Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson is preparing mass sackings of London firefighters in a dispute over working hours. Counterfire interviewed a firefighter working in west London about the background to the conflict.
The excellent Touchstone blog is one of the better things about the TUC. It provides a wealth of invaluable information about government cuts and their impact, meticulously tracking the cuts in its CutsWatch series - and skilfully demolishing claims that ConDem plans can be considered progressive.
Despite a high profile campaign, West Midlands Police are still denying the marchers access to the part of Broad Street in Birmingham city centre which goes past the conference centre. Police will seal off the area round the conference with fixed barriers.
With the Boycott and Divestment campaigns against Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine picking up steam, last week saw the acquittal of four activists who blockaded and shut down Ahava Cosmetics Store in Covent Garden.