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Issue: 2450

Dated: 21 Apr 2015

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Drowning of hundreds is no accident—it's racist murder

Politicians let 1,300 people die in just one week rather than look ‘soft’ on immigration, reports Ken Olende

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Fight goes on after court rules to evict University of Arts London occupiers

Students occupying the University of Arts London (UAL) in protest over course cuts were evicted last week

National Gallery strikers win London Living Wage—but fight continues

National Gallery bosses have been forced to say they will pay staff the London Living Wage. The gallery was the only national museum or gallery in London not to pay it.

Lord Janner escapes trial over child abuse

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions (DPP) has concluded that that it was not in the public interest to prosecute the Labour peer Lord Janner. He could have been charged with 22 offences against nine victims at children’s care homes in Leicestershire.

Walkouts planned against Dundee university redundancies

Workers at the University of Dundee were set to strike on Tuesday of next week to stop compulsory redundancies.

Protest against cuts to adult education

London UCU has called a national demonstration against cuts to adult education funding for this Saturday in London.

St Andrew’s & St Francis school teachers to strike over academy plans

Teachers were set to strike against academies at a west London school on Wednesday of this week.

TUC Black Members' conference reflects rage against racism

Delegates from across the Labour movement gathered in London last weekend for the annual TUC black workers conference.

Strikes called at Barnet against council outsourcing

The Unison union at Barnet Council in north London has announced its members are set to walk out on strike for two days on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Dave Ward beats Billy Hayes in CWU election

Dave Ward has won the election to become general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)

Protests over housing crisis

Protests against homelessness took place outside Downing Street in central London and in a number of other cities on Wednesday of last week.

TUSC taps into anger at main parties’ austerity

Parliamentary candidates for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) are building campaigns that are rooted in their communities—and based on fighting austerity.

Meet Mev Akram the TUSC candidate for Doncaster Central

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing parliamentary candidates across Britain.

Health bosses rake in £35 million

Top NHS bosses grabbed £35 million in pay rises during the last year while most workers’ pay was frozen.

Greenwich College workers hit back at hated new contracts

Workers at Greenwich College in south east London struck on Tuesday of this week against new contracts.

Reports round up

Edinburgh museums strike; Sellafield workers vote to strike; packaging strike suspended; Catching History on the Wing conference; Barking bins dispute

Protests against TTIP trade deal

Over 200 activists gathered in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, last Saturday as part of a day of action against TTIP. Actions took place across Britain.

Fascists outnumbered in Clapton and Solihull

Anti-fascists outnumbered a group of Nazis who turned up to an Antisemitic event organised by White Power fascists in Clapton, east London, last Saturday.

March for Aston Williams

The family of a man who died after a collision with a police car led a march to Reading Police station last Saturday to demand justice. 

CSC workers strike for five days over pay

Some 200 pensions administrators and IT staff began a five-day strike on Monday of this week.

Windsor Castle staff vote for action

Low paid workers at one of the queen’s palaces have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action in a row over pay.

London bus bosses forced into pay talks

Unite union reps heard last week that bosses at most of London’s bus firms have been forced into talks they previously refused to take part in.

Transport round-up

Bradford bus strike; Network Rail ballot

Hillsborough cop admits evidence was 'amended'

A former chief superintendent has admitted that police presented a report referring to Liverpool fans as drunk “animals” in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.

Migrants attacked in Ukip manifesto

The racist Ukip launched its manifesto on Wednesday of last week. It is full of panic over migrants.

News round-up

Greg Revell inquest | detainee dies in Yarl's Wood | Benefits stress caused suicide | Councils fail disabled people

The Emperor's New Clothes cuts through the lies to show an alternative

The Emperor’s New Clothes starring Russell Brand is a refreshing antidote to the election’s consensus of austerity and racism, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Say no to Tory fear mongers—build the left alternative

The Scottish National Party (SNP) and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have become the story of the general election. 

Glasgow strikers' confidence grows on fourth week of walkout

An all-out strike by Glasgow City Council workers has entered its fourth week. 

Determined pickets join Salford strike to defend sacked lecturers

Angry and determined pickets turned away cars as they took part in a one-day strike at Salford University today, Thursday.

Bins back out in Barking and Dagenham dispute

Refuse lorry drivers in the GMB union in Barking and Dagenham, east London, began a two-day walkout this morning, Thursday. 


Striking fast food workers in New Orleans say ‘Make our wages supersize’

Workers shut down a McDonald’s outlet in New Orleans on Wednesday of last week.

Fighting three kinds of racism in Australia

In the face of dire poll ratings, Australia’s right wing prime minister Tony Abbott is resorting to an Islamophobic terror scare.

Protests and shutdowns meet Golden Dawn trial in Greece

Angry crowds marched on Korydallos prison in Athens on Monday of this week as the trial of the Nazi Golden Dawn party began inside.

Bosses demand Syriza makes more 'reforms'

Europe’s rulers are continuing to blackmail Greece’s Syriza-led government in the latest round of “crunch” talks two months after forcing it into a humiliating compromise.


A step towards a new left workers' party in South Africa

A new left is emerging from the splits of the ruling ANC party. But not all the new radicals are involved, reports Ken Olende

Economy can’t crawl its way out of crisis

Rather than undertake productive investments, the corporations are shoving money into the financial markets, writes Alex Callinicos


Trouble in Tayside - how the SNP governs in 'Yes City' Dundee

Disillusionment with Labour has seen the Scottish National Party capture the hopes of those radicalised by the independence vote. But a closer look at councils it runs should be a warning, as Raymie Kiernan found in Dundee

The Labour Party and socialism

Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at the shifting relationship between the Labour Party, the trade unions and socialism in the run-up to the general election


Journey to Justice exhibition: Civil Rights from the North East to the US

This exhibition draws parallels between the Civil Rights movement in the US and various struggles for social justice in different parts of Britain.

Thee Faction: Reading Writing Revolution

Thee Faction have made quite an impact during the last five years with their rabble-rousing socialist rhythm and blues.

What We Think

Another royal scrounger is a crowning injustice

In a few weeks’ time the front pages will be still plastered with pictures of babies. But they will no longer be the ones murdered by immigration controls in the Mediterranean. 

Lives lost in a vicious game of scapegoating

The deaths of more than 1,300 people in only one week in the Mediterranean Sea has been called a tragedy. It is. But it is not a natural or inevitable one. 

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Leading on demand justice for the 56, investigate the Bradford fire and including letters on immigration lies and Pride

Murdoch press gloat about shopping their sources

The Murdoch press took time out from calling migrants cockroaches to gloat over the collapse of a number of trials of journalists.

How workers are fighting back against low pay and zero hours

Low paid workers are unable to make ends meet as bosses cut their hours and attack their conditions

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