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1 March 2011

spotGaddafi must go! It's a fight to the finish

Libya: Dictator Muammar Gaddafi's control over Libya suffered big reversals over the weekend with the fall of Zawiyah, a city 30 miles from the capital, Tripoli, to opposition forces.

1 March 2011

spotStop blacklisting on the Olympics: reinstate Frank Morris

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: reinstate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: reinstate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

A lively protest of trade unionists brought movement of vehicles onto the Olympic site to a halt in protest at the sacking of RMT member Frank Morris for exposing the use of a blacklist

1 March 2011

spotLargest protest yet against Wisconsin Governor's anti-union bill

Wisconsin workers protest

Wisconsin workers protest

USA: Saturday, 26 February saw the largest demonstrations yet in Madison, Wisconsin. This was the twelfth consecutive day of protest against Republican Gov. Walker's bill to effectively eliminate collective bargaining for public sector workers. An edited version of this report was published in the Socialist.

2 March 2011

spot'One-party state' Labour regime in Newham imposes cuts

Around 150 trade unionists and local residents demonstrated outside Newham town hall in east London on 28 February

2 March 2011

spotDundee youth mobilise against the cuts

On Monday 28 February young people marched from local schools and colleges to Dundee City Chambers to protest against education cuts as the council's education committee met

2 March 2011

spotProtesters fill square against Tory Hillingdon council's cuts

Over 500, mostly young people, lobbied Hillingdon council in West London on 24 February to make their voices - and music - heard in opposition to cuts

2 March 2011

spotAnti-cuts demonstrations - London Socialist Party refutes accusations from SWP

All over the country council chambers are under siege. Budget-setting meetings are being barraged by angry workers and service users

2 March 2011

spotSign the NSSN ‘Save Our Services’ petition

This will be presented to Labour’s local government conference on Saturday 5 March. It is online at http://www.stopcuts.net/sign.htm Join the march and lobby: 11am, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Southwark, London, SE11.

3 March 2011

spotMarching on the Con-Dem conferences in Wales

No cuts: Workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners in Wales will give a clear message to the Tories and the Welsh Lib Dems, both holding their conferences in Cardiff on 5 March, that their policies are not welcome in Wales, writes Katrine Williams PCS Wales chair.

3 March 2011

spotLewisham election: There is an alternative!

Voters in the Bellingham by-election in Lewisham, south east London, have a clear choice. They can either vote for a candidate who will push through massive cuts to local services, or they can vote for...

3 March 2011

spotWestminster: Save our children's services

TORY-RUN Westminster council in London is planning to cut services provided to children and parents/carers at Sure Start centres in the borough, writes Elizabeth O'Hara.

3 March 2011

spotCoalition steps up assault on NHS

On the 'Save the NHS' march, 3 November 2007 , photo Paul Mattsson

On the 'Save the NHS' march, 3 November 2007 , photo Paul Mattsson

RECENTLY, THE anti-cuts website False Economy published its findings from NHS Trusts which showed that well over 50,000 health workers' jobs will be axed...

3 March 2011

spotCWU youth conference 'ready and willing to take action'

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) held its annual youth conference on 12 February in Birmingham...

3 March 2011

spotLibya: A fight to the finish

THE UPRISING against Libya's dictator Muammar Gaddafi has left at least 1,000 dead and led to thousands fleeing the fighting, writes Niall Mulholland, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

3 March 2011

spotTunisia: Revolution and counter-revolution on the streets

PRIME MINISTER Mohamed Ghannouchi announced his resignation on Sunday 27 February after three days of mass protests in Tunis and despite fierce repression by police, writes CWI reporters, (28 February).

3 March 2011

spotUnison witch-hunt: Reinstate the Four!

Four Socialist Party members, unjustly suspended from office by Unison, have won a major victory at an employment tribunal...

3 March 2011

spotEnd the blacklist

A lively and sizeable protest of trade unionists brought movement of vehicles onto the Olympic site in East London to a halt on 1 March, writes Greg Maughan.

3 March 2011

spotWorkplace news in brief

Home Office: Civil service union PCS is balloting its members in the Home Office over job cuts and the sacking of two union reps on trumped-up charges...

3 March 2011

spotNews in brief

Energy rip-off: British Gas, the privatised energy giant, recently announced a 24% surge in profits in 2010. This was largely achieved on the back of screwing its customers with higher bills. Its parent company Centrica...

3 March 2011

spotStop the cuts

Protest as forty Sure Start centres across Manchester face closure and privatisation as the city council carries out the government spending cuts, photo Manchester Socialist Party

Protest as forty Sure Start centres across Manchester face closure and privatisation as the city council carries out the government spending cuts, photo Manchester Socialist Party

Things have got to be bad when the governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, warns that living standards may never recover from the financial crisis...

3 March 2011

spotSocialist Party 2011 congress - a party growing in strength

The 2011 Socialist Party congress took place on 26-28 February amid the tumultuous changes taking place in Britain and the world. This 300-strong meeting heard from very new delegates and those with decades of party membership.

3 March 2011

spotWho 'agrees with Nick' now?

A SIX-foot high security fence. A special unit of 1,000 police. Late night court sittings. Sounds like the West Bank? No, welcome to the Lib Dems' spring conference in Sheffield on 11-13 March! Alistair Tice, Sheffield Socialist Party, writes.

3 March 2011

spotInternational Women's Day 2011: Women and the fightback

Keep the NHS public! On the 'Save the NHS' march, 3 November 2007 , photo Paul Mattsson

Keep the NHS public! On the 'Save the NHS' march, 3 November 2007 , photo Paul Mattsson

Build a mass movement against cuts and for genuine equality for women: International Women's Day comes at a time of women's struggles against exploitation and harassment in Asia and Latin America, strikes and demonstrations against cuts in Europe and of course mass movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya and elsewhere...

3 March 2011

spotDetermination to beat the cuts

What we think: David Cameron's announcement that private companies and charities will be able to bid to run schools, hospitals and council services was a further declaration of no-holds-barred war on the public sector...

3 March 2011

spotJarrow to London: March for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs march

Youth Fight for Jobs march

Join the march! Youth Fight for Jobs is organising a march in the footsteps of the Jarrow crusaders, to demand decent jobs and the right to education for all.

3 March 2011

spotElections see collapse of Fianna Fail, the traditional establishment party

Joe Higgins and Clare Daly

Joe Higgins and Clare Daly

Ireland: Socialist Party wins two parliament seats The general election in Ireland was historic but not for the reasons being stressed by the would-be new government partners of Fine Gael and Labour.

3 March 2011

spotFighting the cuts: Thousands protest, lobby and occupy

Parents and young people marched on Camden council on 28 February, photo by H Pierre

Reports from around the UK: Thousands of people demonstrated against cuts last week, as shown in these reports in this week's issue of the Socialist from Hull, Camden, Lambeth, Haringey, Lewisham, Birmingham, Swansea and Bradford

3 March 2011

spotSure Start campaign in Manchester builds momentum

Sure Start protest in Manchester, photo by Hugh Caffrey

Sure Start protest in Manchester, photo by Hugh Caffrey

Forty Sure Start centres across Manchester face closure and privatisation as the city council carries out the government spending cuts at the expense of jobs and services

3 March 2011

spotLiverpool 1983-87: the council that fought Thatcher

THE LABOUR council leaders proposing the cuts budget in Liverpool council can feel a spectre haunting them...

3 March 2011

spotFantastic results in Irish election: Socialists and lefts gain five seats

17 MEPs and Irish Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins outside the department of finance in dublin, photo Socialist Party Ireland

17 MEPs and Irish Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins outside the department of finance in dublin, photo Socialist Party Ireland

Socialist Party councillor Clare Daly was elected as a TD for the first time in Dublin North with 7,513 first preference votes or 15.2% of the vote, and Joe Higgins, a TD from 1997 to 2007 and currently the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, was returned to the Dáil (parliament) representing Dublin West, gaining 8,084 votes (19%).

4 March 2011

spotBP Hull Saltend construction workers win victory through strike action

Lindsey Oil Refinery workers strike, photo Sean Figg

Lindsey Oil Refinery workers strike, photo Sean Figg

A one day strike took place on Wednesday 2 March at BP Hull where a multi-million pound biofuels plant is being constructed

4 March 2011

spotRMT secures major court victory on right to strike

Bob Crow, Railway workers union general secretary, RMT, addresses NSSN lobby of TUC, photo Suleman Civi

Bob Crow at NSSN lobby

Press release from RMT: Transport union RMT this morning secured a major victory in the Court of Appeal over UK strike laws that will pave the way for millions to take action over cuts to jobs and services in the months ahead...

7 March 2011

spotLiverpool lobbies council

On Wednesday 2 March, Liverpool City Council met to vote on their disgraceful cuts agenda. 250 angry protesters were there from the start with about 200 more joining them as the protest continued

7 March 2011

spotLabour and Green councillors in Brighton fail to stop Tory budget

Protesters witnessed a horrendous farce of a council budget meeting inside Brighton Town Hall that agonisingly swung an axe down on jobs, communities and services

7 March 2011

spotManchester on the march

Over 1,000 marched through Manchester on Saturday 5 March, the biggest anti-cuts turnout in the city so far. Banners from local campaigns mingled with trade union and campaign banners from nearby towns like Salford and Bury

7 March 2011

spotBetter to break the law than break the poor!

Labour councillors' conference lobbied by hundreds of angry trade unionists: "I've never been handed a petition quite like this before!" said the chair of the Local Government Association (Labour Group) as he received a petition

7 March 2011

spotCardiff march and rally against cuts

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to send a message to the visiting Con Dems - we don't accept your cuts!

9 March 2011

spotLib Dems 'get a kicking' in Barnsley

"The voters here in Barnsley have given me and the Lib Dems a kicking", admitted candidate Dominic Carman after coming sixth and losing his deposit in the Barnsley Central by-election on 3 March, writes Alistair Tice.

9 March 2011

spotBrighton: Labour and Green Party councillors fail to stop Tory budget

ON THURSDAY 3 March, Brighton and Hove council passed a budget condemning the city to £24 million of cuts, writes Peter Knight, Brighton Socialist Party and Clive Heemskerk.

9 March 2011

spotLabour councils should fight cuts, not implement them!

On Saturday 5 March, over 250 delegates marched to a rally outside the Labour Party local government conference in London, writes Vik Chechi, Tower Hamlets Socialist Party.

9 March 2011

spotTories allow growth of Murdoch media empire

AS EXPECTED, News Corporation group, owned by the Rupert Murdoch clan, has been given the green light by Tory culture and media secretary Jeremy Hunt to fully take over TV satellite company BSkyB - the largest pay TV broadcaster in the UK...

9 March 2011

spotFighting the anti-trade union laws

The appeal court in London has overruled a previous high court judgement that blocked the RMT calling its members from the Dockland Light Railway (DLR) out on strike, writes Bill Mullins.

9 March 2011

spotUCU members vote for action on pensions, jobs and pay

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) - which represents academic and academic-related staff at Higher and Further Education institutions - have voted strongly in favour of industrial action in opposition to attacks on pensions, writes James Naish, UCU, personal capacity.

9 March 2011

spotTake out a May Day greeting!

Defend International Workers' Day: Alongside the revolutions in the Middle East, the traditions of May Day marches and the need for a socialist alternative to cuts and poverty, there is an additional reason to support and celebrate International Workers' Day in 2011 - David Cameron wants to cancel it!, writes Bob Severn.

9 March 2011

spotCasualties of cuts - and a rotten system

Social care workers on strike in Scotland, photo Duncan Brown

Social care workers on strike in Scotland, photo Duncan Brown

BANKERS AND speculators have been bailed instead of jailed. But for our class, the cruel casualties of this rotten system have been mounting for a decade, writes Wally Kennedy, Secretary, Hillingdon Against Cuts.

9 March 2011

spotCare - condition critical

BIRMINGHAM CITY council is facing legal action from service users as it attempts to raise its criteria for entitlement to adult social care...

9 March 2011

spotJarrow march for jobs: Why Hull is marching

Welcome to Hull - capital of youth unemployment. Where 50% of young men leave school without a single A*-C grade GCSE. Where chlamydia, gonorrhoea and teenage pregnancy are at the highest levels in the...

9 March 2011

spotStudents sit in at Sheffield

Students at Sheffield University staged a sit-in of their student union building recently over anger at the rumours that the university could follow others in raising its tuition fees to £9,000 a year from September 2012, writes Wylie Hume, Sheffield.

9 March 2011

spotFast news

Benefit attacks: Average families living in three-bedroom homes in the south east will lose £2,500 a year as a result of the government capping benefit payments to a maximum £500 a week, according to a report by the homeless charity Shelter...

9 March 2011

spotTUC must address demo access issue

FOLLOWING INITIAL reports in February that coaches bringing demonstrators to the Trades Union Congress 'March for the Alternative' on 26 March would not be allowed into central London, disability rights group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) wrote to the TUC raising concerns about disability access, writes a Unison member.

9 March 2011

spotUnison expulsion

Disgracefully Onay Kasab, a Unison member for 17 years, has been expelled from the union. Kaz explained to the Socialist that this follows a ban from office after a witch-hunt against him and three other Socialist Party members in Unison by the leadership.

9 March 2011

spotWorkplace news in brief

Medirest NHS cleaners returned to the picket line on 7 March for a three-day strike in their ongoing battle over unpaid wages and sick pay...

9 March 2011

spotNeeded: a fair deal for carers!

EVERY MORNING for 25 years he's brought his wife a cup of tea in bed - these days, she's likely to ask "who are you?" She doesn't recognise him any more, writes a Socialist Party member.

9 March 2011

spotDemonstrations against council cuts

Over 1,000 marched through Manchester on Saturday 5 March as banners from local campaigns mingled with trade union and campaign banners from nearby towns including Salford and Bury, writes Paul Gerrard. Also reports from Liverpool, Salford, Gateshead and Newcastle

9 March 2011

spotLewisham: Vote for a real fight against the cuts

On 24 March the voters in Bellingham ward in Lewisham, south east London will have a real choice in the council by-election, writes Chris Newby.

9 March 2011

spotWales votes 'yes' but workers' party needed

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo by Paul Mattsson

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo by Paul Mattsson

There was a predictably low turnout in the referendum for more law-making powers for the Welsh Assembly, but the result shows a significant support for devolution just as the cuts from Westminster come crashing into Wales, writes Dave Reid.

9 March 2011

spotFor a fighting student leadership

Young people march for a future

Young people march for a future

Before Christmas we saw an explosion of students and young people onto the streets.

This movement marked the start of a whole generation taking part in struggle for the first time, fighting for their very futures, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students.

9 March 2011

spotMiddle East uprisings: The unfinished revolutions

Egyptians in Newcastle demonstrate in support of the Egyptian revolution, photo Newcastle Socialist Party

Egyptians in Newcastle demonstrate in support of the Egyptian revolution, photo Newcastle Socialist Party

As the dates for elections in Tunisia and Egypt are announced, the Libyan masses, despite their herculean efforts, have not yet been able to overthrow the Gaddafi dictatorship, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

9 March 2011

spotWe can stop cuts!

200 trade unionists, community campaigners and service users marched in Greenwich borough, south London, against the local council's brutal cuts package, photo Lorraine Dardis

200 trade unionists, community campaigners and service users marched in Greenwich borough, south London, against the local council's brutal cuts package, photo Lorraine Dardis

Join the 26 March TUC demo
The three main establishment parties - Tories, New Labour, Lib Dems - have so far succeeded in limiting political debate on the cuts in public services, writes Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor and acting chair, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

10 March 2011

spotLabour in coalition with the Tories in Cumbria

Just how far to the right can the Labour Party go in carrying out cuts? Well how about a coalition with the Tories?

10 March 2011

spotOne of the ‘Unison Four’ now expelled

Onay Kasab addresses 200 trade unionists, community campaigners and service users marched in Greenwich borough, south London, against the local council's brutal cuts package, photo Lorraine Dardis

Onay Kasab addresses 200 trade unionists, community campaigners and service users marched in Greenwich borough, south London, against the local council's brutal cuts package, photo Lorraine Dardis

Disgracefully, Unison has now expelled Greenwich anti-cuts activist Onay Kasab from the union despite a recent employment tribunal ruling that he had been unjustifiably banned from holding union office

10 March 2011

spotHutton's plans mean savage cuts - Fight to defend your pension!

Rawmarsh Community School NUT teachers in Rotherham took nine days of strike action against cuts and redundancies, winning a repreive, photo Chris Borman

Rawmarsh Community School NUT teachers in Rotherham took nine days of strike action against cuts and redundancies, winning a repreive, photo Chris Borman

Martin Powell-Davies explains what Hutton's proposals on pensions will mean for teachers and why they, and millions of other public sector workers, need to urgently ballot for strike action against this major attack. A slightly edited version of this article apeared in the Socialist.

13 March 2011

spotLabour imposes a 'Tory budget' in Waltham Forest

On Tuesday 8 March Waltham Forest Labour councillors attempted to do their dirty deeds - £29.5 million of cuts - in secret

14 March 2011

spotEarthquake could leave "tens of thousands" dead and nuclear threat

Japan: The massive earthquake that struck north-eastern Japan on Friday 11 March and ensuing destruction caused by one of the most powerful tsunamis ever witnessed was the "worst crisis since 1945" according to Prime Minister, Naoto Kan. Reporters in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, from chinaworker.info, write.

14 March 2011

spotPress conference for YFJ Jarrow march - Wednesday 16 March

On the day that the latest youth unemployment figures are released, John McDonnell MP and FBU general secretary Matt Wrack will be speaking at a press conference about the restaging of the Jarrow march

14 March 2011

spotThousands protest against Lib Dems in Sheffield

5000 people protested in Sheffield outside the Liberal Democrats' spring conference, photo Robbie Faulds

5000 people protested in Sheffield outside the Liberal Democrats' spring conference, photo Robbie Faulds

About 500 people protested on Friday evening (11 March) and ten times that number on Saturday's demonstration (12 March) in Sheffield outside the Lib Dem spring conference. An edited version of this report was carried in The Socialist.

16 March 2011

spotProtester challenges Lib Dem MP to debate

Cheltenham anti-cuts protester Rob Bishop has challenged Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood to a public debate over public spending cuts...

16 March 2011

spotStudents want to protest too

I recently wrote to my FE college students union to ask if they were putting on coaches for students to the 26 March demonstration in London, writes Stuart Lambert, Nottingham East Socialist Party.

16 March 2011

spotCampaigning against all cuts and privatisation

Tower Hamlets: In 1921 Poplar councillors, led by George Lansbury, electrified British politics by refusing to make working class East Londoners pay unaffordable rates...

16 March 2011

spotSave our NHS!

On Wednesday 9 March, 1,000 people marched to save the NHS in east London. Barts and the London NHS Trust plans to cut 630 jobs. The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel was the starting point for the...

16 March 2011

spotJapan: Tsunami results in misery for millions

Japan: earthquake and tsunami: an aerial view of tsunami damage in Tōhoku, photo from Wikipedia

Japan: earthquake and tsunami: an aerial view of tsunami damage in Tōhoku, photo from Wikipedia

As we go to press the horrendous tsunami and earthquakes have claimed an estimated 3,000 lives in Japan. The final toll could be tens of thousands...

16 March 2011

spotTunisia: 'You come back - we come back'

THE TUNISIAN revolution is experiencing an uneasy, fragile pause. Strikes, sit-ins, protests and blockades continue but the intensity has lessened. Promises to hold elections to a constituent assembly...

16 March 2011

spotSaudi troops to suppress Bahrain protesters

TWO THOUSAND Saudi Arabian troops in armoured vehicles crossed over the border into Bahrain on 14 March in order to bolster the beleaguered Sunni ruling class...

16 March 2011

spotNorthern Ireland: Broad left gains in union elections

Northern Ireland's largest trade union, NIPSA, has completed elections for its executive body, the general council, writes Padraig Mulholland, NIPSA Public Officers' Executive and Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) member, Belfast.

16 March 2011

spotDefend jobs and education at Newcastle College

Newcastle College is threatening to sack 171 workers, including 124 teaching staff. Elaine Brunskill spoke to an instructor, a Unison trade union member, from the college...

16 March 2011

spotAction called off by Birmingham bin workers

The long running dispute between Birmingham city council and its refuse workers ended when agreement was reached on 9 March, writes Clive Walder, Birmingham Socialist Party.

16 March 2011

spotLeft victory in building workers' union

There has been a victory for the left and the rank and file in building workers' union Ucatt. After a long campaign by victimised official Mick Dooley, the Certification Officer has forced general secretary...

16 March 2011

spotVote for a socialist alternative

WITH the Bellingham by-election in Lewisham, south east London, set for 24 March campaigning is stepping up, writes Chris Newby.

16 March 2011

spotHuge protests against job insecurity

OVER 300,000 people took to the streets in Lisbon and ten other Portuguese cities on Saturday 12 March to protest against unemployment and job insecurity...

16 March 2011

spotThe rich get richer - by another $1 trillion

THE LATEST rich list produced by the Forbes magazine shows that the collective wealth of the world's 1,210 billionaires has reached a new record high of $4.5 trillion - up nearly $1 trillion on last year's total...

16 March 2011

spotWisconsin occupation

On 11 February Scott Walker, US Republican state governor of Wisconsin, proposed the introduction of an anti-trade union bill...

16 March 2011

spotYahya victory

Yahya Al Faifi, exiled Saudi trade unionist and CWI member, and his family, have won the right to indefinite leave to remain in Britain, writes Dave Reid.

16 March 2011

spotHunger strike

On 9 March, when 300 immigrant workers were on their 44th day of a mass protest hunger strike in Athens and Thessaloniki, an agreement was made between the protesters and the Greek PASOK government...

16 March 2011

spotLively discussion at LGBT meeting

The Socialist Party LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) group met in London on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, writes Abigail Parkinson Southampton Socialist Party.

16 March 2011

spotLeeds: Celebrating International Women's Day

Leeds District Socialist Party held a public meeting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on 8 March, writes Alicia Blackett, Hyde Park and Headingley Socialist Party.

16 March 2011

spotCelebrate International Workers' Day in the Socialist with a May Day greeting

Greeting prices include: £500 for a whole page; £300 for a half-page; £170 quarter-page; £90 one-eighth; £50 one-sixteenth; £30 1/32; £20 small box; £15 for up to 30 words; £1 per word...

16 March 2011

spotSupport the UCU strike

The lecturers' union, UCU, will be carrying out rolling strike action from 17 March culminating in a national day of action on 24 March, writes Ian Pattison.

16 March 2011

spotSave our youth services

As council budgets are being revealed around the country, youth services are facing some of the biggest cuts. Haringey's youth services face a 75% cut, whilst in Hackney jobs will be cut by 50%, writes Suzanne Beishon.

16 March 2011

spotFor real jobs not exploitation

It was recently reported that an increasing number of students are taking up lap-dancing to fund their studies, writes Becci Heagney and Jasmine Shadrack.

16 March 2011

spotReview: Classroom Warriors

The makers of BBC's Panorama should reconsider their programme title after their 'Classroom Warriors' episode, writes James Kerr, Teaching assistant.

16 March 2011

spotDefend jobs and services: Protest 26 March

Labour councillors' conference lobbied by hundreds of angry trade unionists, photo Suzanne Beishon

Labour councillors' conference lobbied by hundreds of angry trade unionists, photo Suzanne Beishon

The protests and occupations of council budget-setting meetings across the country are a sign of the opposition to the Con-Dem cuts, writes Nick Chaffey, Secretary, Southern region Socialist Party.

16 March 2011

spotRage against all cuts!

Rage against the cuts at the Lib Dem spring conference protest, Sheffield

Rage against the cuts at the Lib Dem spring conference protest, Sheffield

Lib Dem spring conference: A home-made placard on the 400-strong protest against Sheffield Liberal Democrat council budget cuts on 4 March read: "Barnsley Central today, Sheffield in May

16 March 2011

spotAfter the 26th March demo...

Where next for the anti-cuts movement? Come to a Socialist Party public meeting to discuss the next steps

16 March 2011

spot400 construction workers fight lock-out at BP Saltend, Hull

400 engineering construction workers have been locked out from work since 14 March at BP Saltend near Hull. An edited version of this article appeared in the Socialist.

16 March 2011

spotBuilding the battle against the cuts - now and beyond 26 March

NSSN march to lobby Labour councillors, photo by Suzanne Beishon

What we say: This government has started a war on behalf of the capitalist class against the working class and public services...

16 March 2011

spotThatcher was no heroine

The Guardian newspaper, which pretends to be 'progressive' and 'liberal' on social issues, disgracefully included Margaret Thatcher in its article on the "100 most inspiring women" to "celebrate" international women's day...

16 March 2011

spotPrivatisation threat to the blood service?

NHS workers in NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) were amazed to find themselves targeted in a series of carefully orchestrated leaks from the Department of Health, informing us that the government was looking at privatising 'key elements' of the Blood Service, NHSBT workers write.

16 March 2011

spotIsrael and the occupied Palestinian territories: "We'll struggle like in Egypt"

How the recent movements in the Arab countries are affecting political consciousness in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories...

16 March 2011

spotMarch from Jarrow with Youth Fight for Jobs

No to cuts! Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

No to cuts! Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

As youth unemployment soars... The announcement of the latest youth unemployment figures comes as a chilling reminder of the worsening situation facing workers and young people, writes Danny Byrne.

16 March 2011

spotWorkers hit hard by earthquake and tsunami

Japan: earthquake and tsunami: an aerial view of tsunami damage in Tōhoku, photo from Wikipedia

Exclusive report from Japan:
Take over the power and building industries!
Millions around the world watched, read and listened in horror to the reports coming from Japan on 11 March and the days that followed...

17 March 2011

spotSaturday protest in Madison draws 150,000 to 200,000

Protest in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, draws 150,000 to 200,000

MADISON, Wisconsin, USA - Last Saturday saw the largest rally yet in Madison, Wisconsin. Anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 marched and rallied with their picket signs, chanting their implacable opposition to Governor Walker's anti-worker agenda.

18 March 2011

spot'Dented shield' proposed in Horsforth anti-cuts meeting

On Wednesday 16 March there was standing room only at the launch meeting of Horsforth Against Cuts (Leeds) as over 30 people crammed into the meeting room

18 March 2011

spot'Big Society' on the agenda?

A meeting of over 100 angry residents packed into Dunchurch infants school, just outside Rugby, to hear the chair and local Liberal Democrat parish councillor declare that the only way to save the local library was to staff it using volunteers

21 March 2011

spotPCS protest on budget day, Wednesday 23rd March

PCS members, other trades unionists and tax justice campaigners will be protesting outside parliament at lunchtime on Wednesday 23 March, just before chancellor George Osborne unveils his budget...

21 March 2011

spotSaltend construction workers call for national strike action

At a mass meeting of 400 locked-out Redhalls workers at Saltend this morning, the company's offer of £3,000 each was unanimously rejected...

21 March 2011

spotRail unions win over anti-strike laws

Tube strike: RMT strikers picket the London Underground, photo Paul Mattsson

Tube strike: RMT strikers picket the London Underground, photo Paul Mattsson

On Friday 4 March 2011 the Court of Appeal in London handed down definitive judgements in two important industrial action cases, writes Alex Gordon, president of the RMT union. An edited version of this article appeared in the Socialist as 'Trade union victory over anti-strike laws'

21 March 2011

spotWales university lecturers' strike just the beginning

University lecturers and support staff at Cardiff University, Swansea University, Aberystwyth University, Trinity-St David and Bangor University went on strike on Friday 18 March as part of rolling action called by the University and College Union

University lecturers strike

Striking lecturers and support staff at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Trinity-St David and Bangor Universities joined the UCU rolling action

23 March 2011

spotBracknell Tories' snouts in the trough

At the Bracknell Forest council meeting on 2 March the large Tory majority forced through cuts to jobs and services, especially to youth services

23 March 2011

spotLibya: no to western military intervention

Libya under attack from Western military intervention

Libya under attack from Western military intervention

The UN Security Council's majority decision to impose a 'no-fly zone', while greeted with joy on the streets of Benghazi and Tobruk, was in no way intended to defend the Libyan revolution...

23 March 2011

spotGovernment health 'reforms': The Con-Dems' future doesn't work

NHS demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Tens of thousands of health workers' jobs are being axed by NHS trusts. This is a result of billions of pounds of 'efficiency savings' initiated by the previous Labour government and carried on with...

23 March 2011

spotEDL thugs threaten socialists

Our Socialist Party campaigning activity at Newcastle's Monument was going well on Saturday 19 March, writes Elaine Brunskill.

23 March 2011

spotPickles wages war on services

Tory communities secretary Eric Pickles has declared war on what he calls councils' 'barmy rules and regulations' by conducting a 'review' of the 1,294 statutory duties placed on local authorities, writes By a Unison member.

23 March 2011

spotFast News

Mail closures: Royal Mail bosses plan to axe another 1,700 jobs and close two mail centres - Nine Elms Lane and Bromley-by-Bow - in London...

23 March 2011

spotOrganise the fightback - from Tahrir Square to Wisconsin

The Committee for a Workers' International (CWI - the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) fights for an alternative to cuts, crisis and capitalism worldwide, writes Stephan Kimmerle.

23 March 2011

spotNuclear power, no way!

Fukushima I courtesy of Digital Globe

Fukushima I courtesy of Digital Globe

After Japan's tsunami disaster -: The earthquake off Japan's east coast and the giant tsunami wave that followed on 11 March has, at the time of writing, officially killed over 8,500 people with another 13,000 people still missing...

23 March 2011

spotLittle to laugh about in 'Carry On Cuts' budget

Like so many sequels, George Osborne's second full budget as Chancellor will be a disappointing re-run of the first. Working class people will find little to cheer them, writes Sean Figg.

23 March 2011

spotNo education cuts: We can win the battle!

Not content with pushing through a trebling of university fees and cutting EMA, this government is planning to cut £1 of every £8 it contributes to teaching and research in higher education in England - a total of £940 million, writes Ben Robinson.

23 March 2011

spotYoung people and staff protest against Connexions closure

With 36% of 16-24 year olds unemployed, Lewisham, South London, has one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the country, writes Tom Jousselin, Lewisham Socialist Party.

23 March 2011

spotJoin Youth Fight for Jobs!

2 April 2009: 600 march to G20: Youth Fight for Jobs was launched at a national conference in November 2008 to fight back against the way young people are being made to pay the price for the bankers' crisis...

23 March 2011

spotLiverpool city council's historic victory over the Thatcher government

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

When organised mass action defeated the Tories: "Two unlovely black eyes" declared the Daily Mail. It was condemning Thatcher's environment secretary Patrick Jenkin for his retreat over extra funding for Liverpool. It wrote: "The Trotskyites and...

23 March 2011

spotMass non-payment - how the poll tax was beaten

The campaign against Thatcher's hated poll tax is an example of how a mass movement can defeat a government, writes Steve Score, Former secretary of the Leicestershire Anti-Poll Tax Federation.

23 March 2011

spotWe're backing TUSC

"The Tories, Lib Dems and Labour all support cuts, privatisation and the anti-union laws...

23 March 2011

spotStopping the cuts with the NSSN

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is at the forefront of the battle against the Con-Dem cuts, writes Rob Williams, NSSN anti-cuts convenor.

23 March 2011

spotHigher and Further education -

UCU  members on strike at London Met university in 2009 say No Job Cuts, Save our staff, and Education not for sale , photo Paul Mattsson

UCU members on strike at London Met university in 2009 say No Job Cuts, Save our staff, and Education not for sale , photo Paul Mattsson

United public sector action needed to defend jobs and pensions! Text of a leaflet produced by Socialist Party members in the University and College Union for the UCU strikes

23 March 2011

spotMarch For Jobs 2011

March for Jobs 2011

March for Jobs 2011

75 Years ago 200 Jarrow workers were forced to March for Jobs: Why is sky-high unemployment back?
David Cameron recently labelled the 20.5% youth unemployment rate a matter of "great regret" writes Dylan Hussey.

23 March 2011

spotWant to fight the cuts? Join the socialists!

The relentless pursuit of profit brought about the banking crisis and recession. Our world is run on that basis - the short-sighted, chaotic capitalist system that exists only to enrich the fat cats...

23 March 2011

spotWhat has socialism got to do with fighting the cuts?

Socialist Party members sell The Socialist, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Party members sell The Socialist, photo Paul Mattsson

Each week members of the Socialist Party sell copies of the Socialist newspaper at workplaces, colleges, stations, town centres and working class estates all over England and Wales, as well as at protests and meetings...

23 March 2011

spotLibya: No to Western military intervention

Libya under attack from Western military intervention

The UN Security Council's majority decision to enact a militarily-imposed 'no-fly-zone' against Libya, while greeted with joy on the streets of Benghazi and Tobruk, is in no way intended to defend the Libyan revolution. Updated 23 March 2011.

23 March 2011

spotElect working class fighters!

Dave Nellist at the TUSC Launch rally, London March 2010, photo Alison Hill

Dave Nellist at the TUSC Launch rally, London March 2010, photo Alison Hill

On 5 May millions of voters will pass judgement on the Con-Dem coalition in elections to local councils, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, writes Councillor Dave Nellist, Acting chair, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

23 March 2011

spotFight all cuts: for a 24-hour public sector general strike

For a 24-hour public sector general strike, photo by David Smith

For a 24-hour public sector general strike, photo by David Smith

Fight all cuts: Join the demonstration: Assemble 11am, 26 March, Victoria Embankment between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges...

23 March 2011

spotWe can stop the cuts!

Trade union demo in Southampton, photo by David Smith

Trade union demo in Southampton, pic: D Smith

Nobody, apart from the super-rich, can hope to avoid the impact of the government's brutal attacks. HANNAH SELL, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, sets out a strategy for defeating the Con-Dems' cuts.

24 March 2011

spotBrazil welcomed Obama with the arrest of 13 protesters

The arrival of Barack Obama in Brazil was marked by the political arrest of 13 Brazilians who were protesting against his presence in the country...

24 March 2011

spotUniversity and college picket lines

In the build-up to the UCU's national day of strike action on Thursday 24 March, there was a rolling programme of strikes in different regions. Here are reports from Tuesday's strikes in Manchester, Bradford, Leeds and London

24 March 2011

spotBudget fuels determination to fight back!

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

The chancellor of the exchequer's budget speech yesterday came as no relief at all to the many millions of people who are struggling to make ends meet and who are reeling under the onslaught of the government's austerity measures

24 March 2011

spotWorst cuts since 1920s...

This government has declared war our living standards. Public sector workers, and many in the private sector, face huge job losses, pay freezes and attacks on their pensions...

24 March 2011

spotAnd privatise what's left...

Alongside the cuts the Tories are planning mass privatisation. Part of the reason for the cuts in public sector workers pay, conditions and pensions is to make buying up public services a more attractive...

24 March 2011

spotWhy are the Con-Dems doing this?

Before the general election David Cameron tried to claim that the Tory party had changed and was no longer the brutal anti-working class party of the 1980s...

24 March 2011

spotHow can we stop them?

The government is trying to cow the working class by the sheer scale of the cuts. Two thirds of public-sector bodies are reported to be making job cuts...

24 March 2011

spotOppose all cuts in jobs, services, pay and conditions!

United we are strong, divided we will be defeated. The government knows that and is desperate to divide us - public sector from private sector, old from young, benefit claimants from everyone else.....

24 March 2011

spotStep up the community campaigns - organise, demonstrate, occupy!

Most campaigns to save local services rightly start with petitions and meetings. To win, however, usually requires further action...

24 March 2011

spotFor a 24 hour public sector general strike!

The trade unions in Britain have enormous potential power. They organise over six million workers who, if they go on strike, can potentially bring the country to a halt...

24 March 2011

spotFor a mid-week national demonstration

Unfortunately, however, the biggest public sector unions have not yet made any proposals to ballot on pensions...

24 March 2011

spotNo to the anti-trade union laws

We have the most repressive anti-trade union laws in Europe, introduced by the last Tory government and maintained by New Labour...

24 March 2011

spotFor fighting, democratic trade unions

If the whole of the trade union movement, from top to bottom, was to launch a serious struggle against the cuts it would be impossible for the government to implement its programme...

24 March 2011

spotFor councillors who vote against cuts

Central government funding to local councils is being slashed by 27% over four years. More than 200,000 job losses have been announced in local authorities...

24 March 2011

spotSet a 'needs budget'

Labour councillors' conference lobbied by hundreds of angry trade unionists, photo Suzanne Beishon

Labour councillors' conference lobbied by hundreds of angry trade unionists, photo Suzanne Beishon

All of these measures, and many more, could be carried out by using councils' legal powers. However, alone, legal powers would not be enough...

24 March 2011

spotLessons of Liverpool, Lambeth and Poplar for today

Today councillors can no longer be surcharged unless they are found guilty of financial crime for personal gain...

24 March 2011

spotSupport anti-cuts candidates - for Trade Unionist and Socialists Against Cuts

Only a third of the population think cuts are necessary, yet in the local elections in five weeks time, all of the candidates from the main parties will be supporting cuts...

24 March 2011

spotA socialist alternative to the cuts

To be fully effective, a workers' party would need to put forward socialist ideas. Socialists do not accept that cuts are necessary...

24 March 2011

spotThink cuts won't affect you? Think again...

Just some of the many services facing major cuts are: adult education, benefits for the disabled, bus services, Citizen's Advice Bureau, children's services, coastguard services, domestic violence services, English for Speakers of Other Languages, EMA, fire services, flood defences, help for rough...

25 March 2011

spotSocialist receives 12% of the vote in Bellingham, Lewisham

Socialist Party member and former councillor Ian Page received 12% of the vote in yesterday's byelection in the Bellingham ward in Lewisham, south London. An edited version of this article appeared in The Socialist.

30 March 2011

spotPlymouth: Building the anti-cuts movement in Plymouth

Wednesday 30th March 2011:

30 March 2011

spotVisteon pensioners demand the pensions they have earned

200 Visteon pensioners demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday 29 March as Ford executives met MPs, photo by Mike Gard

200 Visteon pensioners demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday 29 March as Ford executives met MPs, photo by Mike Gard

Up to 200 Visteon pensioners demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday 29 March as Ford executives met MPs. Their pensions, which were originally set up by Ford, are being reduced by between 14% and 50%

30 March 2011

spotCllr Dave Nellist condemns housing benefit reductions

New housing benefit claims from Friday 1st April will only be eligible for a reduced rate; existing tenants will see their claims reduce at some point up to nine months after the anniversary of their claim date...

30 March 2011

spotPCS wins ballot in Jobcentre Plus contact centres

PCS DWP group vice president 70% of Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members have voted 'yes' to support strike action to improve working conditions in Jobcentre Plus contact centres across the UK, writes Katrine Williams.

30 March 2011

spotUnison health conference: Time for action to defend our jobs, pensions and the NHS!

Unison health conference is meeting just a week after the magnificent TUC demonstration in London on 26 March, writes Adrian O'Malley, Conference delegate, personal capacity.

30 March 2011

spotVote for a fighting democratic Unison leadership

Unison members, along with all other workers in both public and private sectors, are facing unprecedented attacks from the Con-Dem government, local councils and employers...

30 March 2011

spotPortugal Government falls amidst mass protests

Portugal Government falls amidst mass protests

Portugal Government falls amidst mass protests

The collapse of the Portuguese 'Socialist Party' government of prime minister Jose Socrates came during a period of intense economic and social turmoil, writes Danny Byrne.

30 March 2011

spot Save Sure Start Services

Save Sure Start services - Westminster campaign, photo Save our Childrens Services

Save Sure Start services - Westminster campaign, photo Save our Childrens Services

Around 30 supporters of the Save Our Children's Services - Westminster campaign marched on the 26 March TUC demonstration, writes Elizabeth O'Hara.

30 March 2011

spot Review: Blue Labour

BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme recently looked at 'Blue Labour' (BL), writes Steve Score Secretary, East Midlands Socialist Party.

30 March 2011

spot Against cuts? Support the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coaltion (TUSC) will be standing anti-cuts candidates across Britain in May's local, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections...

30 March 2011

spotWe said: NO CUTS!

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

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

From every direction they poured onto London's Embankment, from up and down the country, a magnificent surge of workers, their banners and placards, transforming London for a day...

30 March 2011

spotGove's EMA concession not enough

Students protest at ConDem plans to scrap the EMA last November, photo by Senan

For school and college students, education minister Michael Gove's latest announcement of a scheme to 'replace' the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will have left a bitter taste, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield Socialist Students national organiser.

30 March 2011

spotFast news

Pay squeeze Average take home pay is lower today than in 2004, according the BBC's Panorama TV programme - The Big Squeeze - shown on 28 March. It reckoned that the average worker takes home £1,088 a year less than two years ago after adjusted for inflation.

30 March 2011

spotMPs back the Jarrow March for Jobs

March for Jobs 2011

March for Jobs 2011

Seventeen MPs have signed an early day motion backing the Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow march in October on the 75th anniversary of the original Jarrow unemployed march, demanding decent jobs and a free education for youth, writes Paul Callanan Youth Fight for Jobs, national organiser.

30 March 2011

spotSocialists on the 26 March demo

The Socialist Party participated very successfully in the TUC demonstration on 26 March. There were 50 Socialist Party campaign stalls where thousands of people signed our petitions for a 24-hour public sector general strike.

30 March 2011

spotHands off our NHS!

The Con-Dems are intent on attacking us on every front. The cuts to the health service will cost lives. Despite promising to 'ring-fence' the NHS, billions of pounds of 'efficiency savings' initiated...

30 March 2011

spotThe consequences of the earthquake disaster in Japan

Resentment and anger need a socialist expression: The human cost of the Kanto- Tohoku earthquake and tsunami will be immense, writes Carl Simmonsm, Kokusai Rentai (CWI Japan).

30 March 2011

spotIn brief

Unite elections: Ballot papers to elect a new executive committee for Unite have now been sent out and must be returned by 15 April to be counted...

30 March 2011

spotDefend the Libyan revolution

Libya: the revolution will be televised... NATO intervenes, photo BBC

Libya: the revolution will be televised... NATO intervenes, photo BBC

What we think:
* No to imperialist intervention
* Build an independent force of workers and the poor
The Libyan revolution is at a crossroads. But the turning point is not simply the rapidly shifting battle around the Gulf of Sirte.

30 March 2011

spotSaltend workers stand firm

Saltend construction workers protest against being locked out by Redhall, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

Saltend construction workers protest against being locked out by Redhall, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

In a magnificent show of determination and solidarity, at 6am on Monday 28 March, 800 construction workers and other trade unionists assembled outside the gates of the Saltend con­struction site near Hull...

31 March 2011

spotStoke Socialist Party: Fighting the cuts

Thursday 31 March 2011:

31 March 2011

spotPrison officers fight prison privatisation: Interview with POA assistant secretary, Joe Simpson

Prison Officers Association (POA) assistant secretary, Joe Simpson, photo by Socialist Party

Joe Simpson, POA

Interview with POA assistant secretary, Joe Simpson The Con-Dems have sold Birmingham prison to private security firm G4S. This is the first existing public sector prison to be contracted out. An edited version of this article appeared in The Socialist.

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