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I was responding to the floods in Greater Manchester on Boxing Day, pumping out water and
Cass Arts occupation ends over London Met campus cuts | Strike at Thirteen housing association group in Teesside | NSL Brighton traffic wardens vote for pay deal | South Yorkshire fire bosses face action over job cuts | Ballot end could bring library strike in Lambeth | Interpreters beat pay cut at Home Office | Strike votes at Trinity Mirror local newspapers | New ballot for Sheffield Green Company recycling workers | No to the Nazis in Dover
College workers across two unions, the UCU and Unison, could strike together over pay on 2 March.
Also: Tech City teachers could strike again | Strike vote at Trinity academy in Somerset | Talks break down at Listerdale school in Rotherham
Postal workers in Cupar, Fife, walked out last month to defend a sacked colleague.
An historic migration of refugees has provoked repression—and resistance, reports?Dave Sewell
Threats of closure are being used to blackmail steel workers in Scunthorpe into accepting attacks on their pay, pensions and jobs.
PCS union members at the National Museum of Scotland struck on 26 and 27 December as part of a three-year dispute.
RMT union members on the Caledonian Sleeper train service between London and Scotland struck for 48 hours just before Christmas last year.
Pickets and protesters leafleted Leeds commuters on Monday of this week.
Bus drivers in south west London have reacted strongly against Wandsworth Council’s refusal to provide toilet facilities at the end of the Roehampton routes.
Despite a spate of scandals since its general election landslide last year, the Scottish National Party (SNP) looks set for victory in May’s Scottish parliament elections.
Hypocrite MPs who accuse Corbyn of division are the real problem. Unity with them is a dead end, writes Nick Clark
People hit by flooding are turning their anger on David Cameron after Tory cuts to flood defences, councils and rescue services left them unprotected.
Junior doctors’ strikes against new contracts are back on, the British Medical Association (BMA) announced on Monday of this week.
Anger at the Tory assault on the NHS is spreading as health care students and their supporters were set to march in central London this Saturday.
More than 250 people filled Tottenham Town Hall last month for a meeting to demand answers following another fatal police shooting in north London.
David Cameron used his New Year’s message to ramp up the racist assault on Muslims.
The Tories were set to try and rush their new Housing and Planning Bill through its last stages in the House of Commons this week.
Sexual health services cut | Anti-choice group launched | Bankers let off the hook | Rail fares rip off workers | Fat cats make workers' yearly pay
A corrupt police officer had sex with young girls and gave drugs to a man accused of abusing children, a court heard last month.
Inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough football disaster finished hearing evidence on Tuesday.
A child sexual exploitation trial has heard that police passed information to abusers in South Yorkshire.
Junior doctors walked out in strike today, Tuesday, against attacks on their contracts and to the defend the NHS
Britain’s military intervention in Syria has been exposed as a farce. Westminster’s warmongers argued that it was essential.
Protests erupted in Saudi Arabia and across the region after the Saudi regime executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr last Saturday.
Catalonia’s parliament looked set to call new elections after failing to form a government last Sunday.
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced a wave of repression against Palestinians in Israel.
Egypt’s military-backed president Abdel Fatah el Sisi is trying to build a facade of democracy around his dictatorship with the opening of parliament due on 10 January. But his repression of all opposition continues.
Dozens of women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Germany. But rather than connecting the events to everyday sexist violence, politicians and the media have turned to stoking up racism. Silke Stöckle and Marion Wegscheider respond in this article for socialist group Marx21
For some, religion lies behind conflict and oppression. For others it’s a comfort. Sadie Robinson looks at the complex reality
It is in the interests of everyone who hates austerity, racism and war to support Corbyn against the right. But we also have to urge him to go much further.
One thing’s certain about 2016. The struggle within the Labour Party will continue, but divisions among the Tories will become high profile.
Care homes are charging residents and local authorities tens of thousands every year while many care workers are paid less than the minimum wage. But nursing home bosses predict that scores will close because they are not making enough money. Raymie Kiernan says the big firms that stand behind social care are still raking it in
Five years ago this month protests in Tunisia triggered revolutions, crucially in Egypt. Sameh Naguib spoke to Judith Orr about the events—and the lessons for socialists
Forthcoming film London Recruits tells the story of young activists who fought apartheid. Sabby Sagall spoke to some of them about that struggle
Socialist Worker’s guide to a few films coming out in 2016. Look out for reviews in our coming issues
The New Year began with a new shock to global stock markets. For the first time ever, all of China’s main stock exchanges had to use emergency measures to halt trading after shares plummeted on Monday of this week.
The Tories have announced yet another plan to make life harder for school pupils.
The racism at the heart of Israeli society was exposed last month when a video from a wedding of two settlers was released.
Soundbites of the week
Hundreds of thousands of pounds in allowances were paid during 2015 to peers who went through the year without ever contributing in the House of Lords.
Newly released 30 year old government documents reveal a world of racism and scheming from Cameron’s pals. Simon Basketter unearths the facts