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Issue: 2487

Dated: 19 Jan 2016


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Who is ‘not credible’—the union leaders or Corbyn?

Jeremy Corbyn angered and scared the Tories last weekend when he called for the legalisation of solidarity strikes, unilateral nuclear disarmament and a deal with Argentina over the Falklands.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Muslim women speak out - Cameron's language test plan is Tory racism

Hypocrite Cameron’s proposals are ‘patronising’ and ‘offensive’, Muslim women told Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Jail threat over abortion attempt sparks pro-choice protests

Pro-choice activists have taken to the streets against a decision to prosecute a woman for trying to bring about an abortion.

Cop accused of cover-up in Stephen Lawrence case could get off

A top cop accused of covering up police spying on the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence could dodge disciplinary action if he retires.

Reports round-up

Pickets turn away cars at EDF | Examine any offer carefully at DVSA | FBU ballot over South Yorkshire cuts | Students oppose axing of grants

Lambeth College strike leader in race to become UCU vice president

UCU Left supporters urge a vote for Mandy Brown as the union’s vice president. Elections for UCU’s national executive committee (NEC) run from 1 to 26 February.

University lecturers launch pay campaign

Workers in higher education (HE) have begun a national campaign over pay.

Unison left prepares for battles to come

More than 50 members of the Unison union met in Birmingham last Saturday to discuss the way forward for the left and all who want to fight austerity.

Blacklisted workers kick off at Anfield

Blacklisted workers protested at Liverpool FC’s match against Manchester United last Sunday against the use of Carillion to build the new stand at its Anfield stadium.

Strike vote to save Lambeth’s libraries

Lambeth library workers have voted overwhelmingly to strike to save ten libraries under threat from the south London Labour council’s cuts.

‘Dirty money’ cut is snow joke for school janitors in Glasgow

Some 130 primary school janitors in Glasgow are refusing to clear snow or spread grit in a row over “dirty money” with bosses at council-owned Cordia.

News in-brief

inquests into the deaths of fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough football disaster are set to resume on Monday of next week.

Second walkout for sacked postal worker in Fife

Postal workers in Cupar, Fife, walked out in defence of a sacked colleague for the second time yesterday, Monday.

Hundreds march against fracking in Upton

Around 400 people marched against fracking in Upton, near Chester, last Saturday.

Housing campaigners plan protests against new Tory bill

Over 100 tenants, trade unionists, councillors and Traveller groups attended an organising meeting against the Tories’ Housing and Planning Bill last Saturday.

Shower of solidarity for recycling strike in Bath

Recycling workers in Keynsham, near Bath, struck against low pay on Thursday and Friday of last week.

Refugees in Calais are forced from the ‘jungle’ into a prison

Less than 100 miles from London, the French authorities are using threats of violence to corral refugees into a new prison camp.

Anti-fascists organise to stop Nazi march in Dover

Anti-racists in Dover are building opposition to a planned anti-refugee march by the Nazi National Front (NF) and other fascists on Saturday 30 January.

Underground workers to strike over jobs, pay and Night Tube

Workers on London Underground were set to strike on Tuesday of next week for 24 hours.

After BMA suspends strike, keep up the fight for the NHS

Junior doctors’ leaders have called off a strike that was set to begin on Tuesday of next week.

Parents join picket lines to show support for Small Heath school strikers

NUT union members at Birmingham’s Small Heath school struck for a second day today, Wednesday, and NASUWT union members joined them.

Activists gather in London to discuss building resistance to the Tories

Around 100 people met to discuss building the fightback against the Tories in central London, today, Saturday.

Small Heath School teachers step up strikes and defend victimised union rep

Teachers gathered outside Birmingham's Small Heath School today, Tuesday, as NUT union members began a three-day strike following similar action last week.


International

German far right rides backlash but anti-racists outnumber them

Around 7,000 people protested against racism in the German city of Stuttgart last Saturday, following a series of attacks on refugees.

Palestine: A people under occupation have the right to resist

Bisan Abu Eisheh writes on the fight of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Protests in Austria as government sends troops to keep out refugees

Protesters took to the streets yesterday, Wednesday, as Austria’s government began a new clampdown on refugees’ freedom of movement.

'In our countries we aren't safe—so I preferred to risk death on the water' How refugees in Athens risked death on the seas

Dozens of people died early this morning, Friday, as their wooden boats sank off the coasts of Greek islands.

Protesters in Greece rage against treatment of refugees—and demand fences are torn down

Anti-racists from all over Greece marched on the border with Turkey last Sunday demanding safe passage for refugees.


Comment

Beckett report can't work out how Labour lost in 2015

The Labour Party got around to publishing its thoughts on why it lost last year’s general election. It doesn’t offer much in the way of insight.

Has the Turkish regime overplayed its hand?

Now president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since his Justice and Development Party (AKP) first won parliamentary elections in 2002.


Features

The media vs Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has been attacked from all sections of the mainsteam media. Raymie Kiernan explains why the media hate Corbyn—and how we can challenge them

Bernie Sanders' election campaign inspires activists across the US

Bernie Sanders is running to be the Democratic Party candidate for US president. He calls himself a socialist, he confidently puts out radical policies—and in some polls he’s ahead of the establishment choice Hillary Clinton.


Reviews

‘Bob Marley inspired a generation—to stand up for our rights’

Brian Richardson, author of the new book Bob Marley—Roots, Reggae and Revolution, spoke to Socialist Worker about Marley’s music, politics and legacy

A Guantanamo guard’s view from inside Camp X-Ray

Director Peter Sattler’s film Camp X-Ray stars Kristen Stewart as US army private Amy Cole and Peyman Moaadi as Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali.


What We Think

European Union isn't on migrants' side

European Union (EU) leaders are backing David Cameron’s clampdown on migrants claiming benefits.

Don’t let Cameron’s racist bile divide us

David Cameron’s discriminatory attacks on Muslim women this week have come under fire. Even former Tory chair Baroness Warsi called his plan to target those who don’t learn English “lazy” anti-Muslim “stereotyping”.


Other Categories

Letters

On the London Recruits, racism against refugees, and who really backed the junior doctors' strike

The Things They Say

‘Sit around in their £1 million mansions and eat croissants at breakfast’

The billionaires on the bus see their wealth go up and up

The 62 richest people on the planet are worth more than the combined wealth of half the world’s population.



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