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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.

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.

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

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.

Thousands march against austerity in loud, lively and determined protest

21 June 2014
Up to 20,000 people marched against austerity in central London today, Saturday, in a loud and lively protest called by the People's Assembly.

Strikers come together in south London ahead of austerity protest

21 June 2014
Ritzy cinema staff gathered outside the cinema in Brixton today, Saturday, for a strike over pay. The strikers, in the Bectu union, are demanding the London Living Wage.

Can new left party Podemos make a change in Spain?

10 June 2014
As the Spanish state strains under the pressures of the crisis, activists told Dave Sewell about the new party Podemos they are building to take the fight to its rulers

Cabinet reshuffle won't help Greek government

10 June 2014
Hospital workers in Greece were set to strike on Wednesday of next week. Days earlier Tory Makis Voridis, a former Nazi, was named minister of health. Just two years ago he was head of the fascist Laos party.

Activists meet to organise unity for benefits justice against Tory attacks on welfare

10 June 2014
Campaigners from across Britain met in Manchester last Saturday to organise against Tory attacks on benefits. More than 80 people attended the national meeting of the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation.

Why local government workers should vote Yes to strike

27 May 2014
From classroom assistants to social workers, and from gardeners to engineers, up to a million local government workers are voting on strikes over the next few weeks after employers awarded them a pay rise of just 1 percent. Socialist Worker explains why Unison and GMB union members should vote Yes

Mass strike could bring out a million in a hot July

13 May 2014
Public sector union leaders hint at coordinated action to take on the Tories, reports Sadie Robinson

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