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1 August 2016

spotTUSC calls on Labour councillors to 'fight the Tories not Jeremy Corbyn'

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition responded to a published letter backing Owen Smith's leadership challenge, from over 500 Labour councillors

1 August 2016

spotSouth Wales NUM supports Jeremy Corbyn

We are very pleased to learn that the South Wales NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) has come out in support of Jeremy Corbyn in the current Labour leadership contest. The NUM has a long history of working class struggle, with the South Wales NUM an example of combativity before, during and after, the 1980s miners' strike.

1 August 2016

spotJeremy Corbyn attracts 1,000 in York

There was a large rally in St Helen's Square, York on Friday evening, 29th July. Jeremy Corbyn was greeted by the crowd of about 1,000 people with enthusiasm and spoke confidently and fluently for about 45 minutes.

2 August 2016

spotLiverpool: Corbyn slams "politics of the elite"

Up to 10,000 people flooded onto Liverpool's St George's Plateau and into the surrounding roads to greet Jeremy Corbyn on the Merseyside leg of his leadership tour. What a contrast with Owen Smith's event a few days earlier, where the 'crowd' was easily confused with the queue for a nearby ice-cream van!

3 August 2016

spotHMY Radford shopfitters strike against penny-pinching company

Shopfitters from HMY Radford in Burnopfield (Tyneside) are on a three-day strike, starting Wednesday 3rd August. This strike, alongside a 24-hour stoppage in July, is the first strike action at this factory for 33 years.

3 August 2016

spotFawley strike defeats 'race to bottom' exploitation of migrant workers

Striking Unite members working for contractors NICO at the massive Fawley refinery in Hampshire have won an important victory for trade unionists against the bosses' race to the bottom.

3 August 2016

spotCommunication Workers Union backs Jeremy Corbyn

A special press conference organised by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) alongside Jeremy Corbyn himself, saw the union announce its official support for Corbyn in the Labour leadership election.

5 August 2016

spotMood for unity but not with right-wing Labour infiltrators

Over 70 predominately working class people attended a packed and determined meeting in South Shields on Wednesday 4th August to defend socialism and democracy in the Labour Party. The meeting, held at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare, was called by the Harton and Westoe Banner Group, an organisation determined to keep alive the traditions of not just the miners' banners but also the ideas they represent.

5 August 2016

spotLow paid cleaners declare victory after 58 days on strike

The Socialist Party and the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) salute the victory of members of the United Voices of the World union after 58 days of indefinite strike action at 100 Wood Street in the City of London.

5 August 2016

spotWallasey Labour meet in resistance to the Blairites

Hundreds of local Jeremy Corbyn supporters met on 2nd August to oppose the suspension of Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) on the Wirral, Merseyside. Wirral Socialist Party welcomed and attended the meeting, which should be the start of a mass fightback to deselect Angela Eagle MP and the other Blairites.

8 August 2016

spotThousands attend Corbyn rally in Cornwall

On Saturday 6th August around 2,000 people gathered at Heartlands in Pool for a rally at which Jeremy Corbyn was the main speaker. People travelled from all over Devon and Cornwall for an opportunity to hear from the embattled Labour leader.

9 August 2016

spot#KeepCorbyn: stand firm for socialism

Attempting to defeat the movement behind Jeremy Corbyn are all the forces of the capitalist establishment. It would be wrong to be complacent about Labour's leadership election. Nonetheless, so far each attempt by the right at gerrymandering has been thwarted.

10 August 2016

spotPaul Reilly for RMT EC

Socialist Party member Paul Reilly, a branch secretary of the RMT transport workers' union in Nuneaton, is a candidate for the union's national executive committee to represent the Midlands region

10 August 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including a massive boost for bosses pay and unclaimed benefits.

10 August 2016

spot2011 riots: An outpouring of anger at the system

Five years on from the wave of riots that swept across cities in England, many of the underlying social problems are still there or have got worse. There is a real possibility of new upheavals breaking out today.

10 August 2016

spotBristol: Jeremy Corbyn wins support from young people

Corbyn's tour of the UK continued in Bristol on 8 August. Around 2,000 supporters of the Labour leader packed out College Green in the centre of the city. Leila Ward, a young activist, spoke passionately about the struggles faced by young people. This included attempts to block under 18s from participating in the upcoming leadership election.

10 August 2016

spotHull: Jeremy Corbyn rally the biggest for 20 years

The largest political rally Hull has seen in the last 20 years was held on 30 July, with over 3,000 people attending to show their support for Jeremy Corbyn.

10 August 2016

spotSouth London #BlackLivesMatter protest marches on Downing Street

"I shouldn't have to justify why my life is worth the same as that of my white neighbour," summed up a speaker to applause from the crowd of around 100 protesters. We were gathered for one of three concurrent Black Lives Matter demonstrations taking place across London on 6 August.

10 August 2016

spotLeeds Pride 2016: Pride must be political!

Leeds Pride is the biggest free Pride event outside London and is an important place for the Socialist Party to show our support to the LGBTQ community. Our petitions called on the NHS to fund HIV preventative drug PrEP and were met with enthusiasm, particularly from people who currently take the drug but have to pay £400 for it.

10 August 2016

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Blairite bullies, Owen Jones and Owen Smith, fighting racism and more.

10 August 2016

spotSamworth Brothers step up bullying and intimidation of workers

Trade unions like the bakers' union (BFAWU) exist to defend and extend the rights of workers This is why Samworth Brothers, one of Leicestershire's biggest food manufacturing companies, is trying to bully their employees at Kettleby Foods into backing-down from their perfectly reasonable demands for collective bargaining rights.

10 August 2016

spotAxe the Housing Act: 'We can't pay, we'll organise and we'll stay'

The housing crisis continues to deepen under this rotten Tory government. Many renters are now shelling out over half their net income to private landlords. But despite the acute shortage of affordable housing, Teresa May's ministers are pursuing a vicious campaign against social housing tenants. This is on top of the Tories' vindictive 'bedroom tax'.

10 August 2016

spotGrunwick strike 40 years on - lessons of an epic battle

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the two-year strike for union recognition and reinstatement at Grunwick's film processing factory in North London - which became a struggle of national importance.

10 August 2016

spotFresh bank crash looms

The banksters are at it again. Despite huge public anger at their role in the financial crisis of 2007-8 it seems no lessons have been learned. A new report warns that "we're sailing blindly into a second global financial crisis."

10 August 2016

spotNo to new grammars

Theresa May has announced she wants to lift the ban on selective secondary schools, a measure she states will increase social mobility. This claim could not be further from the truth.

10 August 2016

spotPrivatised medical record chaos

Dozens of GP surgeries in England have had thousands of medical records appear late or not at all thanks to outsourcing giant Capita.

10 August 2016

spotFight to defend HIV drug victory

The recent High Court ruling that the NHS should fund anti-HIV 'pre-exposure prophylaxis' (PrEP) drugs (pictured) has been widely celebrated. However, NHS bosses have vowed to appeal.

10 August 2016

spotUK wage drop as bad as Greece

Workers in the UK have suffered the biggest fall in real wages among advanced capitalist countries, according to new analysis published by the Trade Union Congress (TUC). Meanwhile, bosses are cutting more jobs.

11 August 2016

spotTrotskyism: what is it?

Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.

12 August 2016

spotCourt of Appeal battle shows Labour right's 'rule or ruin' approach

Three Appeal Court judges weighed into the Labour Party leadership election today on the side of the capitalist establishment candidate Owen Smith, by upholding the disgraceful exclusion of 130,000 members from having a vote in the contest

15 August 2016

spotThe Corbyn insurgency 2.0: Now let's finish the job

Jeremy Corbyn appears to be on course to be re-elected as Labour leader in September. But the bitter right-wing struggle against him shows there can be no compromise with the representatives of capitalism

15 August 2016

spotThe Corbyn insurgency 2.0: Now let's finish the job

Jeremy Corbyn appears to be on course to be re-elected as Labour leader. But the bitter right-wing struggle against him shows there can be no compromise with the representatives of capitalism in Labour.

15 August 2016

spotAngry Deliveroo drivers' strike against zero-hour contracts and low pay

Hundreds of drivers protested outside their head office

16 August 2016

spotGuardian letter in defence of Militant-led Liverpool council

The following letter was published in the Guardian on 16.8.16 from former Liverpool councillor and Liverpool Socialist Party member Tony Mulhearn in response to John Hoggart's attacks on the record of Militant-led Liverpool council in the 1980s

16 August 2016

spotButterfields won't budge: Asset-stripping landlords must be stopped

Families on the small Butterfields estate in Walthamstow received notices to quit back in January. From the start they have fought tooth and nail to stay in their homes.

16 August 2016

spotGuardian letter explains the success of the Labour Party Young Socialists

The following letter was published in the Guardian on 15.8.16 by former editor of the Labour Party Young Socialists (LPYS) paper and Socialist Party member Bob Labi explaining the success of the Militant-led LPYS and the role of Tom Watson in shutting it down

16 August 2016

spotA reply to Guardian writer John Harris

Under the headline 'If Trotskyists are on the march there's chaos ahead', John Harris wrote an article in the Guardian on 12.8.16 attacking Militant and the Socialist Party

17 August 2016

spotLessons of Militant - vital for struggles today

Militant supporters march against the poll tax, photo by Steve Gardner

Michael Crick's book 'Militant' was first published in 1984. Why has it now been re-issued 32 years later? For the very same reason that it was published in the first place: to provide ammunition for attacking the emerging left, writes Peter Taaffe.

18 August 2016

spotCorbyn backs teaching assistants at hundreds-strong rally

"Corbyn is likely to be the first ever prime minister to have stood on a picket line" said former Derby North MP Chris Williamson

18 August 2016

spotLeyton and Wanstead Labour backs Corbyn three-to-one

Jeremy Corbyn picked up a hat-trick of nominations in Waltham Forest when Leyton and Wanstead voted to back him by 94 to 33.

18 August 2016

spotWalthamstow Labour backs Corbyn two-to-one

Rank and file members gave Jeremy Corbyn resounding backing

19 August 2016

spotImmingham residents' housing battle

Hundreds of residents of the Washdyke estate were shocked at plans to demolish their homes.

22 August 2016

spotRussia Today interviews Peter Taaffe and Tony Mulhearn

Video: part of a report on the origins of the Militant tendency.

23 August 2016

spot#KeepCorbyn: Answer right's attacks with firm socialist programme

It is no accident that as ballot papers were sent out in the Labour leadership contest, London mayor Sadiq Khan chose this moment to attack Jeremy Corbyn

24 August 2016

spotHuge support at Corbyn rallies

Thousands attend rallies while CLPs continue to endorse the anti-austerity leader

24 August 2016

spotSave our NHS!

Beginning under the Margaret Thatcher governments of the 1980s, the NHS has been hit by decades of worsening privatisation and attacks.

24 August 2016

spot'Dis-Services' to Leon Trotsky

In July 2010, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe reviewed the book "Trotsky a Biography"

24 August 2016

spotKick out the Blairites

#KeepCorbyn: The establishment media, the fat-cat bosses, both wings of the Tories, and the Labour right have formed an axis. An axis against Corbyn's anti-austerity call.

24 August 2016

spotOrganise against secretive NHS cuts plans

"The biggest attack on the NHS you've never heard of" - that's how the deeply secretive plans being drawn up by NHS bosses were described by one report. Thanks to funding cuts, rip-off PFI schemes, and privatisation, the NHS is groaning under a £2.5 billion deficit

24 August 2016

spotThe threat of private health insurance

As waiting times for NHS treatment lengthen, more people can be tempted by private medical insurance. This is a dangerous trend - for the NHS and for all but the wealthiest few.

24 August 2016

spotBlack footballer's taser death: stop police racism now

Ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson was repeatedly tasered by police at his home in Telford, Shropshire on 15 August. His death follows those of many other black people at the hands of police.

24 August 2016

spotPay still below pre-crisis levels

There has been a lost decade for wage growth. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the income of working households is down £400 a year on pre-2008 levels.

24 August 2016

spot£500m on civil service redundancies in two years

Whitehall spent more than half a billion pounds on redundancy payments in two years, according to its own major departments' figures.

24 August 2016

spotTrain fares to rise again - nationalise railways now!

Sick of getting into work feeling like a two-day-old used face wipe? Well soon you will have to pay an extra 1.9% for the privilege. Regulated rail fares will rise again next year in line with this year's 'RPI' inflation figures.

24 August 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. New Duke of Westminster inherits billions; private landlords received £9 billion last year in tenants' housing benefit.

24 August 2016

spotLocal estate agents back Butterfields tenants

Estate agents are not generally known to turn down business. And with the property market in Walthamstow, east London booming, tenants and supporters of under-threat Butterfields did wonder what kind of response they might get on their "estate agent crawl".

24 August 2016

spotNottinghamshire Pride makes history

This year's Pride march in Nottingham on 30 July was a far cry from the corporate-sponsored 'respectability politics' of integration into the capitalist establishment.

24 August 2016

spotGreenwich council tenants: We won't pay! We won't move!

Greenwich council is threatening 22,000 council residents with a rent increase in April 2017. The council has indicated that it will implement the housing act, including 'pay to stay'.

24 August 2016

spotReaders respond to Trotskyist red scare smears by capitalist media

The renewed interest in socialist ideas has shaken cosy Westminster politicians, leading to fresh attacks on Militant, now the Socialist Party, and Trotskyism. Members of the Socialist Party defend our achievements against the lies and distortions of the capitalist media.

24 August 2016

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors. SDP splitters, no to nukes, Brexit's bullying bosses, mammoth pay, PLP panic.

24 August 2016

spotWould you call G4S for help over discrimination?

The Tories have handed the contract for the government's Equality Advisory and Support Service discrimination helpline to notorious privatisers G4S.

24 August 2016

spotTrump in trouble - political polarisation deepens

The US presidential election campaign is heading into its final phase now the Democratic and Republican conventions are over. The result was the anointing of the two most unpopular major party nominees in living memory, although Donald Trump is winning the unpopularity competition.

24 August 2016

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories from other sections and co-thinkers of the Committee for a Workers' International. Socialist Students launched in the United States; Hong Kong multinational take socialist to court; Canadian socialists join World Social Forum.

24 August 2016

spotDeliveroo strike action forces bosses to back down

Striking driver talks to the Socialist: The six-day strike by Deliveroo drivers in London, organised by the IWGB union, has forced the bosses to back down and won concessions.

24 August 2016

spotCorbyn union nominations round-up and view from the workplace

#KeepCorbyn: More trade unions have announced they are backing Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest. Meanwhile, a minority have endorsed right winger Owen Smith in a joint letter to the Daily Mirror. Union members respond.

24 August 2016

spotJunior doctors set for further strike action

Most junior doctors have moved to new posts this month but their contract dispute continues. 58% voted to reject the latest Department of Health 'offer' In July. No talks or revised offer have been forthcoming since.

24 August 2016

spotA day in the life of a call centre worker

"I am on a zero-hour contract with the promise of 16 hours if I am good"

24 August 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Rizty cinema workers ballot for fresh round of pay strikes; unsuccessful Blairite strategist calls for crushing of rail unions.

25 August 2016

spotBlairite machine suspends membership of left-wing bakers' union leader

The Socialist Party condemns the suspension

26 August 2016

spotHomerton hospital contracted-out staff fight threats from ISS

Domestic, catering and security workers protested

29 August 2016

spotDiscussing Trotskyism, Corbyn and socialist change

It was "standing room only" at a Coventry Socialist Party public meeting

31 August 2016

spotWhy you should join the Socialist Party today

You should join the Socialist Party to help build the powerful movement for socialist change we all need.

31 August 2016

spotCan Britain have a pay rise?

I was recently part of the audience on the BBC programme 'Can Britain have a pay rise'. There were 100 of us seated in ascending order of pay. Earnings ranged from jobseeker's allowance to the £1 million salary of Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins writes Steve North.

31 August 2016

spotSouthern strike

"The Govia Thameslink franchise is in meltdown and not fit for purpose. Not content with axing catering services, closing ticket offices and attacking the role of their guards, they now want to threaten 130 station jobs and compromise the safety of both their passengers and staff alike," said RMT general secretary Mick Cash in announcing the latest RMT strike on the Govia Thameslink franchise.

31 August 2016

spotEducation: fightback needed

Teaching unions must call coordinated national action: Education policy stands at something of a crossroads and the new academic year will be a significant one.

31 August 2016

spotPressure, lies and head games: being a school student in Tory Britain

I'm just going to say it... it is hard being a school student, especially under the Tories. There is a lot of pressure on you to be perfect, to have everything figured out.

31 August 2016

spotWomen still take home 36% less than men

New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows women on average still earn 36% less a week than their male counterparts. This is despite more than four decades of equal pay rights being on the statute books.

31 August 2016

spotChile: general strike threat as pensions protests grow

Sunday 21 August was another enormous day of protest marches in opposition to the AFP (the compulsory private pension system). Over 400,000 marched in the capital, Santiago, with up to two million in total demonstrating around the country. This represents a huge increase on the one million who participated in the historic 24 July protests.

31 August 2016

spotGrantham protest against night-time closure of A&E

Over 200 people attended a protest on 14 August, organised by campaigners against the night-time closure of Grantham Accident and Emergency Department. The protest was organised, with just a few days' notice, by a local group including Labour councillor Charmaine Morgan.

31 August 2016

spotTrade unionists for Corbyn rally in Cardiff

Trade unionists took the ideas of socialism onto the streets of Cardiff on 26 August, gathering at the foot of Aneurin Bevan's statue on Queen Street to rally in solidarity with the movement building around Jeremy Corbyn.

31 August 2016

spotSunshine and socialism at Socialist Party summer camp

Dozens of socialists in a field with sunshine, debate and refreshments. Unusual maybe, but our summer camp, held on August bank holiday weekend, is a longstanding highlight of the Socialist Party calendar.

31 August 2016

spotSocialist Party 'collectathon' to raise crucial cash

Socialist Party members will be trying to raise as much money and sell as many papers as possible in our 'collectathon' fortnight from 17 to 30 September.

31 August 2016

spotKen Loach and a Socialist seller join Sisters Uncut protest

The Spirit of '45, a film by renowned filmmaker Ken Loach was shown recently at a small local theatre in North Newcastle-upon-tyne.

31 August 2016

spotOver a million families in 'extreme problem debt'

1.6 million low-income families in 'extreme problem debt' - debt so crippling that it takes 40% of their total household income. Another 3.2 million households, that's one in eight, are struggling to manage their debt repayments, taking up 25% of income.

31 August 2016

spotWhat We Saw

Ending relationships can be awkward - but most agree doing it by text message is unacceptable. Unless you're the boss of a bus firm, that is.

31 August 2016

spotSmith v refugees

Owen Smith, the right-wing Labour leadership contender, falsely claimed refugees are overcrowding his local schools.

31 August 2016

spotScot schools scandal

Offshore investment firms part-own 277 Scottish state schools.

31 August 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

31 August 2016

spotUberEats: Angry delivery drivers protest over pay

"We are free, don't work for three", chanted angry UberEats drivers after storming the courtyard in front of the offices of the food app riding mopeds and bikes on 26 August.

31 August 2016

spotSolid bus strike for better terms and pay

London bus workers Tower Transit took 24-hour strike action on 26 August, over the imposition of roster changes, pay and the anti-union approach of the company.

31 August 2016

spotJoin the student fightback to end education cuts and austerity

As the new academic term begins, students at schools, college and universities around the country face a year of important struggles. Here two young people comment on some of the difficulties facing working class students.

31 August 2016

spotNo NHS cuts or closures

The NHS is about to undergo further major cuts

31 August 2016

spotRight's purges and exclusions show we must fight for a party for the 99%

Rally supporting Jeremy Corbyn, Hull

Many will have sighed in disappointment and exasperation to see #LabourPurge2 trending on Twitter as ballot papers were sent out for the Labour leadership election.

31 August 2016

spotFrance: Burkini ban fuels division

International outrage has resulted from the decision of over 20 town mayors in the south of France to ban from beaches the wearing of 'burkini' swimsuits, on the grounds of 'inciting terrorism' and 'threatening public safety'. Despite a court decree rejecting the ban as unconstitutional, the mayors say they will ignore the ruling. Judy Beishon reports on how the issue has become the focus of an ugly backlash to the recent terrorist attacks in France.

31 August 2016

spotInvest in grassroots sports needs

Britain's second-place finish in the Olympic table has been used widely by the establishment as a show of the greatness of British sport and successful investment strategies. But the reality is far from this image.

31 August 2016

spot#KeepCorbyn: For a party that fights for workers



This has to stop, and we are going to stop it. This is the message of legions of workers fighting zero-hour contracts, poverty pay and the 'gig economy.'

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