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Issue: 2594

Dated: 06 Mar 2018

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Hunger for freedom at Yarl’s Wood

A hunger and labour strike at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre is shaking up the authorities. We show the the reality of life inside the centre, and how Home Office racism lies behind it

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Further education colleges join strikes alongside university workers

Workers across 15 colleges struckon Wednesday over pay. The UCU union members join those at 61 universities who are also out on strike to defend their pensions.

Thousands join UCU London march for education

Thousands of striking university and further education workers - and their supporters including students - marched in London on Wednesday.

Defend education march for pensions and pay

University and college workers marched together in central London today, on a demonstration for pensions and pay.

Spirit of resistance and confidence on strikers’ march in London

Thousands of university and FE strikers marched through central London on Wednesday to defend pensions, pay and education.

More strikes in further education see solid support for pay fight

Pickets braved freezing temperatures on Thursday, the second day of a 48-hour walkout by workers in 14 further education colleges.

West Virginia school workers reject deal agreed by union leaders and continue strike

Teachers and other public school workers in the US state of West Virginia have rejected a pay and conditions deal designed to get them back to work

Iraq war whistleblower slams government's surveillance power grab

A former British intelligence analyst-turned whistleblower has warned of increasing surveillance powers, 15 years after she exposed a spy plot ahead of the Iraq war.

Banks plot offshore scam to scupper Labour’s nationalisation plans

“Corbyn’s coming, get your money out now”—that’s the message from analysts at Australian investment bank Macquarie.

Student conference calls for action to beat back the racists

Students from across Britain joined a conference against racism in central London on Saturday.

University workers in no mood to back off as strikes escalate

UCU union members who are in their third week of pension strikes say they have the momentum and can win

Theresa May calms rebels but can’t please big business

Theresa May managed to unite her ramshackle government last week—for at least 24 hours.

Tory homes bluster means business as usual for developers behind crisis

In another desperate attempt to find a popular policy, Theresa May announced on Monday that the government would crack down on developers that don’t use their land.

Battle for general secretary reveals splits on Labour left

A contest for a top Labour role has revealed deeply rooted tensions between trade union leaders and some activists.

Janet Alder slams decision on cops who spied on her following her brother’s death

Officers who spied on the sister of Christopher Alder, who died in custody, won’t face charges

After Paul Moore conviction - challenge the Tory racism behind Leicester attack

A man has been convicted for the attempted murder a Muslim woman in Leicester last October.

Tory homes bluster means business as usual for developers behind crisis

In another desperate attempt to find a popular policy, Theresa May announced on Monday that the government would crack down on developers that don’t use their land.

Protests on 17 March can help us build anti-racist movement in France

Saturday 17 March will see anti-racist protests in Britain and across Europe.

Hull strikers refuse to be treated like trash

Drivers at a Wilmington FCC waste management depot in Hull began a seven-day strike last Friday.

Overpriced burger chain Beach Blanket Babylon still won’t settle its bill

Bosses at the Beach Blanket Babylon (BBB) glorified burger chain have been up to their old tricks—not paying workers

‘We want justice,’ say Yarl’s Wood hunger strikers

The Tories have threatened to deport women at Yarl’s Wood detention centre for daring to resist Britain’s racist immigration laws

Fight against academisation in Brent is still on

Workers at the Village School in Brent, north west London, faced a private security firm with dogs as they arrived to protest at a governors’ meeting last Wednesday.

Anti-racists mobilise ahead of demos in London, Glasgow and Cardiff next Saturday

There is now less than a week to go to the 17 March demonstrations, organised by Stand Up to Racism (SUTR). 

No guarantee on Royal Mail pensions says Tory minister

Tory minister Guy Opperman said last week that CWU union leaders and Royal Mail bosses have a “long way to go” before they can implement a pensions agreement


West Virginian school strikers vow to stay on the picket lines

The West Virginia school workers’ strike is set to continue throughout this week after rank-and-file union members rejected a deal recommended by their leaders.

Racists gain in Italian election as voters give centre left the boot

Racists did well in the Italian elections on Sunday.


Strikes show workers have power to change society

Strikes aren’t just another form of protest. They are our most powerful weapon against the bosses

Trump’s trade war means chaos for the ruling class

Ever since he was elected, there’s been an argument over whether Donald Trump would be more than a conventional right wing Republican president.


The hard truth about the border in Northern Ireland

The village of Pettigo is nearly obliterated by a red line on maps of Ireland. Most of it lies in County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland, but some is in Northern Ireland.


Tate Britain’s new exhibition fails to push at an open door

Over 100 years of figurative painting could have provided a rich seam of content for the Tate’s latest blockbuster, but it left?Ben Windsor feeling flat.

Rare glimpses of Another Kind of Life

This exhibition is one that leaves you questioning the world from the first room and long after you have left it.

What We Think

International Women’s Day is about liberation, not Theresa May’s platitudes

Tens of thousands of women workers in Britain’s universities will be striking on International Women’s Day (IWD) this Thursday. It’s a very good way to mark a day that was set up to celebrate the struggle of working women.

British arms deals mean the Tories have open arms for killers in Saudi Arabia

Theresa May was set to welcome Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman to Downing Street with big smiles this Wednesday.

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Letters: Our court win gives fascists in Austria the middle finger

Austrian revolutionary socialist group Left Turn Now scored an important victory against the fascist Freedom Party last week

LETTERS: We need open borders not single market and ID cards

Plus, food and capitalism, voting rights and sexism in the media

Troublemaker special - Max Mosley and the Leveson inquiry

Max Mosley inherited his fortune from his father, Sir Oswald, the 6th Baronet of Ancoats.

Don’t trust landowners to fight the fracking bosses

Fracking companies are going on the offensive and taking the National Trust to court. We need a national fight to beat them back, writes Sarah Bates

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