Time to reclaim Ruskin College

On Saturday, 18 May, Ruskin College staff, students past and present, and trade union activists from all over the country marched in Oxford. They were there to show their solidarity with Dr Lee Humber, the Ruskin College lecturer who was recently suspended, seemingly for no other reason than being a trade union activist. Jo Land writes for the People's assembly

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Our May Day message: May’s days are numbered

Austerity is strangling the UK economy and impoverishing working people, John Rees examines a new report
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Europe, China... now the US is also heading for a recession

The building global recession is liable to make Brexit look like a tea party and ensure that austerity remains in place for the foreseeable future. If we don’t do something about it.
John Rees writes for The People's Assembly
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Lee Humber is fighting for working class education

The college workers union, UCU, have declared a dispute with Ruskin College, Oxford, and will be sending the college official notification tomorrow.
It’s a dispute that should never have happened.
John Rees writes for The People's Assembly

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Austerity has failed - Tories must go

When did austerity start? 

Nine years after Tory PM David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg ushered in “an age of austerity” it’s a scam that neo-liberals are still fully behind writes Kevin Vickers

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More Tory Lies as In Work Poverty Soars

Theresa May tweeted this week that “The employment rate is the highest since records began in 1971” and added that the government was delivering “a stronger fairer economy that works for everyone”
There are many factors to consider before we fall for more fudged figures from the Tories...

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120,000 civil servants could strike in May over pay

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) today launched a strike ballot of 120,000 members working in key UK government departments over pay.

Ministers have refused to lift the de-facto pay cap for civil servants last year despite giving other public sector workers a pay rise.

Since 2010 civil service pay has fallen by comparison with rises in the cost of living and the average civil servant, on a £26,000 salary, is now worse off by £2,110 a year.

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Fire Cuts Cost Lives

After a decade of cuts firefighters desperately need a pay rise. They join front line staff in our health service, schools and local authorities who have seen their wages fall in real terms every year since 2010. To add insult to injury the Tory government is pushing through further fire service funding cuts this year Writes Kevin Vickers.

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Hammond: We’ve got the money, and we are keeping it

The Chancellor’s spring statement underlines why we can’t afford the Tories, argues John Rees
Philip Hammond’s passing resemblance to Mr Burns from The Simpsons is more than skin deep. Burn’s determination to wring every last cent from his employees is promoted to a national economic strategy by Hammond.

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Tory Free Market fantasies making us sick

As the UK prepares to distance itself from one continent, the Tories want it to get closer to another. While Brexit remains uncertain, it seems likely this government will look more across the Atlantic than the Channel for its socio-economic and political future. Some Tories are actively pursuing this wish-fulfilment. Liam Fox has talked about leaving the EU being an opportunity to “supercharge” the “special relationship”. Writes Kevin Vickers

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