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Greek Prime Minister orders violent strike breaking in steel workers' dispute

The Greek Prime Minister personally intervenes in nine month long factory dispute and orders riot police to break the strike.

The Swazi state in violent crackdown on striking teachers and nurses

Striking teachers in Swaziland have vowed to extend their five week strike indefinitely until their demand of a 4.5% pay rise has been met. The government has responded with intimidation and violence.

Indian nurses clash with police at ministers home

After a twelve month fight for improved pay and conditions, nurses clash with Police at the home of an Indian health minister.

Freedom must be saved

The potential closure of an iconic publication such as ‘Freedom’ is an absolute travesty, and would be in whatever circumstances that it may have arisen. However, the reasons for which it found itself in such a perilous financial state makes me feel sick to the pit of my stomach.

Court injunction issued in an attempt to break Canadian wildcat strike

Supreme court in Newfoundland issues injunction against construction workers in order to break an unofficial strike over pay.

Anti-fascist solidarity needed in Liverpool on Saturday 21st July

At 13:00 on Saturday, 21st July, Liverpool Antifascists will be gathering at Combermere Street in the Toxteth area of the city. We then plan to march to the city centre, for a rally themed around ‘working class unity against racism and fascism’. Liverpool Antifascists would like to ask you to attend, or spread the word about the event if this is not possible. This will be a vital day for Liverpool activism, and even the city in general.

Pakistani doctors suffer brutal ‘strike breaking’ tactics by the state

The Punjabi state government renege on promises made to striking doctors and then launch a brutal wave of reprisals in order to break the strike.

No compensation for victims of eugenics programme

Politicians in North Carolina have knocked back a proposal that would have seen all living survivors of the state’s eugenics and forced sterilisation programme receive compensation. The reason for the knock back has been cited as ‘budgetary’ concerns.

Workfare: Do Not Resuscitate

Blog on workfare, and the response of Chris Grayling to the successful protest campaign which forced the withdrawal of Holland & Barrett.

Iain Duncan Smith receives a warm welcome in Bootle

Iain Duncan Smith recently slithered into Liverpool for a tour of the DWP offices. This is a brief account of his welcoming committee.

Comunique on the Public Education Strike on May 22

On the eve of the national public education strike called by various unions for May 22, we would like to state the following.

UNISON Actively Undermining IWW Living Wage Campaign at St George's

An overview from the IWW cleaners campaign of shenanigans by UNISON.

Teamsters close down Coca Cola bottling plant

Coca Cola worker in Connecticut walk off the job in response to attempts to reduce pay and benefits, and implement redundancies.

Bosses hold 1000 Indian workers hostage in Angola

Over 1200 Indian workers have been left stranded, and effectively held hostage by bosses in Angola after their passports and other travel documents were confiscated in revenge for taking industrial action over not being paid anything for over six months.

Disabled workers fight back against sweatshop conditions

Disabled workers in Michigan form a trade union to fightback against poor wages and sweatshop conditions. The bosses respond with a variety of union busting tactics.

Anarchists on huge anti-government rally in Moscow

Over 100,000 protesters gathered in Moscow to demonstrate against Vladimir Putin. There was violent clashed between protesters and police resulting in over 400 arrests.

Fascists launch failed attack on a Liverpool picket line

Fascists in Liverpool have today continued with their anti-working class agenda by attempting to attack workers striking over pensions at a picket line in Bootle.

How Teamsters quelled fascist thugs

Excerpts from the book Teamster Politics by Farrell Dobbs describing how in the 1930s Teamsters Local 544 and other unionists formed a defense guard that pushed back the Silver Shirts, a fascist outfit that was spawned from the deepening capitalist economic crisis of the 1930s.

Liverpool anarchist’s day of action against workfare 5th May 2012

A brief report on a day of action against workfare in Liverpool.

Liverpool anti-fascists picket shop owned by fascist mayoral candidate

Today was the Infidels of Britain’s nationwide day of “direct action.” In Liverpool, we were promised that the Scouse Infidels would be “busy bodies,” and they even had a special National Front “Vote Quiggins” banner for the occasion. In reality, Liverpool Antifascists got the drop on the far-right, who were nowhere to be seen in the city when it came to it.