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1 February 2013

spotMid Yorkshire NHS trust

"I can't believe their arrogance", said one striker as we walked out en masse from the NHS Trust board meeting.

4 February 2013

spotManchester: MoJ walkout against privatisation

PCS members at the Ministry of Justice in Manchester staged a well supported two hour walkout last week, writes Alex Davidson.

4 February 2013

spotDerby Labour councillors 'oppose' cuts - then vote for them

After promising to defend youth services and council housing, Labour councillors have voted for £63 million worth of cuts.

5 February 2013

spotWorkers tell Bromley council: We won't sign up to plans

300 workers packed into a lunchtime meeting and another 80 attended a later one

6 February 2013

spotFight to save NHS

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

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

'We are ready for a fight to save our NHS.' That's the message of the 25,000 who marched in Lewisham in January to save their A&E, maternity and other vital services...

6 February 2013

spotLabour cuts better than Tory ones?

At a recent Unison south east regional conference a resolution was moved by Southampton district branch for debate on how Unison should fight the cuts...

6 February 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

No privatisation: PCS members at the Ministry of Justice in Manchester (MoJ) staged a well supported two hour walkout last week. This was in protest at plans to privatise the court fines collection service, writes Alex Davidson.

6 February 2013

spotCracks in the coalition - we must take advantage of the divided enemy

Back when the Con-Dem coalition government was young, and Nick Clegg and David Cameron were singing each other's praises in a rose garden, Cameron did show some foresight of the open warfare that is now rocking the coalition...

6 February 2013

spotCut tax dodging not benefits

Cut tax dodging not benefits

Cut tax dodging not benefits

Make the 1% pay for their crisis: I should be looking forward to becoming a first-time mum this year. Instead I'm looking over my shoulder at crumbling services and decimated benefits, writes Sophie Brooks.

6 February 2013

spotChildcare plans spell disaster

The recent proposals from Tory childcare minister Liz Truss to "cut red tape" and "map out the government's childcare aspirations" may sound good, but in reality will translate to a poorer service, job losses and an inevitable increase in child safety issues, writes John Cosgrove , Liverpool Socialist Party.

6 February 2013

spotBrutal cuts announced in Cardiff

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Last May voters in Cardiff turned out in massive numbers to throw out a council run by a coalition of Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru councillors beginning to implement the cuts demanded by the Con-Dem government, writes Andrew Price, Cardiff Against the Cuts.

6 February 2013

spotThem & Us

Spending power: In the last decade spending on cinema and theatre tickets has dropped by a third and spending on foreign holidays by 16 to 34 year olds has fallen by £922 million...

6 February 2013

spotSouth Africa: Battle for control of mining sector

The threat by mining giant Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to close four shafts, sell one mine and lay off 14,000 mineworkers in their Rustenburg operations is an open challenge to the entire working class

6 February 2013

spotScrap PFI, not our hospitals

Despite widespread public opposition, in October 2011 the then health secretary - Tory Andrew Lansley - confirmed the closure of A&E department and maternity services at King George Hospital in Goodmayes, east London

6 February 2013

spotAttempts to force Unison branches to affiliate to Labour

The article by Andy Bentley in issue 750 of the Socialist 'There is an alternative to cuts!' was spot on, writes a West Midlands Unison activist.

6 February 2013

spotRevolt against pay cuts strengthened at Mid-Yorkshire NHS

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

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

Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust admin and clerical workers in the Unison union took five days of strike action against pay cuts from Monday 28 January to Friday 1 February

6 February 2013

spotLewisham hospital protests continue

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson

The main road outside Lewisham Hospital was noisier than usual on 31 January as car, bus and lorry drivers beeped their horns in support of angry protesters, writes Roger Shrives.

6 February 2013

spotWhipps Cross workers prepare for fight against jobs and pay cuts

A lunchtime union meeting of over 80 domestic and portering day workers at Whipps Cross hospital, east London heard about the branch's plans to fight the threatened pay and hours cuts

6 February 2013

spotFilm review: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln

A revolutionary war against slavery: The US release of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln was situated between important events and anniversaries, write Patrick Ayers and Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (CWI supporters in the USA).

6 February 2013

spotSupport the Socialist with a May Day greeting

Hacked off by the capitalist press?: On 22 January, less than two months after the Leveson Report was published, billionaire media magnate Rupert Murdoch welcomed Chancellor George (née Gideon) Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson into his Mayfair apartment, writes Bob Severn.

6 February 2013

spotSocialist Party regional conferences

East Midlands: East Midlands Socialist Party (SP) held a successful and inspirational regional conference on Sunday 3 February...

6 February 2013

spotSeeking TUSC candidates in Knowsley

There are three impending byelections in Knowsley borough and we want to put up Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates in all three, writes Hugh Caffrey

6 February 2013

spotOrganised fightback needed to save council services

Striking local government workers in Southampton, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

"Multiple failures" is how the government's own financial watchdog has described the crisis facing council budgets across the country, writes Nick Chaffey

6 February 2013

spotAs Gove attacks teachers: NUT leaders - delay no longer

Call action now: The NUT executive recently voted 22-20 to delay strike action against education minister Michael Gove's performance related pay proposals, writes Linda Taaffe

6 February 2013

spotTamil Solidarity looks at 65 years of Sri Lankan 'independence'

Around 100 people attended the Tamil Solidarity meeting at Queen Mary University on 4 February - Sri Lanka's independence day

7 February 2013

spotHundreds lobby Birmingham Labour council

About 200 people braved freezing temperatures to lobby Birmingham council Labour Group on Monday 4 February against the massive cuts they are proposing...

8 February 2013

spotScrap 'fitness tests' targeting sick and disabled people says PCS

Assessments run by Atos on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions should be scrapped and the work brought back in-house...

11 February 2013

spotUnison region calls for general strike

A Unison member's placard on the 20th October TUC demo, photo  Socialist Party

A Unison member's placard on the 20th October TUC demo, photo Socialist Party

Calls for a general strike came thick and fast at Saturday's AGM of the Unison south east region

11 February 2013

spotSalford meeting tells councillors to reject cuts

At a meeting called by Salford against Cuts 60 people heard the case against cuts to vital frontline services put by staff and service users, writes Matt Kilsby, Salford Socialist Party.

11 February 2013

spotFilm review: 'No' - an exercise in rewriting Chile's history

It is 1988, Santiago, Chile, and 15 years into the vicious Pinochet dictatorship. The military regime has been compelled to call a plebiscite

12 February 2013

spotDouble-take at Keegan's description of Kinnock

I took a double-take at William Keegan's description of Neil Kinnock as possessing 'courage and clout' to 'detoxify' his party (Observer 10.2.13), writes Tony Mulhearn

12 February 2013

spotBBC journalists to strike on Monday

BBC NUJ journalists will come out on strike on 18 February, unless the corporation agrees to end compulsory redundancies and redeploy the posts under an agreed scheme

12 February 2013

spot'Fiddling while Rome burns' in Bolton

On a cold afternoon, workers gathered at Bolton town hall to protest against more cuts

12 February 2013

spotVictory over 'workfare' sanctions

A victory in the Court of Appeal for Cait Reilly and Jamie Wilson has dealt a massive blow to the government's work-for-your-benefit schemes

13 February 2013

spotSpielberg's Lincoln by Tony Mulhearn

Patrick Ayers and Eljeer Hawkins gave a penetrating analysis of the Spielberg film 'Lincoln' (the Socialist 7-13 February)...

13 February 2013

spotThem & Us

Making a mint from mince: British government officials are desperately trying to get a derogation (exemption) from new EU laws which limit the amount of fat and collagen (used in cosmetic surgery) which can be present in minced meat...

13 February 2013

spotGreece: Martial law ends ferry workers' strike

On 5 February the Greek government deployed military-style conscription against striking maritime workers to force an end to their industrial action...

13 February 2013

spotGCSE U-turn shows all Gove's 'reforms' can be stopped

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky

Teachers, parents and students will be happy about the Con-Dem education minister Michael Gove's climbdown over the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC), writes Jim Thomson.

13 February 2013

spotSocialist Party 2013 national youth and student meeting

National Youth and student meeting 9-10 February 2013, photo Suzanne Beishon

National Youth and student meeting 9-10 February 2013, photo Suzanne Beishon

Fighting for our future!: The Socialist Party held its 2013 national youth and students meeting on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, with around 80 people attending from across England and Wales, writes Mary Finch, Waltham Forest Socialist Party.

13 February 2013

spotSupport the fight for a socialist alternative

Socialist Party members from branches throughout England and Wales will be meeting at our national congress on 2-4 March to discuss the crisis in the world economy and the political situation in Europe and in Britain today, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

13 February 2013

spotLow pay + high prices = debt misery

I volunteer for an advice agency and deal with some people's debt problems. Clients from all walks of life come in because they're worried and need the free help and advice we can offer, writes Carole Wood.

13 February 2013

spotCare workers fight cuts in pay and conditions

Unison members in South Derbyshire healthcare branch are having an activity in Derby on Saturday afternoon, 16 February, to publicise how the Thera Trust treats its workforce...

13 February 2013

spotCampaigning against cuts

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

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

Rotherham NHS - 'scams' and cuts: "Hospital goes into intensive care" claimed the Rotherham Advertiser. Before Christmas Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust announced it has to make £50 million cuts.

13 February 2013

spotWorkplace In Brief

Hospital workers fighting massive pay cuts have forced Mid Yorks hospital Trust to extend the deadline for agreeing to new contracts by three weeks so that negotiations can proceed

13 February 2013

spotHorsemeat scandal: good for profit, bad for health

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo by Paul Mattsson

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo by Paul Mattsson

The scandal of 29% horsemeat found in Tesco value burgers four weeks ago has paled into insignificance compared to the revelation in the last week that Findus' beef lasagne is 100% equine

13 February 2013

spot"Fully funded" social care plan - still needed

Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt would like to have us believe that he's a hero of the elderly. He has announced plans that will supposedly tackle the scandal of people having to sell their houses

13 February 2013

spotNottingham: Campaigning for comedy without misogyny

Rape is no joke logo

Rape is no joke logo

Jokes about rape are not the only issue, or even the most important issue, facing women in Britain today. However, it is one part of the sexism we face in our everyday lives

13 February 2013

spotLondon firefighters' lobby

Firefighters lobby LFA 11.2.13, photo C. Newby

On Monday 11th February, firefighters again lobbied the London Fire Authority against cuts

13 February 2013

spotTUSC: 'No cuts' candidate in Eastleigh

Daz Procter, RMT council of executives, standing as a TUSC candidate in the Eastleigh by-election 2013, photo TUSC

Daz Procter

The resignation of Lib Dem minister and MP for Eastleigh Chris Huhne is just one of the latest crises to hit the coalition government

13 February 2013

spot15 February 2003: A million on the streets to stop the war

Huge anti-war demonstration in London in 2003, photo Paul Mattsson

Huge anti-war demonstration in London in 2003, photo Paul Mattsson

10th anniversary: It was the day that shook the world. From cold, grey, sub-zero London to sunny Sydney, a vast tide of humanity marched in every continent in the most momentous display of mass solidarity ever seen

13 February 2013

spotSmash the blacklist - not the unions!

 Manchester central library construction site, protest against blacklisting, Feb 2012 , photo Hugh Caffrey

Manchester central library construction site, protest against blacklisting, Feb 2012 , photo Hugh Caffrey

The recent scandal around blacklisting in the construction industry once again highlights the ruthless steps employers are willing to take in order to undermine hard-won terms and conditions at work and attack union organisation.

13 February 2013

spotMid Staffs hospital scandal: Big business culture kills

Nurse protesting on the 20 October 2012 TUC demo , photo Senan

Photo Senan

The government will smear the reputation of the NHS to boost its privatisation agenda. But its own policies - and Labour's - caused the breakdown of care at Mid Staffs hospital

13 February 2013

spot'Save our A&E' - Defend the NHS

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson

Lisa Jones, a health service activist, reports on the campaign in Caerphilly, a story others will identify with

13 February 2013

spotPrison officers protest outside parliament

photo by Bob Severn

The prison officers' union held a lobby of parliament on 13 February against prison closures, overcrowding and privatisation

14 February 2013

spotSouth Africa: Democratic Socialist Movement

Delegates and visitors from across South Africa's platinum and gold mines, townships and villages, gathered on 9-11 February for the DSM national conference (CWI in South Africa)

14 February 2013

spotCouncillors' contempt exposed

Southampton budget 'commended to the dustbin' by protesters, photo Paul Callanan

After a merry-go-round of cuts advocates, councillors Don Thomas and Keith Morrell moved an alternative

15 February 2013

spotHalesowen college strikers mark Valentines day

Striking lecturers at Halesowen College marked Valentines day with a giant card, featuring the message "No Love Lost" and the names of 12,000 supporters who have so far signed the petition against the victimisation and sacking of four maths lecturers for trade union activity...

15 February 2013

spotPCS branch supports 24-hour general strike call

Tony Mulhearn addressed a 120-strong meeting of the Cheshire branch of the Public and Commercial Services union

18 February 2013

spotBBC journalists strike against redundancies

BBC journalists strike, 18.2.13, photo by N Chaffey

Pickets were out early in Southampton as part of a national strike at the BBC over compulsory redundancies

18 February 2013

spotCarlisle: Demands to 'tax the rich' hit a nerve

Opposing cuts in Cumbria, photo by Carlisle SP

"Tax avoidance isn't illegal, I do it every year" said the leader of Cumbria council

18 February 2013

spotSave our Services demo in Newcastle attracts 3,000

On 16th February Newcastle saw a lively demonstration marching past services which are going to be devastated by the council

19 February 2013

spotSave the Blue Book at Capenhurst!

http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/txt/263.pdf, Leaflet being distributed by Socialist Party members at Capenhurst on 20th February 2013.

19 February 2013

spotRMT security and safety staff strike against bullying and harassment and an attempt to impose workplace changes without agreement 25th February 2013

RMT security and safety staff strike against bullying and harassment and an attempt to impose workplace changes without agreement 25th February 2013 , photo by P Mitchell

RMT security and safety staff strike against bullying and harassment and an attempt to impose workplace changes without agreement 25th February 2013 , photo by P Mitchell

19 February 2013

spotRMT security & safety staff strike against bullying, harassment and unagreed changes - photo P. Mitchell

RMT security and safety staff strike against bullying and harassment and an attempt to impose workplace changes without agreement 25th February 2013 , photo by P Mitchell

RMT security and safety staff strike against bullying and harassment and an attempt to impose workplace changes without agreement 25th February 2013 , photo by P Mitchell

19 February 2013

spotVisteon pensioners 4th anniversary demonstration, 13.3.13

DfE 2 hour strike 7.3.13, outside the Sheffield office., photo Robbie Faulds

DfE 2 hour strike 7.3.13, outside the Sheffield office., photo Robbie Faulds

19 February 2013

spotWinning candidate for TUSC in the Maltby byelection Joe Robinson (left), with Shaun Barratt (right)

Winning candidate for TUSC in the Maltby byelection Joe Robinson (left), with Shaun Barratt (right), photo by Alistair Tice

Winning candidate for TUSC in the Maltby byelection Joe Robinson (left), with Shaun Barratt (right)

19 February 2013

spotTyne & Wear metro cleaners up the ante

Churchill cleaners have stepped up their battle for a living wage, by now striking for seven days

20 February 2013

spotMid Staffs hospital scandal: Cuts, PFI and big business to blame

Caerphilly march for A&E, photo by Becky Davis

Caerphilly march for A&E, photo by Becky Davis

Local Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters and Socialist Party members were out in Stafford on 16 February, campaigning over the future of Stafford hospital, writes Andy Bentley.

20 February 2013

spotCaerphilly says 'bring back our A&E!'

Over 200 determined campaigners marched through Caerphilly town centre on Saturday 16 February, demanding the return of a local A&E, photo Becky Davis

Over 200 determined campaigners marched through Caerphilly town centre on Saturday 16 February, demanding the return of a local A&E, photo Becky Davis

Over 200 determined campaigners marched through Caerphilly town centre on Saturday 16 February, demanding the return of a local A&E, writes Mariam Kamish.

20 February 2013

spotLondon NHS

Whittington Hospital: Cuts plans leaked - anger pours!: People served by the Whittington Hospital in north London were shocked by downgrading plans leaked to local papers, writes Nick Auvache.

20 February 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Education dept strike: PCS members at the Department for Education have voted to strike over a threat to 1,000 jobs and six offices...

20 February 2013

spotKazakhstan: Vadim Kuramshin faces 12-year jail sentence after appeal denied

Vadim Kuramshin, campaigner for prisoner rights and member of the Socialist Movement Kazakhstan, faces a 12-year jail sentence from the brutal regime of dictatorial president Nursultan Nazerbayev...

20 February 2013

spotGetting organised can change things for low-paid workers

After months of illegal shift patterns and being expected to work without breaks under a bullying management at my workplace (as previously reported in the Socialist), things are looking up, writes Hannah Parker.

20 February 2013

spotAction needed to end caste discrimination

The first employment tribunal to deal with caste discrimination was dismissed recently after the judge 'recused' herself from the case, writes Senan, Tamil Solidarity.

20 February 2013

spotSocialist Students holds first North West conference

Socialist Students held an excellent first north-west conference on 16 February, bringing together student activists from Salford, Stockport, Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester, writes Hugh Caffrey.

20 February 2013

spotNepal: The forgotten revolution

On 17 February, the Committee for a Workers' International and Greenwich Socialist Party held a meeting to discuss the revolution in Nepal...

20 February 2013

spotSocialist Party campaigning news

Third branch launched in Coventry: Coventry North Socialist Party, the third branch in the city, met for the first time on Wednesday 13 February, writes Glen Watson.

20 February 2013

spotReview: "It's time to take over the banks"

It's time to take over the banks - FBU pamphlet, photo FBU

It's time to take over the banks - FBU pamphlet, photo FBU

Dave Murray reviews the new "It's time to take over the banks" FBU pamphlet by Michael Roberts and Mick Brooks. Introduction by Matt Wrack, general secretary, FBU...

20 February 2013

spotBosses take tax liberties

This month US company Liberty Global took over Virgin Media. Having taken over 'losses' racked up by Virgin while constructing their cable network, Liberty will pay no corporation tax for the foreseeable future

20 February 2013

spotFood adulteration - government cutbacks and capitalist profits

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo Paul Mattsson

Meat being prepared at Smithfield market, photo Paul Mattsson

In the wake of the horsemeat scandal it's clear that food manufacturers, supermarkets and government ministers cannot be trusted to provide and ensure healthy food

20 February 2013

spotSelf-regulation: 'Like having the burglars install your locks'

Calls for a tax on fizzy drinks have sparked hurt outrage among manufacturers. How could they be accused of doing anything wrong when all they want is to bring health and happiness to the world!

20 February 2013

spotSouth Africa: Democratic Socialist Movement conference

South African supporters of the Democratic Socialist Movement, section of the CWI, photo S. Figg

South African supporters of the Democratic Socialist Movement, section of the CWI, photo S. Figg

Hardening solid gold: About 60 delegates and visitors from across South Africa's platinum and gold mines, townships and villages, gathered on 9-11 February in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, for the Democratic Socialist Movement's (DSM) national conference

20 February 2013

spotFree trade agreement means NHS privatisation

Protest by domestics at Whipps Cross hospital against contractor Initial attempting cuts to pay and hours, photo Suzanne Beishon

Protest by domestics at Whipps Cross hospital against contractor Initial attempting cuts to pay and hours, photo Suzanne Beishon

On 12 February top US politicians announced formal talks on a new EU/US free trade agreement. The same day health campaigners in Lewisham heard a speaker on the implications for the NHS

20 February 2013

spotThem & Us

Belt tightening: Farewell Woolworths, so long HMV, sayanara Peacocks. We've said goodbye to a whole host of high street chains over the last five years as shoppers have had to tighten their belts.

20 February 2013

spotCoventry: 'We need to fight now to save our services'

"The next Labour councillor who tries to back away from saving local services should recognise that by voting for massive cuts they will in effect be voting to abolish themselves, writes a Unison steward, Coventry.

20 February 2013

spotToxic Tories - Time to fight their cuts and lies

Toxic Tories

They say we are what we eat. If so, HELP! Given what's been revealed about our 'food' no wonder many think Britain's 'gone to the dogs'... or whatever animal it is. The truth is few will be shocked that dodgy food comes from the pursuit of profit...

20 February 2013

spotFighting for a real alternative to cuts

Lessons of Southampton - councillors have a choice: Is it true that councils really have 'no option' but to pass on the Con-Dems' cuts?

20 February 2013

spotStop social cleansing: Cap rents, not benefits

Camden council has announced plans to move poorer families out of London

20 February 2013

spotWorkfare ruling - government on back foot

Give us real jobs! Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan

Escalate action to fight for real jobs: "I am not going to give way on this" was the reply of Tory work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) when confronted with the government's defeat on workfare at the court of appeal

20 February 2013

spotNo pay cuts at Thera!

Members of South Derbyshire Unison healthcare branch held a day of action to support their members in Thera East Midlands

20 February 2013

spotConstruction workers demand adherence to national agreements

Protesting at Capenhurst, 20.2.13, photo Ray McHale

Over 100 construction workers from across Cheshire and Merseyside protested at the Capenhurst site today

21 February 2013

spotSouth Africa: Big response for Workers' and Socialist Party

 CWI flag at meeting of Harmony Gold workers, South Africa, February 2013 , photo by DSM

CWI flag at meeting of Harmony Gold workers, South Africa, February 2013 , photo by DSM

The conference of the Democratic Socialist Movement pledged to continue the fight against the brutal mining bosses and ruthless South African capitalists, writes Peter Taaffe

22 February 2013

spotRMT slams media blackout of Eastleigh TUSC candidate

With less than a week to go in the Eastleigh byelection, transport union RMT today blasted a deliberate media blackout of working class candidate Darren Procter, a member of the union's executive and the candidate of TUSC

22 February 2013

spotSocialists strengthened on NUT executive

Pete Glover

Pete Glover

The election of Peter Glover to a vacant NUT executive seat is a victory for the union's left and for all calling for action to defeat Gove's attacks

23 February 2013

spotCredit rating downgrade proves that austerity isn't working

Socialist Party press release: Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary says: "The government has justified brutal austerity by saying that it would reduce the deficit ...

24 February 2013

spotCoventry protest against austerity

Around 150 people braved the freezing cold to march through Coventry city centre on Saturday morning in protest against £61 million of cuts that will be voted on by councillors.

25 February 2013

spotEastleigh: Ex-Labour rebels back TUSC candidate

Dave Nellist (former Labour MP) and Keith Morrell (Southampton Councillors Against Cuts) to speak in support of Daz Procter, TUSC candidate in the Eastleigh byelection

25 February 2013

spotMarch on Stoke - No new council HQ!

On Saturday 23 February over 1,000 people marched from Hanley to Stoke to protest against the council's plan to waste more than £59 million on an unnecessary new council HQ

26 February 2013

spotOil tanker drivers show their industrial strength

The 2008 Shell oil tanker drivers' strike was successful, photo Bob Severn

The 2008 Shell oil tanker drivers' strike was successful, photo Bob Severn

BP tanker drivers at the Grangemouth oil refinery came out on a 72-hour strike

27 February 2013

spotWill the Tories play the benefits card?

Another bright idea that the Conservatives came up with recently is to pay people's benefits on a card that restricts what it can be spent on

27 February 2013

spotItalian election - Results resolve nothing

The Italian election on 24 and 25 February was long-expected to end in a stalemate, but the closeness of the votes and the possibility of a temporary coalition and another election soon have caused big falls on stock markets around the world...

27 February 2013

spotHousing support - workers and service users under attack

Support workers at One Housing Group in London are to ballot for industrial action against pay cuts of up to £8,000 a year for 250 workers, writes Paul Kershaw, Chair, Unite branch LE1111.

27 February 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

PCS ballot: Members of the civil service union PCS are being encouraged to ensure a big 'yes' vote for action by asking them to bring their ballot paper to work on 27 February, some are exchanging them for badges saying "I've voted 'yes'"...

27 February 2013

spotFoodbank figures reveal reality of austerity

In a survey of Coventry Foodbank service users by Warwick University, 62.7% said their weekly household income was less than £100 a week, writes Robert McArdle , Coventry East Socialist Party.

27 February 2013

spotA busy day in the life of a 'shirker'

I've considered myself as many things; a loud-mouthed leftie who tries to treat all equally, who laughs too loudly and tweets nonsensical, insider jokes with my friends, writes Jennifer Birch.

27 February 2013

spotCampaigning against the cuts

Leicester protesters say no cuts!: On 20 February, 200 homeless people, trade unionists and campaigners lobbied Leicester's Labour council as they voted for cuts...

27 February 2013

spotSocialist Party 2013 congress

Socialist Party members from across England and Wales will be attending the party's 2013 Congress on 2-4 March...

27 February 2013

spot45 years since the Ford Dagenham strike: women workers still fighting for decent pay

The marvellous victory of the women factory workers in the machine shop at Ford Dagenham rings as loudly today as it did 45 years ago, writes Linda Taaffe, National Shop Stewards Network.

27 February 2013

spotEast Midlands Ambulance Service

Why 'Being the Best' puts lives at risk: A consultation report on plans for the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) was published on 7 January 2013...

27 February 2013

spotThem & Us

Bully-don Club: Oxford University's notorious hell-raising Bullingdon Club - whose alumni include David Cameron and Boris Johnson - retains its vile upper class prejudices...

27 February 2013

spotThe Work Programme isn't working

Scotland Youth Fight for Jobs arrives in Glasgow, 20 October 2012, photo by Matt Dobson

Scotland Youth Fight for Jobs arrives in Glasgow, 20 October 2012, photo by Matt Dobson

20 out of 9,500. That's how many former incapacity benefit claimants were placed in jobs lasting longer than three months

27 February 2013

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: building an anti-cuts electoral voice

Eastleigh byelection: The Eastleigh byelection circus has left many voters out in the cold as the real stories of foodbanks, unemployment, benefit cuts and the closure of the local Ford Transit factory are ignored

27 February 2013

spotHull: build an unstoppable force

A walk down Holderness Road, east Hull, tells the story. Instead of traditional shops and businesses, there are charity shops, pay-day loan sharks, money lenders, pawn shops and betting shops.

27 February 2013

spotMarching against cuts in Coventry

Around 150 people marched in Coventry city centre on 23 February in protest at £61 million of cuts threatened by councillors

27 February 2013

spotShould socialists support GM foods?

Debate over the genetic modification of crops raises questions for socialists and environmentalists as to the role of GM, as well as the wider issue of science under capitalism

27 February 2013

spotSocialist Party Scotland conference

On 16-17 February, Socialist Party Scotland (SPS) held its largest conference since the relaunch of the Scottish section of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) in 2001

27 February 2013

spotGove's civil servants begin industrial action over 50% cuts

Civil servants in the Department for Education begin industrial action from Thursday 28th February over plans for 50% cuts

27 February 2013

spotResist all attacks on trade union facility time

Dave Warren, PCS rep Swansea DVLA, takes part in the PCS National day of protest on 30 November 2012: 'Don't rip up our rights' , photo by R Job

I work at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea where I am one of the officers of the PCS branch, one of the largest in the union, writes Dave Warren, PCS rep DVLA.

27 February 2013

spotCouncillors must fight attacks on council services

Southampton councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Southampton SP

Southampton councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Southampton SP

In Southampton youth workers and young people are campaigning to stop the decimation of youth services

27 February 2013

spotAnti-cuts protester arrested for using right to free speech

Newcastle police arrested a youth worker for peacefully highlighting the devastating cuts being made by the Labour council

27 February 2013

spotAusterity... Anger... Action!

Austerity is failing - banner on the 20 October 2012 TUC demonstration against austerity , photo Paul Mattsson

TUC demo against austerity: Photo Paul Mattsson

TUC must set date for 24-hour general strike: Before the 2010 general election Osborne made maintaining Britain's AAA credit rating one of eight benchmarks by which to judge the government... The wheels are coming off the Con-Dem coalition

28 February 2013

spotBirmingham cuts an 'article of faith' for Labour

Protestors linked arms to block entrances to Birmingham Council House, speaking to councillors as they entered for the budget setting meeting...

28 February 2013

spotSocialist Party to hold annual congress as world crisis deepens

Capitalists internationally and in Britain have no answers! A Socialist Party press release

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