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Issue: 2552

Dated: 02 May 2017


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Mark Serwotka - let’s support Jeremy Corbyn, and build struggle too

PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka says resistance must be increased in the run-up to 8 June - not put on hold.


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News

Support for Picturehouse workers grows in latest walkout

Cinema workers walked out across five Picturehouse sites in London on Monday and joined the May Day demonstration.

IPCC investigators didn’t know about shooters’ meeting, Anthony Grainger inquiry hears

The IPCC police watchdog was unaware of a meeting between Mark Duggan’s killer and the cop that shot Anthony Grainger, a public inquiry heard last week.

South Koreans march on May Day as presidential election looms

South Korean workers marched in their tens of thousands on Monday. A presidential election is due on 9 May.

Angry protesters take on Theresa May in Bristol - and chase away the Tories

A group of noisy protesters gathered to demonstrate against Theresa May when she spoke in Bristol on Tuesday evening.

Campaigners hail victory after McDonald’s backs down over zero-hours contracts

Fast food chain McDonald’s has announced it will offer fixed-term contracts to workers who want them.

Children at Birmingham school to spend less time learning due to Tory funding cuts

A Birmingham school plans to slash two and a half hours’ teaching time from children each week because of Tory cuts.

Labour is right on the NHS pay cap - now get the fat cats out of the health service

Labour has pledged today, Wednesday, to scrap the Tories’ 1 percent pay cap for tens of thousands of health workers.

Rail workers rally against cuts that threaten safety

Hundreds of workers joined a protest outside Parliament in London, and strikes are coming.

Theresa May is a “bloody liar” says Sybil after Corbyn reads out her NHS question

A pensioner whose fears about going into hospital were ridiculed by Theresa May has slammed the Tory leader as a “bloody liar”.

Strong college strike in Scotland as EIS Fela members tell bosses, “Honour the deal!”

Over 4,600 lecturers across 20 further education colleges in Scotland struck today, Thursday. They have a simple message to their employers—“honour the deal” agreed 13 months ago.

Malia Bouattia losing NUS presidency is setback for left—but right haven't won

Malia Bouattia lost her campaign to be re-elected as National Union of Students (NUS) president yesterday, Wednesday.

Hundreds protest against Israeli ambassador Mark Regev at Soas

Hundreds of students and their supporters protested outside the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) yesterday evening, Thursday, as Israeli ambassador Mark Regev spoke inside.

Muslim woman who disrupted Ukip’s election launch says, ‘Take on the racists’

A Muslim woman who disrupted the racist Ukip party’s general election launch today has called on people to “protest against the racists wherever they go”.

Corbyn tells London meeting - support the many, not the super-rich

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told a meeting in east London today, Saturday, that, “The papers say one thing, but the mood on the street tells me something very different.”

Student nurse slams Theresa May’s ‘disgraceful’ food bank comments

Prime minister Theresa May is running away from questions and callously indifferent to the malign effects of her policies.

Labour’s new policy on workers’ rights tinkers but doesn’t transform

The difference between what’s on offer at the general election from the Tories and Labour was underlined last week over workers’ rights.

Activists call protests, ‘big assemblies’ and ‘question times’ in fight to stop school cuts

The battle to stop Tory education cuts is growing.

Disgraceful Labour rebels gun for left wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, not the Tories

Never mind kicking out the Tories and ending their hated austerity policies. For some in the Labour Party, the bigger prize is ousting leader Jeremy Corbyn.

May Day marchers take to the streets across Britain to fight Tory austerity and cuts

Trade unionists took to the streets last bank holiday weekend to mark international workers’ day. Around 1,000 marched in Glasgow and over 2,000 in London.

Reports round-up - Fujitsu workers walk out over cost-cutting

Also - cleaners plan strikes, One Housing protest planned, Lambeth libraries protest and BMW strikes

Fresh strike planned over cuts at Lewisham's Forest Hill School

NUT union members at Forest Hill School were set to strike on Wednesday this week. The workers are fighting a planned £1.3 million cuts package that Labour-run Lewisham council is trying to impose.

Fury as bosses ban a UCU union meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University

Workers at Manchester Metropolitan University were furious after bosses banned the UCU union from holding a meeting on campus last week.

Ahead of Thursday’s elections - councils in Scotland have earned voters’ disdain

Viewing the results of Thursday’s Scottish council elections as purely a barometer of attitudes to independence, or of Brexit, would be a mistake.

Labour’s pledge on housing is ‘the wrong way around’

Politicians lined up last week to criticise each others’ record over housebuilding.

Solid picket lines on Northern rail strike

Over 1,000 Northern rail train guards and drivers union struck last Friday.

Iraqi family speaks out: ‘The way government treats refugees fuels racism’

A family of Iraqi refugees has compared their intimidation by racists on the streets to that by the Home Office.


International

French left organises against the Nazi Marine Le Pen in presidential election

It’s right to emphasise the danger of Le Pen—and to oppose ex-banker Macron too, says Dave Sewell

Mass protests in the US will mark 100 days of Donald Trump

In the 100 days since Donald Trump came to office he has clashed with sections of the political establishment and, crucially, faced opposition on the streets and in workplaces.

Thousands of Palestinians join general strike in solidarity with prisoners

Clashes erupted across the West Bank last Friday as Palestinians held a “day of rage” in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners.

Thousands strike and march in the US for migrants’ rights on May Day

The movement against Donald Trump’s crackdown on migrants leapt forward on Monday.


Comment

The not-so-decisive 100 days of Trump

The idea that a US president’s first 100 days in office should be decisive goes back to Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.


Features

How we fought the colonels’ coup in Greece—and what it can teach us for today

Fifty years ago on Friday, Maria Styllou was among those who occupied the Greek embassy in London in response to a coup in Greece. She explains how the coup happened and what it means

Hospitals - Tories’ racist message to migrants is, keep out

One hospital is giving out leaflets telling patients without the right papers to pay up or risk being kicked out of Britain. Dave Sewell continues our investigation into the racist clampdown in the NHS

Workers’ ideas—changing through struggle

There is a constant battle for which ideas win out in society, argues Sadie Robinson. And when workers begin to fight back they turn all the normal ideas they’re fed upside down


Reviews

Russia 1917—new book is a weapon against the right

As the centenary of the Russian Revolution progresses, shelves in bookshops are beginning to groan under the weight of books about 1917.

Hope, Tragedy, Myths—British Library throws the book at the Russian Revolution

The British Library’s new Russian Revolution exhibition has some fantastic artefacts but a poor conclusion, writes Sarah Bates

Diffusion—Cardiff photography festival humanises tragedy and revolt

On 1 August 2016, 118 people were rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautical miles off the Libyan coast.

Josephine Baker biography celebrates the rebel behind the singer

Josephine Baker is most recognisable to some in her iconic skirt of rubber bananas as the “first black star of the world stage”.


What We Think


Other Categories

LETTERS - Jeremy Corbyn, socialists and the general election

I would be really happy to see ­someone like Jeremy Corbyn at the top of the left party in Germany.

May makes a meal of Brexit dinner

Highly damaging leaks from a meeting at Downing Street have demolished Theresa May’s claim she will deliver a smooth Brexit for all.

The Lib Dems aren’t progressive - they’re opportunists on the side of the bosses

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is trying hard to rebrand the party’s image after it jumped into bed with David Cameron.

An insurgent Labour election campaign can lift the left in Britain

 

Anti-terror raids see armed cops on the rampage in London and Kent

The police acting on “intelligence” have carried out a series of raids in recent days.



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