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Issue: 2454

Dated: 19 May 2015

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'Protests show that we can resist Tory austerity'

A wave of defiance against Tory austerity is punching through the shock of David Cameron’s victory.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


FBU conference discusses how to fight re-energised Tories

Delegates to the firefighters FBU union conference in Blackpool last week debated the way forward for the union in the wake of the general election.

‘There will be no peace until we get justice,’ says Kingsley Burrell's family after inquest

Kingsley Burrell’s family is demanding a public inquiry into his death after an inquest jury ruled that police restraint and neglect contributed to his death.

Relatives demand answers after Sheku’s death in police custody in Fife

Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh died in police custody in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Sunday 3 May.

Friend of ten year old Hillsborough victim says police 'lost control of the turnstiles'

The Hillsborough inquests heard evidence relating to the youngest victim of the disaster, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, last week.

Anger after National Gallery bosses sack PCS union rep Candy Udwin

Bosses at the National Gallery in central London have sacked leading PCS union activist Candy Udwin. This is a major attack on a high-profile trade unionist and a serious assault on union rights.

Protesters march to defend the Bolton Two

Protesters marched through the centre of Bolton last Saturday in support of two sacked university workers.

Reports round-up

CalMac ferry workers fight to defend conditions | Globe theatre staff walkout over pay | Coordinated action looms at BBC | Freedom Riders come up trumps | Manchester students occupy over Tory plans | LGSM put the politics back into Birmingham Pride

London Met workers strike back to blunt bosses' job axe

Workers at London Metropolitan University were set to strike on Thursday of this week against bosses’ plans to axe 165 jobs.

Strike threat defends jobs at City and Islington College

A threatened strike by UCU union members on Thursday of last week at City and Islington College forced bosses to back down over compulsory redundancies.

Solidarity gives strength to Small Heath anti-academy strike

Strikers shut Small Heath school in Birmingham on Wednesday of last week in protest at plans to turn it into an academy. The walkout involved ATL, NASUWT and NUT union members.

At UCU conference, the fight for post-16 education is crucial

The UCU union’s annual congress takes place this weekend as the new Tory government signals further assaults on services and working conditions.

New day of action for the Glasgow strikers

Glasgow homelessness caseworkers called for mass pickets involving other Glasgow City Council workers, Unison union members and stewards on Wednesday of this week.

Sailor warns of Trident 'disaster'

A Royal Navy sailor has warned that the Trident missile system is a “disaster waiting to happen”.

Solidarity maintains the Dundee porters’ strike

The indefinite strike by porters at Ninewells and Royal Victoria hospitals in Dundee is going strong as it enters its seventh week. 

News in brief

Crisis created insecure jobs, Travellers beat Wetherspoon, Coulson in court, fury at Charles meeting

Protesters storm the Barbican

A group of protesters, including cleaners from the Barbican arts centre, stormed into the central London venue demanding the London Living Wage (LLW) last Saturday.

PCS conference discusses how to take on the Tories' austerity

The civil service workers’ PCS union held its national and group conferences in Brighton this week. They were ongoing as Socialist Worker went to press, set to run from Monday to Thursday of this week.

FBU union conference discusses how to fight back

Delegates to the firefighters’ FBU union conference in Blackpool last week debated the way forward for the union. 

TV unions stop broadcasts

Workers at ITV struck for 24 hours on Thursday of last week in a fight for fair pay.

Rally to Bromley workers

Workers at Tory-run Bromley Council in south London held a council-wide strike on Tuesday of this week. It coincided with the end of a seven-day strike by staff in passenger services and by care workers.

Architects of Labour's right turn battle it out for the leadership

Labour and the union leaders seem determined not to learn the lessons of defeat, writes Simon Basketter

Tories' new extremism law targets Muslims

The odious Tory justice secretary Michael Gove is in charge of replacing the Human Rights Act with a “British Rights Act”. 

Defy the clampdown on workers' right to strike

New business secretary Sajid Javid said curbing trade unions’ power would be a “priority” in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May.

Nurses could walk out over attacks on NHS workers' unsocial hours' pay

The Tories’ latest attack on health workers’ pay could provoke a massive backlash from the unions. 

Support the rail workers' national strike

Up to 25,000 workers at Network Rail were set to strike across Britain next week in the first national rail strike for 20 years, writes Raymie Kiernan

London Met workers strike against bosses' attack on jobs

Workers at London Metropolitan University struck today, Thursday, against bosses’ plans to axe 165 jobs.

National Gallery workers begin new walkout days before national demonstration

National Gallery workers were defiant as they began a new ten day strike today, Tuesday.


International news in brief

Cops cleared of deaths in France | Egypt to execute former president | Turkish walkout stops car plants

Workers keep the struggle live as Greek state broadcaster ERT is reinstated

Greece’s state broadcaster ERT is set to officially return on Monday of next week—two years after its closure. This is a victory for workers who occupied ERT and operated it under workers’ control.

Tories demand military strikes to stop refugees

The British government is leading a European Union (EU) plan to stop migrants coming across the Mediterranean by launching military strikes.



After five years attacking the poor, the Tories are back for more

The new Tory minister for disabled people is against protecting benefits for cancer patients and disabled children.

Why do unions still follow Labour?

Dave Sewell explains why the trade union bureaucracy still trails after the Labour Party despite being let down by Labour time after time since the party was founded


E17 arts trail

The E17 Arts Trail is a chance for artists and designers in Waltham Forest to show their work.

We Are Many brings to the screen the day the world said no to war

A new film We Are Many looks back at the 15 February 2003 protests against the invasion of Iraq. Its director Amir Amirani spoke to Socialist Worker

What We Think

An appeal for unity on the left

An appeal for unity on the left from the Socialist Workers Party

Don't despair at more cuts - defy the scum

The vibrant protests and mass meetings against the Tories during the last week should inspire us all.

As Ukip's turmoil grows - stop the racists

Anti-racists everywhere will be delighted to see the racist party Ukip in turmoil. First its leader Nigel Farage had a very public spat with his only remaining MP Douglas Carswell. 

Other Categories

Terry Stewart 1934-2015

Socialists and trade unionists in Dumfries and Galloway were saddened to hear of the death of Terry Stewart, formerly of Serendipity bookshop in Dumfries.

Ray Davies 1930-2015

Ray Davies, from Llanbradach, South Wales, died on 7 May aged 85. He was a passionate working class fighter, socialist and campaigner throughout his life.


Readers respond to the general election and its aftermath

The things they say

The week in quotes


Cops predict violence, Ukip leaders fall out, tobacco's great for MPs and the Lib Dems plan to 'rebrand'

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