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Issue: 2477

Dated: 27 Oct 2015


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Tories suffer tax credits defeat and plot unions assault - WE CAN STOP THEM

Tory chancellor George Osborne was left red-faced after the Lords threw back his cuts to tax credits on Monday of this week.


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News

We will turn 2 November into a day of protest for union rights

Monday 2 November will be a day of trade union mobilisations against the Tory assault on the right to strike.

'You can convince workers that it's worth fighting austerity'

Unite the Resistance will hold a national conference on Saturday 14 November in central London.

Walkout at National Museum Wales pushes bosses to retreat

Workers at the National Museum Wales struck on Tuesday of last week as part of a battle over pay.

Anger could explode on North Sea oil rigs after workers vote for strikes

The North Sea oil offshore industry could soon be hit by its first strike since the 1990s. 

Rail round-up

Train manufacturer Hitachi is set to trouser £400,000 of public money a day even if its new trains aren’t used.

British Airways bosses launch new attack on pay

British Airways (BA) cabin crew in the Unite union have voted by 95 percent to ballot for strikes against attacks on pay, terms and conditions. The turnout was 86 percent.

DHL workers ballot for action on pay

The GMB union is balloting warehouse workers in Banbury, Oxfordshire, against attacks on their pay. 

Protests over council cuts in North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire’s Labour-run council is proposing to axe up to 1,500 jobs and slash over £45 million over the next two years.

National launch meeting for John Burgess Unison leadership campaign

The campaign to elect John Burgess as the next Unison union general secretary was set to hold a national launch meeting this Saturday.

Workers plough to victory in Essex

Tractor manufacturing workers in Basildon, Essex, have won a better pay deal by calling to escalate strikes. 

News in-brief

Financial Times strike threat, activists oppose developers, lobby over libraries, Muslims condemn cops, defend the right to protest

FE lecturers gear up for strike to break pay freeze

A lecturers’ strike is set to hit further education colleges across England on Tuesday 10 November. The bosses’ Association of Colleges has recommended a pay freeze for 2015/16.

Education round-up

NUT union members at Listerdale Primary School in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, were set to begin industrial action over workload this week.

West Midlands GMB union member victimised after fighting nursery cuts

Rowley Owls Nursery bosses in the West Midlands suspended a nursery manager on Friday of last week. 

Student round-up

The final meetings in the Students not Suspects tour were held at Manchester and Strathclyde universities last week.

Feminism in London conference debates women's liberation

Feminism in London brought together up to 1,000 people for a weekend conference last Saturday and Sunday. 

Pro-choice activists mobilise in west London

Pro-choice activists demonstrated in solidarity with women attending a Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Ealing in west London last Saturday.

European rulers try to buy time with fresh clampdown on refugees

French cops cracked down on refugees in Calais last week. They arrested at least 150 people and flew them to detention centres hundreds of miles away.

Tax credits humiliation shows Tory weakness

The House of Lords vote to delay tax credit cuts shows the Tories are far from unstoppable, says Judith Orr

Hundreds meet to launch Momentum - and debate what the movement is for

Momentum, the new organisation launched by Jeremy Corbyn supporters, held its first meetings last week.

Junior doctors prescribe a strike for the NHS

The junior doctors’ revolt is growing. The British Medical Association (BMA) announced last week that it would ballot its 56,000 members for industrial action. 

Anger after release of Shaker Aamer is delayed

Angry protesters gathered at Downing Street last Saturday over continuing delays to the release of Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident in Guantanamo prison.

Police ignored abuse calls, say care home staff

Staff at a care home in Solihull, Birmingham, have accused police of ignoring child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Academy chain in payment scam

An academy chain paid over £800,000 in two years to “consulting” companies that its founders or trustees had major financial interests in.

Unofficial post walkout in Plymouth forces bosses to back down

Postal workers in Plymouth staged an unofficial walkout on Monday of this week.

‘No pathological basis’ for exclusion of evidence at original Hillsborough inquest, say medical experts

Fresh inquests into the deaths of fans who were crushed during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster have heard of serious problems with the original inquests.

Steel workers in ‘fight for their lives’ over Tata cuts

Furious steel workers are calling for support in their fight against closures and job losses.

Protest against Egypt’s butcher el-Sisi in November

Protesters will demonstrate against Egypt’s dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi when he arrives on an official visit to Britain next week.

Police Scotland may face criminal charges over Sheku Bayoh killing

Police Scotland may face criminal charges over the killing of Sheku Bayoh in May.

Dozens of steel workers lobby parliament ahead of demonstration in Scunthorpe

Dozens of steel workers from across Britain came to parliament today, Wednesday, to lobby MPs for government intervention to stop job losses.

Activists rally to support victimised rep Sandy Nicoll - go all out to build solidarity

Students and staff force security to shut the Soas main building

Hundreds join protest as solidarity pours in for victimised union rep Sandy Nicoll

Over 500 workers and students rallied this afternoon, Thursday, to defend suspended Unison union branch secretary Sandy Nicoll outside the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas).

Campaigners celebrate Shaker Aamer's release from US prison camp

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held in US prison camp Guantanamo Bay, has been released after over 14 years. He is finally being flown back to London.

Workers vote to stay out for second day to defend victimised rep Sandy Nicoll

The campaign to defend victimised Unison union rep Sandy Nicholl escalated today, Friday. Workers from two unions at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) walked out unofficially in protest.

'Thank you for standing up for justice', Shaker Aamer tells campaigners

Shaker Aamer has thanked all those who have campaigned for his release when he arrived home after his release from the US prison camp Guantanamo Bay.

United Families and Friends march in London builds links with US activists

Some 200 people joined the United Family and Friends Campaign procession in central London today, Saturday.

Hundreds of Barnet council workers strike on day of protest against Trade Union Bill

Hundreds of Barnet council workers in north London walked out for the seventh time this year today, Monday, against another wave of privatisation by the Tory council.


International

Strikes return to Greece ahead of pensions fight

Walkouts by dockers last week were the beginning of a new wave of strikes in Greece.

Portuguese left pledges to topple government

Portugal’s president Anibal Cavaco Silva appointed right wing incumbent Pedro Passos Coelho as prime minister of a new minority government on Friday of last week.

International round-up

Bigots top in Poland election, close run in Argentina, deal blames Palestinians

Pitch to seem ‘respectable’ backfires on leftist NDP in Canada's election

Jesse McLaren and Pam Frache argue the Tories’ defeat will strengthen the movement for the battles ahead

Students' rebellion in South Africa should inspire us all

After ten days of unprecedented protests, students in South Africa have won an interim demand that there be no increases in university fees next year.

Mass march in Paris defies racist politicians on riots tenth anniversary

Some 20,000 anti-racists marched through Paris yesterday, Saturday.


Comment

The fight for steel last time

In 1980 steel bosses announced a series of closures and job cuts to gut the industry. It was the newly elected Tory government’s first major confrontation with organised workers.


Features

How does struggle grow?

The system pushes workers to fight back and struggles can unexpectedly break out—but as Sadie Robinson argues, that doesn’t mean we should simply sit back and wait

Melted down for profit - the real reasons for the crisis in steel

As thousands of steel workers face the sack, Tomáš Tengely-Evans argues that we should blame the real culprits and fight back


Reviews

The Last Kingdom will leave you bored between battles

The BBC’s answer to Game of Thrones plays to English nationalism in a time before there was an England. The result is unimpressive, says Robbie Shaw

Exhibition that celebrates music's joyous revolt against racism

This exhibition of Syd Shelton’s photographs of Rock Against Racism (RAR) is a wonderful glimpse into the young faces and places of that time.

Natalie Merchant's music shines a light on injustice

US folk musician Natalie Merchant’s tour will come after the much anticipated release of her new album Paradise Is There: the New Tigerlily Recordings.


What We Think

Affiliating to Labour won't stop the Tories

Thousands  of people are determined to defend Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-austerity policies from the Labour right’s attacks and backroom plotting.

Behind the fuss over food

 You may be worried that your next bacon sarnie could give you cancer.


Other Categories

Letters

How to help refugees, beat the monstrous Iain Duncan Smith and learn from struggles past

The things they say

‘He clearly loathes them’

The Troublemaker

The publicity shy war criminal Tony Blair has opened a public relations offensive before the publication of the Chilcot report.

‘You can’t make life hell and expect us to comply’ – Palestinians speak out

A spate of stabbings by Palestinians in Israel has led to howls of anger in the mainstream media—but this ignores the real violence, reports Nick Clark



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