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Issue: 2476

Dated: 20 Oct 2015

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Steel worker speaks out - 'Save jobs, fight back'

The steel industry and the communities built on it are on the brink—and without a real fight we risk going under completely.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Camden traffic wardens' win puts clamp on bosses

A mass union meeting of traffic wardens in Camden, central London, has accepted a new pay offer from bosses.

John Burgess is the candidate for rank and file Unison union members

Nominations are in for the election of the next general secretary of the Unison union. Many union activists are clearly looking for a change of leadership. 

Bosses admit Night Tube is delayed until 2016 but push ahead with stations attacks

London Underground bosses announced last week that their plans for Night Tube will be delayed until next year, after a reorganisation of stations has finished.

New Holland Agriculture strikers plough ahead

Tractor manufacturing workers at New Holland Agriculture were set to hold their fourth 24-hour strike on Wednesday of this week in a dispute over pay.

Museum workers walk out in Wales

Members of the PCS union at the National Museum Wales were set to strike on Tuesday of this week. 

Mass action is needed to beat the Tories’ Trade Union Bill

The Tories’ intention to ram their Trade Union Bill through parliament was clear last week as the bill reached committee stage.

New shift patterns force rig workers offshore for 26 days

Claims by bosses that no offshore oil worker would spend longer than 21 days on a rig as a result of new shift patterns were exposed as a lie last week. 

Racists outnumbered in Burton and Scarborough

Anti-fascists outnumbered Nazis in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, last Saturday.

Activists plan mass protest to shut down detention centre

Campaigners are planning a mass protest against Yarl’s Wood detention centre on Saturday 7 November. The “Surround Yarl’s Wood—Shut it down!” protest was called by the Movement for Justice. 

Reports round-up

Northumbrian water workers; Unite call of EDF strike; Mimpin property fair; victory at Ministry of Justice; Lambeth libraries demo called

Hundreds lobby MPs to stop cut to Esol courses

Around 600 students and lecturers lobbied MPs in parliament on Wednesday of last week. They were protesting against funding cuts to English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) provision. 

Colleges in England to strike over pay

Further education lecturers in England are set to strike on 10 November over pay. The UCU union members voted by nearly 74 percent for strikes after bosses announced a pay freeze.

Cuts councils clash with new Labour supporters

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters plan to build on the success of his election campaign. But they face challenges inside the party as well as outside.

Open University workers ballot for strikes

UCU union members at the Open University are balloting for strikes over cuts and closures. 

Anti-abortion bigots want devolution to make new attacks

Abortion Law is to be devolved to the Scottish parliament, the secretary of state for Scotland and Tory MP David Mundell announced on Wednesday of last week.

Solid strike at Small Heath school

Teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to turn the school into an academy.

Shaker Aamer due to return to Britain this week

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held in the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, has finally been told he is to be released.

Tax credits cut comes under fire

MPs debated George Osborne’s plan to slash £4 billion from tax credits on Tuesday of this week.

Workers have the power to stop the steel jobs massacre

Proposed cuts by Tata Steel and news that Caparo Industries have gone into administration has put 2,900 steel jobs at risk.

News in-brief

Recorded child sex crimes rise, new probe into corrupt cops over Stephen Lawrence, student rent strike wins rebate

Angry refugees lead a march in Calais and celebrate solidarity

Refugees and anti-racist activists joined forces at Britain’s border in Calais last Saturday. 

Hillsborough cop tells inquest his account of disaster was changed

A police constable on duty during the Hillsborough football disaster has told a court his account was changed by someone else. He also said that two other statements in his name were not correct.


Leaks show US planned deadly raid on Afghan hospital

Charity accuses US of ‘premeditated massacre’ after it bombed a hospital in Afghanistan, writes Judith Orr

Syrian says, 'Bombing is no solution'

Tens of thousands are fleeing the area around the Syrian town of Aleppo as Iranian forces back an offensive by dictator Bashar al Assad.

Israel is to blame for new outbreak of violence

The outbreak of Palestinian resistance has continued with protests and stabbing attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Greek workers set for general strike

Unions in Greece have called a general strike on Thursday 12 November against an attack on pensions.

Protests grow across Europe as governments clamp down

More refugees died trying to enter Europe last week.

Australian government secretly removed pregnant refugee to Pacific island

A pregnant Somali refugee was secretly flown back by the Australian government to the offshore detention centre where she was raped. 


What’s so bad about ‘deficit denial’ anyway?

George Osborne and John McDonnell have different strategies for eliminating the deficit. But Nick Clark argues for a bolder approach

Kurds are trapped by imperial schemes

The Ankara bombings underlined that the troubled relationship between the Kurds and the Turkish state is close to the heart of the rapidly deteriorating crisis in the Middle East, argues Alex Callinicos


Clara Zetkin—a class fighter

Activists have always fought over Clara Zetkin’s contribution to women’s liberation. Judith Orr argues that she was a revolutionary who saw workers as key to ending oppression

Demolition job—the Red Road flats and the assault on council housing

The botched demolition of the Red Road flats in Glasgow last week was more than just a TV news spectacle. The residential tower blocks had dominated part of the city’s skyline for decades.


Fresh footage brings to life the Black Panthers’ struggle

The Black Panthers—Vanguard of the Revolution documentary captures the party’s sense of revolt but doesn’t duck its problems, writes Ken Olende

An Enemy of the People—exploring Arthur Miller’s legacy on stage

This new production is a powerful revival of Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People.  

Racines—celebrating the Roots of Reggae

This album’s title is French for “roots”. In it reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly, from Cote D’Ivoire in west Africa, is celebrating both Roots Reggae and the roots of the music.

What We Think

Tories dream of Chinese capitalism

The tabloids marked the visit to Britain of Chinese president Xi Jinping with racist jokes. But David Cameron was declaring a new “golden age” as he rolled out the red carpet.

Witch hunt of Muslims is poisoning society

The new “Counter Extremism Strategy” from David Cameron and Theresa May breaks new ground in the drive to portray Muslims as the enemy. 

Other Categories

Les Leaver, 1950-2015

Comrades in Sheffield are saddened to report the death of Les Leaver, a long-standing and loyal member of the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP). 


Letters: readers write in on the Israeli ambassador's visit to Birmingham; Labour's position on bombing Syria; the NUJ union's low pay conference, and more.

The things they say

The week's news in their own words

The one percent get half the wealth and half the people get one percent

A stark report highlighting the gross inequality between the world’s richest and poorest has revealed the top 1 percent of the global population now holds half its wealth.

More than arms—Britain's link with Saudi Arabia's despotic ruling family

Saudi Arabia is notorious for its human rights abuses, its treatment of women and migrant workers. Yet it enjoys a cosy relationship with Britain’s rulers. Dave Sewell explains why


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