UK workers stage walkouts to fight unsafe work conditions

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Workers at Tulip meat factory in U.K. held job action and workers at Linden Foods in Northern Ireland, above, walked out March 27 over bosses’ refusal to provide safe working conditions.

MANCHESTER, England — Workers at three meat and poultry plants in Northern Ireland have staged walkouts to protest bosses’ refusal to implement measures aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus. Across the U.K., workers in food production, transport and other…


UK: ‘Solidarity with protests by working people in Iran!’

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020
UK: ‘Solidarity with protests by working people in Iran!’

MANCHESTER, England — “Three times in two years, Iranian workers and students have taken to the streets to protest the government’s military intervention abroad and its attacks on living standards,” Pete Clifford, with megaphone, told passersby as he and Hugo…


Workers organize support for flood-hit parts of UK

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Caroline Bellamy, U.K. Communist League parliamentary candidate in Manchester, speaks with Steve Miller in Bentley Nov. 16. Miller is organizing workers into flood relief efforts.

BENTLEY, England — Inadequate provision of flood defenses and other infrastructure, coupled with the government’s refusal to organize much needed aid, have wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of workers and farmers across parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands after flooding…


Protests in Sudan, London demand fall of Omar al-Bashir government

Vol. 83/No. 16 - April 22, 2019
Several thousand protesters in London April 6 demonstrate in solidarity with massive wave of protests across Sudan calling for ouster of regime of President Omar al-Bashir.

LONDON —“The reason we’re all here in the U.K. is because of the regime of President Omar al-Bashir in Sudan. Everyone here has a similar story,” Ahmed Mustapha, a physician working for the National Health Service, told the Militant as…


‘Yellow vest’ protests respond as French gov’t cracks down

Vol. 83/No. 3 - January 21, 2019
Yellow vest protesters gather at a traffic circle south of Caen in northwest France, Dec. 31.

LONDON — Yellow vest protesters in France have responded to government arrests, attacks and slanders by taking to the streets. Some 50,000 marched throughout France Jan. 5, according to the interior ministry — almost twice as many as the Saturday…


‘Yellow vest’ actions continue to press needs of French toilers

Vol. 83/No. 2 - January 14, 2019
Yellow vest protesters march in Rennes, France, Dec. 29. “We fight for you,” sign on left says. Protesters continue pressing for further concessions from the French government.

LONDON — Thousands of “gilets jaunes” — yellow vests — continue to protest in France, especially in cities and rural areas outside Paris and other large cities, despite government concessions and a police crackdown on roadblocks and roadside encampments in…


Working people win gains, dignity in French protests

Yellow vest actions continue, inspire workers worldwide
Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
“Yellow vests,” working people from small towns, countryside, win support for their struggle in Cissac-Medoc, France, Dec. 5. Sign at right says “Urgent, purchasing power, dignity for all.”

The over three-week-long revolt of the “gilets jaunes” — yellow vests — has shaken the rulers in France. These are working people and small proprietors from small towns and rural areas who have borne the burden of years of being…


Oppose the Jew-hatred of UK Labour Party leaders

Vol. 82/No. 41 - November 5, 2018
Oppose the Jew-hatred of UK Labour Party leaders

MANCHESTER, England — “Why is anti-Semitism such a big issue?” Manchester factory worker Adam Herring asked his co-worker, Communist League member Pete Clifford. His question about Jew-hatred in the leadership of the Labour Party is one that comes up often…


UK health workers beat back attack by hospital bosses

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018
Contingent of striking hospital workers from Wigan, England, march in London June 30 on 70th anniversary of National Health Service. Their strike beat back bosses moves to privatize their NHS jobs and open attack on wages, working conditions and against health care.

WIGAN, England — “We’re so proud, everyone’s walking around work with massive smiles, because we’ve won,” hospital porter Stuart Horrigan told the Militant after members of the Unite and UNISON unions gained an important victory here. In face of escalating…


UK hospital workers wage second strike, call further action

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Hospital workers march in Wigan, England, June 9 during 48-hour strike over jobs transfer, new two-tier pay.

WIGAN, England — “New starters would be getting less money,” striking hospital worker Sharon Pemberton told a June 9 union rally here. Hospital bosses “want to divide us into two tiers, but we are on strike together, united and determined.”…