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Issue: 2546

Dated: 21 Mar 2017

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‘I was crying and in pain'—the truth behind the Tory benefit cuts

The Tories ramped up their war on disabled people with dangerous new “reforms” to the personal independence payment (Pip) benefits last Thursday.

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Schools revolt and Scotland standoff add to Tories’ woes

The Tories are on the rocks over their attacks on schools

Officials covered up birth defects link to protect drug firm

New evidence has emerged of a cover-up involving the government, medical authorities and giant corporations.

Strike against cuts that will destroy a school

Around 70 people formed a loud, confident picket line at Forest Hill School for boys in Lewisham, south east London, today, Tuesday.

Hundreds march against downgrade of A&E as opposition to NHS cuts spreads

The hospital has set up a private company called Barnsley Support Services. It wants to transfer the hospital estate, maintenance, procurement and other support staff to it. Existing staff will be protected for a period under Tupe regulations but unions fear that the move will lead to a two-tier workforce.

New Tory law hits lecturers’ action

Two dangerous examples this week were the first to show how the Trade Union Act can be used to put the brakes on disputes.

Bosses evict terminally ill residents for making ‘loss’

Care home residents in Doncaster were told last week they would be evicted in 30 days because their residence is “not sustainable”.

Fighting back pays out in Swansea

Health workers at three hospitals in South Wales have forced a pay rise of up to £1,900 from bosses after a one-day walkout in January.

Fujitsu pickets brave weather to deliver a shutdown

Workers at IT services firm Fujitsu struck last Friday—and planned further walkouts on Friday this week and next Monday.

Transport round up: Drivers should derail the shoddy deal on Southern

Southern Rail train drivers will be balloted on a new deal agreed between their Aslef union leaders and bosses at Govia Thameslink Railway.

Reports round up: More cinemas join Picturehouse dispute

Workers across the Picturehouse cinema chain struck last Saturday.

Len McCluskey embarrassed in campaign email ‘error’

Days before voting starts in the Unite union’s general secretary election, incumbent Len McCluskey’s campaign has been caught sending members false information.

Nuclear workers bring their AWEsome power to bear on bosses

Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) were set to take the first of a new round of eight 24-hour strikes on Thursday of this week and Monday of next.

As May triggers Article 50, the EU is still no alternative

New EU attacks on Greek workers and on refugees are a reminder that our task is fight for a left Brexit

Tens of thousands join demos to stand up to racism

Successful demonstrations last Saturday show the potential to build bigger resistance to the racist right

Winning Scottish independence will take a revolt against the Tories

With a second referendum in Scotland increasingly likely, the left must fight to make sure it is called and won—and furthers ordinary people’s interests

Cleaners strike for equality at university in London

Cleaners at the London School of Economics (LSE) university began a 48-hour strike today

McDonald's workers ordered not to be political online

McDonald’s fast food stores are clamping down on trade union activists.

Tory schools funding plan provokes parents' fury

Parents are hitting back at Tory plans to slash schools' money.

Aslef union leaders strike another rotten deal with Southern bosses

Aslef union leaders and bosses at Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern rail, have agreed a deal to be voted on by train drivers.

Anti-racists gather across Britain to join protests against racism

Anti-racists gather across Britain to join protests against racism

Tens of thousands march against racism

Thirty thousand people demonstrated in London today in a great show of determined unity against racism.

Anti-racist unity in the streets of London

30,000 people joined the Stand Up To Racism march in London

Glasgow says no to racism

Around 3,000 people joined an anti-racist march in Glasgow

Anti-racists march in London

Footage from the 30,000-strong Stand Up To Racism demonstration in London

Labour activists slapped down by party officials for opposing free school

Labour Party officials have threatened to suspend one of their own constituency parties for campaigning against a free school

Thirty days notice of eviction for care home residents

Care home residents in Doncaster—including many receiving end-of-life care—were told last week they were being evicted


Workers come last in the first of US president Donald Trump's budgets

Attacks on workers could be trouble for Trump—if the movement stays strong enough, says Alistair Farrow

UN's Rima Khalaf forced to resign after criticising Israeli 'apartheid'

Head of a United Nations (UN) agency Rima Khalaf has been forced to resign after publishing a report calling Israel an apartheid state.

Racist right in Netherlands could see election breakthrough

As people in the Netherlands vote in a general election today, Wednesday, the result could be another breakthrough for the racist right.

Dutch far right comes second in election—but establishment parties can't stem its rise

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has hailed the result as a victory against “the wrong kind of populism”.

Trump suffers setback over second Muslim ban

US president Donald Trump’s latest Muslim ban has suffered a sharp legal reverse

Large march in Paris caps off international weekend of anti-racism

Over ten thousand people demonstrated in Paris yesterday, Sunday, against racism and police violence


The best democracy that money can buy

Elections can be bought. While voters are no longer bought beer in rotten boroughs, the spending at elections is eye watering.

Hammond's national insurance climbdown exposed Tory weaknesses

Tory chancellor Philip Hammond has shown that the Tories are for turning.


School bullies meet their match—how resistance to school funding cuts is spreading

Theresa May and her education secretary Justine Greening may have bitten off more than they can chew

South Korea - a state built for empires

After a corrupt president, a mystic adviser and a giant firm were all humbled by revolt, Simon Basketter looks at how US imperialism, profit and dictatorship shaped South Korea

Lenin sought to unite workers in struggle

Our rulers caricature the Bolsheviks who led the Russian Revolution because they are afraid of a repeat


Get Out - a film that taps into the horror of life in a racist society

This genre-straddling US blockbuster hones in on racism—casual and overt, writes Ken Olende. Also: reviews of Man Down and The Salesman

What We Think

McGuinness went from rebel to minister

Rebels are often condemned in their lifetime and praised in death. Former Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader Martin McGuiness managed to receive the praise while still alive.

Labour’s right wing MPs won’t be beaten at their own game

So much has changed inside the Labour Party, and yet so little.

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LETTERS: There’s plenty of room for refugees—just ask the toffs

We need to thank the Financial Times newspaper for helping to explode the myth that “Britain is full”. Last week it ran a fawning profile of Britain’s largest landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch.

The Troublemaker - Baron George Osborne’s job creation scheme for himself

The Troublemaker - now edited by George Osborne!

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