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Issue: 2561

Dated: 04 Jul 2017


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The Tories are down but not out - we need to start kicking to bring them down

It’s less than a month since the general election and the Tories have dropped almost their entire manifesto.


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News

Exclusive: 'I was there, I saw what happened,' says witness in Edson Da Costa case

The woman who drove the car that Edson Da Costa was stopped in by cops shortly before his death has spoken to Socialist Worker about his treatment. 

'Over 40 joined our picket to fight for education', Stoke Newington teachers report

Teachers in the NUT union at Stoke Newington School in Hackney, east London, struck over funding cuts today, Wednesday.

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield charged with manslaughter

Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence in relation to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Five others have also been charged.

Tories in chaos over public sector pay cap—unions should fight to break it

The first fruits of the Tories’ agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party were seen on Wednesday. MPs voted against a Labour amendment to the queen’s speech calling for an end to the public sector pay cap.

Tory councillors ban Grenfell survivors from their first meeting since blaze

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower are banned from the first meeting of senior councillors since the disaster because the Tory council fears protest.

As shocking new figures show suffering under the Tories, march to end their rule

Millions of people are struggling to feed themselves and heat their homes, raiding their savings and spending less.

Acid attacks are result of Islamophobia and racism

The police are searching for a 24 year old white man after a horrific acid attack on two Muslims in Newham, east London, last week.

Thousands join People's Assembly protest to say, get the Tories out

Thousands of people from across Britain have descended on central London today, Saturday, to demand an end to the Tory government. The protest, called by the People's Assembly, is being held under the banner, "Not one more day - Tories out, no more austerity".

Huge demonstration in London says the Tories must go now

A great wave of defiance against Theresa May’s government swept through central London today, Saturday

Pictures of Tories Out, Not One Day More demo, London, 1 July

Tens of thousands of people joined an angry march against the Tories.

BA flying pickets are determined to bring bloody awful bosses back down to earth

British Airways (BA) cabin crew were back on the picket lines at London Heathrow airport today, Saturday. 

Not one day more - Tories out demonstration

Footage and voices from the demonstration

Picturehouse strikers defy bosses' attacks on their union

Bosses at the Picturehouse cinema chain thought that victimising trade unionists would take the wind out of workers’ sails. 

Furious residents march against Haringey Labour council's social cleansing plans

Up to 1,000 tenants, residents and their supporters marched on Haringey Civic Centre in north London last night, Monday. 

Increase in acid attacks as the state sanctions Islamophobia against Muslims

A white man poured acid in two Muslims’ faces in a ‘hate crime’ in London last week—a sign that the government’s anti-terror strategy is stirring up racism, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Top cop faces manslaughter trial for Hillsborough deaths

David Duckenfield has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence in relation to the Hillsborough disaster

Huge demo in London shows the mood to get the Tories out - and for an alternative

Last week’s protest showed ordinary people’s determination to fight—and optimism about winning real change

Victory as Tories back down over abortion rights for women from Northern Ireland

The government has been forced to allow women from Northern Ireland to access free abortions in England

Council chiefs resign as pressure builds for Grenfell justice campaign

The campaign for justice for the people murdered at Grenfell Tower has scored some successes in the past week—and it can push on for more.

Low-paid hospital workers strike to raise wages

1,000 mainly migrant health workers in east London launched a three-day walkout

Warnings ignored in a Tory bonfire of regulations

The Tories and their friends in the right wing press have been working overtime to spread the blame for the Grenfell Tower murders around. They also want to deflect attention from a culture at the top of the Tory party.

Workers set to take action on rail networks

A series of walkouts are set to begin on three rail networks across England this weekend

Failings that led to Jersey child abuse went right to the top, inquiry finds

The failings that left children in care open to abuse in Jersey went right to the top of the political system, an inquiry has found. It added that children there “may still be at risk”.

Striking Forest Hill teachers warn cuts will harm learning

NUT union members at Forest Hill School struck for three days last week in a longrunning battle against cuts.

North London college workers strike to defend rep

UCU union members at the College of North West London struck in defence of suspended union rep Indro Sen

Manchester housing workers begin four-week walkout

Housing workers in Manchester began a four-week continuous strike on Monday.

Can window makers see their struggle through in Devon?

Workers at Sierra Windows in Paignton, Devon, walked out on Tuesday for their latest three-day strike.

Refuse workers' strike calls out the council's trash in Birmingham

Refuse workers struck across Birmingham for almost five hours last Friday and for two hours on Monday.

Bosses go on offensive as BMW workers' fight stalls

Car giant BMW told workers last week to sign off on losing their pension scheme or be fired and rehired on worse terms.

Reports round-up - reject TA pay offer in Durham and fight for more

Durham teaching assistants’ (TAs) ballot over a new pay offer from Labour-run Durham County Council closes next Monday.

Grenfell residents debate demands to make sure tragedy never happens again

Residents are in turmoil in the wake of the fire at Grenfell Tower—but from that turmoil they’re fighting to make sure such an event never happens again. 


International

Mission accomplished? Iraq’s heard that before

The Iraqi military said it was in the final stages of capturing the city of Mosul from Isis as Socialist Worker went to press.


Comment

The Labour right’s Brexit bungle helps the Tories

The way forward for the left is not to defend the indefensible neoliberal EU


Features

Why did Edson Da Costa die after the cops stopped him?

At around 10pm on Thursday 15 June police stopped a car on the Woodcocks estate, near Tollgate Road, in Beckton, east London. Six days later a 25 year old man who had been travelling in the car was dead.

Why does the right hate sex?

Right wingers have always hated women and LGBT+ people—and it’s all because of the capitalist system that wants to control our sexuality, argues Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Workers’ revolution ushered in an era of sexual liberation

For the rights of LGBT+ people and women, revolutionary Russia was decades ahead of its time—and shows what is possible when workers unite


Reviews

Alone in Berlin shows the significance of small acts

Director Vincent Perez’s latest film brings Hans Fallada’s novel Alone in Berlin to the screen.

How can we solve the crisis and win decent homes?

Two new books look at the housing crisis from different perspectives. Socialist Worker interviews the authors.

New documentary highlights human cost of housing crisis

Seldom has a film had a more timely release.


What We Think

Councils need to fight the Tories' demands for cuts - including those run by Labour

Even if councils stopped filling in potholes, maintaining parks and open spaces it wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the Tories’ demand for cuts.


Other Categories

LETTERS: ‘Back office’ cuts had dire consequences for Grenfell

Socialist Worker is absolutely right to highlight the scandal of fire station closures and the reduction of firefighter numbers in London.

‘Football Lads Alliance’—the threat of a new racist movement on the streets

After thousands join a march with anti-Muslim speeches, Raymie Kiernan looks at who is behind it, what they are doing—and how to stop them



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