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Issue: 2528

Dated: 01 Nov 2016

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Stop this class war cover-up—miners’ fury over Orgreave

The Tories are continuing a cover-up by refusing an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.

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Presidential crisis focuses resistance in South Korea

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of South Korea’s capital Seoul last Saturday to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye.

Time to take action to save libraries, galleries and museums

Over a quarter of a million people in the West Midlands could be left with no art gallery, youth services or museums and just one library out of 16 in four years time.

Ex-miners demand to know - who was responsible for police attacks at Orgreave?

About 100 people poured into the Yorkshire NUM Miners’ Hall in Barnsley today, Tuesday, for an Orgreave Truth and Justice (OTJC) press conference.

Durham teaching assistants resist pay cut - and prepare to strike

 Teaching assistants (TAs) in County Durham were set to strike next Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be their first walkout in a long-running dispute with the Labour council over a huge pay cut.

Workers demand equal pay for equal work as SNP backtracks on promise

Further education support workers in Scotland could strike on two days this month if talks with bosses break down over unequal lump sum payments to college workers.

National post strike was 'stronger than last time'

Post Office workers struck across Britain for the second time on Monday in a fight to stop attacks on their jobs, pensions—and to defend the service.

Thousands take to the streets to beat Tory health cuts in the NHS

Two huge marches to defend local services show a mood to defend the NHS, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Solid strike over G4S poverty pay at St George's Hospital as bosses suspend reps

Health workers at St George’s Hospital in south London struck for equal pay and conditions on Tuesday.

Labour activists furious after MPs’ vote on Yemen

Labour Party members and activists were outraged last week as more than 100 Labour MPs refused to vote for their party’s motion on the war in Yemen.

March for justice in Tower Hamlets

The police officers responsible for two shocking recent arrests in Tower Hamlets, east London, “should not be part of the police force”, a youth worker told a rally last Saturday.

Hundreds join rally over deaths in police custody

Some 400 people joined a procession last Saturday to commemorate those who have died in police custody.

IT workers stage shutdown at Fujitsu

Up to 300 IT services workers at Fujitsu in Manchester began a three day strike on Tuesday.

Rail workers protest and look to spread the fight against Southern rail bosses Govia

Up to 200 rail workers from every region across Britain protested in Westminster on Tuesday in support of train guards on Southern rail.

Refugees on the streets after Calais camp demolished

Hundreds of people, including children, are still sleeping rough in and around the ruins of the Calais “jungle” as it is demolished.

Court hears how cop lied over Sean Rigg's death

A police officer lied in July 2012 when he gave evidence to the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg, a court heard this week.

Newsquest journalists look to follow up hard-hitting walkout

Journalists working at regional newspapers in south London ended a ten-day strike on Friday of last week—and say more action could be on the cards.

Three cops involved in Kingsley Burrell case charged with perjury

Three police officers have been charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Support grows for the Kinsley 3 cleaners' fight

The Kinsley 3 and around 40 of their supporters protested outside C&D Cleaning Services offices in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on Monday.

Teachers should vote for one bigger union

The NUT and ATL teaching unions are holding conferences in London on Saturday to debate and vote on plans to merge.

London councils re-house families in ‘prison’ homes

Residents from the Boundary House temporary accommodation facility in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, held a protest last Friday.

Reports round-up: Join the boycott of London Met

Also: Stop the cuts to civil service redundancy payments | Pension strike votes at BMW Group and AEW | Action called off for talks at EHRC | Polish abortion protest in Bristol | Conference slams Turkish clampdown

Police commander's ignorance 'beggars belief' Rotherham 12 trial told

A police commander in charge on the day Nazis attacked Asian counter demonstrators in Rotherham has been likened to a character from TV comedy Fawlty Towers.

Turkish authorities arrest pro-Kurdish MPs

Turkish security forces have detained at least 11 MPs from the pro-Kurdish and left-wing Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

Striking Southern Rail guards want to step up the action as bosses' bullying continues

A fresh 48-hour strike by Southern train guards that began today, Friday, saw strikers furious at bullying and victimisation of trade unionists from bosses.

Big Stand Up To Racism meetings around the country aim to build mass movement

Around 350 people attended Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) meetings in Bristol, Birmingham and Huddersfield this week. They were part of a nationwide series of rallies on Confronting the Rise of Racism.


Millions of students join national strike in Spain

School and college students struck and protested across the Spanish state last week against exams they fear will bring back the elitism of former dictator Francisco Franco.

Fish seller’s death in Morocco sparks protests against regime

Protests have broken out across Morocco in north Africa after the death of a fish seller became a symbol of anger against the regime.


Trading blows turn treaties into toast—why trade deals are in trouble

ONE OF the main drivers of neoliberalism has been the removal of barriers to international trade. It is now in serious trouble.


‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson - How a radical campaigner was limited by Labour

A new biography of MP and campaigner Ellen Wilkinson documents her fight for radical change—and how a commitment to parliament scuppered it, writes Nick Clark

Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? A false choice that's rigged in favour of the bosses

The vote for US president next Tuesday will pitch two of the most unpopular and reactionary candidates ever against each other. Whoever wins will be distrusted and disliked by a majority of the population.


How revolutionary times produced revolutionary art

The 1917 Russian Revolution unleashed a torrent of creativity in every field of art, from painting and sculpture to acting, poetry and architectural engineering.

Boyz n the Hood re-release couldn’t be more relevant

Back in the early 1990s anyone who followed black American culture could sense a coming explosion. A series of black films were omens of a new era.

What We Think

Tories struggle to fight on many fronts

Theresa May’s ministers this week scuppered some of their predecessors’ key policies.

Uber workers' win gives us a lift

In a welcome judgement, an employment tribunal has ruled in favour of two Uber taxi drivers.

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LETTERS: Organise, don’t mourn, after the destruction of the refugee ‘jungle’ in Calais

The events in Calais last week exposed the incompetence and the brutality of both the British and French governments.

How do bosses still dare to pay women lower wages?

The resilience of the gender pay gap is nothing to celebrate, Sadie Robinson argues—and the reasons tell us something about how the system uses sexism

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