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2 January 2015

spotThe City Link robbery

Coventry Socialist Party has posted a number of articles on its website about the Christmas-New Year scandal of thousands of lost jobs at City Link

5 January 2015

spotBarbour workers strike against worse conditions

Workers in Barbour's Gateshead warehouse have started their second strike

7 January 2015

spot'Election fever' - working class alternative needed

Come to the TUSC conference, 24 January: Yet again the Labour Party leadership has reaffirmed its commitment to Tory austerity

7 January 2015

spotBenefit sanctions ruin lives

The target driven use of punitive benefit sanctions on poor people by this government of millionaires is a national disgrace

7 January 2015

spotBankers get bonuses... workers get the boot

City Link workers and fellow trade unionists protesting outside the bankrupt company's headquarters on New Year's Day 2015, photo Coventry SP

City Link workers and fellow trade unionists protesting outside the bankrupt company's headquarters on New Year's Day 2015, photo Coventry SP

City Link redundancies: It was a happy new year for City banking bosses. With their bonuses, 121 members of Goldman Sachs were paid an average of 3 million each last year. It was not such a happy new year for everyone however

7 January 2015

spotLondon bus drivers to strike for single contract

London bus drivers in the Unite union are due to strike on 13 January in demand of a standard contract across the capital's bus network

7 January 2015

spotSave the jobs of City Link workers

Nuneaton RMT branch secretary and Socialist Party member Paul Reilly at the City Link protest, 01.01.15, photo Coventry SP

Nuneaton RMT branch secretary and Socialist Party member Paul Reilly at the City Link protest, 01.01.15, photo Coventry SP

Renationalise mail distribution: Over 3,000 City Link workers are now facing the New Year dole queue with the company put into administration

7 January 2015

spotWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Party member John Reid has been elected as the London Transport member for the RMT union's council of executives

7 January 2015

spotWhy I'm backing TUSC

I come from a strong Labour background. My uncle, Walter Harrison, was Labour MP for Wakefield. His obituaries said he would go to any lengths to delay the onslaught of a Thatcher government

7 January 2015

spotThem & Us

Fat cat City bankers were paid an average of 1.3 million last year, making their pay packages worth almost 50 times the average annual wage in the UK

7 January 2015

spotThe battle for Sedgehill school

'Save Sedgefield' demo, 12 December 2014

'Save Sedgefield' demo, 12 December 2014

No to Academies!: Parents, teachers and school students in Lewisham are angry. Labour-run Lewisham council in south London plans to dismiss the governors and headteacher at Sedgehill school and impose an 'interim executive

7 January 2015

spotState of the arts

Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

Art is too often put out of ordinary people's reach by extortionate prices and a snobbish social elite. So why is big art such big business? And what does that mean for working class artists?

7 January 2015

spotSocialist Students campaigning reports

Socialist Students is a democratic campaigning organisation with groups in universities and colleges throughout the country

7 January 2015

spotJoin the Socialists to fight for rent control

"Almost nobody in the UK is opposed to rent controls for housing" read the Independent headline

7 January 2015

spotAppeal to readers: cash needed to fight the cuts

The Socialist Party launched its general election appeal before Christmas. We are aiming to raise 50,000 over the next few weeks to help pay for the leaflets, posters and other essential material essential

7 January 2015

spotStealing school fields? It's child's play

School playing fields are not "surplus land". So said close to 100 concerned parents and local residents at Parkland Primary School, Swansea, in December

7 January 2015

spotScottish Labour leadership: more of the same

Jim Murphy's election as Labour's new Scottish leader has underlined the need for the affiliated trade unions to break from Labour

7 January 2015

spotDefending working class history

The People's History Museum in Manchester has launched a campaign to plug a 200,000 funding shortfall when it loses central government funding in April, writes Tony Mulhearn

7 January 2015

spotGreece: towards a Syriza government?

Xekinima (CWI Greece) are participating in the elections and other struggles

Xekinima (CWI Greece) are participating in the elections and other struggles

At the end of last year a constitutional crisis arose in austerity-ridden Greece with the failure to elect a president. An early general election to be called for 25 January with Syriza (a left party) leading the polls. The Socialist spoke to Andros Payiatsos from Xekinima (CWI in Greece)

7 January 2015

spotNHS crisis: Government cuts to blame - not patients

Save our NHS! photo Paul Mattsson

The ongoing crisis in the National Health Service (NHS) has become the latest general election battleground for the establishment parties - with Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and Ukip all pledging to make it work

9 January 2015

spotA strange way to protect public services

Three of our four day centres for adults with learning disabilities are due to close

9 January 2015

spotShift change exposes employer's 'family values'

'Family values not Barbour's values' - strikers march on 9 January, photo Elaine Brunskill

Striking Barbour's Gateshead workers march

9 January 2015

spotLondon bus strikes 13 January - workers have had enough

The Socialist Party fully supports the strike by 27,000 bus workers across London on Tuesday 13 January

10 January 2015

spotCounter terrorist threat with workers-led mass unity

The shocking, cold blooded slaughter of journalists and others in the Paris office of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, and more killings in subsequent days, has been met with mass outrage

12 January 2015

spotSave Moorways pool and sports centre

Derby TUSC supporters are fighting the closure of Moorways swimming pool and sports centre

13 January 2015

spotBus drivers unite in historic strike action

Bus workers across London are striking for one rate for the job across all 18 companies

14 January 2015

spotCircle vulture flies out of Hinchingbrooke

Just three years into a ten year contract the private company Circle has pulled out of its contract to run Hinchingbrooke National Health Service (NHS) hospital in Cambridgeshire, writes Jackie Grunsell.

14 January 2015

spotStop the Tory strike ban plan

Last Sunday, in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron was happy to rub shoulders with fellow right-wing political leaders at the head of the millions strong march to defend 'democracy'

14 January 2015

spotFrance: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

The shocking terrorist attacks in Paris, mainly at the journal Charlie Hebdo and in a Jewish supermarket, were met with mass revulsion and outrage. These atrocities were directed at ordinary working people and do nothing to counter oppression

14 January 2015

spotGermany: what is behind Pegida?

In recent weeks Germany has seen growing demonstrations in favour and against Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West), writes Wolfram Klein, Socialist Alternative (SAV, CWI in Germany).

14 January 2015

spotJoin the socialists to fight privatisation

They're everywhere! Money-grubbing, private claws - sinking talons into our public services and workers' pay and conditions, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialist Party national organiser.

14 January 2015

spotFreedom Riders ride again

Rotherham town hall was flooded by angry pensioners demanding free travel on 5 January, writes Sharron Milsom, Sheffield North Socialist Party.

14 January 2015

spotThem & Us

Fat Cat Tuesday: Britain's fat cats are now so wealthy that according to the High Pay Centre their earnings overtake the average worker's salary in less than two days

14 January 2015

spotCharlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

Don't let us be divided! Fight against racism!: This statement was written (on 8 January) by Gauche Revolutionnaire (the sister organisation of the Socialist Party in France) in response to the attack on Charlie Hebdo

14 January 2015

spotBook review: Eleanor Marx - a life

Eleanor Marx was an extraordinary woman - youngest daughter of an extraordinary man, Karl Marx, and of Jenny, his lifelong partner through revolution and counter-revolution

14 January 2015

spotThe straightwashing of Pride

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Pride (2014) at the cinema last year. The film dramatises the solidarity between LGBT and mining communities during the 1984-85 miners' strike

14 January 2015

spotSocialist Party Election Appeal 2015

The Socialist Party is appealing for 50,000 to help fund our candidates for the 2015 elections, as part of TUSC. Members explain why they are donating

14 January 2015

spotWorkplace news in brief

Wales FE strike: Further Education union members in Wales delivered a mandate for strike action over pay in ballots that closed on 5 January

14 January 2015

spotA new era for New Era

Russell Brand leads protesters on the New Era estate demo outside Westbrook offices in Mayfair, photo Paul Mattsson

Russell Brand leads protesters on the New Era estate demo outside Westbrook offices in Mayfair, photo Paul Mattsson

How tenants and campaigners won against big landlords: Residents of the New Era estate in east London made headlines last year with their campaign against sell-offs and rent hikes

14 January 2015

spotSedgehill School besieged by privateers

In Lewisham, we will be keeping up our fight to oppose academy plans that could threaten the break-up of local authority schooling right across the borough

14 January 2015

spotSri Lankan elections: Butcher Rajapaksa defeated

In the presidential election held on 8 January in Sri Lanka the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, suffered a fatal blow. The opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, won with 51.3% against Rajapaksa's 47.6%.

14 January 2015

spotTesco: shop workers need fighting union leadership

Tesco's first trading statement of 2015 brought further profits warnings, news of cuts and further attacks on workers, writes Scott Jones, Candidate for Usdaw executive South Wales and Western division.

14 January 2015

spotFighting fund targets smashed

The final quarter of fighting fund collection in 2014 surpassed all expectations. We raised a magnificent 34,745 - 138% of the national target - in the three months up to Christmas

14 January 2015

spotNHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident

Hands off our NHS! photo Paul Mattsson

Hands off our NHS! photo Paul Mattsson

The NHS is under increasing strain as the crisis in hospitals' Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments deepens. A&E waiting times have been the worst since records began. The number of trolley waits has more than trebled

14 January 2015

spotBillionaires five times richer than in 2004

Fight inequality with socialism, photo Senan

Fight inequality with socialism: Eye-wateringly massive inequality. An ever-widening wealth gap between the super-rich and the rest of us. Scandalous tax-avoiding arrangements

14 January 2015

spotHelp build an anti-cuts electoral alternative

Waltham Forest TUSC supporters campaigning for rent control

Waltham Forest TUSC supporters campaigning for rent control

Come to the TUSC conference, 24 January: The 7 May general election will be seen by many as an opportunity to ditch the Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition that has imposed the widest and deepest austerity for generations, writes Dave Nellist, TUSC national chair.

16 January 2015

spotEssex FBU fight lockout

Essex firefighters took strike action from 9am on Wednesday 14 January. The three days of planned partial actions have been escalated as the employers effectively chose to temporarily lock firefighters

17 January 2015

spotActivists discuss their union's elections

Unison activists met to discuss developments in their union and the upcoming NEC elections

19 January 2015

spotUCU: Clear strategy needed to reignite pensions action

On 14 January the UCU lecturers' union continued the suspension of the marking boycott to allow for a ballot of members on new proposals from the employers, which will run from 16 to 26 January

21 January 2015

spotStriking NHS workers say: 'Give us pay we can live on'

Striking unions include Unison, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives, photo Paul Mattsson

Angry NHS workers are due to take a further 12 hours strike action on 29 January and go out again for a full 24 hours in February

21 January 2015

spotOpposing establishment parties is not 'wasted vote'

A TUSC campigner in Hackney calling for rent caps not benefit caps, photo Paul Mattsson

On 24 January, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is meeting to discuss the 2015 elections. Clive Heemskerk, TUSC national election agent, puts the case for the biggest possible challenge in both the general election and local council contests on 7 May

21 January 2015

spotTesco: every little cut helps

Tesco: every little cut helps

In a small store such as ours, managers often end up working side by side with ordinary staff, all doing the same job. It's called "rumble", and can be a fun activity, joking and chatting, writes a Tesco worker.

21 January 2015

spotThem & Us

Underpaid: Prime Minister David Cameron reckons he's getting tough with employers who pay below the statutory minimum wage of 6.50 an hour to their workers

21 January 2015

spotElection appeal: Help fund the fightback!

TUSC chair Dave Nellist and other Socialist Party members out campaigning in Coventry

Don't just boo the main parties, dig deep to help fund the socialist alternative.

21 January 2015

spotBarbour workers accept improved offer

photo Elaine Brunskill

Striking Barbour workers have voted to go back to work

21 January 2015

spotGreece: Syriza victory would raise workers' hopes

photo Jed Travers

On 19 January, 6 days before the Greek general election, the Socialist spoke to Andros Payiatsos from Xekinima (CWI in Greece)

21 January 2015

spotTake the wealth off the super-rich!

photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

80 billionaires own half the world: The charity Oxfam has produced a report showing that the richest 1% of people on this planet are on course to own more than 50% of the world's wealth by 2016 - a testament to the inherent greed and inequality of the capitalist system

21 January 2015

spotLabour Party won't protect our NHS

A political alternative is needed: As waiting times at A&E's hit their highest levels since records began, Labour's lead over the Tories on the NHS has widened to 18 points

21 January 2015

spotYouth unemployment: anxiety and anger

A new report by the Prince's Trust shows the devastating impact of unemployment on young people in Britain

21 January 2015

spotOil price crashes as world economy slows

World capitalism faces a gloomy future according to recent reports issued by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank

21 January 2015

spotCare home scandal: When profit comes first...

The privately run Parklands House care home in Rochdale was so bad that according to the Manchester Evening News: "Residents were seen sitting in soiled clothing, medication was left lying around and some patients were not receiving the right prescriptions."

21 January 2015

spotCardiff happy to get the blues

Cardiff City fans are celebrating their club's return to blue. Billionaire owner Vincent Tan, who changed the strip to red in June 2012, was forced to back down by a mass campaign of supporters

21 January 2015

spotHackney women give TUSC their blessing

"Before I heard about TUSC, I was thinking I wouldn't vote in the elections. Now I have a reason to." That was the reaction of one attendee at a Christian women's community meeting in Hackney.

21 January 2015

spot5,000 residents force council debate on pool closure

Derby TUSC is fighting Derby council's closure of Moorways sports complex, including two swimming pools

21 January 2015

spotHalt the cutbacks in hearing aid provision

In Devon, NHS patients who suffer from deafness have been told that they can in future only have one hearing aid

21 January 2015

spotTTIP it into the Atlantic

50,000 people marched in Berlin in opposition to the proposed TTIP treaty and new farming technologies

21 January 2015

spotPrivatisation worsens NHS crisis

The growing crisis in Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments is the result of government policies, as well described in the Socialist

21 January 2015

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

I moved to London from San Francisco in October 2014. I had been a member of an unrelated socialist group in the US

21 January 2015

spotSafeguarding PCS against vicious Tory attacks

As the Tories threaten to increase Britain's draconian anti-trade union laws beyond the general election, thousands of trade union reps across the trade union movement are even now facing huge cuts in their facility time

22 January 2015

spotCarlisle Labour candidate should refuse money from Lib Dem lord

A letter sent by Brent Kennedy from Carlisle TUSC to the local press, radio and TV in Carlisle following revelations of ex-Lib Dem peer Oakshott offering funding to 30 Labour Party parliamentary election candidates, including Carlisle Labour candidate Lee Sherriff

26 January 2015

spotSocialists joining celebrations at Greek embassy

The Socialist Party welcomes the massive vote for anti-austerity Syriza in Greece

26 January 2015

spotTUSC: Gearing up for its largest anti-cuts election challenge yet

2015 TUSC conference, photo J Beishon

2015 TUSC conference, photo J Beishon

"Fantastic day, fantastic conference, fantastic people" tweeted Red Labour Hull councillor Dean Kirk on his way home from addressing the conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

27 January 2015

spotCouncillor ends long-term suspension from Labour

Cllr Kevin Bennett has reached the end of the road in the Labour Party

27 January 2015

spotPublic meetings on Greece

The Syriza victory can unleash a new period of the working class fighting back against austerity. Come to a meeting to discuss what this will mean in Greece and across Europe.

27 January 2015

spotSyriza comes to power, as old ruling parties collapse

Left parties fail to form government - Syriza goes into coalition with populist right Independent Greeks
An interview with Andros Payiatsos, from Xekinima (CWI in Greece)

28 January 2015

spotEnd the housing crisis

Social housing not social cleansing! photo Paul Mattsson

A basic human need. Yet in London tonight, over 6,000 will sleep rough

28 January 2015

spotDavos summit: 'The pitchforks are coming!'

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) was held in Davos, Switzerland, last week. A global elite of world leaders, intellectuals, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and representatives of big business gathered

28 January 2015

spotThem & Us

Dangerous driving: Comedian Al Murray's reactionary alter ego character - the pub landlord - must be wondering just how ludicrous his general election manifesto must become to out-trump Ukip

28 January 2015

spotGovernment welfare cuts: No to sanctions!

Millions in the UK are suffering the effects of unemployment. For many it's a daily struggle with a complicated bureaucracy, the effects of poverty and the countless rejections from job applications

28 January 2015

spotUsdaw elections: 'We need a winning, fighting union'

Socialist Party member Amy Murphy is standing for president in the Usdaw shop workers' union elections, as well as for re-election as a Southern division executive council member

28 January 2015

spotRMT forces DLR bosses back

Transport union RMT has called off 48-hours of strike action on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), due to start on 28 January, after the employers agreed to all the union's demands

28 January 2015

spotWorkplace news in brief

NHS strike suspended: As we go to press, the NHS strike due to take place on 29 February over pay has been suspended following an offer from the employer

28 January 2015

spotElection Appeal 2015

The Socialist Party is appealing for 50,000 to help fund our candidates for the 2015 elections, as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

28 January 2015

spot'Defenders of democracy' mourn despot's death

On 11 January Barack Obama and David Cameron, together with 40 other world leaders, marched arm-in-arm through Paris after the Charlie Hebdo events proclaiming the values of free speech and other democratic rights, writes Simon Carter.

28 January 2015

spotBook review: Unison bureaucracy unmasked

Defend the Four: protest against Unison witchhunt, 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Defend the Four: protest against Unison witchhunt, 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

I recently read Unison Bureaucracy Unmasked: The Defend the Four Story, a restrained account of a shameful episode in the history of Unison, writes Maurice Sheehan, Ex-staff member, Unison.

28 January 2015

spotTories and Labour refuse moratorium on fracking

This government cares more about profits for energy companies than it does about what happens to people

28 January 2015

spotQuantitative Easing: Socialism for the rich!

If you're in a hole, stop digging. But not it seems if you happen to be the European Central Bank (ECB) dealing with the depressed Eurozone economies

28 January 2015

spotExtra, extra! Socialist needs new sales!

No one can beat the Socialist on analysis and ideas. No one can even come close to the clarity and audacity of the programme we propose. All we need to do is get it out there. We need to sell it

28 January 2015

spotLib-Lab political bung scandal

Labour parliamentary candidate Lee Sherriff has taken a 10,000 political 'donation' for her election campaign from millionaire property dealer Lord Oakeshott

28 January 2015

spotLeicester marches for free education

People across Leicester will march for free education 31 January

28 January 2015

spotBurns' Night a blazing success

The annual "Alternative Burns' Night Supper" organised by the Carlisle Socialist Party was described by a journalist from the local paper as his best ever night out in the city

28 January 2015

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

I grew up during the Cold War, and my politics didn't stretch much further than no nukes and vote Labour

28 January 2015

spotShapps' lies on housing

Tory party chair Grant Shapps claimed recently that Britain's council housing waiting list had fallen

28 January 2015

spotInept waste site renationalised

Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site is a poorly managed deposit for tens of thousands of tonnes of dangerous nuclear waste

28 January 2015

spotNI Water workers' victory

Despite efforts by Stormont politicians and many in the Northern Ireland media to vilify them, striking NI Water workers have won significant concessions from management

28 January 2015

spotStrike called off in face of inadequate pay offer

The Unison Health Service Group Executive (SGE) voted to suspend NHS England strike action scheduled for 29 January

28 January 2015

spotIs the Green Party the answer?

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, photo Paul Mattsson

Widespread electoral disillusionment with the Tory, Labour and Lib Dem establishment parties has opened up a political vacuum. Claire Laker-Mansfield questions whether the Green Party provides the answer to the lack of working class political representation.

28 January 2015

spotSyriza victory shows austerity elite can be beaten

Greek workers marching in Thessaloniki, photo Ged Travers

Greek workers marching in Thessaloniki, photo Ged Travers

That's the message ringing out from Greece in the aftermath of the country's parliamentary elections on 25 January

30 January 2015

spotFracking in trouble, from Lancashire to Lanarkshire!

'Hydraulic fracturing' is widely opposed because it is seen as deeply unsafe

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