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Issue: 2467

Dated: 18 Aug 2015

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As Labour right attack Corbyn—it’s right to resist austerity

Right wing attacks on Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn and his policies haven’t stopped his support growing.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Wave of walkouts set for Essex fire service

Firefighters and control room staff in Essex were set to begin a rolling programme of strikes this week against cuts that will wreck the county’s fire service.

Solidarity with Sotheby’s 2

Around 70 people demonstrated last Saturday against the victimisation of trade unionists working at Sotheby’s auction house.

Cambridgeshire firefighter's victory against dismissal

A firefighter has won her tribunal against Cambridgeshire fire bosses after a judge found her dismissal to be an “irrational and perverse exercise”.

Political Pride in Cardiff

More than 1,000 people joined the 30th annual Pride march in Cardiff, South Wales, last Saturday.

Left wing challenge for public sector union leader in Unison

The unison union has begun the process to elect a new general secretary.

Reports round-up

Friction over cuts at BBC Asian Network | Indesit workers in better pay battle | Refuse staff kick up stink in Bromley | Unite calls off EDF action for talks | Stansted Airport workers strike | Defend UCU union activist Gary Duke

Campaign demands that Munir Farooqi is freed

Moazzam Begg spoke at a campaign meeting for Munir Farooqi, currently serving four life sentences after being convicted of terrorism offences, in Manchester lastSunday

Momentum is building for a mass anti-Tory demo on 4 October in Manchester

Activists across Britain are gearing up for a week of protest outside the Tory Party conference in Manchester in October.

Sita Sembcorp workers protest to demand one rate for the job

Friday saw the rank and file construction workers protest at all four gates of the ICI Wilton chemical works in Redcar, Teesside. This was to demand one rate for all workers as bosses try to get Romanian workers against other construction workers.

Now the Tories want boot camps for the unemployed

Tory minister Matthew Hancock has ramped up the assault on welfare with plans to force young unemployed people into “boot camps”. 

News in brief

Fares rise faster than wages | No books for Birmingham libraries | DWP made up statements | Cops can't search

Tube staff can derail bosses' attacks

Tube workers in London were set to strike on Tuesday and Thursday of next week against attacks on conditions, health and safety and jobs. 

Gallery workers across England, Scotland and Wales coordinate walkouts

Workers at the National Gallery in central London, the National Museum of Wales and National Galleries of Scotland are set to strike together next Saturday.

Corbyn-mania drives the right to despair, bluster and threats

The Labour Party establishment was resorting to desperate measures in a bid to block Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign as ballot papers went out for the leadership election this week.

Thousand strong protest in Liverpool stops Nazi "White Man March"

A vibrant 1,000-strong Merseyside Unite Against Fascism (UAF) demonstration marched through Liverpool city centre and stopped the Nazi "White Man March" on Saturday | Up to 100 protested in Walsall against the racist English Defence League (EDL) last Saturday.

NHS cancels operations as cuts create beds shortage

The number of NHS operations that are cancelled has hit a 13-year high, reveal new figures from NHS England.

Charity finds mostly white child abusers in Rotherham

A children’s charity has said that child sexual exploitation (CSE) is continuing in Rotherham, South Yorkshire—and that most of the abusers are white.

Tories ‘fast-track’ fracking

David Cameron announced plans to “fast-track” fracking after the Tories’ plan to roll out fracking failed to take off.

Offshore pilots vote on strikes

Helicopter pilots to take strike action over offshore helicopter operator redundancies in the North Sea.

Report slams Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre is a “place of national concern”, according to a new report by chief inspector of prisons Nick Howard. 

Solidarity with Calais migrants

People in Britain are organising solidarity with the Calais refugees in response to the politicians’ and media’s racist attacks. 

Black Lives Matter protest outside US embassy

Around 100 protesters gathered by the US Embassy in central London last Saturday to mark the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson.

Elderly Muslim man fighting for his life after racist attack in Rotherham

Two men have been charged with assaulting 81 year old Mushin Ahmed on 10 August in the Eastwood area of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

National Gallery bosses uphold sacking of union rep Candy Udwin

An appeal hearing into the dismissal of PCS union rep Candy Udwin upheld the National Gallery bosses’ decision today, Wednesday.

Protesters call on National Gallery director to reverse privatisation and reinstate union rep

Up to 50 people rallied on the National Gallery picket line in central London this Friday evening, as support for the all-out strike against privatisation grows.


Resistance follows betrayal in Greece

The glaring contradiction in Greece’s government is producing a political crisis.

Syrians die under Western bombs

Eight civilians died in a US strike on Atmeh, northern Syria, last week. 

Tianjin disaster exposes risks for China’s workers

A series of massive explosions shook Tianjin, north east China, on Wednesday of last week. Chinese media reported that the blasts burned an area of some 20,000 square metres.

Ecuador brought to a halt by anti-cuts strikes and protests

Indigenous groups and trade unions across Ecuador came together in a national day of strikes, road blocks and protests on Thursday of last week.

Protests in Brazil after scandal

 Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Brazil last Sunday for the impeachment of left leaning president Dilma Rousseff.

South African activist on trial

Leading South African Amcu miners’ union activist Makhanya Siphamandla was due to start trial this week. He is charged with attempted murder. 

Palestinian hunger striker near death

Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allan is in danger of dying after spending more than 60 days on hunger strike.

Europe’s new crackdown murders more migrants

Refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war are facing new dangers as they approach Greece’s islands from Turkey.



Why is Leon Trotsky relevant today?

On the 75th anniversary of the assassination of the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, Sue Caldwell asks if his ideas can help activists fighting for another world today

Kick the vandals out of the National Gallery

The fight at the National Gallery has entered a crucial stage—and the need for solidarity with the striking workers is greater than ever.


Hannah and Hanna shows we can break down racism

Director John Haddrell told Socialist Worker about how he’s updated a play about Kosovan refugees, Hannah and Hanna, to respond to racism today

London Dust—showing up contradictions in urban landscapes

German photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg has lived, worked and made art about London’s changing urban landscape since the 1990s. 

David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival

The guest curator of this year’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre is music legend David Byrne.

What We Think

Struggle is the key to real workers’ power

Right wing attacks on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership bid have created a daily debate about the nature and purpose of the party.

Terror in Thailand comes from top

An horrific bomb attack on a Hindu shrine in Thailand killed 22 people and injured 123 on Monday of this week.

Other Categories

Peter Mortimer 1936-2015

Peter Mortimer, a member of Barnsley Socialist Workers Party (SWP), has died aged 78. 

Andy Smalley

Comrades will be saddened to learn of the untimely death of Andy Smalley. 


Includes letters on Cuba-US relations, GM crops ban, defending abortion rights and more.

Things they say

The week's news in their own words

Bosses now get 183 times more in pay than workers

Troublemaker is shocked to find that some bosses and peers are very greedy, and that Amazon treats its workers badly. However it is a relief to see Ukip taking a stand against extremism in pub gardens

Tensions are rising on the Underground

Tube workers have fought back against the Tories’ agenda. The two 24-hour shutdowns in July and August showed the power unions have to resist.

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