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Issue: 2453

Dated: 12 May 2015

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Defy Tory rule—don’t let Cameron's victory stop you fighting back

The general election result was a bitter blow. The rich cheered and the jubilant Tories are gearing up fast for a new class war. While being honest about our weaknesses, socialists have to see that our enemy is not all powerful. The next few years may not be plain sailing for the Tories. They want a class war—let’s give it to them.

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Anti-Tory protests show anger at austerity

Around 2,000 people marched on Downing Street last Saturday, two days after the election, to vent their anger at the Tories.

Mass anti-fascist rally in Walthamstow takes on the English Defence League

Up to 1,000 people rallied in Walthamstow, north east London, against the racist English Defence League (EDL) last Saturday. 

Private post bosses want to sack 2,000 delivery workers to boost profits

Private delivery company Whistl has issued redundancy notices to 2,000 workers after suspending its delivery service.

Hillsborough inquests hear about dead fan's last movements

Inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster have begun hearing evidence relating to the last movements of those who died.

TUSC campaigns have built networks to take on austerity

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

Barking and Dagenham refuse workers set for 22 days of walkouts

Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London, were set to strike for 13 days from Wednesday of this week. 

Glasgow City Council has head in sand as homeless caseworkers' dispute gets stronger

The all-out strike at Labour-run Glasgow City Council by homelessness caseworkers entered its seventh week on Tuesday of this week.

Manchester city square campers call for homes for homeless

Around 200 people rallied in central Manchester last Saturday in solidarity with homeless people and supporters camped out in the town square.

Bromley Council strikers can beat Tory cuts and privatisation plan

Workers at Tory-run Bromley Council in south London are resisting a vicious programme of cuts and privatisation that could cut the council workforce from 4,000 to 300. 

Reports round-up

Short reports from the week covering union strike ballots at Network Rail, Scottish Power, ITV, BBC, offshore workers and cleaners, plus opposing the Nazis in Dudley

Smug Tories sharpen the knives for a new assault

The Tories wasted no time in gearing up for new attacks on the working class after their shock general election victory last week.

As FBU conference begins firefighter says 'union strategy was mistake'

The firefighters’ FBU union biennial conference had just begun as Socialist Worker went to press.

Steel workers ballot for strike over pensions

Workers at Tata Steel plants around Britain are set to vote on strikes to defend their pensions. The biggest union, Community, began a two-week ballot on Wednesday of last week with the Unite and GMB unions following soon after.

Activists back Rabina Khan for Tower Hamlets mayor

Dozens of activists were on the streets of Tower Hamlets last Saturday to launch the campaign to elect Rabina Khan as Tower Hamlets mayor.

Cop’s evidence ‘wrong’ says coroner in Kingsley Burrell inquest

The coroner at the inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell has questioned the recollection of an officer involved in his arrest and restraint.

Protests call for for climate action

Around 50 campaigners held a silent protest inside Heathrow airport’s Terminal 5 on Sunday of last week. 

Farage flounders—but votes surge for Ukip racists

Leader of the racist Ukip party Nigel Farage failed in his attempt to be elected MP in South Thanet.

No mandate for cuts in Scotland

Hundreds of thousands of voters in Scotland last week took their revenge on the Labour Party for years of betrayals and its alliance with the Tories in September’s independence referendum. 

Authorities ‘let abusers continue’ in Rotherham

Newly revealed reports expose how police failed to protect children from abuse in South Yorkshire.

Cops knew they had no grounds for ‘conspiracy theory’ that blamed Hillsborough fans

Police were guilty of a “serious failing” during the Hillsborough football stadium disaster, a former chief inspector has admitted.

Bosses put safety at risk, say Dundee porters

Porters at Ninewells and Royal Victoria hospitals in Dundee have raised serious concerns about how bosses are dealing with their indefinite strike.

Barking and Dagenham refuse strikers won't be beaten by bosses' dirty tricks

Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London, began the second day of a 13 day walkout today, Thursday.

Thousands join Bristol Against Austerity march

There was a carnival atmosphere as some 4,000 people joined a vibrant anti-austerity protest through Bristol city centre yesterday, Wednesday, finishing at Castle Park.

Victimised rep Candy Udwin sacked - but fight against National Gallery bosses continues

Bosses at the National Gallery in central London have sacked leading PCS union activist Candy Udwin.

Protest at National Gallery against sacking of PCS rep Candy Udwin

Some 50 protesters demonstrated in support of sacked PCS union activist Candy Udwin at the Sainsbury's wing of the National Gallery in central London this evening, Friday.


Workers move to stop Greece’s Syriza government backsliding

The Greek government, led by the radical left Syriza party, is backsliding under pressure from the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). But workers are not taking this lying down.

Meeting defies state to expose horror of ‘disappearances’ in Balochistan

Teachers at Karachi University defied a ban and repression to go ahead with a meeting on Unsilencing Balochistan on Wednesday of last week.

Egyptian state puts leading Revolutionary Socialist Mahienour el-Massry back in prison

A court in Alexandria, Egypt, has sent leading Revolutionary Socialist and human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry back to prison following an appeal hearing on Monday.


Imperial boundaries are being redefined in South East Asia

China’s ability to exert its influence in neighbouring countries shows the limitations of US imperialism, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Britain’s two party system still in crisis

Miliband would have understood the catastrophe that engulfed the Labour Party on Thursday of last week. Not the wretched Ed, but his Marxist theorist father Ralph.


Delving deep into our genes—the revolution in molecular biology

There is a revolution taking place in molecular biology. Scientist John Parrington spoke to Dave Sewell about his new book that explores the issues for a mass audience

Citizen Shame—do Rupert Murdoch and the press control what people think?

The election showed that Britain’s ‘free press’ is a farce, but do the papers really control their readers’ minds? Nick Clark looks at the influence and limits of the media


Musical of matchgirls’ fight strikes a light in dark times

The famous strike by young women match factory workers in 1888 inspired Glasgow musical Striking a Light, writer Colin Poole told Socialist Worker

Reviews round-up

Sheffield Doc Fest announced its 2015 line-up; British artists and the Spanish Civil War

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Government of the rich for the rich backed by Tony Benn?

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