A socialist strategy is needed to defend jobs and conditions
By Richard Tyler, 15 August 2019
Hospital workers in Bradford, England, facing the backdoor privatisation of their jobs, have voted to take indefinite strike action from August 26.
By Barry Mason, 14 August 2019
To fight the plans of global corporations such as Asda, workers must adopt a strategy opposed to the nationalist, pro-capitalist policies of the trade unions.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 August 2019
London represents a grotesque concentration of all the social contradictions and inequities of British capitalism.
UK: Johnson government considers post-Brexit snap election, while Labour’s Blairites plot “national unity” government
By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2019
It is thanks to Corbyn that every likely outcome in parliament ends in governments committed to further austerity, militarism and war.
By Nick Beams, 10 August 2019
The British GDP data ended a week of deepening uncertainty in financial markets and growing fears of a recession in major areas of the global economy.
By Margot Miller, 10 August 2019
Airline staff in many different countries, who are determined to fight to defend their wages, jobs and conditions, face sabotage by trade unions working to isolate and suppress their struggles.
By Steve James, 9 August 2019
Transatlantic tensions and the Brexit crisis are undermining the Good Friday Agreement.
By Harvey Thompson, 9 August 2019
Whaley Bridge’s population and those in the wider area now live in the shadow of a dam in need of extensive repair, with authorities giving no concrete information as to when work will be completed.
“That dam could have gone in the middle of the night and at least 600 people would have died”
By our reporters, 9 August 2019
Those evacuated from Whaley Bridge and other areas after the nearby dam collapse were sent to Chapel High School in the town and were allowed to return home on Wednesday.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 August 2019
The decision signifies a further intensification of the drive to war against Iran.
By Barry Mason, 7 August 2019
The coroner’s inquest heard that Amanda, a witness to the Grenfell Tower fire, had sought therapy after showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and was struggling financially.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 August 2019
The pseudo-left groups are enlisting in the service of the military and security apparatus, providing their academic expertise on the nations of Africa and the Middle East targeted by imperialism.
Labour-controlled Tower Hamlets council refused to host Palestinian charity event, citing “anti-Semitism” fears
By Jean Shaoul, 6 August 2019
The decision is a blatant attack on free speech and confirms that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism provides a mechanism for censoring, silencing and even criminalising individuals and organisations that oppose Israel’s brutal suppression of the Palestinians, while slandering the entire left as “anti-Semitic.”
By Robert Stevens, 5 August 2019
The vote for the Labour Party in Brecon and Radnorshire collapsed, with its candidate coming fourth and only just retaining his deposit on a 5.3 percent share of the vote.
By our reporters, 5 August 2019
Mustafa, believed to have been in his early 60s, was well known in the neighbourhood. As news of his death spread, it provoked an outpouring of anger.
By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2019
The unions across Europe are working in concert to head off any united offensive by airline workers.
By Alice Summers, 3 August 2019
Hundreds of thousands of UK millennials risk homelessness when they retire due to a lack of social housing and the inability of young people to get onto the property ladder.
By Joe Mount, 2 August 2019
The Act was used to prosecute 1,320 people during 2018 and is most commonly employed by police as a threat to force rough sleepers to relocate.
By Robert Stevens, 1 August 2019
An unindicted war criminal alongside former prime minister Tony Blair, Campbell was a key architect in concocting the lies about Iraq’s possessing Weapons of Mass Destruction.
By Margot Miller, 31 July 2019
Threatened with eviction, Phillip Herron owed £20,000 in debt to the banks, utility firms and pay day lenders that were charging him 1,000 percent interest.
By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2019
Once inside the privately-owned Arndale shopping centre, the far-right mob turned one of its central atriums, Exchange Court, into the venue for a political rally.
By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2019
Corbyn has acted as political midwife to a Johnson government, thanks to his suppression of all attempts by workers to wage a struggle against big business and its political defenders.
Public transport workers’ meeting Thursday to demand WikiLeaks founder’s freedom
By our reporters, 30 July 2019
Many London bus drivers, drawn from every corner of the world, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, have first-hand experience of the US war crimes and government corruption exposed by WikiLeaks since 2006.
By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2019
The Conservative government of Boris Johnson announced over the weekend that it is “working on the assumption” that it will leave the European Union (EU) without a trade and customs deal on October 31.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 July 2019
The responses to the detailed indictment issued by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer are the latest demonstration of the illegal character of the campaign against the WikiLeaks founder.
By Simon Whelan, 29 July 2019
An “improved” offer reportedly involves a miserly 17 pence an hour increase and a one-off payment of just £320, which the union is selling as an extra week’s wages.
By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2019
The campaign led by Labour’s right wing and various Zionist groups accusing Corbyn and the “left” of anti-Semitism has played a central role in encouraging political violence.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 26 July 2019
Johnson’s is a class war government, with all the main positions filled by representatives of the extreme right of a very right-wing party.
By Mike Head, 25 July 2019
“I don’t think Chelsea was played at all,” Nancy Hollander told Australian television.
By Robert Stevens, 24 July 2019
Despite Johnson’s boast that he will “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn,” his position is precarious.
By Barry Mason, 24 July 2019
The Bradford hospital trust’s plans are aimed at enforcing government-imposed efficiency cuts of 4 percent each year, around £16 million in the current financial year.
By our reporters, 23 July 2019
One section of marchers cheered when they saw the SEP’s stall with posters of Assange and Manning, and many others stopped to voice their support.
By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2019
As Britain moves closer to war, the Iran crisis is being seized on by those advocating a drastic increase in the UK’s military budget.
By Joanne Laurier, 22 July 2019
Two recent British-made films delve into the field of popular music. Works about such a subject can be a means of getting at social life from an unusual and unorthodox point of view.
By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019
Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.
By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 20 July 2019
The families of the victims presented evidence before the inquest showing that the attacks could and should have been prevented.
By Steve James, 20 July 2019
The statements of Scottish National Party representatives on the hounding and torture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange make clear the party supports his jailing and extradition.
By Ben Trent, 18 July 2019
Over the past 30 years, NHS bed capacity has been halved by Labour and Conservative governments.
By Liz Smith, 17 July 2019
In the area surrounding the school just outside Manchester, one-third of all children live in poverty, that is in families whose income is less than 60 percent of the national median income.
By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan, 16 July 2019
What the Metropolitan Police proposed was the de facto criminalisation of journalism so that it could be bracketed within terrorist activity.
By our reporters, 15 July 2019
The gala is an annual labour movement event. Held for the first time in 1871, it attracts an estimated 200,000 attendees in celebration of the town’s coal mining heritage.
By Richard Tyler, 13 July 2019
The programme was trial by media, providing a platform for politically hostile former Labour Party staff members to air their allegations against the Labour leader.
By Laura Tiernan, 12 July 2019
Robinson’s contempt case has been seized on by an international network of fascist and far-right politicians who have boosted him as a “free speech martyr.”
By Thomas Scripps, 11 July 2019
Assange’s scalp must be taken at all costs to further imperialism’s colonial-style wars of conquest and global war on the social and democratic rights of the working class
By Jean Shaoul, 11 July 2019
The case confirmed that the British government sought to evade international law by selling arms knowing they would be used in war crimes.
By Chris Marsden, 10 July 2019
Trump’s attack on May over Brexit is the latest broadside supportive of her likely successor Boris Johnson and of the breakup of the European Union.
By Richard Tyler, 9 July 2019
According to the International Labour Office, there are 40.3 million people in conditions of modern slavery across the world, including 10 million children .
By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2019
Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 July 2019
The new surveillance measures, known as a “ghost protocol,” would allow a government agent to “sit in” on ostensibly secure private conversations without other participants knowing.
By Nick Beams, 4 July 2019
In a major speech, Mark Carney pointed to a “sea change,” defined as a “profound transformation,” in the global economy, with “worrying” portents.
By Tom Pearce, 4 July 2019
The “turning point” in the campaign involves waiting for the autumn budget statement and the local elections in 2020 to put pressure on politicians to change their minds on increasing school funding.
By our reporters, 3 July 2019
“No other political party, none of the human rights groups are acting. Amnesty is doing nothing! Getup is doing nothing!”
By Trevor Johnson, 2 July 2019
Their admissions were the result of a court case brought by the civil rights group Liberty.
By Chris Marsden, 1 July 2019
Williamson was first suspended on February 27 at the behest of right-wing and Zionist groups and individuals, based on baseless accusations of anti-Semitism.
By Thomas Scripps, 29 June 2019
Elitist Britain, based on a survey of 5,000 individuals, details the stranglehold on the commanding heights of British society maintained by a tiny ruling elite.
By Paul Bond, 29 June 2019
Rap artists Krept and Konan’s petition points to the moral bankruptcy of state attempts to blame drill music for violence and crime.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 June 2019
The marines were part of the Future Commando Force (FCF) taking part in Exercise Baltic Protector, described in the UK media as designed “to strike fear” into Putin.
By Steve James, 28 June 2019
Services giant Serco is targeting tenants who have fled war and poverty in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting
27 June 2019
On June 20 the WSWS issued a call for the formation of a Global Defence Committee to secure freedom for Wikileaks founder and class-war prisoner Julian Assange.
By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2019
The speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden to a meeting hosted by the Parti de l’égalité socialiste on June 23.
By Dennis Moore, 26 June 2019
Stephen Smith was acutely emaciated when he was found to be fit for work.
“The DWP, Amber Rudd and the officers that trawled through the information regarding Stephen have got blood on their hands”
By our reporter, 26 June 2019
Craven represented Stephen Smith during his struggle against the Department of Work and Pensions.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 June 2019
Reports indicate that up to 12 Tory MPs are contemplating voting against a government led by Johnson if a no-confidence motion is brought by the Labour Party.
By Simon Whelan, 24 June 2019
The Tax Justice Network reports that tax haven territories linked to Britain are responsible for approximately a third of the world’s corporate tax avoidance.
After Bridgend strike vote in opposition to plant closure
By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2019
In a vote last week, over 80 percent of Unite trade union members at the Bridgend plant voted to oppose closure.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 June 2019
The facts provide damning proof of the Guardian’s total integration into the propaganda wing of the Ministry of Defence following its involvement in the WikiLeaks and Snowden files releases.
Conservative Party leadership contest
By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2019
The contest between Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will now be decided by the Tories’ 160,000 members, who will vote in a postal ballot, with the winner to be announced the week of July 22.
“This is not a time for fence-sitting”
By our reporters, 21 June 2019
The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
By Ben Trent, 20 June 2019
The only way to counter the privatisation of the NHS is the mobilisation of health care workers in the UK and internationally against capitalism.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 June 2019
We are posting today the speech by International Youth and Students for Social Equality member Thomas Scripps at a June 9 public meeting in Cambridge, England on the eugenicist Noah Carl and the far right in academia.
By Ajanta Silva, 19 June 2019
Drastic cuts, the shutdown of facilities, and outsourcing have crippled care for the most vulnerable.
By Chris Marsden, 18 June 2019
One hundred UK Royal Marines will be deployed within weeks, where they will join naval ships operating from a new UK naval base in Bahrain.
Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: “Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange.”
18 June 2019
The former building worker explains, “To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses.”
By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2019
All the saccharine words and carefully orchestrated scenes on the part of the government cannot conceal the contempt it has for the Grenfell survivors.
“Everyone is fighting for justice, not only for the people for Grenfell Tower, but all the people around the world”
By our reporters, 17 June 2019
Hamid expressed the frustration of all the bereaved Grenfell families that they have still not been given answers as to why their loved ones perished and who is responsible.
By Mike Head, 14 June 2019
The move, coming just one day before Assange’s first extradition hearing, makes clear the British government’s intent to hand the journalist over to his persecutors in Washington.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 14 June 2019
Justice for Grenfell cannot be achieved outside of a frontal assault by the working class on the wealth and power of the financial oligarchy and its political defenders.
By Alice Summers, 13 June 2019
The moves against peaceful climate protesters are aimed at criminalizing political dissent.
By Barry Mason, 12 June 2019
The Institute for Public Policy Research found that austerity measures carried out in the UK since 2012 have led to 131,000 preventable deaths.
By Robert Stevens, 11 June 2019
Moves to remove Corbyn from the political scene before he is ever allowed to take power are being actively discussed.
East London fire guts six-storey residential block on eve of Grenfell Tower inferno’s second anniversary
By Daniel O’Flynne, 11 June 2019
The Barking fire confirms the failure of the Conservative government, Labour-controlled authorities and private corporations to end the threat from substandard accommodation and the gutting of fire-safety regulations.
By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2019
Workers at the plant were given no notice. They were sent home Thursday after receiving a letter saying they will lose their jobs in phases by September 25, 2020.
Free Reis Morris! Grenfell Tower campaigner imprisoned while those guilty of social murder walk free
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 June 2019
Morris’s jailing is a vicious act of class justice aimed at suppressing opposition and protecting those responsible for 72 deaths in the Grenfell Tower inferno two years ago.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 June 2019
The threat of new charges against the persecuted journalist, already facing 170 years in prison, comes amid fresh fears about his health after his father reported a “short notice” medical appointment.
7 June 2019
The meeting will discuss the issues raised by events at Cambridge University, providing a rebuttal of the claims made by Carl’s defenders and proposing a socialist perspective with which to take on the right-wing ideologues.
French Nutella workers strike, Tram and metro workers’ stoppage in Greek capital
7 June 2019
Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government’s attacks on public transportation.
By Robert Stevens, 6 June 2019
Nothing could obscure the fact that the commemoration was held against the backdrop of a historic breakdown in relations between the major powers.
By Robert Stevens, 5 June 2019
Trump envisions any trade deal with the UK as one entirely to the advantage of the US corporations, as he steps up trade war measures against America’s competitors everywhere.
By our reporters, 5 June 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to some of those who attended Tuesday’s protests in London against US President Donald Trump.
Mass protests as Trump visits the UK
By Chris Marsden, 4 June 2019
Workers and young people wanting to fight against the growing danger of war and dictatorship, spearheaded by Trump’s threats against China and Russia, must reject all calls for an alliance with rival capitalist powers and parties.
By Steve James, 4 June 2019
Three recent reports and surveys have exposed intensifying levels of mass poverty, alongside the grotesque accumulation of wealth by a few.
By Robert Stevens, 3 June 2019
The ability of pro-Remain forces to even influence the contest, let alone win it, is close to zero after Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party virtually wiped out the Tories in the European elections.
By our reporters, 3 June 2019
A protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday was organised via social media and endorsed by the Julian Assange Defence Committee.
By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2019
In the absence of any genuine attempt to overcome the divisions sown in the working class by the 2016 referendum, the European elections became a de facto plebiscite on Brexit.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 June 2019
Yesterday’s statement by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, stands as an indictment of all those who have persecuted Assange and sought to poison public opinion against him.
On the spot report: Protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court demands freedom for gravely ill Julian Assange
By our reporters, 31 May 2019
Around 100 people demonstrated outside Westminster Magistrates Court Thursday morning to oppose US extradition proceedings targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 May 2019
The WSWS demands Assange’s immediate release from the maximum security prison and his transfer to a hospital with the best medical care available and with doctors of his choice.
By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2019
Under conditions in which the WikiLeaks journalist is facing life in prison or worse, the Guardian cannot bring itself to defend him.
By Chris Marsden, 30 May 2019
The following is a letter to Britain’s Guardian from Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden demanding the newspaper correct and apologise for lies they published in an editorial on Julian Assange.
By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2019
The EU elections revealed the deep discrediting of the political establishment and its imperviousness to growing demands from the working class for political change.