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3 March 2009

spotHands off our post!

Communication Workers Union lobby of parliament Feb 09, photo Paul Mattsson

Communication Workers Union lobby of parliament Feb 09, photo Paul Mattsson

BUSINESS SECRETARY Peter Mandelson, like a creature from the lagoon, is pressing ahead with Labour's Postal Services Bill, claiming that only the 'expertise' of the private sector can 'modernise' Britain's postal services, writes Chris Moore, Save Our Post Offices organiser.

3 March 2009

spotStop Labour's mail sell-off

Editorial: Even Thatcher opposed the privatisation of the Royal Mail, the state-owned postal service. Yet now the Labour government is determined to push through part-privatisation, selling off a third of the business...

3 March 2009

spotMarx was right all along

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

"As capitalism stares into the abyss, was Marx right all along?"
This is not from The Socialist but from Stephen King, HSBC Banking Group's Chief Economist, writing in The Independent (2 March).
Moreover, he answers his own question in the affirmative, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

3 March 2009

spotHas globalisation gone into reverse?

The Committee for a Workers International protesting at the G8 summit 2005, photo Paul Mattsson

The Committee for a Workers International protesting at the G8 summit 2005, photo Paul Mattsson

As the world credit crunch and financial crisis spread to the real economy, government leaders gathered at a G-20 summit, last November, agreed not to raise barriers to trade and investment and not to go down the road of 'beggar thy neighbour' protectionism, writes Niall Mulholland.

3 March 2009

spotBosses get pay-offs, workers get layoffs

Unison Local Government strike 16-17 July in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison Local Government strike 16-17 July in London, photo Paul Mattsson

THE CAPITALIST economy is going deeper into recession. 320,000 jobs could be destroyed in Britain in the next three months, 'business advisers' now predict. Over two million people are already out of...

4 March 2009

spotAnti-fees demo success - despite NUS leaders' obstructions

Fighting fees  - student demonstration in central London, photo Rob Sutton

Fighting fees - student demonstration in central London, photo Rob Sutton

A LOUD and militant march of over a thousand students took place in central London on 25 February. It demanded free education and living grants for all. It further called for mass opposition to university...

4 March 2009

spotOur democratic rights under attack by Labour

SINCE NEW Labour came to power in 1997, 60 new powers have been introduced in 25 separate parliamentary acts which have attacked and encroached upon our civil liberties, writes Greg Maughan.

4 March 2009

spotInternational Women's Day 8 March: Don't make women pay for the bosses' crisis

Unison Local Government strike 16-17 July in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison Local Government strike 16-17 July in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Women faced discrimination when the economy is booming. What then will be the consequences for women of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s? A fightback is necessary to...

4 March 2009

spotMake all women's issues trade union issues

Comment: I have just returned to work after taking three months off to recover from a hysterectomy. I was therefore very interested to read the "What about menopausal women?" comment in issue 566 of The Socialist...

4 March 2009

spotSolidarity with Constantina Kuneva

Constantina Kuneva was brutally attacked, in Greece, close to her house last December. The hired assassins threw battery acid in her face and then, in an attempt to ensure she would be killed, forced her...

4 March 2009

spotYouth Fight for Jobs

Birmingham: Members of the Socialist Party's Birmingham branch have taken on the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign with gusto in recent weeks...

4 March 2009

spotCardiff student occupation: University divests from arms trade

Students set up Cardiff University Against the War when we discovered that the university had around £209,000 invested in arms companies such as BAE Systems and General Electric...

4 March 2009

spotNUJ action

Industrial action at the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post (YP/YEP) has continued into a third week as management continue to threaten staff with the loss of 18 journalists - 10% of the editorial staff, writes Ian Slattery.

4 March 2009

spotIreland: Scrap the 'pension levy': Organise a one-day general strike

THE IRISH Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is conducting a ballot of all its affiliated members for a general strike on 30 March 2009, writes Michael Murphy, Socialist Party (CWI, Ireland).

4 March 2009

spotKashmir: Health workers win demands

HEALTH WORKERS' strike action forced the POK (Pakistani Occupied Kashmir) government, after a week of mass action, to concede to their demands regarding the implementation of pay agreements, writes Jamal Khan, CWI in Kashmir.

4 March 2009

spotSupport The Socialist on May Day this year

To celebrate International Workers' Day and help the paper to continue reporting the viewpoints of people in struggle, The Socialist appeals to you for a May Day greeting in 2009, writes Bob Severn.

4 March 2009

spotCover supervisors: Teaching on the cheap

In 2004 a new job was created in schools. Cover or study supervisors, as we're known, take lessons when the normal class teacher is absent. The aim was to guarantee teachers PPA time (used for planning/preparing...

4 March 2009

spotNational Shop Stewards Network: Brighton launch meeting

Nearly 40 trade unionists attended a launch of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) in Brighton, writes Phil Clarke, Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT secretary, personal capacity.

4 March 2009

spotConstruction workers plan more action

After a mass picket at Staythorpe power station contruction workers marched into Newark town centre

After a mass picket at Staythorpe power station contruction workers marched into Newark town centre

After another mass picket outside Staythorpe power station on 24 February to protest against the exclusion by Alstom of UK labour from jobs on the site, 3-400 construction workers marched into nearby Newark town centre demanding "What do we want, writes Alistair Tice.

4 March 2009

spotMessage from strike leader

Keith Gibson, a Socialist Party member and a member of the Lindsey oil refinery strike committee was unable to attend the meeting on 28 February. But he distributed the following statement:...

4 March 2009

spotStop bullying at BT

Hundreds of BT engineers and members of CWU Solent branch, staged a mass demo in Southampton on 28 February to protest at the highly aggressive approach at work by BT managers over performance targets and sickness...

4 March 2009

spotFight the cuts in Nottingham!

Staff at Nottingham city council have been horrified to learn of the savage nature of £20 million cuts in jobs and services, writes Jean Thorpe, chair, Nottingham city Unison, personal capacity.

4 March 2009

spotSogefi workers demand strike

Workers at the Sogefi car filter plant in South Wales have had enough. At a mass meeting of 300 out of the 400 in the plant on 14 February, they brushed aside calls for calm, called from the floor for...

4 March 2009

spotRBS pension scandal: Not a penny for these fat cats!

RESEMBLING SOME kind of feudal payment in perpetuity, sacked Royal Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin's £693,000 annual pension is absolutely outrageous, writes Pete Mason.

5 March 2009

spotWorkers Occupy factory in Dundee

Interview with young worker in occupation

9 March 2009

spotMiners' strike 1984-85

Miner lobbying the TUC during the miners' strike of 1984-85, photo by Dave Sinclair

Miner lobbying the TUC during the miners' strike of 1984-85, photo by Dave Sinclair

The Tories' £6 billion battle against the working class. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ago the great miners' strike of 1984-85 started. It was the longest lasting and most bitter industrial dispute of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. It had a huge impact...

11 March 2009

spotFight against unemployment

Bailouts for the bosses... and therapy for the workers! This is the latest bizarre initiative from Labour to deal with recession in Britain, writes Sean Figg, Youth Fight for Jobs national organiser.

11 March 2009

spotDundee workers occupy to fight for rights

Dundee workers at Prisme occupy to fight for their rights, photo International Socialists

Dundee workers at Prisme occupy to fight for their rights, photo International Socialists

The occupation at the Prisme packaging factory in Dundee has continued into its sixth day. 12 workers have been sacked without notice. They were given their P45s along with letters stating that although...

11 March 2009

spotYouth Fight for Jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs

IT'S LESS than three weeks to go until the Youth Fight for Jobs march on Thursday 2 April. The march assembles between 9am and 10am at Camberwell Green in Southwark, the borough with the tenth highest...

11 March 2009

spotThousands of workers affected by construction industry blacklist

AN INVESTIGATION by the Information Commissioner culminated this February in the dramatic seizure of computer equipment belonging to an individual operating a blacklist at the service of 40 construction companies - including Taylor Woodrow, Laing O'Rourke and Balfour Beatty - against workers in tha, writes Hugh Caffrey.

11 March 2009

spotConstruction workers' dispute: National action needed

Construction workers are organising weekly protests at Staythorpe power station near Newark. They are protesting against Alstom's exclusion of UK labour from jobs on the site, writes Alistair Tice.

11 March 2009

spotScrap PFI Now!

The Socialist Party's 'Grim Reaper' joins the Keep Our NHS Public 'Defend our health service' protest outside the Department of Health on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the health service, photo Paul Mattsson

The Socialist Party's 'Grim Reaper' joins the Keep Our NHS Public 'Defend our health service' protest outside the Department of Health on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the health service, photo Paul Mattsson

In yet another humiliating blow to its pro-big business economic policy the New Labour government is providing state 'loans' of up to £2 billion to prop up the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), writes Adrian O'Malley, Unison health service group executive Yorkshire and Humberside (personal capacity).

11 March 2009

spotAirwave jobs strike

Communication Workers' Union (CWU) members employed by Airwave Solutions, the company responsible for providing communications for the emergency services in the UK, have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action against proposed compulsory redundancies, writes Bernard Roome, CWU national executive, personal capacity.

11 March 2009

spotAmicus: Good left vote

Derek Simpson 60,048, (37.85%): In the Amicus/Unite general secretary election, incumbent Derek Simpson has been re-elected for one year. The result was a poor endorsement, as he received less than 38% of the vote on a 15% turnout, writes Kevin Parslow.

11 March 2009

spotTyne and Wear Metro

At a press conference in Newcastle on 6 March, rail union RMT general secretary Bob Crow announced that around 250 RMT members employed by Nexus on the Tyne and Wear Metro are to be balloted for strike action, writes Elaine Brunskill.

11 March 2009

spotSouth Eastern Trains

1,400 RMT members working for South Eastern Trains are also to be balloted for strike action...

11 March 2009

spotNo college cuts in Wales

Trade union members of Unison and UCU at Neath/Port Talbot college staged a protest outside the main gate on 4 March to highlight the damage that will be caused by the Welsh Assembly's £1.6 million cut in its budget, writes Alec Thraves.

11 March 2009

spotCouncil pay fiasco

The fiasco of the local government pay claim for 2008/9 has ended with an additional 0.3% awarded following ACAS arbitration, bringing the total award up to 2.75%...

11 March 2009

spotNorthern Ireland: Sectarian violence returns

Working-class people in Northern Ireland have been shocked by the shooting dead of army and police personnel by dissident Republican groups, writes Ciaran Mulholland, Socialist Party Northern Ireland.

12 March 2009

spotGuadeloupe: Workers' general strike victory

A 44-DAY general strike by trade unions on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe has resulted in a victory for the workers...

17 March 2009

spotUnion members to protest outside disciplinary hearings

Activist’s witch hunted by union leaders

17 March 2009

spotPress release: Young people march against fees and job losses at G20, 2 April

Youth Fight for Jobs takes up fight for this generation's future: The Youth Fight for Jobs campaign is fights against fees and job losses, and will be launched through a march for jobs, in the tradition of the Jarrow Marchers, to the G20 on 2 April...

19 March 2009

spotPress Release: 19/03/09: RMT union backs electoral challenge in European Elections

Socialist Party to participate in pro-working class list

19 March 2009

spotLessons of the 2004 election

THE 2004 European elections were a disaster for New Labour. Labour's 3.72 million votes were its lowest share of the poll in a national contest (22.6%) since the December 1918 'khaki election' at the...

19 March 2009

spotCampaign for a New Workers' Party

IN THE last decade, the Socialist Party has successfully fought and defended seats in local council elections in Coventry and in Lewisham, south London...

19 March 2009

spotThe European elections and working-class representation

Alex Gordon (speaking) and Brian Denny (second from left) from the RMT addressed the Socialist Party congress in an official capacity, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon (speaking) and Brian Denny (second from left) from the RMT addressed the Socialist Party congress in an official capacity, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Party statement: IN AN important move, the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers' union (RMT) has announced its support for an electoral alliance to contest the forthcoming European elections in June...

19 March 2009

spotYouth march for jobs

"Truly terrible". This was how David Blanchflower, member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee described the latest unemployment figures. With unemployment topping two million he's not wrong!...

19 March 2009

spotSocialist Party congress reports

Socialist Party congress 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Party congress 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

'Marx was right' - even Stephen King, HSBC Banking Group's Chief Economist, doesn't deny that now, writes Steve Score, Secretary East Midlands Socialist Party.

19 March 2009

spotStrike threat wins job back

I was given a job by the Shaws group at Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) as a rigger nine months ago. But when I reported for work I was not allowed on site by the client Total, the owners of LOR. No reason...

19 March 2009

spotIsle of Grain - Low-paying contractor exposed

The Unite union has been handed a job contract by a Polish worker at the Isle of Grain construction site, showing an hourly wage rate 30% less than the nationally agreed rate...

19 March 2009

spotIreland: Make the rich pay

ON 21 February, 120,000 people marched through Dublin on the biggest workers' demonstration for 30 years, writes Stephen Boyd, CWI Ireland.

19 March 2009

spotThe miners were right!

JUST WHAT planet does the media live on? Its coverage of the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike tried to say it was all about Arthur Scargill versus Margaret Thatcher, writes Dave Griffiths.

19 March 2009

spot£2.5 bn profit, but BT still announces pay freeze

BT has joined the long list of companies announcing a pay freeze. In an e-mail to staff sent on 11 March they announced that due to the difficult financial situation it would not be appropriate to incur...

19 March 2009

spotLiverpool University: Stop the cuts!

OVER 250 students and lecturers belonging to the University and College Union (UCU) crammed outside the Liverpool University Senate building on Mount Pleasant to demonstrate their determined opposition to the proposed axing of Politics, Philosophy, Communications and Statistics departments...

19 March 2009

spotRhyl: One-day teachers' strike

OVER 40 teachers, members of NAS/UWT took one-day strike action on 12 March in protest at plans to axe two sixth form facilities in Rhyl, North Wales...

19 March 2009

spotTube strike ballot

AT THE last rail union RMT London Underground regional council, a strike committee was elected. This committee agreed that strike action should be called for mid-April, to fight job cuts, the attack on...

19 March 2009

spotRooftop protest wins apology from Royal Mail

In the early hours of Monday 2 March, Burslem postal worker, Paul Dawson, started a rooftop protest at Burslem delivery office...

19 March 2009

spotAirwave Solutions: Striking against job cuts

Dozens of workers joined the picket line in the middle of the Midlands countryside at Airwave Solutions on 13 March in a dispute over job cuts, writes A CWU member.

19 March 2009

spotSalford university

THERE IS an ongoing campaign against the so-called 'Project Headroom' - a plan to make £7 million of 'savings' at Salford University through 150 redundancies and the cutting of courses...

19 March 2009

spotTibet: The 1959 uprising

FIFTY YEARS ago on 10 March was the beginning of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. It is one of a series of anniversaries taking place this year that the Chinese regime awaits nervously. As the...

19 March 2009

spotEnd the 'benefits trap'

IN JANUARY, two similar cases came before Liverpool Magistrate's Court. They both concerned women who had claimed benefits they weren't entitled to. Both were married to security guards; both had several...

19 March 2009

spotCrisis in the legal aid system

SINCE LAST summer five law centres have closed down, and a specialist welfare benefit appeals service has closed its doors after 24 years serving many of London's most vulnerable people, writes Paul Heron.

19 March 2009

spotWorldwide protests at killings of Tamils

Massive demonstration in London against ther military attacks on Tamils in the north of Sri Lanka, photo D. Carr

Massive demonstration in London against ther military attacks on Tamils in the north of Sri Lanka, photo D. Carr

THERE IS ferment among Tamil-speaking people worldwide over the slaughter taking place in the north of Sri Lanka, writes Senan.

19 March 2009

spotInternational Women's Day

Rosa Luxemburg - still relevant today: LONDON SOCIALIST Party's international women's day meeting discussed the huge effect this recession will have on women, writes Margaret Trotter.

19 March 2009

spotStop the witch-hunt

Demonstration outside Unison HQ against witchhunt of four unison members, photo Paul Mattsson

Demonstration outside Unison HQ against witchhunt of four unison members, photo Paul Mattsson

Build a fighting Unison: Four Socialist Party members are facing expulsion or a ban from holding office in their trade union Unison, Glenn Kelly, a member of Unison's national executive, Onay Kasab, Greenwich Unison branch secretary, Suzanne Muna, Housing Corporation branch secretary and Hackney Unison chair Brian Debus.

19 March 2009

spotFight tuition fees: fight for jobs: fight for a future!

Socialist Party congress 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Party congress 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Campaign to defeat fees: Last month Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students, claimed that "moving to the right on tuition fees makes sense", writes Stephen Burrell, Birmingham Socialist Students.

25 March 2009

spotMarch for jobs!

Youth March for Jobs!

Thursday 2 April

10-11am - south London trade unions will host breakfast and a send-off rally.
March past the Bank of England, through some of London's unemployment hotspots and on to the ExCel centre for 3pm where Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, will address a rally.
Lunch time rally at 1pm at Mile End Park.

25 March 2009

spotTide of job losses must be fought

Unemployment statistics released on 18 March confirmed that there are now two million people without work...

25 March 2009

spotRail union launches euro election challenge

No2EU logo

No2EU logo

AS THE G20 leaders assemble in London this week to discuss the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, even the most casual onlooker must be asking, 'aren't these the same people who got us into this mess in the first place?', writes Clive Heemskerk.

25 March 2009

spotAn appeal from Bob Crow

"No2EU-Yes to Democracy aims to stand candidates as widely as possible across Britain, but we urgently need financial resources to allow us to do so...

25 March 2009

spotState repression in Britain

The state, cartoon by Alan Hardman, photo Alan Hardman

The state, cartoon by Alan Hardman, photo Alan Hardman

Binyam Mohamed has made allegations of MI5 collusion in his torture at various detention camps, including Guantánamo Bay. A wave of repressive legislation has been introduced.
Tony Saunois looks at these and other attacks on civil liberties, and the need for all socialists and trade unionists to take up the important task of defending democratic rights.

25 March 2009

spotKeeping (illegal) tabs on us

ALMOST A quarter of the British government's databases violate human rights or data privacy laws and should be closed down, according to the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, writes Simon Carter.

25 March 2009

spotStudents need a mass fighting organisation

NUS conference - 31 March to 2 April: Most students have to borrow thousands of pounds each year to pay tuition fees and living costs which mount up into colossal student debts, writes Iain Dalton, Candidate for NUS 'block of 15'.

25 March 2009

spotCredit crunch hits home

Comment: Twenty year old Ashley Jenkins has recently joined the Socialist Party. Here he explains his experiences as a tenant in Gloucester...

25 March 2009

spotCampaign for a new workers' party

Twenty five people attended a successful Campaign for a New Workers' Party (CNWP) public meeting in Shrewsbury on Thursday 19 March, writes Jim Reekie, Shropshire Socialist Party.

25 March 2009

spotFrance: Three million take to the streets in national strike

THURSDAY 19 March saw three million workers and young people take to the streets of over 200 French cities, writes Danny Byrne, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

25 March 2009

spotCanada: "Fighting back makes a difference"

"FIGHTING BACK makes a difference!" This slogan was written on a cardboard placard by workers who occupied their former workplace, Aradco - a parts supplier for the vehicle manufacturer Chrysler in Windsor, Ontario, writes Clare Hudson, British Columbia, (CWI, Canada).

25 March 2009

spotMass demo in New York against budget cuts

ON THURSDAY 5 March, over ten blocks on Broadway, from City Hall to Canal Street, were filled with workers protesting against budget cuts, at what was called the "Rally for New York", writes Jesse Lessinger, Socialist Alternative (CWI in the US).

25 March 2009

spotDundee Prisme occupation: Workers remain defiant

THE OCCUPATION of the Prisme packaging factory in Dundee has entered its third week and is still going strong, writes Philip Stott, Dundee.

25 March 2009

spotMPs - an honourable profession!

YET ANOTHER MP has been caught with their snout in the parliamentary expenses trough. This time its employment minister Tony McNulty, writes Dave Carr.

25 March 2009

spotStop the slaughter of Tamils: London campaign meeting

THE CAMPAIGN to stop the slaughter of Tamils and for democratic and trade union rights in Sri Lanka initiated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, came to London on Saturday 21 March, writes Manny Thain.

25 March 2009

spotNom-dom jobs slasher

JOURNALISTS AND other media workers' jobs are at risk as 1,000 job cuts are planned at the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) national and local publications, writes Roger Shrives.

25 March 2009

spotFast News

Housing crisis: "THE HOUSING crisis is now so great that, unless dramatic action is taken, it may take decades for the nation to recover....

25 March 2009

spotThe uncaring care sector

Unique Care workers on strike against management bullying and harrassment, photo Huddersfield SP

Unique Care workers on strike against management bullying and harrassment, photo Huddersfield SP

Low wages, long hours, residents at risk: LAST YEAR, the TUC Commission on Vulnerable Employment report highlighted the care sector as having "some of the highest incidence of employment rights abuse." Since I was 19 I have worked in the care sector with the most vulnerable people in society, writes Janet Thompson.

25 March 2009

spotPay for your own vetting

FROM 12 October, if you work with children or vulnerable adults, if you help at a local youth club, Scouts/Guides, work on a doctor's reception desk or deal with information about these groups you may have to fork out up to £100 to get registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), writes Hannah Walter.

25 March 2009

spotNew allegations hit Unison's right wing

ALLEGATIONS OF unconstitutional and potentially illegal use of the trade union Unison's funds and resources for pro-Labour Party political purposes have been published in Private Eye, writes A Unison member.

25 March 2009

spotUnison Four to face further hearings

THE FOUR Unison members facing disciplinary action from their union - Brian Debus, Onay Kasab, Glenn Kelly and Suzanne Muna, attended a second block of hearings during the three days 18-20 March...

25 March 2009

spotScotland: International Socialists conference a big step forward

The International Socialists (CWI Scotland) held a successful and very positive conference on 21 March in Glasgow...

25 March 2009

spotWales: United battle needed to stop college cuts

Monday morning and the staff of our college gather to hear the principal explain that management will be seeking to identify £800,000 of savings by the end of the academic year (July), writes Ronnie Job, Unison steward, Gorseinon college, personal capacity.

25 March 2009

spotFighting for justice for cleaners!

City of London: Cleaners employed by contractors Mitie protested outside the Willis building in the City of London on 20 March, writes Chris Newby.

25 March 2009

spotPCS Land Registry jobs and pay campaign

Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members in Land Registry, have voted 2,472 to 68 in support of the union's campaign to rebuild Land Registry as a public service for the 21st century, a Land Registry worker writes.

25 March 2009

spotWorkplace news in brief

Newham school strike: As we reported last week nearly 10,000 RMT members are balloting for strike action over jobs and pay...

25 March 2009

spotCapitalist crisis: Make the bosses pay!

Cleaners employed by contractors Mitie protested outside the Willis building in the City of London, photo Chris Newby

Cleaners employed by contractors Mitie protested outside the Willis building in the City of London, photo Chris Newby

Build for a one-day general strike
As the global economic crisis intensifies, the world's leaders - the G20 - are meeting this week next to the symbolic heart of the economic maelstrom - the City of London. For over twenty years, the City has been an unregulated financiers' paradise, writes Hannah Sell.

26 March 2009

spotPress release: Youth Fight for Jobs campaign

Says no return to the 1930s

31 March 2009

spotEconomic crisis turning into political action

CWI European meeting: The European Bureau of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) took place this week. The CWI is the socialist international to which the Socialist Party is affiliated. The meeting discussed the...

31 March 2009

spotNo2EU - Yes to Democracy

NO2EU on the 'Put People First' demo, photo Paul Mattsson

NO2EU on the 'Put People First' demo, photo Paul Mattsson

The No2EU-Yes to Democracy electoral coalition, headed by Bob Crow, the general secretary of the RMT transport workers' union, will be contesting seats in June's European elections...

31 March 2009

spotDave Nellist on the Politics Show

THE SOCIALIST Party councillor and No2EU-Yes to Democracy campaign representative Dave Nellist was interviewed on the BBC Politics Show on Sunday 29 March...

31 March 2009

spotG20 Summit: Capitalism facing 'make or break'

Youth Fight for Jobs on the 'Put People First' demo, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs on the 'Put People First' demo, photo Paul Mattsson

AHEAD OF the G20 summit, tens of thousands of trade unionists, left wingers, environmentalists, NGOs and aid charities took part in the peaceful 'Put People First' demonstration through central London last Saturday...

31 March 2009

spotUEL clampdown

Shut down the university! The call went out loud and clear on the evening of 30 March. And it came from the management of the University of East London...

31 March 2009

spotBail out workers, not Wall Street!

THERE HAS been a tidal wave of outrage generated by the bonus payments paid to top bankers after their bankrupt corporations were bailed out with public funds...

31 March 2009

spotPoor hit by price rises

SURPRISING ALL the pundits, inflation went both up and down last month - that is to say, up for the poor and down for the rich, writes Pete Mason.

31 March 2009

spotNo to privatised polyclinics

PROTESTERS TURNED up at the Waldron Health Centre in New Cross, south London, on the morning of 30 March to see New Labour health minister Alan Johnson inspect the new expanded centre, writes Roger Shrives.

31 March 2009

spotFast News

Another fine mess THE TAKEOVER of failed Dunfermline building society by Nationwide has landed the public with a whacking £1.6 billion bill...

31 March 2009

spotFight for a future!

Join the march for jobs

Join the march for jobs

Governments and bosses try to make young people pay for their crisis. They were once called the iPod generation and labelled as apathetic and uninterested in politics, as binge-drinking consumers with a short-term mindset. Now 'Generation iPod' has become 'Generation Crunch'.

31 March 2009

spotYouth Fight for Jobs conference

Cruciform, Lecture Theatre 1, University College London (UCL), London WC1E 6BT. Near Euston and Warren Street tube and rail stations...

31 March 2009

spotConstruction workers' protests continue

On 24 March, a protest took place outside the Grain power station in Kent against the driving down of construction workers' wages, writes Jacqui Berry, president Medway Trades Union Council.

1 April 2009

spotWhy I'm marching

March for Jobs 2 April: I think this campaign is really important. I know how useless you can feel being unemployed, especially for long periods of time. I've had my fair share of horrible jobs that I was unable to give up because...

1 April 2009

spotThe grim reality of job-hunting

Mary and her fiancé John spoke to The Socialist about their experiences of trying to find a decent job in London...

1 April 2009

spotGordon Brown meets the bankers

On 26 March, those who passed through Walthamstow town square in east London came across a very incongruous sight, writes Kay Shipway.

1 April 2009

spotSack the bankers not the workers!

Over 100 people thronged the streets of Wigan on 21 March. We were marching on a cold, grey Saturday afternoon against the looming cuts and privatisation facing those who work in and use council services...

1 April 2009

spotSocialist stands in Aslef leadership elections

Train driver Pete McNally is standing for election to the rail union Aslef executive committee, in district number six...

1 April 2009

spotCollege teachers strike in Eastbourne

NUT members at Park College, part of Sussex Downs college in Eastbourne, struck on 24 March over proposed changes to their contracts that would downgrade their positions, writes Phil Clarke, Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT Secretary, personal capacity.

1 April 2009

spotUnison needs a fighting leadership: Leeds City Council

Most Leeds city council workers learned with alarm about the council's intention to impose job cuts and erode our conditions of service from 1 April in a letter and through local news channels in February...

1 April 2009

spotWhipps Cross Hospital

Porters at Whipps Cross Hospital east London have voted overwhelmingly to be balloted for strike action by their union Unison...

1 April 2009

spotUnison elections

Crucial elections are taking place in Unison for the national executive council. The current leadership under Dave Prentis, tied in with New Labour, are seeking to strengthen their grip on the union through...

1 April 2009

spotNow that the profits are drying up in the Indian software industry

A JOURNALIST friend recently asked me how recession is affecting India's software professionals. He wanted to write a story on how recession has adversely affected the lifestyle of software professionals,...

1 April 2009

spotSweden: Socialist councillor viciously assaulted by Nazis

ON SUNDAY 22 March, Mattias Bernhardsson, who is a city councillor for Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (RS - CWI, Sweden) was the victim of a brutal, planned assault by a group of Nazis, writes socialisterna.org, (CWI, Sweden).

1 April 2009

spotThe G20 leaders have no solution to the crisis...

Youth Fight For Jobs, photo by Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs, photo by Paul Mattsson

*The right to a decent job for all.
*We won't pay for the bosses' crisis!
*No to job losses. Open the account books to let workers see where the profits have gone...

1 April 2009

spotFree market system killing our planet

Most scientists now agree that climate change is a very real and immediate danger -temperatures are rising, ice caps are melting and precipitation levels are changing, writes Sarah Wrack.

1 April 2009

spotSupport Visteon workers!

200 Visteon car plant workers in Belfast are blockading their factory after the company went into administration today...

1 April 2009

spotVisteon workers occupy Belfast factory

Visteon workers in Belfast have started an occupation of the former Ford car parts factory. Administrators KPMG have only offered the 200-plus workers paltry statutory redundancy payments, writes John Maguire, Unite convenor spoke to The Socialist from the occupation:.

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