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Issue: 2455

Dated: 26 May 2015

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Reject racist poison - migrants welcome here

The Tories are seeking new powers to make life harder for immigrants, writes Ken Olende

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Anger against austerity inspires mood of protest

People across Britain have already started to resist the Tories before they launched their latest attacks in this week’s queen’s speech. 

NHS Trust is 'inadequate' says watchdog

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog has slammed Barts Health NHS Trust in east London as “inadequate”.

'I felt a pulse' says police officer at Hillsborough inquests

Fresh inquests into the Hillsborough football disaster have heard more evidence relating to the movements of victims.

News in brief

Journalists ballot for jobs, hospital walkout threat, factory sit-in starts, cuts threaten decommissioning, 24-hour pay strike, steel workers ballot

Thousands join anti-racist festival in Newcastle

More than 5,000 people attended the Unity Festival in Newcastle last Saturday.

Dundee porters' strike piles pressure on SNP and the bosses

Striking Dundee NHS porters have called a protest at the Scottish parliament on Thursday of this week to demand the Scottish National Party (SNP) supports their pay dispute.

Engineering workers plan walkout over spying devices

Around 300 engineering service workers were set to strike for two weeks from Wednesday of this week. 

Waiter protests confront greedy firms

Waiters and their supporters protested outside a Pizza Express and the Marriott hotel in central London on Thursday of last week.

Network Rail strikes could win more than bosses' offer

The RMT and TSSA unions suspended industrial action set for Monday and Tuesday of this week at Network Rail after bosses made a new offer. 

New dispute signalled on London Underground

Tube workers’ unions have declared an official dispute with London Underground.

Scottish ferry workers ballot over threat of takeover

Workers at the Scottish state-owned ferry operator CalMac began balloting for industrial action on Wednesday of last week.

US protest over living wage shuts down McDonald's HQ

Fast food giant McDonald’s was forced to close part of its headquarters in Chicago on Wednesday of last week.

Council bosses panic as homelessness workers' all-out strike bites in Glasgow

An all-out walkout by homelessness workers in Glasgow has entered its ninth week—and has got council leaders running scared, reports Raymie Kiernan

Solid action in Barking and Dagenham as refuse workers plan new walkout

Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London, completed a 13-day strike on Monday of this week.

Barnet council workers say no more selloffs - and prepare to strike

Barnet Council workers in north London were set to strike for 48 hours from Monday of next week against privatisation of services.

Political atmosphere on big Birmingham Pride parade

Trade unionists with the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) banner led a vibrant parade at a 70,000-strong Birmingham Pride festival last Saturday.

Andy Coulson 'knew about hacking' court hears

David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson knew that voicemails on murdered teenager Milly Dowler’s phone had been intercepted, a court heard last week.

Private space? Not for Muslims - top cop calls for new clampdown

In the latest crackdown on Muslims, Britain’s most senior Muslim cop has declared that there was a need to move into the “private space” of young Muslims.

Workers strike at London Met as second union votes for walkouts

Workers at London Metropolitan University struck on Thursday of last week against plans to axe 165 jobs. 

Redundancies off the table at Dundee University?

A major victory against compulsory redundancies could be on the cards this week for UCU union members at Dundee University. 

Four-day strike at Salford University over victimisations

UCU union members at Salford University began a four-day strike on Tuesday of this week against victimisations.

Royal parks workers strike over pay

Royal Parks workers in central London struck on Tuesday of this week against bosses’ plans to change the way they are paid. 

Lewisham schools victory over academies ahead of fresh walkout

Workers at three schools in Lewisham, south east London, were set to begin a two-day strike on Wednesday of next week. 

Lecturers' UCU conference shows a mood to take on the Tories' austerity

The growing mood to resist the new Tory government infected the University and College Union (UCU) national conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Exclusive - Filipino NHS nurses tell of shocking rise in racist attacks

Hundreds of Filipino nurses have reported a rise in discrimination and racist attacks in the week after articles in the Daily Mail newspaper attacked Filipino workers.

Rabina Khan's anti-austerity message welcome in Tower Hamlets

A mayoral election in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets is fast becoming a key battleground against austerity and racism. 

News in brief

Bedroom tax reversal after court ruling | Kingsley Burrell's family calls for inquiry | Daily Mirror did hack phones | Case of spying on Christopher Alder family

Thousands block central London streets in protest at Tory attacks in queen’s speech

Up to 3,000 people marched through central London last night, Wednesday, against the new Tory government as it announced more attacks in the queen’s speech.

National action back on at Network Rail

RMT union members at Network Rail are preparing for a rolling programme of industrial action to begin next week after rejecting bosses’ latest offer on pay and job security. 

NUJ union activist sacked at Rotherham Advertiser

A leading activist in the journalists’ NUJ union has been targeted at the Rotherham Advertiser.

Two thousand-strong rally sends defiant message to National Gallery bosses

National Gallery strikers and 2,000 of their supporters delivered a message to bosses yesterday, Saturday. “We are not going away.” 

East London teachers strike against academy plans

NUT union members at Rokeby school in east London struck today, Tuesday, against plans to turn their school into an academy


Strikes in Greece keep up the pressure from below against austerity

Hospital workers walked out across Greece on Wednesday of last week, in the biggest strike since the election of radical left party Syriza in January.

New parties break into Spanish mainstream

Women from the radical left were expected to become mayors of the Spanish state’s two biggest cities after last weekend’s local and regional elections. 

Isis scores new victories in Iraq

Tens of thousands of people have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after Isis forces captured it last weekend.

US cop who fired gun at couple 15 times acquitted of killing them

A US judge has acquitted a white cop of killing an unarmed black couple in Cleveland in 2012.


Yes vote for equal marriage in Ireland reflects big changes

Last Friday’s Yes vote in Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality is an historic moment in Irish society and internationally. Ireland is the first country ever to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. 

Scotland - we can forge a new left in the workplaces and in the streets

Raymie Kiernan argues there’s a big potential for a new united left. But it has to focus on more than just the elections


Framed - the fight to defend Candy Udwin

National Gallery bosses want union rep Candy Udwin out of the picture... That’s why every trade unionist should join the fight for her job

'Why we support Candy Udwin - and why you should too'

Campaigners and trade union leaders explain why the fight to defend Candy Udwin matters for every trade unionist in Britain.

Why do some people believe right wing ideas?

Leading Labour Party figures and political commentators claim that working class people have all become Tories. Tomáš Tengely-Evans argues the truth is more complex


Peter Kennard interview - How can we use political art to reclaim privatised spaces?

Artist Peter Kennard spoke to Socialist Worker about the latest exhibition of his works—and how we can make sure the arts aren’t only for a rich elite

Marx in Soho - an amusing and mutinous production

This is part of a series of performances in north west England of late historian Howard Zinn’s play Marx in Soho.

What We Think

EU referendum debate can’t be left to racists

The Tory right and the racist Ukip want to use the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) to ramp up racism. They argue that if Britain leaves the EU then tougher immigration controls can be imposed.

Cop Andrew Ott didn't get away with it - what about the rest?

It was great to see PC Andrew Ott, the copper who knocked a protester’s tooth out, get sent to prison for eight months last week. It was even better to hear that he sobbed in the dock as he got sent down.

Other Categories


Tory hypocrisy on human rights, rescues give hope and Labour gives no Scottish alternative

The things they say

The week's news in their own words

The Troublemaker

Shares rise after banks get 'record' fine for rate rigging, real victims of austerity, capitalism fails, snog-gate, Ukip candidate goes to BNP, SNP loves business, MPs' pay rise, leeching Lord is back

Back the Egypt Solidarity campaign against regime’s crackdown

As Egypt’s military regime condemns more than 100 political opponents to death and it ramps up repression, we need an international response, reports Judith Orr

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