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Issue: 2524

Dated: 04 Oct 2016

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May cannot unite a Tory party that’s deeply split over Brexit

Theresa May laid out her plan for Brexit on Sunday—at her first Tory party conference as prime minister.

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London Met strike fights cuts chaos

Strikers at London Metropolitan University have won huge support from trade unionists, students and others, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Taking the East Coast picket line

Virgin Trains East Coast (Vtec) workers walked out on strike on Monday.

Dirty tricks from Durham Labour council as teaching assistants ballot for strikes

Labour-run Durham County Council is playing classic divide and rule to ram through its 23 percent cut to pay teaching assistants' (TAs) pay in the hope it can undermine a move towards strikes.

Reports round-up: Protests against NHS cuts and privatisation

Also: Manchester fire chiefs back down on mass sacking | Stop presses for Newsquest jobs | Ritzy’s revenge opens on Friday | Glasgow council divides unions | Airport protesters take on Heathrow | Pay action on Ipswich buses

Labour gets members mobilised in school fight

Labour’s day of action against Tory grammar schools got its activists out on the streets, reports Nick Clark

Right wing Labour MPs plan shadow cabinet comeback—but only on their terms

Jeremy Corbyn was under pressure this week to accept a compromise deal on shadow cabinet elections with those who tried to oust him.

Rotherham abuse case defendant denies knowing accusers

A man accused of sexual assaults denied knowing his accusers yet had contacted two of them on Facebook, a court has heard.

Trade unionists blockade Amazon depot

Also: LSE cleaners insist they are not second class

Radical Independence conference pushes for indyref2 and unity against austerity

Over 200 people attended the Radical Independence Campaign (Ric) conference in Glasgow last Saturday.

Orgreave and Rotherham 12 campaigns fight against injustices and lies

Around 80 people gathered for a conference hosted by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign in Sheffield last Saturday.

Tories backtrack on deficit but are still out to line the bosses’ pockets

Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed a “reset” of Tory economic policy in his speech on Monday, ditching any timetable for eliminating Britain’s deficit.

Tories show their nasty side with housing policy

Plans unveiled by the Tories to boost housing won’t come close to solving the crisis of a lack of affordable homes.

Southern Rail privatisers threaten to sack all strikers

Train guards on Southern Rail faced the sack unless they accepted a new role and agreed to bosses’ terms by Thursday this week.

Theresa May's talk of 'centre ground' can't mask her dangerous right wing vision

Prime minister Theresa May closed a Conservative Party conference of hard right wing policies by laying out her “vision” in a speech today, Wednesday.

Activists plan protests after Tories overturn Lancashire council's fracking ban

Communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid has overturned Lancashire County Council’s rejection of fracking today, Thursday. He authorised gas firm Cuadrilla to begin its dangerous drilling for shale gas at Preston New Road in the village of Little Plumpton.

Over 200 join solidarity protest outside court as trial of Rotherham 12 begins

More than 200 people protested on the first day of the trial of the Rotherham 12 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, today, Thursday.


More bombing won’t end the killing in Syria

Hundreds of people have been killed and whole residential districts destroyed in Aleppo, Syria, in the last two weeks.

Black Lives Matter protesters won’t accept a whitewash after more killings

Protests took place across the US over the weekend as the police’s killing spree continued apace.

Anger as politicians pledge to demolish Calais 'jungle'

The “jungle” shantytown of refugees in Calais is to be demolished “in the next few weeks”, French prime minister Manuel Valls vowed last Sunday.

Racist propaganda falls short in Hungary’s anti-refugee referendum

Also: Narrow vote rejects Farc peace deal in Colombia

South African student revolt grows in face of repression

The South African students’ revolt against a tuition fee hike continues—and has defied the authorities’ attempts to stop demonstrations and protests.

West plots to deport Afghan refugees back to warzone

Western governments and their allies are conniving to send Afghan refugees back to a warzone.

Chicago teachers suspend planned all out strike after 'tentative agreement'

The Chicago Teachers’ Union suspended a planned strike of 30,000 workers as Socialist Worker went to press.


Deutsche Bank— the profit unarmed

Deutsche Bank has symbolised German capitalism ever since its foundation in 1870, on the eve of Germany’s unification.


What’s behind Labour’s migrant panic?

Too many Labour politicians are going along with the Tories’ racist arguments that migrants are taking jobs, houses and driving down wages. Dave Sewell looks at the facts


Will Damned expose Tories’ cuts agenda in social work?

Damned, Channel 4’s new sitcom about social workers, made a decent start. But we’re yet to see if it will tackle the real issues, writes Louise Harrisen

Abstract Expressionism—when New York was alive with promise

The Royal Academy’s exhibition gives a glimpse of New York’s artistic scene in the aftermath of the Second World War.

What We Think

Troops let off the leash to inflict more brutality

Theresa May pledged this week to “put an end to the industry of vexatious claims” against soldiers under human rights law.

Labour’s racism ruse

Activist Jackie Walker was removed as the vice chair of Labour left group Momentum on Monday.

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LETTERS: Celebrate Jeremy Corbyn’s win and build the fight against Tories

In the past when the Labour right has not been able to rely on the trade union bureaucracy to bolster its position, it has tacked left.

The things they say

‘More brains in the tent, please’

Tory PR firm made Al-Qaida videos in Iraq for US spooks

The US military paid a British PR firm over half a billion dollars in the wake of the 2003 Iraq invasion to create fake terrorist videos in a covert operation.

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