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Issue: 2562

Dated: 11 Jul 2017


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The Tory crisis creates an unmissable chance to end the public sector pay cap

Anger at the public sector pay cap has opened up rifts at the top of the Tory party.


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News

Police officers repeatedly ‘failed’ Bijan Ebrahimi in the run-up to his murder

An Iranian refugee who was murdered by his neighbour in Bristol was “failed over a number of years”. That’s the damning finding of a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the cop’s own pet watchdog.

'Stop treating Muslims as a scapegoat'—show of defiance on east London vigil

Around 300 people rallied against racist attacks against Muslims in east London last night, Wednesday. They were demanding justice for two Muslim victims of a horrific acid attack last month. 

BA workers call second two-week walkout as bosses play dirty

British Airways (BA) cabin crew are halfway through one two-week walkout – and they’ve called another. The Unite union members from BA’s “mixed fleet” are fighting poverty pay.

Workers and benefits activists call for action to save jobcentres

Benefits campaigners and trade unionists are demanding action to stop the closure of nearly one in ten jobcentres.

Opening rally at Marxism Festival says, ‘We can change the world’

Hundreds of people joined an upbeat opening rally at the Marxism Festival in central London this evening, Thursday. The four-day political festival is hosted by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).

Furious meeting slams Sir Martin Moore-Bick over Grenfell Tower fire inquiry

Tenants and residents slammed Sir Martin Moore-Bick at a furious meeting of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire last night, Thursday.

Riot cops’ repression fails to stop protests against the G20 leaders in Hamburg

Thousands of protesters are back on the streets of Hamburg, Germany, after brutal police assaults on them last night, Thursday.

Picturehouse workers strike for 50th time in pay fight

Workers at five Picturehouse cinemas across London walked out yesterday, Friday, in the fiftieth strike of their long-running dispute.

Pride should be political, no matter what the organisers and corporate bosses say

 London Pride celebrates LGBT+ rights, but firefighters should lead it, not banks

Tens of thousands join demonstrations against the G20 in Hamburg

"What the G20 is doing is part of a general attack on the working class, we have to take that on."

Optimism over Corbyn and a mood to fight the Tories at the Durham Miners’ Gala

Thousands cheered Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn this afternoon, Saturday, as he encouraged the crowds at the Durham Miners' Gala to campaign to force the Tories out.

Marxism Festival vows to fight injustice - and for a better world

Around 1,000 people crammed into the final rally of Marxism Festival in central London today, Sunday. There was a confident atmosphere and a mood to fight - alongside deep anger at the system.

Coordinated train strikes hit rail bosses as their lies over attacks on safety unravel

Workers on three rail networks walked out in a coordinated day of strikes today, Monday. Meanwhile bosses’ arguments for the changes that will undermine safety were unravelling.

Marxism Festival 2017 - debating how to fight for socialism

Around 2,500 people took part in Marxism Festival 2017 in central London from Thursday to Sunday last week.

East London hospital workers begin a week-long walkout against Serco bosses

Support is growing for east London hospital workers taking on multinational outsourcing giant Serco as they launched a week-long walkout today, Tuesday.

Father of Edson Da Costa speaks out - killer cops need to be stopped

The father of a man who died after being stopped by police in east London has spoken to Socialist Worker about the battle for justice.

Right wing Labour MPs lash out at the idea of being ‘accountable’ to undermine Corbyn

Labour MPs have launched a fresh attack on members of their own party.

Durham TAs reject rotten deal

Teaching assistants (TAs) have rejected the latest offer from Labour-run Durham County Council.

International round up: Egypt to put Israel’s man in Gaza?

Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last Sunday.

Parents plan a London carnival in reaction to Tory school funding cuts

Parents, school workers, children and others will gather in central London this Sunday for a carnival against the cuts.

Industrial round-up: Post workers hold large rallies over Royal Mail pension attack

Also: Four-week strike starts at Mears | Tube bosses ban water | Woolwich ferry dispute settled | LSE cleaners defend Alba | Dpac protest against Atos | Birmingham bins | Sellafield firefighters | dirty protest | Unnecessary defeat at BMW

Anger over jobcentre cuts

Benefits campaigners and trade unionists are demanding action to stop the closure of nearly one in ten jobcentres.

Children’s services strike takes on bullying council bosses in Kirklees

Workers in Children’s Services social work teams at Kirklees council, west Yorkshire, struck for two days last week. They have multiple grievances with the Labour-run authority.

Movement continues in Morocco despite heavy repression

Demonstrations in solidarity with the mass movement for social justice in the Rif region of Morocco are continuing despite heavy repression.

To beat British Airways, Unite needs to stop bosses’ strike-breaking operation

Striking cabin crew were set to descend on parliament on Wednesday as part of their ongoing fight against poverty pay at British Airways (BA).

London mosques face threats

At least three mosques in London received death threats last week.

Probe into the Grenfell Tower fire will start by looking at possible manslaughter

A senior Met police officer has said the starting point of the criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire would be that “around 80” deaths resulted from manslaughter.


International

Protests against the G20 in Hamburg have left the German government in a mess

The protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg over the last week showed that there’s a huge discontent with ruling classes all over the world.

It’s our world or theirs as protests take on the G20 rulers in Hamburg

US president Donald Trump declared the G20 world rulers’ summit in Hamburg, Germany, last week a “wonderful success”.


Comment

How can we fight under new strike laws?

Offshore workers in the Unite union are the latest to have their legal right to strike blocked by the Trade Union Act. But it is possible to fight as Royal Mail have shown.

‘Worker status’ is not good enough

The Taylor Review was brought about by challenges by workers in bogus self-employment. But there’s a danger that the result will serve the bosses.


Features

Fed up and fighting back - the health workers defying multinational Serco

Low-paid and migrant workers are at the sharp end of cuts and privatisation in the NHS. They face rocketing workloads and bullying bosses. But across north east London 1,000 porters, domestics and cleaners are taking on a multinational to demand higher pay—and showing how to fight, reports Tomáš Tengely-Evans

As support grows for Corbyn while Tory crisis deepens - now the left can win more

The general election delivered the latest shock to the ruling class. Charlie Kimber says there is a shifting mood in Britain—and asks how we can organise to win real changes

The July Days - Russian Revolution in crisis and a critical test for the Bolshevik party

In July 1917 frustration at the Provisional Government led to soldiers’ and workers’ protests that were violently put down


Reviews

New film Freesia tells the story of the fight against Islamophobia

Freesia uses real examples of racist attacks to paint a picture of Islamophobia in Britain today. The film’s director Conor Ibrahiem spoke to Yuri Prasad

Exhibitions in Middlesbrough that inspire radicalism

The Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art (Mima) is far from having million pound paintings hanging on sterile walls.


What We Think

As Theresa May begs for help—don’t let her hang on

First Theresa May threw a bung to the reactionary Democratic Unionist Party. Then she called on the slippery Lib Dems to vote with her government. Now May is reaching out to Labour.

No victory for West in Iraq

Even from their own viewpoint, warmongers’ celebrations of “victory” over Isis in Iraq sound hollow.


Other Categories

LETTERS: Refugees drown as the crisis gets swept under the carpet

The Mediterranean Sea continues to be a graveyard for refugees fleeing war, torture, famine and poverty.

SAS murders in Afghanistan are covered up at least twice

Members of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) covered up evidence that they killed unarmed Afghan civilians in cold blood



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