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9 November 2016

Action needed to defend workers at the sharp end of prisons crisis

The latest national statistics on safety in our prison system were released recently. These quarterly figures have been breaking records and setting new "unprecedented highs" systematically since 2010 - a year which 'coincidentally' ties in with the culling of 7,000 prison officers' jobs.

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2 November 2016

My time in a detention centre

"I was encouraged to work - for 1 an hour" Tamil Solidarity activist Nandan, who recently spent several weeks in a Home Office detention centre, spoke to the Socialist about his experience of organising against the exploitation of inmates and the campaign to fight for refugee rights.

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26 October 2016

Ireland: Jobstown protester found guilty

Outrageously, a student who peacefully protested against water charges in 2014 has been found guilty of falsely imprisoning the then deputy PM.

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24 August 2016

Would you call G4S for help over discrimination?

The Tories have handed the contract for the government's Equality Advisory and Support Service discrimination helpline to notorious privatisers G4S.

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13 July 2016

Angry walk out over reforms

Prison officers in England and Wales staged unofficial walkouts on 8 July

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13 July 2016

Nine-month prison sentence for fleeing ethnic cleansing

Abdul Rahman Haroun, a 40-year-old Sudanese refugee, was sentenced to nine months in prison for trying to reach the UK by walking the Channel Tunnel.

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11 May 2016

Prison officers walk out over health and safety

Over 50 workers at Wormwood Scrubs prison walked out over health and safety issues on 6 May. The Prison Officers' Association said the move comes after recent assaults on staff, and said the jail was "flooded with drugs, mobile phones and weapons".

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Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

9 March 2016

Film review: 'Trumbo' - from the red carpet to the blacklist and back again

The movie Trumbo tells the story of the 151 US film industry stars who were blacklisted for alleged communist sympathies. Specifically the 'Hollywood Ten' whose fame and wealth didn't stop them being jailed by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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9 March 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Responses to International Women's Day and comments on the left case for EU exit.

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20 January 2016

Workplace news in brief

Prison cuts: On 14 January, prison officers' union the POA held a special delegate conference in Daventry called for by the Wormwood Scrubs branch

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6 January 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Prison officers' conference to discuss attacks at work; junior doctors' strike back on; fighting the anti-union bill in Lancashire.

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25 November 2015

Transgender woman dies after spiteful courts pick men's prison

A transgender woman has died after courts sentenced her to 12 months in a men's prison. Vicky Thompson was found dead on 13 November at Armley Jail in Leeds.

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11 November 2015

UK trade props up Kazakh dictatorship

Featured letter - 'British values': Following the much-publicised and criticised recent visit of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the British government is greeting Kazakhstan's leader Nursultan Nazarbayev. He is a dictator in all but name.

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4 November 2015

Transgender woman locked up in male prison

Tara Hudson, a transgender woman, was locked up in an all-male prison after her conviction for assault.

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4 November 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Strike at Barnet council, strike planned at secure hospital, strike ballot at Manchester University.

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4 November 2015

US: #blacklivesmatter movement challenges racism

The #blacklivesmatter movement (BLM) has overtaken the traditional 'civil rights' campaigners, seen as too close to corporate interests.

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21 October 2015

Determined mood at Napo conference

Probation and family court workers organised in Napo left their AGM last week with a new mood of determination to rebuild their union.

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14 October 2015

Napo at a crossroads

Probation and family courts workers - gathering in Eastbourne for their union Napo's conference - face an uncertain future as the full scale of cuts and privatisation comes into view.

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2 September 2015

Thailand plagued by military junta and downturn

The horrific bombing in Thailand's capital Bangkok on 17 August killed 20 people and seriously injured 125. Meanwhile, workers are crushed between the country's dictatorial government and the global economic crisis.

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21 April 2015

May Day support for jailed labour activists in Iran

Shiva Mahbobi reports on the plight of labour activists in Iran

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