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Issue: 2640

Dated: 05 Feb 2019


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Witness for an inquest into migrant’s death faces deportation under hostile Tory regime

The Tories are trying to deport two people who witnessed the death of a Jamaican man who had been held at an immigration detention centre.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Theresa May manoeuvres between tragedy and farce in Brexit vote

Tory prime minister Theresa May told MPs to vote against a key part of her own Brexit deal.

‘The money’s there—where’s our share?’ college strikers demand

Workers at colleges across England struck for the second day on Wednesday in a fight over pay

‘The company treats us like dogs,’ say striking Wandsworth traffic wardens

GMB union members in the Tory-run south London borough began their second 48-hour strike for sick pay on Thursday

At Hillsborough ‘We were all pleading for our lives,’ court hears

Police were more interested in crowd control and searching for alcohol than safety during the Hillsborough football disaster, a court has heard.

There were not enough turnstiles during Hillsborough disaster, says safety expert

There were not enough turnstiles for fans entering the terraces on the day of the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, a court has heard.

Strikes over academy scam plan in Enfield

NEU union members at Galliard Primary School in Enfield, north London, were set to start a two-day strike on Wednesday this week.

Solid strike in Camden as traffic wardens fight NSL outsourcers over pay

Strikers in Camden are “fully determined to fight and achieve what we deserve” in their pay battle against ­outsourcing giant NSL.

‘Let’s be a fighting union’—says UCU Left candidate Jo McNeill

UCU Left candidate Jo McNeill’s campaign to become the union’s vice president has got off to a busy start.

Royal Mail workers in Southend deliver a strike threat to bosses

Workers at one of Royal Mail’s largest workplaces have agreed to ballot for industrial action if they don’t get a review into management’s “bullying culture”.

Outsourced workers fight to win sick pay at Kingston Hospital

Hundreds of outsourced health workers in south west London are demanding that multinational ISS gives them sick pay.

Brexit unity is wobbly as Theresa May seeks EU settlement

Theresa May faces another tortuous twist over Brexit with headlines about her “triumphs” already turning to dust.

Reports round up: Civil service workers could ballot for national strikes

Food workers declared victory last week as bosses backed off from threats about public holiday working.

Step up the battle to reinstate victimised health worker Karen Reissmann

Many Unison union members are furious that their leadership is refusing to answer questions over victimised health worker Karen Reissmann.

School strike for climate grows

Support is growing for a planned school student walkout to demand action over climate change.

Sean Rigg misconduct hearings begin

Police officers involved in the detention of Sean Rigg lied about their actions as part of a cover-up after he died in custody, a police misconduct hearing heard on Monday.

Scottish FE lecturers in second pay strike

College lecturers across Scotland struck on Tuesday, the second day of their action over pay.

No to bigotry in school

An argument over LGBT+ education in Birmingham could pit two oppressed groups against one another.


International

Trump goes nuclear with treaty meltdown

US president Donald Trump has made another terrifying move that increases the threat of nuclear war. The Tories are helping him.

Strikes in France this week could deepen Yellow Vests movement against Macron

It is a crucial week for the Yellow Vest protests in France. Big mobilisations on Saturday showed the potential for an even more powerful movement to defeat neoliberal French president Emmanuel Macron.

West threatens force to get its way in Venezuela

Western governments are organising to force out Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Their manoeuvres show up the sham that is democracy under capitalism.

Nurses in Ireland stage pay strikes

More than 35,000 striking nurses have picketed hospitals across Ireland, telling the government they can take no more.

Hi-vis unity in France as strikers join with Yellow Vests

Strikes and protests swept France on Tuesday as the Yellow Vest movement and trade ­unionists came together for the first time in significant numbers.

Israel erects new racist border wall around Gaza

Israel has begun building a new giant fence around the Gaza Strip to make escape for Palestinians even more difficult.


Comment

What’s behind the hard border debate in Ireland?

Tomáš Tengely-Evans unpacks the arguments around the “backstop” agreement and what it means for ordinary people

Banks propped up by states a decade on

The 2007-8 financial crash continues to overshadow the world economy. The big economic news last week was the decision of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed), not to increase interest rates.


Features

Why does Labour give in to myths about immigration?

Labour failed to stop the Tories’ racist Immigration Bill last week. Nick Clark argues it’s more than a fear of losing votes that leads the party towards supporting immigration controls

Latin America and the rise of the right

How the Pink Tide ebbed and what can be done to stop the reactionaries


Reviews

Dior exhibition lifts the lid on a world of glitz and privilege

A new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London unintentionally exposes the obscenity behind the high fashion industry

Tonight the World—creating a sense of dread using dream diaries and film

Daria Martin brings to life the story of her grandmother, Susi Stiassni who fled the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia


What We Think

Our action can break the Brexit blockage

There’s a paralysis and sense of unreality in British politics


Other Categories

Jeremy Hardy 1961-2019

It is with profound sadness that we face the death of socialist and comedian Jeremy Hardy. Jeremy was a wonderful friend, an ally to anyone suffering injustice and a comrade to anyone fighting it.

Frank Stone, 1937-2018

Close friends, comrades and family came together recently for a memorial to the life of Frank Stone who died just before Christmas

LETTERS - Keep pressure on councils for a ‘climate emergency’

There’s a growing movement to demand political leaders take serious action on climate change.

The Troublemaker—The secret plot to give the queen a holiday in Scotland

PANIC. The queen and other senior royals will be evacuated from London in the event of riots under secret plans being drawn up by Whitehall.



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