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Issue: 2507

Dated: 07 Jun 2016

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By backing the EU, Corbyn only helps his enemies

Labour leader’s speech threw away a chance to reshape the referendum, reports Tomáš Tengely-Evans

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Left of BMA's junior doctors' committee opposes new contract deal

Members on the left of the British Medical Association's (BMA) junior doctors' committee have broken their silence over the proposed junior doctors' contract deal. Plus: NHS students march against bursary cuts in London

Muhammad Ali—the life of a people's champion

Muhammad Ali captivated the world when he became world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964. He mixed extraordinary grace and speed in the ring with a larger than life personality outside it.

Suspended Labour councillor calls for party to back resistance

A suspended Labour councillor has warned her party that it could suffer “the most terrible of lost opportunities” by not launching national resistance to council cuts.

Workers back more strikes to defend pay and education at UCU union congress

The pay fight in higher education was a key debate at the UCU union's annual congress in Liverpool last week. UCU members in universities held a two-day national strike last month for a pay rise and an end to pay inequality.

UCU members debate defending education - and more - at annual congress

The Tory assault on education, and resistance to it, dominated the UCU union’s annual congress in Liverpool last week.

Activists discuss taking on Prevent agenda at London conference

A large conference last Saturday showed the potential to build a campaign to stop the government’s Prevent strategy, which targets Muslims.

Bosses stall on deal, but Wales museum workers on all-out strike remain solid

PCS union members in Wales are building solidarity as talks are set for this week, writes Nick Clark

BHS worker—‘The system is rigged against people like me’

Some 11,000 jobs are set to go after Duff & Phelps, administrators for BHS, failed to find a buyer for the retail chain.

Chilcot may clear Campbell, but Blair gets his guns ready

Spin doctor Alastair Campbell is set to be cleared by the Chilcot Inquiry, despite his role in “sexing up” the intelligence that helped push Britain into the war in Iraq.

Calais convoy is a protest at state attacks on refugees

Hundreds of anti-racists from across Britain plan to join a solidarity convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June in support of refugees and migrants.

Industrial round up

An inquest into the death of north London teenager Henry Hicks was set to begin on Monday of next week.

Anti-racism and anti-fascism round-up

Fascist SDL humiliated in Glasgow | Anti-fascists in Rotherham stand firm against Pegida | Activists outnumber Nazis in Brighton | Britain first no-show in Leicester | Defend Shafiq Mohammed | Turn out against Trump

Strike planned for libraries in Barnet

Barnet council library workers in north London were set to strike for three days from Monday of next week against the Tory council’s plans to outsource the library service.

'Labour has stabbed us in the back'—Durham teaching assistants resist cuts

Teaching assistants face vicious attacks at the hands of Labour councils. Raymie Kiernan talks to workers who are refusing to take it lying down

Court ruling could derail Southern train strike

A judge banned the Aslef train drivers’ union from going on strike last week.

Social workers debate refugee solidarity

Up to 250 people attended the Social Work Action Network (Swan) conference last Saturday in central London. It took place before a European social work day of solidarity with refugees, which saw a delegation from the conference set off on a convoy to Calais.

Pennine Foods strikers block gates and plan escalation against 2 Sisters

Food factory workers in Sheffield struck against bosses’ plans to cut their weekend, bank holiday and night shift pay on Sunday and Monday.

London hotel sacks waiter for trade union activities

ME hotel in London has sacked waiter Robert Czegely for handing out trade union leaflets, what they call “gross misconduct”.

Defend victimised Bfawu trade union activist at Samworth Brothers

A victimised trade union activist at a food factory in Leicester has slammed bosses for sacking him because of his union activities.

University strikers take on zero hours and low pay in Winchester

Workers at the University of Winchester are on strike today, Friday. The UCU union members are fighting a measly 1.1 percent pay offer—and want equal pay for women and an end to casualised contracts too.

Activist Chris Stephenson to face Turkish court

Chris Stephenson, socialist activist and lecturer at Istanbul’s Bilgi university, has been charged with possessing “propaganda for a terrorist organisation.”

Hillary Clinton declares victory but the fight for a better society continues

Hillary Clinton has proclaimed herself the winner of the contest to be the Democratic Party candidate for the US president in November.


Floods can't wash away the strikes in France

Workers bring France to a standstill days before the Euro 2016 football tournament, reports Dave Sewell

Populist right wins in Italian elections

Italy’s populist 5-Star Movement moved one step closer to governing the capital Rome on Monday.


Would leaving the EU get rid of our rights?

People who defend the European Union (EU) often argue that it protects human rights and that these cannot be taken away, under any circumstance.

Oh yes? What would Churchill do in the EU vote?

David Cameron believes that Winston Churchill would vote Remain on 23 June. Boris Johnson claims that Churchill would have been a Brexiter. Who is right? Who cares? Tories.


Fuel on the fire - striking Le Havre oil workers speak out against bosses' Work Law

Striking oil workers against the Labour-type government’s proposed Work Law have cut off crucial fuel supplies at a key choke point for French capitalism.


What We Think

Leave vote will weaken our right wing enemies

What is the European Union (EU) referendum really about? According to some of the leading campaigners,

Tony Blair must pay the price

Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair’s grip on reality has seemed weak for some time now.

Other Categories

Sherrl Yanowitz, 1942—2016

Sherrl Yanowitz, who died of cancer last week, was a tremendous fighter against injustice, oppression and capitalism all her life.

Reg Taylor 1923-2016

It is sad to have to write about the death of Reg Taylor, who was 93 years old.

LETTERS: Being black is political—let’s stay united against racism

There was intense debate at the black students’ conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) last month about how we identify which culture we belong to and how we fight oppression.

The things they say

‘A small group of people who do very well out of the current system, and know Christine Lagarde and can go mwah mwah with her at Davos’

The Troublemaker

A former senior aide to prime minister David Cameron has been convicted of downloading pictures of girls as young as ten in sexual poses.

Greedy food giant 2 Sisters swallows up firms at workers’ expense

Boparan Holdings Ltd, 2 Sisters’ parent company, has quietly become Britain’s largest food and drink manufacturer by attacking workers’ pay and conditions.

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