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Tories have taken no action to stop another Grenfell

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NEARLY two years since the Grenfell fire, in which 72 people lost their lives, the government has done nothing to adequately prepare fire and...

Fury over US health firms takeover of GP practices Doctors in Unite protest tomorrow

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A PROTEST against GP practices being taken over by US health insurance giant Centene Corporation – branded as ‘the accelerating privatisation of the NHS...

Blackburn College Sacking Staff But Boosting Bosses’ Pensions!

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LECTURERS are furious after Blackburn College announced plans to sack staff but boost bosses’ pensions. 29 jobs are at risk in the fifth round of...

Dr Bawa-Garba victory –‘a defining moment’

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DR BAWA-GARBA’s victory, in reversing the General Medical Council’s decision to strike her off the medical register over the death of a patient was...

NO EXTRADITION! – demands rally for Assange outside Woolwich Crown Court

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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange’s trial at Woolwich Crown Court began yesterday morning, where the Tory government is seeking to extradite him to the US...

30,000 university staff jobs at risk!

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UNIVERSITY and College Union (UCU) yesterday launched action to support casualised staff. Over a third of all staff are on ‘fixed-term contracts’ rather than...

The Great Care Home Massacre!

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A series of ‘shockingly irresponsible’ government decisions put tens of thousands of older people’s lives at risk and led to multiple violations of care...

May Beaten – Corbyn Calls For Election!

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PM MAY lost her latest high-stakes gamble in the House of Commons when her EU Withdrawal Bill was defeated by 344-286 MPs despite a...

Tories ask Iraq ‘let UK troops remain!’

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JOHNSON’S Tory government has urged Iraq to allow UK troops to stay in the country following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani...

Bus Workers Support General Strike

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‘WE HAVE to do 12-hour split shifts here and it really affects our family life,’ Unite bus driver Andreas Almeida said yesterday while giving...

BUS WORKERS TAKE STRIKE ACTION – stand to lose £2,500 a year

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DRIVERS employed by the RATP bus privateer begin strike action today against £2,500 pay cuts, with 2,200 workers striking at Edgware, Epsom, Fulwell, Harrow,...

36,876 paid less than minimum wage in Scotland!

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NEARLY 37,000 people in Scotland were paid less than the statutory minimum wage last year, while employers across the UK owe workers an average...

TORY MPs BOYCOTT CORBYN MEETING

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LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn convened a meeting yesterday with opposition MPs from the Liberal Democrats, Scottish Nationalists, Greens, Plaid Cymru and Change UK ‘independents’...

Bandit capitalism goes bust

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THE UNITE trade union is demanding an urgent meeting with Ernst & Young, Interserve’s administrators, after Friday’s announcement that the company is being forced...

Johnson speaks as troops go in

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‘IT would be fatal if this sense of progress over vaccines was now to breed any kind complacency,’ Tory PM Boris Johnson said yesterday...

PCS Universal Credit strike ballot

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PUBLIC and Commercial Services (PCS) union members working in Universal Credit are voting on whether to take strike action over workloads and staff recruitment. The...

VACCINE TO BE TESTED ON OVER 80s

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NO DECISION has been made on how people under 50 should be offered a Covid vaccine, UK officials said yesterday. The UK’s Joint Committee on...

Tories move to replace NHS with regional healthcare!

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TORY Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock outlined the new White Paper in Parliament yesterday pushing a complete reorganisation of the NHS, breaking...

TORY PARTY ‘IN THE GRIP OF THE DUP AND THE ERG’ – 3...

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THREE Tory MPs resigned yesterday to join the independent pro-EU group, set up by seven former Labour MPs who have now been joined by...

20,000 are threatened with eviction during corona crisis

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THE TORIES had promised a ‘complete ban’ on evictions from both council and private social housing. However, anger erupted yesterday as it emerged that...

No Xmas Wages For 600 Workers

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THE collapse of construction firm Clugston has halted work on Newcastle University’s new £39m extension and £25m sports centre. Clugston, which employs more than 600...

Brexit vote Friday

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THE NEW Tory government with its majority of 80, plans to ask MPs to vote on PM Johnson’s Brexit bill as early as this...

80% parents kept their children at home!

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MORE than 80% of parents have refused to put their children in harm’s way, scuppering the government’s plan to reopen schools yesterday, a poll...

Students unite with staff in pension battle

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THE NATIONAL Union of Students (NUS) stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the University and College Union (UCU) in the fight for fair pay and...

Shrewsbury 24 victory! Convictions overturned

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YESTERDAY’S decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn the convictions of the Shrewsbury Pickets after a nearly 50-year campaign has been hailed as...

Sixth Day Of Strike Action Against £2,500 Pay Cuts Per Annum!

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UNITE members at RATP London United yesterday held their sixth day of strike action against £2,500 per annum pay cuts being imposed by French...

Labour’s warm welcome for May!

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THE ONLY MP in the House of Commons to call for Tory PM May to resign yesterday was a Tory. William Cash Tory MP for...

Grenfell Tower survivors threatened with eviction

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MAHAD Egal, Jamie Murray and their two young children, who survived the Grenfell Tower fire, like so many others have still not been permanently...

BMA & RCGP deny supporting Tory ‘fit notes’ and ESA cuts

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THE BRITISH Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have sought to repudiate the claims by the Department of Work...

MPs REJECT ATTACK ON NO-DEAL BREXIT Starmer-Corbyn motion defeated

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MPs yesterday voted by 309-298 against a Labour-moved motion that sought to prevent a no-deal Brexit on October 31! The Labour-led plan was to force...

‘We Need A Pay Rise!’ Shout Striking RMT Cleaners

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‘WE need rise of pay! RMT here to stay!’ shouted over 40 striking cleaners outside Arriva Rail’s London head office in Swiss Cottage yesterday...

Watson rebukes non-social democrat Corbyn

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THE DEPUTY leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson spoke to Andrew Marr’s BBC show on Sunday about diverting the party away from its...

ANOTHER LOCKDOWN IS POSSIBLE! – says Professor Peter Horby

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IN A statement to Parliament today Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new three-tier lockdown system where each region in...

Johnson Imposes Tier 3 On Manchester

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TORY PM Johnson announced yesterday the government will impose the strictest measures – a Tier 3 lockdown – on Manchester, despite Greater Manchester Mayor...

National action launched to end ‘fire and rehire’ – while Unite suspends RATP...

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THE UNITE union yesterday launched a nationwide campaign to ‘end the growing practice of fire and rehire’ through a programme of strike action alongside...

Chinese Rover sends back Mars ‘selfie’!

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LAST WEEK, US President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to enhance and extend a Trump-era ban on investments with 59 Chinese companies, barring...

UK committed ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ over Chagossians return

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THE UK committed ‘crimes against humanity’ by refusing to allow Chagos Islanders to return to their homes on the Chagos Islands, which is now...

Museum workers strike across UK

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STAFF from top science museums around the country launched strike action yesterday to demand the Living Wage. The dispute involves tourist attractions, including London’s Science...

NHS workers need 15% pay rise now! – TUC must call a general strike...

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UNISON’S campaign for an immediate pay rise for health workers goes up a level this week – with a plea to the public and...

Javid gambling with people’s lives! – self-isolating rules abandoned

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GAMBLING with people’s lives, the new Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid made a statement on removing Covid-19 restrictions yesterday. He told Parliament: ‘We...

TORY PROTEST BAN ‘UNACCEPTABLE!’ – London marchers clash with police

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At least 36 people were arrested for ‘breaching Covid regulations’ after a march of thousands of protesters through central London came under attack by...

‘HISTORIC WIN’ FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS – tens of thousands entitled to Uber compensation

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THE GMB union scored an ‘historic’ win on Friday when the Supreme Court passed judgement in the union’s landmark workers’ rights case against Uber. This...

Cladding Lobby

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TENANTS came from all over the country to lobby Parliament yesterday demanding that the tower blocks they live in are immediately stripped of flammable...

Vaccine passport trials beginning in mid April!

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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...

SEND families take Tories to High Court over funding

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PARENTS taking the government to court over SEND funding were cheered by a crowd of over 40 as they entered the High Court yesterday...