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1 February 2017

spotNo Ban, No Wall: Socialism not Trumpism

Donald Trump's outrageous travel ban on people from seven Muslim countries and halting the US's refugee programme, has unleashed a huge wave of protest both in the US and internationally

1 February 2017

spotMillwall victory

Millwall FC's ground in south London, the Den, along with many local residents, no longer faces eviction

1 February 2017

spotEstablishment papers over Brexit chasms

Article 50 bill heading to parliament: Six months on from the referendum and Brexit remains a nightmare for the capitalist establishment in Britain, from which they can find no escape

1 February 2017

spotSlave labour at Sports Direct

The news that two brothers were jailed at Nottingham Crown Court for trafficking vulnerable people to work at Sports Direct in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, will have shocked and angered many, writes Karen Seymour.

1 February 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Woolwich ferry, tube and KCL strikes.

1 February 2017

spotBangladesh: 'Hartal' protest against destructive power plant

A half-day hartal, or general stoppage, took place in Bangladesh on 26 January. It was part of an ongoing campaign of protests against the Rampal coal-fired power plant project which threatens the livelihoods of 50 million rural poor in this country.

1 February 2017

spotEnd poverty pay now... Get organised!

Over Christmas I worked gruelling hours in the retail sector, sometimes up to seven hours without any breaks. I did not dare refuse or complain as I was on a four-hour contract and I knew that I'd be put at the bottom of the list if a shift came up at short notice.

1 February 2017

spotLeicester: libraries fightback

Like other Labour-controlled local authorities, Leicester City Council is in the process of doing the Tories' bidding by destroying our city's public services.

1 February 2017

spotWhy I joined: "Things have to change"

I look around at prices going up for everything and can't understand how we can sustain this way of life for even the next ten years!

1 February 2017

spotWallasey Labour 'dispute' escalates

The situation in Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) has continued to escalate. Labour Party members around the country were contacted by party officials to take part in Labour's day of action for the NHS. This included Wallasey CLP, which has been suspended since July 2016.

1 February 2017

spotSocialist Students: conference Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 February 2017

Socialist Students conference is now less than two weeks away. This promises to be a hugely exciting event. Socialist Students will be hosting Monica Caballero - the deputy general secretary of the Sindicato de Estudiantes (student union in Spain) and a leader of the mass movement against education attacks in Spain. The Sunday morning session will include a debate with Conservative Future.

1 February 2017

spotNewham council challenged over £1.8 million cut workers' pay

One Newham council worker could lose £6,000 and lose his home if the £1.8 million cut to workers' wages goes ahead. The all-Labour council, led by mayor Sir Robin Wales who earns £81,000 a year, had a whopping £161 million in general reserves in 2015-16.

1 February 2017

spotSupport your newspaper - help us get May Day greetings!

Help the Socialist get May Day greetings this year. Because to puncture Trump, and end the billionaires' world austerity barrage, workers and young people need solidarity and socialist ideas.

1 February 2017

spotTamil Nadu mass protests against state repression

In December 2016 it was reported that India had surpassed Britain to become the sixth largest economy in the world. However, India is one of the most unequal countries with the richest 1% holding 58% of overall wealth. For the poorest and those suffering oppression, life in India is brutal.

1 February 2017

spotBuild 100 days of resistance to Trump's agenda!

One of the most reactionary, bigoted and predatory administrations in modern history has taken office. The Trump presidency, from the vicious tweets to the bizarre press conferences to the reactionary cabinet picks and executive orders, has millions of people understandably feeling they are in an unfolding nightmare.

1 February 2017

spotBabies in poverty are twice as likely to die

Poor children in the UK are more than twice as likely to die while babies compared to their richer counterparts, particularly in their first month of life.

1 February 2017

spotEnergy bill hikes con: nationalise them now!

Howlers are magical red letters which appear in the children's stories of Harry Potter. When the characters open these letters they get screamed at by the letter in mid-air. If any letter howls at you, "I need to be nationalised!" as you open it, it's the dreaded energy bill which arrives on the doormat at the end of a cold, cruel winter.

1 February 2017

spotBristol: Angry meeting discusses tasering of race relations man

Around 200 people crammed into a meeting in St Pauls, Bristol, on 28 January to discuss the horrendous tasering of a police race relations group member Judah Adunbi.

1 February 2017

spotCumbria care home beds under threat

Cumbria county council has again published long discredited assertions to justify its attack on our care home system which will get rid of the majority of beds.

1 February 2017

spotGovernment attack on DWP job centres and offices

As part of the Tory offensive against the public sector, the chancellor has announced a 20% reduction in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offices, and more jobcentres to share sites in local authority premises, to deliver 30% savings on estates costs. This fits in with the approaching end of the contract with the company which owns the DWP estate.

1 February 2017

spotVote for Left Unity in the PCS elections

In December 2016 I was elected chair of PCS Left Unity, which is a rank-and-file organisation that brings together left activists in the union. It is open and democratically run. The Socialist Party has consistently recognised the importance of working with other left groups and independents, which is why we have always argued for the right to disagree on policy issues while standing for maximum unity in elections.

1 February 2017

spotVictory: removed Royal Mail workers reinstated

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) Eastern 5 branch are celebrating a victory over Royal Mail in a battle over trade union solidarity.

1 February 2017

spotSuper-rich shareholders cause of pension deficits

Nationalise the banks and top corporations: Over half of Britain's richest firms could immediately wipe out the deficit in their pension schemes if they were willing to prioritise former workers over investors.

1 February 2017

spotUK textile workers on £3 an hour!

The Guardian and BBC news have exposed garment manufacturers in Leicester employing thousands of workers on £3 an hour, less than half the minimum wage.

1 February 2017

spotTrade Union Act: Strategy needed to defeat anti-union laws and lead the fightback

John McInally looks at how the TUC reacted to the trade union laws and what comes next.

1 February 2017

spotTUSC: To stand or not to stand?

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference on 28 January debated whether to stand candidates in the 2017 local elections

1 February 2017

spotFight for our health service!

Join the 4 March demo: We're seeing almost daily headlines announcing the NHS is in crisis.

2 February 2017

spotSupport Cardiff's no-cuts three

Cardiff Against The Cuts has learned that three members of the Labour Party in Cardiff have been expelled shortly after calling on the Labour council to refuse to make more funding cuts to jobs and services.

2 February 2017

spotManchester metro mayor: How will you fight cuts?

Andy Burnham, Blairite MP for Leigh, has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Greater Manchester metropolitan mayor. The new position is part of an undemocratic devolution of powers - and austerity.

3 February 2017

spotResponse to Derek Hatton's criticism of Corbyn over Brexit vote

Derek Hatton's criticism of Jeremy Corbyn's proposed support for triggering Brexit is off the mark (FT 1/2/17), writes Tony Mulhearn

6 February 2017

spotSouthern dispute: Aslef members must reject offer

In an attempt to end the long-running, bitter dispute against driver only operation, Southern Rail has made an offer to drivers in Aslef

7 February 2017

spotHousing: Irresponsibility becomes reality

'Councils will be ordered to build thousands more homes' is the message. I immediately thought I'd missed the election of a Corbyn-led government that was implementing a basic socialist policy. No.

8 February 2017

spotSouthern dispute: disappointment and anger - RMT president responds

RMT president Sean Hoyle speaks to the Socialist (in a personal capacity)

8 February 2017

spotLondon Midland victory: RMT forces bosses to withdraw outsourced security

Train guards have faced down bosses at London Midland in a dispute over the use of outsourced security guards on trains.

8 February 2017

spotAWE pension strikers vow to fight on

Thousands of workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) were stripped of their defined benefit pension scheme on 1 February by AWE bosses Lockheed Martin, Jacobs and Serco.

8 February 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including DWP closures, Picturehouse strike and Deliveroo walkout.

8 February 2017

spotNHS: fight for funding - not passport checks

Right-wing politicians and newspapers are trying to blame the austerity and privatisation-induced NHS crisis on so-called 'health tourists'. The Socialist spoke to Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, a doctor involved in last year's strikes.

8 February 2017

spotSNP and Greens agree cuts budget in Scotland

TUSC and unions call for legal no-cuts budgets: A Scottish National Party (SNP) government austerity budget passed in Scotland on 2 February with the support of the Scottish Greens.

8 February 2017

spotStand with the RMT: unite against Southern Rail and the Tories

The transport union RMT, its members, and many across the union movement are fuming at the proposed Southern Rail 'deal'. It was made with the leadership of the Aslef transport union and presided over by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) - they and the Tories hope it will settle the Southern Rail dispute.

8 February 2017

spotNo cuts, no closures, save our NHS!

The NHS is in crisis. Hospitals cancelled a record number of urgent operations last year, mainly because of bed shortages. One in six A&E departments faces closure or downgrading because of NHS cuts.

8 February 2017

spotUniversal basic income - what do socialists say?

The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a 'universal basic income' (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years - a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone in society receiving an unconditional, tax-free, regular payment, regardless of whether they are working or the composition of their household.

8 February 2017

spotSyria: Is an end to the war in sight?

The military victory in Aleppo by Assad's regime and its foreign backers was a turning point in the war in Syria. It has put the Syrian government once more in formal control of the country's main urban centres. Serge Jordan of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) examines if this is the prelude to a broader peace settlement that could end the horrors inflicted on the Syrian people.

8 February 2017

spotTense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.

8 February 2017

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Roger Bannister's retirement, Sri Lankan strikes and ambulance staff shortages.

8 February 2017

spotSmearing socialism by attacking the arts

The Russian revolution a hundred years ago is still a terrifying calamity - for billionaire thieves, warmongers and their political defenders. But for the working class, it meant a boom in living standards, freedom and imagination.

8 February 2017

spotCampaign forces Surrey council to back down on fire station closure

After weeks of protesting, a massive demo outside the fire station, petitions and lobbies, Surrey council was forced to organise a public meeting to explain why it needed to axe Staines Fire Station.

8 February 2017

spotMake some noise for Orgreave!

Orgreave campaigners were shocked and outraged on 31 October 2016 when new home secretary Amber Rudd announced there would be no form of inquiry into the events of 18 June 1984. The government had been making all the right noises to the campaign and even Theresa May had talked about tackling the "poison of decades-old misdeeds".

8 February 2017

spotCanterbury Socialist Party attends 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

Socialist Party members recently organised a film night instead of our usual branch meeting - the film was 'I, Daniel Blake'. Beforehand we sold 17 copies of the Socialist outside the venue.

8 February 2017

spotRomania: mass protests against corruption go on

Mass protests - which forced the ruling Social Democrats in Romania to drop their executive order decriminalising some official corruption - have continued

8 February 2017

spotRegional Socialist Party conferences

Reports of Socialist Party regional conferences in the North West and Southern regions.

8 February 2017

spotRMT wins important tube jobs and grading victory

Planned strike action forced management to improve its proposal

8 February 2017

spotSolidarity not racism - Socialism not Trumpism

Anti-Trump protester, photo by Paul Mattsson

A victory was won by the international movement when a judge in Seattle temporarily halted the travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries and Trump's suspension of the US refugee programme.

8 February 2017

spotBA strike: "We're being paid well below what we should be"

Many cabin crew are coming straight off flights onto the picket line.

9 February 2017

spotSouthampton: no-cuts budget needed

Starved of cash by continued Tory funding cuts, Labour councils are facing another round of budget cuts, writes Nick Chaffey.

11 February 2017

spotGun Crime - Fact And Fiction

THE KILLING of two innocent young black women on New Years Day, apparently caught in the crossfire of a gang battle, sparked a flurry of media interest in gun crime, writes Steve Score.

11 February 2017

spot60 Years After Beveridge Welfare reform - back to the future?

THE BEVERIDGE Report advocated full employment and the creation of a welfare state. It was 1942 and the second world war had raised workers' expectations of a better future. Thousands had died and those

13 February 2017

spotAnti-trade union laws used against 'Trees Action' protesters

It's cheaper for Amey to cut trees down than it is to maintain them

14 February 2017

spotWallasey Labour remains suspended despite collapse of allegations

The allegations of homophobic abuse, bullying and intimidation levelled by Angela Eagle and her anonymous and cowardly supporters against Wallasey constituency Labour party (CLP) have now collapsed due to the fact that there was absolutely no credible evidence.

14 February 2017

spotSupport floods in for the No-Cuts Three

A solidarity meeting packed out the upstairs of a local pub in Cardiff

15 February 2017

spotFrance: police attack triggers protests

Paris has been rocked by days of protests following the horrific assault by police on a black youth worker from the poor northern suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois

15 February 2017

spotNew Socialist Party press

The Socialist Party has a new press - thanks to your donations. It will enhance production of our posters, leaflets and publications

15 February 2017

spotCorbyn needs to stand up to Brexit rebels

What we think: While most Labour MPs have no problem with defying the large-scale opposition of their constituents to austerity, it's a different matter for a section of them on the issue of the EU referendum

15 February 2017

spotResist Trump and his rotten policies: why I'm walking out on 'Day X'

I'll be joining students from schools, colleges and universities across Britain in walking out on Day X - the day that President Trump first sets foot in Britain

15 February 2017

spotSave child refugees, fight the cuts

There was widespread disgust after a written statement from the Home Office announced it was to end a vital rehoming scheme for refugee children

15 February 2017

spotSuper-rich subsidised

The 'precariat' is costing public funds nearly £4 billion a year in lost taxation and benefits

15 February 2017

spotYemen solidarity

Recently, around 100 workers demonstrated in front of the parliament buildings in Yemen, demanding unpaid wages and justice for murdered colleagues

15 February 2017

spotUnited fightback needed as entire grade of rail worker is at stake

The Southern Rail dispute has been a high-profile battle in which the future of an entire grade of rail worker is at stake

15 February 2017

spot"Disgraceful" treatment of sacked EHRC workers

Ten government equality staff were sacked by email and had to clear their desks

15 February 2017

spotUltimatum as Deliveroo drivers down tools in Brighton

Online food delivery company Deliveroo has come under fire in Brighton, where nearly 100 of its workers downed tools during busy Saturday trading

15 February 2017

spotSolidarity with Tesco Ireland Valentine's Day strike

Up to 15 Tesco stores in Ireland took strike action on Valentine's Day 14 February after members of the trade union Mandate, which represents more than 10,000 workers at the company, voted 78% in favour of a walkout over contract changes

15 February 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Unite the Union gears up for leadership elections, and issues an ultimatum to Ford

15 February 2017

spotThe Socialist: 20 years old and more important than ever

This week is the Socialist's 20th birthday. On Britain's 30 January anti-Trump protests alone, 700 people bought the latest edition

15 February 2017

spotToxic fracking could start in England in 2017

It appears very likely that fracking is about to start in England in 2017

15 February 2017

spotMay Day greetings in the Socialist

May Day greetings help fund the best workers' newspaper in England and Wales.

15 February 2017

spotNo, Trumpism is nothing like Leninism

Steve Bannon, investment banker and chief strategist to US president Donald Trump, once called himself "a Leninist"!

15 February 2017

spotForeign aid's not the problem - it's capitalist thieves

Twenty-four times as much money is looted from poor countries in the global south than is sent in aid

15 February 2017

spotVivid visual account of the Paris Commune

Graphic novel review: 'The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia': The vivid artwork, detailed notes, and narration and dialogue drawn from the subjects' own writings and speeches, can bring to life these events

15 February 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors. NHS passport checks; housing white paper nonsense; BBC's home-owning fantasy; response to attacks on strikers

15 February 2017

spotPCS union pledges to fight Jobcentre job losses

Reports from PCS campaigning in Llanelli and Sheffield

15 February 2017

spotSpain: clear win for left at Podemos conference!

The attempt to remove left winger Pablo Iglesias from the leadership of Podemos, the left party formed out of Spain's 2011 'Indignados' movement, has been a terrible failure

15 February 2017

spotFrench presidential election

Possibilities for the left to make gains: The upcoming French presidential election is revealing big crises in the establishment parties

15 February 2017

spotCWI and Izquierda Revolucionaria - towards unification

We believe that the principled agreement between our organisations means there is the basis for concrete steps to be taken towards unification

15 February 2017

spotIzquierda Revolucionaria central committee meeting

The discussion focussed on the impact of Trump's victory internationally and the crucial role of a revolutionary party in the current and coming class battles

15 February 2017

spotPrison deaths scandal

The latest government statistics show yet another record high in prison deaths and violence

15 February 2017

spotThousands march to defend Glenfield heart centre

Patients, their families, trade unionists and others took to the streets

15 February 2017

spotCouncil cuts can be fought - and they must be!

During February many council budget-setting meetings are taking place across the country, slashing millions more pounds off vital services.

15 February 2017

spotMarch to save #OurNHS

Our NHS is collapsing. On 4 March, we will march in London to save it.

15 February 2017

spotVibrant Picturehouse pickets in continued living wage strike

Bectu members at four sites took simultaneous strike action

15 February 2017

spotSocialist Students: growing, brimming with confidence

Socialist Students conference showcased a growing organisation

16 February 2017

spotAslef members reject Southern deal - now for coordinated action to fight to win

Train drivers in the trade union Aslef have delivered a tremendous answer of working-class solidarity that will astound Southern Rail management and the Tory government but also their own union leadership and that of the TUC. Despite the recommendation by Aslef leaders to accept the deal to end their dispute, drivers have rejected it by 54%-46% after a 72% turnout.

17 February 2017

spotTata pension deal: 'Gun to the head' offer accepted

Tata steelworkers reluctantly accepted an inferior pension scheme

21 February 2017

spotDublin: #JobstownNotGuilty

Defend the right to protest: "We are more akin to a banana republic, and the rotten nature of the Irish state has been exposed." These were the words of TD (MP) and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger in the Irish Parliament on 15 February as she rose to question Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny.

22 February 2017

spotFebruary revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?

The February 1917 revolution in Russia marked the beginning of the socialist revolution later that year

22 February 2017

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say?: Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to Socialist Postbox, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD, phone 020 8988 8771 or email editors@socialistparty.org.uk

22 February 2017

spotWorried about fake news? Start with Labour councils' budget lies

'Fake news' is in the headlines - and while Trump is the most obvious purveyor of what used to simply be called 'lies', the method is alive and well among Bristol's Labour councillors and mayor.

22 February 2017

spotOrganise to reverse 28% rise in violence against retail workers

News that violence against shop workers has gone up by 28% in a year will come as no surprise to those who've worked in the industry. The British Retail Consortium reports that half of retail workers have been verbally abused, and over 8% assaulted.

22 February 2017

spotWeb series review: Cooked - "How capitalism ruined eating"

The title 'Cooked' doesn't exactly sound like essential political viewing. But in this adaptation of Michael Pollan's 2013 bestselling book of the same title, the author examines the contribution of cooking to human development and progress.

22 February 2017

spotTower Hamlets anti-cuts budget lobby

Tower Hamlets council plans to vote through cuts in its budget of £58 million on 22 February. Labour Party mayor John Biggs essentially thinks there's no other option but to implement the Tory government cuts.

22 February 2017

spotSocialist Party regional conference reports

Reports of Socialist Party regional conferences in East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.

22 February 2017

spotObituary: John Pickett - 1954-2017

John Pickett, Socialist Party comrade and postal worker, has died very suddenly at the age of 63. I first met John in the early 1980s, just after he returned to Portsmouth after being at college in Stoke.

22 February 2017

spotStop victimising NHS whistleblowers

In Worcestershire, Socialist Party members have played a leading role in a campaign against abuse of NHS staff. 'Betrayed by Their Trust' (BBTT) will have its second annual general meeting in February.

22 February 2017

spotHealth cuts responsible for rise in deaths - reverse all austerity now

Cuts to NHS and social care are the major cause for the rise in mortality rates and excess deaths, research recently published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has confirmed.

22 February 2017

spotArgos fails to pay staff minimum wage - taxman cuts fine in half!

Retail giant Argos has recently been caught red-handed paying 37,000 workers less than the national minimum wage.

22 February 2017

spotStop the student loan sell-off - scrap all fees

The Tories are once again trying to privatise student debt.

22 February 2017

spotUnison Women's Conference

Socialist Party members attended the Unison Women's conference in Brighton on 16-18 February, selling a dozen copies of the Socialist paper. Mia Hollsing, a national executive candidate for Wales, spoke calling for nationalisation of public transport to ensure safe travel for women and all passengers.

22 February 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including tube strikes and Show Culture Some Love.

22 February 2017

spotWhat we saw

What we saw including an appalling Tory attack on the homeless, an NHS tale, refugee solidarity and a train robbery.

22 February 2017

spotSupport the NHS? Join the march!

Angry about cuts? Worried about privatisation?: The NHS was founded to provide healthcare for everyone. Yet increasingly, cuts mean NHS services are becoming 'no longer viable' or harder to access. The BBC reckons two-thirds of hospital services in England are about to be scaled back.

22 February 2017

spot30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

19 million people in the UK - nearly 30% of the population - live below the 'minimum income standard' (MIS) and "are just about managing at best," according to a recent report by the poverty think-tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

22 February 2017

spotSocialism not Trumpism: Thousands more protest and plan to walkout

Reports of further nation-wide protests against Donald Trump on 20 February, the day Parliament debated his visit and Day X walkout plans.

22 February 2017

spotLeicester Unison no-cuts budget call

Leicester is a city dominated by Labour, with a Lib-Dem/Tory opposition group composed of just two councillors. However, like all other Labour councils up and down the country, they have been busy passing on Tory cuts with gusto (and crocodile tears).

22 February 2017

spotA world to win - give us the resources!

Members of the Socialist Party throughout England and Wales will be attending our upcoming congress to discuss political developments both in Britain and across the world.

22 February 2017

spotBristol: Hundreds march against council cuts

The Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance (Badaca) has written a letter to every councillor in Bristol calling on them to vote against the £101 million cuts budget being proposed by mayor Marvin Rees. Councillors met to vote on the budget on Tuesday 21 February, as the Socialist goes to press.

24 February 2017

spotSpelthorne: we need socialist councillors

Fire Brigade Union reps, other trade unionists and anti-cuts activists lobbied councillors

24 February 2017

spotByelections: Break with Labour Blairism wasn't on offer

It is Blair's own toxic legacy that has led to the decline of the Labour vote in Copeland and Stoke

27 February 2017

spotLeeds: Protest against tip stealing

Unite activists demonstrated outside Malmaison hotels to fight against tip stealing and workplace bullying

27 February 2017

spotPicturehouse strikers blockade Leicester Square

Strikers gathered from four Picturehouse cinemas

27 February 2017

spotMixed Fleet cabin crew announce more strike days

"BBC where are you?" was chanted by a lively and loud Unite protest of strikers

27 February 2017

spotRMT plans protest against 'driver only' Merseyrail trains

On 7 March 2017 at 9.30am the RMT union will be staging a protest in Derby Square, Liverpool, against the introduction of 'driver only operated' trains on Merseyrail

27 February 2017

spotGrantham: 1,000 march for reopening of A&E

The message from rally speakers to health minister Jeremy Hunt and those determined to keep the A&E department closed was clear: "We are not going away!"

28 February 2017

spotBuild a movement to save our NHS

The important national demo in London on Saturday 4th March to save the NHS needs to be a springboard to build a massive movement that can defeat the government's attempt to finish it.

28 February 2017

spotStriking for jobs and union recognition at Fujitsu

Fujitsu has announced 1,800 job losses through offshoring, outsourcing and automation.

28 February 2017

spotHands off our Jobcentre!

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced a proposed large-scale reduction of its office estate by 20%, including Jobcentres and back-of-house offices with a further reduction of 10% by office co-location.

28 February 2017

spotSheffield meeting against cuts

A well attended public meeting last night sent a clear message to Sheffield's Labour council ahead of its budget-setting meeting on Friday 3 March: "Labour council, grow a backbone. Stand up to Tory cuts!"

28 February 2017

spotNHS England missing paperwork scandal

NHS England chiefs tried to cover up more than half a million missing medical letters, it seems

28 February 2017

spotHeart centre closure consultation 'farce'

Families of heart patients at the threatened East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre at Glenfield Hospital have condemned NHS England for a "totally inadequate" public consultation

28 February 2017

spotUnions demand that Corbyn-supporting mayor protects services

Lobby calls on council to refuse to make cuts

28 February 2017

spotReinstate the bursaries for student nurses now!

The Tories' scrapping of nursing training bursaries has already led to a 23% decline in university applications for this coming year for all nursing courses

28 February 2017

spotNHS v RBS

The Tories aren't prepared to tolerate 'loss-making' public institutions like the NHS - unless the publicly owned body is the Royal Bank of Scotland

28 February 2017

spotWhat we saw

Guardian 'arts critic' Jonathan Jones, fresh from condemning Russia's 1917 socialist revolution, has rushed to the defence of a gallery which has been hosting 'alt-right' speakers

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