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Issue: 2508

Dated: 14 Jun 2016

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US activists say no to bigotry and racism after homophobic massacre

The homophobic massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last Sunday horrified people across the world. Nicola Field and Eric Fretz report from New York's Stonewall Inn

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After the homophobic massacre in Orlando, don't let the right divide us

At least 49 LGBT+ people have been killed and scores more wounded by a horrific homophobic attack on the Pulse night club in Orlando, United States in the early hours of Sunday.

Teachers race to get out the biggest possible strike vote

Tory cuts, tests and academisation threaten schools, but teachers are ready to fight, says Sadie Robinson

Defence of A&E steps up a gear as anti-cuts message rings out in Chorley

Over 1,800 people marched in Chorley last Saturday demanding their local hospital’s accident and emergency (A&E) department is reinstated.

‘We’ve fire in our bellies’ say Durham teaching assistants

School staff in Durham are taking on a Labour-run council over cuts, report Simon Hall and Raymie Kiernan

'We shall not live in fear' - thousands rally after homophobic massacre

Thousands of people joined vigils across Britain for the LGBT+ people killed in the Orlando homophobic massacre last night, Monday.

Unison must fight now to beat back the Tory assault

Thousands of public sector workers will gather at the Unison union’s annual conferences in Brighton from this Sunday. The fight against austerity and dissatisfaction with the union leadership will be key themes.

Irish abortion law ‘breached rights’

Ireland’s government subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment because of its abortion laws, according to the United Nations (UN) human rights committee.

Reports round-up

Workers At 100 Wood Street corporate offices in the City of London financial district are on all-out strike.

Join the national protest to axe the Housing Act

Campaigners are set to descend on London this Saturday for a national protest against the Tories’ Housing and Planning Act

University workers in Edinburgh and Kent strike against pay inequality and casualisation

UCU union members at Edinburgh and Kent universities struck today, Tuesday, in a row over pay. The walkout follows a strike by union members at the University of Winchester on Friday of last week, and a national 48-hour strike last month.

Museum workers on all-out strike in Wales to decide on a new deal

National Museum Wales bosses have retreated but workers could keep on fighting, argues Nick Clark

London Met workers rally against job cuts

London Metropolitan University (LMU) workers and supporters met on Tuesday of last week to discuss the fight to stop 395 job cuts. Bosses have targeted UCU union reps for redundancy.

EIS conference—anger over workloads needs to find a focus

Scottish education minister John Swinney was heckled by delegates to the EIS teachers’ union annual conference last weekend.

Barnet library strike builds up a head of steam as bosses feel the pressure

Library workers in Barnet, north London, walked out for three days from Monday. The Unison union members are resisting the Tory council’s plans to outsource the library service.

Calais convoy will put pressure on the Tories to let in refugees

Over 200 vehicles are set to leave Whitehall in central London on Saturday morning for the French port of Calais.

Bakers’ union conference cooks up more resistance to Tories

Members of the food workers’ Bfawu union met for their annual conference in Southport this week.

Workers on Shell North Sea rigs are 'sick fed up'—now they want to strike

North Sea oil workers on Shell platforms are balloting for strikes. They are employed by oil services giant Wood Group, which is slashing jobs and conditions.

University workers strike at Sussex for an end to casualisation and pay inequality

Workers at the University of Sussex are on strike today, Wednesday, demanding equal pay and an end to casual contracts.

Pickets at parliament as BBC workers strike against low pay

Journalists working at the BBC Parliament channel are striking today, Wednesday, to demand pay parity.

Don't let French authorities ban solidarity convoy to Calais

French authorities have outrageously banned a huge solidarity convoy to Calais at the last minute. Organisers have vowed to defy the clampdown, and call on the British authorities to intervene.

Racist hatred behind murder of Jo Cox

The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox is not about a 'lone individual'

Determined campaigners set off to join Calais convoy despite state ban

Activists all over Britain are loading vehicles and driving to London today, Friday, to join Saturday’s solidarity convoy to refugees in Calais—in defiance of a state ban.

Convoy to Calais leaves to deliver solidarity to refugees

Some 185 cars, vans, buses and lorries stretched down Whitehall past Downing Street as the Convoy to Calais set off this morning.Other vehicles will join the convoy near Dover.

Fury as police and governments block aid convoy to Calais

Hundreds of anti-racists have blocked the border checkpoint at Dover, Kent, today, Saturday in protest at cops' refusal to let the convoy to Calais through.

Convoy to Calais blocked, but still a big success

Campaigners from the convoy to Calais rallied outside the French embassy in London this evening, Saturday, after French authorities refused to let them enter into France earlier in the day.

Convoy to Calais

The Convoy to Calais brought together campaigners to show solidarity with refugees. Outrageously it was blocked at the border by the authorities.


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.

Escalating strikes can beat the French Work Law

Workers from all over France marched in Paris on Tuesday. Many of them were also on strike against the Labour-type government’s Work Law.

Left set to make gains in new Spanish election

A new left alliance is poised to replace the Labour-type Socialist Party (PSOE) as the main force on the parliamentary left in the coming Spanish election.


Workers are right to reject Cameron’s EU

David Cameron has handed his fate to the Labour Party. According to the Financial Times newspaper, he is “passing the baton to Labour’s leading figures to try to lure back working class voters veering towards Brexit”.

The environmental crisis needs political solutions, not technical ones

Any news that indicates it might be possible to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is enthusiastically celebrated. But there is a problem with the latest technological solutions.


An anti-racist, anti-austerity and socialist case to vote Leave

The EU is racist and beyond reform. A Leave vote would mean a double crisis—for the Tories and the ruling class

The children that rocked apartheid—forty years since the Soweto Uprising

Forty years ago this week the South African township of Soweto, near Johannesburg, exploded in revolt. School students defied the might of the apartheid state .


Versus—The life and films of Ken Loach

Director Louise Osmond‘s look at the life of radical film maker Ken Loach comes straight from the set of his latest feature I, Daniel Blake, about life on benefits.

Genius of the modern world - Marx’s ideas shine through the sneers

Marx, Genius of the modern world BBC Four, Thursday 16 June, 9pm

Beyond Caring - ‘To the boss, a cleaner is no more than a sturdy broom’

Actor Janet Etuk and director Alexander Zeldin spoke to Alistair Farrow about Beyond Caring, a new play about life on zero hour contracts.

What We Think

The rich, not migrants, are a drain on society

Politicians have been scrambling to outbid each other in attacking migrants as the European Union (EU) referendum looms closer.

The EU is no friend to workers

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and most trade union leaders have played a disgraceful role during the EU referendum debate.

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LETTERS: Redbridge teachers stand up for Leanne Mohamad

One month ago Leanne Mohamad, a girl from Wanstead High School in east London, won the Redbridge Speak Out challenge with her speech Birds Not Bombs.

Ombudsman slams cops over Loughinisland murders in Northern Ireland

Police informants were involved in planning and executing a sectarian attack in which six people were shot dead in a bar in Northern Ireland as they watched a World Cup match in 1994. 

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