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3 July 2017

spotSix charged due to determination of justice campaign

More than 28 years after the Hillsborough disaster, charges are being brought against the policeman in charge and five others

3 July 2017

spot1 July demo: anger and enthusiasm shows potential mass movement

All who attended the Tories Out demonstration on 1st July will have been given a huge boost of confidence that the anger and determination exists to bring down the weak and wobbly Tory government

3 July 2017

spotJobstown victory: protest is not a crime!

The 'not guilty' verdict for the Jobstown anti-water charges protesters was a stunning blow to the capitalist establishment

4 July 2017

spot'Jubilant' hospital workers strike against poverty pay in east London

On 4-5 July domestics, porters and security staff at Barts Health Trust began a strike

4 July 2017

spotSupport the Merseyrail strikes against DOO

The Labour-run 'Liverpool city region transport committee' still intends to take guards off the trains and introduce 'driver-only operation'. We support the RMT, taking 24-hour strike action against this on 8, 10 and 23 of July.

5 July 2017

spotBlairite EU rebellion: no to the bosses' Single Market

Corbyn had to sack three shadow ministers who voted to remain in the EU Single Market

5 July 2017

spotConference opens debate on Labour and pledges to fight anti-union laws

The RMT AGM took place in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn's tremendous general election result.

5 July 2017

spotNewcastle tenants demand answers

On 27 June I attended a meeting organised by concerned tenants of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), an arms-length management organisation (Almo) of Newcastle City Council, at Cruddas Park tower in the city's west end.

5 July 2017

spotTories' tuition fees wobble: fight for free education!

The Tories must "change hard" on their approach to university fees, according to First Secretary of State Damian Green

5 July 2017

spotPensioners oppose DUP deal

The Merseyside Pensioners Association (MPA) is affiliated to the National Pensioners Convention, a campaigning organisation for decent pensions and the rights of pensioners generally

5 July 2017

spotFrom Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

Like many people who eagerly pre-ordered From Militant to the Socialist Party I have enjoyed reading its 600-odd pages

5 July 2017

spotFight establishment's Grenfell insults: no to cover-up, safety for all!

Every day seems to bring a new insult to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. They are still seeking assurances of local rehousing. Their landlord has charged them rent for burnt-out homes in error.

5 July 2017

spotUnison conference: Socialist Party argues for a socialist Brexit

One of the important debates at the 2017 Unison conference was about Brexit. One year on from the referendum, there were a number of motions and amendments about what form Brexit should take and what role the union should play.

5 July 2017

spotLeeds: Nurses' union RCN says 'scrap the cap'

"It's time for all of us to take a stand, if we don't we won't have an NHS left" said one nurse through the megaphone at the RCN nurses' union pay cap protest in Leeds on 30 June.

5 July 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Grenfell, Qatar, Corbyn and magic money trees.

5 July 2017

spotSurrey FBU pass no confidence motion

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Surrey has passed a motion of no confidence in the local fire authority, saying planned budget cuts will see firefighter numbers plummet.

5 July 2017

spotBA cabin crew blacklisting strike starts

Mixed fleet cabin crew started a 16-day strike on 1 July. Up until the start of the latest strike, mixed fleet cabin crew had been on strike for 26 days

5 July 2017

spotPublic sector wages - Pay up!

Strike to smash the cap: A stark new report by the government's own advisors on public sector pay has shown that there was a 6% drop in average wages from 2005 to 2015

5 July 2017

spotPride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

Michael Johnson, from the Socialist Party's LGBT group, highlights some of the issues being discussed in this year's Pride celebrations and examines the lessons of the Russian revolution for the struggle for LGBT+ rights today

5 July 2017

spotWeakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government

5 July 2017

spotSouth London tower block residents plan safety campaign

Tower block residents from the Ashmole estate in south London joined Lambeth Socialist Party members to discuss building a safety campaign on 29 June

5 July 2017

spotEast London community demands action after racist attacks

Over 100 local residents, including 20 who couldn't get in, packed the Berner Community Centre in Tower Hamlets, east London, on 2 July, angry about a number of recent attacks on local Muslim people.

5 July 2017

spotAnother record fighting fund quarter!

Socialist Party members raised an outstanding £35,264 in the April to June quarter of 2017. This broke the record for the second quarter, which itself had only been set in 2016

5 July 2017

spot200-year miscarriage of justice exposing ruling class

Book review: Exactly 200 years ago a 17 year-old Nottinghamshire girl was murdered walking home to Papplewick village from nearby Mansfield

5 July 2017

spotTransport strategy: London's mayor is no visionary

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan recently released his 'Mayor's Transport Strategy' for public consultation.

6 July 2017

spotLessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

When the Soviet Criminal Code was established in 1922, male homosexuality was not included as a criminal act

10 July 2017

spotVote for action to save Ford plant

Ballot papers go out at the end of this week to Bridgend Ford workers

10 July 2017

spotLots of discussions at the Miners Gala on the way forward

Crowds of up to 250,000 flocked to a sun-soaked Durham for the 133rd Durham Miners Gala

10 July 2017

spotChingford: Corbyn attacks pay freeze during tour of marginals

Corbyn also pledged to back Barts NHS Trust strikers after the rally

11 July 2017

spotMears workers escalate action to all-out strike

Unite members at Mears have been on strike for 3 days a week since 15 May

11 July 2017

spotGrenfell stitch-up: unions should call independent inquiry

Survivors of the fire are still homeless, and blocks around the country are unsafe

11 July 2017

spotStriking Barts health workers show 'fighting trade unionism'

"We want a famous victory for the east London working class!" declared Len Hockey

12 July 2017

spotJuly Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution

Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent

12 July 2017

spotSave Glenfield heart centre

The latest protest against the proposed closure of Glenfield Congenital Heart Centre took place in Leicester on 8 July

12 July 2017

spotBin workers step up action

As Brum's Labour council continues to try to impose cuts, bin workers are escalating their strike

12 July 2017

spotThis bosses' government must go

No compromise with Tories or Blairites. Fight for mandatory reselection.
Organise and strike for Corbyn's anti-austerity policies.

The 'gig economy' is bad for workers - but good for fat-cat bosses. Like austerity, it is akin to a blood transfusion system for money.

12 July 2017

spotG20 betrays refugees created by its own policies

This year is on course to become the deadliest on record for refugees crossing the Mediterranean - and the G20 has done nothing

12 July 2017

spotLow-paid cabin crew protest in middle of 16-day stoppage

In a vengeful act, BA imposed sanctions on strikers: removing bonus payments and staff travel concessions

12 July 2017

spotBMA doctor's union in shift to left at conference

This year's annual representatives meeting, the conference of the BMA doctors' union, saw some of the most left wing policy agreed by the BMA so far

12 July 2017

spotStrike action against driver-only operated trains continues

Continued coordinated action against driver-only operation on three rail networks has continued, with strikes on Merseyrail, Northern and Southern starting on 8 July

12 July 2017

spotDurham TAs reject council's pay offer

Durham teaching assistants in education unions Unison and the ATL have voted to reject the latest divisive offer from Durham council

12 July 2017

spotThe left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

A political voice for workers: We must urgently build on Jeremy Corbyn's election campaign to really transform Labour - does that mean the non-affiliated left unions should now affiliate?

12 July 2017

spotThe Socialist spring offensive

Sales of the Socialist hit a six-year high this spring thanks to the tireless work of Socialist Party members and supporters during the recent general election

12 July 2017

spotSouthampton Labour must reverse devastating council cuts

The new funding formula threatens to cut a further £3 billion from school budgets - in Southampton, that would mean losing over 350 teachers

12 July 2017

spotWaltham Forest - fighting school cuts

A joint meeting of workplace union reps was held on 4 July to discuss a strategy to fight school cuts in Labour-run Waltham Forest, London

12 July 2017

spotFighting corporate takeover at London Pride

"Build a fighting socialist movement for LGBT+ rights!"

12 July 2017

spotHuddersfield parties in the park to save hospital A&E

The second annual Hands Off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary 'Party in the Park' attracted thousands to Greenhead Park in opposition to the hospital's A&E closure

12 July 2017

spotLeeds campaigns to save NHS on its 69th birthday

Leeds Keep Our NHS Public and its supporters gathered outside the Leeds General Infirmary on 5 July and later outside St James University Hospital to celebrate the NHS's 69th birthday

12 July 2017

spotSchool students' remarkable tribute to workers' Spanish Civil War bravery

Theatre review - Ocho: The story told of bravery and the cast itself showed a brave approach to the work

12 July 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Scrap the pay cap; keep guards on trains; responses to the 1 July anti-Tory demo, Homeland's poor politics; sickness stats; Poland and Trotskyism

12 July 2017

spotDWP announces office closures and job losses

The PCS has reacted with anger to the intended closure and merging of jobcentres

13 July 2017

spotVigil for Grenfell

Hundreds of people attended the vigil for Grenfell, in west London to mark four weeks on from the terrible fire

13 July 2017

spotBron Afon workers fight £3,000 pay cut

Unison members working for Bron Afon housing association in Torfaen in Wales have taken the first of three days strike action

14 July 2017

spot10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

The headline figure after the Tesco pay negotiations is in Tesco's own words its "biggest ever pay award"

14 July 2017

spotSupport the Bart's strikers

A press release from Waltham Forest Trades Council.

19 July 2017

spotEducation cuts: Tories buckling under public pressure

On the joint Junior doctors and teachers demonstration 26-4-16, photo by Paul Mattsson

The pressure of the growing campaign against education cuts is starting to have an effect on the government

20 July 2017

spotSouthwark Group of Tenants Organisations meeting reveals huge anger of tenants

The latest news about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster continues to reveal Kensington and Chelsea Tory council shenanigans in its abuse of the worst off

21 July 2017

spotGrenfell survivors tell Tories: "Step down and resign"

Hundreds of local residents, together with supporters and campaigners, lobbied the Kensington and Chelsea council meeting on 19 July

21 July 2017

spotSupport Barts NHS striking cleaners and porters!

Unite Barts NHS cleaners and porters strike demo July 15

Barts striking cleaners and porters demonstrated. John McDonnell and Len Hockey were among the speakers - updated with petition

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