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Letters—Crisis shows how education can be organised differently 

31 March 2020
As a teacher, socialist and trade unionist I met the cancellation of Sats, GCSEs and A Levels with mixed feelings. I have genuine sympathy for children who have been preparing long and hard for their tests and exams. 

Coronavirus crisis exposes the myth of a progressive EU

31 March 2020
The coronavirus crisis has exposed political leaders as wanting. The systematic bungling by Boris Johnson’s government is summed up by the fact that he, his health secretary and the chief medical adviser have all tested positive for the virus.

We need action, not dodgy deals, from union leaders over virus

31 March 2020
Action by workers has shown the type of ­resistance that’s possible against bosses who force them to work in unsafe conditions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Poor quality food sent to children on free meals

30 March 2020
Children on free school meals are being sent food packages that will leave them hungry

Tories abandon homeless people despite promises to give shelter

30 March 2020
Conflicting advice from the Tory government is resulting in homeless people being at heightened risk of contracting coronavirus.

Poor quality food sent to children on free meals

30 March 2020
Anger as children on free school meals are being sent food packages that will leave them hungry.

Health workers die in lack of equipment ‘national scandal’

30 March 2020
Weeks after the government insisted the shortage of personal protective equipment was being resolved, doctors and nurses are getting ill, and some die because they still can’t get it

Ventilators deadly shortage threatens care

30 March 2020
Hospitals have started rationing ventilators for patients as the coronavirus death toll rises.

Strikes and repression spread across the African continent

30 March 2020
Workers have suffered repression and evictions to try and stop the spread of the virus, but there has also been fightback in the form of strikes.

The things they say

30 March 2020
‘I shook hands with everybody’

Government knew years ago that the NHS could not cope with virus

30 March 2020
The NHS failed a test of its ability to withstand a major pandemic more than three years ago but the results were not made public.

Millions fear starvation after shutdown imposed in India

29 March 2020
The Indian government’s attempts to lockdown over a billion people are collapsing after only a few days.

Crucial care services are being withdrawn during coronavirus crisis

29 March 2020
Councils and care bosses are asking people to fend for themselves 

Boris Johnson sends coronavirus letter to every household to mask Tory failures

28 March 2020
The Tory government is mobilising to deliver to every household across Britain. But you won’t be getting medicines or food. You will be treated to a letter from Boris Johnson.

Luxury furniture delivery firm claims its staff are ‘key workers’

28 March 2020
 A logistics company that delivers luxury furniture for Marks and Spencer made call centre workers come in claiming they were “critical” to tackling coronavirus.

Thousands across the country clap to show solidarity with the NHS

27 March 2020
The #ClapForOurCarers this week was a huge, grassroots event that reflected a desire by ordinary people to show solidarity, pull together and help one another in difficult times.

US workers stage walkouts and protests over coronavirus safety

26 March 2020
Workers’ action is spreading across the US to stop bosses putting profit ahead of health in the coronavirus crisis. 

Workers force closure of libraries they say are unsafe

26 March 2020
Matt, a Unison union rep in Tower Hamlets, says, "There’s contempt for managers that kept facilities open despite the threat to the health of the staff.”

Cruelty of Tories’ benefit promises revealed as Universal Credit claims rise

26 March 2020
Nearly half a million people put in claims for Universal Credit (UC) in a nine-day period as the coronavirus crisis hit.

No hand sanitiser, no social distancing, no protection – workers speak out

25 March 2020
Tube workers in London are furious at being asked to risk their health by working in unsafe conditions as the coronavirus crisis grows.

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