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Issue: 2597

Dated: 27 Mar 2018

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Welcome to strike country - inside the spreading US teachers' strikes

An inspirational fight by West Virginia teachers has inspired teachers and other public sector workers

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-racist, antisemitism claims are used for political ends

The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council, attacked Jeremy Corbyn in front of a crowd of hundreds outside parliament on Monday night.

Janet Alder speaks out - ‘Hold cops to account over deaths in custody’

Twenty years after her brother Christopher Alder died, Janet Alder is still fighting for truth and justice

NUT conference - union must fight now to stop Tory attacks on education

The final annual conference of the National Union of Teachers takes place in Brighton over Easter weekend.

Wigan NHS workers take on outsourcing - and the former Labour MP at the heart of it

Hundreds of low-paid health workers in Wigan are resisting bosses’ attempts to outsource their jobs to a firm run by their former Labour MP.

College workers reject bosses’ money lies and strike to demand higher pay

Workers across six further education colleges began a three-day strike on Tuesday in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions

Newham victories show we can beat academies and the cuts

Parents, teachers and campaigners in Newham, east London, are celebrating several victories over academisation after strikes and protests.

Aberdeen bus drivers vote to shift resistance up a gear

Striking bus workers in Aberdeen voted unanimously to escalate their action at a mass meeting of over 150 people last Wednesday.

Reports round up: Grenfell survivors to wait a year for homes

Survivors and those displaced by the Grenfell Tower fire could be waiting over a year to get rehoused, according to the government.

Acton high school out for two days

NEU union members at Acton High school in west London began a two-day strike on Tuesday. Workers are in dispute over three issues – bullying, management’s response to behaviour issues and a planned takeover by Ark.

How revolution turned to horror in eastern Ghouta

Jad Bouharoun traces the rise and fall of the rebellion on the outskirts of Damascus

Health pay deal would cut wages and strengthen bosses in the NHS

 The proposals represent a real terms pay cut and managers get new powers

Campaigners slam undercover policing inquiry and storm out

Campaigners and their legal team have walked out of the inquiry into undercover policing demanding that its chairman Sir John Mitting stand down.

Why celebrate Britain’s murderous past in Africa?

The British army plundered Africa—now it wants us to celebrate, writes Charlie Kimber

The cyclists taking back London’s streets

Swerving in and out of traffic in a pack of 3,000 cyclists may not sound like everyone’s idea of a good time, but it is for Jake.

Labour MP’s remarks fuelled racism

A recent report has shone a light on the impact of politicians’ racism—and the deep disillusion that exists with the establishment.

A million public sector workers strike in France against job cuts

Around a million French public sector workers struck and hundreds of thousands joined over 150 demonstrations nationwide on Thursday. A battle has also begun on the rail.

From inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘Keeping people in here indefinitely is killing us’

Detainee speaks out as a House of Commons committee hears damning evidence of the regime at Yarl’s Wood

France: workers revolt against Macron

On 22 March public sector workers and railworkers struck and demonstrated against France's President Macron. 

University bosses make new offer. They are in retreat but workers can win more

This is the moment to increase the pressure, not withdraw it.

Update - The FLA shows its true colours in Birmingham - racist and bigoted

The Football Lads Alliance (FLA) marched in Birmingham on Saturday. It revealed an organisation that is becoming increasingly openly racist.

Transport workers at three firms to strike this week

Action set for Northern, South Western Railway and the DLR.

French workers revolt to derail free market reform

A wave of strikes by French rail workers beginning next Tuesday will signal the start of a crucial confrontation with president Emmanuel Macron’s government.


Big anti-gun demos rage at the violence, racism and poverty in US society

Marches of hundreds of thousands of people show fury at racism, police and poverty, reports Alistair Farrow

Workers gear up for massive pay fight in Denmark

Around 10,000 shop stewards met last week in Denmark as a major confrontation looms.

Fury as Catalan leader arrested in Scotland

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon has exposed her government’s fake radicalism by cooperating with the clampdown on Catalan independence.

Israel jails Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison for standing up to an Israeli soldier


False antisemitism claims must be fought

It’s not a diversion to point out that those who accuse the left of antisemitism support the Tories and the right—and often don’t mind pandering to racism themselves


Israel's massacre at Deir Yassin

After the massacre, the militias boasted to the press of how many Arabs they had killed.


Ready Player One a nostalgic homage to culture of 1980s

Spielberg’s latest blockbuster is designed to take people on a nostalgia trip back to the 1980s. But?Sasha Simic says that it doesn’t quite hit the mark

Defend Frankenstein and his monster from the snowflake haters

Readers of Socialist Worker probably aren’t avid readers of The Sun newspaper. If they were they may have seen that a couple of weeks ago it was irate at “snowflake students complaining that Frankenstein’s monster was misunderstood”.

What We Think

Throw out Tory health deal and defend the NHS

The Tories showed their contempt for the health service and those who work in it with a miserly pay offer last week.

John Bolton - the latest threat from Trump

Donald Trump has appointed warmonger John Bolton as his national security adviser.

Other Categories

Letters - How fans in Scotland threw football act into the dustbin


The Troublemaker - Secretive Etonians may be less than fully competent

SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, was set up in 2005. Led by two Old Etonians, Alex Nix and Nigel Oakes, its pitch was simple—help politicians win votes.

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