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Issue: 2492

Dated: 23 Feb 2016

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Solidarity needed as junior doctors announce new strike days

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called more strikes in the battle against Jeremy Hunt's imposed contracts. Junior doctors will strike for 48 hours on Wednesday 9 March and two other dates.

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After Rotherham verdicts, survivor vows to fight for the whole truth


Rotherham solicitor slams police 'corruption' after abuse trial

After guilty verdicts in the Rotherham abuse trial, David Greenwood, the solicitor representing 65 survivors of abuse in Rotherham speaks to Socialist Worker

South African students ignite growing protest movement

SOUTH AFRICAN university campuses are burning with revolt. Protests are bursting out across the country over fees, racism, exclusions and the way the apartheid past still shapes education. At least eight universities have seen battles in the past week.

Construction workers at Rosyth aircraft carrier site on unofficial strike

Some 150 construction workers on two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers in Rosyth on the Firth of Forth are on unofficial strike.

GMB council of war helps Labour right rally against Jeremy Corbyn over Trident

Over 50 GMB union delegates from the defence industry gathered in Newcastle yesterday, Thursday, to discuss Trident renewal.

FBU union leader Matt Wrack slams his critics in Labour

FBU firefighter’s union general secretary Matt Wrack said he won’t be rattled by “people within the Labour party machine who clearly don’t want to see change”. In an exclusive interview with Socialist Worker Wrack responded to claims this week that his attempt to rejoin the Labour Party was questioned by his local party.

Tens of thousands join CND Stop Trident demo in London - now let’s build on it

Socialist Worker's reports throughout the day from the CND demonstration against Trident in London

5,000 join march to save Huddersfield A&E

AROUND 5,000 people joined a demonstration against the closure of the A&E department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) today, Saturday.

Defence campaign for Rotherham anti-fascist protesters launched

Over 150 people met in Rotherham last Saturday to launch a defence campaign for 12 Asian men who face jail following an anti-fascist protest.

Birmingham teachers stage fresh walkout to defend their victimised union rep

The fight to defend victimised NUT union rep Simon O’Hara is at a critical stage. NUT union members at Birmingham’s Small Heath School began a three-day strike to defend Simon today, Tuesday.  

First joint college strike in ten years as staff take action for pay and education

College workers across England were set to strike on Wednesday of this week over pay. The walkout, by UCU and Unison union members, will be the first joint pay strike in ten years.

Lecturers in ballot for strikes in Scotland as college boss’s payoff provokes outrage

Lecturers in the EIS-Fela Scottish teachers’ and lecturers’ union are balloting for a national strike. They are demanding equal pay and fighting the imposition of a previously rejected offer.

Birmingham teachers step up strikes to defend victimised Small Heath school rep

Teachers at Birmingham’s Small Heath School began a three-day strike in defence of victimised NUT union rep Simon O’Hara today, Tuesday.

Questions remain on Unison election

Unison union president Wendy Nichols said last week that the long-awaited returning officer’s report into the general secretary election “confirms the result”.

Young Labour poll boost for leader Jeremy Corbyn

Young Labour’s annual conference was set to elect a seat to the party’s National Executive Committee as it met in Scarborough this week.

SNP’s cuts threaten 15,000 council jobs in Scotland

The supposedly “anti-austerity” Scottish National Party (SNP) is slashing £500 million from Scottish council budgets this year. The Scottish government’s budget was set to be finalised in Holyrood this week, signalling the start of another round of severe local government cuts.

Mushin Ahmed's alleged killer held 'racist beliefs', court hears

A man accused of murdering an Asian pensioner in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, held “racist beliefs”, a court has heard.

Reports round-up

Protest against Gatwick oil drilling | Storms brewing over Met Office pay row | Network Rail stations for sale | Radical Independence Campaign conference | Shepton Mallet cider workers lobby MPs | Action for Children charity workers back pay strike | Defend Rotherham anti-Nazis | Bedroom tax worse than predicted | Firefighters' dispute hots up in South Yorkshire | West Midlands FBU launch industrial action | United Utilities workers strike

Reviews round-up

Leonardo da Vinci: Mechanics of Genius at the Science Museum | America in Revolt: the Art of Protest at the Shapero Modern | The Glass Bead Game podcasts

Sixth form teachers could walk out to stop Tory cuts

Teachers in sixth forms in England are fighting to get the biggest possible vote for strikes in a ballot that ends on Monday of next week.

Five schools in Dunbartonshire shut by strike

TEACHERS in West Dunbartonshire struck for 24 hours over cuts on Thursday of last week, shutting all five secondary schools in the council area.The teachers rejected the council’s latest offer by nine to one.

Fight to exit left after vote on EU is called

As rotten politicians line up on both sides, Tomáš Tengely-Evans calls for a left exit

Vote for socialists in NUT elections

VOTING to elect the national executive of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) starts this week.

Tories fight to slash disability benefits

The Tories were trying to reimpose a benefit cut so harsh even the Lords rejected it as Socialist Worker went to press.

HMRC announces 150 compulsory redundancies - union must call action

In an escalation of the attack on civil service workers, bosses at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued 150 compulsory redundancy notices on Tuesday of last week.

Butterfields tenants take campaign to Labour MP

Around 15 tenants from Butterfields housing estate, where new landlords are pushing through evictions, went to their Labour MP Stella Creasy’s “housing awards” last Saturday.

Protests as refugees in Calais face new attack - all out for 19 March demos

French courts were deciding whether to bulldoze the temporary homes of around 3,000 refugees in Calais as Socialist Worker went to press.

College staff in England walk out on strike over 'insult pay offer'

College workers across England are on strike today, Wednesday, against a 0 percent pay "offer".

Heathrow 13 protesters avoid jail in a 'victory for the movement'

Thirteen environmental protesters won a last minute reprieve from jail today, Wednesday, for resisting airport expansion plans that would be a disaster for the climate.


Afghan refugee speaks out as French cops raid Calais 'Jungle' camp

The police are currently evicting people from the “Jungle” in Calais. They are going round telling people they have one hour to leave. So far this morning, Friday, they have destroyed five or six shelters.

Irish election: Establishment gets a kicking as people deliver verdict on austerity

The vote reflected continuing resistance to austerity, and in particular the powerful campaign against water charges. The left of Labour Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (AAA/PBP) group and Sinn Fein made significant gains.

Fury at water charges will shape result of Irish election after 80,000 hit the streets

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin last Saturday. Anti-water charge campaigners held a major demonstration ahead of the country’s general election on Friday of this week.

Drought in Southern Africa threatens millions with famine

Millions are suffering in Southern Africa but capitalism can’t solve the climate crisis, says Alistair Farrow 

Five-day general strike in Guinea ends with workers winning many key demands

A general strike that began in west Africa’s Guinea on Monday of last week ended after five days with significant gains.

Doctors in Egypt ready for strike against police brutality

Doctors across Egypt held protests last Saturday against police brutality. Also: Chinese steel plant shut down, Morocco set for general strike


How defiant dancers took on the bigotry of the US South

Students organising an openly gay dance in the Ku Klux Klan’s heartland helped to create a new era, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Cameron's big business backers can’t cover Tory divisions over EU

Two pieces in Monday’s press define the agony that is beginning to engulf the Tory party. The first, in the Financial Times newspaper, announced, “Big business backs Cameron’s push to keep Britain in the EU.” The second was Boris Johnson’s lengthy explanation in his Telegraph blog explaining why he opted to join the Leave campaign.


Trident—the jobs destroyer

Thousands will march this Saturday to oppose the renewal of Trident. But Tories and some union leaders and Labour MPs say scrapping nukes means scrapping jobs too. Dave Sewell insists they’re wrong

'We can’t miss this moment', says PCS leader Mark Serwotka

PCS union leader Mark Serwotka told Charlie Kimber that Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader is a historic opportunity to build resistance—and stronger trade unions


Since when is a boss of a sweatshop the real victim?

New Chinese film Factory Boss is riddled with problems and contradictions. And its final message is troubling, writes Robbie Shaw

Damnificados: a magical realist manifesto for the poor

Debut novelist JJ Amaworo Wilson’s magical realist fable celebrates the ingenuity, tenacity and resistance of slum-dwellers.

What We Think

Topple the system to disarm Trident warheads

The war on Syria is just one of the 42 conflicts raging across the globe. Amid the quagmire of the US and Russia’s shifting imperialist alliances, the conflict could rapidly escalate.

Why are Labour helping Cameron keep his EU deal alive?

The Tory party is in crisis. Half of its MPs, at least six cabinet ministers—plus Boris Johnson—and nearly all the Conservative-backing press oppose David Cameron on the European Union (EU) referendum.

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Last week was half term for many teachers in England. Over 50 of us joined other trade unionists in a delegation of Trade Unionists for Calais to the refugee camp.

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