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Mass Hope Over Fear rally shows the chance to build new left in Scotland

14 October 2014
Up to 15,000 people rallied in Glasgow’s George Square last Sunday at an event called by the Hope Over Fear campaign initiated by Tommy Sheridan.

Greek Tory government appeals to Troika for time-out to stem workers' opposition

30 September 2014
Greece’s right wing prime minister Antonis Samaras has appealed to the German government for “breathing space” from austerity.

‘Privatisation has shifted tax burden onto poorest’ says writer James Meek

23 September 2014
The Campaign for Real Poverty is what privatisation should be called, argues author James Meek.

Miliband makes promises and commits to cuts in Labour conference speech

23 September 2014
The Labour leader’s speech mixed pro-business pledges with vague rhetoric, writes Simon Basketter

Far right threat looms over Europe as its economy stagnates

16 September 2014
Panos Garganas argues that fighting the fascist Golden Dawn in Greece must go hand in hand with fighting against austerity

Ukip's policy proposals show they are a party for the rich

26 August 2014
Ukip announced details of proposed polices last week. They include tax cuts for the wealthy and retaining the benefit cap which makes ordinary people suffer.

New plan for NHS 'doctors on the cheap'

26 August 2014
Thousands of NHS patients will soon be treated by staff with just two years of intensive training rather than by a fully qualified doctor.

Vote yes for strikes to defend the NHS

26 August 2014
As strike ballots begin in the health service activists are already organising to win a big yes vote—and are finding a mood to fight, reports Dave Sewell

A warning from France not to wait for Miliband

26 August 2014
The political turmoil in France sends us a chilling warning about what we could face in Britain under a Labour government led by Ed Miliband.

Socialist Party government resigns in France after splits over austerity

26 August 2014
France’s Labour-type Socialist Party government resigned on Monday of this week.

Woman dies after benefits cut off - but Tory calls for new attacks

12 August 2014
Annette Francis was owed hundreds of pounds due to the backlog caused by the government's move from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment. An inquest heard that the financial pressure led to her committing suicide. Now Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith is calling for even harsher changes to the benefit system.

Exit Stage Right - Why isn't Labour offering an alternative to Tory austerity?

08 July 2014
Workers are furious with the Tories, but Ed Miliband’s Labour Party seems determined not to offer anything better. Tomáš Tengely Evans looks at why Labour isn’t working—and how we can build a real alternative

We are right to strike - let's escalate to win

08 July 2014
As workers walk out against Tory austerity Sadie Robinson says there is a mood to keep up the fight

As the rich enjoy housing bubble, the poor see no recovery

08 July 2014
Firms aren’t investing because they don’t expect a big enough profit to make it worthwhile. So they’re relying on lower wages and a property boom instead, writes Alex Callinicos.

The Tories' merger plan isn't about improving health or social care

08 July 2014
The political consensus to merge social care and the health service would be a disaster, unless the cuts are stopped and more funding is provided, writes Raymie Kiernan

Workers turn up the heat as Greek coalition clings on

08 July 2014
Public sector workers were set to strike in Greece on Wednesday of this week. They plan rallies across the country and a protest at the ministry of finance in Athens.

It makes us stronger if we all strike together, say activists in run-up to 10 July walkout

01 July 2014
Activists talk to Raymie Kiernan about how they’re getting organised for the 10 July mass strike

Workers' strike wave offers hope in France

26 June 2014
Thousands of workers across France protested today, Thursday, against Labour-type Socialist president Francois Hollande’s pact of austerity. The day of protests and strikes was called by the CGT union federation at the centre of the current wave of strikes in France.

10 July strike is chance to take on the Tories

24 June 2014
The Tories like nothing more than an opportunity to drive down living standards for working class people. Some 800,000 public sector jobs have been slashed since they took office.

Local government workers in Unison union vote to join 10 July strike

24 June 2014
One of the biggest strikes for decades is set for Thursday 10 July.

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