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Issue: 2457

Dated: 09 Jun 2015

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Billions more in cuts on way - let's make the Tories extinct

A snarling pack of Tories is on the rampage. These monsters want to stomp on workers and devour public services. It’s time they were wiped out.

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Bakers' union conference debates the alternative

The annual conference of food workers’ union Bfawu took place Sunday to Thursday of this week.

Wigan Hovis jobs ‘at risk’

Some 48 workers at the Hovis bakery in Wigan are being threatened with redundancy. 

Fightback begins against new Tory education cuts

Tory chancellor George Osborne announced savage new cuts to education spending last week.

‘Breathtaking’ changes to cops’ story over death of Habib 'Paps' Ullah

Also: Jordan Begley inquest, Mark Duggan meeting

News in brief

Suicide up in solitary cells | Newham email students suspended | Andy Coulson walks free

Hundreds join Sheku Bayoh’s funeral march

Over 300 people attended the funeral march for Sheku Bayoh last Sunday. 

Latest Tory Royal Mail selloff needs ‘clear union response’

The government plans to sell its remaining shares in Royal Mail.

Pride in London board favours banks as activists plan for protest

The Pride in London (Pil) board has overturned a commitment to allow trade unionists to lead this month’s Pride in London parade.

Police, camera, justice? Cops on video

The video footage of a Texas police officer restraining and pulling a gun on black teenagers at a pool party has been seen by millions.

GMB conference delegates want better than capitulation to austerity from Labour

The Tories’ renewed assault on workers and Labour’s general election defeat dominated the GMB union’s annual conference in Dublin this week.

Trade unionists say to Labour, ‘Stop copying Tory austerity’

The news that left Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn had put his name forward in the Labour leadership election cheered many trade unionists and socialists.

Jeremy Corbyn MP on why he is standing for Labour leader: ‘I aspire to decent homes and jobs’

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to Socialist Worker about his different vision for the Labour Party

Labour candidates booed at GMB conference after refusing to condemn benefit cap

Labour leadership candidates held their first trade union hustings at GMB conference in Dublin yesterday, Tuesday.

Victory in Rotherham as solidarity saves union rep Phil Turner

Trade unionists are celebrating today, Wednesday, as NUJ union rep Phil Turner has won his battle against victimisation.

National Gallery strikers celebrate step forward in fight to reinstate sacked union rep Candy Udwin

The fight to get sacked PCS union rep Candy Udwin reinstated won an important ruling yesterday, Wednesday, which shows the strength of her case.

Miners slam decision not to investigate Orgreave cops

Police attacked strikers and framed them during the 1984 Battle of Orgreave three months into the Great Miners' Strike. Officers covered up the actions at the highest level.

Hundreds protest to say, 'Shut down Yarl's Wood'

Sections of the outer fence of Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre were torn down last Saturday, as some 700 people protested outside to demand its closure.

EIS conference hears of rising stress levels among teachers

Anger at rising workloads and budget cuts punctuated almost every speech at the EIS Scottish education union’s annual conference last week.

Kelvin College caterers face cuts

The Unison union has called on Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon to intervene and stop compulsory redundancies at Kelvin College in Glasgow.

Education round-up

UCU and Unison unions pay offer consultations | TeachHigher scrapped at University of Warwick

Reject National Rail offer

The RMT union has announced it will recommend its members accept a new offer from Network Rail bosses. It begins a national ballot this week.

NHS porters call on SNP to follow up on promises

Striking Dundee hospital porters have called on the Scottish National Party (SNP) to live up to promises and intervene to resolve their pay dispute.

Sheffield College workers ready to strike against job cuts

Workers at Sheffield College were set to strike on Wednesday of this week against another round of redundancies.

Hillsborough victim's "eyes moved" after crush

Inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster have heard that 18 year old victim Gary Jones was responsive following the crush.

Stop the War conference

Around 400 activists attended the Confronting a World at War conference last Saturday in central London organised by the Stop the War Coalition (StW).

Reports round-up

National student protests called | Climate campaign plans for Paris | Protest against Kensington and Chelsea council cuts | Barnsley marches against austerity | Meeting against racists in Sheffield | Probation officers set for walkout

National strike set to go ahead at Tata Steel

Four trade unions in the steel industry have called its first national strike for 30 years against a raid on the British Steel pension scheme.

Rotherham marchers stand up for journalists’ union rep Phil Turner

Hundreds turned out in solidarity with reporter Phil Turner, who local newspaper bosses want to sack, reports Alan Gibson

Last push to get Rabina Khan elected as mayor of Tower Hamlets

Activists in east London defied a racist smear to back Rabina Khan for mayor, reports Dave Sewell

Join summit on the housing crisis

Landlords, councils and developers are lining up for more attacks on housing after the Tories’ latest proposals. 

Essex firefighters ready to strike

Essex Firefighters and control room workers in the FBU union were set to strike this Saturday and Sunday over huge cuts to staff.

Strikes over cuts and selloffs show how council workers can fight back

Striking council workers have called for solidarity and coordinated resistance to the Tories’ plan to further slash public spending.

Vanquish the National Gallery union-busters

Workers at the National Gallery have called their 35th strike day for Thursday of this week.


Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration in Nigeria is calm before storm as campaign promises vanish

Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president of the west African state of Nigeria on 29 May—almost 30 years after he was overthrown as a military dictator.

Turkish poll is the beginning of the end for Erdogan's ruling party

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to win an absolute majority in Turkey’s general election last Sunday.


Magna Carta 800 years on - don't let rulers take liberties with history

Ken Olende cuts through our rulers’ attempts to spin the Magna Carta as the basis of democratic rights in Britain

Greek showdown is no spectator sport

Alex Callinicos argues that how the Greek crisis is resolved depends on what workers do


How Hull women turned the tide on fishing bosses

The loss of 58 crew as three trawlers from Hull went down in 1968 made Lillian Bilocca and other women fight for better conditions for the workers, writes Annette Mackin

Saturday 20 June will be a day to revolt

Young people new to campaigning and veteran activists told Nick Clark they hope the People’s Assembly march can kick off resistance


The Look of Silence gives voice to the million murdered in Indonesia’s coup

With his sequel film The Look of Silence, director Joshua Oppenheimer puts the victims of the state’s violence back into the frame, writes Ken Olende

Running the Shop: a bosses’ view of workers’ control

Channel 4’s new reality TV show Running the Shop might seem like it’s all about workers running the businesses they work for

Reviews round-up

Rooftop Film Club | Welcome to Wales!

What We Think

Tory glee over cuts masks inner tensions

It’s sickening to watch the Tories revel in their post-election rampage. The days of carefully trying to detoxify their image seem a long time ago as they gleefully push through ever more vicious attacks.

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Morris Beckman 1921-2015

Morris Beckman, who has died aged 94, will be remembered by many as a courageous and principled anti-fascist.


Leading on arguments to vote to stay in the EU and including letters on fighting for LGBT rights in Northern Ireland and fracking

Of course MPs are worth an extra £7,000 for cheap drink

Troublemaker explains MPs' pay rises, looks at more skeletons in Ukip's cupboard and visits a Scottish island

Tories declare plan to extend academies scam even further

The government’s new education bill will strip power from schools, hand over public funds to businesses and make bodies even less accountable for their actions, writes Sadie Robinson

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