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We can beat Gove if we strike

31 December 2012
Teachers across Britain ended last term by calling on their union leaders to organise national strikes to defend pay and conditions.

A glimpse of the working class

31 December 2012
Britain has become the Daily Mail’s worst nightmare. That’s according to the findings of the 2011 census, published last month.

Radical surgery: snapshots from the fight to save the NHS

31 December 2012
Twenty five years ago this month 38 nurses from North Manchester General Hospital went on strike. They sparked a wave of action that spread across Britain and lasted the rest of the year.

British government tries to stop Mau Mau torture compensation

31 December 2012
The government has decided to contest the right of Kenyan people tortured by British forces during the Mau Mau War to claim compensation.

Civil service walkout hits 50 Department for Transport offices

31 December 2012
Thousands of Department for Transport workers struck at 50 sites across Britain on Friday of last week over a threat to close DVLA offices. The workers, members of the PCS union, walked out for 24 hours against the plans.

Gil Scott-Heron: a revolutionary who began with empathy

31 December 2012
Gil’s music and poetry have always been popular in Britain, despite them being about conditions that are far removed from here. Why is that?

News round-up

31 December 2012
Tax dives while profits soar The biggest firms in Britain are paying a fifth less tax than they did 12 years ago, a Reuters report says.

Profits and triple dips

11 December 2012
Britain could be heading for a triple dip recession, Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable declared last week. His Tory coalition partners immediately condemned him.

Osborne cuts £950 a year from the poorest families in Britain

11 December 2012
Tory chancellor George Osborne admitted on Wednesday of last week that his economic plan isn’t working—even on its own terms.

France: Rural guerrilla warfare divides the government

04 December 2012
François Hollande of France’s Socialist Party (similar to Britain’s Labour Party) was elected president in May. Now his ratings are down to 36 percent—a record low for a new president.

No pain for the richest in Osborne's unequal Britain

04 December 2012
George Osborne’s economic plans have left the economy tanking and the welfare state damaged. His autumn statement comes as inequality in Britain looms large.

Underemployment: the struggling workers hidden by jobs figures

04 December 2012
Over three million people work- ing in Britain are struggling to survive on the pay they receive each month—and want to work more hours than they can get. That’s the finding of a new report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Thousands of civil service workers walk out in strikes and protests

04 December 2012
Over 8,000 workers in the Department for Transport struck across Britain on Friday of last week against job losses and office closures.

Reports round-up

27 November 2012
New strike at British Museum PCS and Unite union members at the British Museum were set to strike together on Thursday this week from 4pm against the outsourcing of their jobs. This follows two previous strikes. Supporters can visit picket lines from 4pm onwards.

Train cleaners coordinate disputes against poverty pay

27 November 2012
Train cleaners across Britain were set to strike this week against poverty pay and poor conditions.

Thousands of students march in London against education cuts

21 November 2012
Thousands of students marched in central London today, Wednesday, to protest against the coalition attacks on education. The demonstration, which began at Temple, saw students from across Britain take apart.

Workers protest in Britain to support strikes in Europe

20 November 2012
Over 300 people protested outside the European Commission in London on Wednesday of last week in solidarity with the strikes in Europe.

Trade union protests in Britain in solidarity with European strikers

14 November 2012
Over 300 people protested outside the European Commission in London this evening in solidarity with the strikes across Europe.

Post workers' union briefs on threats to service

13 November 2012
The CWU union is holding briefings of workplace reps across Britain this week as the start of a fresh campaign against privatisation and liberalisation.

Secret State: political thriller that is neither thrilling nor political

13 November 2012
The promotion for Channel 4’s Secret State makes much of it being "inspired by Chris Mullin’s novel A Very British Coup".

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