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Issue: 2445

Dated: 17 Mar 2015

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Anti-racists organise to take to the streets

We need to build a strong anti-racist movement and Saturday’s protests are where we start

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Socialist Worker's coverage of the Hillsborough inquests

Fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster heard evidence for over two years. The jury is now considering its decisions. Here is Socialist Worker's full coverage of the inquests so far

Families of Iraqis threatened with deportation by Britain speak out

British authorities have rounded up around 30 Iraqis and locked them into detention centres in recent week. 

Meet Lynne Chamberlain the TUSC candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing over 100 candidates in May’s general election. Greenwich College lecturer Lynne Chamberlain has hit the ground running since she was selected for Greenwich and Woolwich in south east London.

Barnet Unison union ballot over outsourcing

Tory-controlled Barnet council in north London has provoked a major strike ballot of Unison union members against mass outsourcing.

Right whip up Islamophobia over Isis

Detainee rights campaign group Cage and its director Moazzam Begg have been the target of more Islamophobic smears.

Farage plans misery for migrants if Ukip elected

Ukip would limit migrant children’s access to state education, according to party leader Nigel Farage.

College cuts stoke anger at Scottish government

The EIS Fela further education union held its annual conference last week against a backdrop of anger over huge cuts. Delegates voted for a national demo and lobby of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Scottish government over funding.

Staff shock over massive attack on jobs at London Met

The new vice chancellor of London Metropolitan University has announced 165 redundancies. Stunned workers say this could be the “beginning of the end” for the college.

Education round-up

Greenwich college | Barnsley College | Lewisham schools | Norfolk academies protest

Big turnout for LGSM miners anniversary in Wales

Hundreds attended a 30th anniversary Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) event last Saturday in the Onllwyn Miners Hall in South Wales.

Building fightback at TUC women's conference

Some 200 attended the Trades Union Congress (TUC) women’s conference in London last week.

Aylesbury estate demo says leave our homes alone

Residents and campaigners in Southwark, south London, marched through the Aylesbury estate last Saturday to protest against plans to demolish it. 

Vote SNP, says Solidarity

Socialist party Solidarity held a specially reconvened conference last Saturday to discuss its position on the general election. Around 65 people attended.

Unions ballot at Tata Steel

The Unite, GMB and Community unions are set to ballot their members working for steel giant Tata Steel over bosses’ attacks on their pensions. 

Saba Shiraz elected Black Members Officer at Birkbeck University

Anti-racist student and member of the Socialist Worker Student Society, Saba Shiraz was elected Black Members Officer at Birkbeck University in London last week with 44.3 percent of the vote.

Care jobs threat in Glasgow

Labour-run Glasgow City Council wants to axe 350 home carers. It plans to force 1,600 workers onto new shift patterns, which would break working regulations.

Refresco-Gerber workers hit back at plans to cut pay and worsen conditions

Manufacturing workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, walked out in the seventh of 11 planned 36-hour strikes at fruit juice maker Refresco-Gerber last week.

Fight to get cleaners' rep Clara Osagiede her job back

The RMT union is set to ballot all of its members working for outsourcer Interserve on London Underground in defence of sacked cleaners’ rep Clara Osagiede.

Protest against blacklisting blocks London street

Rank and file construction workers and supporters blocked London’s Oxford Street last week over sackings on the Crossrail project

Soas cleaners protest as ISS bosses worsen conditions

Cleaners at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London were set to protest on Thursday of this week against their employer, outsourcing giant ISS.

Anti-racists outnumber Scottish Defence Leage in Edinburgh

Some 120 anti-fascists turned out to oppose a protest by around 30 racists from the Scottish Defence League (SDL) in Edinburgh last Saturday.

Reports round-up

Activists meet to debate Tube action | Standing room only against austerity | Workers say milk boss smells off | Radical debates at Dundee conference | Bolton anniversary event over policing | Climate conference will debate action

Inquests hear cop Duckenfield accept his 'serious failures' resulted in Hillsborough disaster

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is continuing to give evidence to inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the 1989 disaster.

Build Fast food rights day of solidarity

A Fast Food Rights meeting in central Glasgow last Saturday reflected the energy of the workers’ movement in the US. 

London meeting hears support for Palestine near a tipping point

Over 200 people came to a Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) event, The Tipping Point, in London last Saturday. 

Scotland Yard to investigate itself over allegations of covering up child abuse

The Metropolitan Police will investigate itself over allegations of corruption, including that it covered up child abuse involving MPs and police officers.

National Gallery strikers seek your support as they fight privatisation plans

Workers at the National Gallery in central London began the latest stage of their battle against plans to privatise 400 out of 600 jobs last weekend.

News round-up

Police ‘divert’ abuse money | NHS backlog privatisation | Tighten modern slavery law | Remembering Fukushima

Resist Tory lies over benefits as day of action fights against sanctions

I’m waiting for a letter, and it’s terrifying. Like thousands of other people hit by the bedroom tax and other benefit cuts, I rely on a discretionary housing payment (DHP) from the council. 

Cuts fall on poor while rich see resources rise

The poor have suffered disproportionately higher levels of cuts in the last three years.

Even if Labour wins general election we must keep up the fight for our NHS

The Labour Party is fighting to make the NHS its key issue for the general election. But this argument isn’t just raging between the Tories and Labour. 

Dulwich Picture Gallery workers force bosses to withdraw redundancy plans

A planned week of strikes at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London has beaten back bosses’ job cuts plans.

Teachers strike against academy plans for school in Brent

Teachers at St Andrews and St Francis School in Brent struck today, Wednesday, against plans to turn the school into an academy.

Hillsborough police chief gives final evidence to inquest

David Duckenfield has agreed that his failings were "the direct cause of the deaths of 96 persons in the Hillsborough tragedy".

Refreshing strike defends conditions in Bridgwater

Trade union flags decked the roundabout leading onto the industrial estate where Refresco Gerber workers continued their fight to defend terms and conditions today, Thursday.

Hundreds march in support of London LSE student occupation

Up to 300 people marched through the campus of London School of Economics (LSE) yesterday, Thursday, in support of a student occupation there.

Thousands march in London against racism

More than 10,000 people marched through central London against racism today, Saturday, while 2,500 more marched in Glasgow and 150 in Cardiff.

Video of Stand Up to Racism march in London

Highlights of the Stand Up to Racism and Fascism demonstration in central London on Saturday 21 March. Video by Hamza Sharif


International round-up

US president Barack Obama rushed to condemn the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, last week.

Northern Ireland strike hits back at deal

Tens of thousands of public sector workers across Northern Ireland took part in the biggest one-day strike there in years on Friday of last week.  

Vanuatu hit by ‘monster’ storm

Cyclone Pam devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu last week.

Growing confidence in Greece to take on Nazi Golden Dawn

The call for international protests against racism and fascism this Saturday first came from Greece. And the demonstrations here look set to be massive.


The drugs don’t work—behind our rulers’ Afghanistan lies

John Newsinger cuts through our rulers’ tears for the British dead in Afghanistan. Here he exposes the corrupt narco regime imposed by the West

Blacklisted: How workers are taking on the building firms' spying racket

Phil Chamberlain, co-author of new book Blacklisted: the secret war between big business and union activists, writes on workers' resistance and the impact of the bosses' blacklist


Syriza and socialist strategy—part two

Alex Callinicos argues that any successful socialist strategy has to build working class strength to take on the repressive core of the state

Don’t blame immigrants—Socialist Worker takes apart eight of the lies used to divide us

Socialist Worker takes apart eight of the lies our rulers use to divide us


Modern tales of ordinary lives, morality and deception

BBC One’s new drama Ordinary Lies tries to present modern day morality tales about duplicity—but can itself seem a bit unbelievable, writes Ellie May

Goya: the Witches and Old Women Album—facing the horror of reaction restored

As the Spanish royal court’s painter, Francisco Goya was at the heart of its sickening conservative trappings and its rituals.

Real Estates exhibitions—bringing together key social issues

Real Estates is a series of exhibitions centred on housing, which brings together activists and local residents.

What We Think

Fighting in unity makes our class stronger

The head of the National Audit Office attacked the scale of the Tories’ cuts as Tory chancellor George Osborne prepared the government’s last budget.

Coalition deals won’t stop cuts

the outcome of May’s general election is hard to predict. 

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Leading on care cuts in Manchester and including letters on the alternative to Labour in Scotland

Hospitalising an employee is a great way to relieve stress if you're Jeremy Clarkson

Leading on the latest outburst by Jeremy Clarkson and including the overly firm denials of Grant Shapps

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