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Issue: 2448

Dated: 07 Apr 2015

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Election spin misses all of the real issues

Politicians push a different issue everyday in the election campaign. Yet they rarely reflect the real lives and concerns of millions of working class people battered by years of Tory austerity.

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Protest demands justice after Henry Hicks' death

More than 1,000 people marched through north London on Saturday of last week demanding justice for Henry Hicks, who died as police chased him.

Kingsley Burrell inquest opens

The inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell in 2011 began on Tuesday of this week.

National Gallery workers plan next move

Workers at the National Gallery in London are planning further action against privatisation plans.

Students occupy over Easter

Student occupations at different London universities have continued through the Easter break.

London’s bus companies agree to talks

Bus drivers in London could be striking again soon if talks fail between Transport for London (TfL), bus operators and the Unite union. The talks are set for Thursday of this week.

Solid strike at Smurfit Kappa

Workers at corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa in Northampton held a solid two-day walkout last week in defence of two sacked senior shop stewards.

Tayside NHS porters launch all-out strike

Around 300 people joined a march and rally in support of hospital porters at Ninewells and Victoria Hospitals in Dundee last Saturday. The porters began an indefinite strike on Tuesday of this week.

Fighting Tory privatisation at Bromley council

Members of the Unite union at Tory-run Bromley Council in south London held two days of strikes from Tuesday of this week.

Racist Pegida flops again

Around 300 people opposed the racist Pegida UK group in Whitehall, central London, last Saturday. The protest was called by Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

East London refuse workers oppose pay cuts

Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London, struck for two days from Tuesday of this week against council bosses’ plans to slash their pay by £1,000 a year.

Reports round-up

BBC World Service studio walkout | Fast food workers hold day of action | Tour guides vote to strike over pay | Students and staff win the Living Wage | Public trains would be much cheaper

Victory as NHS worker Charlotte Monro reinstated

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

Verne detention protester who spoke out put in segregation

A detainee who took part in protests at the Verne immigration detention centre in Dorset last month is being held in segregation.

News in-brief

IPCC look into driver death | Black Panther in hospital | Council tax rise hits poor | Abuse victim links sites

TUSC candidates show there is a left alternative

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) election campaigns across Britain are helping build the fightback among people who are looking for an alternative to austerity.

Meet Anne Lemon the TUSC candidate for Bristol North West

Anne Lemon speaks out about how she’s using her campaign to build resistance to austerity.

No let up in SNP surge looks grim for Labour

The Scottish National Party is benefitting from the desire for an alternative, writes Raymie Kiernan

Don’t believe Farage’s racist healthcare lies

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that he would rather people became poorer than have migrants coming to live in Britain.

Teachers back calls for strike ballot at NUT union conference

Teachers have unanimously backed a plan to ballot for strikes to stop massive funding cuts. NUT union members met in Harrogate last weekend for the union's annual conference.

Over 40 percent back escalating action at NUT conference

Over 40 percent of conference backed an amendment calling for an "escalating campaign of national strike action" over workload and putting a timetable for action.

Teachers refuse to spy on pupils

The Tories are using the Prevent strategy to single out black and Asian children as potential “extremists”.

Kingston protesters challenge Clegg

Nick Clegg faced a noisy protest in Kingston, west London, when he went to campaign for Lib Dem MP Ed Davey on Monday of this week.

Syriza commits to keep paying Greece's debts but Euro bullies still withhold bailout

The blackmail of Greece’s government by its creditors pushed it closer than ever to bankruptcy this week.


Solidarity delegation from London council says, 'Don’t leave Greece to fight alone'

A joint solidarity delegation of councillors and trade unionists from the London borough of Tower Hamlets visited Greece last month.

Nigeria’s election points to deeper struggles ahead

The peaceful election of a president shows Nigerians that change is possible, writes Baba Aye of the Socialist Workers League

The roots of Al Shabaab

The killing of 148 students at Kenya’s Garissa University College by Somali Islamist insurgents Al Shabaab marks the latest episode of bloodletting in a cycle of violence into which the region has been locked for some time.

Kenya bombs Somalia after university assault kills 148

Kenya’s regular air attacks on Somalia and Al Shabaab's frequent terror attacks are part of an ongoing conflict, explains Ken Olende


Middle Eastern states manoevure in regional power play

The danger for Western imperialism is that the mess—and with it the Middle East—escapes anyone’s control, writes Alex Callinicos


How the rich run Britain

At the general election we will be asked which party do we want “in power”. But, as Raymie Kiernan explains, it is a rich elite who really wields influence in Britain

Strangeways prison uprising - 25 years on

The biggest rebellion in the history of British prisons took place in Strangeways in Manchester in 1990. Annette Mackin retells the story


The Water Diviner: an unheroic idea of war

Russell Crowe’s new film, The Water Diviner, is visually stunning and brings out the chaos the First World War caused in Turkey, writes Robbie Shaw

The Valley: a history of a working class family’s life and struggle

Mines dominated the lower Dearne River Valley in South Yorkshire until the Tories shut them down.

Reviews round-up

Good Kill | The Soul and Motown show

What We Think

No freedom in Yarmouk

Some 18,000 Palestinians are trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, as battles rage between Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Isis.

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Abdul Omer Mohsin 1952-2015

Abdul—to the end he was always a fighter, not just for better conditions in the daily grind of our working lives, but also to build a better world for us all.


Leading on Dudley united against Nazis and featuring letters on lying B&Q bosses and fighting oppression

103 fat cat reasons not to vote for the Conservatives

Bosses who back the Tories in the press are party donors, tax avoiders, firms using zero hours contracts and others accused of blacklisting.

Cops searched for evidence to blame fans for deadly crush, Hillsborough inquests hear

The Hillsborough inquests heard former top cop Peter Hayes agree that cops tried to gather evidence against fans—but he denies being involved in lying, reports Sadie Robinson

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