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UK decision to reduce aid to Yemen criticized by activists and rights groups

Critics also point out that the UK’s decision intensifies its crimes in Yemen due to its continued arms sales worth billions to Saudi Arabia and its allies responsible for the war and destruction in the country  

Education unions in the UK slams Tory government’s plan of reopening schools

With all schools set to open on March 8, unions have accused the UK government of being unprepared to ensure the safety of the students. The National Education Union said the necessary safeguards had not been put in place

London bus drivers go on strike protesting pay cuts

Bus drivers at the bus service operator RATP in London protested the company’s attempt to implement pay cuts in the garb of the COVID-19 crisis that could see some of the drivers lose up to 2,500 Pounds (3039.57 USD) a year

Trade unions celebrate UK’s Supreme Court ruling on Uber drivers

The decision follows a long running legal battle with Uber Technologies Inc. The first ruling was by the Central Employment Tribunal in 2016, followed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2017 and the Court of Appeal in London

Historic win: Trade unions celebrate UK top court’s ruling on Uber drivers

The UK Supreme Court upheld multiple lower court rulings that held that Uber drivers are workers and not “self-employed” as the ride-hailing corporate argued

Anti-war groups and opposition demand the UK government suspend arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The demand to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia has gained widespread support in the UK and across party lines in the parliament following Joe Biden’s announcement for the same last week

COVID-19 vaccination in UK Progressives slam Tory government over disparities in COVID-19 relief 

Research conducted by the Labour Party shows that richer areas in the UK are seeing bigger falls in COVID-19 infection rates following vaccine distribution compared to poorer, working-class areas

Gas workers strike-UK Workers of British Gas strike against restructuring of contracts and ‘fire and rehire’ threats

Thousands of British Gas workers under the leadership of GMB union started a five day strike from January 7 against the management’s plan to restructure workers’ contracts and threats of ‘fire and rehire’ 

Julian Assange’s bail plea denied

A UK judge turned down the bail application of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange despite concerns raised by the defense about his health and the conditions at Belmarsh prison

Migrant Crisis-English Channel Activists ask UK government to ensure safety for migrants crossing English Channel

According to reports, 8,400 migrants risked their lives crossing the English Channel to reach the UK in 2020, four times the number recorded in 2019

Julian Assange verdict: Good day for human rights, bad day for journalism

Renata Avila talks about the verdict in the Julian Assange extradition trial. She says that while it was historic in being the first positive verdict from UK courts in 10 years, the implications for journalism are dangerous due to the statements the judge made

A victory for Assange but long battle ahead

Assange is currently being indicted in the US for publishing leaked documents on US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, under the infamous Espionage Act.

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