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Issue: 2604

Dated: 15 May 2018

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Protesters portrayed as "rioters", but it's heroic to resist Israel's occupation

Israel and its supporters blamed the deaths on Monday on Palestinians. They demonised the Palestinians for resisting the occupation.

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TGI Fridays workers to walk out this Friday

Workers at TGI Fridays stores in Covent Garden, London and Milton Keynes were set to strike on Friday.

Tesco distribution strike shows firm’s vulnerability

Workers at the Tesco distribution centre in Dagenham, east London, were set to strike for 24 hours this week.

Reports round-up: Huddersfield A&E campaign celebrates victory

Around 40 people assembled outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary last Friday to celebrate health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s acceptance that plans to close the A&E and downgrade the hospital are seriously flawed. The Clinical Commissionsing Group now has three months to come up with an alternative plan. Campaigning continues.

Unions need to build real fight to stop 13,000 job cuts at BT

BT, Britain’s largest telecoms company, has announced that it is slashing 13,000 jobs in an effort to boost profits. This is on top of 4,000 job cuts last year.

Tories’ £50 million grammar school scam to entrench class division

The Tories have unveiled plans to hand selective grammar schools £50 million—while slashing funding for state schools. The news has infuriated teachers, parents and education campaigners.

Solidarity on the picket lines as colleges strike for pay rise

UCU union members at two London colleges struck on Friday as part of a series of walkouts over pay across ten colleges in England.

Anti-racists rally in Edinburgh after attack on Syrian refugee

Over 200 anti-racists joined a protest in Edinburgh on Thursday evening after an attack of a young Syrian refugee.

Hull College workers walk out to save jobs

There was a very large, vibrant and well organised picket line outside the main entrance of Hull College on Wednesday.

Palestinians remember 70 years of murder, dispossession and theft

Protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy on Friday evening to mark the year when Palestinians were expelled from their homes.

Anger over pay on TUC march as workers protest against the Tories

Tens of thousands of people have joined the TUC union federation march in London for a “new deal for workers”.

Tens of thousands join TUC march. Now build for strikes

It was important to take to the streets, but more will be needed to beat the Tories

Riaz Ahmed was seized in Pakistan but is now free

Dr Riaz Ahmed, has been returned and thanks everyone for their solidarity

Sunday Times Rich List shows we need to get rid of the rich to create a better world

The 1,000 richest people in Britain now have a record total wealth of £724 billion—up 10 percent on last year’s figure.

This Is America is a powerful commentary on racism in the US

Donald Trump argues it’s safe to carry a gun because that stops you being a victim of knife crime. In that context This is America, the latest single by Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, is a welcome breath of fresh air.

‘We won’t let the Football Lads Alliance racists divide us in Manchester’

The whole left must take the threat of the far right seriously, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Israel massacres at least 60 Palestinians fighting for justice

Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 60 Palestinians in Gaza on Monday—more than doubling the number they have killed over the past six weeks.

Grenfell survivors and relatives say Tory moves over public inquiry are not enough

Grenfell Tower survivors and relatives of those who died slammed Theresa May and the Tories’ response to the tower block fire on Monday. 

Fights to stop job cuts and to win union recognition in universities

Workers at London South Bank University in south London held a protest against planned job cuts on Tuesday.

Workers feel ‘powerful’ after strike threats at The Village School win some retreats

Workers at The Village School in Brent, North west London, called off a planned strike last week after winning a series of promises from the head teacher. But they could strike again if these promises aren’t kept.

Fifty years after Ronan Point tower block disaster dangerously little has changed

Four people died and 17 were injured in the Ronan Point Tower Block disaster 50 years ago this Wednesday.

Civil service union set for national pay ballot

PCS union members have the chance to lead the way in the fight against poverty pay by voting for a national statutory strike ballot.

BT workers' union must lead fight to stop job losses

BT, Britain’s largest telecoms company, announced last week that it is slashing 13,000 jobs to boost profts. This is on top of 4,000 job cuts last year.

Bins and colleges to strike in Kirklees

Strike ballots at Kirklees council’s bins department and Kirklees College in West Yorkshire showed a readiness to fight last week.

Protests against disgraceful treatment of Amazon workers

The GMB union protested over the treatment of Amazon workers outside Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.


Israel’s missile strikes threaten major war with Iran

Donald Trump’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iran has already led to a frightening escalation of competition in the Middle East.

More strikes needed in France to smash Macron’s assault on workers

Impressive strikes and protests in France show how to fight back. But now is not the moment for unions to retreat

Tories cosy up to Erdogan during visit and promise weapons for his assaults

The Tories and the queen rolled out the red carpet for Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan just as he is intensifying his crackdown on democratic rights and the Kurdish people


Press regulation would only protect rich and powerful

The Tories and press barons got their way last week.

Cultural boycott is a way to expose Israel

The Israeli government has poured millions of pounds into promoting musicians and artists as the liberal face of Israel, explicitly to replace stories of its occupation of Palestine.


What’s the deal in Iran?

Nick Clark looks at how decades of Western rulers’ meddling in Iran have meant coups, repression and war. But recent movements also show potential for resistance

Back this health workers’ fight to stop outsourcing

An inspiring battle by a group of Lancashire NHS workers can help roll back the tide of privatisation in the health service, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

A British passport to prejudice

Sarah Bates and Alistair Farrow spoke to immigration lawyers about how the Tories' ‘hostile environment’ for migrants policy is still tearing apart the lives of tens of thousands of people


Redoubtable—a flawed take on ‘68 through Godard’s eyes

A new film about Jean-Luc Godard and 1968 would be better if it focused a little more on the latter and a little less on the former, says?Bethan Turner

Vanley Burke’s iconic images of Birmingham

It’s an iconic image. Winford Fagan in Handsworth, Birmingham, 1970.

What We Think

Israel - the imperialist outpost in the Middle East

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe. This is how Palestinians describe the expulsion of 850,000 Palestinians from their homes by Israeli forces in 1948.

Media bias over Israeli state hits a new low

The murder of Palestinians on Monday had a perpetrator, a criminal actor. It was Israel whose snipers fired into the crowds.

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LETTERS: Time to take all the political issues into our workplaces

At a recent workplace meeting organised by the Unison union in Camden, north London, about 150 came to hear Gary Younge speak. It was on “50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, why Black Lives Matter”.

The Troublemaker - Government admits torture and kidnapping—almost

The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) was an anti-Gaddafi Islamist militant group.

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