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1 April 2010

spotWaltham Forest: on march against redundancies

EVEN BEFORE the election, the axe is already falling on public services in some areas - including housing services in Waltham Forest, east London, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

1 April 2010

spotDeveloping a strategy to defeat the far-right

Nottingham: ON 27 March a conference in Nottingham, called by Nottingham Unity Committee, brought together delegates from several independent anti-racist and anti-fascist groups as well as trades union organisations from around the country, writes Steve Score.

1 April 2010

spotYorkshire on the campaign trail

Jackie Grunsell, TUSC candidate, GP and councillor, speaks at a Save Huddersfield NHS demonstration, photo Huddersfield SP

Jackie Grunsell, TUSC candidate, GP and councillor, speaks at a Save Huddersfield NHS demonstration, photo Huddersfield SP

ACROSS YORKSHIRE, Socialist Party members are getting stuck into campaigning for Socialist Alternative and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates in the election...

1 April 2010

spotVisteon pensioners demand Ford pays what it owes

Alec Thraves travelled from Swansea with two coach loads of Visteon pensioners and supporters. Hundreds of Visteon pensioners and their supporters marched through central London on 31 March to protest...

4 April 2010

spotRail Strike: TUSC Candidate Declares Anti-Strike Ruling Undemocratic

TUSC Candidate Calls for Support for Rail Workers:
Following yesterdays high court ruling to delay the pending rail workers strike on April 6th, TUSC Portsmouth North candidate Mick Tosh declared:

"This is simply undemocratic. The right to strike is every worker's most basic right and it is a right which needs to be defended.

4 April 2010

spotHigh court RMT strike ruling attacks democracy

* Anti-trade union laws: "repeal and give workers their rights back"

* Militant union leaders, including Bob Crow, building general election challenge to 'big business' parties & their anti-union laws as the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

6 April 2010

spot'No choice' election for Britain's 7 million trade unionists

Trade unionists standing 42 candidates in general election challenge to 'big business' parties as the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC)...

7 April 2010

spotStand up for the millions, not the millionaires!

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

ARE YOU suffering from this recession? If you're a low-paid worker, the answer is probably yes. If you're a fat-cat business executive, the answer is almost certainly no!, writes Roger Shrives.

7 April 2010

spotHazel Must Go! opposes cuts to Salford NHS

On 30 March, the Manchester Evening News announced 750 proposed job cuts at Salford Royal Hospital. There are also proposals to close Cleveland House community mental health team. The Hazel Must Go campaign...

7 April 2010

spotSocialist Campaign launched in Coventry

The Socialist Party in Coventry officially launched its election campaign on 21 March, with well over 100 people cramming in to a meeting, writes Peter Chase.

7 April 2010

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

TUSC aims to challenge the three big business establishment parties in the general election. These parties act in the interests of the billionaires rather than those of working or middle class people...

7 April 2010

spotLondon Underground workers balloting

At a mass meeting in London on 31 March the general secretaries of the RMT and TSSA, Bob Crow and Gerry Doherty, announced that these two rail unions would be holding a simultaneous strike ballot of London Underground workers, writes Reg Johnstone, London Underground worker.

7 April 2010

spotEx-Visteon workers continue fight for pensions

Hundreds of Visteon pensioners and their supporters marched through central London on 31 March to protest against cuts in their pensions due to the greed of their previous employers, Ford, writes Alec Thraves.

7 April 2010

spot'Free schools' or free-for-all?

THE LABOUR government and the Tory opposition have virtually identical policies on selling off schools, writes Derek McMillan.

7 April 2010

spotNew Labour meltdown in Stoke

MP MARK Fisher's decision not to stand for re-election intensified the already well developed process of meltdown of New Labour in Stoke Central, writes Andy Bentley.

7 April 2010

spotMobilise students and workers to defeat cuts and tuition fees

NUS conference: THE NATIONAL Union of Students (NUS) conference will take place on 13-15 April in Gateshead. At a time when students face huge cuts in universities and the threat of higher fees it could be expected that...

7 April 2010

spotIndustrial news in brief

British Airways: British Airways services were severely disrupted by the second round of strikes by cabin crew, which ended on Tuesday 30 March, with rows of BA planes grounded, writes Neil Cafferky.

7 April 2010

spotMass protests and strikes continue to shake Algeria

THE BEGINNING of 2010 has been marked by an intensification of struggles by the workers and poor of Algeria, writes Cedric Gerome, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

7 April 2010

spotTekel workers brutally attacked by police

THOUSANDS OF workers from Turkey's former alcohol and tobacco monopoly company - Tekel - travelled to Ankara, on 1 April, to continue their protests against their sackings...

7 April 2010

spotNews in brief

Lacking reserve: 'DRILL BABY, drill' was the clarion call of oil hungry Republicans during the last US presidential election...

7 April 2010

spotKazakhstan: "change the politicians - or they will change you!"

'Kazakhstan 2012 conference’ in opposition to Nazabayev regime

'Kazakhstan 2012 conference’ in opposition to Nazabayev regime

The economic crisis has hit Kazakhstan harder and faster than most other parts of the world, but this has been met by massive struggles of the workers and poor...

7 April 2010

spotGeneral Election 6 May: A Socialist Challenge

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is a coalition for the millions, not the millionaires. Contact TUSC to help build its election campaigns or invite TUSC candidates to speak at your union branch or workplace. Click here for more about TUSC...

7 April 2010

spotNUT conference again calls for action on workload

Merlin school teachers on their picket line in March 2008, photo Martin Powell-Davies

Merlin school teachers on their picket line in March 2008, photo Martin Powell-Davies

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference, which took place in Liverpool over the Easter weekend, showed that the conditions teachers now face are similar to those of workers across the public sector where pay and conditions are being eaten away, writes Jane James.

7 April 2010

spotCuts bite in north west

NHS demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Fighting the onslaught on public services: So much for New Labour's attachment to education and "no cuts" to the NHS. In the north west, private sector employment has been hit by the recession, in many cases even harder than the national average...

7 April 2010

spotReject the parties of cuts and privatisation

THE RUN up to the general election on 6 May has seen all the main parties promising to carry out savage cuts in public spending and to step up the attacks on working class communities, writes Philip Stott, Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and International Socialists.

7 April 2010

spotTories reveal yet more anti-gay bias

THE COMMENTS of shadow home secretary Chris Grayling last week show the continued existence of anti-gay prejudice in the Conservative Party, writes Ian Pattison, Leeds Socialist Party.

7 April 2010

spotDefend jobs and services - Fight for a workers' alternative - Vote TUSC

  • No cuts in public services and jobs. For fully funded, publicly owned and democratically run public services.
  • No to mass unemployment. For investment in socially useful job creation programmes, such as house building, youth facilities and other services.
  • Stop all privatisation and take privatised services back in-house...

7 April 2010

spotThe real lessons of the poll tax

Readers' comment: The centre page article about the massive anti-poll tax demonstration of 1990 by Steve Glennon (issue 617) was excellent, mainly because as chief steward, Steve had a very good overview of events, writes Rob Windsor, Socialist Party councillor, Coventry.

7 April 2010

spotMarch to defend the welfare state

March to defend the welfare state

Saturday 10 April
Assemble 12 noon
Temple Place, Embankment
Rally 2pm Trafalgar Square

Supported by the National Pensioners' Convention and many national trade unions

7 April 2010

spotMobilise to defend the right to strike

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, speaking to the press, photo Paul Mattsson

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, speaking to the press, photo Paul Mattsson

Editorial: The rail union democratically agreed and planned an effective strike. Network Rail bosses went running to the courts...

7 April 2010

spotMaking an impact in Huddersfield

Jackie Grunsell, GP and councillor, speaks at a Save Huddersfield NHS demonstration, photo Huddersfield SP

Jackie Grunsell, GP and councillor, speaks at a Save Huddersfield NHS demonstration, photo Huddersfield SP

"IT'S A shame that they don't have a column on the voting paper that says 'none of the above' when you go to vote" was the comment of one voter who summed up the mood of hundreds of people we met on the Easter weekend of action in Huddersfield, writes Mike Forster.

8 April 2010

spotNigeria: Ajegunle Police Killings Update 2: Police Arrest Dagga Tolar and two others today

Press statement from the Democratic Socialist Movement (the Nigerian sister party of the Socialist Party): Police today April 7, 2010 arrested Dagga Tolar, the Secretary of the Lagos state chapter of Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) and a member of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Akpos Okoro, community activist and Aderemi Ismail, community activist and organizer, Ajegunle Branch of DSM...

13 April 2010

spotSocialist Party contesting all 18 Coventry council wards

The Socialist Party will contest all 18 Coventry council wards in the local council elections due to take place on 6th May...

14 April 2010

spotRMT union challenges far-right in Barking

THE RMT rail workers' union called a meeting in Barking on Sunday 11 April. The aim was to convince people in Barking, who are understandably angry with New Labour's cuts record, not to vote for the...

14 April 2010

spotHelp build a socialist alternative in the general election

The present 'rotten parliament' will end in three weeks. But the MPs whose corrupt fiddling of their expenses have earned it this title are still desperately trying to cover up the extent of their venality...

14 April 2010

spotPostal workers call for 'no' vote on deal

Communication Workers Union (CWU) members in Royal Mail are currently being balloted on whether or not to accept the proposals made in the document 'Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond'...

14 April 2010

spotNUT conference calls for 24-hour public sector strike

There are two key issues for NUT members - the need for a national ballot to combat excessive workload and united public sector action to defend jobs, pay and pensions, writes Martin Powell-Davies, newly elected to the NUT executive.

14 April 2010

spotNewcastle University - support staff face attacks on jobs and pay

Support staff at Newcastle University face job losses and pay cuts. They are mainly in areas organised by Unison, which has seen a large rise in membership, even without a major recruitment drive by the...

14 April 2010

spotSTOP PRESS - BA dispute

In a recent meeting of Unite's London regional committee a representative of British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (BASSA) reported that progress had been made in talks with BA management but two sticking points remain...

14 April 2010

spotLewisham - standing on our fighting record

Chris Flood and Ian Page

Chris Flood and Ian Page

MOST ESTABLISHMENT politicians spend years ignoring working people, going against our wishes. But every few years it seems we're 'the boss' and they want to 'have a conversation' with us. It must...

14 April 2010

spotCoventry's city-wide socialist election challenge

THE SOCIALIST Party will contest all 18 wards in the Coventry city council elections on 6 May. This is the first time that we are standing in every seat, giving each voter the chance to vote for a Socialist...

14 April 2010

spot20 years ago: the Strangeways prison riot

On 1 April it was 20 years since the start of the Strangeways prison 'riot'. The riot was a protest by prisoners against their appalling conditions. They initially barricaded themselves in the prison...

14 April 2010

spotRussia: Putin - ten years of the man that no-one knew

WHEN BORIS Yeltsin, Russia's first post-Soviet president, greeted revellers in his traditional New Year's Eve broadcast in 1999, he surprised the country by resigning and appointing Vladimir Putin, then prime minister, as his acting replacement, writes Rob Jones, Moscow.

14 April 2010

spotNews in brief

LABOUR'S ELECTION manifesto pledges that every hospital will become a foundation trust by 2015, which will allow local health managers to run their own affairs...

14 April 2010

spotDefend welfare and public services

THOUSANDS OF trade unionists marched through the streets of London on 10 April on the 'save the welfare state and public services' demonstration, writes Paula Mitchell.

14 April 2010

spotKyrgyzstan - dictator overthrown

A MASS uprising starting in Talaz rapidly spread to Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, last week, writes CWI reporters.

14 April 2010

spotEmperor's new clothes: the bosses' pet management theories

Bosses are always searching for the Holy Grail of how to run their production systems. They were even envious of the growth the former Stalinist states in Eastern Europe managed for a limited time. One...

14 April 2010

spotEditorial: Voters face 'slash and burn' policies whoever wins election

This is the first general election for eighteen years where the outcome is impossible to predict. Yet, far from being gripped by the drama, millions of voters are already fed up to the back teeth with...

14 April 2010

spotAfghanistan: Bring the troops back

Demonstrating against war, photo by A Hill

Demonstrating against war, photo by A Hill

THE HORRIFIC loss of life in the war in Afghanistan should make it a major election issue. In this human catastrophe, tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have died since the war started in 2001.

15 April 2010

spotMain parties promise more of the same rotten cuts agenda

Underwhelming, nauseating, garbage... These are just some of the more polite words that will spring to the minds of workers and young people as they read and hear the New Labour and Tory election manifestos. Everyone knows they plan to hack public services to the bone - here are some immediate responses...

18 April 2010

spotPolicies: Putting the millions before the billionaires!

Socialist policies: New Labour has allowed a massive increase in inequality. Conservative and LibDem policies show that they would have done the same if they were in office...

18 April 2010

spotHow would we pay for all this?

The top politicians and fat cats would have us believe that socialist policies are unrealistic and unaffordable...

18 April 2010

spotSocialism

All of the policies outlined here are only the first steps towards constructing a new type of society...

18 April 2010

spotMaking socialist ideas a reality

For fighting, democratic trade unions: The Socialist Party does not expect to be able to persuade the fat cats and the pro-big business politicians of the error of their ways...

18 April 2010

spotSocialists: Fighting back! Environment, War, Racism

Ordinary people have not just accepted the bosses' attacks lying down. Last year cleaners in the HQ of a City broker formed a trade union and fought a successful battle for a pay rise from the minimum...

18 April 2010

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18 April 2010

spotPreface

Socialist Party manifesto 2010

Socialist Party manifesto 2010

We are living through the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. Although the economy, which shrunk by a massive 5% has now stuttered into growth, a further decline - a 'double dip' - is far from ruled out.

19 April 2010

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Manifesto Launch

'No choice' election for Britain's 7 million trade unionists

21 April 2010

spotYoung people facing a fight for their future

 Youth Fight for Jobs demo in Barking, East London, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs demo in Barking, East London, photo Paul Mattsson

Do you want to be underpaid, undereducated and burdened with debt? That's what the establishment politicians offer young people in this general election. Compulsory low-paid work is the order of the day with Brown and Co., writes Chris Jones, Youth Fight for Jobs.

21 April 2010

spotLeft candidates excluded from media

Seemingly endless column inches in the mainstream press are devoted to analysing meaningless sound bites from the top politicians and how they look and smile...

21 April 2010

spotBig business as usual for Liberal Democrats

In the space of a week the LibDems' prospects were apparently transformed, following the first television debate between the main party leaders, writes Ken Douglas.

21 April 2010

spotTV debate - Party leaders compete for the same policies

The first television debate, on 15 April, between the leaders of the main parties was the first such election debate in Britain, writes Paula Mitchell.

21 April 2010

spotPortsmouth North: "An ordinary guy to represent ordinary workers"

Mick Tosh, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate , photo TUSC

Mick Tosh, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate , photo TUSC

AS IBM announced a 'consultation' over threatened redundancies in Portsmouth, Mick Tosh, TUSC parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth North, called for solidarity with the workers facing job losses, writes Ben Norman.

21 April 2010

spotLewisham councillors' record

Chris Flood and Ian Page, photo Socialist Party

Chris Flood and Ian Page, photo Socialist Party

The Telegraph Hill ward in the south east London borough of Lewisham has been represented by socialist councillors for 15 years...

21 April 2010

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

AS WE go to press, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is holding its manifesto launch at a meeting during the Scottish Trade Union Congress in Dundee...

21 April 2010

spotCoventry: Standing up for public services

Rob Windsor, Socialist Party councillor

Rob Windsor, Socialist Party councillor

IN COVENTRY local Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist is TUSC candidate for Coventry North East, Socialist Party members Judy Griffiths (a CWU activist) and Nikki Downes (an NUT member) are TUSC candidates for Coventry South and Coventry North West...

21 April 2010

spotNational Care Service - fact or fiction?

MOST RESEARCH suggests that the general population is living longer. Advances in science and healthcare mean that more conditions are treatable and many people with previously life-threatening conditions...

21 April 2010

spotVolcanic eruption brings travel chaos: Planned and integrated transport system vital

NO, WE will not be able to control the eruption of volcanoes under socialism. But we can make sure that the effects will not lead to a chaotic situation such as we see now as a result of the eruption of...

21 April 2010

spotPlanes, trains and automobiles

FOUR DAYS after planes were grounded in the UK leaving 150,000 British travellers stranded abroad, the government finally got around to deploying Royal Navy ships to help bring stranded Britons home...

21 April 2010

spotCameron turns back clock on women's rights

DAVID CAMERON'S comments on abortion last week underlined the danger of increased attacks on women's rights if the Tories win the general election...

21 April 2010

spotBanks use microloans to fleece poor

MICROLOANS ARE small loans to people who would otherwise not have access to finance, they are often for amounts of around $20...

21 April 2010

spotFast news

What they don't say: TENS OF thousands of low paid council workers, NHS workers, teachers, etc, face the sack as part of a 500,000+ jobs cull during the next five years as the next government slashes public spending to curb the £167 billion budget deficit...

21 April 2010

spotProgressive Workers Federation of Pakistan founded

Socialist Movement secretary speaks to The Socialist: In Pakistan a new left-led trade union federation, Progressive Workers Federation of Pakistan (PWFP), is being built, in which members of Socialist Movement Pakistan (SMP) - part of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI) - are playing a key role...

21 April 2010

spotSri Lanka parliamentary elections: Rajapaksa's clan consolidates its rule

A RECORD 7,680 candidates contested 196 seats in 22 electoral districts in the parliamentary election in Sri Lanka held on 8 April, writes Siritunga Jayasuriya, United Socialist Party and Senan CWI.

21 April 2010

spotWhy the BNP offers no way forward for working class people

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Jobs and homes - not racism: In last year's European elections the British National Party (BNP) got just under a million votes, 6.4% of the total votes cast...

21 April 2010

spotAnti-BNP protest

On 15 April the BNP held a demonstration outside the Home Office in Croydon under the slogan 'Britain is Full Up', writes Neil Cafferky.

21 April 2010

spotVote to boycott SATs

The two main unions representing primary headteachers have both returned clear majorities in support of a boycott of this May's English and maths Key Stage 2 SATs tests for eleven year-olds, writes Martin Powell-Davies, Lewisham NUT.

21 April 2010

spotCivil service dispute continues

Labour ministers who think that PCS's campaign against the government's attempt to rip up our Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) is over because the general election has been called are wrong - the campaign goes on until there is a negotiated settlement, writes John McInally, Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) national vice-president, personal capacity.

21 April 2010

spotFighting cuts at Coventry council

Workers in street cleansing and grounds maintenance at Coventry City council have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action...

21 April 2010

spotStrike ballot at Manchester Metropolitan University

Workers at Manchester Metropolitan University are continuing to fight 127 job losses, with their union Unison restarting the process of balloting for strike action, writes A Unison member at MMU.

21 April 2010

spotUnison health conference

The first day of Unison health conference rattled through over a day and a half's worth of business in one day...

21 April 2010

spotDover trade unions against privatisation

The recently reformed Dover and District Trades Union Council recently held its first major public meeting against the threat of privatisation of the port of Dover, writes Jacqui Berry.

21 April 2010

spotColne Valley / Huddersfield: Kirklees' only fighting councillor

SOCIALIST PARTY member Jackie Grunsell was elected to Kirklees council in 2006 after a campaign to protect local health services...

21 April 2010

spotSpelthorne: "The trade union candidate guy"

Paul Couchman, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Spelthorne

Paul Couchman, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Spelthorne

AS THE Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Candidate for Spelthorne in Surrey, I delivered our 43,800 election leaflets to the Royal Mail last week, writes Paul Couchman.

21 April 2010

spot1936 - A play about the Olympics

Attic Theatre Co: ROUND THE corner from the London 2012 Olympics site, the play "1936" opened at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston...

21 April 2010

spotLaundry workers fight closure

Laundry workers were joined by nurses, porters and other hospital staff in a protest outside Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, against the planned closure of the hospital's laundry, writes Elaine Brunskill.

21 April 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network 2010 conference:

Saturday 26 June
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street,
London NW1 1RG

21 April 2010

spotNational Union of Students conference: Campaign needed against fees and cuts

The National Union of Students conference took place on 13-15 April against the backdrop of the threat of increased tuition fees and huge cuts in higher education...

21 April 2010

spotDoncaster - Jarvis's vicious sackings and workers' fightback

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition logo

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition logo

Sacked Jarvis worker BILL RAWCLIFFE, rail union RMT York and District branch secretary, convenor for Jarvis Fast Track and a TUSC general election candidate, spoke to Elaine Brunskill...

21 April 2010

spotStop these savage cuts: support the socialist alternative

Socialists: fighting back

Socialists: fighting back

"What I say to people on the doorstep is we will only cut your throat slowly, the others will cut your head off" was a comment of New Labour MP for Blyth Valley in the North East, Ronnie Campbell, in a local paper, writes Elaine Brunskill, Tyneside Socialist Party.

23 April 2010

spotHeading for a coalition government?

Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, discusses the options facing the capitalists and their parties following the general election...

23 April 2010

spotVote Chris Flood, Jess Leech and Ian Page in Lewisham

To protect schools from privatisation & cuts, vote Chris Flood, Jess Leech and Ian Page in the Lewisham council elections on May 6th...

27 April 2010

spotFilthy rich get richer

THE ANNUAL Sunday Times rich list was published on 25 April. It shows that at a time when we are all being told to prepare for 'tough times ahead' and massive cuts in services, public spending and welfare...

27 April 2010

spotFund a political alternative to the establishment parties

WHAT COULD be done with £18.9 million? It could help fund a local hospital or school. But that figure is the limit on political parties for national spending in this general election. Cameron, Clegg or...

27 April 2010

spotGreek crisis

PUBLIC SECTOR workers in Greece staged another strike last Friday against the savage austerity measures being imposed on workers by the beleaguered Pasok government...

27 April 2010

spotHeading for a coalition government?

Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, looks at the options facing the capitalists and their parties following the 6 May general election...

27 April 2010

spotJobs not cuts

The TUC's call for unemployment to be a bigger election issue appears to have fallen on deaf ears. For the politicians that is. For most of us it is less easy to avoid, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

27 April 2010

spotHousing in crisis: Bankers rob people

Biofuels demo in Beckton, photo Paul Mattsson

Biofuels demo in Beckton, photo Paul Mattsson

A QUARTER of all households - in owned or rented accommodation - say that worry over housing costs is causing them stress or depression, says a survey by housing charity Shelter, writes Keith Richardson.

27 April 2010

spotVote for a socialist alternative

Socialist Party manifesto 2010

Socialist Party manifesto 2010

Three brands of the same cheap soap powder would offer more excitement than this election! It is as if we live in a one-party regime divided into three wings: New Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats...

27 April 2010

spotCan the Greens help provide a left alternative?

On the climate change demonstration in 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

On the climate change demonstration in 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

The Green Party is standing more than 300 candidates in the general election. It believes it has a chance of getting one of its two MEPs, Caroline Lucas, elected to Westminster in the Brighton Pavilion constituency. Sean Figg and Judy Beishon explain why, fundamentally, the Green Party is not offering a way forward for working class people.

28 April 2010

spotUnison health conference

Any Unison health members looking for a way forward in resisting future attacks on the NHS following the general election will have been severely disappointed by the Unison health conference, writes Adrian O'Malley, Unison health Service Group Executive (SGE) member, Yorkshire, personal capacity.

28 April 2010

spotGlasgow CSG workers fight pay freeze

Workers in Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) are about to begin strike action in a dispute over a wage cut of up to 10% for almost 200 workers, a pay freeze for all other workers and cuts in public holidays and overtime rates...

28 April 2010

spotThree years of wage cuts for council workers

Tens of thousands of low paid council workers across Scotland are facing three years of cuts in wages following their employer's (CoSLA) pay offer...

28 April 2010

spotStrike at Northumberland College

Lecturers at Northumberland College were on strike on 22 April for the future of the college. They are being threatened with pay cuts, increased workloads, and job losses, writes Ian Pattison, Socialist Students and Newcastle Free Education Network.

28 April 2010

spotWorkplace news in brief

National Shop Stewards Network Conference: The NSSN 2010 conference is on Saturday 26 June at the South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1 1RG...

28 April 2010

spotSTUSC candidates speak

Scotland: At the TUSC launch in Dundee, Solidarity co-convenor and STUSC candidate for Glasgow South West, Tommy Sheridan said: "Whilst the bookies and the chattering classes speculate on who will win the next general election it is already clear who the losers will be...

28 April 2010

spotPress try to gag socialists in Walthamstow campaign

"You've got my vote"! TUSC candidate for Walthamstow, Nancy Taaffe, received a very warm reception at a hustings on Sunday 25 April, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

28 April 2010

spotDebt balloons go up in Brighton Kemptown

Dave Hill, TUSC parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown, released 168 balloons on 24 April, each one representing £1 billion to symbolise the government deficit...

28 April 2010

spotCleaning up in Cardiff

Sleaze: Cardiff Socialist Party clean up politics by binning an MP and call for a cap on MPs, photo Socialist Party Wales

Sleaze: Cardiff Socialist Party clean up politics by binning an MP and call for a cap on MPs, photo Socialist Party Wales

The Trade Unionist and Socialist (TUSC) campaign has won the argument in Cardiff Central even if we have not won the election, writes Dave Reid.

28 April 2010

spotExtremes of rich and poor in Swansea

The Swansea West constituency is one of extremes. The city centre Townhill and Castle wards are two of the most deprived areas in Wales whilst a little further west we have some of the most affluent parts...

28 April 2010

spotCampaign hots up in Lewisham

"No canvassers except Ian Page". That is the message on a door in the Telegraph Hill ward of Lewisham, south London. This is one example of the support that we are getting during this campaign to get...

28 April 2010

spot"That makes real sense to me"

The Socialist Party's TUSC stall in Woolwich has now become a regular feature for shoppers. Less familiar was the Labour Party stall that made its debut appearance last week. As the TUSC candidate I wasted...

28 April 2010

spotWorld's most unequal city

LONDON IS the most unequal city in the industrialised world, with the richest worth 273 times the poorest, according to a new book, writes Pete Dickenson.

28 April 2010

spotNo trust

TEACHERS AT the Crest Boys Academy in Neasden, north London, took strike action on 21 April in protest at the school trust's decision to sack seven staff...

28 April 2010

spotNottingham city council: Shocking new cuts!

Nottingham City council has launched a huge attack on its workforce, hiding behind 'single status' to attack the conditions and pay of over 8,000 council workers, writes Jean Thorpe, Nottingham East Socialist Party.

28 April 2010

spotTUSC: 'Hear your candidate' meetings

A chance to put your questions to your local Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates. Listing of meetings around the country.

28 April 2010

spotA 'beacon of hope' in Gateshead

It's never been easier to get a hearing for the Socialist Party's ideas: on stalls, on the doorsteps, and even in the pubs, writes Norman Hall, Tyneside Socialist Party.

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