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Issue: 2481

Dated: 24 Nov 2015

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Tories try to turn Paris tragedy into a new war—Don't bomb Syria

David Cameron wants to exploit the shock of the Paris attacks to start bombing Syria, reports Judith Orr

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Right wing Labour MPs undermine Jeremy Corbyn's leadership - but members back him

Labour members support their left wing leader—but the right is on the offensive again, warns?Nick Clark

Firefighters are better off outside Labour - and fighting for themselves

The firefighters’ FBU union was set to meet on Friday of this week for a recall conference in Blackpool. Delegates were set to vote on whether or not to

Activists in France defy march ban - and prepare for climate protest

As the French and Belgian states lock down after the attacks in Paris, protesters refuse to be silenced.

More walkouts can bring Lambeth's Labour council to book

Library workers across Lambeth, south London, walked out unofficially on Wednesday of last week. They are fighting the Labour council’s plans to close or run down the borough’s ten libraries.

Attack Tories not Corbyn, Unison union left challenger John Burgess hits out

John burgess, the left candidate for Unison union general secretary, has criticised incumbent Dave Prentis’ “thinly veiled attack” on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Fourth united strike rocks Small Heath school bosses

Teachers at Small Heath school in Birmingham struck on Wednesday of last week. It was workers’ fourth strike in their battle to stop the school becoming an academy.

Higher education workers fight back against jobs and cuts

UCU union members at the Open University (OU) were set to strike on Wednesday of this week. They are fighting plans to close seven regional centres and slash around 500 jobs.

London Met art students plan protest against cuts at the Cass

Students at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (Cass) in east London were set to protest on Thursday of this week.

Unite sector conferences debate what next after union bill

Reps in the Unite union gathered in Brighton this week to discuss industrial strategy at its sector conferences.

Hundreds-strong march in Sheffield to save steel jobs

Around 500 steel workers marched through Sheffield last Saturday demanding government action to save jobs.

Divisions deepen as Tories plot a new austerity assault

The Tories want savage new cuts—but activists can take advantage of their divisions, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Cops admit undercover relationships were an 'abuse of police power'

The Metropolitan Police has conceded that the relationships undercover cops had with women were “an abuse of police power”.

Bosses at DVSA drive workers to a walkout

Driving examiners across Britain struck on Thursday and Friday of last week.

Strikes now can save tax office jobs

Cdivil service workers protested in Dundee on Friday of last week against plans to close a tax office that could see 130 sacked.

Protest says no to West Midlands fire cuts

Over 120 firefighters staged a noisy and determined protest outside a West Midlands Fire Authority meeting on Monday of this week.

Fast food workers march in Lincoln

A demonstration for fast food rights called by the Bfawu union took place in Lincoln last Saturday.

Whistleblowers slam drones

Four former US air force drone operators have come out publicly against Western drone strikes.

LGBT activists hold refugee solidarity protest outside Home Office

Around 70 LGBT activists and supporters joined a refugee solidarity protest outside the Home Office in central London last Saturday. It was organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM).

Fight back as Islamophobia surges from scapegoating

Anti-racists are getting organised to combat the increased Islamophobia faced by Muslims.

Transport workers lobby Scottish parliament over privatisation

RMT union members and supporters were set to lobby the Scottish parliament on Wednesday of this week,

Reports round-up

A fire engine led a homes for all march through Waltham Forest in east London last Saturday.

Unions hold mass rally for Labour

Up to 1,500 people joined an indoor anti-austerity rally in central London last Saturday organised by the Trade Union Coordinating Group (TUCG).

Support the junior doctors' strike - defend the NHS

The fight for the NHS is on as junior doctors were set to walk out on Tuesday of next week in the first of three planned walkouts.

Injustice after trans prisoner dies in Leeds jail

Vicky Thompson, a 21 year old transgender woman held in a male prison, was found dead on Friday of last week.

Hillsborough victims could have been saved, inquests hear

Earlier medical intervention could have saved the lives of Hillsborough victims Jimmy Hennessey and Steven Fox, a court has heard.

Cressingham Gardens housing campaigners celebrate victory

Campaigners from the Cressingham Gardens estate in Brixton, south London, were celebrating today, Tuesday. They have just won a legal victory against Lambeth Labour council’s plans to knock the estate down.

'We'll do anything it takes,' say striking Open University workers

UCU union members at the Open University (OU) struck across Britain today, Wednesday, against cuts and closures.

Firefighters' union votes to reaffiliate to Labour—but says it will continue the fight outside

The FBU firefighter’s union voted to reaffiliate to the Labour Party at recall conference in Blackpool, today, Friday.

Thousands rally against war in Syria at emergency protest in London

Around 5,000 people joined an emergency protest outside Downing Street against Britain joining the bombing of Syria, today, Saturday. The big turnout was despite the protest being called with just a few days' notice.

Climate change activists defy state ban and police brutality in Paris

Protesters filled Paris’s streets on the eve of the United Nations Cop21 climate change summit–despite president Francois Hollande’s best attempts to keep them away.  


Fury after footage shows attack on refugee dinghy by Greek coastguard

Greek coastguards appeared to be deliberately trying to sink refugee boats in shock footage released by the Turkish government last week.

International round-up

Right wing candidate Mauricio Macri narrowly won the second round of Argentina’s presidential election last Sunday.

Muslims suffer 'fear and terror' after racist raids in Belgium

The Belgian capital Brussels was in lockdown last weekend after the government announced a terrorism alert.

Cops' case crumbles in France after Paris attacks

Police fired some 5,000 rounds of ammunition into a flat in Saint Denis near Paris on Wednesday of last week.

West's intervention caused Mali chaos

Unidentified gunmen stormed the Radisson luxury hotel in Mali’s capital of Bamako on Friday of last week. They killed at least 27 people.


Atrocities make good excuses for warmongers

Politicians have always used atrocities to justify their own bloody wars, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Western intervention will shed more Syrian blood

The US has used the excuse of fighting Isis to intervene in Iraq again and in Syria.

Corbyn's concessions will weaken the whole left

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is experiencing very powerful forces of attraction and repulsion.


Stand up to hatred—Muslims speak out

The attacks in Paris have unleashed an Islamophobic backlash in France and across the world. Muslims in Britain spoke to Socialist Worker about their experiences of the rise in racism—and explained why ordinary Muslims shouldn’t be expected to apologise for Isis

As Paris talks loom - we can beat the climate killers

As hundreds of thousands of people around the world get set to march against climate change, Amy Leather argues our only hope lies in fighting the bosses and their system


How far has TV come from the bad old days of racism?

Actors Warren Mitchell and Saeed Jaffrey, who both died this month remind us of a time when TV in Britain was almost all white, writes Yuri Prasad

The Joe Hill Dream—dream you saw him and then get organising

To mark the centenary of Joe Hill’s death, writer John Fay’s new play The Joe Hill Dream is being staged across six theatres in the North West.

Reviews round-up

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What We Think

No lies or excuses can justify David Cameron's war on Syria

The ruling class is going all out with a flood of spin and lies to win us to a new war.

A sick scam from drug baron Pfizer

Drugs company Pfizer is to take over rival Allergan in a record-breaking deal. It will create the world’s largest drug manufacturer, valued at £212 billion.

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The recent budget deal in Northern Ireland is an attack on ordinary people, our services and a handout to big business. It is not the “fresh start” touted by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein.

Things they say

The week in quotes

The Troublemaker

Cameron's plane stupid | People still believe The Sun | Ukip in Oldham |and more

Detained and deported - how the Tories really treat Syrian refugees

As the first Syrians arrive in Britain, Dave Sewell uncovers the shocking truth of the numbers kicked out and detained by the British government

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