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How PFI schemes damage future of public services

Sarah Ensor finds government-backed Private Finance Initiative schemes have saddled public services with ballooning debt repayments to private firms

Punishing whistleblowers is a very British tradition

Criminalising those who reveal state secrets comes naturally to the security services—because the state sees us all as enemies, says Raymie Kiernan

How Tories let the market bring chaos to our homes

Rising house prices boost wealthy speculators, not ordinary people who need somewhere to live. Ken Olende looks at the policies behind the housing crisis

Britain's 'boom' is small, shaky and built on sand

Simon Basketter finds the claims of economic recovery an unconvincing mix of exaggerated figures, mounting debt and another property bubble brewing

Thatcher planned to send in troops to break miners

Newly released government documents shed light on secret Tory plans to target miners, Northern Ireland and England’s flood defences, writes Simon Basketter

Encounters with the cops led to dozens more deaths

New figures reveal the year’s toll of deaths during and after police custody—painting a grisly picture of lives needlessly cut short, says Simon Basketter

Scientist slams ‘meaningless excuse’ of a death diagnosis

Excited delirium is a diagnosis used by coroners to explain ten restraint-related deaths that occurred in police custody in England and Wales since the late 1990s.

No blame and no justice for the wrongly jailed Cardiff Three

Two new reports into the Cardiff Three case refused to blame cops who ‘lost’ evidence and derailed a major police corruption trial says Simon Basketter

Police 'abused power' in Cardiff Three case

Tony Paris, one of those convicted of Lynette White’s murder who was later acquitted, said, “In December 2011 I was robbed of the chance to see justice done to the police officers who stood accused of fitting me up for murder.

What do unions get for giving money to Labour?

Simon Basketter looks at why Ed Miliband is trying to cut union members’ automatic subs to Labour—and why union leaders continue to fund the party

A history of attacks on unions' political funds

Unions are not legally allowed to support a political party in any way out of the general fund raised from members’ subscriptions. 

How donations to Labour can be 'tax efficient'

John Mills handed over £1.65 million worth of shares in his JML company to the party earlier this year.

Racism and resistance in the wake of Woolwich

The killing of soldier Lee Rigby sparked a wave of anti-Muslim attacks. But politicians and pundits created the climate for them, writes Annette Mackin

How to oppose the fascists in your area

Fascists have launched a series of attacks on trade unionists in Leeds over the last 20 or so years. 

Attacks are linked to EDL

Tell Mama, The Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks group, has recorded 540 Islamophobic incidents since March this year. 

Piper Alpha 25 years on: fire killed 167 workers because bosses cut corners

On the anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster, Socialist Worker looks at the union-busting and callous lack of safety that condemned oil workers to death

Workers' grief turned to anger in struggle for offshore safety

Workers formed the Oilc union in 1988 in the aftermath of Piper Alpha. The battle to build effective offshore union organisation can be a matter of life and death. 

Tories’ fire cuts will cost lives—and they know it

Thousands of firefighters’ jobs have gone since the Tories took office and the latest round of cuts is the most dangerous yet, says Simon Basketter

We need action to defend our fire service and firefighters' pensions

Some 200 firefighters halted London mayor Boris Johnson’s question time event last week.

Workers see record wage drop as bosses get richer

The Tories say falling unemployment shows that the crisis isn’t so bad. But unprecedented attacks on pay tell a different story, writes Annette Mackin

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