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Issue: 2459

Dated: 23 Jun 2015

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People's Assembly demonstrations show something is changing

Up to a quarter of a million people came out on the streets last Saturday to show the new Tory government they are not prepared to put up with austerity. Socialist Worker journalists were with them on the protests

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Dundee porters win talks

Striking hospital porters in Dundee have forced bosses back to the negotiating table after 12 weeks of indefinite strike. Talks are set to take place this week.

SNP looks to build trade union links

The Scottish National Party (SNP) Trade Union Group’s first conference in Stirling last Saturday dispelled any doubts about Labour’s decline in Scotland.

One year on after police attack - South Yorkshire Freedom Riders 'as strong as ever'

Up to 80 Freedom Riders joined a protest at Sheffield train station on Tuesday of this week.

We need a more radical Pride say young activists

LGBT activists are furious with the corporate hijacking of Pride—the annual London march against homophobia and for liberation—which takes place this Saturday.

National Gallery strikers raise £1,000 on People's Assembly protest

Workers at the National Gallery in London began their latest ten-day walkout last Saturday by joining the People’s Assembly demonstration (see pages 10&11). 

News round-up

Trial after racist attack in Mold; Manchester protest against right to buy; billion pound NHS selloff; Reclaim Hackney protest

Reports round-up

Teachers fight back against dismissals at George Monoux College | Strike against academies at east London schools | Oxford hospital porters in jobs and pay ballot | Gunstones bakery workers set new dates for action | Debating unjust joint enterprise law | Pay strike ballot at Kingspan Insulation

First Tube union votes for strike on budget day

Also: fight down the line at national rail over train staff job cuts

Scotland's CalMac ferry workers set to strike

Workers at the Scottish state-owned ferry operator CalMac were set to begin industrial action on Wednesday of this week.

Newsquest journalists' ten-day action makes the front page

Journalists in south London have been striking back against low pay and job cuts.

Tories' plan could see NHS staff deported

Migrant health workers from outside the European Union (EU) could be forced to leave Britain under new immigration rules, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned. 

Refugees in Calais demand end of ‘jungle’ hell

Refugees in the French port of Calais refused to be swept out of sight last Saturday, with a protest more than 1,000 strong. 

Tories plot to snatch workers’ tax credits

Vicious attack will force more people to choose between heating and eating.

Tata steel strike suspended

Unions at Tata Steel have halted their industrial action and suspended a strike planned for Monday of this week in response to a new offer from bosses.

Consultation on ITV offer

Workers at ITV are being consulted on an improved pay deal offered by bosses after a one-day strike last month.

March rejects Hackney college cuts

Around 60 college workers and students marched from east London’s Hackney College to Liverpool Street on Thursday of last week.

Disabled father fights council eviction

The last remaining family on the Sweets Way estate in Barnet, north London, fought eviction in court last Monday.

College workers reject ‘draconian’ plan to apply for own jobs

Workers at Lewisham and Southwark College in south London struck on Thursday and Friday of last week to defend jobs and education.

Attempts to bring fracker Caudrilla back to Lancashire met with protests

Hundreds of people protested outside Preston Town Hall on Tuesday of this week as Lancashire County Council considered whether to bring fracking back to the region.

‘Are you ready for a fight?’ workers ask Prentis at Unison conference

Debates over the lack of leadership in the battle against Tory austerity dominated the annual conference of the Unison union at SECC in Glasgow last week.

No to blackmail and compromise with austerity in Greece

A statement from the Greek SWP on the coming referendum. Vote no to the agreement - and don't stop there

Protesters put the politics back into Pride

Tens of thousands marched through the streets of London yesterday, Saturday, for the annual Pride march. Young LGBT activists and trade unionists, including former miners, joined them.


US state’s racism created Charleston killer Dylann Roof

Nine black church­goers were murdered in Charleston, South Carolina last week by a racist who told them, “You have to go”.

Protests at EU Greek cuts deal

The European Union and the International Monetary Fund continued their brutish blackmail of the Greek government this week, writes Panos Garganas


The pope’s climate warning needs an earthly response

Calls for urgent action on climate change should be welcomed, even when they come from Pope Francis, writes scientist John Parrington

Tories are treating Muslims like sheep

The government is pushing through a new battery of repressive measures, writes Hassan Mahamdallie


In defence of humans

Famine and environmental crisis aren’t caused by a growing population or its ‘greed’. Instead, it’s people that hold the solution, argues Nick Clark


Govanhill baths - How a united fight saved the hub of a community

United We Will Swim… Again is an exhilarating 25 minute documentary about the campaign to save Govanhill Baths in Glasgow.

Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate Modern

The Russian artist Sonia Delaunay’s 1913 painting Electric Prisms is included in an exhibition celebrating her work at the Tate Modern in London until 9 August

Humans - synthetic servants question what makes us human

Channel 4’s new eight-part drama Humans is set in a “parallel present”. It’s identical to our own, except for lifelike robot servants called synths.

Reviews round-up

Iron in the Soul | 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

What We Think

United we can bring down the Tories

Rage against Tory austerity ran through the streets of London and Glasgow last Saturday. 

Resist academies plan

David Cameron admitted this week that virtually no school will be safe from his privatising agenda.

Other Categories

Steve Cox 1955-2015

Comrades, anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists in York were saddened to hear of the death of Steve Cox.


Leading on why we should vote no in the EU referendum

Having to put up with heavy yoghurt for the expenses

This week's Troublemaker leads on scrounging lords and ladies whingeing about food and service

Cruel firms tell benefit claimants to get therapy or lose cash

Workfare contractors’ proposals to bring ‘positive thinking’ into job centres is about blaming unemployed people for their own plight, writes Dave Sewell

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