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Issue: 2429

Dated: 11 Nov 2014

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St Mungo's strikers say: 'We won, so can you'

When bosses tried to slash our ­conditions and break our union, we had to fight back

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


'I'll keep fighting to find out how my son died in jail'

An inquest showed serious discrepancies in the official account of Marlon McIntosh’s death in Birmingham prison, reports Annette Mackin

G4S guards begin trial in Jimmy Mubenga case

The trial for manslaughter of three guards who restrained Jimmy Mubenga during his forced deportation has begun at the Old Bailey in London.

Resist cuts to mental health services in Glasgow

Labour-run Glasgow City Council is poised to make potentially fatal cuts to Glasgow Association of Mental Health (GAMH).

32-day mental health walkout over working patterns in Brighton

Brighton and Hove City Council mental health staff are holding a 32-day strike over working patterns imposed by bosses.

Pay ballots set to end in local government

Voting ends this week in pay consultation ballots of local government workers in England and Wales.

Tories scramble to limit the impact of holiday pay ruling

Overtime is now counted in the calculations of workers’ holiday pay—sort of. That was a ruling handed down by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) last week. 

Firefighters back victimised FBU union activist Ricky Matthews

Firefighters in Essex have pledged to donate £500 every month for the next three months to victimised worker Ricky Matthews.

Travellers fight back as Tories try to redefine away their rights

Travellers and their supporters are fighting government plans to attack Travellers’ rights.

Hackney housing protest targets landlord Tory MP

Some 250 residents and supporters protested at the New Era housing estate in Hackney, east London, last Saturday.

Striking crane drivers stop major projects

HTC Plant workers held the first of three one-day walkouts on Friday of last week. 

Bosses offer deal to end longrunning Care UK dispute

Raymie Kiernan considers what is at stake for Doncaster Care UK workers as they vote on a new offer

Fresh strikes called across Defence Support Group sites

Defence Support Group (DSG) workers have escalated their fight for a pay rise by announcing a four-day walkout.

Oppose Islamophobic witch hunt against Lutfur Rahman in Tower Hamlets

The Tories have launched an assault on Tower Hamlets council in east London. They plan to send in a “takeover squad” to run parts of the authority.

Reports round-up

GMB strike ballot at Haribo in Pontefract | Refugee protest at Home Office | Bedroom Tax protests called in Scotland and Wales | Historical Materialism conference | Protest against fast track deportation | Deciphering Capitalism book launch

Cleaners call walkout at Waterloo

RMT union members who clean at London’s Waterloo station were set to strike for 24 hours from 3pm on Monday of next week. 

Anti-fascists commemorate the Holocaust with trip to death camp

Supporters of Unite Against Fascism travelled to the site of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in Poland last weekend on the organisation’s second annual educational trip.

Racist EDL is a washout in Rotherham

A group of about 60 English Defence League (EDL) members protested in Rotherham last week. They were trying to capitalise on the abuse cases that came to light this year. 

Masked London march calls for revolution

Some 3,000 people took to the streets of London for the Million Mask March called by the internet hacking group Anonymous on Bonfire Night last week. 

London bus workers in huge vote for action

Drivers across London’s 17 bus operators have voted by 96 percent for action in a consultative ballot over their Unite union’s demand for collective bargaining.

Teachers strike against victimisation of NUT rep Julie Davies in north London

Around 90 NUT union members at two secondary schools in Haringey, north London, struck on Wednesday of last week. 

Reject shoddy pay deal in Welsh NHS

Health workers in Wales are frustrated that their Unison union has suspended a pay strike planned for Monday of this week.

Lecturers want all-out strike after pay docked over pensions action

Lecturers are calling for an indefinite strike after a savage attack from bosses.

It’s the night of the living Ed as Blairite rebels chicken out

David Cameron is on the brink of losing another by-election. He’s lost two MPs to the hard right Ukip and more than 20 think he should step down—but his leadership is not in question. Yet Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is the one staring down the barrel of a gun.

Anti-racists organise against Ukip in Rochester and Strood

Anti-racists are organising against Ukip in the run-up to the Rochester and Strood by-election on 20 November.

CCTV footage 'disappeared' after the Hillsborough football disaster

CCTV footage from the Hillsborough disaster disappeared from the stadium, a jury has heard.

Police covered up their link to blacklisting of trade unionists

A newly revealed document exposes that the police covered up its link to blacklisting of trade unionists.

Victim names Sir Peter Hayman as abuser

A victim of child abuse by establishment figures has come forward and indentified one of his abusers as a former deputy head of MI6.

‘Sun payouts needed Brooks’ approval’

A damning internal email shows former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks approved all cash payments to public officials.

News in brief round-up

Low pay linked to poverty | Tories continue arms sales | Abortion care threatened | Biscuit workers go for strikes

In pictures: Hundreds protest against Glasgow mental health cuts

Up to 500 people protested outside Glasgow City Chambers on Wednesday of this week against a proposed 40 percent funding cut to Glasgow Association of Mental Health.


Numsa expulsion is a sign of the crisis in South Africa

The South African trade union federation Cosatu expelled the country’s biggest union, Numsa, last Saturday.

Greek students protest at cuts

Students in Greece have been protesting against attacks on our education.

Riots in East Jerusalem after Israeli provocation

Riots have spread across occupied East Jerusalem. 

International round-up

Catalan independence vote; mass protests in Belgium; plan for civilian rule in Burkina Faso


This Changes Everything: Workers have the power to stop climate change

Martin Empson reviews Naomi Klein’s book, and argues that only getting rid of capitalism can stop climate change

Anger at Obama let the right make gains in US mid-term elections

It’s hard to recapture the extraordinary atmosphere in which Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the US six years ago


Sheffield recycling strike - workers refuse to be treated like trash

Recycling workers in Sheffield are on indefinite strike against attacks on their pay and conditions. Tomáš Tengely-Evans reports

Missing in Mexico

The kidnap of 43 students in Mexico exposes links between politicians, drugs and imperialism, writes Dave Sewell


Interstellar - space epic explores 21st century anxieties

It may resort to cliche and sentimentality in the end, but this flight of space fancy is refreshingly optimistic, says Dave Sewell

John Knox Sex Club: Participatory music breaks the norms

“There was no introduction” is the perfect opening lyric to Glasgow band the John Knox Sex Club’s new album Oh Wow! Must be the Devil.

Queen Coal: Powerful production shows despair and hope in pit villages

This powerful play was inspired by the celebration of Margaret Thatcher’s death in South Yorkshire’s pit villages.

What We Think

Escalation in Iraq will cause more bloodshed

British drones dropped their first hellfire missiles on Iraq on Monday of this week. Now the logic of escalation is being played out in the latest war on the region.

Stand up to Ukip's scapegoating of migrants

Ukip immobilised the government in parliament last week, when the Tories created an unnecessary row over a vote they could easily have won.

Other Categories


Readers' views on gender stereotypes, tuition fees, multiculturalism and evolution

Serco: It couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of privatisers

Privatisers' shares are plummetting, Shifty Osborne has a fake discount, and the kids are getting pepper-sprayed

How the cops fail victims of child sexual exploitation

Report gives voice to young people at risk of abuse - and blows apart a racist myth

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