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Issue: 2639

Dated: 29 Jan 2019

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Venezuelan president faces coup backed by the right

Venezuela is on the brink of a right-wing coup sponsored by the US.

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Academies allow school bosses to get rich while students suffer, reveals new report

Academies are disastrous, but the Tories want more of them.

Wandsworth traffic wardens aren’t waiting to act over sick pay

GMB union members in the Tory-run borough began a 48-hour strike on Thursday.

Safety and environmental health experts expressed concerns before Hillsborough disaster, trial hears

Former police constable Robert Ainsworth said the situation on the pitch during the Hillsborough football disaster was “bedlam”.

Brazilian dam collapse was predicted, but profits came first so people died

Ten bodies have been found and more than 400 people are unaccounted for after a dam operated by the mining firm Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

David Duckenfield ‘not experienced enough’ on day of Hillsborough disaster, court hears

Police match commander David Duckenfield was not “experienced enough” on the day of the Hillsborough football disaster, a court has heard.

Pay strikes hit further education colleges

Workers at 12 colleges across England began a two-day strike on Tuesday to demand more pay. UCU union members at a 13th college, Kendal, will join the strike on Wednesday.

Tory immigration law cracks down on ‘unskilled’ migrants

The new bill will come into force after Brexit and whip up division between workers. We must fight to extend freedom of movement for all, and the right to move in search for a better life

Unison union members stand with Karen Reissmann

The Unison union leadership is facing growing calls to reinstate victimised health worker Karen Reissmann.

Problems were built into the Glasgow hospital named ‘Death Star’

A death at a Glasgow hospital has shone a light on a scandal-hit institution, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Reports round-up - high stakes for Beefeaters

Workers at three royal palaces are set to strike on Wednesday of next week

Tory cuts behind Ministry of Justice ‘meltdown’

Thousands of court cases were disrupted or delayed across England and Wales last week due to an IT meltdown at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

Hundreds on streets against Barclay academy

Trade Unionists and Labour councillors joined parents, students and ­teachers at a protest against the threatened academisation of the Barclay school in Stevenage last Saturday.

Education round-up—Say no to the new offer for Scotland’s teachers

Scottish teachers in the EIS union are balloting on a new pay offer, with a recommendation to reject.

Migrants lose with Tory no-deal

Home secretary Sajid Javid said the Tories would immediately end freedom of movement “once and for all” if there was a no-deal Brexit

Will Trump herald a return to Britain?

US president Donald Trump could be planning another visit to Britain


Right wing power move in Venezuela deepens economic crisis

An attempted right wing takeover of the Venezuelan state has thrown the country deeper into crisis.

Mood of rebellion moves to French trade unions

Yellow Vests and trade unionists could together deliver a crushing blow to France’s president Emmanuel Macron.

International round up: Trump's shutdown and Palestinian killed by Israelis

Racist US president Donald Trump has temporarily backed down from his attempt to use a federal shutdown to force through £5 billion funding for his infamous border wall.


Engines of Privilege—Dismantling an education system for the powerful

Public schools help to entrench an unequal society. We can build something better, writes Miriam Scharf

Class was the key for Erik Olin Wright

The Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright died of leukaemia last week. He was 71 years old.


Los Angeles teachers’ strike—a lesson in how to fight

An inspiring struggle by Los Angeles teachers has shown the power of the US working class to resist Trump and the bosses.

Karl Marx can spark joy for you

Sarah Bates enjoys Marie Kondo’s new show Tidying Up. But, she writes, its popularity says something deeper about life under capitalism and our relationship to commodities

Tanks on the streets of Glasgow to stop revolt in 1919

Strikes and protests in Glasgow 100 years ago showed the power of workers to bring a city to its knees. It also showed the lengths the British state will go to stop them, writes Gerry Mooney


Dismissed for decades, now Pierre Bonnard takes centre stage

The French painter is typecast as being a bit lightweight, but a new exhibition at Tate Britain reveals a melancholy and tender artist, writes?Ben Windsor

Nominations at the Oscars respond to #MeToo era

This year’s Oscars will take some living up to the hype.

What We Think

Labour’s shameful betrayal of migrants

 Labour had a chance to stop a major racist Tory attack on migrants this week. It failed

We're cut as the rich prosper

Working class people everywhere have been hit hard by Tory cuts.

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Obituary - Vince Dawes 1973-2019

Comrades in South Wales, Watford and Harrow were very saddened to hear about the sudden death of Vince Dawes

LETTERS—How we won a strong vote for school strikes in Ealing

NEU union members voted overwhelmingly to support strikes over pay and school funding.

The Troublemaker—Boris Johnson pays for flight but Mr Burns goes for free

Boris Johnson was happy to take a £14,000 gift in travel and hospitality from the Saudi Arabian government last autumn, which he declared in his financial interests.

What will a Tory Brexit mean for EU migrants?

Tomáš Tengely-Evans cuts through the confusion of the Tories’ EU Settlement Scheme—a racist mechanism for punishing migrants

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