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2 July 2012

spotWales Shop Stewards Network conference calls for 24 hour general strike

Wales Shop Stewards Network conference 2012, photo by Wales Socialist Party

70 trade unionists in 10 unions from all over Wales, mainly reps and shops stewards, gathered in Cardiff at the annual conference of the Wales Shop Stewards Network

2 July 2012

spotPCS media release: Historic vote for union to support election candidates

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union have voted overwhelmingly to strengthen their campaigning against cuts and for the alternative to austerity with an historic decision to back election candidates...

3 July 2012

spotEssex FBU strike back at bullyboy management

Essex FBU strike back at bullyboy management, photo by Dave Murray

Since 2008 the Essex Fire Authority has been set on a course of aggressive confrontation with the FBU union, and wholly unnecessary cuts in frontline services, writes Dave Murray.

4 July 2012

spotOlympic-watch

Tax haven in the city: The 'event of the summer' will be treated just like the tax havens of Jersey or the Virgin Islands...

4 July 2012

spotThem&Us

Tory tax dodging: "Morally repugnant" - that was David Cameron's description of tax avoidance in the midst of the Jimmy Carr scandal...

4 July 2012

spotUnite needs fighting socialist policies

Unite has recently led or participated in a number of prominent disputes: as well as the public sector pensions' dispute, Unite has been involved in the sparks' protests, Coryton and the London bus workers, writes Kevin Parslow.

4 July 2012

spotSupporting Sheffield recycling workers

We marched through the gates into the yard chanting "MHH-hear us say, Picket lines are here to stay!" MHH Contracting Ltd are a haulage company that have been hired by Veolia/Sova to break the Sova recycling workers' strike in Sheffield, writes Alistair Tice.

4 July 2012

spotIt's our NHS - let's fight for it!

Leaked proposals describe how a consortium of 16 NHS organisations in the South West intends to break away from national collective bargaining in order to launch an unprecedented attack on health workers' pay and conditions...

4 July 2012

spotWelsh Labour's health service 'redesign' means cuts!

Claire Job, a nurse for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board, spoke at the Wales Shop Stewards Network conference about the need to fight for the future of the NHS in Wales...

4 July 2012

spotSouth London NHS: Socialist councillors said: 'Axe PFI, not our NHS'

South London Healthcare NHS Trust, with a £150 million deficit, is facing 'special measures'. However, as shown by an excerpt from 'Our Record - Socialist councillors are different', Ian Page and Chris...

4 July 2012

spotObituary: Roger MacKay, a tireless fighter for socialist ideas

Roger Mackay

Roger Mackay

It is my sad duty to report the death of Socialist Party member Roger MacKay on 28 June 2011, aged 71. He passed peacefully after a short battle with lung cancer...

4 July 2012

spotSave our server!

Selling The Socialist in Waltham Forest, photo Alison Hill

Selling The Socialist in Waltham Forest, photo Alison Hill

The Socialist Party is launching an appeal to raise £12,000 to buy a new server for the computer network at our national centre, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

4 July 2012

spotRacist and hooligan EDL invades Dewsbury

The racist and hooligan EDL marched in the former mill town of Dewsbury on 30 June. Dewsbury has many different cultures within its borders...

4 July 2012

spotLondon buses: "This is why we're in the union"

Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo Paul Mattsson

Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo Paul Mattsson

London bus workers have shown how determined they are to win their dispute. But as we go to press bus operating companies are still refusing to pay London bus workers a £500 bonus for working during the...

4 July 2012

spotImmolation horror - we demand jobs

Waltham Forest Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Leytonstone police station 29 June 2012 to demand the lifting of the dispersal order zone in the area, photo Sarah Wrack

Waltham Forest Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Leytonstone police station 29 June 2012 to demand the lifting of the dispersal order zone in the area, photo Sarah Wrack

It was revealed recently that the private companies running the Con-Dems' slave labour workfare schemes want even more unemployed people to have their benefits stopped as punishment for 'not looking hard enough for a job'...

4 July 2012

spotRMT conference: Vote for one-day general strike

"Coordinated action is the way forward, the mood is out there. The only way the government is going to listen is if we shut down the country", said general secretary Bob Crow in reply to the debate on...

4 July 2012

spotSexuality, austerity and socialism

Leeds Pride 2011 , photo Leeds Socialist Party

Leeds Pride 2011

In 78 countries, homosexual acts are still illegal. In five of these the maximum penalty is death. In Ukraine a law is currently being considered that would make it illegal to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) issues in the media. As internationalists, socialists oppose oppression around the globe.

4 July 2012

spotBBC Video: NSSN particpates in Bus protest

BBC website: Bus workers protest, photo BBC

BBC website: Bus workers protest, photo BBC

As we go to press the London bus companies have been forced to make a new offer, and Unite have postponed the Thursday (5 July) strike...

4 July 2012

spotJail the banksters! Nationalise the banks under popular democratic control

Their system, their crisis: kick 'em out! nationalise the banks, photo  Socialist Party

Their system, their crisis: kick 'em out! nationalise the banks, photo Socialist Party

In 2008 the Socialist warned that: "the calls for regulation are like asking the bank robbers' gangs to keep a check on the bank robbers. What is urgently needed is popular control of the major banks and finance houses, not 'oversight' by unelected quangos and elected capitalist politicians, whose allegiance is to big business." Now the bank robbery has been exposed yet again.

4 July 2012

spotPCS votes to stand candidates in national elections

HMRC PCS members on the picket line in Leicester , photo by Leicester Socialist Party

HMRC PCS Leicester

Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members have created history by being the first trade union not previously affiliated to the Labour Party to vote to stand candidates in national elections, writes John McInally, PCS national vice-president, personal capacity.

4 July 2012

spotSAVE OUR NHS

Boot out the private 'vultures': The outrageous decision by the Tories to allow South London Healthcare NHS Trust, with a £69 million 'deficit' to go bust, contrasts markedly with the treatment of the banks, a Unison health worker activist writes.

4 July 2012

spotKazakhstan: Resisting state oppression, fighting for survival

Esenbek Ukteshbayev, president of the independent trade union Zhanartu, during his recent visit to London, photo by Dave Carr

Esenbek Ukteshbayev, (centre) president of the independent trade union Zhanartu, during his recent visit to London, photo by Dave Carr

Feature: Kazakhstan is the scene of mass struggle and state repression. The country's dictator, president Nursultan Nazarbayev, is terrified of explosions from social movements and the working class.

4 July 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

On 26 and 27 June, around 40 Balfour Beatty construction workers went on strike with the intention of making the company stick to earlier promises that workers could expect a four-day weekend in return for working 17 consecutive 12 hour days...

4 July 2012

spotLeicester: Police undermined opposition to racist march

On 11 June, the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) held a well-attended meeting in Leicester introducing their report on the (mis)policing when the far-right English Defence League (EDL) marched through the city on 4 February.

4 July 2012

spotVarious Pets Alive and Dead

Various Pets Alive and Dead, by Marina Lewycka, published by Fig Tree

Book review: This book, by the author of "Two Caravans", tells two parallel stories about a 1970s hippy commune and the adventures of two of its children in the 21st century. Derek Macmillan reviews Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka.

5 July 2012

spotRemploy vote for strike action

Members of GMB and Unite employed by Remploy in 54 factories across the country have voted by an overwhelming majority to take part in strikes and other industrial action to protest against the closure of the Remploy factories and disabled workers being forced into unemployment

5 July 2012

spotSheffield recycling workers win victory against sackings

Protesting outside Sova northern area office in Sheffield on July 4th 2012, photo by Alistair Tice

Sova recycling workers in Sheffield, members of the GMB, have won the reinstatement of six colleagues

6 July 2012

spotNottingham students fight back

On Thursday 5th July, over 100 students from New College Nottingham (NCN) protested outside the High Pavement campus against the closure of some college sites and changes to teaching

11 July 2012

spotThe politics of fighting the racist EDL

"We Are Waltham Forest" campaigning group has been meeting regularly since it was discovered that the English Defence League is planning a march in Walthamstow on Saturday 18 August

11 July 2012

spotFight Profit From Illness

South London Healthcare Trust has effectively gone bankrupt. That news will not surprise health workers and socialists who follow the nightmare of PFI (Private Finance Initiative). The PFI scheme threatens...

11 July 2012

spotLibor scandal exposes rotten racketeering system

Photo Senan

Photo Senan

If the appearance of Bob Diamond before the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee was intended to demonstrate some kind of public accountability of bankers before parliament then it dismally failed...

11 July 2012

spotLords reform - Abolish the House of privilege!

"The House of Lords is an unbelievably undemocratic institution" and an "appalling system of institutionalised corruption", writes Ken Douglas.

11 July 2012

spotPride should be about protest, not profits!

25,000 marchers took to the streets of London for Pride last Saturday. Pride is the largest LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) event in the UK but many of the marchers were saying that it was an organisational...

11 July 2012

spotRinging bells in the GMB

When Kevin Parslow's report on the Unite union's policy conference, (socialist 725) said: "On the Labour Party, Unite will continue its strategy of working to 'change from within' with its radical policies," it rang bells with the situation in my union, GMB...

11 July 2012

spotMinimum wage, minimum security

As a young unemployed person living in East London the Olympics were painted as a brilliant chance for me to find work, not only within the Olympic park but also in other businesses in the surrounding areas...

11 July 2012

spotLondon bus workers discuss new offer: "militant strike action pays"

London bus workers have been fighting for payment for extra work during the Olympics with joint strike action, the first for many decades, a London bus worker writes.

11 July 2012

spotVote no to the local government pension offer

Unison's local government leadership has instructed branches to consult members over what recommendation should be made on pensions, writes We say, vote 'No' in the consultation and vote 'No' in the ballot

11 July 2012

spotThem&Us

UK swindlers plc: 'Bankers' has become a byword for swindlers after these fat cats stuffed their pockets with bonuses while engaging in fraudulent activities and then received billions of pounds in bailouts from public funds.

11 July 2012

spotTV Review: Britain on the brink - back to the '70s

This Panorama documentary (9 July) looked at what effect the economic crisis had on ordinary people. It asked whether we would see the same response as at the end of the 1970s when falling living standards...

11 July 2012

spotThe Shard: As useless as a hole in the ground

Readers' comment: Europe's tallest building, the Shard, next to London Bridge station, opened on 5 July at a cost of nearly £1 billion, writes Bill Mullins

11 July 2012

spotSingle status appeal: Victory for Vine workers

We Learning Support Assistants have finally won our pay and grading appeal. We work at the Vine, a small Leeds City council service that provides specialist education and social care to young adults with...

11 July 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

GMB members working for Remploy have voted 80% for strike action and nearly 90% for action short of strike, to stop factory closures and defend jobs, writes Remploy strike vote.

11 July 2012

spotSave our server!

The Socialist Party has launched an appeal to raise £12,000 to enable us to buy a new computer server...

11 July 2012

spotSave Worcestershire A&E services

NHS bosses have put forward six plans for the reorganisation of Hospital Services in Worcestershire. The majority of the plans involve the closure of either the Redditch Alexandra or Worcester Royal accident...

11 July 2012

spotTUSC continues to build support in Liverpool

After Tony Mulhearn's 'remarkable' result in the Liverpool mayoral election in May, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coaliton (TUSC) was in action again on Thursday 5 July, writes Alec Price.

11 July 2012

spotLeeds protest at prison privatisation rally

Socialist Party members recently took part in a protest outside a conference at Leeds University entitled 'Private Sector Involvement in Criminal Justice', writes Matt Booth, Leeds North West Socialist Party.

11 July 2012

spotHelp boost sales of the Socialist

The Socialist reached 88% of its national sales target for the April-June 2012 quarter. Well done to the 23 Socialist Party branches that reached their targets, writes Sarah Wrack.

11 July 2012

spotSocialist Party Summer Camp

Epping Forest, Essex. Political discussions in a relaxed atmosphere, fun for children and adults: Walks in the woods • Deer park • Crèche • Cycling (bikes for hire or bring your own) • Games • Barbecues...

11 July 2012

spotLOOTED! PFI empties NHS coffers

Fight for our NHS, photo Senan

Fight for our NHS, photo Senan

Scrap PFI privatisation - bring health services back into the NHS The richest 1% in society are the only people profiting from the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme that is ruining Britain's public services.

11 July 2012

spotBuild the fightback against the Con-Dems: Join the lobby of the TUC on 9 September

For a one-day general strike Government cuts and the austerity agenda are provoking a fightback

11 July 2012

spotFight for a future for the 99%

Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

No jobs, no education, no future - that's the grim vision that the establishment politicians have for young people...

11 July 2012

spotEgypt: Will Mursi's presidential election victory bring real change?

A week after Egypt's new president - Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood - took office, a dramatic confrontation with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) erupted

13 July 2012

spotSouthampton: two Labour councillors vote against Labour council cuts

 Southampton council strike 6.10.11

In the 3 May elections, the Tory council in Southampton suffered a heavy defeat. This followed months of strikes and mass demonstrations by council workers with the backing of the local community.

16 July 2012

spotAction For Rail conference, Manchester

About 60 union reps came to the North West 'Action For Rail' conference in Manchester on Friday 13 July to organise resistance to the McNulty report into the future of the railways

16 July 2012

spotRMT cleaners Trans-Pennine Express strike

Warrington Trades Council was pleased to help RMT members employed as cleaners on the Trans-Pennine Express route as they leafleted passengers outside Warrington Central station on Saturday...

16 July 2012

spotBristol protests counter racist EDL

Anti-racists protest against the EDL marching in Bristol, photo by Bristol SP

Anti-racists protest against the EDL marching in Bristol, photo by Bristol SP

About 1,000 anti-racist demonstrators gathered in various locations across Bristol to protest against the march of the far-right, racist English Defence League on Saturday 14 July

17 July 2012

spotSheffield teaching unions march

A Sheffield demonstration on 14 July, called by the NUT and NASUWT, saw over 500 people attend. The demonstration was twinned with a similar protest in Oxfordshire

17 July 2012

spotOppose the closure of the Independent Living Fund

On 12 July, Tory minister for disabled people Maria Miller announced the final coup de grace for the national Independent Living Fund when she launched a government consultation on what should happen to its 19,000 users when it is closed in April 2015

18 July 2012

spotFighting against exploitation of seafarers and port workers

The RMT in Portsmouth and Southampton is campaigning against the exploitation of foreign seafarers by Condor Ferries, and Unite is balloting for action against council cuts to the contracts of quay assistants

18 July 2012

spotRemploy: Welsh government offer is short of earlier promises

The Welsh government has announced with much fanfare, a scheme to support Remploy workers made redundant by the Con-Dems' factory closure programme

18 July 2012

spotWitch-hunting Unison leadership "shabby" declares judge

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

Defend the Four: protesting

In a humiliating response to Unison's attempts to bully four witch-hunted Socialist Party members out of defending themselves in court, Lord Justice Elias has called Unison "shabby"

18 July 2012

spotSupport striking Remploy workers!

Claps and cheers greet Remploy marchers in Sheffield 20 April 2012, photo Sheffield Socialist Party

For months the Con-Dem government have stated their intention to close 36 out of 54 Remploy factories across the UK, writes Rob Williams.

18 July 2012

spotUnenthusiastic reception for Miliband at Durham Miners' Gala

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband spoke at the Durham Miners' Gala, which is regarded as the largest working class event in Britain

18 July 2012

spotOlympics G4S scandal shows failure of privatisation

Westfield Stratford: Olympic Park security measures in operation

Westfield Stratford: Olympic Park security measures in operation

The government's insistence on outsourcing the Olympic Games security to private company G4S has backfired spectacularly...

18 July 2012

spotOlympic-watch

Exploitation: Olympics sponsor Adidas, whose workers make the uniforms for Britain's Olympics Team, is being investigated by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) after it emerged that it pays its garment workers in Cambodia £10.00 for working a 48 hour week, writes Dave Younger.

18 July 2012

spotThem... & Us

Record breakers: A recent survey of recruitment consultants found that the number of vacancies, both temporary and permanent, had declined at the sharpest rate in three years, writes Paul Callanan.

18 July 2012

spotTolpuddle festival shows fightback needed today

Every year trade unionists make their way to the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset to mark the imprisonment and release of six agricultural labourers in the 1830s, writes Sean Brogan, Exeter Socialist Party.

18 July 2012

spotSpain: Class struggle erupts

After marching for 19 days striking coal miners from Asturias and Leon arrived in Madrid on 11 July to demand that the right wing Popular Party government of prime minister Mariano Rajoy reverses his decision to slash subsidies to the industry and protect jobs...

18 July 2012

spotSolidarity picket of Turkish Airlines

On Saturday 14 July an international 'Day of Action' protest took place demanding the right to strike and reinstatement of 305 sacked Turkish aviation workers, writes Patrick Atkinson, Hackney Socialist Party and Unite-LE 1111 branch (personal capacity).

18 July 2012

spotBankers are "useless mouths"

There is - quite rightly - outrage when far-right thugs attack disabled people. Cameron and the media do just the same, using their wealth and power rather than their fists...

18 July 2012

spotMusic review: Long live the struggle by The King Blues

In April The King Blues announced they would split up after their fourth and final album Long Live The Struggle released this month, writes Ryan Holmes, Newcastle Socialist Party.

18 July 2012

spotTeachers fight school privatisation

Over 100 new 'free schools', to open in September, were announced on 13 July, which will more than double the total number of free schools in England...

18 July 2012

spotTop-up fees: £50,000 debt leads to to 50,000 less students

'Education is a right not a privilege' was one of the main slogans of the tens of thousands of students who protested in 2010, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students national organiser.

18 July 2012

spotBosses bank in on corporate olympics - we get austerity!

A staggering £24 billion is expected to be spent on the Olympic Games, but young people face little enjoyment and no long term benefit from this costly outlay, writes Suzanne Beishon, London organiser, Youth Fight for Jobs and Education.

18 July 2012

spotMiliband and Labour - no real alternative to Con-Dems

Ed Miliband became the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock in 1989 to speak at the Durham Miners' Gala... Does this represent a break with the past? Has Ed become red?

18 July 2012

spotWales NHS - Reject the Case for Cuts report

The Welsh government-commissioned report into NHS services in Wales is becoming increasingly discredited

18 July 2012

spotTories stick the boot in on care funding

The Con-Dem government white paper on adult social care funding in England represents a further blow to elderly and disabled people requiring financial support

18 July 2012

spotBrazil: 'Miracle' economy slows

PSOL on demo in Brazil

PSOL on demo in Brazil

Brazil, as part of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), has in recent years been seen as a 'hope' for the global economy, writes Marcus Kollbrunner, Liberdade Socialismo e Revolução (CWI, Brazil).

18 July 2012

spotReview: BBC TV documentary "When I get older"

BBC Documentary: When I Get Older: My time with Ivy, photo: screenshot  from BBC

BBC Documentary: When I Get Older: My time with Ivy, photo: screenshot from BBC

Acute poverty and loneliness face many pensioners in Britain. This programme asked four pensionable age 'celebrities' to stay with four `ordinary` pensioners in their homes

18 July 2012

spotMarch and strike against austerity

Half-million strong TUC demo, central London, 26 March 2011, against the government's cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Pic: Paul Mattsson

Lobby the TUC to call a general strike: The cracks in the Coalition are becoming open splits. This is a weak government that can be defeated. However, left to its own devices, it will stagger on, unleashing the remaining 85% of the biggest austerity programme for 90 years.

18 July 2012

spotObituary: Reg Fitch

Reg Fitch was one of the Brighton Fitches - a family with a long, proud socialist tradition. His twin brother was the late Rod Fitch, a Militant supporter who stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown in 1983.

18 July 2012

spotOlympics: The greatest sporting, and money-making, show on earth

TUSC campaigning at the Olympic Park during the London Assembly elections 2012, photo London Socialist Party

Protest at the Olympic Park

World records will not be the only things broken at this year's Olympic and Paralympic games. Promises for a lasting legacy - affordable housing, decent jobs, increased sports participation, and the rest - are being broken, too.

19 July 2012

spotEssex firefighters strike against 'big brother' regime

Firefighters demonstrating in Chelmsford, 18.7.12, photo by Dave Murray

Hundreds of striking firefighters and their supporters paraded through Chelmsford on Wednesday 18 July in a show of defiance against the dictatorial attitudes and cuts of their Fire Authority

19 July 2012

spotNorth West NSSN supports lobby of TUC in September

At the North West AGM of the National Shop Stewards Network on 17th July, 30 trade unionists heard Steve Acheson, blacklisted electrician, speak on the recent Besna contract victory

20 July 2012

spotReports and videos of the Remploy strike

Remploy workers' national strike against closures 19 July 2012, photo Elaine Brunskill

Thirty Remploy workers formed a confident picket line across two entrances of the biggest Remploy factory in London

23 July 2012

spotJohn Lewis cleaners strike for a living wage

John Lewis cleaners organised in the International Workers of the World (IWW) took their second day of strike action on Friday 20 July

23 July 2012

spotRMT demo in Portsmouth against Condor's 'sweatships'

RMT demo against low pay at Condor Ferries, 21.7.12, photo by Daz Procter

To the sounds of the Pompey chimes, over 40 trade unionists and socialists protested against exploitation of seafarers by Condor Ferries

24 July 2012

spotSupport PCS Home Office group in battle against cuts

PCS and the Home Office group in particular are being attacked in relation to their possible strike this week...

24 July 2012

spotFurther action needed against union-busting '2 Sisters'

Workers at RF Brookes of South Wigston, Leicester, are facing the possibility of closure of their factory in a vindictive act by the '2 Sisters' food group that owns it

24 July 2012

spotAusterity Games highlights plight of young people

Youth Fight for Jobs 'Austerity Games', 23.7.12, photo Paul Mattsson

As the world's eyes focus on the Olympics, young people from across the country arrived on Hackney Marshes, east London, to compete in the alternative Austerity Games.

25 July 2012

spotTV review: "What have the Olympics done for me?"

BBC Three's Free Speech series recently held a discussion on the Olympic Games. The main topic was on the question "what have the Olympics done for me?", writes Paul Callanan, Youth Fight for Jobs national organiser.

25 July 2012

spotPre-emptive arrests: "straight out of 1984"

Straight out of 1984, on the morning of last year's Royal Wedding, protesters were pre-emptively arrested by the London Met police to prevent them organising anti-monarchy political activity or attending republican festivities on the day, writes Ian Pattison, East London Socialist Party.

25 July 2012

spotOlympic Watch

Slum living: One toilet between 25, one shower between 75, overcrowding and leaking roofs - these are the conditions facing the cleaners employed at the Olympic site...

25 July 2012

spotNot-guilty verdict in Ian Tomlinson case

End police violence: "Police officers pelted with bricks as they help dying man" read the Evening Standard's headline on 2 April 2009, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield.

25 July 2012

spotThem & Us

Council tax madness: Yet more attacks on housing for the poor are filling the headlines - this time it's cuts to council tax benefit...

25 July 2012

spotSolidarity with PCS members fighting to defend services

A dispute over job cuts and privatisation in the Home Office is likely to result in strike action on 26 July unless ministers begin meaningful negotiations...

25 July 2012

spotSocialist Party Summer Camp

Epping Forest, Essex. Political discussions in a relaxed atmosphere, fun for children and adults: Walks in the woods • Deer park • Crèche • Cycling (bikes for hire or bring your own) • Games • Barbecues...

25 July 2012

spotMiners light up Madrid and show the way to struggle!

Thousands of coal miners arrived in Madrid on 10 July, completing another march on the capital as part of the struggle to defend their jobs, writes John Hird, CWI Spain.

25 July 2012

spotSave our server!

The Socialist Party has launched an appeal to raise £12,000 to enable us to buy a new computer server. We are getting a great response from Socialist Party members and readers of the Socialist, writes Ken Douglas.

25 July 2012

spotRemploy strike a big success

Save our factories!: On 19 July, workers at Remploy factories across the country came out on strike to defend their workplaces and their jobs...

25 July 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Party website: The Socialist is proud to get reports from workers in struggle around the country. We do our best to fit them into the paper but also post material on our website...

25 July 2012

spotKirkby campaigners get support

Kirkby Hospital in Nottinghamshire provides valuable care to, among others, dementia and stroke patients. Now it is proposed that these and other services are moved to other nearby hospitals, writes Karen Seymour.

25 July 2012

spotOlympic protest as South London Healthcare trust forced into administration

Queen Elizabeth hospital (QEH) in Woolwich is one of three hospitals in the South London Healthcare Trust that has been sent into administration due to massive Private Finance Initiative (PFI) repayment charges...

25 July 2012

spot1972: dockers face down the Tory government

"Britain came within inches of a general strike": "Arise Ye Workers" read the banner as five London dockers were carried shoulder high from Pentonville Prison in London, writes Roger Thomas.

25 July 2012

spotSave our jobs: We need a 24-hour general strike

Lobby the TUC in Brighton on 9 September: Since I finished my training as a social worker in Sheffield I have been out of work. But I am not alone, 40% of newly qualified social workers are unemployed

25 July 2012

spotSpain's austerity government is facing revolt from below

Workers' organisations must build for a 48-hour general strike: Like the wildfires that are ripping across the mountains of Catalonia, 'Spanic' is spreading around the world's financial markets, writes Hannah Sell

25 July 2012

spotNewcastle pride

Commercialism vs politics: Newcastle Pride took place on Saturday 21 July. It soon became clear that the march was going to be bigger than last year.

25 July 2012

spotLeicester: Not one cut in the NHS

"My daughter wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the heart unit at Glenfield Hospital," Leicester Socialist Party members were told while campaigning against the closure of the local children's heart unit

25 July 2012

spotSummer printing schedule

This issue of the Socialist, 728, will cover a two-week period, as will the following issue, 729. After that we will return to printing the Socialist weekly.

25 July 2012

spotOn your marks.... Get set.... Fight back!

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson

Olympic Britain - we're priced out: Make the super-rich pay for the crisis - not the 99%!...

25 July 2012

spotHome Office strike suspended as more than 1,000 new jobs announced

A planned strike tomorrow (26 July) by PCS members in the Home Office has been suspended after officials told the union last night there will be significant investment in the border force and passport service

25 July 2012

spotLib Dems in Bristol inflicting care home privatisation

Bristol council has announced that eight care homes will close across the city, displacing over 200 residents and costing the jobs of over 300 dedicated staff.

25 July 2012

spotPride march through City of York for the first time

Previously York Pride has never marched through the city of York, this year was different. People gathered outside the cathedral which had previously been home to a protest against Archbishop Sentamu's...

25 July 2012

spot£13 trillion hidden from tax by super-rich

Trust me, I'm a banker - Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games, July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

YFJ Austerity Games

Take the wealth off the 1%!: A sum of money the size of the US and Japanese Gross Domestic Product (GDP) together is being held in offshore tax havens, writes Naomi Byron.

25 July 2012

spotKazakhstan - Workers struggle against bloody, corrupt regime

Vadim Kuramshin, a prison rights campaigner in Kazakhstan

Vadim Kuramshin

Despite massive repression in Kazakhstan, the ground is prepared for mass revolt against the bloody, corrupt regime of president Nursultan Nazarbayev. To the fore of this movement are the young Kazakh workers

25 July 2012

spotKick private profiteers out of the NHS

Marching against NHS cuts and privatisation , photo Paul Mattsson

Exposed - the real threat of privatisation: A leaked letter to doctors from a Coventry hospital chief executive has exposed the reality of allowing the private sector into the NHS

25 July 2012

spotVirgin vultures swoop on vulnerable people's services

Public Health not private wealth - protest against privatisation in the NHS 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Richard Branson's Virgin multinational won the bid to deliver NHS and social care services to young people in Devon

25 July 2012

spotOlympic victory for London bus workers

Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo Paul Mattsson

London bus workers have voted to accept the Olympics bonus deal offered by all companies operating Transport for London routes.

25 July 2012

spotOutsourcing fails again. For publicly owned and run services!

G4S van, photo G4S Ltd

The Olympics G4S security debacle has further increased public opposition to privatisation. But for G4S at present, its failure to deliver on its contract will merely dent its massive profits

26 July 2012

spotKazakhstan: Vadim Kuramshin on hunger strike

Vadim Kuramshin, a prison rights campaigner arrested six months ago on trumped-up charges, started a hunger strike on Monday of this week

26 July 2012

spotSign petition to support NSSN lobby of TUC

Support the lobby of the TUC on Sunday 9 September organised by the National Shop Stewards Network...

26 July 2012

spotPCS transport workers continue strikes against cuts

Staff from the 39 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices threatened with closure will join other Department for Transport workers in a walkout tomorrow (27 July) in their ongoing dispute over cuts...

26 July 2012

spotYFJ protests against big business takeover of Cardiff

Cardiff  protesters against big business 'takeover' at start of Olympics, 25.7.12, photo by Dave Reid

The 2012 Olympic games opened in Cardiff and anti-cuts campaigners were there to oppose the big business jamboree at a time when public services are being cut

26 July 2012

spotSecond strike day at Remploy factories

Leeds, second day of Remploy strike, 26.7.12, photo by Iain Dalton

The second day of strike action at the Leeds Remploy factory saw large numbers of pickets once again.
Posting updated 27.7.12

27 July 2012

spotNational Gallery workers strike

National Gallery workers strike, 27.7.12, photo by Kevin Parlsow

National Gallery workers strike, 27.7.12, photo by Kevin Parlsow

PCS members at the National Gallery in London struck for two hours on Friday 27 July, in protest at redundancies to gallery assistants who help the public and protect the valuable collection

30 July 2012

spotGove sneaking unqualified teachers into academies

The government has sneaked in a proposal to allow academies to use unqualified staff to teach children. This is overwhelmingly opposed by parents and teachers but people had their eyes on the Olympic opening ceremony while this measure was introduced

30 July 2012

spotUnite members vote to accept Portsmouth port deal

Quay assistants at the centre of the 'new contract' dispute at Portsmouth International Port have voted to accept a deal that will see all staff moved onto the superior 'old' contract and all overtime after midnight will be worked on a voluntary basis...

31 July 2012

spotSave Oaklands pool, Southampton

Coxford councillors Keith and Don campaigning with others to save Oaklands pool, Southampton

The stand taken by two Coxford councillors, to vote against the Labour council's budget cuts and its proposal to close Oaklands pool has received enormous support across the city

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