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PM Cameron said yesterday that his government will bring forward legislation under which ‘banning orders’ and ‘disruption orders’ will be used against ‘extremists’ and ‘extremist organisations’. He told the National Security Council that the UK has been a ‘passively tolerant society’ for too long and a ‘counter-extremism bill’ will be...
THE US was aided by Pakistan in the killing of Osama bin Laden, Seymour Hersh, an American investigative journalist and author has sensationally alleged. The story the White House sticks to even to this day is that the killing of Osama bin Laden was an ‘all-American affair’ and that Pakistan’s...
‘THE government’s proposals on union ballots will make legal strikes close to impossible,’ TUC leader Francis O’Grady said yesterday. She was responding to an announcement by the newly appointed Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, that the government will introduce new rules on strike ballots attacking the fundamental right to strike. Javid announced...
THE new Business Secretary Sajid Javid said yesterday that there will be ‘significant changes’ to strike laws under the new Tory regime. Under it a strike affecting essential public services will need the backing of 40% of eligible union members, on a minimum turn-out of 50%, he said. This means...
NEW ZEALAND’S Unite Union reached an agreement with McDonald’s last week over ending zero hour contracts and other issues in dispute with the company. ‘This is a historic agreement,’ said Unite National Director Mike Treen. Now all the of the major fast food chains have committed to ending zero hours....
THE global telecom company Orange participates in systematic violations of Palestinian rights, according to an investigation published this week by a coalition of French and Palestinian human rights and labour organisations. Among the world’s biggest telecom companies, Paris-based Orange is partly owned by the French government. It operates in dozens...
THE announcement that Iain Duncan Smith has been re-appointed as Work and Pensions Secretary and charged by Cameron to step up the Tory onslaught on benefits represents another piece in place in the civil war cabinet assembled by the Tories. Duncan Smith, probably the most reviled and hated Tory by...
MOTHERS from across the United States poured into Washington, DC on Saturday, choosing Mother’s Day weekend to march for justice for the ‘epidemic’ of young unarmed black teenagers killed at the hands of the police. Dubbed the ‘Million Moms March’, the event featured hundreds of people marching to the...
WHISTL, formerly known as TNT, has suspended its door-to-door delivery service in London, Liverpool and Manchester and is threatening to sack 2,000 workers, it emerged yesterday. Dave Ward, CWU general secretary elect, said: ‘Ofcom must understand that promoting this model of competition in a declining letters market does not benefit...
PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas was among up to 30 world leaders on Saturday to attend a huge military parade in Moscow commemorating Russia’s 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. Around 16,000 troops took part in the parade on Red Square that showcased cutting edge weapons such as the next-generation Armata...
IN a statement on Friday, the day after the general election disaster for reformism, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady showed just what a puny force the trade union bureaucracy is trying to turn the powerful UK trade unions into. She said: ‘We have to hope that David Cameron’s pledge...
Prime Minister Cameron announced yesterday that Michael Gove is to be Justice Secretary in the new Tory government, replacing Chris Grayling who is now to be leader of the House of Commons. Gove’s appointment is a marked promotion from the position of chief whip, to which he had been demoted...
THE ruling right-wing Tory government of Canada got a massive shock last Tuesday when the Progressive Conservative party (PC) were decisively thrashed in elections in the crucial state of Alberta. PC was pushed into a humiliating third in elections that saw 44 years of Tory rule ended by the trade...
THE general election saw the Labour Party completely routed in Scotland and humiliated in parts of England – a result that spells the complete bankruptcy and collapse of reformism. In Scotland, the wipe-out of Labour at the hands of the nationalist SNP was almost complete. They are left with just...
GREEK port workers staged a 100% solid national strike on Thursday against the privatisation plans of the SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) and ANEL (Independent Greeks) coalition government. In both Piraeus and Thessaloniki, the two main Greek ports, hundreds of port workers marched in defiant and angry mood. They...
APOLOGISING to his party, Labour leader Miliband resigned yesterday mid-day following his party’s wipe-out in Scotland compounded by losses in England. He told supporters: ‘Earlier today I rang David Cameron to congratulate him. I take absolute and total responsibility for the result and our defeat at this election. ‘I am so...
FOR years now the capitalist class internationally through their mouthpieces in government and the bourgeois press have been peddling, often contradictory, statistics to show that the world capitalist economy has recovered from the financial crisis of 2008-2009. While in Britain the line is usually that of a ‘long, slow recovery’,...
THE new right-wing Israeli coalition government, just formed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, will be belligerent and work against peace, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. The government ‘will be one of war which will be against peace and stability in our region,’ continued the Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. ‘This...

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BROADCASTING unions at ITV have voted to go on strike next Thursday after management failed to budge from an ‘insulting’ pay offer of 2 per cent. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) at ITV overwhelmingly voted for action, with 80.6 per cent voting yes to industrial action short...
A NEW study shows poverty in the UK is on the rise due to welfare cuts introduced by the coalition government during the last two years of its tenure. What happened to poverty under the Coalition? by the New Policy Institute presents NPI’s estimates of the latest headline poverty statistics...
TODAY the working class and the majority of the middle class must put the Cameron government out of office and return the Labour Party to government with a clear majority. The hit list of cuts that has been prepared by the civil service, that is the capitalist state, well in...
THE head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah has vowed that his militant group would oust militants from a region on the border with Syria, but declined to say when the assault might happen. In a televised address, the Shiite group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said rebel forces in the mountainous border area posed...
‘WE WANT the Tories Out!’ They are planning billions more savage cuts in benefits and services’ said Scott Dore, Workers Revolutionary Party general election candidate for Ealing Central and Acton yesterday. ‘It came out today that civil servants have drawn up plans for the next government to bring in what...
YEMENI army soldiers backed by members of the Popular Committees have managed to foil an attack launched by Saudi naval forces on Yemen’s strategic port city of Aden in the south. More than 50 Saudi naval vessels participated in last Tuesday’s attack on Aden, situated about 346 kilometres (214 miles)...
WOMEN in the UK are more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as those in Poland, Austria or Belarus, according to the Save the Children charity. Its annual State of the World’s Mothers report placed the UK in 24th place globally in the best places...
A LARGE Vote WRP, Vote Scott Dore campaign was out in Ealing Central and Acton yesterday. Many local people joined the WRP and promised to vote for Scott. Eighteen-year-old Imhotep Bell-Sandy, who was on the team, said: ‘Scott’s doing a very good campaign, defending the NHS. Zero-hours contracts affect me,...
''WE are determined not to get evicted. We are determined to fight and we are determined to get a permanent place for me and my family,’ Aminata Sellu said to cheers, as a crowd of over 40 supporters successfully drove the bailiffs away yesterday morning from her council...
THE unity of the struggles of workers and youth across the USA was expressed last Friday in May Day demonstrations and rallies across the country centring on the demand for an end to low pay and for improved working conditions coming together with the demand for an end to...
LAST Friday saw the opening moves by the Palestinian Authority to bring the state of Israel before the international courts to answer for its murderous attacks on Palestinian children. In an open letter to the UN Security Council the Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, wrote: ‘Every single day...
ISRAELI forces have sealed the main entrance to the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of al-Zaayyem ‘locking up more than 6,000 Palestinians in a large prison,’ local residents say. An iron gate, set up by Israeli forces, has been completely closed for ten days, head of al-Zaayyem local council Naim Sub Laban...
A NEW list of approved suppliers to the NHS has heightened fears of a multi-billion pound land grab by a handful of corporations. Competition for contracts to supply support services to the GP-led commissioning groups will be dominated by management consultancies, outsourcing giant Capita, and the US health insurer UnitedHealth. Doctor...
‘WHEN they move to close the maternity and A&E at Ealing Hospital, staff, unions and the community must occupy. A General Strike is coming, we have to build the leadership the working class requires to ensure its victory. Join our party.’ Jonty Leff, Deputy General Secretary of the Workers Revolutionary...
AS the hysterical Tory media begin to run out of scare stories about Labour Party leader Miliband, the essence of the situation is asserting itself. This is that the Tory Party, which has not won a general election since 1992, has made itself unelectable with its pledges to launch...
TENS of thousands of workers, youth, students and professionals demonstrated on May Day in over 80 Greek cities and towns. In all marches, the main slogans chanted were against the EC-IMF-ECB troika’s austerity as well as against the Greek coalition government’s submission. Under glorious sunshine in Athens, some 25,000 workers...
PM Cameron, still seeking UKIP support, said yesterday that he will fall on his sword and refuse to lead a government that refuses to deliver a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. UKIP leader Farage responded that without UKIP holding the PM’s ‘feet to the fire’, he feared any referendum...
ISRAELI police forces violently dispersed a Palestinian protest in the occupied East Jerusalem village of al-Tur on Wednesday, amid complaints that authorities’ closure of the village’s main road is a form of ‘collective punishment’ against locals. Dozens of residents of the neighbourhood on the Mount of Olives as well...
THE News Line Editorial Board sends its May Day greetings to the working people of the world at a time when the historic crisis of world capitalism has reached the point where it cannot be resolved except through the world socialist revolution. We salute the heroic struggles of the masses...
HEALTHCARE assistants across the UK face are suffering from the NHS crisis of staffing levels. The Unison union’s report, Red Alert – Unsafe Staffing Levels Rising, looked at staffing levels across the UK on 10 February this year. But further analysis has now zoomed in on the situation for healthcare...
THE Central Committee of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at its meeting on 20-24 April has published the important key areas covered and decisions taken. The first key area dealt with by the NUMSA CC concerned the decision mandated on the leadership by workers at its...
THE Baltimore protests over the police killing of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray have spread all over the USA. Gray died of a spinal cord injury while in police custody. Thousands gathered in New York’s Union Square, where police arrested at least 60 people. There were also rallies in Washington DC,...
‘PEOPLE are coming up to us in the street and telling us that they will vote WRP’, said Deon Gayle, WRP candidate for Streatham, yesterday. Deon Gayle and her campaign team were on Brixton high street speaking to workers and youth. Deon continued: ‘They agree with what we are doing, especially...
CAMPAIGNERS and housing charities yesterday condemned ‘social cleansing’ of low income families as it emerged that more than 50,000 families have been quietly moved out of London boroughs in the past three years. Leaked documents obtained by the Independent newspaper show as many as 500 families a week, who cannot...