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Tax hike for workers while rich pay zero! – 1.25% NI hike bulldozed through...

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A VOTE took place last night, fast tracking the Johnson government’s 1.25% hike on National Insurance to pay for social care announced only on...

EU Extension Decision Due Today!

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PM Boris Johnson pulled out of a scheduled appearance before a panel of senior MPs yesterday morning, saying he has to ‘focus on delivering...

Childrens’ speech and language services slashed

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SPEECH and Language Therapy Services for children who have problems learning to speak have been severely cut by the Tories with a new report...

Virgin to axe 3,150 jobs! – and permanently leave Gatwick

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VIRGIN Atlantic is to cut a third of its staff in the UK and will keep its operation at Gatwick closed in response to...

Campaign saved lives!

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‘THIS CAMPAIGN is a life saver!’ Devinder Bhambra told News Line on the mass picket of Ealing Hospital yesterday morning to celebrate the news...

McDonnell courts nationalists – and vows to defend Corbyn

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LABOUR shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has thrown a political bomb into the middle of the Labour Party with his pledge to the Scottish Nationalists...

Fresh Rail Gourmet strikes called

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TRANSPORT union RMT confirmed yesterday that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley will be going ahead with a new phase of strike action in...

Tories ‘concealed building safety risks’ – Grenfell inquiry hears

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THE GRENFELL Inquiry heard yesterday that the government ‘concealed the risks of building safety’ and that deregulation ‘should be regarded as one of the...

Suspend Ofsted inspections demands teachers union NEU – Exams for 2021 cancelled in Wales...

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‘SUSPEND Ofsted inspections’ demanded Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU) yesterday, responding to Ofsted’s second report into the...

PM’s top advisor Cummings refuses to quit

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‘I KNOW that the British people hate the idea of unfairness. People like me who make the rules should be accountable for their actions,’...

‘HE’S SHIFTED DEFICIT ONTO THE POOREST!’ – McDonnell condemns Hammond

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TORY chancellor Philip Hammond promised in his Spring Statement to MPs yesterday in Parliament to spend a £26.6bn Brexit war chest to boost the...

Johnson’s mission to India fails

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THE UK and India have agreed on a ‘new and expanded’ defence and security partnership during British premier Boris Johnson’s crisis visit to New...

COMPANIES TO LAUNCH MASS SACKINGS – following big cut in furlough payments

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ONE-IN-FIVE companies are planning to sack workers in response to yesterday’s cut in furlough payments, a British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey has found. From...

Turkish invasion escalates! – condemned by 13 UK unions

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ON THE SECOND day of the Turkish invasion of Syria, after a massive bombing raid striking northern Syria over 180 times, killing at least...

Energy bills will rise by 50% average family to pay £2,000 – Pensioners risk...

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BILLS are set to rise by 50% in April when the latest change to the energy price cap takes effect, it emerged yesterday, while...

Re-Open Maternity & Children’s Ward Demands Picket

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‘RE-OPEN maternity! Re-open Children’s Ward! Save Ealing Hospital!’ rang out early yesterday morning as over 50 people joined the mass Xmas picket of Ealing...

Students join striking university staff – Day one of 3-day strike at 58 unis

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AS PART of the nationwide three-day strike to combat pay and pension cuts to university staff, a team of over 40 activists from unions...

Renationalise Thomas Cook!

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NINE thousand Thomas Cook workers lost their jobs yesterday with a further 20,000 threatened across Europe as the company, founded in 1841, went bust....

Primary schools are cutting teaching assistants

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‘ALMOST a decade of Conservative education cuts has left our children’s future in a perilous state,’ says the GMB trade union. It has responded to...

Lancs biomedics refuse shift work – as part of month-long strike

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BIOMEDICAL scientists, who have been on the frontline of Covid-19 testing at a Lancashire NHS trust, will stop doing night, weekend and late shifts...

‘Nasty & repressive side of the government is revealed’ – Unite and GMB react...

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RESPONDING to yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, the Unite union’s general secretary Len McCluskey said: ‘This Queen’s Speech reveals the nasty, repressive side of this government. ‘The...

Renationalise Harland & Wolff!

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AFTER the Scottish government announced they will nationalise Ferguson Marine shipyard, trade unions are calling on the UK government to safeguard jobs and skills...

Postmasters Convictions Quashed

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JUDGES have quashed the convictions of 39 former postmasters after the most widespread miscarriage of ruling class justice in the history of UK capitalism. The...

Russia Today fined £200,000!

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BRITISH broadcast regulator Ofcom has just slapped Russia Today (RT) with a six-figure £200,000 fine for allegedly breaching impartiality rules. The fine comes before a...

LABOUR’S £26bn NHS ‘RESCUE!’

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LABOUR has announced a £26bn real terms Rescue Plan to deliver ‘real change in our health service’. The Labour Party is pledging to end the...

Met Police accused of ‘institutional corruption’ – over murder of Daniel Morgan

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AN independent panel has accused the Metropolitan Police of ‘a form of institutional corruption’ for concealing or denying failings over the unsolved murder of...

Labour split over Scottish Referendum!

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SCOTTISH Labour may hold a special conference in the spring to decide whether to change its stance on supporting a second Scottish independence referendum. The...

Nursery heads march on Downing Street!

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NURSERY heads marched on Downing Street yesterday, furious at the desperate lack of funding which is now so bad that nurseries are threatened with...

We will leave EU ‘deal or no deal’ – Johnson

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TORY PM Boris Johnson yesterday confirmed that if all attempts to get a deal with the EU fail then he is prepared leave the...

RMT East Mids Strike Is On

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THE RMT East Midlands Trains (EMT) strike is to go ahead on Saturday after the company bosses snubbed talks. The dispute is over EMT management’s...

Doctor forces Tories to publish Cygnus in full!

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A SIX-MONTH campaign led by an NHS doctor to have the full report into a pandemic preparation exercise published has successfully forced the Health...

Slum housing drove up Covid-19 deaths – new Public Health England report

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POOR housing conditions contributed to the disproportionate amount of people who have died of Covid-19 in poverty-stricken communities, a new report released yesterday by...

‘There Must Be National Strike Action! – To Win Back Our P&O Members’ Jobs’

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‘THERE must be national strike action by the whole RMT to win our P&O members their jobs back,’ leading RMT rep Darren Lalli said...

2nd wave more deadly than first! Labour pledges to push through Johnson’s national lock...

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DEATHS from coronavirus will be twice as high this winter than in the first wave of the pandemic, Tory PM Boris Johnson told Parliament...

Speaker Vows To Block ‘No-Deal’!

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THE SPEAKER of the House of Commons has said that he will not allow it to be closed down so that the UK can...

Johnson not aiming for No Deal

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BORIS Johnson told his supporters yesterday midday that he is ‘not aiming for a no-deal outcome’ for Brexit. Launching his campaign for the Tory leadership,...

Labour Shadow Ministers Prepared To Join Nurses On The Picket Line!

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WITH THE Royal College of Nursing launching a £35 million strike fund to defeat the Tory government’s 1% NHS pay insult at the weekend,...

Child benefit savage cuts

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STRUGGLING families are losing out on hundreds of pounds a year as a result of changes to child benefit over the past decade, said...

Unite Demands 15% NHS Pay Rise

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NHS workers should receive an early pay rise of 15 per cent or £3,000, whichever is greater, the Unite union, said yesterday. Unite, which has...

Homeless Children Housed In Containers!

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TENS of thousands of homeless children in England are ‘temporarily’ housed in converted shipping containers and office blocks, freezing in winter, sweltering in the...

‘We won today in Court’ says Moris after Assange is granted Supreme Court appeal...

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‘MAKE no mistake we won today in court,’ Stella Moris, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s fiancee said to cheers outside the Royal Courts of Justice...

‘YOU CAN’T PAY WORKERS LESS THAN THE MINIMUM WAGE!’ – GMB writes to Chancellor...

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IT IS A moral outrage to pay workers less than the minimum wage the GMB union told the Tory government yesterday. The union has written...

Firefighters For NHS Front Line!

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FIREFIGHTERS are to fit face masks and deliver vital PPE and medical supplies to NHS and care staff. Fire and Rescue personnel have volunteered to...

Grenfell – Schmidt says not his priority to understand fire safety tests!

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CLAUDE SCHMIDT, president of Arconic that made the Grenfell Tower cladding, has said it was not his ‘priority’ to understand fire safety tests and...

FORGEMASTERS NATIONALISED – as Honda Swindon is closed

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UNITE yesterday welcomed the news that the government will bring Sheffield Forgemasters into public ownership. The news came as the giant Honda plant in Swindon...