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Issue: 2592

Dated: 20 Feb 2018

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Newham schools strike to stop the academisers


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College workers to strike over ‘kick in teeth’ pay offer—joining education fight

UCU union members across 16 colleges in England are set to hold a two-day strike starting on 28 February.

Half a million children in poverty because of Tory pay and benefit cuts

One in seven children of public sector workers will be living in poverty by the end of March, unions have warned.

Service users fight Labour council's plans to close their adult day care centre

Service users and their families are fighting to save their vital adult day care centre from the brutal cuts of Birmingham council.

‘A terrible ordeal because of police’—last Rotherham 12 defendants speak out

Haseeb Alam and Mahroof Sultan walked free last week after an ordeal lasting well over two years.

Students demand free education as Theresa May prepares tuition fee ‘overhaul’

Student activists have said that university tuition fees should be scrapped, ahead of a speech by Theresa May on Monday

Parents protest at Barnsley primary school against Academies Enterprise Trust

A large group of parents turned out to protest against Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) at St Helen’s Primary in Barnsley as the school reopened after half term on Monday.

School workers strike to prove they are not doorMATs

Workers began a three-day strike at The Village School in Brent, west London, on Tuesday of this week. The action, by NEU union members, is against a plan to turn the school into an academy.

Picturehouse workers stage seven-day strike

Workers at five Picturehouse cinema sites in London walked out for seven days

Protest demands a halt to Leeds delivery office closure

Royal Mail workers in Leeds protested last Saturday against the closure of their delivery office

Swansea is shaken by anti-cuts rally

There was a big shift in Swansea last Saturday. All Swansea area Labour MPs, alongside assembly members, council leaders, activists and victims of austerity united in a protest against Tory cuts.

Reports round-up: Justice4Grenfell sends three billboards round London

THE justice4Grenfell campaign’s billboards drove through Westminster last Thursday, demanding truth and justice for those who died in the fire at Grenfell Tower

West London rallies against health cuts

Around 200 people rallied to defend the NHS in Ealing Town Hall in west London last Tuesday night. The rally was called by the Ealing Save Our NHS campaign.

Disabled people suffer over one million benefit sanctions under Tory rule

Disabled benefit claimants have suffered over a million sanctions since the Tories came to office in 2010

Campaign to fight Labour council’s nursery closures

Over 250 parents, nursery workers and trade unionists vowed to stop nursery closures in Salford, Greater Manchester, at a meeting last Saturday.

Pressure beats mental health service cuts in Lewisham

Health campaigners are celebrating after they forced Labour-run Lewisham council to reverse hundreds of thousands of pounds in cuts to children’s mental health services.

Racist laws to blame for drowning of hundreds of refugees in a single month

At least 404 refugees died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in the first six weeks of 2018

UCU - ‘why we're right to go on strike’

This week we’ll be taking part in the biggest strike in Britain since the junior doctors’ strike. And we plan escalating strikes over the next three weeks, ending with a five-day strike in March.


Backlash at school shooting feeds into rage against Trump

National school walkouts have been organised by students in the wake of the horrific massacre in Parkland, Florida

Western-backed regime in Ethiopia cracks down after protests topple prime minister

Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned last week following nearly three years of protests

Life in South Africa after a decade of Zuma—interview with Ronnie Kasrils

South African socialist and former African National Congress minister Ronnie Kasrils spoke to Charlie Kimber about the significance of president Jacob Zuma’s resignation

Israel threatens new assault on Gaza—and war with Iran

Israel is threatening a new and bloody war on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who are already suffering from a deepening crisis.


There’s more to the Irish language row than racism

A row over the Irish language has shone a light on the conflict that lies at the heart of Stormont

Syrian tragedy risks bigger imperialist clash

Syria is undoubtedly the most dangerous place in the world at the moment.


Strike back at fat cat bosses, say striking university workers

University bosses’ assault on pensions will hit workers hard, and is the latest attack aimed at turning education into a profitable business. That's why over 40,000 workers plan 14 days of strikes from 22 February. UCU union members speak to Sadie Robinson


Black Panther raises tough arguments about liberation

Marvel’s latest superhero film stands out for its proud portrayal of African people—but it draws some uncomfortable conclusions

Catch this Miners' Strike play if you can

This is a play—with song and dance—about the Miners’ Strike of 1984-85, written by the daughter of a Nottinghamshire miner at Welbeck Colliery

What We Think

Corbyn spy smears show our rulers’ fear

Right wing papers think they’ve caught Jeremy Corbyn red handed.

The lesson of the KFC cock up

A supply-chain cock up at KFC fast food stores left bosses in a flap

Other Categories

LETTERS: Behind the headlines—brutal police repression for refugees

There’s a lot of desperation here in Calais.

The things they say

‘What’s this poor chap here? Faint air of a Labour backbencher’

The Troublemaker - would the last person to lead Ukip please turn out the light?

The racist Ukip party has got its seventh change in leader in less than one and a half years. Gerard Batten became interim leader following a vote to sack Henry Bolton at an emergency general meeting last Saturday.

The history of foreign aid is steeped in imperialism

Right wingers are using revelations about Oxfam in Haiti for their own ends.

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