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2 April 2012

spotGeorge Galloway's stunning Bradford West victory

George Galloway speaking at an anti-war rally on 15.3.08, photo Paul Mattsson

Potential shown for anti-cuts election challenges: Support for the main parties haemorrhaged in Bradford West, as Respect's George Galloway swept back into parliament

2 April 2012

spotClegg's 'youth contract' won't create real, long-term jobs

Anti-workfare protest in Bristol, 3.3.12

Anti-workfare protest in Bristol, 3.3.12

Nick Clegg launched his long touted Youth Contract today, offering "incentives" to bosses who take a young person on

4 April 2012

spotTony Mulhearn in Liverpool Mayor election challenge

Tony Mulhearn, challenges for Liverpool Mayor, photo by  Socialist Party

Tony4Mayor has shaken up Liverpool's mayoral race after only a few days! The campaign is making headway in the media, gaining great support in the trade unions and from individuals

4 April 2012

spotWorkplace In brief

Bus workers ballot: In a consultative ballot, nine out of ten bus workers, members of Unite, have voted for industrial action to back their claim for an Olympic payment...

4 April 2012

spotTanker drivers' and Tory scaremongering

Unite oil tanker drivers have brought the country to a virtual standstill, not by striking but because the Tories' scaremongering backfired!, writes Rob Williams, NSSN chair.

4 April 2012

spotThem & Us

Who decides?: The High Pay Centre has answered a question we've been wondering about for a while - who decides to pay chief executives the outrageous amounts they get...

4 April 2012

spotAfter the Riots

Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances , photo by Paul Mattsson

Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances , photo by Paul Mattsson

Britain in 2012 is a ruthless 'them and us' society. Millionaire ministers dish out life-destroying cuts to working class and young people while doing the bidding of their super-rich pals in big business...

4 April 2012

spotUS embassy protest remembers Trayvon Martin

With slogans including "justice for Trayvon Martin!", "fight racism!" and "no justice - no peace!", all around the globe people have taken to the streets to protest the death of Trayvon Martin, a recent victim of racist US capitalism, writes Stephan Kimmerle.

4 April 2012

spotTamil Solidarity 20 April Day of Action

On Friday 20 April, there will be a Tamil Solidarity Day of Action. The campaign's international coordinator, TU Senan, will participate in a symposium on 'Sri Lanka, the aftermath' from 5.30 to 6.30pm,...

4 April 2012

spotPro-choice London protest

Socialist Party members joined other pro-choice protesters in central London on 30 March as a show of strength against a reactionary 'prayer vigil' stunt taking place outside a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) abortion clinic, writes Sarah Wrack.

4 April 2012

spot100 years since Titanic tragedy

100 years since Titanic tragedy, cartoon by Suzanne Muna

100 years since Titanic tragedy, cartoon by Suzanne Muna

Prestige and profits still put before safety: The sinking of the Titanic on 15 April 1912 during its maiden voyage, with the loss of over 1,500 lives, remains one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters...

4 April 2012

spotOppose the Con-Dems' snoopers charter

Oliver Cromwell favoured a state-controlled postal service so that the government could keep a close eye on what people were writing to each other, writes Derek McMillan, Mid Sussex Socialist Party.

4 April 2012

spotYoung people stand for TUSC

In October 2011 Youth Fight for Jobs re-created the Jarrow March for Jobs to highlight the massive rise in youth unemployment and to bring to the attention of the country the increasing hardships that young people are facing, writes Ryan Preston, Leeds.

4 April 2012

spotWales: Challenging the establishment parties

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing candidates in Swansea for the 3 May council elections on a platform of opposing all cuts, no matter which party is carrying them through

4 April 2012

spotTory MPs and church attack gay marriage

The Con-Dem government recently rolled out a consultation about same-sex marriage. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people can enter civil partnerships that offer the same legal rights as marriage

4 April 2012

spotSupporting my sons on £184 a week

I'm branch secretary for Hampshire Socialist Party, I'm on the committee for Hampshire Alliance to Protect Public Services, and president of Winchester Socialist Student Society, writes Adele Guntrip.

4 April 2012

spotSpain: Huge general strike as government enters deep crisis

Months of protest against the right-wing Spanish government's vicious austerity measures culminated in a massive general strike on 29 March

4 April 2012

spotPensions: National action needed

30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, pic Paul Mattsson

While giving even more away to the wealthy top 1%, Osborne announced in the Budget that pension ages will be rising even faster
(NB, for news during NUT conference over Easter weekend, click here for the blog of Martin Powell Davies, a member of the NUT executive. )

4 April 2012

spotNotts teachers fight five-term year

On 29 March, over 200 striking teachers protested in Nottingham city centre against the city council's plans to impose a five-term year...

4 April 2012

spotUnison members fighting back

N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Challenging privatisation: Public sector workers are facing attacks from the Con-Dem government and from local councils, often Labour-controlled, who meekly carry out the government's plans...

4 April 2012

spotSouthampton TUSC: Labour resigned to austerity

Last week Southampton TUSC was asked by the Labour Party to discuss the campaign against the Tory council cuts in the city and the forthcoming local elections. The request was accepted

4 April 2012

spotGreater London Assembly election

TUSC candidate - 'Privatisation can be defeated': Teaching unions are warning that school dinners are getting smaller, less healthy and sometimes run out before all the children have had their meal...

4 April 2012

spotSave the NHS now!

March to save the NHS, 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

March to save the NHS, 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Campaign for a national demo: The NHS is already being crippled by £20 billion "efficiency savings" leading to cuts in services and reductions in staffing levels, impacting on patient care, writes Jacqui Berry, Medway Against the Cuts.

4 April 2012

spotKick out the cuts coalition

Kick out the cuts Coalition

On 3 May - Vote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: It is two years since this vicious Con-Dem government was elected. At that time, many working class people voted for Labour councillors, hoping that would help protect them from Tory cuts

6 April 2012

spotHousing safety nets for young people being scrapped by Tories

Suzanne Beishon, organiser of the 'Young Londoners - Forced Out?' campaign said: "The plans to scrap housing benefit for under-25s is another example of this Tory government ripping away every safety net that exists to protect young people from poverty and homelessness...

6 April 2012

spotYoung people explain why they're angry

Youth Fight for Jobs campaigners invited young people to write signs about the issues they're angry about

6 April 2012

spotA packed launch meeting for Tony4Mayor campaign in Liverpool

After a hectic week preparing the ground for the upcoming mayoral and council elections, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in Liverpool entered the campaign with a bang

10 April 2012

spotPCS says 'shocking' tax avoidance shows cuts are unnecessary

Commenting on reports chancellor George Osborne was "shocked" by levels of tax avoidance by millionaires, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:...

11 April 2012

spotPlymouth's 'them & us' elections

Teats Hill Flats in Mount Gould, Plymouth, overlook one of the finest sea views in the South West. Millionaire apartments and luxury marinas are less than a stone's throw away!, writes Justin Pollard, Plymouth Socialist Party.

11 April 2012

spotKill the act before it kills the NHS

Fight for our NHS, photo by Senan

Fight for our NHS, photo by Senan

National demonstration needed now!: When the National Health Service (NHS) was founded in 1948 it transformed the lives of millions of working class people, writes Tom Baldwin, Bristol.

11 April 2012

spotWales can't afford to wait: fight back now!

Remember when the Tories and their poodles, the Liberal Democrats, said there was no need to worry about public sector job losses because the private sector would expand to fill the gap...

11 April 2012

spotThem & Us

Open the books!: Nearly one-in-four books sold in Britain are bought from Amazon.co.uk - the company has made £7.6 billion of sales here in the last three years...

11 April 2012

spotWANTED - decent affordable housing!

Wanted - decent affordable housing, photo by The Socialist

Wanted - decent affordable housing, photo by The Socialist

For generations tenants and other activists have fought to win new housing with security of tenure for working class people in Britain's towns, cities and rural areas...

11 April 2012

spotNUT teachers' conference

30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

We need firm plans for action on pensions: The key debate on the pensions campaign at the NUT teachers' union conference was held in 'private session', writes Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive.

11 April 2012

spotClass Actions

Class Actions are a Salford-based rap duo who support the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. They performed at the Socialism 2010 social, writes Paul Gerrard, Salford.

11 April 2012

spotLondon Mayor election - Boris versus Ken

Does Livingstone offer a working class alternative?: In this year's London mayoral election, the personalities of the self-styled mavericks - current mayor Boris Johnson and former mayor Ken Livingstone - dominate

11 April 2012

spotBus workers prepare to fight for Olympic payment

Bus workers demonstrate over pay, photo Paul Mattsson

Bus workers demonstrate over pay, photo Paul Mattsson

More than nine out of ten London bus workers in Unite voted yes in a consultative ballot for action last month

11 April 2012

spotJob cuts at Debenhams

Debenhams' Taunton Customer Call Centre (CCC) is to be closed with the loss of at least 230 jobs. As workers arrived for work on 3 April they were instructed to attend a meeting

11 April 2012

spotUnison Service Group Executive elections

Unison's elections for the Service Group Executives (SGE) are being held from 10 April to 18 May.

11 April 2012

spotLiving to work, not working to live

The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

I went on the government's workfare scheme out of sheer desperation, having been unemployed for over two years. My dad took early retirement so I had to start bringing more money in, writes a supermarket worker.

11 April 2012

spotDWP tells young people to bail out big business

When I last visited the Jobcentre I was given two letters. I was told I should attach them to any CVs or job applications I sent out, writes a job seeker.

11 April 2012

spotNext threat to under-25s: Housing Benefit

Chancellor George Osborne's 2012 Budget seems to provide new sources of anger every week. Con-Dem ministers' recent kite-flying exercise is the idea that no one under 25 should get housing benefit

11 April 2012

spotWhen bosses say "we don't need you today"

Too many people abusing benefits? More like the benefit system abusing us! It's hard getting used to being unemployed: hard not to feel humiliated and broken.

11 April 2012

spotSurviving the Titanic

My great-grandad Sidney Daniels, 1893-1983, was the last surviving crew member of the Titanic. Aged 17 he became a steward on the Olympic, but was transferred to the Titanic for its maiden voyage

11 April 2012

spotEast London and the Olympics

2012 is the year that London hosts the Olympics, the greatest sporting event in the world. The event has been promoted as bringing great opportunity and hope to those working and living in the surrounding boroughs...

11 April 2012

spotSheffield election launch: "The main parties are rubbish - put them in the bin!"

Sheffield TUSC election launch, 10.4.12, photo Alistair Tice

The Sheffield TUSC local election launch used three wheelie bins full of rubbish to represent the three main parties and illustrate how they are all committed to the austerity cuts agenda

11 April 2012

spotOn 3 May, use your vote to: Rage against austerity!

Rage against austerity, photo by  Socialist Party

Rage against austerity, photo by Socialist Party

Not content with attacking ordinary families from the cradle to the grave - from closing Sure Start centres to making us work longer for lower pensions - Britain's super-rich bosses are now after our bank holidays!

11 April 2012

spotIreland: Mass movement against household tax and austerity

We're not paying the household tax

Widespread opposition to new tax as registration deadline passes: Saturday 31 March was the deadline set by the Irish government for 1.86 million households in the south of Ireland to register for their new household tax

11 April 2012

spotWorking Tax Credit cut

Working Families Tax Credit, artwork Socialist Party

Another reason to fight the Con-Dems!: Class anger has been notched up by the brutal attack on the working tax credit, which is yet another body blow from this rotten Con-Dem government

16 April 2012

spotTUSC campaign reaching out across the length and breadth of London

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

Everywhere we go in London, election campaigners for the London Assembly election list of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition are getting support

18 April 2012

spotPlanning for the Planet book references

This webpage is part of the reference material in Planning for the Planet, and provides clickable links to resources and other references noted in the book, writes Web references to notes at end of chapters, where available without subscription.

18 April 2012

spotWelsh government slashes student grants

Grants for Wales's poorest and disabled students are being cut by 15% in real terms.

18 April 2012

spotNUS needs a fighting leadership

Members of the National Union of Students (NUS), the only UK-wide collective organisation students have, must decide at NUS national conference this week whether NUS will take serious measures in the fight against attacks on our education or vanish into bureaucratic irrelevance, writes Edmund Schluessel.

18 April 2012

spotThe pensions' battle continues

Socialism Today May 2012, picture, Paul Mattsson

Socialism Today May 2012

The need for concerted strike action against Con-Dem cuts in the public sector is more urgent than ever. Central to that struggle is the ongoing battle to stop the government forcing workers to work longer, pay more and get less. Peter Taaffe reports.

18 April 2012

spotRe-elect the PCS fighting leadership

PCS on the 30 June public sector strike supported by the NUT and UCU, photo by  Socialist Party

PCS on the 30 June public sector strike supported by the NUT and UCU, photo by Socialist Party

PCS has played a vital role in countering the government's austerity plans, particularly on pensions. This means it is vitally important that the union retains its fighting left leadership...

18 April 2012

spotNo to cuts: make the bosses pay!

"I wish I was old enough to vote," a woman said to me, "you'd get my vote. With all these cuts I just don't know how I'm going to survive.", writes Graham O'Reilly, Southampton.

18 April 2012

spotCome and hear TUSC candidates standing in your area

Thursday 19 April 7-9pm, Cardiff Bus Sports and Social Club, Tudor St, Riverside...

18 April 2012

spotThe revolting philanthropy of the filthy rich

Oxford and Cambridge, universities of the elite, are "in revolt" against Chancellor George Osborne's plans to curb tax breaks the filthy rich gain from charitable donations, writes Pete Mason.

18 April 2012

spotThem & Us

Trop cher: Britain's privatised, publicly subsidised, overcrowded rail network is also the most expensive in Europe...

18 April 2012

spot1932 - mass trespass won the right to roam

Mass Trespass won the right the roam

Mass Trespass won the right the roam

Battling for change: The latest crisis in capitalism has given rise to the 'Occupy' movement, a visible and youthful protest at the unequal ownership and distribution of wealth...

18 April 2012

spotChanging the trade unions into combative organisations

To win change in society workers need audacity, determination and organisation. A London bus worker writes that often you need to start by transforming your own union branch...

18 April 2012

spotThe Hunger Games

Book/Film review: The ruins of North America have been transformed into the totalitarian state of Panem: twelve districts, in abject poverty, surround the utopian Capitol, a centre of glamour and decadence, writes Mary Finch.

18 April 2012

spotObituary: Arthur Deane

We are sad to learn of the death of Arthur Deane, an active worker in my early years in the Trotskyist movement...

18 April 2012

spotDisabled people fighting back

The Con-Dem attacks on the welfare state and workers' rights bear down particularly heavily on disabled people, writes Neil Cafferky.

18 April 2012

spotHealth service pensions - reject the deal - coordinated action needed

The 2012 Unison Health Care Service Group Conference will take place from 23-25 April 2012 in Brighton...

18 April 2012

spotClegg's text message plans make us LOL!

Unemployment continues to plague austerity Britain. Over 2.6 million people are out of work. And we're disproportionately aged under 25, writes James Ivens.

18 April 2012

spotSuccess at Varndean College, Brighton

I recently stood, with some friends who share similar political beliefs to me, for election to positions in Varndean College, Brighton, writes Ewan Atkinson.

18 April 2012

spot10 May strike will re-ignite pensions battle

Bristol PCS on the 30 June 2011 strike, photo Matt Carey

Bristol PCS on the 30 June 2011 strike, photo Matt Carey

The strike called for 10 May represents a new stage in the battle to defend public sector pensions. Civil service union PCS will be taking action along with Unite members in health and the civil service and possibly others

18 April 2012

spotUSA: An 'inspiring vibrant movement'

The Battle of Wisconsin by George Martin Fell Brown

The Battle of Wisconsin by George Martin Fell Brown

The Battle of Wisconsin by George Martin Fell Brown reviewed by Dave Gorton: Time magazine's "Person of the year" for 2011 was simply "The Protester". From the Maghreb in North Africa to the colder climes of Madison, USA, public places echoed to the sounds of demonstrations

18 April 2012

spotTunisia: Brutal government crackdown on protesters will backfire

On Monday 9 April in central Tunis, horrific brutality was used by Tunisian police to repress peaceful protesters. This is undoubtedly the worst police crackdown for months in the country

18 April 2012

spotPro-choice action in Worthing

Pro choice protest in Wales against Ann Widdecombe, photo Dave Reid

Pro choice protest in Wales against Ann Widdecombe, photo Dave Reid

Abort67 is an anti-choice group that draws its name from its opposition to the 1967 Abortion Act. They claim to be 'providing information' to women outside family planning clinics where abortions take place

18 April 2012

spotUsdaw conference

Time to fight the attacks on pay and working conditions: From workfare to Sunday trading hours, to shop closures and redundancies, issues affecting the retail sector have featured prominently in the national news over the last few months, writes an Usdaw member.

18 April 2012

spotStrike on 10 May! Vote TUSC on 3 May!

PCS on 30 June strike, photo Elaine Brunskill

The civil service union PCS executive has unanimously voted to call industrial action on pensions on 10 May, as part of a programme of action with other unions in the civil service, health and education sectors, writes John McInally, PCS vice president.

18 April 2012

spotVote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) on 3 May

Alex Gordon, President, RMT and TUSC candidate, GLA elections, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon, President, RMT and TUSC candidate, GLA elections, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon, President of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), explains why a vote for TUSC is important...

18 April 2012

spotSwinton teachers strike against job losses

Two dozen teachers at Swinton Comprehensive School, near Rotherham, members of the NUT, took one day strike action on Tuesday 17th April, to oppose compulsory redundancies

18 April 2012

spotPlanning for the Planet

Planning for the Planet

Emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change have escalated to critical levels. Pete Dickenson indicts the representatives of the capitalist market system, citing the antagonisms between the major industrial powers.

18 April 2012

spotGrim toll for hidden police racism

Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

Over Easter yet another brazen example of police corruption came to light. It was revealed that the Met police (MPS) buried a 2004 report warning of racist stop and search.

18 April 2012

spotOn 3 May use your vote to: Shake up politics and fight all cuts!

Shake up politics and fight all cuts, photo The Socialist

This is a government of the rich for the rich. That is the inescapable message of the Lib-Con coalition's ultra anti-working class budget and the whole cuts agenda.

19 April 2012

spotUnite's Health officer explains the need to strike

Up to 100,000 members of Unite, working for the NHS will be staging protests and industrial action on Thursday, 10 May over attacks to their pensions...

20 April 2012

spotFor councils that fight the cuts!

Set a 'needs budget': New Labour, Plaid Cymru and Green councils say that have 'no choice' but to implement the cuts - but that just isn't true...

20 April 2012

spotThere is an alternative - socialism!

For the Socialist Party another important reason for taking part in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is to raise the profile of socialist ideas...

20 April 2012

spot Join the Socialist Party!

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

20 April 2012

spotOur Demands

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20 April 2012

spotThe Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's five point anti-cuts pledge

Socialist Party election manifesto 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

The latest fashion among all the parties in Westminster is to steal the Socialist Party's slogan and claim they are introducing policies that help 'the millions not the millionaires'...

23 April 2012

spotHundreds of Liverpool Sure Start parents demonstrate against cuts

Liverpool Sure Start parents and children came together to demand that Liverpool City Council hear their reaction to the proposed 53% cuts to children centre services

23 April 2012

spotGateshead campaigners told to 'move house' if they don't like waste-site plans

In Wrekenton, the Campground Action Committee was set up to fight proposals being put forward by French multinational SITA

23 April 2012

spotClaps and cheers greet Remploy marchers in Sheffield

Claps and cheers greet Remploy marchers in Sheffield 20 April 2012, photo Sheffield Socialist Party

On Friday 20 April hundreds of Remploy workers and members of the public gathered in Sheffield to show their opposition to the government's plans to close Remploy factories

24 April 2012

spotScrap the act! Unions must call national demo to save NHS

The private health industry has given the Tories £8.3 million since 2001 - and what do the Tories want to give them in return? Billions of pounds of profits from the destruction of our NHS, writes Paul Couchman, Surrey Unison branch secretary (personal capacity).

24 April 2012

spotLibyan's legal action against British security forces

A former Libyan dissident, Abdel Hakim Belhadj is now taking legal action against British security forces and former Labour Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw.

24 April 2012

spotRemploy workers take the fight to parliament

"Maria Miller, factory killer!" was the chant heard outside DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) as Remploy workers took their campaign against factory closures to central London...

25 April 2012

spotArgentina: Nationalisation provokes wrath of imperialism

Argentina's Peronist president Cristina Kirchner, photo by BBC

Shrieks of protest have been unleashed against the partial nationalisation of YPF, the Argentinean subsidiary of the Spanish petrol multinational Repsol, writes Tony Saunois CWI.

25 April 2012

spotBrighton: Mass protest counters racist EDL

BNP Nazis not wanted here - war veteran protests, photo by Paul Mattsson

On 22 April a mass mobilisation of up to 1,000 anti-racists joined a demonstration to counter the English Defence League and their annual 'March for England' through Brighton

25 April 2012

spotLondon TUSC candidate condemns Newham's housing 'expulsion' outrage

"The contrast between the government's lavish expenditure on the 2012 Olympics and Queen's Jubilee with the treatment of families being deported from Newham like refugees in their own country is sickening".

25 April 2012

spotWorkers' Memorial Day 28 April

In 1912 when the Titanic sank, workers' lives were considered expendable by the bosses. But is the situation any better today?, writes Jack Palmer.

25 April 2012

spotJobs threat at CSC

Unite members joined lunchtime protests against job losses at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Chesterfield and Leeds sites, writes Jon Dale.

25 April 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Tube strike: A 72-hour strike by London tube workers employed by Tubelines started at 4pm on 24 April. The transport union RMT members are fighting to be allowed to join Transport for London's (TfL) pension scheme...

25 April 2012

spotBuild a socialist alternative to austerity

TUSC supports the striking tube workers working for Tube Lines at the Tube Lines HQ in Canary Wharf  25 April 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson

TUSC supports the striking tube workers working for Tube Lines at the Tube Lines HQ in Canary Wharf 25 April 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an electoral coalition of trade unionists along with socialist organisations, including the Socialist Party, and individuals...

25 April 2012

spotLabour - no friend of trade unions

Nick Chaffey, Southampton TUSC candidate, Bitterne Park, replies to a letter from Unite regional official Ian Woodland, published in the Morning Star...

25 April 2012

spotTUSC campaigns round-up

Hillingdon - Bob Crow: Nearly 70 local people in Uxbridge, west London, listened to Bob Crow argue the case for TUSC on 18 April...

25 April 2012

spotNHS faces more cuts

TUSC NHS Credit card: The Health & Social Care Act Means: NHS Privatisation

TUSC NHS Credit card: The Health & Social Care Act Means: NHS Privatisation

NHS hospitals have been told to make deeper cuts by the health regulator Monitor. They said last year that hospitals should make cuts of 4.6% from 2013. But in a letter to NHS hospitals Monitor now says...

25 April 2012

spotThe ugly truth behind the latest unemployment figures

A slight fall in the most recent set of unemployment figures hides the reality facing millions. The fall has only occurred because of an increase in part-time work. And the number of people claiming unemployment...

25 April 2012

spotFrance: Left Front vote shows potential for new workers' party

In the first round of the French presidential elections, held on 22 April, François Hollande (28.6% vote) of the social democratic Socialist Party (PS) narrowly headed incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy (27.1%) of the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP)...

25 April 2012

spotThem & Us

160 miles from home: Poor people shipped across the country to make room for rich people. That's the situation emerging across London in the wake of cuts to housing benefit and in the build up to the Olympics.

25 April 2012

spotVote for a socialist alternative

Vote TUSC postcard

Vote TUSC postcard

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is a new electoral coalition that was set up by leading trade unionists including RMT general secretary Bob Crow, and socialists, including the Socialist Party, to provide a political voice to the millions who oppose the cuts.

25 April 2012

spotWe're striking back on 10 May

On the 30 November strike in Newcastle, photo Elaine Brunskill

On the 30 November strike in Newcastle, photo Elaine Brunskill

Pension cuts, job cuts, service cuts: The PCS executive committee has called national strike action on 10 May (M10) as part of a united campaign with other unions, writes John McInally, National vice-president, Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), personal capacity.

25 April 2012

spotInterview: 'get organised to support workers in struggle'

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

As we celebrate international workers' day on 1 May the Socialist speaks to Rob Williams, national chair of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN)...

26 April 2012

spotTube Lines - Striking for equality of rights and against privatisation!

TUSC supports the striking tube workers working for Tube Lines at the Tube Lines HQ in Canary Wharf  25 April 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

"A fight for equality that all Londoners have a stake in supporting" - Alex Gordon, RMT president and lead TUSC candidate in GLA election

27 April 2012

spotDay 1: Just the beginning in the fight against library privatisation in Greenwich

Onay Kasab speaking to Greenwich library workers on strike against privatisation, 27.4.12, photo Paul Mattsson

The first day of five days of strike action got off to a flying start in Greenwich today

27 April 2012

spotWaltham Forest rally: TUSC standing leaders with 'bottle' to fight cuts

100 people attended the Waltham Forest (NE London) TUSC meeting to hear RMT general secretary Bob Crow and TUSC candidates Nancy Taaffe and Jenny Sutton

27 April 2012

spotLargest mayoral rally in Liverpool shows impact of TUSC campaign

Liverpool TUSC rally, Adelphi Hotel, 26.4.12, photo by Harry Smith

Three hundred people braved the rain to attend a rally for Liverpool mayoral candidate Tony Mulhearn and other TUSC candidates across Merseyside

27 April 2012

spotRotherham teachers stand up to bullying

Strike at Swinton Comprehensive school in Rotherham, 27.4.12, , photo Alistair Tice

Strike at Swinton Comprehensive school in Rotherham, 27.4.12, , photo Alistair Tice

If your school has 21% of students with special needs, would you sack your Special Educational Needs Coordinator?

27 April 2012

spotVideo: TUSC applauded on BBC's Question Time

Paula Mitchell on Question Time, 26 April 2012

Socialist Party London organiser Paula Mitchell condemns both the government "of the rich for the rich" and the Labour Party, who refuse to say they will reverse the cuts

29 April 2012

spotKazakhstan - Three socialist activists jailed

Larisa Boyar, a prominent activist of the Kazakhstan Socialist Movement, and two others - Baxatjan Torevozhina and Kanat Ibragimov - have been arrested and imprisoned...

30 April 2012

spotSwansea trades council May Day march and rally

A May Day march in Swansea on Saturday reflected the changeable weather South Wales has suffered recently; however, it was representative of some important struggles taking place

30 April 2012

spotCoventry rally: Campaigning against Labour's 'cuts-friendly bubble'

At a fantastic Coventry election rally on Saturday over 80 people heard the case for a socialist alternative to the big-business parties

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