By Tony Robson, 26 February 2021
RATP Dev is seeking an end to guaranteed minimum hours per day, in line with London-wide plans for Remote Sign On and shift “flexibility” by all the bus companies.
By Tony Robson, 26 February 2021
“The pandemic has created a gaping hole between the companies and management on one side and the workers who have lost their lives and wages. This is the same around the world.”
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2021
With all lockdown measures set to end by June, those who have been shielded to some extent by furlough scheme and other social support will face the class war agenda pursued by the British ruling class as it seeks to complete the post-Brexit “Thatcher Revolution.”
By Steve James, 24 February 2021
Now Scotland is an adjunct of the most pro-independence faction of the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP).
By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2021
Finely attuned to the threat from below, Britain’s ruling elite understands the implications of any public discussion of the issue of social murder as it prepares to end the “last lockdown,” with the virus and its dangerous mutations allowed to rip through the population once again to deadly effect.
Amid second wave of deaths: London bus drivers must form rank-and-file safety committees at all garages!
London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, 23 February 2021
On average, more than one bus driver has died each week during the pandemic. Our lives count for nothing against revenue targets dictated in company boardrooms by Transport for London, Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Johnson government, enforced by Unite the union.
By Stephen Alexander, 23 February 2021
Researchers at the University of Manchester have found that COVID-19 deaths were “hugely underestimated” in the first wave.
UK Prime Minister Johnson announces end of lockdown that will see “more infections, more hospitalisations… more deaths”
By Thomas Scripps, 22 February 2021
The separation of infection rates and hospital admissions is a de facto declaration that the Tories are pursuing “herd immunity” by letting the virus spread largely unchecked.
Our reporter, 22 February 2021
The UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee held a lively online meeting on Saturday, just days before yesterday’s unsafe reopening of schools across Scotland and Wales, and as the Johnson government moves to reopen all school on March 8.
By Rory Woods, 21 February 2021
Disabled people have suffered a brutal disregard for life, left with woefully inadequate support throughout the pandemic by a ruling class which considers them a drain on profits.
Bus drivers to strike at RATP Dev London and Go North West: Break Unite’s stranglehold and launch a unified offensive
Tony Robson, 21 February 2021
The transport companies are seizing on the pandemic to impose restructuring at the expense of drivers’ livelihoods, even as corporate disregard for safety has claimed the lives of more than 88 bus and coach drivers nationally.
Office staff at UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency ballot for strike after 535 COVID-19 infections and death of worker
By Simon Whelan, 20 February 2021
The exposure of DVLA workers to a deadly disease is just one example of the thousands of employers who have put pressure on millions of employees to go into workplaces unnecessarily.
By Julie Hyland, 20 February 2021
The “investigations” are politically-motivated propaganda aimed at justifying economic and military aggression against what they regard as a strategic competitor.
By Kevin Martinez, 20 February 2021
The British medical journal describes how frontline workers have had to face higher than average rates of burnout, anxiety, depression and isolation during the global pandemic.
Attend online meeting on Saturday to organise fightback!
Thomas Scripps, 18 February 2021
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls on workers who recognise the grave danger posed by the school reopenings to attend our online meeting on Saturday to discuss the fightback
By Jean Shaoul, 18 February 2021
With each of the second and third surges seeing a higher death toll than the previous one, 5,441 Israelis have now died. Last Saturday, there were still 992 patients in hospital—after weeks of hovering around 1,200—of whom 388 were in critical condition
By Thomas Scripps, 17 February 2021
That the most right-wing forces feel able to posture as defenders of democratic rights is thanks to the role played by the pseudo-left and identity politics on campus.
By Ben Trent, 17 February 2021
The series amounts to an indictment of the government’s policy during the pandemic and the impact of decades of cuts on the NHS—facts that will not be lost on Hospital ’s many viewers.
By Paul Bond, 17 February 2021
The charges of anti-Semitism against Loach are both long discredited and made in bad faith.
UK: Boris Johnson’s herd immunity government readies “irreversible” measures to end the “last lockdown”
By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2021
What will be outlined next Monday is a timetable for the loss of many thousands more lives to a deadly and constantly mutating disease.
By Richard Tyler, 16 February 2021
Correspondence between the queen’s private lawyer and civil servants responsible to Edward Heath’s Conservative government in 1973 documents how the monarch objected to anything that might reveal her private investments in listed companies.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 February 2021
The White Paper formalises the process of privatisation and outright cronyism that ran riot during the pandemic.
By Simon Whelan, 15 February 2021
The continued pursuit by the Conservative government of a “hostile environment” for those seeking shelter in the UK is devoid of any decency and boundaries
By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 15 February 2021
The union moved to call off the strike Thursday evening and have been in talks since Friday at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, the traditional graveyard for strikes.
Guardian refuses to publish former children’s laureate Michael Rosen’s letter denouncing UK government’s “herd immunity” policy
By Harvey Thompson, 13 February 2021
By not publishing Rosen’s letter, the Guardian are forwarding an agenda they wholly agree with.
By Paul Bond, 12 February 2021
The ministers now in charge of ensuring that the UK attracts inward investment from corporations seeking higher returns have long been explicit about their intentions.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 February 2021
Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove meets with European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič today, attempting to leverage the fallout from the EU’s aborted attempt to override the Northern Ireland protocol late last month amid ongoing vaccine trade wars.
By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2021
The capitalist class is at war with society. The scale of death being witnessed in Europe and across the globe is unprecedented outside of wartime.
our reporters, 10 February 2021
A resolution protesting Facebook censorship of the World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party has been received from the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, along with statements of support from bus drivers.
Johnson government’s homicidal drive to reopen UK schools justified by feigned concern for children’s welfare
By Liz Smith and Margot Miller, 10 February 2021
The Johnson government’s professed concern for children’s education and welfare is belied by decades of cuts to children’s services and rising child poverty.
UK: Johnson government orders review of “left wing extremism”, targeting Socialist Workers Party and “far-left entryism”
By Laura Tiernan, 9 February 2021
The SWP is a stalking horse for attempts by the British state to blackguard and ultimately illegalise the socialist movement.
By Chris Marsden, 9 February 2021
Elected Labour leader in September 2015 on a massive wave of popular demand for socialism, Corbyn’s five years in office ended with Labour led by witch-hunters and flag-waving anti-communists.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2021
The maritime court confirmed the legitimacy of Mauritius’s claim to the Chagos Islands, calling Britain’s continuing administration of the islands “unlawful” and criticised its failure to hand the islands back. The ruling implies that the UK’s leasing of Diego Garcia to the US is also illegal.
By Simon Whelan, 8 February 2021
This year will see thousands more job losses in retail, following the closure of 320 stores every week in 2020. The Centre for Retail Research forecasts 200,000 job losses in 2021.
By Richard Tyler, 8 February 2021
In the Appeal Court, lawyers representing 14 of the Shrewsbury pickets argued that the “higher echelons of the state” had been involved in their client’s unfair convictions 47 years ago. This included “covert agencies” such as MI5 and the so-called Information Research Department, whose remit included creating anti-communist and anti-union material that could be funnelled to sympathetic journalists.
By Margot Miller, 6 February 2021
The National Education Union’s recovery plan is predicated on the dangerous fiction that it is possible to reopen schools safely while the pandemic is raging.
How Royal Bournemouth Hospital management put patient and staff safety in jeopardy: A frontline nurse explains
6 February 2021
Hospital management pretended that they could look after Covid and non-Covid patients along with other elective patients, without adequate staff and resources. This has failed miserably, with severe consequences.
By Barry Mason, 6 February 2021
Workers are striking in response to British Gas’s plans to impose inferior contracts which would mean workers taking an effective 20 percent pay cut.
By Henry Lee, 5 February 2021
The response of the University and College Union to the attack on jobs and the reopening of campuses during the pandemic has been to isolate each dispute and refuse to call unified national strike action.
By Laura Tiernan, 5 February 2021
Katera’s dismissal is part of a wave of victimisations during the pandemic. Backed by Unite, bus operators are targeting drivers who speak out, suspending them and forcing them to endure disciplinary proceedings whose methods resemble those of a Star Chamber.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 February 2021
It is a feature of a decaying social order that it turns the good and the sincere into the grotesque and sordid. Those supposedly honouring Moore’s life are the same people who carried out and oversaw policies which have led to over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in the last year—the majority of them elderly people.
European rank-and-file education safety committees, 4 February 2021
The rank-and-file education safety committees in Germany and the UK have adopted the following statement of solidarity with the protesting teachers in Chicago.
Craig Murray case exposes factional warfare in Scottish National Party between Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond
By Steve James, 4 February 2021
Craig Murray has submitted further evidence of the political conspiracy against Alex Salmond, by his former protégé and successor as Scottish National Party leader and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, her aides and allies.
UK: Government report describes appalling official treatment of seriously disabled Philippa Day who took her own life
By Dennis Moore, 4 February 2021
Analysis carried out by the Disability News Service suggests that there could have been as many as 750 benefit claimants of working age who took their lives in 2018.
By Helen Clarke and Tania Kent, 3 February 2021
Helen Clarke is a member of the UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee and a primary school teacher. She has been researching deaths of educators from COVID-19 in the face of official concealment and obstruction. She submitted the article published below to the Committee, which is responded to by its secretary Tania Kent.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 February 2021
The fire broke out Friday afternoon, destroying a building and leaving roughly 300 people housed in the barracks without electricity, heating or drinking water.
By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2021
The most dangerous occupations for men were taxi and cab drivers, security guards, large goods vehicle drivers, storage workers, care workers/home carer, processing plant workers, van drivers, builders, bus and coach drivers, and chefs. For women the most dangerous occupations were process, plant and machine operatives, caring, leisure and other service occupations.
By Rory Woods and Thomas Scripps, 2 February 2021
Instead of addressing the grievances highlighted in the frontline nurse’s letter, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust management is desperately trying to shut down any discussion in the workforce about patient and staff safety.
By Barry Mason, 2 February 2021
Nearly 800 flood defence assets were classed as very poor, having severe defects which could lead them to fail completely.
By Ioan Petrescu, 1 February 2021
Facing mass opposition, universities and private student accommodation providers have offered a patchwork of rebates and single payments of varying sizes.
30 January 2021
“We saw this coming from the first wave of the pandemic and colleagues sounded the alarm by speaking out. But these warnings have fallen on deaf ears.”
By Samuel Tissot and Will Morrow, 30 January 2021
As 100,000 die every three weeks across the continent, the EU and UK are escalating conflict over supply of the life-saving AstraZeneca vaccine.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 January 2021
For more the six months, live chamber music has attracted a growing international audience.
By Thomas Scripps, 29 January 2021
Scientific studies prove that opening schools significantly increases rates of infection, meaning the pandemic will be pushed into a new period of exponential growth with tens of thousands more deaths.
By Harvey Thompson, 29 January 2021
As the pandemic worsens, nurseries and early years settings nationwide are describing their workplaces as deadly environments, having to operate within a financial crisis.
By Julie Hyland, 28 January 2021
The Labour left’s stance has nothing to do with defending the rights of Uighur Muslims, much less the super-exploited Chinese working class. It articulates the interests of a layer of the upper middle class, represented by the Labour and trade union bureaucracy, which advocate economic protectionism to defend British capitalism
Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 28 January 2021
This statement was adopted by a meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits to mass murder as UK official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000
By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2021
More people have now died in the UK from COVID-19 than its civilian death toll in World War II.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee discusses school reopenings and lessons of Trump’s attempted coup
By our reporter, 26 January 2021
UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee passes resolution in support of US Covid whistleblower Rebekah Jones
By Andre Damon, 26 January 2021
Facebook backed down in the face of public protests but failed to provide a credible explanation for its actions.
By Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2021
The 535 infections at the DVLA, the largest known number linked to a single employer and workplace, have contributed to the appalling toll of infections and deaths in the Swansea Bay area.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2021
The Johnson government has been able to oversee such death and destruction only because they are governing in a de facto coalition with the Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Tania Kent, 23 January 2021
The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government’s policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Barry Mason, 23 January 2021
Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 January 2021
A growing number of strikes in Britain point to the growing demands in the working class for living standards and working conditions to be defended.
By Robert Stevens, 22 January 2021
Boris Johnson’s government is having to adapt to a public mood strongly opposed to ending lockdown, with many demanding it is made more restrictive.
Landmark victory for Smart Motorways Kill campaign as coroner rules Jason Mercer and Alexandru Murgeanu were unlawfully killed
By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2021
The ruling is a devastating blow against Highway England’s campaign to defend “smart motorways.”
By Paul Bond, 21 January 2021
Sharp’s appointment demonstrates that the BBC’s long and carefully constructed fiction of impartiality is now increasingly rejected by the ruling class, who want more open support for their anti-democratic and repressive measures, and less airing of dissent and criticism.
By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2021
This is being justified by citing a vaccination programme with only four million people having received the first dose of a required two doses. The population of the UK is over 66 million.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 January 2021
The sum total of Corbyn’s position—of the man built up by the pseudo-left for years as a socialist messiah—is “Please Sir Keir! Throw me a bone!”
By Harvey Thompson, 19 January 2021
Prior to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s January 4 lockdown announcement, the government had even threatened legal action against those schools intending to close due to high infection rates.
By Paul Bond, 19 January 2021
Stephen Parker, medical director of the island’s National Health Service Trust, warned, “If the NHS is going to be overwhelmed, it is going to be in the next two to four weeks.”
By Julie Hyland, 18 January 2021
The British government has been at pains to downplay the January 6 coup attempt by outgoing US President Donald Trump, sections of the military intelligence complex and their fascist supporters.
By Rory Woods, 16 January 2021
Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.
British government rejected visa-free EU touring for musicians to bolster hostile immigration policy
By Paul Bond, 16 January 2021
Musicians and promoters made it clear that the devastating impact of this move will not only be felt by current performers, but also be an obstacle to emerging performers in the future.
By Robert Stevens, 15 January 2021
The staggering loss of life was underscored, Wednesday with the Office for National Statistics confirming that 2020 saw the largest increase in excess deaths since the Second World War
By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2021
Callinicos and the Socialist Workers Party have spent months minimising the threat from Trump, despite mounting evidence that he was planning a coup.
By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2021
Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic
By Will Morrow, 14 January 2021
Scientists are warning that the pandemic is entering into an even more catastrophic stage than anything that has preceded it.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 January 2021
The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown
By Our reporter, 13 January 2021
The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.
By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2021
Deaths from COVID-19 as measured by the government have passed the grim milestone of 80,000, but the true number of deaths in Britain from the disease is almost 100,000.
By Simon Whelan, 12 January 2021
£2.3 million was spent on forcibly removing 225 people to European countries in July, August and September this year—double the amount spent on deportation flights in the previous quarter
By Margot Miller, 11 January 2021
The wealthiest one percent owns 23 percent, almost one quarter of the country’s aggregate wealth, rather than 18 percent stated by the government.
As UK death toll mounts, Corbyn and teaching unions suppress opposition to Johnson government’s murderous policies
By Julie Hyland, 9 January 2021
National Education Union joint leader Courtney pleaded that his union had done everything to keep schools open. “My union supported the opening of schools in September”, he said.
By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2021
Gas workers face a terrible decline in living standards if these conditions are imposed throughout British Gas. They are not just fighting the company but face staunch opponents in the union bureaucracy.
By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2021
Scientists advising the government warned this week that the death toll will reach 100,000 before the end of the month.
By Will Morrow, 8 January 2021
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread out of control throughout the European continent, the program of vaccination organized by the European Union is already widely recognized to be a debacle.
Emergency statement by the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, 8 January 2021
At least 12 staff have been diagnosed with COVID in recent days, including up to ten bus drivers, a manager and the garage’s full time Unite Health and Safety Rep
By Thomas Scripps, 7 January 2021
Judge Baraitser said in her decision Wednesday, “As far as Mr Assange is concerned, this case has not yet been won.”
By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2021
While the UK’s Ministry of Defence has listed a staggering 516 potential International Humanitarian Law violations by the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the real number is far higher.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 January 2021
Daniel Dumile was most respected and admired for the series of albums he released as the masked rap artist MF Doom.
By Barry Mason, 7 January 2021
A third lockdown is now underway and the Conservative government has committed no more funding to deal with the homeless crisis and consigned its Everyone In scheme to the scrapheap.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2021
At a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to acknowledge that more than 1.1 million people now had the virus in England.
By our reporters, 6 January 2021
“We demand that all legal proceedings be dropped and that he be released from prison, and only then will his psychological torture finally end.”
By Robert Stevens, 5 January 2021
The lockdown is not as stringent as that imposed last March, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that people should go to work if they cannot work at home to keep profits rolling in for the major corporations.
“Every journalist should be concerned about what was said today in court. Because the political arguments provided by the United States were upheld by the British judicial system”
By Our reporters, 5 January 2021
Assange’s closest associates hailed the court’s decision as a victory but warned that the fight to secure his freedom was far from over.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 January 2021
A political decision has been reached that upholds the threat to democratic rights represented by the prosecution’s case, leaves Assange in danger of continued persecution, and demands the intensification of the campaign to secure his freedom.
With 4,500 deaths in just eight days and nearly 400,000 new Covid cases
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2021
Schools have been a major vector for the spread of COVID-19, worsened by a new and more contagious variant of the disease.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2020
In a world far removed from this death and suffering, the parties of the ruling class were engaged in a day long ratification of the Brexit treaty agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government with the European Union.