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1 April 2013

spotIDS - Try living on 53 a week!

Campaigners in Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) have joined a chorus of voices condemning government welfare reforms

2 April 2013

spotRMT concludes Steve Hedley has no case to answer

On 14 March, 2013 we reported that Steve Hedley, assistant general secretary of the RMT, had resigned from the Socialist Party

2 April 2013

spotAnti-cuts Warrington councillor supports Bedroom Tax protest

Warrington made a good start in its battle against the 'bedroom tax' on Saturday

2 April 2013

spotFight to scrap the bedroom tax is underway in Swansea

60-70 protesters rallied in Swansea against the Bedroom Tax and to defend those who risk being its victims

2 April 2013

spotLincoln: No Bedroom Tax evictions!

A  mattress message in Lincoln, 30.4.13

Lincoln TUSC held a protest to coincide with the national day of action against the Bedroom Tax

2 April 2013

spotPCS 'long weekend' of walkouts

Almost 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union are taking part in a 'long weekend' of walkouts as part of their three-month campaign over cuts to pay, pensions and conditions...

2 April 2013

spotOpposing the Bedroom Tax in Leeds

Across the city, Hands off our Homes has been organising meetings against the bedroom tax

3 April 2013

spotVideo: Housing for the Counihans and All

This video tells the story of the Counihan-Sanchez family. Antony Counihan is a bus driver earning 400 a week, but their total household income is not enough to cover the cost of renting

3 April 2013

spotThem & Us

Black April: The front page headline of the Guardian called 1 April "The day that Britain changed". A number of the Tories' hated flagship policies are now in force, or due to be implemented later this month...

3 April 2013

spotDon't miss May Day greetings deadline!

The deadline for sending May Day greeting messages to the Socialist - 10 April - is approaching fast, writes Bob Severn.

3 April 2013

spotFirst quarter fighting fund target smashed

Socialist Party members have begun 2013 in the way they finished 2012 - by continuing the fight against the attacks of the Con-Dem government and, in the process, continuing to smash the fighting fund targets, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

3 April 2013

spotLakanal fire: Action needed to prevent a repeat tragedy

On Friday 3 July 2009, a devastating fire in Lakanal House in Camberwell, south London killed three women and three children, writes David Lewis, Sceaux Gardens tenants' and residents' association.

3 April 2013

spotAbolition of Agricultural Wages Board will result in increased rural poverty

The government is set to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for agricultural workers in England and Wales in October...

3 April 2013

spot"Is green growth possible?" debated

Over 40 people crammed into Housmans Bookshop in north London on 27 March to hear a debate between the Socialist Party's Pete Dickenson and Derek Wall from the Green Party, writes Neil Cafferky.

3 April 2013

spotWorkfare and the Labour Party: 'A less than stellar party'

Like many people I was astounded by the Parliamentary Labour Party abstention on the emergency legislation enacted to undo the legal victory won by Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson against forced workfare, writes Nancy Taaffe

3 April 2013

spotCall for national strike narrowly defeated at NUT conference

Tower Hamlets NUT joint strike action with Unison 31/3/11, photo by N Byron

Tower Hamlets NUT joint strike action with Unison 31/3/11, photo by N Byron

Joint teachers' strike starts in north west on 27 June:NUT conference voted to back the priority motion on "Protecting Teachers, Defending Education", thus endorsing the plan of action agreed with the other main teaching union, NASUWT

3 April 2013

spotDefend Crown post offices

On 30 April around 15 pickets assembled outside St Johns Centre crown post office in Leeds as Communication Workers Union (CWU) members took strike action over plans to close or franchise 76 offices across the country

3 April 2013

spotOver 5,000 march in Glasgow against the Bedroom Tax

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Over 5,000 people from across west Scotland and beyond marched in Glasgow on Saturday 30 March against the bedroom tax but also against the impact of savage austerity in all its forms, writes Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland.

3 April 2013

spotCyprus: Working people must not pay for crisis of euro and capitalism

Cyprus workers protest against the Cypriot government's deal with the Troika - the IMF, Central bank and the EU, photo AFPTV J. Massad

Cyprus workers protest against the Cypriot government's deal with the Troika - the IMF, Central bank and the EU, photo AFPTV J. Massad

Niall Mulholland spoke with Athina Kariati from New Internationalist Left (CWI in Cyprus) about Cyprus's deal with the Troika, what it will mean for working people and what is the socialist solution to the crisis

3 April 2013

spotWorkplace News in brief

Thera East Midlands: Joe Warner, the (now former) managing director of Thera East Midlands has resigned. Unison members who are in dispute with the company had been wondering where he was!

3 April 2013

spotApril 2013: TORY CUTS BLITZ

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

We must stop them!
The axe is about to be wielded again and this time it is a huge one. 'Black April' will see a further round of savage austerity, which will alter the very fabric of life, writes Peter Taaffe

3 April 2013

spotPCS: Striking against Con-Dem attacks

PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard, photo Paul Mattsson

Build for joint action against austerity: The strike on 20 March was excellent, with an impressive turnout of PCS members. PCS vice president John McInally spoke to the Socialist about the next steps in the dispute

3 April 2013

spotSussex University: occupation over but campaign continues

National Demo against Sussex University Privatisation, photo by Serena Chung

After nearly two months, the student occupation at Sussex University has ended in eviction by police at the request of university management

3 April 2013

spotUnite members strike against derecognition and downgrading

Bentley & Doncaster Unite ambulance strikers, photo A Tice

Yorkshire Ambulance Unite members took action on Tuesday against union derecognition and staff downgrading

3 April 2013

spotTUSC Mary4Mayor campaign launched in Doncaster

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, addresses the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition rally in Doncaster, photo A Tice

It was not the easiest week to start the Mary4Mayor election campaign, with snow and freezing temperatures

3 April 2013

spotSick Of Your Boss: young people in work - your stories

I'm a first-year student midwife at a Birmingham NHS trust. I was well aware of the realities of the job before I started the course, from the grave responsibility of ensuring mother and baby are alive and well, to dealing with abusive families and social services matters, to coming home drenched in all manner of bodily fluids.

5 April 2013

spotBedroom tax meeting in Swansea

30 Swansea residents met in Dyfatty Community Centre on Wednesday 3 April to discuss plans to resist the bedroom tax

5 April 2013

spotSolidly supported walkout, reports PCS

PCS placard in Bristol, 20.3.13, photo Tom Baldwin

A half-day walkout by tens of thousands of Public and Commercial Services union members has been very solidly supported

9 April 2013

spotClass survey diverts focus away from power of working class to change society

"Emergent service workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains" doesn't have the same ring to it, was one response to the recently published Great British Class Survey

10 April 2013

spotBedroom tax: Can't pay - determined to stay!

The 'Bedroom Tax' has sparked fury over people being forced out of their homes by this hated government...

10 April 2013

spot'Forced out of work, forced out of Spain'

"No nos vamos, nos echan" - we're not leaving, we're being thrown out. This was the message of hundreds of young Spanish people on a protest in central London on 7 April, writes Sarah Wrack.

10 April 2013

spotCheltenham marches against A&E cuts

Saturday 6 April saw around 300 people march through the centre of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, against plans to reduce night time staffing at the town's A&E, photo by Chris Moore

Saturday 6 April saw around 300 people march through the centre of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, against plans to reduce night time staffing at the town's A&E, photo by Chris Moore

Saturday 6 April saw around 300 people march through the centre of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, against plans to reduce night time staffing at the town's A&E, writes Gregory Mouat, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

10 April 2013

spotGreater Manchester: Stop extermination of our NHS

Campaigners from across Greater Manchester gathered at Media:City in Salford on the first day that the government's pro-privatisation measures against our NHS took effect

10 April 2013

spotPCS plans more action

PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard, photo Paul Mattsson

Government refuses to talk: PCS members across the civil service followed their budget-day strike on 20 March with half-day strikes on 5 and 8 April...

10 April 2013

spotPCS elections: vote Democracy Alliance/Left Unity

PCS members are encouraged to vote to maintain the fighting left leadership of the union in the national and group executive elections starting on 18 April...

10 April 2013

spotFight the attacks on NHS working conditions

The 2012 staff survey results from the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are even worse than the previous year's results, which were grim enough, writes Sharon Mitchell, Brighton.

10 April 2013

spotBeat the rotten bedroom tax

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Millionaire, mansion-owning Con-Dem ministers have deemed an estimated 660,000 council and Housing Association households that claim housing benefit to be 'under-occupying' their homes

10 April 2013

spotPickets discuss coordinated strikes

At one o'clock on 5 April, members of the civil servants' union PCS took a half day's strike action as part of their campaign against the government's austerity measures

10 April 2013

spotHillsborough - never forgotten

This BBC4 programme Hillsborough - Never Forgotten on 3 April was a powerful reminder of events leading up to the recent Independent Panel's findings on the 1989 Hillsborough catastrophe

10 April 2013

spotHBOS scandal is just the tip of the iceberg

HBOS has been called the 'worst bank ever' after colossal losses resulted in a government-brokered merger with Lloyds and a subsequent taxpayer bailout of 20.5 billion, writes Matt Gordon, Bristol Socialist Party.

10 April 2013

spotThatcher: a class warrior for capitalism

March against the Poll Tax, photo by Militant

March against the Poll Tax

Thatcher will never be forgiven for the devastation that her Tory governments wrought on working class communities - that is still being felt today, writes Alistair Tice

10 April 2013

spotFears of a nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula increase

The escalation of fear and tension on the Korean peninsula, and far beyond, is not without justification, writes Clare Doyle

10 April 2013

spotTories and press use Philpott case to attack 'welfare culture'

An advice worker explains what life on benefits is really like..

10 April 2013

spotUnison NEC elections: Vote for a fighting democratic union

Vote for Socialist Party and United Left candidates.
Elections for Unison's national executive (NEC) start on 22 April and run until 24 May.

10 April 2013

spotCon-Dems' latest cruel cut: Disability Living Allowance

Iain Duncan Smith, who claimed he could live on the Jobseeker's Allowance pittance of 53 a week, is the architect of the latest assault on disabled people...

10 April 2013

spotWarrington: Suspended for fighting the cuts

Kevin Bennett, Warrington Labour rebel councillor , photo by Adam Hemsley

Kevin Bennett, Warrington Labour rebel councillor , photo by Adam Hemsley

Warrington Labour rebel councillor speaks to the Socialist: Kevin Bennett has been indefinitely suspended by the Labour group after he voted against cuts

10 April 2013

spotThatcher death: readers respond 2

I went to get my morning newspaper and also needed a sympathy card for a relative. When I asked Shah, my local shopkeeper, where his sympathy cards were his eyes nearly popped out of his head

10 April 2013

spotNow let's bury Thatcher's legacy

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, as she will always be remembered, photo Alan Hardman

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, as she will always be remembered, photo Alan Hardman

TUC call a 24-hour general strike!: It is a human response to be sad when somebody dies. But many working class people will be celebrating Margaret Thatcher's death because of the absolutely destructive and long lasting effect she had

10 April 2013

spotThatcher's death: readers respond 1

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher teaches Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock how to grind the working class down, Cartoon Alan Hardman

Cartoon Alan Hardman

The real tragedy is that while she may be dead herself her ideas are still alive and well in the form of the Con-Dem coalition and New Labour, writes Dave Nellist

10 April 2013

spotHalt the Thatcherite onslaught - TUC must call a 24-hour general strike!

TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo Senan

When people try to remember where they were when they heard that Maggie Thatcher had died, their reaction will tell us everything about her legacy

10 April 2013

spotDoncaster: 60 at Mary4Mayor rally

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, addresses the Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition in Doncaster for Mary Jackson, photo A Tice

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, addresses the Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition in Doncaster for Mary Jackson, photo A Tice

Mary Jackson's Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) election campaign for Doncaster mayor held a successful launch meeting on 2 April...

10 April 2013

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

In council elections in May 5% of the seats will have a fighting anti-austerity alternative on offer

11 April 2013

spotPeter Taaffe speaks on BBC radio

The Socialist Party's general secretary was interviewed by BBC Radio on whether there should be protests at Thatcher's funeral

11 April 2013

spotCombating violence against women: A socialist perspective on fighting women's oppression

London slutwalk June 2011 , photo Sarah Wrack

Pic: Sarah Wrack

A statement "Our movement must be a safe place for women" by two Unison activists has been posted online and has received the support of trade union activists, including leading figures

16 April 2013

spotInitial Statement on Boston Marathon Tragedy from Socialist Alternative

The bombings today at the Boston Marathon are an absolute tragedy and a horror that shouldn't happen in Boston or anywhere else in the world, writes Reposted from Socialist Alternative in the USA, sister party of the Socialist Party, posted. Apr 15, 2013.

17 April 2013

spotDoncaster: fighting for a working class mayor on a workers' wage

Doncaster has 225,000 voters concentrated in the town and several outlying ex-mining villages

17 April 2013

spotIneffectual Ed visits South West

Ed Miliband avoids protesters against the Bedroom tax, photo by Chris Moore

Ed Miliband avoids protesters against the Bedroom tax, photo by Chris Moore

Waiting for Labour leader Ed Miliband to arrive in Stroud as part of his whistle stop election tour of the South West, one person asked which direction he was coming, writes Chris Moore, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

17 April 2013

spotThatcher... and us

Unemployment: We're told that Thatcher 'saved the country'. But unemployment skyrocketed under her governments - from 1.09 million in May 1979 to 3.13 million in July 1986. And these figures were probably an underestimate...

17 April 2013

spotWe can beat bedroom tax

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013 , photo by Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013 , photo by Jim Halfpenny

Feature: Fifty anti-cuts campaigners and bedroom tax victims lobbied to demand the council re-classify homes as having fewer bedrooms and commits to no evictions for rent arrears as a result of the bedroom tax. Reports from around the country.

17 April 2013

spotSupport the paper that beat Thatcher - twice!

Readers of the Socialist will have been sickened by the acres of newsprint and hours of television that have been devoted to worshipping Margaret Thatcher and her record, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

17 April 2013

spotNUS conference votes against free education and EMA

In 2012, the National Union of Students (NUS) conference mandated the union to call a national demo to launch the fightback against the government's attacks on education, writes Ronnie Smith, Sheffield Socialist Students.

17 April 2013

spotWelsh NHS cuts - no change of heart from Labour

Ed Miliband said, at Labour Party Wales Conference, that he wants the shadow cabinet to come to Wales and learn from the good things that the Welsh Government is doing, writes Ronnie Job.

17 April 2013

spotBrutal Saudi regime supported by UK government

On 13 March, seven young men were executed in Saudi Arabia by firing squad. They were reportedly arrested in January 2006 and charged with organising a criminal group, armed robbery and breaking into jewellery...

17 April 2013

spotNHS cost-cutting is damaging patient care

NHS demonstration to save the Whittington hospital in north London,16 March 2013 , photo by Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration to save the Whittington hospital in north London,16 March 2013 , photo by Paul Mattsson

Defend our health service: Last autumn it emerged that 120 breast cancer test errors had happened between 2004 and 2010 at Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, writes Karen Seymour, Mansfield Socialist Party.

17 April 2013

spotLetters to The Socialist

Measles - the preventable epidemic: Measles is now epidemic in South-West Wales, with nearly 700 cases reported this year. Vaccination rates across Britain and the US have tumbled in recent years largely due to the pseudo-scientific "antivax"...

17 April 2013

spotThera workers on strike

After an 82% vote for strike action, Unison members in Thera East Midlands (TEM) will be on a 24-hour strike starting on 18 April. The ballot also gives leeway for further strikes if necessary, writes Gary Freeman, Unison Rep, South Derbyshire Healthcare, personal capacity.

17 April 2013

spotIn Brief

Len McCluskey re-elected as Unite general secretary: Len McCluskey has been re-elected as general secretary of Unite, with 64% of the vote (144,570). Jerry Hicks received 79,819 votes (35%). The turnout was 15.2%...

17 April 2013

spotWidespread caste discrimination ignored in the UK

STOP PRESS: widespread caste discrimination is ignored in the UK. Thousands of protesters from south Asian backgrounds raised their anger over this issue outside parliament on 16 April. Anger was directed...

17 April 2013

spotNew phase of campaign against Dewsbury NHS cuts

Saturday 20 April will see the march against NHS cuts in Dewsbury (previously postponed because of snow) take place at 12pm outside the Town Hall.

17 April 2013

spotMeeting and exhibition marking 30 years since the election of Liverpool's socialist council

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

Saturday 27 April, 10.30am
Adelphi Hotel, Lime Street, Liverpool

Speakers include: Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, PCS president Janice Godrich, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe, Liverpool Labour Party president (1980-85) and 'Liverpool 47' surcharged councillor Tony Mulhearn, former Labour MP Tony Benn and 'Liverpool 47' surcharged counc...

17 April 2013

spotMaltby pit closure: TUSC councillor speaks out

On 6 April, hundreds of miners marched in Maltby, South Yorkshire to mark the closure of the town's colliery...

17 April 2013

spotWarrington council rebel builds fight against cuts

Kevin Bennett, Warrington Labour rebel councillor, addresses the 70-strong lobby of the Labour councillors' meeting to suspend him, photo Adam Hemsley

Kevin Bennett, Warrington Labour rebel councillor, addresses the 70-strong lobby of the Labour councillors' meeting to suspend him, photo Adam Hemsley

Following on from the 4 April demonstration outside the disciplinary hearing of rebel Labour councillor Kevin Bennett, a joint meeting of Warrington Trades Council and the newly formed Warrington Against the Cuts was held on 10 April.

17 April 2013

spot60% oppose Thatcher's funeral costs being paid from public funds

A ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror found that 60% were opposed to Margaret Thatcher's funeral costs being paid for out of public funds...

17 April 2013

spotUnison elections: Vote for Socialist Party and Reclaim the Union candidates

Glenn Kelly at Socialist Party congress 2013, photo Senan

Glenn Kelly at Socialist Party congress 2013, photo Senan

Elections for Unison's national executive (NEC) start on 22 April and run until 24 May...

17 April 2013

spotSay to the TUC: Fight back!

photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

Time for a 24-hour general strike The poorest face swingeing cuts; disabled people are penalised even more; and to top it all, cuts to housing benefit for the 'crime' of having a so-called spare bedroom have kicked in

17 April 2013

spotThatcher's funeral costs: Insulting the lives she ruined

Thatcher: a class warrior for capitalism, photo Alan Hardman

Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, said: "The news that Margaret Thatcher is to receive a ceremonial funeral subsidised by the taxpayer is an insult"

17 April 2013

spotUnison health conference: Time to fight back against attacks

Unison NHS workers on strike against huge cuts in the Mid-Yorkshire Trust hospitals, photo Iain Dalton

Health workers are facing wholesale privatisation, huge cuts and closure of wards, services and even entire hospitals

17 April 2013

spotTime to name the day for a 24-hour general strike

TUC demo 20 October 2012 with placard calling for a 24 hour general strike , photo Senan

TUC demo 20 October 2012 with placard calling for a 24 hour general strike , photo Senan

No ifs, no buts...: The death of Thatcher has revealed the deep class polarisation that existed under her governments and still exists in British society, writes Rob Williams, Socialist Party industrial organiser.

18 April 2013

spotAngry workers protest outside Ford's UK headquarters

Ford Dagenham protest outside Ford UK headquarters, photo P Mason

Workers from Ford's Dagenham Stamping & Tooling Operations plant finished their night shift and descended on Ford's UK headquarters

22 April 2013

spotResponding to distortions about Liverpool's socialist council

An open letter responding to an article by the Independent's Jane Merrick, from Tony Mulhearn, surcharged Liverpool City Councillor and last elected president of the Liverpool District Labour Party.

22 April 2013

spotUnited show of opposition to NHS cuts in Dewsbury

Demo to save services at Dewsbury hospital, 20.4.13, photo by John Rattigan

Around 300 protesters crowded into Dewsbury town centre in favour of maintaining all services at the local hospital

22 April 2013

spotKiln workers enter third week of strike

Morale was high as expert 'burners', kiln workers at Kings Dyke brick works, in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire entered the third week of their strike

22 April 2013

spotWaltham Forest victims of bedroom tax are 'up for a fight'

Last week's issue of the Socialist reported that Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union (WFACU) had sprung into action against the bedroom tax,

22 April 2013

spotLondon: Nearly two-thirds are struggling with their rent

West London Socialist Party members are out campaigning against the bedroom tax, and last week organised a meeting

22 April 2013

spotStafford hospital: Massive march in support of NHS

Demo against attacks on Stafford hospital, 20.4.13, photo by Paul Callanan

Accumulated anger at years of attacks on Stafford hospital and its hard working staff erupted onto the streets on Saturday

23 April 2013

spotBig march against the bedroom tax in Leeds

Over 1,000 people marched on the Hands off our Homes organised demonstration through Leeds city centre on Saturday 20th April

23 April 2013

spotCWU continues support for a 24-hour general strike

CWU conference was held against the backdrop of unprecedented attacks

24 April 2013

spotUnite - build a fighting union

Len McCluskey of Unite speaking at the 20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity , photo by Paul Mattsson

Len McCluskey of Unite speaking at the 20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity , photo by Paul Mattsson

The victory of Len McCluskey in the Unite general secretary election with 64.4% of the vote against fellow left-winger Jerry Hicks will be seen by the union's membership as ratifying the general direction of Unite since Len first took the position in 2011, writes Kevin Parslow, Unite London and Eastern regional committee, personal capacity.

24 April 2013

spotThe battle goes on at Thera

"This is the first time I have ever been out on strike and my first protest. I have really enjoyed the protest at Grantham today and will do it again if I have to."...

24 April 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Crossrail: The battle against blacklisting in the construction industry is continuing with high-profile protests in the last few days...

24 April 2013

spotOrganise to bin the bedroom tax

How our campaign can win: To charge tenants who are already on low incomes for having a room where people they are close to can stay is just about the meanest trick of a government which has a world-class reputation for mean tricks, writes Paul Gerrard, Salford against Cuts.

24 April 2013

spotSouth Africa: Workers and Socialist Party

Workers and Socialist Party Registers at the Electorial Commission in Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, photo S Figg

Workers and Socialist Party Registers at the Electorial Commission in Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, photo S Figg

First steps toward uniting struggles: Following the launch of the new Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) on 21 March, work is continuing to complete the formal registration of the party and establish its structures across South Africa, writes Liv Shange, DSM South Africa.

24 April 2013

spotScottish TUC supports 24-hour general strike against austerity

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) has passed a motion in support of a one-day general strike in Scotland in response to the savage austerity being carried out by the Con-Dem government, writes Philip Stott.

24 April 2013

spotNHS: What we say

The Con-Dems' Health and Social Care Act (England) ends the government's duty to provide comprehensive free healthcare and removes the NHS from parliamentary control...

24 April 2013

spotCaste discrimination: MPs side with oppressors not oppressed

Hundreds protested outside parliament on 14 April to demand the outlawing of caste oppression in Britain, writes Senan, Tamil Solidarity international coordinator.

24 April 2013

spotCold, hungry, young and homeless

I live in rural Derbyshire. We have a couple of large outbuildings and young homeless men often shelter in them, writes Sandy.

24 April 2013

spotWhy we're standing against cuts

Vote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition on 2 May: Central to TUSC's Mary for Mayor election campaign in Doncaster has been organising against the bedroom tax...

24 April 2013

spot20 years after murder of Stephen Lawrence

When mass action and class unity beat back the fascists: Twenty years ago, the black teenager Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered by five thugs in a racist attack in Eltham, south east London...

24 April 2013

spotTimes Rich List: Super-rich get richer ... again

Unemployment: The Sunday Times Rich List is always a sickening read. A who's-who of Britain and Ireland's biggest exploiters, heirs and speculators - scroungers of the worst kind...

24 April 2013

spotThem & Us

Homes for all: For all those 70,000-plus people affected by the bedroom tax in London, who the Con-Dems suggest might move into the private sector, look no further than a lovely new property just come on to the market

24 April 2013

spotUsdaw: End the partnership!

As Usdaw delegates descended on Blackpool for our ADM (conference), Morrisons have announced 689 job losses across its 490 stores as a result of introducing new technology into cash offices

24 April 2013

spotEdmund Schluessel elected to NUS executive

Socialist Students is celebrating an excellent result in the NUS 'Block of 15' elections.

24 April 2013

spotStop Gove hacking our school hols

Teachers - and many parents - have been shocked by Tory minister Gove's announcement that he wants to lengthen the school day and shorten holidays

24 April 2013

spotBreak with Thatcher's legacy! - Socialist policies needed

Protests at Thatcher's Funeral, photo Paul Mattsson

Protests at Thatcher's Funeral, photo Paul Mattsson

"We are all Thatcherites now," declared Tory leader David Cameron on the day of Thatcher's funeral. "Oh no, we're not!" roared back the working class in Goldthorpe, where over 1,000 protested, in Liverpool, Glasgow and London.
Feature by Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

24 April 2013

spotMay Day 8-page greetings supplement

International Workers' Day marks the first US-wide general strike that took place on 1 May 1886 and commemorates the Haymarket Martyrs killed in Chicago by the police...

24 April 2013

spotStop the bedroom tax - Hands off our homes!

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013 , photo Jim Halfpenny

Politicians keep inviting us to feel sorry for them as they have to make tough choices - choices of whose jobs, whose terms and conditions, whose services to cut. That's not a tough choice as far as we're concerned. If you represent working class people you don't make cuts.

24 April 2013

spotTUC: Set the date for a 24-hour general strike!

Martin Powell Davies speaking at the NSSN's lobby of the TUC, Rob Williams on right,  24.4.13, photo by N Cafferky

Up to 200 trade unionists, workers and campaigners lobbied the TUC general council this morning, 24th April

25 April 2013

spotReview of 'South Africa: The Massacre that Changed a Nation', BBC2 April 24th

South Africa: The Massacre that Changed a Nation - BBC2 Wednesday, 24th April, photo BBC screen shot

South Africa: The Massacre that Changed a Nation - BBC2 Wednesday, 24th April, photo BBC screen shot

Labour MP Peter Hain returned to his native South Africa to try to discover why the ANC government is losing the support of the black working class

25 April 2013

spotAnti-academy strike in Birmingham

A lively picket of 30 teachers gathered at the gates of Hamstead Hall secondary school in Birmingham on Thursday 25th April as part of a one day strike against management bulldozing through plans to become an academy, writes Nick Hart, Birmingham Socialist Party.

26 April 2013

spotThatcher's funeral day in Newbridge

Thatcher's funeral day event in Newbridge

The 17th of April wasn't a day to remember Thatcher, but a day to reflect with pride on the working class heroes who fought her

26 April 2013

spotPlymouth council asks for scrapping of bedroom tax

Plymouth City Council has voted 34 votes to 20 to write to the government asking the Con-Dems to scrap the bedroom tax

26 April 2013

spotOrdsall anti-bedroom tax campaign launched

Over fifty people attended a lively launch of Salford's newest anti bedroom tax campaign

26 April 2013

spotStrike by Swansea RMT train managers

"The one day strike has arisen because one of our train managers [ticket inspectors/guards] has been disgracefully sacked after an incident which occurred on a train when he was on leave, said Peter Skelly, full time RMT regional organiser

29 April 2013

spotScottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation launched

Saturday 27th April saw over 250 delegates and visitors from across the length and breadth of Scotland attend the conference to found the 'All Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation'

29 April 2013

spotEnthusiastic launch of Wales TUSC committee

RMT Council of Executives member Steve Skelly made the opening remarks at a meeting to launch a TUSC Wales steering committee

30 April 2013

spotJustice for 'the 33' sacked tube workers

After 5 years' work for London Underground, 33 agency workers were sacked in December

30 April 2013

spotRMT May Day protests

Transport union RMT will be turning the spotlight on rail cuts this May Day

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