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1 February 2016

spotFighting to save the last two play centres

Parents and children took to the streets

2 February 2016

spotBirmingham Small Heath school - lift NUT rep's suspension!

The academy threat to Small Heath school has been withdrawn, but NUT members are now having to take action for the reinstatement of NUT rep Simon O'Hara

3 February 2016

spotLondon Transport workers braced for huge cuts in spending

London faces cuts in public transport along with attacks on bus and tube workers after the government announced an end to the subsidy to Transport for London (TfL), writes Andy Beadle, London bus driver.

3 February 2016

spotTories are taking London taxi drivers for a ride

Hackney carriage

Hackney carriage

Transport for London (TfL) has in the last four years registered another 40,000 mini cabs to drive around London allowing them to ply for hire using smart phone technology, writes Dave Wallis Vice chair, RMT London taxi branch.

3 February 2016

spotCrane drivers' strike for pay rise

Ainscough crane drivers took strike action on 1 February after a 90% vote against a two-year pay deal being imposed on the workforce by the company that is also trying to casualise working conditions and hit safety, writes Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales.

3 February 2016

spotTesco slashes pay for thousands of workers

Multi-billion pount retailer Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

Multi-billion pount retailer Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

Thousands of workers at Tesco, the UK's largest private sector employer, could lose hundreds of pounds in pay, writes Scott Jones, Chair, Usdaw east London retail branch (personal capacity).

3 February 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

FT dispute: Journalists at the Financial Times will be taking 24-hour strike action on 4 February over the 4 million pensions robbery proposed by new owner, Nikkei

3 February 2016

spotArrested 'Heathrow 13' climate activist speaks

On 25 January, myself and 12 others were convicted of aggravated trespass and being in a restricted area of an airport without permission, writes The courts are making an example of climate protesters. 'Plane Stupid' activists face jail for demonstrating against third runway plans at London Heathrow airport last July. Melanie Strickland, one of the 'Heathrow 13', speaks in the Socialist..

3 February 2016

spotTax the 1%

We are the 99% - Take the wealth off the 1% Socialist Party placard, photo Paul Mattsson

We are the 99% - Take the wealth off the 1% Socialist Party placard, photo Paul Mattsson

We all know the score. Put your hand in the till at work, you're gonna get sacked. Snatch someone's purse or wallet and you'll likely have the police after you. Hold up a bank and you'll get 15 years

3 February 2016

spotNewham Labour disunited against austerity

John McDonnell speaking at Newham United Against Austerity meeting, photo Ben Robinson

John McDonnell speaking at Newham United Against Austerity meeting, photo Ben Robinson

Around 80 people gathered in Stratford, east London, to hear shadow chancellor John McDonnell speak alongside Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary, local MP Lyn Brown, Newham councillors and local union activists, writes Ben Robinson, East London Socialist Party.

3 February 2016

spotWakefield tells big business to frack-off!

Four fracking licences have been granted in the Wakefield District area to Hutton Energy and Igas which would completely surround the city of Wakefield and turn the whole area into a massive industrial complex, writes John Sibbald, Wakefield and Pontefract Socialist Party.

3 February 2016

spotTories axe 310 jobs in Northern powerhouse

The Tories have announced the closure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) office in Sheffield next year. This makes a mockery of their 'Northern powerhouse' economic policy, writes Marion Lloyd, PCS union rep, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

3 February 2016

spotConservatives have no interest in collecting corporation taxes

Google HQ, California, United States, photo Robbie Shade (Creative Commons)

Google HQ, California, United States, photo Robbie Shade (Creative Commons)

As millions of ordinary people in Britain suffer from austerity imposed by the Tory government, big businesses are taking the easy way out, writes Emma Clark.

3 February 2016

spotCWI world congress success

130 delegates and visitors from 34 countries came together in Belgium from 25-30 January for the 11th World Congress of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI)

3 February 2016

spotJapan: The failure of 'Abenomics'

Building of working class left opposition urgent: Shinzo Abe recently became the longest serving Japanese prime minister in nearly four decades. His Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government has regained its lead position in the opinion polls.

3 February 2016

spotCelebrating the revolutionary life of Robert Burns

Spare a thought for the poor members of Carlisle Socialist party. With the post-floods mood and ongoing rain dampening down outside activities, we were forced into the Milbourne Arms.

3 February 2016

spotCouncillor suspended after cuts query: activists seek joint work

A north London Labour group has suspended one of its councillors for questioning cuts to adult care.

3 February 2016

spotAir pollution destroys more lives and homes

Have you noticed the buds on the trees? The sweet smell of cherry blossom in the air? The rush of colour in the fields? If so, you're not the only one to notice a worrying trend of ever-earlier spring

3 February 2016

spotThem & Us

Lording it up...: Spare a thought for stricken peers who can't survive on their pitiful 300 a day allowance. Baron Farmer of Bishopsgate has spoken up for insolvent lordly colleagues.

3 February 2016

spotFight to save 1,550 finance jobs in Surrey

Picket line at Legal & General flagship site in Kingswood, Surrey

Picket line at Legal & General flagship site in Kingswood, Surrey

Members of Unite the Union's finance sector have taken to picket lines for the first time since the 1970s to fight back against the closure of Legal & General's flagship site in Kingswood, Surrey.

3 February 2016

spotWitty take on credit crunch misses problems at heart of capitalism

Film review: 'The Big Short' is a story about the 2008 world economic crash. You won't find the unemployed or the homeless in it. But what you will see is the fraud, corruption and greed of finance capital.

3 February 2016

spotBedroom Tax ruling: The fight to scrap it must continue

Protesting about a bedroom tax case

Protesting about a bedroom tax case

Words alone won't get rid of the bedroom tax. "I'm registered disabled - will I still have to pay bedroom tax?... Is the bedroom tax illegal, now?"... "Has the bedroom tax been stopped?", writes Cathy Meadows, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Scrap the Bedroom Tax, Defend Council Tax Benefits campaign.

3 February 2016

spotSolidarity with health workers

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a last ditch attempt to avert a new doctors' walkout, told the BMA union that the "door is open". It might be open but given the track record of this government, it's unlikely anyone's indoors - and if they are they certainly won't be listening

3 February 2016

spotLetters

Renter's rant: Beth Sutcliffe is spot on when she comments on the conditions private sector tenants have to live in.

3 February 2016

spotWorld economy heading into a storm

Every year the global capitalist elite meet at the World Economic Forum held at Davos. This year, the prevailing mood was anxiety, the keynote pessimism. They fear the world economy is heading for a storm.

3 February 2016

spotMarch against the housing bill

"David Cameron, hear us shout! We know what you're all about: evictions, home losses, mansions for the bosses!"

3 February 2016

spotZika: Another healthcare system failure

In October 2015 the Ministry of Health in Brazil confirmed a causal relationship between Zika and microcephaly

3 February 2016

spotPrivate renting: Unfit homes and couch surfing

Housing

Housing

It fills me with disgust, but not much surprise, that the Tories voted against a rule requiring landlords to keep their properties 'fit to live in', writes Lily Levin, Private tenant, London.

3 February 2016

spotFight to save Huddersfield A&E

The campaign to stop the closure of Huddersfield A&E has continued to attract huge support and mobilise mass opposition, writes Mike Forster, Huddersfield Socialist Party.

8 February 2016

spotSocialist Party members inspired by conference

Party members from 20 different villages, towns and cities met in Bristol

8 February 2016

spotDefiant demonstration

Junior doctors demonstrated against unsafe changes to working hours and what are effectively pay cuts.

8 February 2016

spotOxford Unite's strike to defend children's centres

Unite members are taking strike action with a 83% mandate from the membership of the South East 6272 Community Youth Workers and Not for Profit branch

9 February 2016

spotDisabled woman harassed for bedroom tax

A press release from Waltham Forest Trade Union Council

9 February 2016

spotLabour right wing blocks call to debate budget cuts

Southampton Labour council will this week propose the largest cuts to jobs and services since it took office in 2011

10 February 2016

spotSanders' socialist message rattling the establishment

US elections: The opening US presidential primaries showed support for 'non-establishment' candidates in both the Republican and Democratic Party caucuses

10 February 2016

spotDoctors' strike 10th February - photos and reports

Reports and photos of the junior doctors' strike on 10 February

10 February 2016

spotCameron's EU renegotiation charade

The Socialist Party opposes the EU, Cameron's deal included, in order to defend working class interests and take forward the fight for socialism, in Britain and Europe.

10 February 2016

spotTorbay: "A tale of two towns"

Torbay may be the English Riviera for the well-heeled, but for many working people it is a place of poverty, insecurity and low wages.

10 February 2016

spotFight council cuts!

There is nothing left to cut. Even Tory council leaders don't know where they'll find the government's latest 'savings'!

10 February 2016

spotAnger against plans to close Bradford libraries

The planned decimation of library services in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire has led to angry scenes at recent 'consultation' meetings, where details about the possible closure of eleven libraries have been put on the table.

10 February 2016

spotNHS campaign gains support

The Socialist Party held our first public activity in Redditch town centre on 30 January where the maternity unit at Alexandra hospital unit is under threat of permanent closure.

10 February 2016

spotTories bankrupting NHS

Trade unionists must organise fightback: The National Health Service (NHS) in England is in financial meltdown due to the Tories' relentless drive toward privatisation.

10 February 2016

spotSouth London: Library workers strike to save services

in Greenwich and Bromley

10 February 2016

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world. Irish general election, South Africa outsourcing victory and campaigning for workers' rights in Taiwan

10 February 2016

spotNo-cuts strategy needed to save 25,000 council jobs

The GMB union has revealed that there are over 25,000 redundancies in the offing at 52 English, Scottish and Welsh councils.

10 February 2016

spotPortsmouth: support for anti-austerity stand

On 28 January Portsmouth TUSC organised a public meeting on how to oppose the city council's cuts by putting forward an alternative no-cuts budget.

10 February 2016

spotBirmingham: socialists kicked out of Momentum

If Momentum is to be a success it needs to throw its doors open to all those who want to fight austerity, not just Labour Party members. It should be putting its energy into kicking out the careerists and the Blairites, not the socialists.

10 February 2016

spotLeeds meeting expresses Corbyn and McDonnell's contradictions

Hundreds crammed into a Leeds meeting hall recently to hear Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell speak. But his vision for change isn't yet matched by a strategy to achieve it.

10 February 2016

spotBig victory at Small Heath School against academy attack

The third week of strike action in the Small Heath School dispute in Birmingham due to run from 2 to 4 February was called off after the sponsors of the proposed academy withdrew their interest on 29 January.

10 February 2016

spotLeicester taxi dispute: Labour's rank hypocrisy

Taxi drivers in Leicester, organised in transport workers' union RMT, are furious at the dictatorial attitude of the city's Labour mayor in cutting taxi ranks and imposing red tape.

10 February 2016

spotCuts to premiums mean no 'rise' in store for Tesco workers

I almost laughed when I was told by my manager that I was getting a pay rise. From July I will be paid 23p more an hour. Great, what's not to like? But with a cut in premiums I won't be getting a rise at all.

10 February 2016

spotContinued action in crane drivers' pay dispute

Crane drivers for Ainscough, the country's largest crane supplier, took a second day of strike action on 8 February over pay.

10 February 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Action against blacklisting at Fawley refinery near Southampton and potential opera chorus strike.

10 February 2016

spotMental health: system in crisis

Mental health services are being cut to the bone and patients are dying as a result. There has been a 20% spike in deaths in mental health care in the last year.

10 February 2016

spotMental health: My battle for the help I needed

I was told by my GP that I have severe depression and anxiety on 1 October 2015. Now I had a name for it. And suddenly whoosh, I joined the one in five that will at some stage of their life suffer from some form of depression.

10 February 2016

spotLawyers defeat Tories' unjust legal aid cuts

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has made a complete u-turn on cuts to legal aid at the end of January.

10 February 2016

spotCushy government job for Amazon boss

Tory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has appointed Doug Gurr, president of Amazon China, to his department's board of directors.

10 February 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Tory MP 'doesn't notice' 400,000 income, 16 million workers worse off with new pensions. Cameron's mum fights the cuts.

10 February 2016

spotLiverpool fans walk out against ticket price hikes

15,000 Liverpool fans walked out of the team's game with Sunderland in protest against owners' extortionate price hikes.

10 February 2016

spotUS elections: Clinton coins it

Right-wing US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton earned $675,000 giving speeches for parasite speculators Goldman Sachs in 2013.

10 February 2016

spot'Pro-rape' anti-feminist Roosh V humiliated

Anti-sexism campaigners have humiliated "pro-rape" activist Roosh V. Over 40 turned out to protest against rape culture in Cardiff.

10 February 2016

spotDon't give money to Ukip and Tory EU campaigners!

The establishment media has already decided that reactionary pro-austerity politicians are the only exit voices they will feature. They completely ignore the millions of trade unionists and young people who, like the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, oppose the EU from a completely different standpoint.

10 February 2016

spotLack of strategy - and exclusions - threaten Momentum

The first national committee meeting of Momentum has taken place. The response of John McTernan, former Blairite advisor, was: "It's war". Well, if it's war, and it is, then Momentum is unfortunately setting itself up for defeat

11 February 2016

spotPublic meetings show readiness to fight back

Dozens of activists attended three meetings

16 February 2016

spotHands off the Butterfields estate!

At least 15 households have eviction notices since their landlord sold the properties [Update added 18.2.16]

16 February 2016

spotNo-cuts People's Budget conference

Participants discussed a legal no-cuts budget

17 February 2016

spotBoycott ban

The Tories plan to prevent councils - and possibly student unions - democratically boycotting human rights abusers

17 February 2016

spotIf I had been in 1980s Labour, I'd have supported Militant

Featured letter: I joined the Labour Party in 1995 as a 20-year-old student. Most if not all of Militant (then in Labour, now called the Socialist Party) had already been expelled or had resigned from Labour, writes Richard Price, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

17 February 2016

spotLetter: Brum Blairite

Hannah Sell answered the false claim of sexism on the part of Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters really well in issue 885 of the Socialist, writes Clive Walder, Birmingham Socialist Party.

17 February 2016

spotCouncils have a choice: no cuts to jobs or services

Councillors in local government do have the power to resist the government cuts. The notion that 'there is nothing else we can do' is wrong.

17 February 2016

spot300 million to cushion cuts in Tory councils

Threatened with backbench revolt, the Tory government has produced a 300 million 'transition grant' to partially cover gaping shortfalls in local government over the next two years.

17 February 2016

spotUS fears EU exit will hinder vulture privatisers

It was recently revealed that the US government is discussing how to make a direct intervention in the EU referendum debate.

17 February 2016

spotRecord-high 170 evictions a day

Evictions in England and Wales reached a record high last year as over 170 people lost their homes every day.

17 February 2016

spotLiverpool fans score victory v 77 ticket hike

Liverpool Football Club has backed down over ticket price hikes after thousands of fans walked out during a match.

17 February 2016

spotThem & Us

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

17 February 2016

spotLibrary workers prepare to escalate strike action

Unite members in Greenwich and Bromley are escalating the libraries' campaigns in both boroughs following recent strike action which launched a joint campaign.

17 February 2016

spotHistoric joint further education strike

On the 24 February, lecturer's union UCU and Unison will take joint strike action across England in the further education sector for the first time.

17 February 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

17 February 2016

spotScotland: battle heats up against council cuts

1 billion in council cuts over the next two years is the consequence of the funding deal from the Scottish National Party (SNP) government, which will mean the loss of 15,000 jobs and the decimation of services if implemented.

17 February 2016

spotLondon lobbies against cuts to jobs and services

In Tower Hamlets on 17 February a second People's Budget meeting is being held jointly between the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and the Tower Hamlets Independent group of councillors.

17 February 2016

spot"Staines has never seen anything like it!"

Given the absence of a local Momentum group, Staines Socialist Party decided to host a meeting on 11 February to discuss the Corbyn phenomena and to invite all those interested in a real anti-cuts, socialist movement to come along.

17 February 2016

spot"You can cut the cake but not our libraries!"

Coventry Central Library marked its 30th birthday on 10 February and the guest of honour at the celebration was leader of Coventry City Council Ann Lucas.

17 February 2016

spotStudents, unions and parents unite to save Pent Valley School

A coach packed with campaigners determined to save Pent Valley school in Kent left Cheriton to lobby Kent County Council in Maidstone.

17 February 2016

spotRally to defend jobs in Northern Ireland: "We won't sit on the sidelines"

On 8 February, 800 people gathered in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in opposition to the threatened destruction of manufacturing jobs in the area.

17 February 2016

spotSocialist Students conference 2016: Delegates enthusiastic and confident

100 students from over 30 institutions were represented

17 February 2016

spotJunior doctors must stand firm

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt unilaterally imposed his unsafe and unfair new contract on junior doctors in England on 11 February, writes Dr Clare Blackwell, unior doctor, Poole Hospital.

17 February 2016

spotAn open letter to John McDonnell from Tony Mulhearn

"You do call for a mass campaign of opposition to cuts with the objective of placing the blame on the Tories. But if this is to be effective it must be on the basis of Labour councillors refusing to vote for cuts".

17 February 2016

spotSouthampton: absence of Corbynism as Labour swings Tory axe again!

Southampton Labour Council squandered a major opportunity to change course and build on the anti-austerity mood that swept Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of Labour and produced the first junior doctors strike in 40 years.

17 February 2016

spotIrish general election: fighting on an anti-austerity agenda

The Socialist Party in Ireland is participating as part of the Anti Austerity Alliance in the general election to be held on 26 February

17 February 2016

spotPoem: Journey

'Journey', a poem on the refugee crisis by Steve Nally.

17 February 2016

spotSocialist's anti-war art on show in Bradford

Currently on display at the Bradford Playhouse is a series of paintings by artist and Socialist Party member Peter Robson.

19 February 2016

spotLeicester: Workers unite to fight Samworth

Over 300 workers for 'food giant' Samworth Brothers packed a meeting in Leicester last Friday night to hear the response of BFAWU food workers' union to recent threats to their pay

19 February 2016

spotChildren take over County Hall in protest at cuts

Over 40 people - mostly children and teenagers - stormed into County Hall

19 February 2016

spotNorth West Water pensions strike

GMB members gathered to picket and protest outside United Utilities' Warrington HQ at Lingley Mere, Great Sankey, in a protest over pensions

23 February 2016

spotEU referendum: Vote OUT the Tories

Photo: Paul Mattsson

The referendum on 23 June is not just about the EU but is also an opportunity to pass verdict on Cameron and his rotten government. An 'out' vote would strike a mortal blow at the government.

24 February 2016

spotDetermined junior doctors fight on

The BMA is preparing for three 48-hour strikes to fight the imposition of a contract

24 February 2016

spotJunior doctors: back new strikes

Three 48-hour walkouts: Junior doctors have announced fresh stoppages. Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt's scandalous decision to impose a dangerous new contract on them has already backfired.

24 February 2016

spotButterfields tenants demand action against evictions at Labour estate agent awards

Tenants facing sell-off and eviction in east London demanded action from their Labour council at a nauseating Labour-organised estate agent awards ceremony on 20 February.

24 February 2016

spotCameron, Cameron, meal snatcher

The government is closing a fund which helps remote primary schools feed children.

24 February 2016

spot'Benefit tourism' twaddle

The Tories have admitted they have no evidence to suggest workers from other countries come to Britain to claim benefits.

24 February 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Bookies make millions from gambling addicts; bankster gamblers still unpunished.

24 February 2016

spotOne-woman tragedy's fiery call for revolution

Theatre review: Iphigenia in Splott: Tremendous. That is the only way to describe Gary Owens' one-woman play "Iphigenia in Splott", directed by Rachel O'Riordan and starring Sophie Melville.

24 February 2016

spotLetters

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Heseltine's Liverpool lies; nurse on class war; Tories versus law and order.

24 February 2016

spotTower Hamlets to take anti-cuts fight into the council chamber

Tower Hamlets Independent Group councillors will move an amendment to the east London borough's cuts budget on 24 February.

24 February 2016

spotLeeds sets up people's budget campaign

Anti-cuts activists have established the Leeds People's Budget Campaign to present a no-cuts amendment to next year's council budget.

24 February 2016

spotUnison at a crossroads

Unison members on the 26th March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison members on the 26th March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Industrially and politically, Britain's largest public sector union is under siege from the Tories' relentless austerity agenda. Meanwhile, Unison's right-wing leadership and bureaucracy resort to dirty tricks to hold the struggle back.

24 February 2016

spotHong Kong: new year riot

Police violence must be condemned: Brutal policing caused a riot in the downtown district of Mong Kok on the first night of the Chinese New Year, 8 February. Socialists on the ground give an eyewitness report.

24 February 2016

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world. A Marxist view of Modi's Hindutva in India; Irish election final push; Taiwan socialist conference.

24 February 2016

spotGateshead: reprieve for respite centre

Cabinet papers show that, following protests, Gateshead's council is to back down over the closure of Grove House - a respite centre for children and a respite and day centre for adults, all with serious disabilities.

24 February 2016

spotMomentum must "take the fight to the right"!

Lambeth Momentum's leadership is on a rightward trajectory, but some younger members are still looking for a serious fightback.

24 February 2016

spotSave Derbyshire children's centres

The Labour-controlled county council has announced that 32 of Derbyshire's 51 children's centres are to close this year, with up to 200 redundancies - their most vicious assault on workers yet in the 157 million cuts they're making.

24 February 2016

spotWakefield: no fracking, no cuts

Wakefield's council voted overwhelmingly to oppose fracking and call on central government to withdraw licences - after pressure from local activists.

24 February 2016

spotCumbria cuts - the grim reaper

The recent decision by Labour Cumbria county councillors to carry out 25 million cuts to vital public services, particularly social care, will result in more unnecessary deaths in Cumbria.

24 February 2016

spotCampaign to save Pent Valley continues

Kent County Council has let slip any veil of democratic accountability to the people of Cheriton, Kent. Its education committee supported the proposal by the director of education, Patrick Leeson, to close Pent Valley School, despite huge public opposition.

24 February 2016

spotVictory for striking EDF energy workers

Unite members at EDF Energy working in metering services have won major concessions in a long running dispute over pay and conditions.

24 February 2016

spotPensions strike by water workers in Warrington

United Utilities, a company with revenues of 1.7 billion and profits of 664 million in the last year, is attacking its workers' pensions.

24 February 2016

spotFresh round of strikes against fresh round of cuts

Oxford County Council workers organised in Unite the Union took strike action against cuts on 16 February.

24 February 2016

spotWorkers unite to fight pay attack in Leicester

Over 300 workers for 'food giant' Samworth Brothers packed a meeting in Leicester on 12 February. Samworth Brothers is to take the minimum wage increase back from them by axing pay enhancements.

24 February 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. National FE college strike; construction workers protest against employers breaking pay agreements; Independent newspaper to close.

24 February 2016

spotLeeds Labour 'anti-austerity' meeting: jam tomorrow

Leeds Labour Party's "Fighting Austerity, Investment Not Cuts" meeting on 18 February seemed quite positive. Until the question of 'people's budgets' came out.

24 February 2016

spotKhrushchev: the Stalinist who denounced Stalin

60 years ago, at the 20th conference of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956, first secretary Nikita Khrushchev denounced the dictatorial crimes of Joseph Stalin who had died in 1953.

24 February 2016

spotSave our A&E!

The community-led campaign against the closure of the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary has mushroomed

24 February 2016

spotTrident: thousands to march - scrap all nukes!

Thousands will take to the streets on 27 February, demanding the scrapping of Trident nuclear weapons

24 February 2016

spotStress, abuse and long hours for London bus drivers

Bus drivers in London are being made to suffer for a timing system that is not fit for purpose.

24 February 2016

spotSocialist Party Wales and North West conferences

Socialist Party regional conferences in the North West and Wales discuss last year's tumultuous events and look ahead to the year to come.

26 February 2016

spotLabour council attacks trade unions

Hull Labour has just agreed measures to remove Unite and GMB convenor facility time

29 February 2016

spotSwansea: youth orchestra joins protest against cuts

Trade unionists, including representatives of Swansea Trades Council and council workers, took part in the lobby but by far the biggest contingent was of teachers, pupils and supporters of West Glamorgan Youth Music Service, who are facing devastating cuts in funding.

29 February 2016

spotUprising against A&E closure

"If this doesn't make them listen, I'm not sure what will!" - One protester summed up the mood

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