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NUT union backs ballots for a boycott of the hated Sats tests in primary schools

NUT members voted overwhelmingly for ballots aimed at boycotting the hated Sats tests next year.

School cuts could soon mean strikes after teachers back walkouts at NUT conference

Teachers in some English schools could strike in the summer term in response to Tory funding cuts. Delegates at the NUT union’s annual conference in Cardiff unanimously voted for the plan last weekend (see below).

Teachers discuss the fight against racism and resisting Donald Trump's bigotry

Anti-racism was a big theme of the NUT teachers' union conference. Many delegates had visited Calais and Dunkirk in France to support refugees under attack, while others have suffered racism in Britain.

LETTERS - The 45-year wait for justice for Derry’s Manus Deery

Manus Deery was only 15 when he was shot dead by a British solider in Derry in May 1972. The coroner’s finding that he was “a totally innocent victim” is a welcome and long overdue victory for his family.

Social care will collapse unless our unions fight back against the Tories' cuts

As cuts create a massice social care crisis, care workers told Raymie Kiernan the Unison union election is chance to build resistance

The female adventurer who loved Iraq helped the empires carve it up

Letters from Baghdad examines Gertrude Bell known as the female Lawrence of Arabia—but it glosses over Britain’s bloody conquests, writes Eleanor Claxton-Mayer

Theresa May calls for snap general election—our chance to get the Tories out

Theresa May’s has called for a general election on 8 June—it means we have a chance to get her rotten Tory government out.

Refugees clash with police after Grande-Synthe fire leaves hundreds homeless

Clashes with police erupted after the Grande-Synthe refugee camp was burnt down, and the EU has been blasted for turning a blind eye to refugees

Racist rules refuse NHS care to thousands of people due to their immigration status

Cruel immigration checks are putting vulnerable people off seeking the health care they need, writes Dave Sewell

Tory 'tweaks' to disabiilty benefits will hit thousands of claimants

The number of people refused disability benefits has seen a massive spike in the past year.

Rail strikes over safety aren't stopping

More coordinated rail strikes to defend the role of the train guard have been announced by the RMT rail union.

Nazis plan protests in two cities on same day, counter protests called

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is calling on anti-Nazis to join two protests on Saturday 3 June.

Teachers call march as walkouts in three London schools go ahead

NUT union members at three London secondary schools were set to strike this week over job losses that workers say are linked to funding cuts.

Reports round-up

Includes short reports from the latest strikes in manufacturing, IT services, higher education, local government, plus news from abortion rights, housing and climate change campaigns

Popcorn bribe doesn't halt Picturehouse cinema workers' strike

Workers at five sites of the Picturehouse cinema chain struck today, Saturday.

Teachers unanimously call on their NUT union to strike against Tory education cuts

Teachers have unanimously called on their NUT union to call a one-day strike against education funding cuts next term. 

Trump's deadly posturing could cause the mother of all wars

Warmonger Donald Trump ratcheted up tension across the world with a ruthless demonstration of US power this week. 

'I've been to the area where the MOAB bomb was dropped. Civilians will have died'

Nangarhar province which borders Pakistan is typical of rural areas in Afghanistan. It consists of small farming communities and is desperately poor.

Families of Iraqis threatened with deportation by Britain speak out

British authorities have rounded up around 30 Iraqis and locked them into detention centres in recent week. 

'We need to take fight to the Tories', leading Unison union health worker speaks out

We talk about how terrible the crisis in the NHS and social care is, but it’s significantly worse now than it has ever been.

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