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Issue: 2463

Dated: 21 Jul 2015

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MOB RULE: Tories attack the poor as MPs grab £7,000 pay rise

The Tories rammed through a welfare bill stuffed with attacks on the poor this week—just in time to disappear off on their long summer holidays.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


National Gallery strike set to escalate

Strikers at the National Gallery in London celebrated 50 days of strikes against privatisation on Monday—and could be headed for all-out action in August.

Let’s build a mass snub for Tories in Manchester this October

A mood of resistance is building in Manchester ahead of the Tory Party conference, which will be held there in October.

The Tories’ new welfare bill attacks children, single parents and the poor

One of the Tories’ most vicious attacks on the poor and the working class passed its second reading in parliament on Monday of this week. 

'We cannot tolerate a whitewash' say campaigners as spy cops face a three-year inquiry

The terms of reference of a public inquiry into spy cops were published last week. 

Toshiba fixed figures to play the system

Multinational corporation Toshiba has been plunged into a huge scandal after it overstated operating profits by about £780 million.

News round-up

Theresa May broke the law over asylum | LGBT prejudice is widespread in Scotland | South Yorkshire Police are still failing children | Health workers bombard Hunt

Victory in Glasgow - Striking homelessness caseworkers make council bosses back down

Glasgow City Council workers have shown that if workers fight, they can win. And they have shown how we can resist and beat austerity.

National Gallery staff vote for all-out strike

Workers at the National Gallery have voted overwhelmingly for an all-out strike in their battle against privatisation and victimisation

NHS cuts fail abuse victims in Rotherham, new report reveals

Health services in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, are failing to protect vulnerable children from abuse and neglect, according to a new review.

Reports round-up

Second union votes for CalMac walkouts | Solidarity actions for Elbit arrestees | Terry Pullinger is elected in CWU | Aspire Housing workers strike to defend conditions | Manchester council targets homelessness camp | Barnsley ballot at Ardagh Glass

Gunstones bakers reject a crummy offer

Workers at the Gunstones bakery in Sheffield have voted overwhelmingly to reject a pay offer.

Rotherham anti-racists say No to Nazis

A ragtag bunch of various fascist groupings came to Rotherham yet again last Saturday. 

Barristers join the action over legal aid

Barristers in the Criminal Bar Association will support a work-to-rule by solicitors against new cuts to Legal Aid.  

Tata Steel threatens job cuts after unions compromise on pensions

Bosses at Tata Steel threatened 720 job losses in South Yorkshire and the West Midlands last week. 

Were claimants killed by benefit changes? DWP won't tell

How did 49 people die after cuts or changes to their disability benefits? 

Babar Ahmad freed at last after 11 years of jail torment

IT worker beaten up, extradited and put in solitary—but judge found he wasn’t a terrorist, says Ken Olende

Universal Credit strikers tell benefit bosses to 'stop spying'

Hundreds of PCS union members struck on Monday and Tuesday of this week at Bolton and Glasgow’s Universal Credit Centres.

Hillsborough inquests - could victims put in a mortuary have been saved?

Victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster may have been put with dead bodies in a temporary mortuary while they were still alive, inquests have heard.

Bus and Tube workers could unite for strikes

All four Tube workers’ unions plan to strike for 24 hours on 5 August in a dispute over the introduction of Night Tube and pay. 

Protesters march through central London for Sotheby’s 4

Protesters gathered outside Sotheby’s auction house in central London on Thursday of last week demanding the reinstatement of four workers.

South London Newsquest workers vote for new deal

Journalists at Newsquest newspapers in south London have accepted a deal after striking against low pay and job cuts. 

Tories line up new attack to smash BBC

The Tories launched an attack on the BBC last week with a review into how the public broadcaster operates. 

Austerity drive deepens as councils launch new attacks

in Walsall and Coventry

Calderstones NHS staff ballot for action, Oxford porters' strike suspended

Workers in Calderstones Hospital in Lancashire are fighting bosses’ attacks on pay, jobs and health services. 

South London college occupied in cuts battle

A small group of activists occupied against the closure of the Camberwell site of Lewisham and Southwark College (Lesoco) last Sunday.

London Metropolitan University staff to strike over ‘political’ cuts

Workers in the Unison union at London Metropolitan University were set to hold a 24-hour strike on Friday of this week against compulsory redundancies and victimisations.


The ‘partnership’ that holds back workers' struggle in Germany is starting to fall apart

Christine Buchholz, an MP in German left party Die Linke, says opposition to austerity is growing on Angela Merkel’s own turf

Cops attack Kurdish protest after Isis slaughter in Turkey

Latest Isis atrocity sees Kurdish groups look to old enemies for support—with deadly consequences, warns Ken Olende

Greek MPs to vote on more cuts as fightback set to grow

MPs were set to vote on the second round of austerity measures in Greece’s new bailout package on Wednesday of this week.

Political crisis brings new challenges in Greece

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras sacked the three ministers of Syriza’s Left Platform who had voted against the first round of austerity measures last week.

Prague anti-racists block Nazi march

More than 500 people outnumbered two racist protests in Prague, the Czech Republic, last Saturday.


Cameron fights for his brutish values - more Islamophobia and war

David Cameron is on a war footing at home and abroad. He wants parliament to send British planes to bomb Isis forces in Syria and he has launched a new offensive against Muslims in Britain.   


Is this the end of the right to strike?

The Tories are clamping down on trade unionists to eliminate opposition to their austerity agenda. Raymie Kiernan looks at a bill that could make it almost impossible for some workers to strike legally

Greece's royal coup - lessons of the July Days

The current battle against unelected institutions in Greece isn’t the first. Dave Sewell looks at the July Days in 1965—and how that movement could have won


Go Set A Watchman finds limits to some people's anti-racism

Fifty years after anti-racist classic To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s characters reappear in the unsettling Go Set A Watchman, writes Sarah Ensor

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone walked slowly onto the stage, glared at the audience, then berated her musicians for playing too fast.

Victorian London in Photographs

This exhibition gives a glimpse of London during a period of its most rapid expansion in the 19th century.

Sound + Image: music in film

The music label Soul Jazz is running next month’s programme at the Regent Street Cinema in London. 

What We Think

We’re not going to win by looking to Labour

How could the night that the Tories drove through a bill with devastating effects on millions of the poorest in Britain become a story about Labour’s political cowardice?

Sexist double standards for women politicans

The New Statesman magazine ran a particularly unenlightened front page last week, even by its standards.

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We are being far too apologetic about calling for a no vote over the European Union (EU). 

The things they say

‘To understand Christianity is to understand that we are all sinners’

A Reich royal racism runs deep in the Windsor family

The nation rallied behind the queen as she was rocked by cruel Nazi smears. Newly released footage from 1933 shows her and other royals doing Nazi salutes.

Bosses squeeze us for every last penny, low pay report shows

Unpaid overtime, zero hours, no time to eat or for breaks at work— Nick Clark looks at a new report exposing what the Tory claims of economic recovery mean for low paid workers

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