By Jean Shaoul, 5 December 2013
The Conservative-led UK government has sought to extract every ounce of political capital out of the Co-op Bank affair at Labour’s expense.
By Steve James, 5 December 2013
After months of negotiations, the unions have conceded to all of the councils’ demands and are advising workers to accept the deal in separate ballots.
By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013
British officials are threatening the Guardian over its decision to publish exposures of intelligence agencies’ electronic spying against the people.
By Robert Stevens, 3 December 2013
Three of the Eurocopter EC135 crew died in the incident, along with at least six people inside Clutha Vaults pub.
By Joan Smith, 3 December 2013
The crisis in home care visits in the UK is a direct result of drastic cuts to local government budgets.
By Allison Smith, 2 December 2013
In scenes repeated across Britain, poor residents queue up outside court buildings waiting to appear before local magistrates for being in arrears on newly imposed council taxes.
By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2013
Cameron’s witch-hunt against immigrants is part of a broader effort by European governments to whip up racism and xenophobia as a means of dividing the working class.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 November 2013
Remittances from Somali workers in Britain and elsewhere provide a lifeline to families with no other source of income and no access to conventional banking services.
By Robert Stevens, 29 November 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s measures were greeted with rapture by the most right-wing sections of the British media.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2013
The Socialist Party’s Socialism 2013 conference was a desperate exercise in covering the exposed rear of the trade union bureaucracy.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 November 2013
The Guardian newspaper published secretly-filmed footage showing an attempt by police to recruit an activist to spy on political organisations and protest groups at Cambridge University.
By Barry Mason, 23 November 2013
Corporations have announced thousands of job losses in all sectors of the UK economy.
By Julie Hyland, 22 November 2013
London Mayor Boris Johnson’s paean to the super-rich was a defence of a social layer who pollute society, dragging it deeper into an economic and intellectual abyss.
By Liz Smith, 21 November 2013
David Blunkett’s provocative remarks attacking Roma in Sheffield is reminiscent of Conservative MP Enoch Powell's notorious anti-immigrant “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968.
By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2013
A statement by Tooks Chambers, a leading law firm forced into dissolution, said that government policies on legal aid “are cumulatively devastating the provision of legal services and threatening the rule of law.”
By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2013
To conceal its role in the alleged torture and abuse of a British citizen, the UK government is utilising the Justice and Security Act, passed earlier this year.
By Michael Barnes, 16 November 2013
In a deal with the UK rail workers’ union, London Overground Rail will operate driver-only trains, eliminating 130 conductors’ jobs.
By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2013
The British government is stepping up attacks on the Guardian newspaper for its publishing of revelations of mass surveillance by US and UK spy agencies.
By Chris Marsden, 13 November 2013
The pro-Labour left was incensed that Brand could declare all politicians and parties to be creatures of the corporations.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 November 2013
Nearly 2,000 jobs are to go at shipyards in the UK, with no opposition from the trade unions.
By Robert Stevens, 13 November 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron used the annual speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet to declare that the devastating austerity being imposed by his government will be “permanent.”
By Barry Mason, 12 November 2013
The “living wage” pay rate, set up by the Living Wage Foundation, is set at just £1.34 above the official UK minimum wage and has no statutory basis.
By Danny Richardson, 12 November 2013
The 140 jobs to be lost with the closure of Pilkington’s Float Glass Line at Cowley Hill, St Helens, comes on top of 150 job losses at the company earlier this year in the same town.
By Robert Stevens, 11 November 2013
The marine is the first British soldier to be convicted of murder since World War Two.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2013
The most grotesque of the recent capitulations by the unions took place on October 24, when the Unite union ended the Grangemouth dispute.
By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2013
At the High Court, every attempt was made to slur whistle-blower Edward Snowden as a criminal and to tar journalist Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda.
By Chris Marsden, 8 November 2013
The first-ever parliamentary questioning of the chiefs of all three security and intelligence services was an exercise in slavish adoration.
By Robert Stevens, 8 November 2013
The prosecution explained that Rebekah Brooks attempted to conceal evidence of criminality by deleting email records and destroying her own journalistic notebooks.
By Joe Mount, 7 November 2013
The Universities UK organisation, representing vice-chancellors, is calling for a hike in tuition fees beyond the current £9,000 level.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 November 2013
House prices in London are unaffordable for the majority of people, with an average property now costing more than £500,000.
By Julie Hyland, 5 November 2013
A UK Supreme Court ruling clears the way for an expansion of workfare, with 200,000 unemployed for two years set to be placed on a new scheme, with claimants having to do 30 hours’ unpaid “community work” for six months.
By Tania Kent, 5 November 2013
The calling off of a national teachers’ strike exposes the role of Britain’s pseudo-left groups, who have provided a crucial cover for the trade union bureaucracy.
By Paul Veevers, 5 November 2013
Probation officers in the UK to strike against privatisation as their trade union, Napo, negotiates terms of a private sector service.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 4 November 2013
The 670-page white paper makes clear that the primary function of an independent state would be to establish closer relations with the major banks, corporations and speculators.
By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2013
Defendants and former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are close to Prime Minister David Cameron.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2013
Rallies were held in major cities throughout England and Scotland.
By Chris Marsden, 1 November 2013
A Royal Charter to regulate the press is a major attack on media freedom and will be used to censor revelations like those of whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Jo March, 31 October 2013
Pseudo-science is being promoted by the government to assert that working class children are genetically incapable of learning at a high level.
By Ajanta Silva, 29 October 2013
The UK government is demanding National Health Service workers take a further year's pay freeze, amid plans to cut NHS spending by an additional £10 billion.
By Steve James, 28 October 2013
The Unite trade union has agreed to massive attacks on workers’ pay, pensions and conditions, as well as a three-year strike ban.
By Robert Stevens, 25 October 2013
Tuesday’s parliamentary debate over the Guardian’s publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass state surveillance was used to threaten the newspaper with prosecution.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2013
Labour has pledged to embrace the so-called “free schools” introduced by the coalition and to clamp down even harder on welfare.
By Tony Robson, 23 October 2013
The floatation of Royal Mail is the last in a series of privatisations stretching back over 30 years.
By Steve James, 21 October 2013
Transnational INEOS has utilised the Unite union’s sabotage of a planned strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland to escalate plans to impose attacks on workers’ jobs and livelihoods.
By Julie Hyland, 19 October 2013
The British “Plebgate” scandal testifies to the enormous powers accrued by the police over the last decades.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 19 October 2013
Five thousand nursing posts have been eliminated along with thousands of other hospital posts over the last three years.
By our correspondents, 19 October 2013
The end game of the coalition government’s assault on education is forcing schools to become self-governing academies as a step towards the privatisation of education.
By our reporters, 19 October 2013
One teacher told the WSWS, “The government wants to impose longer hours for less pay.”
By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2013
The most significant support for state persecution of journalists, newspapers and whistleblowers such as Snowden again comes from the nominal “parliamentary opposition”, the Labour Party.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 October 2013
Anyone made redundant at 55 because they are no longer considered fit could lose up to half of their pension.
By Paul Bond, 17 October 2013
An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report has confirmed that police provided information to firms for a blacklist of construction workers.
By Julie Hyland, 16 October 2013
The measure has been denounced by the Newspaper Society as an “unacceptable degree of interference” and “state-sponsored regulation.”
By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2013
The Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition cut funding to local councils by 28 percent in 2011-2015 and earlier this year announced a further 10 percent cut for 2015-16.
By Steve James, 15 October 2013
Shorn of its usual left and nominally “socialist” rhetoric, the Socialist Workers Party makes clear that the demand for Scottish independence means support for the Balkanisation of the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2013
The witch-hunt against Edward Snowden and the Guardian are a blatant attempt to criminalise any media coverage, even slightly critical of the spy agencies, as a part of overall plans to clamp down on press freedoms.
By Harvey Thompson, 14 October 2013
A document obtained from a Ministry of Defence think tank discusses various means of moulding public opinion to accept further and bloodier military conflicts.
By Tony Robson, 12 October 2013
The decision not to challenge the government over the closure of services at Trafford General Hospital is an indictment of the Save Trafford General campaign.
Socialist Equality Party Public Meetings
By our reporters, 10 October 2013
The overwhelming majority of a mainly young audience were scathing of the humanitarian pretext being used for war.
By Julie Hyland, 8 October 2013
The Daily Mail’s right wing hatchet-job on the father of UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has become a political embarrassment to the entire ruling elite.
By Chris Marsden, 5 October 2013
Labour leader Ed Miliband is anxious to give the appearance that his party offers an alternative to the Tories, but it is equally committed to austerity and the assault on welfare.
By Tania Kent, 4 October 2013
Teachers across several English regions struck this week in the latest action to protest government attacks on their pay, conditions and pension rights.
By a Cambridgeshire teacher, 4 October 2013
The teachers unions’ rally in Cambridge during Tuesday’s regional strike demonstrated the role of the unions and their pseudo-left supporters in preventing a united mobilisation of teachers against the attacks of the Conservative/Liberal coalition.
By Joan Smith, 2 October 2013
A Welsh government spokesman hypocritically declared, "We are committed to reducing the number of cancelled operations across Wales.”
By Tony Robson, 30 September 2013
In the name of flexibility, the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union has agreed to reduced hours and cuts in pay.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 September 2013
Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni activist who has campaigned against the use of drones, was detained on Monday at Gatwick airport by border agents under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
By Julie Hyland, 27 September 2013
Miliband leads a party that is all but destroyed by its long association in government with free market speculation and colonial-style wars of aggression.
By Zach Reed, 26 September 2013
The Communication Workers Union has limited its opposition to privatisation to sending postcards to Members of Parliament.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 September 2013
Expectant mothers are increasingly being forced to travel, sometimes very long distances, to have a place to give birth.
By Julie Hyland, 24 September 2013
The first year of the Conservative-led coalition government’s cuts in the fire service saw 2,172 jobs lost.
By Tania Kent, 23 September 2013
Concerned that opposition will develop outside of their control, the UK’s teaching unions are organizing a token show of resistance as the coalition government presses ahead with yet another round of attacks on education.
By Andre Damon, 20 September 2013
JPMorgan Chase, the largest US bank, settled charges related to its multi-billion-dollar trading loss Thursday with four regulators, paying a total of $920 million in fines.
By Chris Marsden, 20 September 2013
A British judge’s ruling has become the occasion for a campaign demanding additional measures to curtail democratic rights and to whip up hostility to Muslims.
By Ben Trent and Paul Mitchell, 19 September 2013
Under the guise of making lobbying more “transparent”, the government has brought forward a parliamentary bill that will stifle unofficial campaigns, particularly on the Internet.
By Marc Milton, 18 September 2013
Market-set rents are increasingly unaffordable for many of those in work, let alone people between jobs or the socially vulnerable.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2013
The US and its two key allies Monday stressed the threat of force against Syria if Damascus fails to adhere strictly to the demands contained in a chemical weapons agreement.
By Barry Mason, 17 September 2013
Recently published reports underscore the drive by the Conservative-led coalition government to establish low-paid, precarious employment as the “new normal.”
14 September 2013
The US and Britain are intent on war against Syria in defiance of mass public opposition, which had forced the UK parliament to vote against an immediate attack.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2013
TUC figures show that British workers' pay fell by more than £10 billion annually and was 7.5 percent lower in 2012 than on the eve of the recession in 2007.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2013
The actions of the Green Party-led council in Brighton have exposed the claim of the pseudo-left that the organisation represents a progressive alternative to Labour.
By Tony Robson, 11 September 2013
Workers at Hovis site in Wigan, north west England, decided to vote on strike action after 26 redundancies were made in April and agency workers on zero hour contracts taken on.
By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2013
The press conference of US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague shows that Washington and London are preparing yet another war for regime change in the Middle East based on lies.
By Barry Mason, 9 September 2013
A new survey of child poverty in the UK reveals that 3.5 million children grow up in poverty, compared with 2 million 40 years ago.
By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron’s declaration that the US should launch a military strike against Syria, irrespective of UN approval, is testament to the lawlessness that pervades ruling circles.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 September 2013
The British government is preparing to prosecute David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald on the grounds of “aiding the enemy.”
By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2013
The trade unions in Ireland are committed to the Haddington Road austerity programme, with the support of pseudo-left organizations.
By Steve James, 4 September 2013
With the investigation into the Shetland Super Puma helicopter crash only in the first stages, helicopter flights across the North Sea by the same model of aircraft have been resumed.
By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2013
Leading figures in the UK government and opposition Labour Party are set on overturning last week’s parliamentary vote against British involvement in a war against Syria.
By James Hatton and Paul Bond, 3 September 2013
Thousands of job losses are to be imposed on the London Underground with the collaboration of the transport train unions.
By our reporters, 2 September 2013
Anti-war protesters in London and Leeds spoke to WSWS reporters on Saturday
By Robert Stevens, 2 September 2013
Stop the War Coalition promotes illusions that Thursday’s parliamentary defeat of the government’s pro-war motion means the danger of an attack on Syria has passed.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 31 August 2013
The overwhelming opinion in the country is that nothing said by the government can be trusted and nothing justifies another bloody military adventure.
By Barry Mason, 31 August 2013
Government cuts will have reduced the annual budget from £60 million in 2010 to £51 million by 2015.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 30 August 2013
The British parliament’s vote against military intervention in Syria leaves the war drive against Syria of the United States and its allies totally discredited.
By Steve James, 29 August 2013
Four more North Sea oil rig workers have died in a helicopter crash just four years after 16 passengers and crew were killed aboard the same type of aircraft.
By Robert Stevens, 28 August 2013
A column by Independent columnist Kim Sengupta is a naked defence of the mass spying operations of the British government.
By Tony Robson, 27 August 2013
Jordan Begley was tasered inside his mother’s home and died within hours.
By Ajanta Silva, 27 August 2013
National Health Service provision in Wales is in a critical condition, with people dying while on waiting lists.
By Julie Hyland, 24 August 2013
Events of the last week provide chilling confirmation of the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”
By Robert Stevens, 23 August 2013
The detention of David Miranda was a blatant act of political intimidation, sanctioned at the highest levels by London and Washington.
By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2013
A US security official has acknowledged that a central purpose of the detention of David Miranda was to send a message to all those seeking to expose evidence of government spying programs.