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Reports round up: Crane builders’ walkout aims for higher pay offer


Crane manufacturing workers struck on Thursday and Friday of last week over an “inadequate” pay offer.

Vote to reject the unjust Ministry of Justice pay plan in PCS union


The civil service workers’ PCS union is urging its members who work for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to reject a pay plan tied to cuts to working conditions.

North Sea oil workers stage strikes to defend rotas


North Sea oil rig workers struck for 12 hours on Monday and a 24-hour strike is planned for Monday 20 August.

Northern Rail workers keep up their safety battle as ticket prices soar - again


Workers on Northern Rail have announced three new strikes as bosses “make a mockery” of negotiations.

The Prague Spring of 1968—50 years since the uprising that fought Stalinism


Czechoslovakia had been one of Stalinist Russia’s most economically advanced and politically reliable satellite states. Then, in 1968, the monolith suddenly cracked open. Tomáš Tengely-Evans explains what happened

Hundreds of home care strikers and supporters join march in Birmingham


Around 400 home care workers and their supporters staged a lively march through the centre of Birmingham last Saturday.

The importance of politics for the art of Orson Welles


Mark Cousins’ documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of the filmmaker. He spoke to Simon Basketter about his work and how Welles still resonates today

Housing bosses ignored fire warnings given before Grenfell blaze


Housing bosses knew that Grenfell Tower was unsafe and did nothing to fix it, according to damning new evidence.

Supporters pack into Bookmarks bookshop for day of solidarity after Nazi attack


Solidarity poured in from across the left and the labour movement to socialist bookshop Bookmarks

Anti-racists protest outside Boris Johnson’s office over Islamophobic article


Anti-racists held a lively picket outside Tory MP Boris Johnson’s office in west London

Campaigners protest as Northamptonshire council votes through brutal cuts plan


Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) voted through swingeing cuts on Wednesday. Council services are set to be completely decimated.

Migrant workers wage fight against low pay in London


Two groups of mainly migrant workers are waging a fight against low pay in London.

Reports round up: Hundreds join Leeds Pride march


A survey of 657 secondary school teachers by the National Education Union (NEU) has found they are increasingly concerned young people are not getting enough food over the summer holidays.

Birmingham care strikers standing solid


Birmingham’s heroic home carers are gearing up for a fresh week of action that will see them strike, picket and protest.

Privatisation as NHS faces cash crisis


Richard Branson’s Virgin empire is involved in the NHS

South Western Railway workers strike to keep safety on trains


Workers on South Western Railway (SWR) walked out for 24 hours on Saturday of last week in the latest action in the long?running dispute over guards on trains.

Squash the Britvic bosses


Workers at the Britvic drinks company site in Norwich struck from Wednesday to Friday last week, with more planned on the same days for the next five weeks. They are now holding mass meetings.

The real scandal behind building on green belt


The majority of houses built on the green belt last year were unaffordable.

Fight antisemitism smears—defend support for Palestine


The Labour Party dropped disciplinary proceedings against MP Margaret Hodge on Monday. This decision was made despite her having shouted in Jeremy Cobyn’s face that he is a “fucking antisemite and a racist.”

Supertram workers look for logical deal


Strikes on Sheffield’s Supertram have halted after bosses put forward a new pay offer. Some 200 conductors and drivers were due to strike for eight days from 18 August.

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