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1 April 2014

spotDoncaster strike: Fight Tory 'don't Care UK society'!

Protest picket outside Care UKs Doncaster office , photo A Tice

Probably the most important trade union dispute in the country right now

2 April 2014

spotJunk jobs - we're fightin' it!

Protesting against zero-hour contracts in Lewsham, photo Jim Jepps

YFJ had a day of action against zero-hour contracts on 29 March, supported by the Fast Food Rights campaign and the BFAWU union

2 April 2014

spotThe truth about the miners' strike

Miners' children: A future job - that's all we ask, photo John Birdsall

From the 1970s on, Tory politicians meticulously and ruthlessly prepared an offensive to try to vanquish the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and ultimately trade unionism

2 April 2014

spotFrance: Government punished in local elections

Far right gains highlight need for strong fighting left opposition: Local elections in France, which took place over two rounds on 23 and 30 March, confirmed the deepening crisis of the 'socialist' government of Francois Hollande

2 April 2014

spotMay Day greetings in the Socialist

Over the last years we have had brilliant May Day displays in the Socialist

2 April 2014

spotThem & Us

New Poll Tax: Lord Warner, the former government NHS minister under Tony Blair and cheerleader for private healthcare, says the NHS is broken and needs fixing

2 April 2014

spotKent 'peasants' storm Rochester

The peasants are revolting again in Kent! Dubbed by Medway Tory leader Alan Jarrett as 'peasants' for refusing to shut up at a council meeting, 200 angry Strood Library activists took to the streets

2 April 2014

spotLondon: Quinn Square Rent Strike 1938

The East End battle against high rents and slum conditions The women's poster demonstration was the first the locals in Bethnal Green in London's East End knew about their rent strike. Quinn Square was a slum.

2 April 2014

spotClimate change: Socialism and global planning essential

IPCC report: Climate change has arrived, and it is not politely knocking on the door. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a 'call to action', hit the headlines

2 April 2014

spotUnplug the 'Big Six' profiteers

The massive energy price rises at the end of last year have forced 4.5 million households into fuel poverty, families deciding whether to heat their homes or to eat

2 April 2014

spotA million march for dignity in Madrid

"De Norte a Sur, de Este a Oeste, la lucha sigue, cueste lo que cueste" (From North to South, East to West, the struggle continues no matter what the cost). This chant rang through the streets of Madrid on 22 March

2 April 2014

spotSouth Africa: It's your opportunity to make history!

There may be a big struggle to raise the finances for the Workers And Socialist Party (WASP) general election campaign but there was no shortage of enthusiasm at the WASP manifesto launch in South Africa on 29 March

2 April 2014

spotVictory for Carmarthenshire Unison

Carmarthenshire Labour-led local authority has backed off from ending the trade union secondments (TUS) it funds

2 April 2014

spotUnite EC elections start

Ballot papers have gone out to Unite members in elections for the union's executive council (EC). Ballots have to be returned by 12 noon on 23 April

2 April 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

Orgreave protest: On 29 March around 100 protesters gathered outside the northern office of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in Wakefield

2 April 2014

spotFF success: perspectives, planning and persistence

Socialist Party members and supporters raised over 7,000 in the last few days of the fighting fund campaign, smashing the target with a final total of 26,577

2 April 2014

spotWorcestershire: Is socialism only way of saving NHS?

'Is socialism the only way of saving the NHS?', was the theme of a Socialist Party public meeting of 30 people in Kidderminster on 25 March, writes Workers' struggles and socialism to save the NHS

2 April 2014

spotAnti-fracking camp: court backs off from eviction

Barton Moss anti-fracking protesters, March 2014, photo D Murphy

The Barton Moss Community Protection Camp is for now saved from eviction, and the daily protests go on

2 April 2014

spotFare-refusal protest demands restored rail passes

Elderly and disabled people took part in Freedom Ride on 31st March, catching trains to Meadowhall

2 April 2014

spotReal jobs for all!

Youth Fight for Jobs - real jobs for all!, photo Paul Mattsson

Governments that try to "guarantee a job to every person are doomed to fail", according to Tory Chancellor George Osborne. What an indictment of the capitalist system he represents!

2 April 2014

spotTUSC: No-cuts election challenge grows

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee is about to approve the 440th candidate for the challenge in May's local elections. Of 160 councils with elections in May, TUSC already has candidates in place in 76. In 12 councils TUSC will be standing in at least ten seats.

3 April 2014

spotVote Socialist 2014 - Coventry campaign launched!

Coventry TUSC successfully launched its "Vote Socialist 2014" campaign

5 April 2014

spotSwansea: National Front thwarted!

Swansea, 5.4.14

Anti-racist campaigners occupied Castle Square to deny the use of the most public open space in Swansea to the racist National Front

7 April 2014

spot30 years ago: The Broad Left Organising Committee's huge impact

30 years ago a national conference took place in Sheffield organised by BLOC. The meeting coincided with the start of the miners' strike in March 1984, writes Bill Mullins

7 April 2014

spotDoncaster: March commemorates miners' strike

Commemorating the miners'  strike  in Edlington, Doncaster on Saturday 5 April 2014 on the the 30th anniversary.

Around 500 marched through Edlington to commemorate the 1984 miners' strike

8 April 2014

spotAnti-bedroom tax demo in Leeds

Around 500 people protested in Leeds on 5th April against the bedroom tax

8 April 2014

spotCare UK strike: national union support needed

Strikers rally outside Care UK office on Sunday 6 April, photo A Tice

Doncaster Care UK workers have taken a further two days of strike action, fighting NHS privatisation and pay cuts

9 April 2014

spotFurious lobby against service privatisation

Manchester council unions are opposing plans to totally privatise rubbish collection and street cleaning

9 April 2014

spotHouse of Thieves

photo Peter Symonds

photo Peter Symonds

With memories of duck-houses lingering in our minds, we didn't need another expenses scandal to remind us of the rottenness at the top of society, writes Dave Nellist, National chair, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

9 April 2014

spotHelp with the Socialist sales campaign

The Socialist sales campaign is well underway with Socialist Party members in different areas trying to find new ways to get our important news, analysis and strategy out to as many people as possible

9 April 2014

spotObituary: Pat James 1930 - 2014

Pat James, lifelong socialist and supporter of the Socialist Party, has sadly passed away at the age of 83

9 April 2014

spotSupport the Socialist with a May Day greeting

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the CWI and later in the year there's the 50th anniversary of the first issue of Militant (forerunner of the Socialist), writes Suzanne Beishon.

9 April 2014

spotProbation workers unite to fight off no-justice vultures

Private vultures hoping to swoop down and feed off the remains of local Probation Trusts got a nasty shock when thousands of workers took strike action in defence of a fully integrated public service, writes Chas Berry, Kent Napo branch chair, personal capacity.

9 April 2014

spotVisteon: Ford makes offer

Hundreds of former employees of Visteon/Ford marched on 2 April from their union Unite's HQ in London to Parliament to demand pensions justice

9 April 2014

spotHillsborough tragedy - the final chapter?

'Heartbreak, tributes, tears' was the headline in the Liverpool Echo as the next chapter in the Hillsborough tragedy unfolded, writes Tony Mulhearn.

9 April 2014

spotThem & Us

House of shame: Culture Secretary Maria Miller's insulting 30-second apology after fiddling thousands of pounds in expenses has reminded the public of the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal

9 April 2014

spotHouse of Thieves

photo Peter Symonds

Maria Miller resigns at last: With memories of duck-houses lingering in our minds, we didn't need another expenses scandal to remind us of the rottenness at the top of society, writes Dave Nellist

9 April 2014

spotSystem change to save the environment

The recent Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (see last week's Socialist) has pointed to the devastating impact on food production, and habitat, and the resulting risks of increased famine, water shortages and state conflicts if human induced climate change is not halted, writes Kate Jones, Socialist Party Wales.

9 April 2014

spotSave Leicester Race Equality Centre

In the last 50 years Leicester Race Equality Centre (TREC) has given advice and support to an estimated 150,000 people, writes Andrew Walton.

9 April 2014

spotPublic and Commercial Services Union (PCS) elections

The ballot for the PCS President and National Executive Committee (NEC) elections opens on 16 April and closes on 8 May. At stake is the leadership of one of Britain's most important unions, writes John McInally PCS vice-president personal capacity.

9 April 2014

spotBuild on the fighting militant traditions of the RMT

Following the tragic death of Bob Crow the RMT is to open nominations for a new general secretary. Nominations will close on 2 July and the postal ballot will run from 21 July to 21 September, writes Jared Wood.

9 April 2014

spotReviews and comments

Red Poetry: Dave Gorton reviews Andrew Walton's Little Red Poetry

9 April 2014

spotBreak with pro-cuts Labour now

A Labour defeat, said Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, was likely if it went into the 2015 general election promising "a pale shade of austerity"

9 April 2014

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition progress update

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee met on Wednesday 2 April to discuss the latest progress report on the biggest left-of-Labour local elections challenge in generations

9 April 2014

spotOECD report: A system in crisis

"Society at a Glance 2014 OECD Social Indicators" doesn't sound like the most exciting document. However, many of the report's conclusions point towards a deep unease about the future direction of capitalism

9 April 2014

spotBook review: Silent Accomplice

The untold story of France's role in Rwandan genocide: It is 20 years since the Rwanda massacre in which one million Tutsis and non-sectarian Hutus were murdered by extremist Hutu militias in 100 days

9 April 2014

spotHousing emergency

Housing emergency!

Cap rents not benefits - build quality council homes: My local area, the Labour-controlled south London borough of Lewisham, is no longer an affordable place to live, writes Chris Flood, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in Lewisham.

9 April 2014

spotSparks fight on!

On 4 April, 30 agency construction workers downed tools at a NG Bailey job at Three Bridges in Sussex

9 April 2014

spotHomes and Communities Agency strike

Staff in the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in London and Manchester began a three-day strike on Tuesday 24 March, and may call further action

10 April 2014

spotBedroom tax eviction respite in Salford

At less than 24 hours notice over 40 people turned up in Walkden, Salford, to prevent an eviction for bedroom tax arrears

14 April 2014

spotGoldthorpe: Anger at Thatcher's destruction of mining

Goldthorpe miners anniversary march, April 2014

Goldthorpe miners anniversary march, April 2014

One year ago, the ex-mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire hit the headlines because the street party to celebrate Thatcher's death burned an effigy of her in front of the TV cameras

14 April 2014

spotPre-election anti-austerity demonstration called in Salford

Salford Against the Cuts held a public meeting to discuss the devastating cuts proposed by Salford council

16 April 2014

spotGains for left on NUT executive

NUT strike, Monoux college, 26.3.14, photo Martin Reynolds

The NUT executive election results show a further loss of support for the 'Broadly Speaking' group

16 April 2014

spotProfit vultures out of NHS

The Socialist issue 807: Profit Vultures out of the NHS! Support the striking Doncaster Care UK workers, photo Socialist Party

The Socialist issue 807: Profit Vultures out of the NHS! Support the striking Doncaster Care UK workers, photo Socialist Party

Support striking Doncaster Care UK workers: "I'm proud to say I was born in Edlo. I was a teenager in the miners' strike and I can remember the hardship a lot of people suffered because of it. But I also remember how everyone stuck together

16 April 2014

spotStrikers shut cinema in battle for living wage

"The Dude minds, man! This just won't stand!" Workers at the Ritzy Picturehouse in London are fed up with poverty wages.

16 April 2014

spotLet down by Welsh Labour

Bridgend council has withdrawn itself from national pay-bargaining - deciding unilaterally not to honour any agreed pay increase for 2014

16 April 2014

spotRMT: Put the tube strike back on and escalate

The six weeks of talks since the tube strikes early this year have exposed London Underground (LU). It continues to demand 953 job losses and another 900 front-line jobs will become managers.

16 April 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

Pay victory: Low-paid hospital workers in west London have scored an important victory. 150 GMB members working as domestic, catering, portering and other staff working for Medicrest, part of Compass, were on 6.31 an hour

16 April 2014

spotMay Day greetings with the Socialist

Over the last years we have had brilliant May Day displays in the Socialist

16 April 2014

spotWorking on zero-hour contracts

At the Sports Direct (SD) store I work in, 90% of us are on zero-hour contracts. Before Christmas they were hiring so many people, every day there was someone new. Over 180 people were working in the store

16 April 2014

spotIndia: massive election process could end in turmoil

New party expresses, but cannot solve, major discontent: India is halfway through its five week general election process. There are half a million candidates and more than 800 million potential voters. Nearly a million polling stations will have been opened

16 April 2014

spotHard loads - and a fightback - on the bins

Widespread support for the Brighton bin workers shown on some bins in the area, photo Support Brighton Council workers Facebook page

Widespread support for the Brighton bin workers shown on some bins in the area, photo Support Brighton Council workers Facebook page

I first became a union rep for Unite about a year ago but I have worked for the council on the bins for two and a half years. My job as a loader is hard physical work and can be very stressful, writes a bin worker.

16 April 2014

spotStop the education catastrophe!

National strike action needed: A malaise is spreading throughout our schools. It's hitting teachers young and old, male and female, primary and secondary.

16 April 2014

spotElection appeal: help us make history

In Coventry 19 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates are standing in the council elections, writes Lenny Shail.

16 April 2014

spotDisgusted at politicians' big business links

Why I joined the Socialist Party: I work in the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster. My wife is a former NHS support worker, now privatised to the employment of Care UK, writes Jason Fawley.

16 April 2014

spotMore cuts and another resignation in Southampton

We've had another busy week in Coxford, Southampton, delivering 6,000 copies of anti-cuts councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas' newsletter, 'Coxford Call'

16 April 2014

spotTamiflu scandal exposes bloodsucking big pharma

Nineteenth century snake oil sellers travelled the USA, claiming they could cure all manner of illnesses, writes Jon Dale.

16 April 2014

spotThem & Us

Cash cow: Asylum seeker deportee Jimmy Mubenga died in the custody of G4S security guards; armed forces personnel had to be drafted in to secure the London Olympic Games after G4S failed to provide enough stewards...

16 April 2014

spotCon-Dems escalate housing crisis

'I don't know how I'm going to be able to afford to live in London'. This phrase, is being heard across the capital as workers, especially the younger generations, struggle to cope with sky-high rents

16 April 2014

spotPit closures: Final act of Tory vandalism

30 years after the historic miners' strike against pit closures, the Tories are presiding over the axing of two of the last three deep mine coal pits in Britain

16 April 2014

spotBeating evictions

Signalling that the bedroom tax is more trouble than it's worth, Basildon council withdrew 35 possession orders listed at the court

16 April 2014

spotNUS leaders: sip tea or put up a serious fight?

Debates at the National Union of Students conference offered a clear choice

16 April 2014

spotHealth workers vote to fight government pay cuts

TUC demonstration in Manchester against Tory Party conference 29/09/13 demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison health conference has overwhelmingly passed a resolution from the Service Group Executive calling for a strike ballot over pay, writes Neil Cafferky.

16 April 2014

spotEnding MPs' expenses scandal requires socialist change

House of thieves, photo Peter Symonds

House of thieves, photo Peter Symonds

To anyone outside the Westminster bubble it seems incredible that David Cameron believed he could save the career of Tory ex-cabinet minister Maria Miller by offering her 'warm support'

16 April 2014

spotHelp TUSC offer a no-cuts alternative on 22 May

TUSC against cuts

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee has approved a further swathe of no-cuts candidates to stand under the TUSC umbrella in the 22 May local elections. And there is still time for more candidates to come forward

16 April 2014

spot40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International

Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) logo

Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) logo

Socialism and internationalism: Since the beginning of the 20th century every decade has witnessed revolutions as the working and poor masses attempt to end the oppression and exploitation they suffer under capitalism

17 April 2014

spotFood Bank use escalates

Nearly one million people now rely on food banks

17 April 2014

spot120 turn up to Unite construction meeting

Red Lion Square, Unite construction meeting 16.4.14

Red Lion Square, Unite construction meeting 16.4.14

120 construction workers turned up for a Unite branch meeting at Conway hall yesterday evening. The hall manager wouldn't let them in the meeting room because there were too many people for the room

21 April 2014

spotCare UK workers stepping up the action

Doncaster Care UK strike, Easter 2014, photo A Tice

Four days of action over Easter took us to day 20

23 April 2014

spotOver 550 TUSC no-cuts candidates in place

The candidate count for the no-cuts challenge in May's elections has grown

23 April 2014

spotZero-hour contracts damage your health

A recent report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that zero-hour contracts or flexible working generally can have a damaging effect on a worker's mental health, causing anxiety and other stress related disorders

23 April 2014

spotThem & Us

Coffee dregs: Starbucks, notorious in the UK for tax dodging, surprisingly announced it was relocating its European headquarters from the Netherlands to Britain

23 April 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

Higher education pay: Socialist Party members in UCU are recommending the rejection of employers' latest offer in the bitter, months-long higher education pay dispute

23 April 2014

spotRail workers prepare for action

Recently it was revealed in the Guardian newspaper that from the 4 billion in tax-payer subsidy to train operating companies, 200 million was siphoned off as dividends to shareholders

23 April 2014

spotCWU conference: Renationalise Royal Mail!

The most important debate at the forthcoming Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference will be over the privatisation of Royal Mail

23 April 2014

spotBuilding Socialist Alternative in the United States

Kshama Sawant's election as city councillor in Seattle has received repeated national media attention, writes Socialist Alternative.

23 April 2014

spotChina: labour disputes soar

Workers at six out of ten factories in Dongguan, China, owned by Taiwanese multinational Yue Yuen have taken strike action after discovering the company has not been paying legally required levels of social security and housing contributions, writes chinaworker.info reporters.

23 April 2014

spot25 years after Hillsborough

'A day of coming together in unity': The sun shone down on 15 April 1989. Little did Liverpool FC football fans heading for a cup semi-final know the sun would soon turn into the darkest night of their soul

23 April 2014

spotThe Broad Left Organising Committee

Organising militant workers: Thirty years ago a national conference took place in Sheffield organised by the Broad Left Organising Committee (Bloc)

23 April 2014

spotWorkers' Memorial Day: strike for safety

Workers' Memorial Day is on 28 April. In many towns and cities, construction workers and their trade union branches will take a lead in organising activities

23 April 2014

spotScotland: Capitalist 'Project Fear' backfiring?

Rallying for a yes vote in Edinburgh, photo Matt Dobson

The socialist case for independence: There is growing fear, horror would not be too strong a word, among the capitalist establishment in Britain at the possibility of a majority Yes vote on 18 September in the Scottish independence referendum

23 April 2014

spotWhy is there a housing crisis?

The Daily Telegraph predicted that 2014 will be another profitable year for homeowners, suggesting that "the spring could be a great time to go for that investment-cum-country-house you have had your eye on."

23 April 2014

spotHungry Britain: Fight for jobs and a living wage for all

Mitie cleaning workers striking for decent pay on 21 January 2014, photo Neil Cafferky

One million people are now being fed by food banks. In an effort to cut across the horror and sympathy this figure generated, government sources have denounced the author, Trussell Trust charity

23 April 2014

spotIn the fight to defend our NHS, know your enemy

Demonstration against NHS cuts at Whipps Cross hospital, East London 21 September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

In their attempts to destroy the NHS the government has established local organisations under the guise of local accountability

23 April 2014

spotEvery job matters: Support the Tube workers' strike

RMT members on London's tubes will strike on 28-30 April

23 April 2014

spotDon't let Gove wreck education!

Hundreds of teachers gathered in Brighton over Easter for the NUT annual conference

23 April 2014

spotNew figures reveal capitalism in crisis - not recovery

Editorial: Desperate times call for desperate measures. That must have been the line of Chancellor Osborne's thinking when he claimed that new jobs and wages figures proved his austerity measures were yielding a recovery.

24 April 2014

spotFirefighters call more strikes

Firefighters in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in further industrial action over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced

25 April 2014

spotTUSC lobbies Miliband in support of Care UK strikers

Lobbying Ed Miliband's surgery, 25.4.14, photo A Tice

Lobbying Ed Miliband's surgery, 25.4.14, photo A Tice

50 protesters attended a lobby called by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) of Ed Miliband's Doncaster North surgery this afternoon in support of the Care UK strike, writes Alistair Tice.

29 April 2014

spotUnderground: RMT second strike against savage cuts

Len Rowlands, RMT picket Whitechapel station & TUSC candidate St Peter's ward, Tower Hamlets

Striking RMT members - fighting to win - received a very good response from the public across London

29 April 2014

spotWorkers striking against stingy "Zingy" bosses

EDF Energy refuses to honour pay deal, while spending lots of money on rebranding

30 April 2014

spotDefending pensions, jobs, pay, services... Back the strikes!

Following national strikes in November and February, firefighters are once again demonstrating their refusal to accept the pension robbery on offer

30 April 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

A strike ballot among workers covered by the National Joint Council for local government will run from 23 May to 23 June

30 April 2014

spotWorkplace safety: It's big business as usual

As trade unionists commemorated the workplace dead and injured on Workers' Memorial Day, 28 April, it emerged that safety on the multi-billion Crossrail project in London and the South East has been compromised by a 'culture of spying and fear'

30 April 2014

spotThem & Us

Good Samaritan: While David Cameron was sermonising about his religious beliefs, two leading church officials were receiving less than a Christian welcome at his Tory party constituency office in Witney, Oxfordshire

30 April 2014

spotUKIP - a pro-cuts party for the 1%

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has his eyes on the prize. On 22 May, he hopes to see his party romp home to victory in the European elections and gain a healthy smattering of brand new councillors.

30 April 2014

spotCare UK strike: Miliband shows workers can't rely on Labour

About 50 protesters attended the lobby of Ed Miliband's Doncaster North surgery on 25 April called by TUSC in support of the Care UK strike, writes Alistair Tice.

30 April 2014

spotGetting under Labour's skin in Southwark

A local community organisation recently invited Southwark TUSC to debate with the leaders of the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats on the council, writes Bill Mullins , TUSC candidate for Bermondsey South.

30 April 2014

spotYour financial support is vital

Fight back at the ballot box: The Socialist Party is asking all those who support building an electoral alternative, a voice for the working class based on the 99% and not the super-rich 1%, to donate to our election appeal

30 April 2014

spotSave Leicester Race Equality Centre

Around 100 people protested outside the Labour group meeting in Leicester on 29 April against the threatened withdrawal of funding for the Leicester Race Equality Centre (TREC), writes Mike Barker.

30 April 2014

spotElection Appeal: 2,148 raised so far

The Socialist Party is appealing for 15,000 to help finance our election campaigns for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the council and mayoral elections and No2EU in the European elections

30 April 2014

spotUkraine: skirmishes threaten wider conflict

United workers' action needed to prevent war: The crisis in Ukraine deepened following clashes between pro-Russian separatists and armed forces despatched to the east of the country by the new Kiev regime, writes Niall Mulholland.

30 April 2014

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

I grew up in the 1980s under the Thatcher government. I lived on an estate in Rochdale. My parents were unemployed and we were living on benefits so I know first hand what effect the cuts that the present government is making will have

30 April 2014

spotUnited against the far right in Brighton

On Sunday 27 April, a collection of far-right groups descended on Brighton for the annual 'March for England', writes a Brighton trade unionist.

30 April 2014

spotFighting Library cuts in south Wales

Around 100 people, including Unison members, library users and anti-cuts campaigners gathered outside the Civic Offices in Barry on 28 April to protest against the Vale of Glamorgan council's plans to inflict brutal cuts on the library service

30 April 2014

spotMay Day: Remembering Bob Crow and Tony Benn

This year's May Day has been dedicated to the memories of Bob Crow and Tony Benn. Here the Socialist carries again its editorial from issue 803, 20-26 March

30 April 2014

spotA South Wales miner remembers

Miners and their families, photo D Pearson

Miners and their families, photo D Pearson

Tyrone O'Sullivan, currently chair of Tower Colliery and Secretary of Tower NUM during the great miners' strike spoke to another NUM militant about the 30th anniversary of the strike.

30 April 2014

spotCost of living crisis: Scrap zero-hour contracts!

1,500 people queued for hours outside an Aldi store in the hope of getting a job

30 April 2014

spotMay Day 2014 - Step up the fight for a socialist world!

May Day celebrations, photo Paul Mattsson

The first of May is traditionally a day of international workers' solidarity, celebrated by working class fighters around the world

30 April 2014

spotUSA: reviving working class traditions

15 Now demonstration in Seattle, USA, photo 15 Now

Fighting for $15 an hour and for socialism: 15Now hosted what can only be described as a marathon of a conference which ran from 11am to nine at night, write CWI reporters.

30 April 2014

spotVote for a working class voice

Corrina Smith Gateshead TUSC candidate, photo Elaine Brunskill

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has announced that it will be fielding 561 candidates in the local elections on 22 May. This marks the biggest left-of-Labour challenge in 60 years. Candidates include trade unionists, anti-cuts campaigners and young people

30 April 2014

spotUsdaw conference - fighting democratic union needed

From 4 to 7 May, around 1,000 reps and activists in shop and distribution workers' union Usdaw will meet for our Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) in Blackpool, writes an ADM delegate.

30 April 2014

spotNewsnight - socialist teacher demands right of reply

BBC TV's Newsnight feature on the 'Left in the NUT' angered NUT members from right across its broad spectrum of political views.

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