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THE GRENFELL Tower fire Inquiry heard from the residents themselves yesterday including Lee Chapman the secretary of the leaseholders association who had repeatedly raised concerns months before the fire broke out that the building was unsafe. Chapman’s complaints included ‘huge concern’ about gas pipes left exposed in communal areas. But he...
IRAN’S President Hassan Rouhani says the lifting of all US sanctions will create ‘a new atmosphere’ for the Islamic Republic’s economic cooperation with the world. In a meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic in Tehran on Sunday, Rouhani condemned the United States’ illegal sanctions and economic war against the...
The Czech Republic on Saturday expelled 18 Russian diplomats after claiming that two alleged Russian spies were behind a deadly explosion at a Czech ammunition depot in 2014. In addition, the 18 were accused by the Prague authorities of being secret agents also involved in the explosion. The Russian diplomats...
‘TORY SLEAZE is bigger than ever,’ Labour’s Shadow Chancellor for the Duchy of Lancaster Rachel Reeves said yesterday after senior Tory MP Bernard Jenkin warned that it could bring the Johnson government down. In a lengthy article in yesterday’s Observer newspaper, Jenkin, Chairman of the House of Commons Liaison Committee,...
DEIR Yassin is a Palestinian village situated on a hilltop, a short distance from the west of Jerusalem. If you try to find it on a map today, you will be disappointed, as the village has been completely razed to the ground. In its place, in 1951, the newly-created State...
PALESTINE has called upon the international community as well as signatories to the Geneva Conventions to take on their responsibilities concerning protection of Palestinian detainees being kept in Israeli prisons and detention centres. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in a statement that Israel must be held...
THE NATIONAL Audit Office (NAO) has launched a probe into supply chain finance firm Greensill Capital following its collapse, which threatens to end the UK steel industry. Last month, Greensill appointed Grant Thornton as its administrators, warning that it was in ‘severe financial distress’. Now the NAO will investigate Greensill’s involvement...
BUS drivers in London have launched a fresh wave of strikes as their union Unite announced further strike action involving bus drivers employed by London United, a subsidiary of the French owned company RATP, in the long-running dispute over pay and attacks on workers’ conditions. Increasing action Workers at all seven...
SINCE GREENSILL Capital collapsed last month, all that is rotten throughout Parliament has been stirred up and has bubbled to the surface. The collapse of Greensill puts the future of companies like Liberty Steel on a knife edge, threatening thousands of steel jobs. The scandal surrounding Greensill Capital, the role...
A PROTEST of striking Manchester bus drivers took place outside the Mayor’s Office yesterday afternoon, demanding that Andy Burnham takes action to stop the ‘fire and rehire’ policy of their employer Go North West. The drivers are on indefinite strike. They delivered their declarations to London City Hall and the...
THE HOUSING Ombudsman has launched an investigation into damp and mould in buildings – which has shown just how widespread it now is throughout the UK. And following his report about ‘unliveable’ conditions in a number of homes in the London borough of Croydon, ITV News Correspondent Daniel Hewitt says...
ON WEDNESDAY, up to 500 engineers were sacked by British Gas for refusing to sign a scab, wage-cutting new contract under the company’s fire and rehire onslaught on its engineers. These were the workers who took the stand of refusing to sign up to new contracts that would cut wages...
FORTY striking pickets gathered at the Gas Training Centre in Dartford yesterday, to protest against the ‘Fire and Rehire’ policy of Centrica, who now run British Gas. Gary Pearce, the regional gas organiser for the GMB union, told News Line, that all the gas engineers that do not sign the...
RUSSIA will do everything possible to guarantee its security and the safety of its citizens, should the crisis in Ukraine drastically deteriorate. However, Kiev and its Western patrons will bear full responsibility for any escalation, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday. ‘They continue to provide supplies, increasing...
YOUTH unemployment in the UK has shot up over the past year according to the latest research carried out by the Resolution Foundation think tank. Since the start of the pandemic there has been a large increase in unemployment for young people aged 16-24. Workers in the hospitality, retail and entertainments...
Young Socialists and Workers Revolutionary Party present the May Day Rally Saturday, 1st May 1st from 3pm Jail cladding bosses for Grenfell deaths! Stop fire and rehire now with a general strike! Bring the Tories down! Socialism is the only answer! Assembly location: St Marks Park (Kensington Memorial Park), St Marks Road, North...

May Day Rally

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Saturday May 1st 3.00pm
BRITISH Gas is to sack its entire 10,000-strong workforce today, in a vicious attack which has been met with strike action over months by the gas engineers in the latest round of ‘fire and rehire’ by bosses attempting to impose cuts to pay and conditions. Striking gas engineers have refused to...
A STRIKE wave is set to hit schools, colleges and universities across the UK during the summer as teachers and lecturers vote overwhelmingly in favour of ‘sustained industrial action’ to defeat attacks by education bosses and the Tory government on their jobs, pensions, pay and conditions. University and College Union...
FORMER Bank of England governor Mervyn King this week called for heavily indebted ‘zombie’ companies to be allowed to ‘disappear’ taking with them, although he didn’t mention it, millions of workers’ jobs. King was governor of the Bank during the world capitalist banking crash of 2008 and was responsible, along...
THE UNITED States’ Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is to file charges against Amazon on the grounds that they illegally interfered in a recent vote to recognise the union, and to hold the giant company accountable for their actions. The RWDSU will file Objections and Unfair Labour Practice...
THE MOST recent development in the collapse of Greensill Capital has been the revelations of all the lobbying for government bail-outs by ex-Tory prime minister David Cameron. Cameron was employed by Greensill – the finance company that acted as a massive lender to companies including the UK steel company GFC...
AS THE murder trial of officer Derek Chauvin continued for the killing of George Floyd, anger erupted outside the Court House where masses of police were drafted into the area in military vehicles including a Humvee. There had been protests in the Minneapolis area overnight on Sunday and throughout yesterday...
LONDON is set to be brought to a standstill after thousands of bus workers employed by the privateer Metroline have voted overwhelmingly for strike action. The Unite members are determined to defeat the imposition of remote sign-on, under which they will be required to start and finish their shifts at...
SPECIAL Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) funding is being cut to the bone, the National Education Union (NEU) warned in a motion on the issue at their annual conference on Friday, demanding that the cuts are immediately reversed. Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:...
US IMPERIALISM is currently stoking up a war crisis from Ukraine to the China Seas as it seeks a way out of its economic and political catastrophe through new wars, military interventions financed by massive ever-growing military spending. Both the main US parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, are competing...
THE NEU National Education Union’s 2021 Annual Conference yesterday debated calls from members working in the independent sector for a national campaign to protect teachers’ pensions in the sector and for collective trade union representation in independent schools. Commenting on the passing of motion 33 at the National Education Union’s...
TROUBLE erupted on the streets of Belfast on Wednesday the 7th of April 2021. We can only ask if we are witnessing a return to the violent scenes of 1969. The Northern Ireland Protocol has created the Irish Sea Border which is seen by unionists and loyalists as a diminution...
FOR NINE minutes and twenty-nine seconds police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck, Hennepin county courthouse in downtown Minneapolis heard during the ongoing murder trial. During those nine and a half minutes, the oxygen was squeezed out of his body, until his heart stopped and he...
THE MYANMAR military authorities have seized control of the embassy, leaving the ambassador out in the street and forcing him to sleep in his car overnight. The ousted envoy said his defence attache, Chit Win, had taken over the mission in ‘a kind of coup’, two months after the military...
TUESDAY 6th April, marked the 369th anniversary of the arrival of Dutch settlers in South Africa. The first settlers aimed at establishing trading posts and forts for the Dutch East India Company at the Cape. It marked the first annexation of South Africa. In the 15th century, other armies of...
THE MYANMAR embassy in London was taken over by representatives of the country’s military junta on Wednesday with the previous Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn unceremoniously kicked out and replaced by a junta loyalist. Kyaw Zwar Minn has been an irritant to the military junta for his opposition to the seizure...

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‘OUR STRUGGLE is getting stronger, not weaker. There is a deep determination amongst the membership. The more mischief from management, the more they try to demonise us and the union, the stronger it makes us,’ striking bus driver and Unite member Tom Meldon said on the picket line at...
‘The State of Education: Poverty, the Pandemic and Recovery’ is the title of a devastating new NEU (National Education Union) survey of 10,000+ school and college staff which was published yesterday. Smaller class sizes should be retained as a lesson from lockdown, NEU members said. Government must take urgent...
THIS WEEK, the boss of British Gas, Chris O’Shea, sent letters to 7,500 of its service engineers informing them that on Wednesday 14 April they face mass sackings unless they sign up to new wage-cutting contracts. These engineers are responsible for carrying out repairs for 3.6 million customers throughout the...
THREE-QUARTERS of cladding systems on new medium-rise buildings use combustible materials, data show. These include 76 schools, 25 hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and older people’s homes, and 11 university buildings. Of 66 residential projects that used rainscreen cladding systems in blocks between 11m and 18m in height in 2019 and 2020,...
‘CORONAVIRUS has exposed global inequality, and leaders have ramped up attacks on human rights,’ so concludes the Amnesty International Report 2020/21 released today, which says global inequality has been ‘brutally exposed’ by the Pandemic. The rights organisation’s new Secretary General, Agnès Callamard, has called for a ‘reset and reboot’ of...
AS THE world crisis of the capitalist system deepens, the US under President Joe Biden is preparing for a new world war. Biden is seriously stepping up the struggle against China, Russia and even states such as Germany that wish to have access to Russian gas and oil supplies. It...
VACCINE passport trials will begin from mid-April, Tory PM Johnson announced at the 5pm briefing yesterday. When asked he said: ‘Obviously we are looking at it, we want to be going ahead in the next few weeks with some test events, some pilot events, which you can see in the...
DRIVERS employed by the bus privateer Go North West, marked five weeks on indefinite strike against £2,500 per annum pay cuts with a powerful 1,000-strong cavalcade, rally and march in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Unite union branch chair and strike leader Colin Hayden told the rally ahead of the march:...
OVER 10,000 youth and workers demanding ‘Kill the Bill’ marched from Speakers Corner Hyde Park and rallied in Parliament Square, central London, on Saturday. Protests against the draconian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill also took place in Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brighton, Weymouth and Luton. And more than 1,000 people gathered...
A WAVE of companies across the UK and the rest of Europe will be forced into bankruptcy as new figures show that the default rate on corporate loans has doubled. According to S&P Global ratings data provided to the Daily Telegraph, businesses across the UK and Europe are up to...
THE NEW NASUWT president is to tell this weekend’s annual conference that trust bosses’ salaries are ‘verging on criminality’. The NASUWT will call for a national pay scale for all school staff to be reintroduced to curb excessive pay. Academy trust bosses in England are being paid ‘eye-watering’ salaries that are...
GO NORTH West negotiations have collapsed without agreement as Manchester bus strikes are set to continue. Protracted peace talks between management at Go North West and Unite, the union, collapsed without agreement on Thursday, meaning that the long running bus strike is set to continue for the foreseeable future. The dispute...
A METROPOLITAN Police officer is facing jail after acting as a recruiter for a banned neo-Nazi terrorist group. PC Benjamin Hannam, from Edmonton in north London, is the first police officer to be convicted of involvement in far-right terrorism. The 22-year-old was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of...