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Austerity


First joint college strike in ten years as staff take action for pay and education

23 February 2016
College workers across England were set to strike on Wednesday of this week over pay. The walkout, by UCU and Unison union members, will be the first joint pay strike in ten years.

Tories' division over EU referendum is a chance to beat back this rotten government

20 February 2016
Tory prime minister David Cameron has announced 23 June as the date for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU).

PCS union leader says Jeremy Corbyn’s election an ‘historic opportunity to challenge the rich’

19 February 2016
General secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), Mark Serwotka, says trade unionists must take advantage of the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.

New killer cuts hit councils - and help give businesses more power

16 February 2016
The Tories are licking their lips as more savage cuts to local services start to bite. Raymie Kiernan looks at what’s at stake

Radical left looks to make gains in Irish election

09 February 2016
A key electoral test for austerity is set for the end of the month in Ireland. Workers have been assaulted by the outgoing and the previous governments for the past eight years.

New Google scandal—Tax scam bosses’ bonanza

09 February 2016
There’s no austerity for them. Just days after Google did a sweetheart tax deal with the Tories, the firm has handed vastly more money to its top bosses.

Biggest general strike in years defies Syriza's pension cuts in Greece

04 February 2016
The huge general strike rally in Athens today, Thursday, was probably the biggest since 2011 and the summer of mass occupations of public squares.

Syriza one year on - what went wrong?

02 February 2016
The celebration that followed left party Syriza’s election last year has given way to bitterness, says Dave Sewell

Syriza faces nationwide strike against pension cut in Greece

02 February 2016
Workers in Greece were set to take part in a general strike to defend their pensions, reports Dave Sewell

After floods firefighters slam cuts—sack Tories not us

05 January 2016
I was responding to the floods in Greater Manchester on Boxing Day, pumping out water and

The left is the real winner of Spanish elections as two party system crumbles

21 December 2015
Elections last Sunday brought political instability--with big gains for left party Podemos, no prospect of a stable government, and a potentially decisive role for Catalan nationalists. The real test will be deepening resistance, argues Andy Durgan

There will be more deaths if Tories keep cutting the fire service

15 December 2015
Firefighters and their FBU union are sounding the alarm about the impact of successive cuts to fire stations, engines and jobs. Cuts are already increasing the dangers, writes Nick Clark

Privatisation of children's services will only deepen failure

15 December 2015
David Cameron has said the Tories will take “failing” children’s services out of the control of local authorities. They could be handed to “teams of experts”.

Nursing students fight cuts to bursaries

15 December 2015
Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt is facing a fresh NHS revolt as healthcare students organise to defend their bursaries.

Join the struggle to topple their system

08 December 2015
The ruling class loves a war. They pretend that we all have a “national interest” against an outside enemy and distract us from the attacks they are raining down on us.

Greek prime minister Tsipras in crisis as mass strike looms

01 December 2015
Workers across Greece were set to walk out for a general strike on Thursday of this week.

Paramedic speaks out: crisis at London Ambulance Service driven by government policy

01 December 2015
The London Ambulance Service (LAS) was branded inadequate and unsafe by the Care Quality Commission in a report released last week. It was the first ambulance trust to be put into “special measures”. The findings came as no surprise to any of us who work there.

Tory axe leaves black hole in local councils' finances

01 December 2015
Contrary to claims by some of the press austerity is not over. Socialist Worker looks in more detail at Tory chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

George Osborne forced into a U-turn—but still ramps up austerity

01 December 2015
The Tories may have been pushed into a U-turn, but the Autumn Statement isn’t good news, says Simon Basketter

Divisions deepen as Tories plot a new austerity assault

24 November 2015
The Tories want savage new cuts—but activists can take advantage of their divisions, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

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