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Issue: 2555

Dated: 23 May 2017

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After Manchester attack—don't let right exploit horror

A horrific bombing killed 22 people, including five children, as they left an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

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Unions push for more action in face of obstinate rail bosses

The state of the railways is a good reason to vote out the Tories on 8 June and back Jeremy Corbyn.

Tory manifesto dressed in sheep's clothing attacks ordinary people

Tory leader Theresa May’s manifesto launch speech today, Thursday, was an attempt to con people into voting Tory with a raft of vicious attacks dressed up as giveaways.

Tories' means testing will mean the poorest pay most

Why should less well-off tax payers subsidise the wealthy with benefits and services that are not means-tested, asked right wing commentators as the Tories unveiled their manifesto this week.

Would the bosses let us renationalise services and industry?

Labour’s manifesto commitments to nationalising some industries would meet resistance

Thousands in Birmingham rally to hear Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has held one of his largest rallies of the general election campaign so far

Big schools protests pledge resistance to Tory education funding cuts

Anger at Theresa May's plan to slash billions from schools' budgets burst onto the streets

Scottish lecturers get their bosses telt

 College lecturers in Scotland held a victory rally on Saturday after their bosses "crumbled" on Friday in the face of an escalating national dispute.

The left should take no lectures on Northern Ireland from the Tories

The right wing papers are going for Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to “condemn” the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Tories' screeching U-Turn opens way for resurgent Labour campaign behind Corbyn

If Theresa May does not get the result she wants at the general election, yesterday will be the moment that analysts will say signalled the obvious turning point.

Real wages fall and inequality rises as the bosses cut corners

It’s official—prices are now rising faster than wages, which means real wages are falling.

Property sharks won't solve the housing crisis with their 'redevelopment' plans

Landlords and property speculators are not looking to help with the housing crisis, they're only looking for profit and will kick working class people out of their areas to get it

As London stabbings highlight knife crime - police stop and search is no answer

A series of tragic deaths from stabbings has highlighted the issue of “knife crime” in London.

Reports round-up

Unison union members working for children’s social work teams at Kirklees Council warned regional union officials last week to sanction their vote to strike or they will resign from the union.

Rail workers call 24 hour strike against DOO

Train guards on Southern, along with their RMT union colleagues on Northern and Merseyrail, were set for a coordinated 24-hour rail walkout next Tuesday.

Anthony Grainger inquiry hears final submissions

Last week closing submissions were made to the public inquiry into the shooting of Anthony Grainger by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in March 2012.

Southend protest against NHS cuts

Up to 1,000 protested last Saturday in Southend against Tory plans to cut the local A&E.

Conference to vote on action

The general election will influence debates at the UCU union’s annual congress in Brighton this weekend.

PCS conference hears of workers' actions and plans for more

At the recent conference for the PCS union, workers discussed strike action for disputes with EHRC and the DWP

Argos workers strike to defend conditions

Argos warehouse workers defied bosses’ legal threats to begin a two-week walkout at five depots across England last Wednesday.

Fujitsu strike halted to hear new offer

The Unite union suspended all industrial action at IT firm Fujitsu after receiving a new offer from bosses.

Reports round-up

Around 50 anti-fascists turned out in Brighton to see off French Front National candidate Tony Thommes.

The campaign for independence needs a mass movement separate from the SNP

It’s easy to forget that one of the reasons Theresa May called the snap election was to stop a second independence referendum.

Mass rallies for Corbyn can pull the movement leftwards

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has spoken to tens of thousands of people across Britain during the last week. It’s a sign of the energy behind Labour’s campaign, and how his radical policies are enthusing people.

Ordinary people rushed to help each other as Murdoch’s attack dogs went after Corbyn

In the aftermath of the attack ordinary people rushed to help each other and collectively organise getting people to safety.

LSE cleaners strike continues in defiance of management threats

Cleaners employed by outsourcing firm Noonan at the LSE university on Wednesday continued their strike for equal pay and conditions as workers employed directly by the LSE. Cleaners currently get the statutory minimum sick pay of just £83.95 a week for a maximum of 28 weeks.

Sparks take on bosses attacks at Crossrail

Hundreds of electricians across the Crossrail project in London “cabined up” on Monday morning at the Canning Town, Holborn and Mile End shafts.

East Dulwich Picturehouse to strike Saturday as other sites reballot

Workers at the Picturehouse chain of cinemas held a demonstration outside the Cineworld cinema firm’s AGM on Thursday of last week. Cineworld is the parent company of Picturehouse.

Pro-choice protesters in Birmingham block demo by bigots

Pro-choice protesters stopped anti-abortionists from marching in Birmingham last Saturday

Scottish TUC leader says, ‘Learn from the lecturers and fight back on pay’

Scottish TUC deputy general secretary Dave Moxham's call to “challenge the public sector pay freeze” comes as 70,000 council workers ballot for strikes over pay


Greek workers strike as MPs debate European Union's austerity demands

Tens of thousands of workers flooded the streets of central Athens in Greece yesterday, Wednesday, as the country was brought to a standstill by a general strike.

Renewed resistance to Trump can wound crisis-ridden bigot

Pressure on Donald Trump’s rotten presidency increased last week with growing calls for his impeachment.


Can Corbyn overcome political disillusion?

According to the pundits working class people are abandoning the Labour Party for the Tories.

Tony Cliff matters for socialists today

Tony Cliff was born 100 years ago last weekend, on 20 May 1917. Brought up a Palestinian Jew, he came to Britain in 1946.


Who killed Daniel Morgan? Corrupt cops, journalists and a south London murder

Daniel Morgan was murdered on 10 March 1987. His body was found in a car park in south London.

Why did ‘soviets’ matter?

Most of the media and mainstream politicians don’t think much of ordinary people.


The Liar’s Quartet—a history of cops, spies and struggle in new publication

Comedian Mark Thomas’ new book brings together three plays with stories that should be heard but are rarely told, writes Jasmine Francis

Imagine Moscow: How Stalin debased the design of revolution and other exhibitions

Imagine Moscow exhibition showing until 4 June at The Design Museum London, W8 6AG

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LETTERS - I backed the EIS workers' strike because college has changed my life

I am a student and I supported the recent college lecturers’ strikes in Scotland (see page 20). I started a Facebook group for students to show solidarity—and it really took off.

Tory wreckers manifesto is only for the rich

Theresa May tried to pitch her manifesto as progressive with false promises on the NHS and schools. Nick Clark unpicks the attacks that they’re planning

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