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Issue: 2618

Dated: 21 Aug 2018

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Use NHS and you could be deported, migrants told

The Tories are trying to use the NHS as a back-door vehicle for deportations. Socialist Worker has seen two examples of how it works—and there are likely to be more.

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Officer who restrained Rashan Charles cleared of misconduct by cops’ pet watchdog

A cop who restrained a 20 year old black man shortly before he died has been cleared of misconduct.

Attack on two Birmingham mosques shows the need to take on state Islamophobia

Two mosques in Birmingham were attacked on Wednesday night in a sign of the rising racism against Muslims.

Union leaders are wrong to make concessions that weaken Corbyn

CWU union leader Dave Ward has spoken out in defence of Jeremy Corbyn. Others are demanding he concedes over the definition of antisemitism.

Statement from PCS members in the SWP on upcoming election

A statement on the PCS LU AGS election

‘We will not be silenced’ say Oxford socialists after attack

After an assault from right-wingers, there will be a solidarity rally on Saturday 25 August, 11am, Carfax, Oxford.

It’s Margaret Hodge who has peddled racist rhetoric, not Jeremy Corbyn

Right wing Labour MP Margaret Hodge directly linked support for Palestine to accusations of antisemitism, in an interview last week.

The battle for safety is on at South Western Railway as workers stage strikes

Rail workers are still fighting to stop transport bosses axing guards from services.

Health workers celebrate a win over privatisation at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

Hundreds of health workers at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust were celebrating last week after bosses dumped plans to outsource their jobs.

Reports round-up - Action at North Sea oil rigs as workers strike over shifts

Workers at three oil and gas platforms in the North Sea operated by Total struck on Monday.

Be ready to take on Tommy Robinson supporters on the streets

Supporters of Tommy Robinson plan to protest outside the Nazi’s retrial at the Old Bailey in central London on 27 September.

Reports round up: March to remember rail strike martyrs in Llanelli

A postal workers’ union leader has responded after a series of unofficial strikes over workplace bullying and harassment at a number of Royal Mail workplaces.

Woman ‘sets fire to herself’ in housing office

A woman reportedly set fire to herself in a London housing office on Wednesday of last week. The incident took place in an office of Tory-run Barnet council.

Birmingham home care strikers defy bosses’ scheming

Care workers in Birmingham have thrown themselves into the fight

Glasgow council workers could strike for equal pay

Thousands of workers in Glasgow are preparing to build a huge result in a strike ballot that is part of a fight for equal pay

Hillsborough cop charges dropped

Former South Yorkshire Police (SYP) chief inspector Sir Norman Bettison will face no charges over allegations that he lied following the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster.

Council care fails children

Children looked after by local authorities are facing a “silent crisis”, new research by the Social Market Foundation thinktank indicates.

Corrupt Copland head made to pay back thousands

A former head teacher and his former colleagues have been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds they unlawfully received from a west London school.

Cries against austerity on Scottish independence march in Dundee

Over 15,000 people joined an All Under One Banner march for Scottish independence in Dundee


Drive to save money lies behind Italian bridge collapse in Genoa

The motorway bridge that collapsed on Monday in Genoa, Italy, killing at least 39 people failed because of money.

Anger at the response to the floods hitting India

More than 350 people have died and 1.5 million been forced to move by flooding in the southwest Indian state of Kerala

Israel kills Palestinians in Gaza in run-up to ceasefire deal

Israel has ramped up the pressure further on Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, despite reports of an imminent peace deal


It’s not Drill music that drives violence

What makes a young person pick up a knife or a gun and attack another?


New book remembers when women workers struck and won equal pay at Trico

In 1976 a group of women workers struck for equal pay—and won. The 21-week walkout became the longest successful strike for equal pay in Britain. But many people have never heard of it.

The Black September massacre 1970

The media is using the Black September group’s hostage-taking of Israeli athletes in 1972 to attack Jeremy Corbyn. Nick Clark looks at the history of massacre, defeat and betrayal in the fight for Palestinian liberation that led to it


Powerful pictures in south London exhibition of black achievement and resistance

An exhibition of photographs about black British life shows the gear change from first arrival to first resistance against racism

Too much farming in The Guardians, a story of changing women’s lives

The Guardians is an interesting exploration— in the last 20 minutes— of how the First World War changed the role of women in the workplace and the family

What We Think

Rulers spout racism—it’s time for resistance

Every week politicians find new ways to wage war on migrants. And they are openly using language designed to encourage racism and violence.

Prison offers no solutions - whether run privately or run by the state

The chief inspector of prisons has forced ministers into taking Birmingham jail back under state control.

Other Categories

Aretha Franklin gave us a vision of struggle - and of a radically different world

16 February 1968 and Aretha Franklin was in Detroit as the mayor declared it Aretha Franklin Day, when Martin Luther King stepped up on the stage to present her with a special award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

LETTERS—Trade union leaders should stand up for the Palestinians

Some Trade union leaders have said that Jeremy Corbyn should accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism with all of its examples (Socialist Worker, 15 August).

Why criticising the burqa means lining up with racists

Boris Johnson’s attack on the burqa has left some liberals with a problem.

The things they say

‘Cut from prime ministerial cloth’

The Troublemaker - Councils hit homeless people with up to £1,500 in charges

Homeless people face being charged up to £1,500 a year by councils to store their possessions.

Syriza signs up for decades more austerity as final bailout deal ends in Greece

Greece exited its final bailout agreement on Monday—the mechanism through which the European Union (EU) and the bankers have forced austerity on ordinary Greeks.

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