Freedom of Information request reveals surge of COVID-19 infections among London bus, rail and tube workers
By Laura Tiernan, 31 December 2020
Transport for London’s response has revealed the extent of COVID-19 exposure across the capital’s transport network.
By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2020
Building the necessary campaign in the working class requires a political reckoning with the forces that have worked to isolate Assange—the media and civil rights organisations of the petty-bourgeois “liberal” fraternity, the pseudo-left and the trade union and Labour bureaucracy.
By Robert Stevens, 30 December 2020
Hospitals are being overwhelmed with a number having to declare emergencies. Moreover, the surge in infections threatens to overwhelm a vaccine rollout taking place at a snail’s pace.
Open letter from London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee
Miles Driver, 29 December 2020
Despite the preventable deaths of 35 London bus workers, a new wave of infections has struck, with information about garage outbreaks deliberately concealed in the interests of “operational efficiency”, i.e., profits.
By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2020
Ultimately, the deal does nothing other than set the short-term parameters for the ongoing conflict between the UK and the European Union.
By Will Morrow, 29 December 2020
The spread of the new strain of the virus intersects with the European governments’ criminal refusal of measures to stop the pandemic that would cut corporate profits.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2020
On Tuesday, 691 more people were announced dead from the virus. Yesterday this was topped with 744 deaths reported, the highest total since April 29.
By Ioan Petrescu, 24 December 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with representatives of the rent strikes that began at the University of London and Goldsmiths University earlier this month.
By Statement of the UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee:, 24 December 2020
The protection of children and educators can only develop as part of an independent movement of the working class in a struggle against the capitalist profit system, which sacrifices the safety and basic needs of workers to the profit drive of the ruling elite.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 December 2020
The new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the UK highlights the importance of bringing the pandemic under strict control.
By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2020
As at every other stage in this pandemic, the Johnson government had ample time to take the necessary measures required to save lives and avoid a catastrophic situation. Yet they did nothing.
By Laura Tiernan, 23 December 2020
The groundswell of support for Judith Katera across the garages must now be organised in direct opposition to Unite and the transport companies. She must not be left to fight alone!
UK: Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth Hospital staff respond to frontline nurse’s exposure of dangerous working conditions
By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 23 December 2020
Posted on the NHS FightBack Facebook group page, the letter was read by hundreds of people and widely shared. It was also shared to various NHS based campaign groups across Facebook.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 December 2020
Amid a deadly catastrophe unparalleled in Europe since the end of the Second World War, the UK and the EU governments are locked in an intractable struggle for economic and political advantage.
Countries impose UK travel restrictions as more infectious COVID-19 strain threatens to spread worldwide
By Chris Marsden, 22 December 2020
Even if the spread of the mutation is limited, it is already active on the continent and is only one of thousands of mutations worldwide—some of which have similar characteristics.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 December 2020
In the course of his career, le Carré was able to draw from his experiences during and after the Cold War to attract millions of readers with his carefully researched spy novels.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2020
With hospitals already overwhelmed throughout the world, scientists are sounding the alarm about a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain and is leading to a major surge in infections.
By Julie Hyland, 21 December 2020
The former Labour Party leader made clear to Jacobin, “This isn’t a new political party, but a space in which people can come together.”
By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2020
No details were made public about the workers who died at the Tilmanstone plant.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 18 December 2020
It is the responsibility of the working class, organised on its own independent political programme, to put an end to the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 December 2020
The imperialist powers that orchestrated criminal wars are determined that they should never be brought to account for their war crimes.
By Julia Callaghan, 18 December 2020
Several recent reports have exposed the shocking scale of poverty in the UK, as years of austerity and attacks on workers’ living standards are being compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 December 2020
According to workers at the Battersea depot, the former Health and Safety rep was sacked last week by Abellio after she exposed alleged fraud by a former Unite convenor who was reportedly close to management.
By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2020
The “COVID-19 Marmot Review” substantiates a growing body of analysis that the disease impacts most severely on the working class.
As pandemic rages
By Thomas Scripps, 16 December 2020
The dangers posed by keeping schools open worsen daily. London has been leading a renewed national surge of infections since the partial November national lockdown was ended.
By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2020
Every one of London’s 32 boroughs is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 December 2020
Melzer’s statement was issued amid a major coronavirus outbreak in Belmarsh Prison, that threatens the WikiLeaks publisher’s life, and in the lead-up to a ruling on his extradition to the United States.
14 December 2020
On December 14, 1970, Polish workers in the port city of Gdansk walked off the job protesting the announcement by the Stalinist government, led by Władysław Gomułka, that there would be a major increase in food and fuel prices.
By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2020
The decision was made after hours of talks over the weekend in Brussels.
Johnson and Macron governments step up collaboration in persecution of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
By Simon Whelan, 12 December 2020
These extremely vulnerable people are fleeing from the wars, fratricidal conflicts, and economic and ecological destruction created and exacerbated by the world’s imperialist powers, foremost in Europe by Britain and France.
Frontline nurse at UK’s Poole Hospital Trust speaks out about unsafe working conditions amid surge of COVID-19
By our reporter, 12 December 2020
“Many staff have contracted the virus in our hospital because we don’t have enough protection.”
By Henry Lee, 11 December 2020
Thousands of students have joined rent strikes at Sussex, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham, and universities across London.
By Tom Pearce, 11 December 2020
Using the Coronavirus Act, the education secretary can “give temporary continuity directions requiring schools to take certain actions, including staying open”.
By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2020
The main areas of disagreement are over trade issues and ensuring a level playing field (LPF).
Senior executive of firm supplying combustible insulation for Grenfell Tower told builders they were mistaking him for “someone who gives a damn”
By Charles Hixson, 10 December 2020
Three directors of Kingspan sold their share options before November 5 testimony at the Grenfell Inquiry concerning their knowledge of creating hazardous products and subsequent dishonest marketing.
By Margot Miller, 10 December 2020
The strike called off by the NEU would have been the first official Covid-related strike in the UK since the spring, as pressure from educators and parents mounts to close unsafe schools.
By Thomas Scripps, 9 December 2020
In attempting to avoid a “no deal”, both the UK and the European Union are balancing their predatory interests against volatile domestic and international situations.
By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 9 December 2020
Rossi’s claim that Unite can be made accountable has burst like a soap bubble, but all they can offer is more of the same, promoting the chimera that the trade unions can be reformed.
By Barry Mason, 9 December 2020
The 100 Unite union members at the plant voted by a 73 percent majority for action, following months of fruitless negotiations.
By Robert Stevens, 9 December 2020
Despite the immense significance for mankind of the availability of the drug—and promising developments with other vaccines coming on stream—its ability to save lives given its 90 to 95 percent effectivity rate against COVID-19, is being undermined by Britain’s ruling elite in their drive to keep the economy open and make profits.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 December 2020
Undercover officers were told to undermine the campaign for “a better investigation” into the murder of Stephen Lawrence by digging up “dirt” and “disinformation”.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2020
Earlier this year, Mali witnessed months of protests against the French occupation, launched in 2013, and the ethnic massacres between rival militias that Paris tolerates, and uses to divide and rule the country.
By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2020
Silence on the criminal role of the Labour and trade union bureaucracy is fundamental to the purpose of the People's Assembly. Though it presents itself as a “grassroots” movement, it is the construct of pro-capitalist tendencies, hostile to socialism and the working class
By Jean Shaoul, 7 December 2020
Twenty-five thousand jobs are threatened with the collapse of Arcadia, which operates 500 retail chain stores and Debenhams which runs 124 stores.
By Henry Lee, 5 December 2020
Boris Johnson’s government is attempting to rubbish any conclusion that teaching is a high-risk occupation, using a combination of manipulated statistics and outright lies.
By Margot Miller, 5 December 2020
Doctors, nurses and health care assistants in the UK say hospitals are at breaking point and warn that the Conservative government’s ending of the national lockdown will fuel a new wave of infections and hospital admissions.
By Richard Tyler, 5 December 2020
The force of the blast, at a Geneco water recycling centre in Avonmouth, was so great that one of the bodies was recovered from a lake 150 metres away.
By Tony Robson, 4 December 2020
The British ruling elite is exploiting an economic crisis of their own making to restructure economic and social relations, funnelling more wealth to the oligarchy. The Labour Mayor and trade unions are fully complicit in this criminal enterprise.
By Margot Miller, 4 December 2020
Half the schools in Stockport anticipate going into deficit budgets this year as they struggle with the extra costs incurred by the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 December 2020
Sunak occupies, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself, the most important position in UK politics in determining public policy choices to favour the super-rich, at the expense of the vast majority
Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 December 2020
Workers and parents must have the right to decide which political programme and perspective they wish to adopt or discuss and debate. Blocking access to this through censorship is a reactionary tool to silence opposition.
By Harvey Singh, 3 December 2020
“Workers overwhelmingly oppose this calculated endangering of human life, but Labour and the trade unions are working systematically to prevent this opposition gaining a political voice and leadership.”
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 December 2020
As the leadership prepares mass expulsions, in the face of these outrages, Corbyn is again refusing to fight and allowing those who try to do so on his behalf to be persecuted.
Letter from a Bournemouth Hospital frontline nurse sparks broader discussion on conditions facing NHS workers in UK
By our reporter, 3 December 2020
The letter was publicised by NHS FightBack, an initiative of the Socialist Equality Party, and then shared widely on social media, including on a number of National Health Service Facebook campaign groups.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 December 2020
The Labour MPs led by Jeremy Corbyn signing the letter of protest are only attempting to distance themselves from their party’s own anti-democratic agenda without making any real challenge to it
By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2020
Johnson was ultimately able to win the vote by a large majority thanks to most of Labour’s 200 MPs abstaining, with Starmer abiding by his cynical pledge to only “constructive” opposition to the government.
By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2020
The government is to end a lockdown that, despite its partial character and schools and workplaces remaining open, has cut coronavirus infections cases by a third.
Private sector and Conservative Party cronies reap over £17 billion in government contracts during pandemic
By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2020
At least 15 companies handed contracts without tendering or oversight had connections to the Conservative government in what is being described as a “chumocracy”.
By Danny Knightley, 28 November 2020
As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.
By Robert Stevens, 27 November 2020
The council has outlined spending cuts demanding hundreds of job losses and will “stop delivering some services that we know our communities find valuable.”
By John Newham, 27 November 2020
Several British artists and performance technicians spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the pandemic on them and their work.
By Paul Bond, 27 November 2020
The initial wage furlough scheme made no provision for self-employed and freelance workers, who make up the bulk of arts workers. When the government did eventually introduce its Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, many artists did not benefit.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 27 November 2020
Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of “herd immunity”.
By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2020
The cost of this unprecedented economic collapse will be paid in its entirety by the working class.
“I think school should be closed until the virus is brought under control”
By our reporter, 26 November 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Elizabeth, a student nurse in her final year in Manchester, and her daughter Claire, aged 15, about their experiences during the pandemic.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 November 2020
Assange’s partner Stella Moris has reported a mass outbreak in the house block where the WikiLeaks founder is imprisoned, with 56 prisoners and staff testing positive to the coronavirus.
UK mother whose children all contracted COVID-19 speaks out to demand school closures: “I agree you must close schools and universities to save lives”
By our reporters, 25 November 2020
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Linda, a parent of three school children, who all tested positive for coronavirus at the end of October.
The “Zero-Covid” campaign by Britain’s pseudo-left: a political cover for Labour and the TUC’s back-to-work drive
By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2020
The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs around Corbyn finally, in August, announced its support for a Zero-Covid policy, but its statement was careful to make clear that the measures proposed were in the best interests of capital.
By Thomas Scripps, 24 November 2020
From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.
Refugees season at the Imperial War Museum in London: A century of crises, but the real causes ignored
By Paul Mitchell, 24 November 2020
As to the causes of the continuous refugee crises over the last century, the exhibition answers with the obvious “conflict”, “modern war”, “threats of violence” and “social breakdown” but this begs the question, what causes these phenomena?
By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020
Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.
By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2020
Research conducted by the Guardian among both UK-born and migrant rough sleepers found that many had been made homeless in recent months after losing their jobs in the service sector—especially restaurants, clubs and event security.
21 November 2020
The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 November 2020
UK Prime minister Boris Johnson is trying to extricate his government from its foreign policy crisis over Brexit—intensified by the US election victory of the anti-Brexit Joe Biden—with the lever of British militarism.
By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2020
The wider use of food banks by what would have only recently been considered a more affluent layer is a growing trend and an indicator of how the pandemic has created a far-reaching cost of living crisis.
By Harvey Thompson, 20 November 2020
In Hull, 57 of the city’s 97 schools have been affected, while in the wider East Riding area, cases have been reported in 103 of 150 schools.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2020
Since the pandemic began, leading medical experts have repeatedly warned that the WikiLeaks founder would be at significant risk of succumbing to the coronavirus if he contracts the disease.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer bars Jeremy Corbyn from Parliamentary Labour Party as witch-hunt intensifies
By Robert Stevens and Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2020
The response of Corbyn and his allies on his readmission and then to being barred as a voting Labour MP was to continue grovelling before their persecutors in the name of party “unity”.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) meeting discussion addresses critical issues on the failure of Corbynism
By our reporters, 19 November 2020
SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the meeting, “Jeremy Corbyn describes politics as some sort of cricket match. He encourages us to say, ‘Well, this isn’t fair’. Well, politics isn’t a cricket match, politics is war.”
Socialist Party’s Moe Manir expels London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee leader from Facebook group
By By Laura Tiernan, 18 November 2020
The Socialist Party promotes the dangerous illusion that mass pressure from below can transform the unions into fighting organisations. But in every country the trade unions respond to mass pressure from workers by deepening their collusion with the companies and the state, and by stamping out any semblance of democracy.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands schools and campuses close to halt the spread of the pandemic
By Our reporter, 18 November 2020
“Lessons have to be drawn, any orientation to the labour and trade union bureaucracy will be a death trap,” said teacher and meeting moderator Tania Kent.
By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the British ruling class’ criminal “herd immunity” response has created a humanitarian disaster.
Labour Party reinstates Jeremy Corbyn after suspension over antisemitism comments
By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2020
This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden to a public meeting titled, “The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism,” held on November 15, 2020.
By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2020
Johnson’s government was blown apart last week, as the pro-EU Biden’s victory resulted in the departure from Downing Street of the prime minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Director of Communications Lee Cain.
By Ioan Petrescu, 16 November 2020
The UCU finalised a sell-out agreement in its dispute with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, just one day before strike action was to commence.
Grenfell Tower refurbishment company supplied cladding that could burn the “entire height” of a tower block
By Charles Hixson, 16 November 2020
A 2013 email from Deborah French, Arconic’s UK sales representative, referring to ACM (aluminium composite material) panels noted, “using PE is like a chimney which transports the fire... in the shortest times.”
SEP (UK) Congress resolution The COVID-19 pandemic, the international class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
14 November 2020
This resolution was adopted unanimously by the membership of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain at its Fifth National Congress, which was held online from October 24–27, 2020. It was amended by the incoming National Committee in consideration of fundamental contemporary developments in the United States.
By Henry Lee, 14 November 2020
Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”
By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020
The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.
By Barry Mason, 13 November 2020
Central to the SNP’s pardon of the miners is an effort consign the strike and its lessons to the past forever, in favour of a “reconciliation” on all sides.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020
Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.
By Barry Mason, 12 November 2020
Three more bus drivers have died in the UK from COVID-19, this time in Leeds, West Yorkshire and Kilmarnock, Scotland. The Leeds drivers were from the same depot, while the death in Kilmarnock was also part of a workplace cluster.
By Margot Miller, 11 November 2020
More than one in 10 people aged 16-25 have lost their jobs, and just under six in 10 have seen their earnings fall since the coronavirus pandemic began.
By Charlotte Salthill and Laura Tiernan, 11 November 2020
National Education Union officials, led by Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted, feared that any promotion of the parents’ strike would draw behind it the active support of teachers.
EHRC “Investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party” A hatchet job in furtherance of a witch-hunt
By Robert Stevens, 10 November 2020
The Equality and Human Rights Commission not only fails to prove widespread anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but rules as undemocratic and an affront to human rights the disciplinary action taken against Corbyn and the party’s ban on criticism of its report.
By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 10 November 2020
The burnout of staff, backlog of non-COVID patients and the surge of the pandemic are the responsibility of the deliberate and criminal policies of the Tory government, carried out with the tacit support of Labour Party and the trade unions.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) online meeting: The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism
10 November 2020
Readers of the World Socialist Web Site are invited to attend Sunday’s online meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) to discuss the anti-Semitism witch-hunt in the Labour Party, escalated by the suspension of its former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Thomas Scripps, 9 November 2020
The suicide of Manoel Santos has drawn attention to the UK government’s criminal practice of holding people facing deportation in prisons, even in maximum security institutions.
By Steve James and Dermot Quinn, 9 November 2020
Schools in the Republic of Ireland reopened last week after a two-week break, despite secondary teachers voting for strike action against dangerous working conditions if COVID-19 related safety measures were not put in place by October 30.
By Henry Lee, 7 November 2020
The protest on Thursday evening was a response to the fencing-in of students, seen as the last straw by residents fed up with the contemptuous and authoritarian treatment they have faced from university authorities.