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Issue: 2632

Dated: 27 Nov 2018


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Unite and stop the racists and fascists on 9 December

Anti-racists are mobilising against a planned march called by Nazi Tommy Robinson on Sunday 9 December


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

College workers win above-inflation pay rise after eight days of strikes

Workers at three London colleges have won above-inflation pay rises following strikes. And the deal will see the lowest-paid staff benefit the most.

Teachers march for school funding and better pay

Up to 500 teachers, school workers, parents, councillors, children and others marched against education cuts.

Hillary Clinton launches poisonous attack on migrants

Hillary Clinton has blamed migrants travelling to Europe for the rise of the “populist right” internationally

After Tommy Robinson appointed ‘adviser’ to Ukip leader—join counter-demonstration on 9 December

Nazi Tommy Robinson has been appointed as a “special adviser” to the leader of the racist Ukip party

Workers walk out at Vauxhall car plant in Ellesmere Port and Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead

Hundreds of workers at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant on Merseyside walked out unofficially on Friday after they were told of plans to axe 241 jobs

Cammell Laird workers’ walkout wins solidarity

Workers at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead launched a ten-week programme of rolling strikes on Monday

Real-term pay strikes hit six further education colleges

Strikes could be start of further action

The fight is on for Hull’s soul after year of culture

This is a heartwarming documentary about warehouse worker Steve.

Action day to stop Universal Credit

Activists were set to take part in a day of action against Universal Credit this Saturday

GMB backs off from DPD couriers strike

Delivery firm DPD has used legal threats to push the GMB union away from a strike

Student day of action for Palestine

Students at universities across Britain were set to launch a day of action for Palestine

Protests after bank stops benefit claimants renting

Housing activists protested outside NatWest branches in seven cities last Saturday in response to the bank targeting housing benefit claimants.

Grimethorpe dinner ladies won’t give in

Dinner Ladies and teaching assistants at Ladywood Primary School in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, remain determined to stand up to their head teacher.

‘Broken Britain’ tour to call for radical alternative

The “Britain is broken” campaign, an initiative of the People’s Assembly, was set to launch on Wednesday this week.

Post office workers could deliver a Christmas strike

Crown Post Office workers were to begin balloting for strikes on Christmas Eve from Friday of this week.

Reports round-up: Janice Godrich wins vote

Interim results of a ballot among left wing PCS union activists to choose their candidate for assistant general secretary (AGS) were revealed on Sunday.

School strike is stopped, but the anger still remains

Teachers at The John Roan school in Greenwich, south east London, held a silent picket outside the school on Thursday of last week.

Defend Karen Reissmann—It’s no crime to disagree with the union’s leaders

The Reinstate Karen Reissmann campaign is set to hold its official launch meeting in Manchester this Saturday.

Protests at five sites over ‘inhuman’ work conditions

GMB union members and officials held Black Friday protests at five Amazon warehouses last week against the stress and pressure at the company’s warehouses

Solidarity with family of Sheku Bayoh in Glasgow

The family of Sheku Bayoh led a 2,000-strong St Andrew’s Day march against racism in Glasgow

Birmingham care workers can strike a blow against council cuts

Care workers in Birmingham are keeping up their fight against brutal council cuts.

Eight days of strikes wins a victory on pay

Workers have declared victory at Street Crane after strikes won them a 3 percent pay rise without strings.

Reports round-up—Prysmian dispute is settled

Workers at Prysmian Cables in Eastleigh, Hampshire, have voted by 85 percent to accept a new two-year pay deal.

May’s frantic fight in Brexit deal vote

Theresa May and big business are desperately trying to whip MPs into backing the Tory Brexit deal.

News round up: Cops could have lied about anti-fascism demo

Two West Midlands Police officers have been charged with misconduct in public office.


International

British-backed war on Yemen kills 85,000 children

Some 85,000 children in Yemen under the age of five have are thought to have died of hunger or disease in the last three years

Cops attack protesters in France as ‘Yellow Vests’ movement grows

Thousands of French “Yellow Vests” protesters were met by police assaults, riot cop attacks and tear gas in Paris

French cops crack down on ‘Yellow Vest’ protests

The protesters are focusing a feeling of utter disillusion with the present set-up

Strikes over poverty pay after years of austerity in Greece

Workers across the private sector in Greece were set to strike on Wednesday

Public sector strike for higher pay rocks Tunisian government

Some 650,000 public sector workers struck in Tunisia as part of their campaign for higher wages


Comment

Handouts to firms show how states serve the rich

Nick Clark says a series of recent offers made by politicians to businesses show up who really holds power in society

Oil is an incentive in the US and Saudi relationship

The recent see-sawing of the oil price has a lot more to do with politics—particularly geopolitical competition among states—than economics


Features

Don't give in on the rights of migrants

Leading Leave and Remain supporters have found an issue that unites them—drawing up new ways to control immigration.

As anger at climate change boils over - how can we save the planet?

A renewed wave of rebellion is taking place worldwide to take on the threat of catastrophic climate change


Reviews

Lost in a labyrinth of social and political catastrophes

A profound sense of injustice and chaos grips visitors to a new exhibition about identity at Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery, writes?Molly Docherty


What We Think

Disaster in Yemen shows brutality of imperialism

Despite massacres, disease, impending famine and tens of thousands of deaths, the US “can’t support” even a limited ceasefire in the war on Yemen

No care from fat cats

Thousands of elderly and vulnerable adults face an uncertain Christmas as their care provider rushes to sell off its council contracts.


Other Categories

Letters—Oxford Union has helped to legitimise far right bigotry

The Oxford Union, a posh private debating club for Oxford University students, invited far right guru Steve Bannon to speak a fortnight ago.

The Troublemaker—MPs hide how £3 billion gets spent on spooks in Britain

Matthew Hedges said in the UAE last week he was a spy, and this week said he wasn’t.

Solidarity with migrant caravan after attacks

Migrants from Central America fleeing poverty face racist abuse, border controls, and armed troops



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