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The refusal of British schools to educate young people about LGBT issues is destroying lives

The refusal of British schools to educate young people about LGBT issues is destroying lives | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
The approach towards covering LGBT issues in the UK’s classrooms is negligible. Even though an increasing number of teenagers are coming out, there’s no recognition that they may need help from teachers or guidance from support services.
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Sainsbury's 'spend more' poster gaffe

Sainsbury's 'spend more' poster gaffe | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
A poster encouraging Sainsbury's workers to get customers to spend more was put up in a store window in error.
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Removing means of collecting union subs is 'blinkered political attack'

Removing means of collecting union subs is 'blinkered political attack' | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
In his speech at the Conservative party conference today, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the system known as check-off is being stopped at short notice in the Home Office and other departments are actively considering banning it.
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Brent Council to appeal ruling black worker was racially discriminated against

Brent Council to appeal ruling black worker was racially discriminated against | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Brent Council is to appeal against a ruling which found it guilty of racial discrimination and victimisation against a former black employee by an employment tribunal.
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Protester arrested at Birmingham Conservative Party conference

Protester arrested at Birmingham Conservative Party conference | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
New Fathers 4 Justice campaigner filmed by colleagues being led away from Brindleyplace by officers
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NSA Spying on Palestinian-Americans for Israel and for the U.S.

NSA Spying on Palestinian-Americans for Israel and for the U.S. | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Recent articles have described NSA documents released by Edward Snowden showing that in 2009 the U.S. reached an agreement to routinely share information with Israel including the content and metadata of phone calls and emails from Palestinian-Americans.
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'Palestinians are still dying': Protesters stage Manchester demo to expose post-Gaza ceasefire crisis

'Palestinians are still dying': Protesters stage Manchester demo to expose post-Gaza ceasefire crisis | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Pro-Palestine protesters gathered in their masses at Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, hoping to bring more attention back to the humanitarian crisis inflicted by the Gaza conflict.

Blackburn’s Drive For Justice, Manchester Palestine Action (MPA) and Palestine Solidarity Campaign organised the demonstration on Saturday evening – which they hope will put the spotlight back on the troubles Palestinians are facing.
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Anti-war protesters block Vic defence base

Protesters have blocked the gate of Swan Island Military Base in Victoria, calling for a peaceful resolution in the Middle East.
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On welfare, it is UKIP playing catch up with Labour and the Tories

On welfare, it is UKIP playing catch up with Labour and the Tories | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
On Welfare, UKIP is taking its lead from Labour and the Conservatives.
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Richard Barnes quits the Tories for Ukip: Mayor of London's former right-hand man defects

Richard Barnes quits the Tories for Ukip: Mayor of London's former right-hand man defects | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Boris Johnson’s former right-hand man at City Hall today announced he has ditched his Tory membership to instead join Ukip.
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MPs' expenses probes should be held in secret says parliamentary watchdog

MPs' expenses probes should be held in secret says parliamentary watchdog | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Out-of-touch parliamentary watchdog that demanded 11% payrise for MPs now wants expenses probe to be done behind closed doors
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Communist Party anti-war rally attacked in Kharkov

Communist Party anti-war rally attacked in Kharkov | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
On Saturday, September 27 the Communist Party (KPU) had called a "March for Peace". The call was banned by the authorities and the rally was attacked by fascist thugs. The police then proceeded to ...
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Could Theresa May's 'extremism Asbo' ban the Socialist Workers Party?

Could Theresa May's 'extremism Asbo' ban the Socialist Workers Party? | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Severe new legal sanctions from Theresa May at the Conservative party conference could include Communists, anti-abortion groups and Christian preachers
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The Chancellor's hidden blow to disabled people.

The Chancellor’s Conference speech contained a statement about disabled people and benefits which was misleading, but went largely unchallenged by the mainstream media. Mr Osborne promised a two year freeze on working age benefits if the Conservatives are re-elected but made a point of saying, "disability benefits will be excluded". Is that true?
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Reduce teachers' workload, says NUT

Reduce teachers' workload, says NUT | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
The National Union of Teachers has threatened more strike action unless the education secretary reduces teachers' workloads in England.
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Former MP Adam Price: The miners’ strike helped me come out as gay

Former Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price has revealed how the miners' strike of 1984 helped give him the courage to come out as gay.
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E15 'occupation': We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents fighting eviction after occupying empty homes

E15 'occupation': We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents fighting eviction after occupying empty homes | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Boarded-up and earmarked for demolition, the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, east London, would not be most people’s dream home. Yet for Jasmine Stone and  28 other homeless single mothers and their children who met while living in a  hostel, it has provided refuge and freedom.
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Labour's London Mayoral hopefuls should lay off the Mansion Tax

Labour's London Mayoral hopefuls should lay off the Mansion Tax | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Last week Ed Miliband announced that the party’s proposed “Mansion Tax” would be spent on funding the NHS. And in the week since, several London politicians who are likely Mayoral hopefuls (and a few other London politicians) have spent their time at best distancing themselves from the policy, and at worst trashing it (both publicly and privately).
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The “disastrous” performance of this Tory-led government was not accidental. It was entirely deliberate.

The “disastrous” performance of this Tory-led government was not accidental. It was entirely deliberate. | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
One conversation I once had with Jos Bell (twitter here), an incredibly productive campaigner and chair for the independent Socialist Health Association London division, had much more of a profound impact than I thought at the time.
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Wonga profits more than halve on remediation costs to clients

Wonga profits more than halve on remediation costs to clients | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Troubled payday lender Wonga has revealed a 53 per cent slump in pre-tax profits to £39.7m. However the number of high-cost loans it made in 2013 soared 15 per cent  to 4.6million.
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Nauru asylum seekers reportedly sewing lips shut over visa denial

Nauru asylum seekers reportedly sewing lips shut over visa denial | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
WARNING: This article contains graphic images More than a dozen refuges have attempted suicide, according to activists, who have also alleged that at least seven children have sewn their lips together in the wake of the Abbott government's recent visa decision. The decision, announced last week, could mean the reintroduction of temporary protection visas to boat arrivals on Christmas Island and the mainland.
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The Paedophile Hunter: Channel 4 to air film on controversial web vigilante

The Paedophile Hunter: Channel 4 to air film on controversial web vigilante | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Broadcaster says documentary about Stinson Hunter is most important of the year
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Theresa May plans new powers to ban extremists from TV appearances

Theresa May plans new powers to ban extremists from TV appearances | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
Gagging order with echoes of Sinn Féin ban aimed at those who undertake activities ‘for the purpose of overthrowing democracy’
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Permanent Workfare, Housing Benefit Cuts, Food Stamp Style Smart Cards And School Children To Face Jobcentre Harassment - The Latest Rantings From Iain Duncan Smith

School children will face Jobcentre harassment from the age of 15 whilst claimants thought to have drug and alcohol problems will be paid benefits on smart cards if the Tories win the next election...
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German asylum centre abuse probed

German asylum centre abuse probed | Trade unions and social activism | Scoop.it
German police investigate reports that refugees were abused by staff at an asylum centre in the western town of Burbach.
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