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5 June 2009

spotMarch and rally in support of Rob Williams

LINAMAR SHOP STEWARDS COMMITTEE & SWANSEA TRADE UNION COUNCIL: March and rally

5 June 2009

spotPrepare now for next election challenge

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, speaking at the London No2EU election rally, photo Paul Mattsson

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, speaking at the London No2EU election rally, photo Paul Mattsson

ANALYSIS AND comment on the local and European election results will be carried in next week's issue of The Socialist...

5 June 2009

spotEuropean elections: Putting forward a workers' alternative

London: IN SPITE of the national media news blackout on the 'No2EU-Yes to Democracy' workers' alternative in the European elections, there have been many successful public meetings held around the country, as the following reports show, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

5 June 2009

spotA Question Time carve up

The producers of BBC programme Question Time on 28 May, on the European elections, had decided not to include RMT union leader Bob Crow as a panel speaker from 'No2EU - Yes to Democracy', on the grounds that it was not an important enough party...

5 June 2009

spotChallenge these disgraced MPs

THE HATED Salford Labour MP Hazel Blears, who dodged a £13,000 tax bill and then "found" £13,000 when this was exposed, continues to enjoy "110% support" from Salford Labour party leaders...

5 June 2009

spotRoyal Mail sell-off - Time for action!

Communication Workers Union, CWU, lobby of parliament over the privatisation of Royal Mail postal services Feb 09, photo Paul Mattsson

Communication Workers Union lobby of parliament over the privatisation of Royal Mail Feb 09, photo Paul Mattsson

The Postal Services Bill has its first reading in the House of Commons on 9 June and the privateer sharks are circling, writes A Bristol postal worker.

5 June 2009

spotAston University socialists fight for student democracy

Campaigning at Aston University, photo Socialist Students

Campaigning at Aston University, photo Socialist Students

The students union, or 'guild' as it now calls itself, at Aston University faced attacks on its, already limited, democratic structures last week, writes Stephen Burrell, Aston Socialist Students.

5 June 2009

spotSussex University: Save Linguistics campaign

On Wednesday 20 May, around 70 students gathered in Sussex University's main square to protest against the axing of the entire linguistics department...

5 June 2009

spotSocialist youth conference and protest

Bangor: Young socialists from north Wales received a helping hand from comrades from the south for an all-Wales day of action on Saturday 23 May in Bangor, writes Sarah Mayo, Pontypridd.

5 June 2009

spotYouth Fight for Jobs: Fortnight of action 27 June to 10 July

600,000 young people are about to leave school, college or university and begin looking for jobs in a shattered jobs market...

5 June 2009

spotA Parliament of celebrities and a speaker of integrity

Comment: The feverish debate raging about the parliamentary pig-fest is having a curious effect on the chattering classes, writes Tony Mulhearn, Merseyside.

5 June 2009

spotTube workers vote to strike

In spite of London tube management forcing the RMT to reballot, there has been a big majority for strike action, writes An RMT rep.

5 June 2009

spotBristol refuse workers strike

"We don't want to go on strike, but you've got to stand up for your rights" explained one of the striking refuse collectors in Bristol to Socialist Party members on the picket line...

5 June 2009

spotBattling against the blacklist

Manchester electrician Colin Trousdale wrote this diary to illustrate the effect of the blacklist clearly being operated by some construction employers, writes Wednesday 13 May.

5 June 2009

spotGlasgow care workers' success

After 21 weeks of strike action, the community service workers in Glasgow have voted to accept an offer from the council to end the dispute, writes Brian Smith, Glasgow Unison, personal capacity.

5 June 2009

spotVisteon pensioners battle

Seventy ex-Visteon workers, retired workers joined by those made redundant two months ago, kicked off their campaign to fight for their pensions with a protest outside the meeting of their pensions trust on 1 June, writes Paula Mitchell.

5 June 2009

spotThe Frock-Coated Communist: the revolutionary life of Friedrich Engels

Review FRIEDRICH ENGELS wrote The Condition of the Working Class in England when he was just 24 years old. Tristram Hunt says: "The power, incisiveness and prescience of Engels' polemic remains undiminished...

5 June 2009

spotTiananmen Square 1989: Counter-revolution crushes China's democracy movement

ON 3-4 June 1989, Deng Xiaoping and other aged leaders of China's so-called 'communist' party, ordered 200,000 troops to crush a two-month long movement of workers and students against bureaucratic rule and for workers' democracy...

5 June 2009

spotVauxhall jobs threat - unions must organise a fightback

UP TO 5,500 jobs are at risk at the Vauxhall plants in Ellesmere Port in Merseyside and in Luton, as a result of the bankruptcy of Vauxhall's parent company General Motors (GM) in the USA, writes Bill Mullins.

5 June 2009

spotFast news

All pain, no gain: WORKERS AT Honda's car factory in Swindon returned to work after a four-month layoff having accepted a 3% pay cut over the next 10 months to protect 490 jobs...

5 June 2009

spotNATO anniversary: 60 years of aggression and terror

THE NORTH Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) marked 60 years of its existence at the start of April in Strasbourg, France...

5 June 2009

spotAction to defend union rights

Linamar support for Rob Williams. Photo Sarah Mayo

Update - Rob Williams reinstated. Workers at Linamar voted to strike in support of their sacked convenor.

8 June 2009

spotThe Masses Arise by Peter Taaffe - New edition

The Socialist Party is taking orders from party branches and book sellers for the new edition of Peter Taaffe's work on the French Revolution, The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789-1815...

8 June 2009

spotSocialist Joe Higgins wins Dublin Euro seat in Ireland

Joe Higgins

Socialist Party candidate wins

9 June 2009

spotEuropean parliament elections indicate a Europe on the edge

Last week's European elections gave a snapshot, albeit often distorted by low turnouts, of the continent's anxious mood and the distrust, if not hostility, to most governments...

9 June 2009

spotNo2EU: A step towards a workers' political voice

No2EU-Yes to Democracy held its launch seven weeks ago. Initiated by the railway workers' union - the RMT - this hastily constructed electoral alliance succeeded in winning 153,236 votes in the European elections on 4 June; 1% of the total cast. The combined left vote across Britain was 340,805, 2.25% writes Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary.

9 June 2009

spotStep up the fight for a workers' party

New Labour meltdown: The outcome of the county council elections, followed by the 'meltdown' in the European elections, was a devastating defeat for New Labour and the Gordon Brown dominated government, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

10 June 2009

spotA socialist MEP Joe Higgins elected in Ireland

Joe Higgins with Clare Daly

Joe Higgins with Clare Daly

"I just heard the news, I was hoping that you would win the MEP seat, I am absolutely delighted, there is some justice in the world. Terrific stuff." Ger, Cork...

10 June 2009

spotReinstate Rob Williams now! Support Linamar strikers

STOP PRESS: ROB HAS BEEN REINSTATED! WORKERS AT the Linamar car components plant in Swansea are taking indefinite strike action from Thursday 11 June to get their sacked Unite trade union convenor, Rob Williams, a long-standing Socialist Party member, reinstated, writes Alec Thraves, Socialist Party secretary, Wales.

10 June 2009

spot'The best fighter that money can't buy'

Joe Higgins wins Euro seat: "I just heard the news, I was hoping that you would win the MEP seat, I am absolutely delighted, there is some justice in the world. Terrific stuff." Ger, Cork...

10 June 2009

spotNo2EU: a step towards a workers' political voice

No2EU candidates and supporters launch their manifesto, photo D Carr

No2EU candidates and supporters launch their manifesto, photo D Carr

No2EU-Yes to Democracy held its launch seven weeks ago. Initiated by the transport workers' union - the RMT - this hastily constructed electoral alliance succeeded in winning 153,236 votes in the European elections, writes Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary.

10 June 2009

spotSTOP PRESS: BNP feel the anger

The British National Party leader Nick Griffin attempted to hold a press conference outside parliament on Tuesday 9 June...

10 June 2009

spotYouth Fight against Racism

Youth Fight against Racism:
- Say no to the BNP
- Youth Fight for Jobs
- Fight for decent jobs & services
Fortnight of action 27 June - 10 July

10 June 2009

spotLondon Underground: Solidarity with strike over jobs and pay

TRANSPORT UNION RMT members on London Underground are taking strike action from 9-11 June. The decision has not been taken lightly. Many of us can ill afford to lose two days pay in these difficult economic times, writes Reg Johnstone, RMT member.

10 June 2009

spotGlasgow street cleaners start workers' fightback

IN A bid to make further budget savings, Glasgow city council continues its assault on workers' conditions of employment, writes Ian Leech, Glasgow City Unison steward.

10 June 2009

spotBristol bins strike threat brings new conditions offer

BRISTOL BIN workers, members of the Unite union, after taking five days of discontinuous strike action, and after planning an all-out strike over pay and conditions, have now accepted a last-minute offer, writes Mark Baker, Bristol PCS member.

10 June 2009

spotUnison NEC elections bring gains for Socialist Party

ON THE eve of Unison's annual conference (the public sector trade union with 1.3 million members) the Socialist Party doubled the size of its group on Unison's national executive council (NEC) from three to six members in the recent elections...

10 June 2009

spotAnother DWP minister resigns

JAMES PURNELL, government minister at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), resigned last week - one of an increasing number of ministerial resignations from Gordon Brown's disintegrating government...

10 June 2009

spotCome to the National Shop Stewards Network conference 2009

THE BEGINNING of 2009 saw workers burst onto the scene with a big strike at Lindsey Oil Refinery. Hundreds of construction workers broke the vicious anti-trade union laws, organised a strike from the grassroots...

10 June 2009

spotNews in brief

Compulsion: AN 'OVERSIGHT', a 'mistake' or being 'badly advised' are the typical lame excuses offered by expenses grabbing MPs. Now, Gerald Kaufman MP blames Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

10 June 2009

spotGeneral strike in Basque country

ON 21 May, a general strike took place in the Basque country and nearby Spanish province of Navarra. Organised by Basque trade unions, the day was a resounding success, writes Danny Byrne from Spain.

10 June 2009

spotBrazil: "Liberty, Socialism and Revolution" is born

ON THE 22 May in São Paulo, Brazil, a successful unification congress took place between Socialist Liberty Collective (CLS) and Revolutionary Socialism (SR - the Brazilian section of the CWI), to form a new organisation - Liberty, Socialism and Revolution (LSR)...

10 June 2009

spotEngineering construction workers ballot: End 'race to the bottom'

AROUND 25,000 engineering construction workers, who build and maintain Britain's power stations and petrochemical sites, members of Unite and GMB trade unions, are to be balloted for official strike action, writes Alistair Tice.

10 June 2009

spotCommunication Workers Union conference backs Youth Fight for Jobs campaign

THE COMMUNICATION Workers Union (CWU) conference is meeting with its members facing huge threats of mass job losses, pension cuts and post office privatisation, writes Dave Griffiths.

10 June 2009

spotNo to cuts at Kings

JOB LOSSES, previously mainly hitting the ex-polytechnic universities, are starting to threaten older universities...

10 June 2009

spotLiverpool Community College strike

HUNDREDS OF lecturers and support staff took strike action at Liverpool Community College on 3 June. The lecturers' union UCU branch called industrial action in response to management's proposals to...

10 June 2009

spotThe Masses Arise: The French revolution and today's struggles

The Masses Arise by Peter Taaffe, photo Dennis Rudd

The Masses Arise by Peter Taaffe. Cover design by Dennis Rudd

The Masses Arise, by Peter Taaffe, which was first published in 1989 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the start of the French revolution, is now back in print, writes Kevin Parslow.
In a new introduction, the author recounts the events of the revolution, bringing out the heroic role of the sans-culottes - who have been vilified by right-wing historians - and the relevance of these events to what is likely to develop in the coming period in France, Europe and throughout the world. "This book is more relevant today than when it was first published in 1989," writes Peter Taaffe.

10 June 2009

spot Step up the fight for a new workers' party

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, speaking at the London No2EU election rally, photo Paul Mattsson

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, speaking at the London No2EU election rally, photo Paul Mattsson

Labour in meltdown: The outcome of the county council elections, followed by the 'meltdown' in the European elections, was a devastating defeat for New Labour and the Gordon Brown dominated government, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

10 June 2009

spotVictory at Linamar! Rob Williams reinstated

Rob Williams at the National Shop Stewards Network meeting after the Jobs demo in Birmingham called by the Unite trade union, photo Paul Mattsson

100% Victory! Rob Williams has been unconditionally reinstated.

11 June 2009

spotRob Williams' unconditional reinstatement is a victory for all workers

Rob Williams, leading Socialist Party member and vice-chair of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), has won his campaign against Linamar management in Swansea, who summarily sacked him without notice for an "irretrievable breakdown of trust"...

16 June 2009

spotYouth Fight for Jobs protest at Mandelson's Department 17th June

Youth Fight for Jobs is organising a protest outside Peter Mandelson's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET at 10:30am, on Wednesday 17th June.

17 June 2009

spotSuccessful Youth Fight for Jobs protest

Youth Fight for jobs protest outside Mandelson's department, photo by Ben Robinson

Anger and frustration mount with Youth Fight for Jobs staging a protest outside Lord Mandelson's Business Department demanding action...

17 June 2009

spotLindsey Oil Refinery workers fight the bosses' redundancy scam

As I write, Fiddlers Ferry construction workers have come out in support of Lindsey strikers. Watch this space, writes Keith Gibson, GMB, Shaws.

17 June 2009

spotIran - mass protests erupt

One million protest in Iran

One million protest in Iran

Mass demonstrations have erupted in Iran in protest at the apparent rigging of the presidential elections by the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime.

According to reports over one million people have demonstrated in the capital Tehran and over a dozen have been killed in clashes with the police and hated Basij militia. writes Tony Saunois, CWI.

17 June 2009

spotOnly working class action can end war threat in Korean peninsula

The underground explosion of a massive nuclear bomb on 25 May of the North Korean regime brought it to the centre of world attention. Clare Doyle considers the motives of North Korea's ossified Stalinist regime

17 June 2009

spotStanding up to bullying mail bosses

Sack Peter Mandelson: Keep Royal Mail Public - Post Office privatisation cartoon, photo Geoff Jones

Sack Peter Mandelson: Keep Royal Mail Public - Post Office privatisation cartoon by Mike John

London postal strike: London postal workers are taking strike action for 24 hours, starting with the early shift on Friday 19 June...

17 June 2009

spotCWU national conference: Fighting for jobs and working conditions

The national CWU conference this year was set against a backdrop of a Labour government attempting to part privatise Royal Mail and the CWU London Division returning a massive yes vote of over 90% for strike action, writes Gary Clark, Sub Area Rep Scotland No2 branch CWU.

17 June 2009

spotRecent industrial disputes bring important lessons for the future

Linamar workers support sacked covneor Rob Williams, photo Sarah Mayo

Linamar workers support sacked covneor Rob Williams, photo Sarah Mayo

Editorial: THE VICTORY of Rob Williams, in getting his job back and being reinstated into his position as convenor of the Swansea Linamar car parts plant has tremendous lessons for the future. And it reveals, along with other struggles that have broken out in the last six months, the crucial role of conscious socialists in the workplace.

17 June 2009

spotA rat on Labour's sinking ship

SAMUEL JOHNSON once famously declared that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel". In the lexicon of New Labour that has been replaced by "being anti-Militant is the last refuge of a scoundrel."...

17 June 2009

spotVictory at Linamar! Rob Williams reinstated

Rob Williams addresses Linamar workers at a rally in support of him, photo Sarah Mayo

Rob Williams addresses Linamar workers at a rally in support of him, photo Sarah Mayo

ROB WILLIAMS, the Unite trade union convenor at the Linamar car components factory in Swansea, Wales, has won a stunning victory in his fight for reinstatement...

17 June 2009

spotNational Shop Stewards Network conference Saturday 27 June 2009

Speakers include Joe Higgins newly elected Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Ireland. Rob Williams reinstated Unite convenor, Linamar, Swansea. Keith Gibson, Lindsey Oil Refinery steward, John Maguire, Visteon worker, Belfast, and Vincent Druse, Peugeot worker, Mulhouse, France.

17 June 2009

spotTube workers on strike

London Underground strike by RMT tube workers, photo by Paul Mattsson

London Underground strike by RMT tube workers, photo by Paul Mattsson

RMT members on London Underground were on 48-hour strike from 9-11 June. This reduced the tube to a skeleton service, staffed by untrained office staff and Aslef and TSSA members who had been told by their...

17 June 2009

spotDefeat the BNP: Build a socialist alternative

THE FAR-right, racist BNP's success in narrowly getting two members elected to the European parliament has horrified millions, writes Hannah Sell.

17 June 2009

spotProtests at BNP

North West: THERE HAS been a series of protests in the North West since the BNP sneaked in the electoral back door to win an MEP here, writes Hugh Caffrey, Manchester.

17 June 2009

spotGlasgow cleaners score success

Environmental workers in Glasgow have dealt a significant blow against the city council and in defence of the working week, writes Ian Leech, Glasgow Unison member.

17 June 2009

spotPrepare for class war!

'WORKPLACE GUERRILLA war' is predicted by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) as a result of 350,000 projected public sector job cuts over the next five years...

17 June 2009

spotNews in brief

Boot boys: SIX LONDON Met police officers have been suspended from duties over allegations of torturing criminal suspects...

17 June 2009

spotBilly Bragg's Miners' Strike Tour

UNDER THE South Wales area National Union of Mineworkers' banner with the words "Forward to a Socialist Britain and World Peace", singer Billy Bragg treated us to a great concert in Caernarfon on 11 June, writes Jan Underwood, Bangor Socialist Party.

17 June 2009

spotTories or New Labour - it's cuts, cuts, cuts!

NHS faces financial meltdown: WHETHER IT'S the Tories or New Labour who form the next government, one thing is clear, the National Health Service (NHS) faces its biggest crisis since it was founded in 1948, writes Roger Davey - Chair, Swindon and Wiltshire Unison Health Care branch, (personal capacity).

19 June 2009

spotLindsey Oil Refinery strike: 900 sacked, support grows

Yesterday, solidarity action spread in support of the Shaw workers (sub-contractor at Lindsey) who had been laid off...

22 June 2009

spotLindsey oil refinery strike newsletter no 18: ALL OUT FOR 'TOTAL' VICTORY

Socialist Party Newletter no. 18, 22 June 2009, Supported by Keith Gibson ex LOR strike cttee, Trevor Grewar Hull Amicus/Unite branch chair, John McEwan national stewards forum, Steve Jones LOR steward (all in personal capacities)

23 June 2009

spotCome to Socialism 2009

Socialism 2009

Are you sick of low pay and long hours?
Angry at cuts, closures and privatisation?
Had enough of poverty across the globe? Want an end to war and occupation? Then come to Socialism 2009.
Socialism 2009 is a weekend of political discussion and debate hosted by the Socialist Party. It offers an important opportunity for socialists, trade unionists, workers and young people to come together and share experiences of fighting back.

23 June 2009

spotProtests at Fiddlers Ferry

Support for Lindsey Oil Refinery workers: On 18 June, about 140 contract workers, a mix of Unite and GMB members, mounted a protest from 6.45am onwards on the approach to Fiddlers Ferry power station.

23 June 2009

spotWhere now for the Iranian revolution?

Iran revolution 2009

Iran revolution 2009

THIRTY YEARS after the 1979 revolution, Iran has again erupted in revolutionary convulsions. Millions have taken to the streets to protest against the undoubted rigging of the presidential election, in...

23 June 2009

spotEconomy - 'Green shoots' are without real roots

"ARMAGEDDON IS behind us" commented Larry Fink, the owner and chief executive of BlackRock on the prospects for the world economy, writes Ken Douglas.

23 June 2009

spotLindsey refinery dispute: Workers show strength

In a symbolic act of defiance, sacked construction workers burned their dismissal letters, writes Keith Gibson, LOR strike committee.

23 June 2009

spotLindsey oil refinery strike newsletter no 19, June 24th

ALL OUT FOR 'TOTAL' SHUTDOWN: Hundreds of Lindsey contract workers walked out on unofficial and 'illegal' strike action on Thursday 11th June to stop 51 redundancies being imposed without consultation or the opportunity to transfer to another contractor.

24 June 2009

spotNo to mass youth unemployment

Youth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action, photo by The Socialist

Youth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action, photo by The Socialist

Youth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action 27 June to 10 July: During the period of high unemployment in the 1980s UB40 famously sang about the "one in ten" of British workers on the dole. That figure is now one in six for 18 to 24 year olds!, writes Michael Wrack, Hackney YFJ.

24 June 2009

spotFight for a Scottish parliament with full powers

ON 1 July 1999, a Scottish parliament was convened for the first time since its controversial dissolution in 1707, writes Philip Stott, International Socialists, Scotland.

24 June 2009

spot'Sponsors' deserting academy schools

SIXTY OF the 85 privately sponsored academy schools that were financed under the original academies deal had not received the funds expected from their private sponsors, according to information in the House of Commons Library which was reported by Private Eye magazine, writes Roger Shrives.

24 June 2009

spotUnison conference: We needed a council of war - we got a council of doom

Unison conference 2009: Peter Taaffe, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison conference 2009: Peter Taaffe at the Socialist Party fringe meeting, photo Paul Mattsson

With dire predictions of 350,000 public sector jobs under threat, a massive increase in privatisation and talk of the end of the public sector pension, the Unison conference should have been a council of war...

24 June 2009

spotReply to SWP open letter: Workers' party must be built

A reply to 'An open letter to the left from the Socialist Workers Party'.

24 June 2009

spotRacists in Northern Ireland threaten socialist for defending Romanian community

THE SOCIALIST Party in Northern Ireland (part of the Committee for a Workers' International) has played a central role in organising protests to oppose a spate of racist attacks on Romanian families living in Belfast, writes Socialist Party members, Northern Ireland.

24 June 2009

spotAnother RBS rip-off payout

STEPHEN HESTER, the new boss at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) who replaced disgraced chief executive Fred Goodwin, is in line to receive a £10 million pay package...

24 June 2009

spotIraq war inquiry

THE 2003 invasion of Iraq and continuing occupation by the US-led coalition forces was and remains massively unpopular amongst workers and youth, writes Sean Figg.

24 June 2009

spotThe guns fall silent - but no peace for Tamils

OVER 70,000 mainly Tamil demonstrators marched through London on 20 June, angered by the continued misery of the Tamil people following the Sri Lankan government's military defeat of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).

26 June 2009

spotTurning Point In Iraq

AN ITV news reporter in Iraq described the bizarre scene at a press briefing in Baghdad by the US military forces...

26 June 2009

spotLindsey workers: Militant action pays!

Lindsey Oil Refinery solidarity strikes: Publicly burning the redundancy notices , photo by Jim Reeves

Publicly burning redundancy notices, photo by Jim Reeves

Lindsey Oil Refinery construction workers have won a stunning victory. All the workers' demands have been met, writes Alastair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party.

28 June 2009

spotVideo: Keith Gibson addresses NSSN conference on the Lindsey Oil Refinery strike

Keith Gibson, Socialist Party member and a leading member of the Lindsey Oil Refinery strike committee speaks about the strike to the National Shop stewards Network national conference 2009, held Saturday...

30 June 2009

spotTotal's fat fingers in every pie

THE CONSTRUCTION workers at Lindsey won a magnificent battle for the working class. They managed to turn back the cost-cutting plans of Total, the multinational energy giant rated as one of the world's...

30 June 2009

spotVictories show the way forward for struggles

Clara Osagiede, the RMT Cleaners Grade Secretary for the London Underground tells of the cleaners' struggle for a living wage, photo by Socialist Party

Clara Osagiede, the RMT Cleaners Grade Secretary for the London Underground tells of the cleaners' struggle for a living wage, photo by Socialist Party

The third conference of the National Shop Stewards' Network (NSSN) could not have been better timed, coming just one day after the victory of the Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) construction workers...

30 June 2009

spot"We came out with Lindsey and we'll go back with Lindsey"

Construction workers at Fiddlers Ferry in Widnes stayed out all last week in support of the Lindsey workers, writes A Warrington trades council delegate.

30 June 2009

spotJustice for the Shrewsbury pickets march and rally

Speakers at the rally will include: representatives of the Shrewsbury Justice Campaign, Ricky Tomlinson, 1972 jailed picket, Arthur Scargill, NUM leader during the year long miners' strike 25 years ago, Rob Williams, victimised Linamar Swansea Unite convenor and vice chair of NSSN, and a PCS union...

30 June 2009

spotNational Shop Stewards Network Conference Confident and enthusiastic

Clara Osagiede, RMT Cleaners Grade Secretary for London Underground cleaners, tells NSSN conference 2009 of the cleaners' struggle for a living wage

Clara Osagiede, RMT Cleaners Grade Secretary for London Underground cleaners, tells NSSN conference 2009 of the cleaners' struggle for a living wage

Saturday 27 June 2009 may well be remembered for the day the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) really came into its own, writes Dave Gorton, Unite 1/372 branch delegate, personal capacity.

30 June 2009

spot Decent jobs not poverty schemes!

Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Mandelson's office, photo Ben Robinson

Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Mandelson's office, photo Ben Robinson

No to mass youth unemployment: Young people make up 21% of the population, but 40% of all those unemployed. In an increasingly decimated jobs market, many young people understandably expect help finding work from the government. But,...

30 June 2009

spotGlasgow council: Social work dept staff start all-out strike

Frontline clerical/admin workers in Glasgow council's social work department began an all out indefinite strike action on 1 July, writes Brian Smith, Glasgow Unison branch secretary.

30 June 2009

spotNew Labour's house building plans amount to just a drop in the ocean

NEW LABOUR, like all the establishment parties, is planning to decimate the public sector after the general election, writes Hannah Sell.

30 June 2009

spotCrisis looms in FE colleges

National fight to defend education: FURTHER EDUCATION (FE) colleges across the country are facing a major crisis over the next months and years, writes Paula Mitchell.

30 June 2009

spotTower Hamlets demo

A PASSIONATE and noisy protest against cuts in education marched through East London, attracting lots of attention and support from shoppers and local residents, writes Naomi Byron.

30 June 2009

spot 25 years ago: Liverpool - a city that dared to fight

Liverpool City Council demonstration, November 1983, photo Paul Traynor

Liverpool City Council demonstration, November 1983, photo Paul Traynor

ON 9 July 1984 Liverpool City council, led by Militant (the Socialist Party's predecessor), won a sensational victory over the ruthless Tory government of Margaret Thatcher...

30 June 2009

spotMilitant action pays!

Lindsey Oil Refinery: Keith Gibson at the burning of the redundancy notices, photo Jim Reeves

Lindsey Oil Refinery: Keith Gibson at the burning of the redundancy notices, photo Jim Reeves

Lindsey Oil Refinery workers victory: Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) construction workers have won a stunning victory. All the workers' demands have been met. The 647 dismissals have been withdrawn, the 51 redundancies rescinded and all employees...

1 July 2009

spotCampaign to save Lewisham Bridge school continuing

ON 24 June a large number of parents and other supporters turned out to support the occupation of Lewisham Bridge School, south London, that has now been going on for a number of months, writes Socialist Party reporters.

1 July 2009

spotFast news

Blundering Boris: BORIS JOHNSON, the Tory London mayor, came into office on a 'clean up politics' and 'value for taxpayers' money' election ticket...

1 July 2009

spotConstruction industry in major crisis

The effects of the economic crisis mean the construction industry is facing its toughest period for over a generation, writes Suzanne Beishon, Architecture student.

1 July 2009

spotPride not profit - London Pride Saturday 4 July

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement saw the fortieth anniversary of its birth on 28 June 2009, writes Greg Randall, Convenor of the Socialist Party LGBT members' group.

1 July 2009

spotBNP: Looking beneath the suits

THE BRITISH National Party (BNP) diligently cultivates its new image of smart suits and 'legal' respectability, writes Keith Whitehead.

1 July 2009

spotCouncils try to gag us

There has been much talk in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandals of the need to make politicians more accountable, extend democracy and empower people and their communities, writes James Kerr, Lewisham Socialist Party.

1 July 2009

spotFraternal greetings from Lindsey Oil Refinery strike committee

The Socialist Party received the following greeting from the Lindsey Oil Refinery strike committee

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