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Grandparent climate action - for our grandchildren

Grandparent climate action – for our grandchildren

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Nancy Lindisfarne reports:

Recently in Oslo, I met with Mette Newth, and Finn Bjørnar Lund to learn about the Norwegian Grandparents’ Climate Campaign.

They are both activists with ‘fire souls’, as Norwegians say. They couldn’t have been more helpful and encouraging about setting up such a network in the UK. There are already similar campaigns like the great ‘Knitting Nannies’ in Australia, the…

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Panic on the streets of Birmingham?

Panic on the streets of Birmingham?

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Andrew N, Birmingham NUT executive member (personal capacity), argues that the left needs to stand against Islamophobes and reject media scapegoating

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If you were to believe the headlines in certain Tory papers recently, you would think that schools in Birmingham were being seized by Muslim radicals on a daily basis.”Gove declares war on Islamic takeover of Birmingham schools” was the headline of…

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Having no job is a daily grind in itself – on unemployment.

Mary Turner writes about her son struggling to find work. My son is shy and does not always mix well with other people.

Having no job is a daily grind in itself – on unemployment.

Mary Turner writes about her son struggling to find work. My son is shy and does not always mix well with other people.

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UKIP - just another bunch of control freaks.

UKIP – just another bunch of control freaks.

The recent successes of Nigel Farage and UKIP should leave anti-racists, anti-homophobes and workers worried. However the ideological pillars of UKIP are rotten. Their claims to liberty and freedom are topsy-turvy, founded on the vilification of migrants and taking away their liberty. Luke Evans rips apart Farage’s hypocrisy, and the flawed thinking he relies on.

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UKIP are currently polling…

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Paris: united demo against austerity

Paris: united demo against austerity

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parisdemo2 Clément Mouhot reports from Paris:

“Hollande ça suffit !” (Hollande this is enough) was one of the many slogans seen on banners at the demonstration against austerity in Paris last Saturday. Around 40,000 people marched from “République” to “Nation” against austerity and cuts policies put forward by the Socialist Party (PS) government. The protest was full of energy, chants and smiles.

Not only…

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Big business and the NHS: Awkward bedfellows

Big business and the NHS: Awkward bedfellows

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Gill George discusses how drug company greed means the government has wasted millions on stockpiling medicine that doesn’t work

Private companies exist to make a profit for their shareholders. The NHS exists to keep people healthy and look after us when we’re sick. When the two get entangled, the NHS tends to lose out.

The anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza have been in the news in the last day…

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Gill George discusses how because of  drug company greed the government has wasted millions on…

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Gill George discusses how because of  drug company greed the government has wasted millions on stockpiling medicine that doesn’t work

Private companies exist to make a profit for their shareholders. The NHS exists to keep people healthy and look after us when we’re sick. When the two get entangled, the NHS tends to lose out.

The anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza have been in the news in the…

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Mahienour RELEASED! Jess Martin writes: A photo of Mahienour’s release from detainment earlier today. Freedom for all detainees! Down with the military government! Down with the law against protest!Riya Hassan adds: She will still have to stand before court however on 20 May.The release today was for another accusation – not the “organising an illegal demo” one which she might still serve two years in prison for.

Mahienour RELEASED! Jess Martin writes: A photo of Mahienour’s release from detainment earlier today. Freedom for all detainees! Down with the military government! Down with the law against protest!

Riya Hassan adds: She will still have to stand before court however on 20 May.The release today was for another accusation – not the “organising an illegal demo” one which she might still serve two years in prison for.

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Management have called our bluff - we have a choice

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Management at universities across the country, including Bath Spa, UWE, Oxford Brooks, Bradford University, UEA and Westminster University, have told staff that they intend to dock 100% of their pay if they participate in the marking boycott, due to start on 28 April. Jonathan Neale, university lecturer and UCU committee member at Bath Spa University puts forward the case for taking national…

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The dullness of work

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A university admin worker writes about their job.

My job is boing. I’m an admin worker at a popular university in Northeast England. I’ve done the same job for several years. There have been developments and things I do differently, but mostly the job is the same. I answer email queries, update spreadsheets, navigate clunky and user-unfriendly database systems. I use all these methods to keep…

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Jess Martin reports: Comrade Mahienour, a brilliant young socialist activist from Alexandria, has been arrested in Alex. She has a sentence of 2 years in jail for “breaking protest law” when revolutionaries were protesting for Khaled Said during his murderers trial last year. Solidarity to Mahienour and all the other heroes still fighting to save the Egyptian revolution.
• rs21 6 jan 2014: Egyptian socialists sentenced to two years in jail

Jess Martin reports: Comrade Mahienour, a brilliant young socialist activist from Alexandria, has been arrested in Alex. She has a sentence of 2 years in jail for “breaking protest law” when revolutionaries were protesting for Khaled Said during his murderers trial last year. Solidarity to Mahienour and all the other heroes still fighting to save the Egyptian revolution.

• rs21 6 jan 2014: Egyptian socialists sentenced to two years in jail

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Sparks strike back against umbrella agencies: NG Bailey vulnerable to action

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● Deadlock at Manchester City ground Balfour Beatty job
● Scottish electricians to meet to set out next steps
● Action could generalise across country and industries

by Ray M, Christian C and Anindya Bhattacharyya

Over 40 electricians “cabined up” (ie refused to work) on Thursday morning at a Manchester City training ground. They are demanding “jobs on the cards” – direct employment by Balfour…

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Enthusiastic strike for the London Living Wage

Enthusiastic strike for the London Living Wage

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Workers at The Ritzy cinema in Brixton are on strike today for the London Living Wage. Pickets began at 9am and will continue into the evening. Workers in BECTU, the media and entertainment trade union, gathered with DIY placards and leaflets using film quotes and art house cinema imagery. Ritzy workers are the only cinema with union recognition in the Picturehouse group and are spearheading a…

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A response from Venezeula

A response from Venezeula

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Dan Gent, writes from Venezuela having witnessed the events surrounding the opposition riots. It is offered as a comradely response to Mike Gonzalez’s Letters from Venezuela.

This piece was originally published on the Comrade Markin blog where there are more photos that Dan has taken in Venezuela.

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Opposition protests have rocked Venezuela for over a month now and in many areas barricades…

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