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Issue: 2605

Dated: 22 May 2018

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Grenfell campaigners say they’ll keep up the fight for justice as inquiry opens

Survivors, bereaved relatives and justice campaigners vowed to keep up the fight as the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opened on Monday.

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Fury over Israeli massacre of Palestinians hits streets of Britain

Thousands of people joined furious protests in towns and cities across Britain on Tuesday in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Anti-racists welcome Diane Abbott’s pledge to scrap ‘hostile environment’

Anti-racists welcomed Diane Abbott's pledge that a Labour government would end the Tories’ “hostile environment” for migrants—and wouldn’t “run scared” of the right wing press.

Arm yourselves with the arguments about why it’s right to oppose Israel

Five key articles on the foundation of Israel, it's links to imperialism and Palestinian resistance to it: 

Anger after Grenfell fire review fails to recommend ban on flammable cladding

The Hackitt review into building regulations and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire has been met by outrage.

Tesco strikers: ‘We can move 30 tonnes during a shift, but we don’t even get £10 an hour’

Workers at a Tesco distribution hub in east London struck over pay. Their action raises wider questions about how workers can defeat the retail giants.

TGI Fridays restaurant strikers say bosses won’t divide them

TGI Fridays workers and their supporters protested in Covent Garden, central London, on Friday. 

Egyptian activist Haitham Mohamedain seized by security forces

Solidarity is urgently needed

Football Lads Alliance demoralised as anti-racists outnumber them

Anti-racists outnumbered the Football Lads Alliance (FLA)—two to one—in Manchester on Saturday for the first time since the group began mobilising on the streets last summer.

Sainsbury’s bosses under pressure over plans to slash wages

Pressure is growing on supermarket bosses and their Tory backers as Sainsbury’s prepares to slash workers’ pay.

The things they say

‘We’re all gammon’

Ken Livingstone’s resignation from Labour is a victory for the right

Ken Livingstone’s decision to resign from Labour is a victory for those who have been harrying the party over allegations of antisemitism.

As the East Coast line is renationalised - privatisation lies at the root of rail chaos

The Tories are letting rail company fat cats off the hook while privatisation is causing transport misery for passengers.

Two more London colleges strike in fight for pay

Workers at two London colleges struck on Tuesday as part of a rolling programme of walkouts over pay.

Donald Trump will be hounded when he visits Britain in July - join the protests

With only 50 days to go until the bigot-in-chief arrives, we must plan protests, writes Alistair Farrow

Strike against the Wigan healthcare selloff

The fight to stop outsourcing in Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh (WWL) NHS Trust is gaining momentum.

New fixed-odds betting limit - a crackdown on the bosses that bet on misery?

Gambling bosses are furious at new restrictions aimed at tackling the “crack cocaine” of gambling machines.

More colleges join fightback over pay

Workers at two London colleges struck on Tuesday as part of a rolling programme of walkouts over pay.

Buoyant walkout to stop cuts to jobs and courses

Another huge, lively and determined picket line assembled at the main entrance of Hull College on Thursday of last week.

Coordinated air strikes can ground the bosses’ attacks at London Luton Airport

Workers at London Luton airport are preparing to deliver a devastating blow to bosses in their fight against poverty pay and poor conditions.

Stopping academisation can’t be left to one school

The NEU union has called off a planned three-day strike at Acton High school in Ealing, west London.

Bosses’ care home selloffs cause crisis for older people

One of Britain’s biggest providers of care homes is up for sale—exposing the problems with privatisation, says Sarah Bates

Union wins recognition at Coventry University

The UCU union has achieved a union recognition agreement with Coventry University Group (CUG) following a protest.

Reports round up: Hackney traffic wardens / Hundreds at With Banners Held High / Magna Exteriors / Protest as Tories ignore racist ‘joke’

Hundreds of people joined the With Banners Held High festival last Sunday in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Those taking part included Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady and Jon Trickett MP.

Union must fight for BT jobs

Prospect union reps at BT met last week to discuss their response to major job cuts.

A victory on Kirklees bins

Unison union members working for Kirklees council’s refuse collection service appear to have won a significant victory in their long battle against alleged management bullying and racism.

Village School to strike on Wednesday



France - fury on the streets as strikers are united against President Macron

A wave of revolt has swept France with unions, students and the left uniting, reports Charlie Kimber

Spain faces a fresh crisis over Catalonia

A new political crisis was looming this week for Spanish Tory prime minster Mariano Rajoy over Catalonia and a crucial budget vote.

President Nicolas Maduro wins re-election

Venezuela’s left wing president Nicolas Maduro was re-elected with 67.7 percent of the vote on Sunday.


Regional rivalries lie behind Trump shifts

Why is Donald Trump destabilising the Middle East? For that’s what he’s doing by moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran.


How can Palestine be free?

Palestinians have bravely fought Israel through both armed struggle and mass mobilisations. But, argues Nick Clark, it will take revolution in the Middle East to win liberation

Getting the bigots on the back foot in Ireland

Sinead is one of tens of thousands of women who have been forced to leave Ireland to access abortion services.


Fascists can’t sing—banned songs a hit at Gate Theatre

A new musical collaboration between a west London theatre and the English National Opera sticks two fingers up to the Nazis, says Jasmine Fischer

Portraits that tell deeper stories about their subjects

Victoria Crowe’s portraits strongly reflect the emotional and intellectual relationship that she formed with her subjects.

Shape of Light exhibition challenges perception of reality


What We Think

Get out of Afghanistan

At least 400 extra British troops could soon be sent to Afghanistan.

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LETTERS - We have to act now to stop the Israeli state murder of Palestinians

As I watched events in Gaza unfold on the news, I was astounded by utterly obscene contrasting pictures.

The Troublemaker - Theresa May sneaks out nine new vermin in ermine

Using the Royal Wedding as one of those days where bad news can be usefully buried, a list of new peers was released.

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