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1 August 2017

spotSteel workers at Rom Ltd strike for a pay rise

No pay rise for ten years! That's why 18 steel fabricators in Sheffield are on strike

1 August 2017

spotBank of England fair pay strike

Unite members at the Bank of England are striking for three days from Tuesday 1st August for a pay rise

1 August 2017

spot#Justice4Daz campaign launch

Over 200 people came to the launch meeting of the #Justice4Daz campaign last week, which was set up after Coventry man Darren Cumberbatch died after "contact" with the police

1 August 2017

spotVictory against 'the biggest single NHS privatisation'

Plans to privatise "all cancer and end-of-life treatment for children and adults across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent" have been scrapped

2 August 2017

spotLabour MP attacks local student over anti-austerity art project

The Socialist Party condemns Labour MP Vicky Foxcroft for reporting a student to the police, over an art project

3 August 2017

spotThree London strikes coordinate demos

Unite members at Barts NHS Trust, the Bank of England and BA cabin crew went on the march

8 August 2017

spotRashan Charles death: End police racism and austerity

A video of the violent abuse of Rashan before his death has caused outrage

8 August 2017

spotVenezuela shows battle Corbyn would face

The Tories and the capitalist media are trying to conduct a scare campaign, rehearsing the shop-worn theme of 'chaos', linking Jeremy Corbyn to the current turmoil in Venezuela.

9 August 2017

spotHousing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

Coventry Socialist Party held a public meeting in Hillfields about a new campaign for housing safety in Coventry on 1 August

9 August 2017

spotRMT condemns Welsh government rail privatisation

Rail union RMT has condemned plans by the Welsh Labour government to further privatise the Welsh rail network

9 August 2017

spotCoordinated action needed to break pay restraint

The misery of austerity for millions of workers is set to continue under the Tories. Chancellor Phillip Hammond has defended the 1% pay cap and claimed that public sector workers are overpaid

9 August 2017

spot40% of England's psychiatric wards are 'unsafe'

Fight for mental health funding: Nearly half of England's mental health units are out of date or unsafe according to healthcare regulator CQC. Thousands were "inadequate" or marked "requires improvement."

9 August 2017

spotEnd poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

Since the NHS began outsourcing care services to private companies and charities, wages and conditions for carers, support workers and healthcare assistants have been squeezed.

9 August 2017

spotFar-right thrown out of Newcastle

On 29 July Socialist Party members found out that remnants of the north east's divided far-right organisations were planning a demonstration in Newcastle city centre

9 August 2017

spotCampaign fights closure of Chatsworth rehab ward

35 concerned patients, ex-patients and staff attended a passionate public meeting called by the Socialist Party on 3 August to discuss plans to fight the closure of the Chatsworth rehabilitation ward at Mansfield Community Hospital

9 August 2017

spotSupport for Socialist Party campaigns at biggest ever Leeds Pride

Socialist Party members joined an excellent Leeds Pride on 5 August. It was the biggest ever Pride parade in Leeds, with over 40,000 attending

9 August 2017

spotPostie paper sale

Colin John, a new member and retired trade union convenor, turns up regularly on our Saturday campaign stall in Swansea despite his mobility problems

9 August 2017

spotBarts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

Talks are expected between NHS privateer Serco and striking Barts health workers as we go to press with the next strike set for 6am on 18 August

9 August 2017

spotVenezuela: Capitalist offensive sharpens after assembly elections

The escalating civil strife and economic crisis in Venezuela is being used by western governments and the establishment media as a stick to beat socialists with. However, as Marxists in Venezuela explain in the following article, the Maduro state bureaucracy is incapable of mobilising the working class to defeat the capitalist counterrevolution.

9 August 2017

spotWorkers' struggles in Peru: eyewitness report

In Peru, the working class are fighting against sharp attacks on healthcare, education and working conditions. Doctors and teachers are striking nationwide.

9 August 2017

spotGlobal finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

Is capitalism reproducing the same conditions that led to the 2007-08 financial crash? In two introductory articles, Ross Saunders looks at the rickety global financial order and Ian Groeber points to the recent Italian bank bailouts to show how the working class continues to pick up the tab for the capitalists' failures.

9 August 2017

spotHow much reserves have councils got?

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has launched a new report on the level of reserves held by Labour-led councils

9 August 2017

spotStriking back against poverty pay

What's summer about? Sun, sea and... strike action! Fat cats and their Tory MP mates might be lounging on private beaches, but a strike wave is going to hit them

9 August 2017

spotYoung, angry and fighting back

Join the Young Socialists!: Unemployment and underemployment in Hull, particularly for young people, is unacceptably high

9 August 2017

spotAngry bin workers enter fifth week of strike action

Birmingham bin workers, members of Unite, feel angry that the Labour council has forced them into a fifth week of action

9 August 2017

spotCrunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners

Combining music, sampling, spoken word and audio clips, Public Service Broadcasting's 'Every Valley' is a poignant, angry exploration of mining, pit closures and the legacy of industrial decline in south Wales

9 August 2017

spotCoventry: march following racist police killing

Over 200 came to the launch meeting of the #Justice4Daz campaign, set up after Coventry man Darren Cumberbatch died on 19 July following "contact" with the police. Hundreds also joined a march in Nuneaton on 29 July.

9 August 2017

spotMarx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis

The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: "You can't understand the capitalist system without reading Marx's Das Kapital." When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was a "great economist."

11 August 2017

spotThe stress and hardship faced by nurses

NHS England currently has 89,000 staff vacancies, 40,000 of which are nursing posts. After 27 years as a nurse I can see a 'perfect storm' of political decisions that are forcing so many nurses away from

15 August 2017

spotUS: neo-Nazi violence reawakens resistance

The vicious white nationalist violence in Charlottesville and across the US has acted as a collective wake-up call

15 August 2017

spotSummer Camp

15 August 2017

spot'Ana Key MP' - Socialist artist responds to attacks

They push through the same cuts, take the same exorbitant wage (mine earned three times the median wage of her constituents!) and ignore the same problems, writes Ellen Kenyon Peers, Lewisham Socialist Party.

15 August 2017

spotGlasgow janitors win famous victory

Glasgow 'jannies', after an industrial action campaign lasting almost two years, have won an inspiring victory, writes Well done, the Glasgow school janitors! You won #Justice4Jannies!.

17 August 2017

spotBirmingham bin workers - fighting back wins!

Following magnificent action by Brum's bin workers - members of Unite the Union - with high turnouts at picket lines, the increasingly determined workforce has forced a management retreat.

17 August 2017

spotVital Derby women's services under threat - campaign calls on council to step in

Derby Women's Centre has existed since 1978 and has been supporting women throughout Derby and Derbyshire who are at the most vulnerable point in their lives

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