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1 January 2013

spot2013: Prepare for a mighty battle against deeper cuts

20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

The coming year, like 2012, will be one of intense working class struggles, writes Peter Taaffe

2 January 2013

spotFares hike: Nationalise the railways says Bob Crow

As people prepare for the first day back to work, rail campaigners are today (Wednesday) warning that commuters face yet another year of inflation-busting fare increases and service cuts

2 January 2013

spotW Yorkshire - Campaigners gain some results against fire cuts

On Friday 21st December West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority met to pass 7 million worth of annual cuts to its budget including the closure of six fire stations and the loss of over 200 firefighter posts...

2 January 2013

spot'The Eight Consultations of Christmas' in Southampton

The two anti-cuts councillors, Keith Morrel and Don Thomas

The two anti-cuts councillors, Keith Morrel and Don Thomas

In true panto style Southampton city council recently embarked on a touring production of eight 'consultation' meetings

3 January 2013

spotHong Kong; 130,000 march on New Years Day

An estimated 130,000 joined protest marches on 1 January against Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying, also known as "CY".

3 January 2013

spotUnite the Union general secretary election

Len McCluskey, Unite's general secretary, photo Suzanne Beishon

Len McCluskey

Socialist Party statement: Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has decided to bring forward the next election for general secretary by almost three years, after wide consultation on the left

4 January 2013

spotRMT response to Transport Committee report

"Whilst this report reinforces once again that our railways are nothing more than a multi-billion pound rip off lining the pockets of a bunch of spivs and speculators it ducks the real issue, and that's the cast-iron case for public ownership

4 January 2013

spotHull council acts against blacklisting

Hull City Council has voted unanimously to remove blacklisting firms from all council contracts at the latest full council meeting

4 January 2013

spotFired up by Fire in the Blood - a story of big business cruelty and neglect

Paul Heron reviews the film 'Fire in the Blood', directed by Dylan Mohan Gray.

4 January 2013

spotReview of the film 'McCullin'

"McCullin" - released on 1 January - is a 90 minute documentary film about one of the world's greatest living photographers, writes Dave Beale

7 January 2013

spotTwo TUSC candidates standing against cuts on the Wirral

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates are contesting two byelections this month on the Wirral, Merseyside

8 January 2013

spotRuncorn construction workers walk out

Construction workers at the Runcorn thermal power station site have walked out in protest over health and safety issues. A worker on the site explained:...

9 January 2013

spotMore Tory privatisation

The Tories plan that the National Health Service will have to pay over 100 private firms to treat patients in a major expansion of privatisation...

9 January 2013

spotSocialist Party women's meeting

On 5-6 January 40 people attended a Socialist Party national women's meeting in London. Every region was represented, writes Sarah Wrack.

9 January 2013

spotThem & Us

Childcare costs: Mothers with full time jobs and one young child spend a third of their salary on childcare - meaning they have to work for four months a year just to break even...

9 January 2013

spotBirmingham Labour's 'grotesque chaos'

Birmingham city's ruling Labour Party has quickly raised the white flag to the Con-Dem government. The council organised public meetings to present its case for massive, highly damaging cuts, writes Ted, Birmingham Socialist Party.

9 January 2013

spotAnti-cuts election candidates

Vote TUSC postcard

Vote TUSC postcard

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is standing in three byelections on 17 January...

9 January 2013

spotCampaigns - In brief

Sheffield Sure Start: 250 people protested in December outside Sheffield town hall against the Labour council's planned slashing of Sure Start children's centres and nurseries, writes Sharron Milsom.

9 January 2013

spot2012 Fighting Fund target smashed

Socialist Party members smashed through the fighting fund target, raising a fantastic 28,497 - 116% - in the three months leading up to Christmas. In the whole of 2012 our members raised 109,228!, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

9 January 2013

spotMaking it easier to sack workers

In another attack on union-won gains of the past, the government has announced that, from April 2013, it is to slash the redundancy consultation period from 90 to 45 days, writes Dave Gorton, Unite LE/372 branch.

9 January 2013

spotStanding firm in Mid Yorks hospitals pay cuts battle

Three-day strike of Mid Yorkshire Unison NHS staff against pay cuts and mass downgrading, photo Iain Dalton

Three-day strike of Mid Yorkshire Unison NHS staff against pay cuts and mass downgrading, photo Iain Dalton

Admin and clerical Unison and Unite members at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust have been fighting back against 'downbanding' ie pay cuts, writes Alistair Tice.

9 January 2013

spotMore attacks on benefits...

Welfare myths

Welfare myths

On 8 January Parliament voted to limit increases in benefits to 1% rather than by the rate of inflation as they had previously been

9 January 2013

spotIndia: Mass rage against rape

Slutwalk London 22 September 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Slutwalk London 22 September 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

The unprecedented anger in Delhi and across India against the gang rape of the medical student is an expression of the seething discontent that has been building against the system for a long time

9 January 2013

spotSouth Africa: Founding of Workers and Socialist Party

An event that has the potential to change the political landscape of South Africa was marked in the founding of a new political party.

9 January 2013

spotWho's neglecting society, Mr Lamb?

Happy New Year to NHS staff, patients and campaigners everywhere! Sadly, greetings cannot be extended to health minister Norman Lamb

9 January 2013

spotLosing patience with Usdaw

In less than four weeks, over 150 drivers at a Sainsbury's depot have chosen to cancel their membership with Usdaw and transfer to Unite

9 January 2013

spotPrepare for strike action to save our hospitals

20 October 2012 TUC demo , photo Senan

20 October 2012 TUC demo , photo Senan

A quarter of a million residents of Lewisham in south London are waiting to hear if they will still have a local hospital, writes a London nurse.

9 January 2013

spotRMT increases membership

Rail, maritime and transport union RMT announced today that it has continued to increase its membership in the past twelve months in the teeth of the most savage attacks on jobs and working conditions for a generation...

10 January 2013

spotTory Minister fails to wake up in time to defend his own policy

Ian Pattison on ITV's Daybreak 10 Jan 2013

Tory minister Matthew Hancock was due to debate on ITV with Youth Fight for Jobs supporter, Ian Pattison

10 January 2013

spotSeven more public sector prisons to close

The decision announced today (10th January) to close seven more public sector prisons is irresponsible when the prison population remains high and overcrowding is widespread, the Public and Commercial Services union says in a press release...

10 January 2013

spotHundreds of jobs at risk at Rotherham hospital

Protest outside Rotherham hospital, 9.1.13, photo Alistair Tice

Trade unionists and socialists presented a 3,000 signature petition to Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

10 January 2013

spotSussex County hospital cleaning and catering: The brutal reality of privatisation

Before being elected, Cameron promised that the Tories would "protect the NHS". If it wasn't clear this was a blatant lie then, it is now

14 January 2013

spotSheffield fight back, or we'll have nothing left!

Sheffield poster, January 2013

Sheffield Labour council has unveiled what the local paper called the "Deepest Council Cuts Ever".

14 January 2013

spotJoint union protest as Barking and Dagenham Labour council forces through cuts

Union members protested outside Barking and Dagenham Civic Centre when the council passed 18 million in cuts

14 January 2013

spotPreface

World capitalism and, along with it, diseased British capitalism have entered its worst period of crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s...

14 January 2013

spotIntroduction

The Socialist Party in England and Wales, and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) are the two largest organisations on the 'Marxist left' in Britain...

14 January 2013

spotHistorical Roots of the SWP

The SWP today finds its ideological roots in post-1945 British Trotskyism, which split into three main trends...

14 January 2013

spotCollapse of Stalinism and the 1990s

If they were to answer that North Vietnam was more 'progressive', then how to explain their position at the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when the liquidation of the planned economy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union was, for them, not a great negative historical turning point...

14 January 2013

spotAnti-capitalist movement and the programme

The SWP's increasingly opportunist turn in this century has been accompanied by an exaggeration of the importance and the scale of practically every social movement that has taken place in the last decade...

14 January 2013

spotTrade Unions

An examination of their role in a number of key industrial battles in the past number of years shows how flawed is their method, both in winning support for their point of view but also the lack of understanding in the relationship between ad hoc unofficial union organisations from below...

14 January 2013

spotAcknowledgements

Once again, many thanks to Kevin Parslow who has researched and typed this material ready for publication...

14 January 2013

spotAttitude to the Labour Party and the Left

To many who experienced the past sectarian behaviour of the SWP combined with abstract propaganda - 'One solution, revolution!' - the seeming metamorphosis to a 'broad' approach in this decade was a revelation...

14 January 2013

spotFighting Racism and Fascism & Student Work

The issues of racism and fascism, and how to combat them and the far-right British National Party (BNP) - which has, in its leadership, fascist elements - has recently assumed greater importance in Britain...

14 January 2013

spotThe United Front today & the Left in Germany

Despite the constant intoning of support for the 'united front' tactic, the Socialist Workers Party has misapplied this idea and burnt its fingers...

14 January 2013

spotParty & Internal regime

The clash between the central leadership of the IST - notably the Socialist Workers Party - and their one-time American 'section' the International Socialist Organisation (ISO) also highlighted the deficiencies in their intervention in mass movements...

14 January 2013

spotConclusion

We have sought to demonstrate in this analysis of the past and present policies of the Socialist Workers Party, that unless they change they will be found wanting in the new period we are entering, both in Britain and internationally...

14 January 2013

spotSocialism and Left Unity

A critique of the Socialist Workers Party:

The Socialist Party in England and Wales, and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) are the two largest organisations on the 'Marxist left' in Britain. Therefore, in a period when the left in general has been weakened - as a, consequence of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the ideological offensive that flowed from this, combined with the neo-liberal fuelled boom - there are many who argue 'why can't you forget your differences and combine to unite yourselves and the left in a real alternative?'
Socialism and Left Unity, by Peter Taaffe, attempts to answer this question.

14 January 2013

spotSwindon: 1,100 Honda job losses

Workers at the Honda car plant in Swindon were shocked when the company announced 800 job losses on the 10 January...

15 January 2013

spotPCS fighting the austerity agenda - 'Action gets results'

PCS members on the 2012 Oct 20th TUC demo, photo Senan

The coalition government's austerity programme is being increasingly exposed as a disaster for all but the business and banking elite, writes John McInally, PCS vice president

15 January 2013

spotAgency Action Day: 16th January

On Wednesday 16th January events will take place at call centres around the country to highlight the exploitation of agency workers thanks to a loophole in the law which is costing workers more than 500 a month in lost wages at some sites

15 January 2013

spotNorthern Ireland: Turmoil over flag dispute continues

Turmoil over the issue of the flying of the union flag has now continued for six weeks

16 January 2013

spotIndian embassy protest: raging against rape

Rage, disbelief and above all a deep sense of solidarity were on display at a protest outside the Indian embassy on 7 January, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield.

16 January 2013

spotPrison closures = more privatisation

On 10 January the closure of seven public sector prisons was announced. Bullwood Hall, Camp Hill, Canterbury, Gloucester, Kingston, Shepton Mallet and Shrewsbury are due to close by 31 March...

16 January 2013

spotNews In brief

No to NHS attacks: NHS workers are being threatened with the break-up of the national pay and conditions agreement, Agenda for Change...

16 January 2013

spotTeachers: fight for strike action is on

Education minister Michael Gove has declared that he is on a 'war footing' to drive through his attack on teachers' pay. We mustn't let him succeed...

16 January 2013

spotNorthern Ireland: Flag issue turmoil illustrates failure of the 'peace process'

Trade unions must offer a clear cross-community, anti-sectarian class alternative: Turmoil over the issue of the flying of the union flag has now continued across Northern Ireland for six weeks, writes Ciaran Mulholland , CWI Northern Ireland.

16 January 2013

spotBeware: latest pensions changes

The coalition government has confirmed its intention to introduce a new flat rate state pension from 2017, writes Paul Gerrard.

16 January 2013

spotThem & Us

For-profit schools: Up to now, academy chains have not been allowed to declare a profit directly out of the school budget, writes Martin Powell-Davies.

16 January 2013

spotA day in the life... Young, low-paid, bullied and angry

If I'm opening the pub, I start at 9am. A managerial staff member should arrive at 8am to let us in but usually me and another kitchen worker wait for ten minutes, writes Hannah Parker.

16 January 2013

spotTory minister lies about 'lategate'...

... and offers no solution to youth joblessness: Well-rested Tory Business Minister, Matthew Hancock, who overslept and missed a TV debate with Youth Fight for Jobs supporter, Ian Pattison, has lied about how late he actually was...

16 January 2013

spotCapitalism - Forever blowing bubbles

Peter Taaffe reviews the "Bubbles and bankruptcy: Financial crises in Britain since 1700", a free exhibition at the British Museum, Room 69a, until 5 May..

16 January 2013

spotReject the wedge between generations

'The old are money-grabbers who want something for nothing and fuss when they don't get it.' ... 'The young won't do a fair day's work and laze around causing trouble.'

16 January 2013

spotRenationalise the railways now!

RMT protest July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

On 19 January 1993, John Major's Tory government passed the British Coal and British Rail (Transfer Proposals) Act which led to the splitting up and privatisation of British Rail...

16 January 2013

spotWe need an alternative to blind-alley capitalism... socialism!

20 October 2012 TUC demo, photo Senan

It is little over a month since Chancellor George Osborne delivered his autumn budget statement, prefacing that vicious onslaught on the poorest with a claim that "the British economy is healing"

16 January 2013

spotMass action to save our NHS

Saturday 24 November, defying cold driving rain, up to 10,000 residents and staff marched to defend Lewisham Accident and Emergency (A&E) and linked arms around it., photo Socialist Party

The chief executive of the Health Federation has declared that the public must accept the closure of units

16 January 2013

spotVictory at Runcorn Thermal Power Station

Construction workers at Runcorn Power Station won major concessions after several days of unofficial action over inadequate 'welfare facilities'

16 January 2013

spotBrixton Hill: Opposing Labour's 'cuts cooperative'

It may be freezing in Brixton Hill ward but our fighting message has been warmly received, says TUSC candidate Steve Nally

21 January 2013

spotHow to end child poverty in Plymouth

In Plymouth the Labour administration has launched a consultation on ending child poverty. Members of Plymouth Socialist Party branch have been frustrated to see that the only solutions offered within...

21 January 2013

spotStop Sheffield children's centre closures

Despite the cold and snow, around 500 protesters marched and demonstrated against Sheffield council's plans to shut half the children's centres in the city...

21 January 2013

spotSave London's fire service

Matt Wrack, FBU geneal secretary,London lobby of fire authority, 21 January 2013, photo Neil Cafferky

Matt Wrack, FBU geneal secretary,London lobby of fire authority, 21 January 2013, photo Neil Cafferky

The Fire Brigades Union has condemned proposals by the mayor of London to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 fire engines and slash firefighters' jobs

21 January 2013

spotRejecting a "graph of doom" in Harrogate

Tory-led North Yorkshire county council has embarked on a series of "consultations" with the public over the impact of spending cuts

21 January 2013

spotStop attacking benefit claimants, says Cardiff demo

Speaking at the rally, photo Becky Davies

Nearly a hundred people braved the cold on Saturday 12 January in Cardiff to protest against attempts to scapegoat benefit claimants

21 January 2013

spotLondon teachers call for strike action against Performance Related Pay

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

Nearly 300 NUT reps from across London made it clear they want their union executive to vote for strike action

21 January 2013

spot'You won't see an investment banker with a hose'

London lobby of fire authority, 21 January 2013, photo Neil Cafferky

Victory: After 1,000 firefighters protested outside a meeting of the London Fire Authority, the Authority voted 9:8 against closing fire stations and cutting jobs. But the mayor vowed to continue 'consulting' over the cuts

22 January 2013

spotVadim Kuramshin's court appeal - early February

Well-known human rights lawyer in Kazakhstan, Vadim Kuramshin, has had his court appeal postponed until early February

23 January 2013

spotThem ... & Us

What's in our food?: Tesco showed us just how much every penny counts to them when horsemeat was found in its beef burgers, as well as in those of other supermarkets including Iceland, Aldi and Lidl, writes Dave Ingham.

23 January 2013

spotWorkplace In Brief

Metro strike: Transport union RMT has announced that cleaners working for Churchill on the Tyne and Wear Metro will strike again for 24 hours, starting on 23 January...

23 January 2013

spotLondon copter crash 'accident waiting to happen'

"An accident waiting to happen," was how one of my tower block neighbours summed up the Vauxhall helicopter crash, writes Steve Nally, Brixton Hilll Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate.

23 January 2013

spotUSA - Workers start to demand change

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative

In November 2012 Kshama Sawant, a member of Socialist Alternative, the Socialist Party's counterpart in the USA, stood in Seattle in the election for a seat in the Washington state house.

23 January 2013

spotManchester: fightback needed in city of extreme poverty

Demonstration at start of Tory Party conference, 2.10.11 , photo Paul Mattsson

Demonstration at start of Tory Party conference, 2.10.11 , photo Paul Mattsson

More than half of Greater Manchester's population - 1.6 million - could soon be struggling below the poverty line, according to the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission, with 600,000 people already living in "extreme poverty"

23 January 2013

spotCampaigning against the cuts

Hannah Mainstone speaking on the Cardiff Against the Cuts protest (with Ross Saunders), photo Becky Davis

Hannah Mainstone speaking on the Cardiff Against the Cuts protest (with Ross Saunders), photo Becky Davis

Cardiff: Nearly 100 people braved the cold and rain last Saturday in Cardiff to protest against attempts to scapegoat benefit claimants for the economic crisis...

23 January 2013

spotBuilding an anti-cuts voice in council elections

New Labour-led Lambeth council called the Brixton Hill byelection for 17 January, minimising scrutiny of their cuts programme with a short election campaign period.

23 January 2013

spotBook review: Planning for the Planet

Flooding in Gloucester in 2007, photo Chris Moore

Flooding in Gloucester in 2007, photo Chris Moore

How socialism could save the environment. The cover bears a striking image of a polar bear marooned on an iceberg: summing up the devastation of global warming, writes Paul Moorhouse.

23 January 2013

spotLeicester: Build a united campaign for community resources

Over a year ago an Islamic charity, As-Salaam, tried to buy a disused scout hut on Thurnby Lodge estate in Leicester, intending to use it as a prayer room and community resource, for Muslims and non-Muslims

23 January 2013

spotSouthampton: Give youth a future!

Save Southampton City Youth Services held a lively protest outside the civic centre supported by anti-cuts councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Socialist Party

Save Southampton City Youth Services held a lively protest outside the civic centre supported by anti-cuts councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Socialist Party

Opposition is growing to the destruction of youth services in Southampton. If the cuts go ahead the council will provide nothing

23 January 2013

spotEast London school rejects 'academisation'

Parents, governors and teachers have all proclaimed a definite "No" to converting their school, Thomas Gamuel Primary in Walthamstow, East London, to an academy, writes Linda Taaffe

23 January 2013

spotBristol mayor says 'out with the new, in with the cuts'

When Bristol businessman and former Liberal Democrat George Ferguson reinvented himself as an 'independent' and won the mayoral election in November, he claimed his success signified: "a new way of doing things"

23 January 2013

spotFilm review: Les Miserables

Les Miserables is a first class film. The momentum never stops and there are some fantastic performances by Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Russell Crowe as Javert, writes Derek McMillan.

23 January 2013

spotSahel: No to the war in Mali

Imperialism carved up the planet

Imperialism carved up the planet

The four-day hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas facility in south east Algeria and its bloody outcome have sent shockwaves internationally

23 January 2013

spotDave Nellist letter in the Independent responds to Owen Jones

Whilst I understand his impatience, Owen Jones ("British politics urgently needs a new force", 21 January) is far too dismissive about attempts to build an electoral alternative to the main three parties' overlapping agenda of austerity

23 January 2013

spotBolton hospital - fighting mass redundancies

Bolton Hospital announced the redundancy of around 500 staff in November, along with a proposal to dismiss and re-engage nursing staff on longer shifts

23 January 2013

spotChanges to ESA: more attacks on disabled people

 Hardest Hit Protest: Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Hardest Hit Protest:, photo Paul Mattsson

On 28 January changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) come into force that will see hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people at risk of losing vital benefits, writes Matt Gordon, Bristol Socialist Party.

23 January 2013

spotYstrad Mynach: Give us our A&E!

Stop all hospital cuts

A man was told that nobody at Ystrad Mynach hospital was qualified to give treatment to his child

23 January 2013

spotAction can stop cuts

For a 24 hour public sector general strike now - Socialist Party placard on demo, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

Fight for every job: The PCS union has scored an important victory in the fight against cuts. 43 of its members working in the Department for Work and Pensions were threatened with compulsory redundancy

23 January 2013

spotFight the unfair bedroom tax!

The Con-Dems' 'bedroom tax' is not just an attack on the unemployed but also on workers who are forced - through low pay and high private rents - to rely on housing benefit

24 January 2013

spotShrewsbury 24: What is the government hiding?

The government has refused to publish documents relating to the Shrewsbury 24 case

25 January 2013

spotSouthampton councillors ... Don't vote for cuts!

Fight the Cuts! Southampton councillors speak out - TUSC video

Socialists propose the setting of a No Cuts budget to protect all jobs and services

25 January 2013

spotTwelfth day of strike action by Tyne and Wear metro cleaners

Churchill cleaners are still battling against poverty pay

26 January 2013

spotLabour meltdown in Stoke-on-Trent continues; and Unison withholds funding

"I cannot, nor will not support an administration that seeks to target the very people they claim to represent" said a resigning Labour councillor

28 January 2013

spotCourts Fines workers to strike on Thursday

PCS union MoJ group members working in criminal enforcement - court fines collection and administration - will walk out from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday, 31 January, in protest against plans to privatise their work

29 January 2013

spotRape is No Joke

Following high profile cases such as those of Julian Assange and Dominique Strauss Khan, there has been much debate recently about rape and sexual assault...

30 January 2013

spotBrighton's Greens vote for cuts in workers' allowances

Brighton and Hove council's policy and resources committee, on 24 January, proposed a review of allowances received by staff. These allowances frequently make up large parts of workers' wages

30 January 2013

spotWales conference - confidence in socialist ideas

Around 60 people attended this year's Socialist Party Wales conference, marking another step forward for our organisation, writes Ross Saunders.

30 January 2013

spotServer appeal: Members provide a huge boost to our resources

The Socialist Party would like to thank all those who made donations towards the purchase of a new computer server for our headquarters. The campaign has raised a magnificent 11,794, writes Ken Douglas, national treasurer.

30 January 2013

spotSocialist Party National Congress 2013

A draft document on British Perspectives, agreed at the last national committee and to be debated at the forthcoming national congress, will be available for branches to discuss this week...

30 January 2013

spotDfE strike ballot

Members of the PCS union working in the Department for Education (DfE) are balloting for strike action, and action short of a strike, in opposition to plans to close six out of 12 offices and slash 1,000 jobs (25% of the workforce), writes Robbie Faulds , PCS education group president, personal capacity.

30 January 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Justice walkout: Members of the PCS civil service union working in the Ministry of Justice are walking out on 31 January...

30 January 2013

spotAusterity's utter failure

Tory Chancellor Gideon Osborne still tells us austerity is working, but the government managed to take economic growth below 0% not once, not twice but now into a 'triple dip', writes Dave Griffiths, West Midlands Socialist Party.

30 January 2013

spotTaxing words from Cameron?

According to a report by the PCS civil service union, 120 billion of tax goes unpaid every year. This money, mostly avoided and evaded by the super-rich, could virtually wipe out the deficit, writes Tom Baldwin, South West Socialist Party.

30 January 2013

spotThem & Us

Starvation speculation: Goldman Sachs (GS) made up to 250 million pounds from speculating on food prices including wheat, maize and soy. The bankers are accused of contributing to a growing global food crisis...

30 January 2013

spotHeatherwood hospital campaign shows determination

Eighteen months ago a group of activists met to discuss how best to resist plans by NHS bosses to close our local hospital...

30 January 2013

spotEast Midlands: Campaign forces retreat on ambulance station closure

"You can't win", I was told by one onlooker as we marched through Hinckley protesting against the possible closure of our ambulance station...

30 January 2013

spotLife as an NHS worker: bullying and stress

A recent survey of staff in the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust found a high level of dissatisfaction among mental health staff working for the Trust...

30 January 2013

spotAaron Swartz: a fight to free information

The suicide of Aaron Swartz, aged 26, exposes the hypocrisy of the US justice system and highlights attacks on freedom of information, writes Adam Hemsley.

30 January 2013

spotNHS workers resist cuts

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

Resistance is growing to the onslaught on healthcare. 25,000 people marched in Lewisham against the threat of losing the A&E, other services or the hospital itself. Unison members at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust are taking nspiring strike action

30 January 2013

spotJumping through hoops for a job

9th November 2012 demo, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs has a new initiative aimed at the under-employed. The campaign is asking: Are you sick of your boss?

30 January 2013

spotHull councillors ready to vote No

Three Hull city Labour councillors have told the local press they will vote against cuts in jobs and services

30 January 2013

spotCameron takes a gamble by threatening EU referendum

With the economy again sinking and likewise the Tories' hopes of returning to power in 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron has turned to the issue of Europe to try to take votes from UKIP and improve Tory fortunes

30 January 2013

spotPrivatisation: Bleeding the NHS dry

Marching to save Lewisham hospital, 26.1.13, photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

Private health company Harmoni regularly ran out-of-hours clinics in London without doctors or nurses last year; it was originally set up as a GP cooperative and was the sort of organisation the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour all claim to support.

30 January 2013

spotGreencore workers take 24-hour strike action

Greencore workers strike, 30.1.13, photo Steve Miller

500 Unite members who work at the food company Greencore in Hull have taken strike action to demand a living wage

31 January 2013

spotLondon mayor pressing ahead with fire service cuts

Boris Johnson has yesterday formally overruled the London fire authority and is pressing ahead with fire service cuts

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