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5 March 2013

spotLondon fire service cuts 'consultation'

The public consultation exercise has begun on proposals by the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Ron Dobson, supported by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 engines and slash 520 frontline firefighter posts...

5 March 2013

spotFollowing PCS ballot, strikes being discussed

The government could face a series of walkouts by almost a quarter of a million civil and public servants in a dispute over cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions

5 March 2013

spotTories, Lib Dems and Greens make cuts, and Labour abstains

Opposition to £35 million of cuts in Bristol took on a vocal and vibrant expression as about 70 people lobbied the council

5 March 2013

spotLabour-led council inflicting £82 million of cuts

Bradford's Labour and Green councillors do Pickles' dirty work, while Respect just abstains

6 March 2013

spotAudio recordings from Socialist Party congress 2013

MP3 audio recordings of the opening introductions of the first two sessions of Socialist Party congress 2013

6 March 2013

spotWarrington: One rebel defies the pro-cuts Heinz 47

Warrington councillor Kevin Bennett has voted against carrying out the Tory-Liberal government coalition's cuts

6 March 2013

spotServices 'not ours to give away' say Hull rebel councillors

Three Hull councillors broke the Labour whip to vote against budget cuts. They were supported by 400 people outside

6 March 2013

spotPCS calls national strike on Budget Day

Newcastle: 30 June 2012 coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions , photo Elaine Brunskill

A series of walkouts and protests by almost a quarter of a million civil and public servants will start with a national strike on budget day, 20 March, the PCS union has decided.

6 March 2013

spotBeing a Socialist Party member: What will it mean for you?

We encourage all our members, where possible, to attend weekly local branch meetings, where we discuss the political issues which affect us and what we intend to do about them, writes Branch meetings.

6 March 2013

spotVideo: Peter Taaffe opens Socialist Party congress session

The Socialist Party held its annual congress as the world crisis deepened. Video of Peter Taaffe opening the Socialist Party congress session on the world economic and political situation.

7 March 2013

spotVideo: Hannah Sell speaking at Socialist Party congress

Hannah Sell discusses the key economic, political and social issues which will shape Britain in the coming months.

7 March 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Capenhurst victory: Construction workers on the Capenhurst construction site near Chester have fought off attempts to abandon the NAECI national agreement on terms and conditions...

7 March 2013

spotTV review: Britain on Benefits

Britain on Benefits: Channel 4 Dispatches - a refreshing challenge to the government's cuts to welfare and disabled people

Britain on Benefits: Channel 4 Dispatches - a refreshing challenge to the government's cuts to welfare and disabled people

I assumed the Channel 4 documentary - Britain on Benefits - would be peddling the same old government lies to mask its failures on unemployment, writes Ian Pattison.

7 March 2013

spotItaly: Voters reject austerity

Political instability and crisis but also new opportunities ahead: The "Tsunami tour" was the name comedian Beppe Grillo gave to his election meetings which filled piazzas throughout Italy with tens of thousands of 'spectators', writes Chris Thomas, Controcorrente (CWI, Italy).

7 March 2013

spotSocialist Party Congress 2013

Socialist Party congress 2013, photo Senan

Socialist Party congress 2013, photo Senan

Capitalism 'has failed and has to be changed': Just over 300 delegates and visitors took part in a very successful Socialist Party annual congress in Clacton-on-Sea from 2 to 4 March...

7 March 2013

spotHull, Warrington, Bristol and Bradford

Three Hull councillors remain defiant against Labour budget: Three Hull councillors, Gary Wareing, Dean Kirk and Gill Kennett, broke the Labour whip and voted against council budget cuts on Thursday 28 February, writes Phil Culshaw, Hull Unison steward (personal capacity).

7 March 2013

spotStop cuts and privatisation, to save our NHS!

Saturday 24 November, defying cold driving rain, up to 10,000 residents and staff marched to defend Lewisham Accident and Emergency (A&E) and linked arms around it., photo Socialist Party

Saturday 24 November, defying cold driving rain, up to 10,000 residents and staff marched to defend Lewisham Accident and Emergency (A&E) and linked arms around it., photo Socialist Party

I read with anger, on Thursday 28 February, that another nail is being driven into Stafford Hospital's coffin with administrators being brought in to oversee its day-to-day running, writes Josie Shelley, Stafford Socialist Party.

7 March 2013

spotForbes Rich List exposes obscene inequality

The annual list of billionaires produced by Forbes Magazine has again seen records smashed by the world's hyper-rich, writes Matt Gordon.

7 March 2013

spotThem & Us

The idea of bankers' bonuses is supposedly that they encourage hard work, which can only be good for the economy. We have to reward them or we couldn't guarantee that they'll behave responsibly...

7 March 2013

spotWhat's wonga with the Office of Fair Trading?

Like a drugged watchdog, the Office Of Fair Trading has finally, very slowly, woken up to the disgusting behaviour of the short-term high-interest loan sharks...

7 March 2013

spotHugo Chavez dies but the struggle continues

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in the UK , photo Paul Mattsson

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in the UK , photo Paul Mattsson

Redouble efforts to fight for socialism - revolutionary and democratic: Millions of Venezuelan workers, the poor and youth will mourn the death of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez on Tuesday 5 March, writes Tony Saunois, CWI secretary.

7 March 2013

spotScrap the bedroom tax

Mansions and tower blocks - cap rents not benefits

Cap rents not benefits:
On 1 April David Cameron's government of the rich will unveil their vicious 'bedroom tax'. On the same day the Con-Dems are cutting millionaires' taxes yet again, saving them over £100,000 a year!

7 March 2013

spotStop violence against women

London slutwalk June 2011, photo Sarah Wrack

The 'Slutwalk' protests have been an 'in your face' challenge to the reactionary idea that how women dress and behave can 'invite' rape, writes Eleanor Donne in this International Women's Day feature

7 March 2013

spotTUC must name the day for 24-hour strike

24 Hour Public Sector General Strike Now - Socialist Party placard, photo Paul Mattsson

Over a quarter of a million civil service union PCS members will walk out on 20 March, the day Chancellor George Osborne stands up to deliver yet another cuts budget

7 March 2013

spotCouncil chief brags about cuts

York council has set out a further £22 million worth of cuts to local services which is the third successive cuts budget in as many years

7 March 2013

spotEastleigh: growing revulsion at main parties

The Eastleigh by-election TUSC rally featured Daz Proctor, Dave Nellist and Keith Morrell, a rebel Southampton councillor who voted against cuts, photo John Gillman

The Eastleigh byelection has left Tory ringmaster Cameron with his big tent in tatters, while the Lib Dems hung on, Labour were side-stepped into fourth, with a huge protest vote emerging for Ukip

8 March 2013

spotVictory: TUSC strikes a 'real chord'

Successful TUSC candidate Joe Robinson (left) with Shaun on a TUSC stall in Maltby, Yorkshire

TUSC candidate Joe Robinson, 21-years old, was like a breath of fresh air as the winning candidate in the Maltby town council byelection

8 March 2013

spotPost Office workers vote for strike action

Members of the Communication Workers Union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action returning an 88% yes vote in a national strike ballot

11 March 2013

spotTUSC Gospel Oak byelection rally: Offering an alternative

A meeting in support of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate John Reid's campaign was everything TUSC is about

11 March 2013

spotSold-out non-sexist comedy night

'Rape is No Joke' campaign comedy night, London 8.3.13, photo Suzanne Beishon

'Rape is No Joke' campaign comedy night, London 8.3.13, photo Suzanne Beishon

On International Women's Day the 'Rape is No Joke' campaign was launched in London with a night of comedy without misogyny

13 March 2013

spotScrap the bedroom tax for all!

From April the 'bedroom tax' will mean that social housing tenants with spare rooms will have their benefits cut, writes Paul Kershaw.

13 March 2013

spotWelfare Reform Act will impoverish hundreds of thousands

Next month sees the implementation of much of the coalition's Welfare Reform Act as they ramp up their relentless and brutal ideological attack on the welfare state, writes Vicky Perrin.

13 March 2013

spotBuilding Socialist Students in Manchester

The freshers week last September resulted in an explosion of membership of Socialist Students at the two universities in Manchester, writes John McFarlane, Manchester Metropolitan Socialist Students.

13 March 2013

spotCampaigning against the cuts

Ex-mining village shows it can still fight: The pit has gone but the miners' spirit still remains in Keresley Village, an ex-mining community located within the boundaries of both Labour cut-voting councils - Coventry, and Nuneaton and Bedworth, writes Natara Hunter, Nuneaton Socialist Party.

13 March 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Rail cleaners strike: Cleaners working for Churchill on Arriva Trains Wales will be on 24-hour strike on 16 March. The RMT members have voted by 9:1 for action over pay and terms and conditions...

13 March 2013

spotVenezuela after Chavez: Which road for the working class?

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, speaking on the role of the US government , photo Paul Mattsson

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, speaking on the role of the US government , photo Paul Mattsson

The news of Hugo Chavez's death brought thousands of Venezuelans rushing to Caracas's main square, the Plaza Bolivar, to lament, writes Johan Rivas, Socialismo revolucionario (CWI, Venezuela).

13 March 2013

spot20 March: PCS calls budget-day strike

Defend pay, pensions and conditions: After a ballot result of 61% in favour of strike action, the civil service union PCS national executive has announced a campaign of industrial action to fight back against attacks on civil servants' pay, pensions and terms and conditions

13 March 2013

spotDundee demo against construction industry blacklisting

150 construction workers, their families and supporters took part in an anti-blacklisting demonstration in Dundee on 9 March

13 March 2013

spotTUSC leads battle to save Mid-Staffs NHS

"This was our first ever stall in Rugeley," said TUSC candidate Paul Arnold. "We quickly ran out of leaflets and sold out of papers, but still carried on getting names to support our petition

13 March 2013

spotThem & Us

Equal pay?: The Royal Bank of Scotland is 83% owned by the government. That means that we're paying for the bank's £390 million fine for rigging interest rates.

13 March 2013

spotPortugal: Revolutionary spirit in fighting austerity

On 2 March, under the slogan "Screw the Troika - the people are the best rulers", over 1.5 million people (out of a population of 10.7 million) reclaimed Portugal's streets, in what even the media has speculated may have been the country's biggest ever demonstrations, write CWI reporters.

13 March 2013

spotAre you sick of your boss? Join the campaign!

The 'Sick of Your Boss' initiative by Youth Fight for Jobs aims to win decent jobs, pay and working conditions for young workers as part of rebuilding a fighting democratic trade union movement

13 March 2013

spotThree decades on: We want the truth about Orgreave

Miners' strike 1984-85, photo Dave Sinclair

Miners' strike 1984-85, photo Dave Sinclair

Over the last few months, the endemic corruption of South Yorkshire police during the 1980s has been exposed by the revelations surrounding the cover-up of the Hillsborough disaster. The chair of the recently launched Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, Barbara Jackson, spoke to the Socialist..

13 March 2013

spotLondon: Save our fire service!

On 16 March, firefighters and supporters will be out in force protesting against London mayor Boris Johnson's plans to cut £50 million from London's fire service, writes Chris Newby.

13 March 2013

spotJustice for Alfie? Defend the right to protest

Alfie Meadows, who suffered brain injuries as a result of his treatment at the hands of the police during the 9 December 2010 student demonstration, has been cleared of violent disorder charges

13 March 2013

spotVictory for attendance policy campaign at University of East London

Management has agreed to look at having students meet with their personal tutor instead of being de-registered automatically

13 March 2013

spotStop the Con-Dems ripping up our NHS

In April the government's Health and Social Care Act comes into force

13 March 2013

spotBreadline Britain... Kick out the cuts coalition

Students on the NUS national demonstration 12 November 2012 against the government attacks on university education , photo by Paul Mattsson

Many young people suffer heart-rending experiences struggling for jobs, housing, education and basic services. But there IS an alternative

13 March 2013

spotStudent occupation continues at Sussex

Student occupation continues at Sussex 13-3-13, photo Brighton and Hove Socialist Party

Student occupation continues at Sussex 13-3-13, photo Brighton and Hove Socialist Party

13 March 2013

spotEnergy starvation and climate change

Climate change demo December 2005 , photo Paul Mattsson

Climate change demo December 2005 , photo Paul Mattsson

Alternative energy and socialist planning needed: A spectre is haunting the world, the spectre of irreversible climate change. But at the same time the world is in the grip of a desperate hunger for energy, writes Geoff Jones.

13 March 2013

spotFilm review: Spirit of '45

The Spirit of '45, directed by Ken Loach, photo Ken Loach

The Spirit of '45, directed by Ken Loach, photo Ken Loach

This film is a documentary, interviewing people who remember the mass movement to create the welfare state following World War Two, writes Katrine Williams, president of Cardiff Trades Council and Wales chair for the PCS civil service union

14 March 2013

spotSteve Hedley resignation from Socialist Party

The Socialist Party has received a message from Steve Hedley, assistant general secretary of the RMT, resigning from the Socialist Party

15 March 2013

spotScotland: Anti-bedroom tax federation launched

Over 100 people packed into the Glasgow City Unison offices on 13th March for a public meeting to build for an Anti-Bedroom Tax demonstration on 30th March...

15 March 2013

spotRevenue and Customs wants to end face-to-face contact

HMRC plans to run a pilot in the North East to remove the face-to-face tax services provided by its enquiry centres

15 March 2013

spotPCS preparing for 20 March strike, and more action after

PCS on the 30 June public sector strike supported by the NUT and UCU, photo  Socialist Party

The PCS is launching its national industrial action with a one-day strike on Budget Day, 20 March, and following that will take further action, including a half-day strike on 5 April

15 March 2013

spotNSSN to lobby TUC General Council on 24 April

NSSN lobby of the TUC 2012, photo Arti

The National Shop Stewards Network has called a lobby of the next TUC general council, urging it to name a date for a general strike

16 March 2013

spotTUSC election campaign has an impact in Gospel Oak

TUSC protest outside Camden town hall, March 2013, photo Neil Cafferky

When the votes were counted in Camden town hall late on Thursday the winner was the least interesting result

18 March 2013

spotVideo: bedroom tax protests in Carlisle - ITN report

Link: www.itv.com/news/border/update/2013-03-17/full-report-bed Carlisle Socialist Party joined the impressive bedroom tax protests in Carlisle. ITN report 17 March 2013.

19 March 2013

spotYFJ hitting Starbucks on issue of underemployment

Activists in the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign will be targeting Starbucks with protests and occupations this Thursday

19 March 2013

spotNUT/NASUWT joint action welcome, but more needed

The announcement at yesterday's joint NUT/NASUWT press conference that plans are being put in place for joint strike action between the two main teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT, will be welcomed by teachers who have been waiting since Christmas for national action to be called

19 March 2013

spotExpression of local anger at 'butchering' of Whittington hospital

Demo to save Whittington hospital, 16.3.13 , photo Paul Mattsson

Despite blustery wind and persistent rain, around 5,000 people marched to save the Whittington hospital

19 March 2013

spotClapham march to save fire station

Protesting against plan to close Clapham fire station, 16.3.13, photo R. Edwards

Hundreds marched to resist the closure of Clapham fire station, one of 12 to fall victim to the mayor's slash and burn budget

20 March 2013

spotSocialist Party subs appeal

Help increase our fighting strength!: The Socialist Party is asking every member if they can increase the regular donation (membership subs) they make to fund our work, writes Naomi Byron, Socialist Party finance department.

20 March 2013

spotFight grows against privatisation at Sussex Uni

As the occupation against the privatisation of services at Sussex University enters its fifth week, momentum continues to build behind the student campaign, writes Jack Poole, Sussex Socialist Students.

20 March 2013

spotRiots Reframed - starting the debate

Around 1,000 young people patiently queued to watch a new documentary film, Riots Reframed, in Tower Hamlets, east London on Saturday 16 March, writes Emma Smith.

20 March 2013

spotHelp build an alternative to the pro-cuts press with a May Day greeting

As the Socialist goes to press the details of the new press regulator are coming to light, writes Bob Severn.

20 March 2013

spotNew faces - same Welsh Labour NHS cuts!

Welsh Labour has been playing musical chairs with the ministers' positions in the Welsh Government, writes Ronnie Job, Socialist Party Wales.

20 March 2013

spotSocialist Students win debate with Labour

Socialist Students national organiser Claire Laker-Mansfield and I recently represented Socialist Students at a debate with the Labour Party and the Marxist Society at Queen Mary University, writes Ian Pattison.

20 March 2013

spotThem & Us

Leveson confusion: First disagreements over press regulation were going to tear the government apart, then we were supposed to breathe a sigh of relief that they'd come to an agreement....

20 March 2013

spotAlexis Tsipras in London

What way forward for Greece and the working class in Europe?: On Friday 15 March 500 people attended a public meeting organised by the London branch of Syriza, the left party in Greece. Alexis Tsipras, Syriza's leader, spoke at the meeting

20 March 2013

spotNorth West TUC fails to debate councillors and cuts

The North West TUC met on 9 March at a crucial time for the trade union movement. Motion after motion spelt out the miseries of poverty, austerity, cuts and privatisation.

20 March 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

HCA strike: Unite Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) members (Housing Workers Branch) will be on strike on 20 March against a pay offer that has resulted in unprecedented anger and disgust among members

20 March 2013

spotCypriot workers resist bank-robbing Troika

After months of 'calm' the capitalist debt crisis has resurfaced over the banking meltdown in Cyprus, sending financial markets into a spin

20 March 2013

spotAre you sick of your boss? Enough is enough

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The government is on the side of the hard-working 'strivers', Tory chancellor Osborne assures us. 'Alarm clock Britain', can rest comfortably in bed

20 March 2013

spotBooks that inspired me

In the first of an occasional series on books that inspired socialists, Tracy Edwards looks at Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

20 March 2013

spotAnother Dooh Nibor budget - stealing from the poor to give to the rich

'All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!' It's not Pulp Fiction - its Tory Chancellor George Osborne at the dispatch box and this will be the essence of his budget speech, at least for the vast majority of us

20 March 2013

spotBuilding TUSC in the unions

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is hosting a forum of leading trade unionists on 6 April. This initiative has come from the RMT transport workers' union with the aim of broadening trade union support for TUSC.

20 March 2013

spotStop Mid-Yorks NHS cuts

Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust is looking to cut back Dewsbury Hospital services. Little notice or information has been given for the consultation meetings, which have already started and will be over by 20 March

20 March 2013

spotElectrician wins his case

Steve Acheson has won his Employment Tribunal for 'Unlawful Refusal of Employment' and was awarded damages

20 March 2013

spotAnother victory in the battle against Unison witch-hunt

Glenn Kelly at Socialist Party congress 2013, photo Senan

Socialist Party member Glenn Kelly has been re-elected secretary of Unison's Bromley council branch

20 March 2013

spotBudget continues onslaught on living standards

PCS stage outside parliament, with screen showing Budget speech, 20.3.13, photo Sarah Sachs Eldridge

As expected and feared, chancellor George Osborne's budget has driven on with the austerity that is massively eroding workers' living standards, while utterly failing to improve the economy

20 March 2013

spotIraq: Ten years after 'shock and awe'

Imperialism's bloody legacy: Ten years ago, under the banner, 'Operation Iraqi Freedom', the US-led 'coalition of the willing' attacked Iraq

20 March 2013

spotAxe the bedroom tax!

Around Britain, there have already been many protests against the 'bedroom tax'. It's one of the coalition's most blatantly anti-poor policies and is being imposed on 1 April.

20 March 2013

spotPCS national strike on Budget Day

PCS picketers outside the Health Department, 20 March 2013, photo S Sachs Eldridge

Reports from the pickets and rallies: Once again central London was dotted everywhere with the yellow and blue of PCS flags and placards. The mood among pickets was determined

20 March 2013

spotTrade unions must lead anti-cuts fightback

PCS stage outside parliament, with screen showing Budget speech, 20.3.13, photo Sarah Sachs Eldridge

As this copy of the Socialist hits the streets, 250,000 PCS members in the civil service will be walking out on their Budget Day strike against job losses, attacks on their terms and conditions and the continuing pay freeze - amounting to an average real pay cut of 16% since 2008...

20 March 2013

spotBBC staff vote in favour of strike action

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Bectu at the BBC have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over job cuts...

20 March 2013

spotPrescription: Fight profiteering from health

March to save Whittington hospital, London, 16.3.13, photo Paul Mattsson

In April the NHS will be another step closer to being fully privatised. GP-led commissioning groups will have responsibility for most of England's NHS budget

21 March 2013

spotComment on the 'Budget waffle'

More budget waffle from Osborne and his alter ego Ed Balls. No mention by Balls of the £750 billion lying in the banks being used, not to invest, but to line the pockets of the spivs who control the banks...

21 March 2013

spot'Sick of your boss?' activists target Starbucks

The Starbucks in London's Regent Street was targeted by protesters today over exploitative working practices that are typical of much of the retail and catering industries

22 March 2013

spotWorkers and Socialist Party launched in South Africa

Launch of WASP, 21.3.13, photo S Figg

Over 500 Tshwane workers, mineworkers' delegates, and trade union and community activists packed a community hall in Pretoria to launch the new Workers and Socialist Party

22 March 2013

spotPerspectives for the ex-Stalinist States

This is true not just of the economy but of perspectives for the ex-Stalinist states, the national question, perspectives for Europe, etc...

22 March 2013

spotNew Technology and Globalisation - can a capitalist slump be avoided?

The 1990s has been a difficult decade for socialists and Marxists. The colossal pro-capitalist, pro-market ideological campaign following the collapse of Stalinism in 1989-91 has had a significant effect...

22 March 2013

spotIntroduction

New Technology and Globalisation - can a capitalist slump be avoided? is an answer to criticisms of the Socialist Party's position on a number of key issues facing the workers' movement in Britain and internationally.
As well as globalisation, new technology and perspectives for the world capitalist economy, we also touch on the trade unions, the character and methods of building a revolutionary party and a number of other important issues.

22 March 2013

spotLength of the present cycle

The document states: 'In October 1997, Merseyside questioned, at the NC, the perspectives of the leadership in relation to the world economy...

22 March 2013

spotThe collapse of Stalinism

The other prop of Merseyside's case against the Socialist Party leadership is in relation to the collapse of Stalinism...

22 March 2013

spotOur role in the unions

The attempt to defend their position includes the charge levelled against the Socialist Party that, 'It has to be said that for all of the emphasis on Broad Left work, no real effort has been put into uniting the Broad Lefts in the various unions....

25 March 2013

spotPictures: demonstration against privatisation at Sussex university

Students protesting at Sussex university, 25.3.13, photo Suzanne Beishon

Up to 2,000 students marched across the university campus

27 March 2013

spotSussex uni occupation: 'they say privatise - we fight back and organise'

Sussex University occupation March 2013, photo by Serena Cheung

'Students and workers, unite and fight' reverberated across the campus. [Update added 27.3.13]

27 March 2013

spotFighting the cuts: Birmingham and Exeter

Building the fightback in Birmingham: South Birmingham's Communities Against the Cuts (CAC) group held a successful all-Birmingham anti-cuts conference on 16 March, writes Ted, Birmingham Socialist Party.

27 March 2013

spotSick of Your Boss gets going in London

Youth Fight for Jobs has launched its new Sick of Your Boss initiative, writes Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs.

27 March 2013

spotThem & Us: Budget special

Growth?: On the morning of the budget George Osborne, new to Twitter, tweeted: 'Today I'll present a budget that tackles the economy's problems head on helping those who want to work hard and get on'...

27 March 2013

spotThe 'workfare bill' and sanctions targets

Con-Dems have no solutions to unemployment: On budget day, the latest unemployment figures were published and showed yet another increase in the number of people out of work, writes Dan Crowter, Coventry Socialist Party.

27 March 2013

spotDisability hate crimes - accomplices and victims

Over 1,700 disability hate crimes were recorded by police in England and Wales in 2011-12. The new Joint Inspectorate report said that disability hate crime was in fact under-reported and blamed police...

27 March 2013

spotDanger: New secret courts in Britain

Over 700 leading lawyers - including 40 QCs - have signed human rights group Liberty's petition condemning the Justice and Security Bill and government plans to introduce secret courts into ordinary civil law, writes Dylan Murphy, Huddersfield.

27 March 2013

spotStriking against the 'fast track to the sack'

Teachers in two of Knowsley's primary schools have taken strike action against the introduction of a punitive appraisal scheme...

27 March 2013

spotWorkplace News in brief

Cleaners' low pay battle: Cleaners working for Churchill on Arriva Trains Wales were on 24-hour strike on 27 March. They are fighting against poverty pay...

27 March 2013

spotSouth Africa: Workers and Socialist Party Launched

On 21 March - coinciding with the 1960 Sharpeville massacre memorial day - over 500 Tshwane workers, mineworkers' delegates, trade union and community activists launched WASP

27 March 2013

spotCameron whips up immigration fears to divide movement against austerity

The Con-Dem government grows more unpopular by the day. Endless austerity is combined with falling living standards, rising unemployment, and no prospect of a return to economic growth

27 March 2013

spotSocialist Party appeals

New server report; and May Day greetings

27 March 2013

spotThera care workers prepare for action

The snow might have cancelled many events on 23 March but it did not prevent members and supporters of Thera workers in Unison South Derbyshire Health branch and Notts County Unison holding a protest

27 March 2013

spotPCS budget day strike - M20

PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS strike on budget day, 20 March 2013 with NSSN 24 hour general strike placard, photo Paul Mattsson

Reports from the picket lines and rallies

27 March 2013

spotWhat does the budget really mean for the housing crisis?

The government's claim to be tackling the housing crisis dominated budget headlines, but it quickly became clear that its policies give a hand-out to its millionaire friends

27 March 2013

spotFight the destruction of our NHS across England and Wales

From 1 April, the Con-Dems Health and Social Care Act comes into force in England - ending the government's duty to provide comprehensive free healthcare and freeing the NHS from parliamentary control...

27 March 2013

spotNUT conference: Serious attacks require serious action

NUT and UCU strike action in London on 28 March 2012 , photo by Senan

The National Union of Teachers Conference 2013 meets to debate how best to defend teachers at a time when education as a whole is under fierce attack

27 March 2013

spotTeaching Assistants strike for agreed pay level

Strike at Horizon and Downsview special needs schools, 26.3.13, photo .

Strike at Horizon and Downsview special needs schools, 26.3.13, photo .

Fifty teaching assistants at two special needs schools went on strike for Scale 5 pay

27 March 2013

spotWhy we're standing for TUSC

Mary Jackson, photo Mary4Mayor

Mary Jackson, photo Mary4Mayor

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is an electoral alliance that stands candidates against all cuts and privatisation

27 March 2013

spotCyprus bailout: eurozone crisis returns

Bank of Cyprus

The eurozone crisis has dramatically intensified. Events in Cyprus have blown away the optimism of the European ruling classes in recent months that they had resolved the crisis

27 March 2013

spotBin the bedroom tax: Can't pay - Will stay!

Hull protest against the Bedroom Tax, photo Lash

Hull protest against the Bedroom Tax, photo Lash

The Bedroom Tax has rightly sparked a massive and angry response. Nationally an estimated 660,000 will face reductions in housing benefit

28 March 2013

spotInterview: Wirral Youth Theatre cuts

Wirral Labour council has voted through £42 million of cuts as part of £109 million projected cuts over three years. A campaigner from Wirral Youth Theatre explains the consequences

28 March 2013

spotLack of enthusiasm for Labour

34. On the NHS Labour is now 30 points ahead in opinion polls, and is generally 'more trusted' to run public services...

28 March 2013

spot24-hour general strike

45. Elections are one facet of the struggle against cuts. In the short term the most pressing issue is the campaign for a 24 hour general strike...

28 March 2013

spotProspects for Con-Dems

55. It is not possible to judge whether this government will last its full term. One of Cameron's first acts on coming to power was to institute grossly undemocratic arrangements for five-year fixed parliamentary...

28 March 2013

spotMigration

62. We dealt with the question of migration in more depth in last year's perspectives document. The census results give a picture of the changed makeup of Britain's population...

28 March 2013

spotNext general election

70. Whenever the general election comes it is most likely that Labour will come to power, either with a majority or as part of a coalition with all or a section of the LibDems...

28 March 2013

spotBenefits, Housing, NHS

22. In a shameful fashion Cameron has sought to split the working class on the question of cutting benefits...

28 March 2013

spotEconomy in crisis

9. British capitalism, and therefore the working class, faces a bleak future. Five years into the crisis, UK gross domestic product (GDP) is still 12-15% below the pre-crisis trend...

28 March 2013

spotBritish Perspectives 2013

Amended document as passed by Socialist Party national congress 2013
1. As 2013 begins many political and economic commentators have suggested that 2012 was a 'groundhog year'. "British politics has got a bit stuck", declared Andrew Rawnsley (Observer 30 12 12)...

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