A strike by hospital workers in Swindon has galvanised the GMB union and the Goan community in the town to challenge bullying and harassment at the privately-run NHS Great Western Hospital.
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The military showdown in the Persian Gulf seems even more inevitable, with the UK foreign secretary not ruling out military action against Iran. Applying even more pressure to the country, Europe may ban Iranian oil imports by the end of the month. Chris Bambery of the International Socialist Group interviewed on Russia Today.
PCS members who work in call centres and enquiry offices across the UK stage a series of short strikes and are planning more for 31 January -- the deadline for self-assessment returns and a key date in HMRC's diary.
The Coalition government has appointed two private companies, Sitel and Teleperformance, have been to run call handling trials at HMRC tax credit contact centres in Lillyhall in Cumbria and Bathgate in Scotland.