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Issue: 2458

Dated: 16 Jun 2015

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Osborne toasts bankers with more austerity for us

Tory chancellor George Osborne showered bankers and fat cats with giveaways last week, announcing big selloffs at low prices.

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Council workers tell union leaders, 'we need more resistance to stop Tory cuts'

Workers debated their union's strategy for fighting cuts at Unison's local government conference

Reports round-up

Protest against Dixons Carphone job losses | Anger at Sports Direct warehouse | Conference to challenge Islamophobic Prevent | Freedom rides again in Sheffield | School workers win living wage in Camden | Trades councils meet up in Crewe | Anti-fascists out in Dudley

Reject the Tube bosses' 'crap' in London Underground ballot

Also: Strikes at Merseyrail, Bus bosses back off from attacks

Essex FBU strikers tackle jobs bonfire

Firefighters in Essex struck for 15 hours last weekend over planned cuts which could see a quarter of jobs slashed.

Protest backs strike against Bromley council privatisation

Around 300 striking council workers and supporters marched in Bromley, Kent, last Saturday. 

Victory for victimised union rep Phil Turner

Also: anger at local newspapers in south London, Birmingham and Coventry

‘We’ll be part of a movement rising against the government’

Resistance to austerity is growing. Tens of thousands who want to take the fight to the Tories were set to march through central London this Saturday. 

Anger after Labour win key Tower Hamlets mayoral campaign

The election in Tower Hamlets reflected a witch hunt against Muslims

National Gallery strikers announce further strike dates

Workers at the National Gallery in central London have called ten further strike days - beginning this Saturday, the day of the People's Assembly Against Austerity demonstration.

Delegates tell Unison conference: 'We need action, not words'

One question hung over the Unison union’s annual conference in Glasgow this week—will it lead resistance to the new Tory government?

Striking homelessness caseworkers set for protest at Glasgow City Council

Unison union activists from across Britain were set to protest at Glasgow City Council headquarters on Thursday of this week.

Jeremy Corbyn joins Labour leadership race

Left wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn got onto the ballot paper for Labour leader with just minutes to spare on Monday of this week.

Activists organise to beat back Tory attack on unions

Trade unionists and activists are getting organised to build opposition to the Tories’ latest attack on trade union rights.

Azelle Rodney shot ‘as soon as he was within gunsight’

An armed police officer murdered Azelle Rodney by shooting him on sight and firing eight shots, a jury at the Old Bailey has heard.

London firefighters furious as mayor and commissioner make off with fire engines

Firefighters are furious after being double-crossed by Tory mayor of London Boris Johnson and fire commissioner Ron Dobson over the return of 13 fire appliances.

Cops cleared of misconduct after changing their accounts of Habib 'Paps' Ullah death

Five police officers who changed their accounts of a stop and search on a man who later died have been cleared of misconduct.

Steel workers are ready to fight against bosses' raid on pensions

More than 13,000 steel workers were set to strike on Monday of next week against attacks on their pension scheme. 

Drivers refuse to cross Gunstone's bakery workers’ picket

Members of the Bfawu bakers’ union at Gunstone’s Bakery in Dronfield, Sheffield, began a 48 hour strike on Monday of this week. 

Summit plans next steps in fight against housing crisis

Activists from housing campaigns across England and Wales called for a day of action in July and a new March for Homes at a summit in central London last Saturday.

Support Newham students against Islamophobia

Three Muslim women students suspended at Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) in east London are gathering increasing support. 

Universities and colleges round-up

UCU union members at Sheffield College struck on Wednesday of last week against plans to cut 75 jobs.

Threat to courses and jobs at Lewisham and Southwark College

UCU union members at Lewisham and Southwark College were set to begin a two-day strike on Thursday of this week. 

Walkout planned at east London's Rokeby school

Teachers at Rokeby school in Newham, east London, were set to strike for three days next week. 

Strike called to fight deep education cuts

Workers at 12 London colleges were set to strike on Tuesday of next week to defend jobs and education.

Hillsborough inquest told cop turned away

The father of two teenage victims of the Hillsborough football disaster told an inquest that police ignored his pleas for help.

News round-up

Police and child abuse; Belfast equal marriage march; over 3 million are underemployed

Lewisham and Southwark college workers strike to defend education

Workers at Lewisham and Southwark College are out on strike today, Thursday, to defend jobs and education.

Newsquest journalists stop press with ten day walkout

Journalists working on local newspapers in south London began the first day of a ten day strike today, Thursday.

Thousands protest for Glasgow homelessness strikers

Glasgow’s George Square saw an immense display of working class solidarity last night, Thursday, as around 2,500 trade union activists joined a protest in support of the city’s long-running homelessness caseworkers’ strike.

Wave of rage against Tory austerity fills the streets of London

The streets of central London were alive with resistance as tens of thousands joined the End Austerity Now demonstration today, Saturday. The People’s Assembly organisers said that up to 250,000 had taken part. 


Patience is running out on both sides of Greek crisis

Greece’s creditors and the institutions that represent them keep sending one message, “Patience is running out”.

International round-up

Former Black Panther's release delayed; Guantanamo bay detainees let out; Israel find itself not guilt of war crimes

Radical shift in elections brings victories for left in Spanish state

The ruling Tory PP lost control of more than 12 provincial capitals and many smaller towns as 8,000 local governments were formed around the Spanish state last weekend.


Five questions about the European Union

Socialist Worker answers five questions about the EU

Rachel Dolezal case: Race is about more than just identity

The case of Rachel Dolezal reveals a great deal of confused thinking about race and racism, writes Yuri Prasad


Europe's hidden shame - a system to criminalise refugees

The European Union’s leaders go to shocking lengths to get refugees out of sight, out of mind and out of Europe, migrants and activists told Dave Sewell and Ken Olende

No to a bosses' Europe

As the debate about the European Union gets more heated, Judith Orr argues that voting to endorse it would not help workers, migrants or anti-racists


What We Think

Cops can’t be reformed

The police are on the defensive.  A new TV programme called The Met is trying to portray them as helpful, friendly and trustworthy.

Workers have power to take on the system

Mass protests are like a beacon. When tens of thousands take to the streets it boosts the confidence of everyone who wants to fight back.

Workers have the power to take on the system

Mass protests are like a beacon. When tens of thousands take to the streets it boosts the confidence of everyone who wants to fight back.

Cops can’t be reformed

The police are on the defensive. A new TV programme called The Met is trying to portray them as helpful, friendly and trustworthy. And on social media cops are being encouraged to share selfies taken with members of the public on nights out.

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Leading on Sheku Bayoh's case shows why we need change plus continuing the debate on how to vote in the European referendum

The things they say

The week's news in their own words

Decades of terror collusion in Northern Ireland revealed

The role of the British government in supporting death squads in Northern Ireland was shown in a documentary broadcast in the Irish Republic this week.

SNP’s latest exploits should ring alarm bells for the left

Many have understandably looked to the Scottish National Party as an alternative to Tory austerity. But as Raymie Kiernan shows, its leaders are cosying up to bosses and making cuts

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