenor won her appeal yesterday, Tuesday, against her dismissal by city council bosses. She is to be fully reinstated to her job as a community worker.

Fury as fire bosses sack striking union activist in Buckinghamshire

Striking firefighters are calling for an escalation of their four day walkout after Buckinghamshire fire bosses sacked a leading union activist for taking action.


US bombs won't bring liberation in Syria

Syrian revolutionary socialist Joseph Daher writes on Western intervention

Pro-western oligarchs set to win majority in Ukraine elections

Counting in Ukraine’s parliamentary election was ongoing as Socialist Worker went to press.

Ex Tunisian prime minister beats Islamist Ennahda party

The Nidaa Tunis party beat the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, winning more than 80 out of 217 seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections last Sunday.

Hong Kong talks fall apart

Protests are continuing in Hong Kong after talks between opposition movement leaders and the government failed to resolve a longstanding crisis.

Delayed aid and postponed research - the West and Ebola

As the relentless spread of Ebola continues in west Africa it is clear that the response of the West is counterproductive. 


Working together is part of what makes us human

Capitalism continually pits people against each other, but that isn’t how human beings evolved, writes John Parrington

An evening in Russell Brand’s disorganised revolution

Raymie Kiernan was in the audience at the Ritzy in south London, one of 200 cinemas that got a live feed of Russell Brand’s discussion on revolution last week

Cameron is twisting on the hook of Europe as party system is in crisis

David Cameron may have just avoided becoming the prime minister who lost the Union. But he stands a reasonable chance of presiding over Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU). 


Imperialism and struggles for national liberation

Tomáš Tengely-Evans explains how a socialist response to demands for ‘national liberation’ have to take into account the role of imperialism

Is the NHS in a terminal crisis?

The head of the NHS Simon Stevens launched a five-year plan to save the health service last week. But we outline how the proposals offer few solutions for the catastrophic crisis in health care


German-fest exhibition that smashes stale stereotypes

The British Museum’s Memories of a Nation exhibition is a thought-provoking experience that looks at 600 years of German history, writes Sally Campbell

The Case of Comrade Norris—a fascinating politcal fable with lessons for today

This fascinating novel is based on the life of worker and left wing activist James Norris.

Reviews round-up

The legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen has released his tenth solo album.

What We Think

End the system to stop more wars like Afghanistan

No Western politician is even trying to claim that the 13-year long war and occupation in Afghanistan was a great victory.

Has Scottish Labour learned any lessons from the referendum?

The resignation of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont last week was not unexpected. 

Other Categories


Escalation in Iraq proves anti-war predictions right, a climate of change, state selloffs show hypocrisy, why doesn't left unite, low rural pay, force won't learn, more egg on Labour's face, why criticise science show?

The Things They Say

Anatomy of a racist scandal


This week's Troublemaker leads on Tesco - the gift that keeps on giving - and includes stories on Osborne's posh party and how heart attacks are no reason not to work

Anger in Rotherham over council's abuse priorities

Two months after a report into horrific child sexual abuse was published, Sadie Robinson spoke to residents about the lack of support for young people

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