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Milk pricing row turns sour as farmers blockade cartels


Several thousand farmers have staged demonstrations outside dairies in Britain. They have blockaded entrances with machinery and poured milk down drains. But why?

Tory claims about ‘troubled families’ just don’t add up


Right wingers were drooling last week after the publication of a government report on "troubled families". They jumped at the chance to characterise poor people as benefit-scrounging, drug-addled criminals who have loads of children just to abuse and neglect them.

Israel's endless lies cover up devastation in Palestine


The human rights group B’Tselem reveals the horrific reality of daily life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in its annual report for 2011.

Recycling bosses make millions dumping waste


There’s one industry that’s booming despite the recession—recycling. Waste management firm Veolia reported a 6.7 percent rise in the revenue from its UK waste business to £1.38 billion in 2011.

Exposed: the myth that wages are being driven down by migrants


It can seem like common sense that migrant workers would cause wages to fall. After all, if they’re willing to do the same work for a lower wage, surely there will be downward pressure on pay?

'We are migrant workers and we fight for our rights'


"I work in a factory of 500, almost all of them migrant workers like myself. When I started there were only about 30 or 40 people in the union, and no union recognition.

The tax scams that shore up the profits of the rich


Avoiding tax isn’t just for comedians and ageing boy bands—it is the way British capitalism operates.

A&E feels the strain from latest health service cuts


Four out of the eight accident and emergency (A&E) departments in north west London could close within 12 months.

Healthcare in the community does not make up for closures


Supporters of closures often argue that many patients currently going to A&E could be treated better elsewhere.

Tories' private pals target NHS


McKinsey, a US‑based consultancy firm, has picked up NHS contracts worth £5 million in north west London. it is also providing advice on cuts and closures there.

What's the real pensions deal for council workers?


Local government workers who have been battling to save their pensions are being offered a deal that means massive cuts.

How your pension could be hit


Supporters of the deal claim that career average pensions can be better. But the only way to make that claim is to be very pessimistic about pay.

Is there an energy crisis - and do we need nuclear power?


The nuclear industry is to be subsidised via our electricity bills, at an expense of up to £200 a year for the average household.

Impact of the Fukushima disaster is still felt today


It is more than 15 months since the meltdown of four nuclear reactors in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

More markets won't solve the crisis in childcare


Childcare services are a necessity for millions of parents in Britain. Without childcare they could not go to work.

Childcare: Dutch and Danish offer different models


How does childcare in Britain compare to that in the rest of Europe? The Tories claim to be following the example of the Netherlands, which uses a network of "host agencies" to run its childcare system.

Modern slaves: migrant workers in Britain today


"Contemporary forms of slavery" exist in Britain. That’s the conclusion of research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Tory attacks are making migrant workers more vulnerable


The Tories are making life harder for those at risk of forced labour.

IPCC: is it time to put down the police's pet watchdog?


The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is under constant criticism for failing to seriously investigate police crime.

Bitter cops on the march show no interest in unity


There were 30,000 cops and one Socialist Worker journalist. The march against police cuts on Thursday of last week wasn’t pleasant.

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