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Issue: 2447

Dated: 31 Mar 2015

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'Stuff their cuts' says TUSC candidate Liz Kitching

The Tories have threatened a £12 billion new assault on welfare. Benefits campaigner and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for Leeds Central Liz Kitching argues why we need an alternative to austerity and racism.

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Select committee report slams bosses for misleading blacklisted workers

A committee of MPs slammed a compensation scheme set up by building bosses as “misleading, callous and manipulative”.

Support Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates in the general election

Parliamentary candidates for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) have hit the ground running as the official general election campaign gets under way.

This Changes Everything conference calls for radical action to save the planet

Up to 1,000 mostly young people met in central London last Saturday to discuss radical social change in response to climate change.

Offshore oil workers vote to ballot for action over job losses

Unite union members covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement have voted by 93.5 percent to hold a ballot for industrial action.

Transport round-up - strikes called to defend workers

Edinburgh Waverley | First Great Western | Network Rail | London transport

Activists debate how best to win liberation in Palestine

Some 70 people attended a public meeting on Palestine on Wednesday of last week, organised by Camden Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

Student occupations spread to more London campuses

Student occupations at the London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Arts London (UAL) have continued into the Easter break.

Unison delegates overturn leadership in historic vote

Hundreds of Unison union delegates voted to restart their local government pay campaign on Tuesday of last week. They overturned the position of the union’s leadership.

South Yorkshire police officers investigated over child sexual exploitation allegations

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating over 100 allegations against 42 named South Yorkshire police officers.

Campaign to stop job cuts at London Met

Workers at London Metropolitan University in north London are considering strikes in response to bosses’ plan to cut 165 jobs.

Education round-up

Greenwich College strike | Greece Solidarity Campaign meeting | protest at cuts to adult education funding

Reinstate UCU activists Damien and Jenny Markey

A packed meeting called at half a days notice on Friday of last week vowed to fight for the reinstatement of sacked trade unionists Damien and Jenny Markey.

Lewisham academies supporter Frankie Sulke resigns

Campaigners against academies in Lewisham, south east London, were buoyed by the news that Frankie Sulke, council director for children and young people, will resign her post in the summer.

Teachers at NUT conference must prepare for resistance to education assault

Delegates will gather in Harrogate this weekend for the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Reports round-up

Windsor Castle staff ballot | Abortion rights | Critical Muslim conference | Oppose Pegida in London | Milk strike goes sour

Bosses feel the heat as support grows for National Gallery strikers

National Gallery workers are organising to pile pressure on their bosses, reports Annette Mackin

SNP conference shows a thirst for an alternative to austerity in Scotland

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon made her biggest pitch yet for the Labour vote in Scotland at the SNP’s spring conference last weekend.

Detainees at Dungavel join calls for freedom as protesters gather outside

Detainees in Dungavel Detention Centre in Lanarkshire took to its grounds last week to join a solidarity demonstration taking place outside.

'We won't go back until we win' say Glasgow workers on indefinite strike

Homelessness caseworkers in Glasgow walked out on indefinite strike on Tuesday of this week in a row over pay grading with city council bosses. 

Police lawyers would 'sort out' Hillsborough statements

A team of South Yorkshire Police (SYP) officers reviewed police statements in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster in liaison with lawyers, inquests have heard.

Angry victims walk out of Penrose inquiry 'whitewash' into medical disaster

Campaigners branded a public inquiry into the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS a “whitewash” last week. 

News round-up

Israeli boycott vote in Sussex, Sweets Way housing fight, 60 B&Q stores to close, Tory failure on insulation

Tories and Labour eye the rich as election race begins

The general election campaign is officially underway—and many people are bored of it already.

Austerity is fuelling NHS crisis—but bosses plan even more cuts

David Cameron last week pledged to bring in a “truly seven-day NHS”, if the Tories get back in—by smashing health workers’ pay structure.

Reject racist lies about immigration

Several party leaders marked the start of the official general election campaign by droning on about immigration.

Health worker Charlotte Monro reinstated after tribunal ruling - now let's build the fightback

Sacked Unison union rep and Whipps Cross Hospital worker Charlotte Monro has been reinstated in Barts Health NHS Trust in east London.

Solidarity is boosting Glasgow homelessness caseworkers on all-out strike

The indefinite strike of homeless caseworkers in Glasgow is going strong – and growing solidarity is making them more determined to win.

Thousands march against nuclear weapons in Glasgow

Up to 8,000 people joined a Scrap Trident march in Glasgow today, Saturday, against nuclear weapons in Scotland.

Teachers back boycott of new primary school assessments

Teachers in the NUT union have backed a boycott of "baseline tests" that the Tories want to force onto four year olds.


Strikes in Brazil can challenge the return of the right wing

Corruption has fuelled a reactionary street movement. But there is also resistance from the left, reports Sean Purdy

West backs Saudi Arabia in launching attacks on Yemen

The attacks on Yemen highlight the problems US imperialism faces as it tries to reassert its control over the region, writes Ken Olende

French voters hammer government but Tories and fascists make gains

The French local election results last weekend signalled a major rightward shift in the country.

Rulers' unity to stop dissent in Tunisia

Ten thousand marched in Tunis last Saturday in protest at an attack that killed 23 people—mainly tourists—at the Bardo museum on 18 March.

Nigerian elections extended

The votes in Nigeria’s presidential election were still being counted as Socialist Worker went to press.

Student movement takes on government in Quebec

Students in the Canadian province of Quebec have gone on “strike” over the regional government’s austerity plans.


The left needs to fight Syriza's compromises

Satisfying the workers’ demands and breaking with the EU blackmail means a revolutionary strategy, writes Panos Garganas


Mark Duggan - a death retold

The police shot and killed Mark Duggan in 2011. Now their supporters are rewriting history after a new IPCC report let the cops off the hook. But the facts don’t fit their tidy narrative, as Annette Mackin discovers

Thatcher's downfall - 25 years since the poll tax riot

The anti poll tax riot in 1990 helped oust Margaret Thatcher. The movement also struck a blow against everyone who said it was impossible to fight back, argues Sadie Robinson


The Magna Carta and the struggle for our legal rights

The Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy exhibition is the perfect antidote to the Tories’ hypocritical attempts to claim it for their cause, writes Matt Foot

To Pimp A Butterfly: Kendrick Lamar has something to say about racism in the US

I’d half decided I wasn’t going to like Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Reviews round-up

Eastern Exchanges— East Asian Craft and Design | One Day, Something Happens—Paintings of People

What We Think

As election begins - build a socialist alternative

Every day for the next five weeks we will be bombarded by claims and counter claims by politicians and their spin machines.

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Maureen Delenian 1937-2015

Maureen was involved in the women’s liberation movement in Portsmouth when she came across the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). Finding our politics clear she joined the SWP there in the late 1970s.


Leading on organising pub workers and including a letter from a detained migrant and on the stand up to racism protest in London

Things they say

The week in quotes

The Troublemaker

Erol Incedal did not plot to carry out terror attacks in Britain.

Barnet care workers strike back against Tory service cuts

A struggle by care workers in Barnet, north London to defend pay and a quality care service has got bosses on the ropes. It’s bad news for the council privatisers, reports Raymie Kiernan

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