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Issue: 2497

Dated: 30 Mar 2016


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Activists build solidarity as junior doctors escalate strikes

Junior doctors across England were set to begin a 48-hour strike on Wednesday of next week.


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News

DWP workers' pay rise should not have strings attached

PCS union members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will soon be offered an above inflation pay offer for the first time in years.

Fresh strikes for West Dunbartonshire teachers

Teachers in West Dunbartonshire, near Glasgow, were set to walk out on Wednesday and Thursday this week. They are fighting against a restructuring of management positions in five secondary schools.

Jeremy Corbyn and Labour at the NUT teachers' union conference

Labour leader Corbyn won wide support from the NUT conference delegates

NUT teachers' union conference debates workload and sixth forms

NUT delegates denounced teachers' workload as "intolerable and getting worse". Delegates also unanimously backed a motion paving the way for more strikes in Sixth Form Colleges.

Joint action on the cards at Glasgow City Council

Over 6,000 trade union members working for Glasgow City Council are balloting for strikes against the latest cuts driven through by the Labour-run administration.

South London libraries fight gathers support from other council workers

The fight to save Lambeth libraries from south London Labour council’s cuts stepped up a notch last week.

Fringe meetings at the NUT conference: anti-racism, Prevent, austerity, EU referendum....and more

Hundreds of delegates came to fringe meetings on fighting austerity, testing, racism and Islamophobia, and the EU referendum over the course of conference.

Reports round up

Five million public sector workers and 1.5 million in the private sector face a cut in their take-home pay from next week.

Bad day for Nazis in South Wales and Yorkshire

Over 500 people protested against the Nazi National Front (NF) in Swansea last Saturday.

Bosses plan minimum wage robbery

The Tories’ “living wage”, introduced this week, is a con. It’s only £7.20 an hour, applies only to over-25s—and scheming bosses plan to offset a higher hourly rate with cuts elsewhere.

Nazis given confidence by Belgian state's crackdown

The bombings in Belgium were horrific but repression helped the far right

Teachers prepare for battle as Tories face deep crisis

Teachers have declared war on Tory education secretary Nicky Morgan.

Steel crisis - we need urgent action to save tens of thousands of jobs

Tens of thousands of jobs in steel plants and linked industries are at risk after Tata put its 14 British plants up for sale. Some 15,000 jobs are directly affected. An estimated 25,000 more are under threat.

Anger after family of Jean Charles de Menezes loses human rights challenge

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes has lost a human rights challenge over the decision not to charge British police who killed him.


International

French unions join resistance

Major strikes in France against a new employment law were planned for Thursday of this week.

Brazil: Workers Party crisis shows limit of left’s strategy

As the right moves to overturn left governments in South America, important political arguments have been raised, writes Dave Sewell

EU border clampdown sparks resistance in Greece

Refugees, volunteers and anti-racists are resisting a clampdown in Greece.


Comment

The media—a house of spin built on lies

Faycal Cheffou, the only person to be charged with last week’s Brussels attacks that killed 31 people, was released on Tuesday of this week. The authorities seized and named Cheffou hours after the attacks. Media outlets were quick to condemn him.

David Cameron's gamble on Europe may not work

My prediction at the start of the year that “divisions among the Tories will become high profile” in 2016 has been amply confirmed.


Features

Six myths about the European Union

Left wing supporters of the European Union (EU) predict disaster if Britain votes to Leave. They say workers’ lives would get harder and racism would rise. But what would really happen? Socialist Worker looks behind six myths

Egypt's dictator is under pressure

Egypt is changing and as occupations, protests and strikes grow so does confidence—the left must rise to the challenge says Revolutionary Socialist Sameh Naguib


Reviews


What We Think

Israel is a terror state

Shocking video footage showing an Israeli soldier execute Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay wounded in the middle of a road went viral last week.


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Letters

Socialist Worker readers write in on Iain Duncan Smith's resignation, Tory plans for academisation, international war crimes, the German elections, and more

Troublemaker

Oil traders feast while farm traders hope for famine | The billionaire with no bank account | £100,000 spent on bedroom tax cases

Rotherham’s corrupt cops wouldn’t tackle child abuse

Jayne Senior spoke to Sadie Robinson about her new book which exposes how the authories in Rotherheam held back the truth of an abuse scandal



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