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1 March 2016

spotIreland's government routed in general election

Establishment parties in crisis, as a new Left rises: A deep class anger at the government's austerity, especially at the Labour Party's betrayal of working people, saw voters inflict a humiliating defeat on Fine Gael and the Labour Party

1 March 2016

spotTower Hamlets: Labour in cloud cuckoo land

Local residents, trade unionists and campaigners turned out to oppose cuts at Tower Hamlets council's budget setting meeting on 24 February

1 March 2016

spotLabour leader makes 'speech of surrender' on cuts

Reading Socialist Party and TUSC lobbied the council against proposed cuts of £21 million

1 March 2016

spotLabour rush to cut, with Tory support

No cuts need to be made this year in Warrington, as alternative budget proposals from TUSC councillor Kevin Bennett proved

1 March 2016

spotMeetings to mark International Women's Day

Should women vote for women?

2 March 2016

spotSocialism back on the agenda

A poll has shown that socialism is more popular than capitalism in Britain.

2 March 2016

spotFamily finance

A third of children are anxious about their family's economic security, according to recent research

2 March 2016

spotTories propose endless austerity...We say: 'No way!'

Tory Chancellor George Osborne is planning more cuts to achieve a budget surplus after admitting that the UK economy is faltering

2 March 2016

spotHistoric further education strike in England

On 24 February, lecturers' union UCU and public sector union Unison took joint strike action across England in the further education sector for the first time.

2 March 2016

spotDetermined junior doctors fight on

Junior doctors are preparing for three 48-hour strikes to fight the imposition of a new contract. As part of that preparation 25 junior doctors presented a petition to the Department of Health with 50,000 signatures on 24 February. Sarah Sachs-Eldridge spoke to some of them.

2 March 2016

spotMay Day greetings with the socialist

International Workers' Day is a time when we express solidarity with all sections of our movement. The Socialist newspaper consistently champions trade union struggle, covering the stories the mainstream press ignores.

2 March 2016

spotFood workers "adamant" in fight against pay cut

Workers at food manufacturer Samworth Brothers are adamant that their bosses should be forced to recognise a union in their workplace as employees in many cases stand to "lose thousands of pounds in wages."

2 March 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including strike action by CCTV workers in Glasgow and British Airways workers fighting outsourcing.

2 March 2016

spotLetters

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

2 March 2016

spotFifa: invest in working class sport, not profits

Fifa, football's corruption-ridden international governing body, elected its new president on 26 February.

2 March 2016

spotRough sleeping flies up 30% in one year

The number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by 30% in the last year, according to new government figures.

2 March 2016

spotCredit calls

Phone lines for the Tories' new 'Universal Credit' reduced welfare system are not even free. Empty-handed benefit claimants must fork out between 12p and 45p every minute to discuss their cases.

2 March 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

2 March 2016

spotThe Isle of Wight needs socialism!

A large group of anti-cuts protesters, including Socialist Party members, gathered outside county hall in Newport on the Isle of Wight last week. Inside, the council met to decide on where to make £12.75 million of cuts this year and further millions over the next four years.

2 March 2016

spotWhy I joined: "The same values that I believed"

Why I joined the Socialist Party by Annette Egan in Staines.

2 March 2016

spotHousing nightmare the focus of student campaign

Amy Cousens has had one of the most visible campaigns on campus with banners calling for free education and affordable rents in Leeds.

2 March 2016

spotStop the war on the Kurds!

A horror is being perpetrated on Kurdish people in south east Turkey. Since summer 2015, the Turkish government has declared curfews in seven provinces, enforced by tanks and heavy artillery. There have been hundreds of deaths and arrests, and a massacre in the town of Cizre.

2 March 2016

spotConstruction workers blockade plant against rat-race to the bottom

"Pay the rate, Pay the rate!" was the chant

2 March 2016

spotYoung Labour conference: Left and right lock horns

Hundreds of young people attended Young Labour's national conference in Scarborough on 27-28 February.

2 March 2016

spotWorkers' fightback sets tone for East Mids conference

Throughout the East Midlands we have seen an upsurge in the willingness of workers to fight back against unfair conditions and low pay. On 28 February, members of the Socialist Party from across the region came together for a conference in Nottingham.

2 March 2016

spotHelp us seize every opportunity to fight austerity

Fighting austerity is expensive. We have a fantastic opportunity to raise fighting fund at this year's national congress on 19-21 March. If every branch approaches its supporters and members for a donation to give to the fighting fund appeal then we could confidently reach our target.

2 March 2016

spotInternational Women's Day 2016: Should women support Hillary Clinton?

Confusion, soul-searching and outright horror. These words could accurately describe the response of the establishment press and political figures, world over, to the growing support for Bernie Sanders

2 March 2016

spotSupport junior doctors' strikes

Stop Tory attacks on NHS: Health minister Jeremy Hunt has declared war on junior doctors by imposing a contract which will remove safeguards to them working more unsocial hours, and for less pay.

2 March 2016

spotEU referendum: 'In' campaigners crank up Project Fear

Project fear is back with a vengeance! Pro-European Union (EU) campaigners in the run up to the June referendum are copying the strategy of the anti-independence bloc in Scotland last year. We are told a vote to leave will mean economic catastrophe, higher prices and the loss of jobs, trade and workers' rights.

2 March 2016

spotA day in the life of a Women's Aid worker in Wales

"Two women a week are murdered by a partner. My job is to prevent that."

2 March 2016

spotIrish voters reject 'two-and-a-half party system'

"Real change, not spare change" Three members of the Socialist Party have been elected to the Irish Parliament as part of the Anti-Austerity Alliance. Ruth Coppinger, who was re-elected in Dublin West, spoke to the Socialist on 29 February.

4 March 2016

spotSanders' campaign at a crossroads

Bernie Sanders' 'political revolution' in the United States will be strangled if it remains imprisoned within the corporate-controlled Democratic Party

7 March 2016

spotYorkshire union reps and members share experiences

Reps from ten unions attended the fourth annual conference of the Yorkshire Shop Stewards Network.

7 March 2016

spotEnthusiastic reception for anti-austerity ideas in south Wales

Over 500 people heard Jeremy Corbyn at the Trade Union Pride rally in Cardiff.

8 March 2016

spotThousands march in solidarity with Kurds in Turkey

On 6 March was the first national demo against Turkey's war on the Kurds

9 March 2016

spotOsborne's £10.4 billion tax lie

Chancellor George Osborne's tax cuts have cost the Treasury £2.4 billion. No surprise there, you might think. But he claimed the reduction had actually increased takings by £8 billion!

9 March 2016

spotHousing crisis: can't pay, will stay!

The bully Tory government's hated Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 serves notice on secure tenancies and affordable rents. In response, we should declare loudly: "Can't pay - will stay!"

9 March 2016

spotWe need socialist policies to end the housing crisis

Workers in the UK are suffering a severe housing crisis that is only set to get worse. A landlord-friendly Tory government is turning this crisis into a disaster for millions of households.

9 March 2016

spotRefugee crisis: cruel capitalist regimes responsible

In the EU referendum campaign the issue of migration has been put centre stage by the pro-big business campaigns on both sides of the debate

9 March 2016

spotLife on Cameron's 'sink estates': "This is my home!"

In January, Tory prime minister David Cameron announced the government would bulldoze so-called sink estates to eradicate 'anti-social behaviour' and 'bad parenting'. A council house tenant challenges his caricature and explains what life on her estate is really like.

9 March 2016

spot"Our wages have been frozen for nine years" - a day in the life of a court worker

Around 75% of the staff in my office are women, something which is reflected throughout the civil service. This is because unions played a critical role in the creation of the public sector as we know it.

9 March 2016

spot"Pay the rate" demand construction workers

"Pay the rate, pay the rate!" chanted 200 engineering construction workers protesting outside the new biomass power station being built in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The blockade by trade unionists stopped work on the site for the day.

9 March 2016

spotJunior doctors' strike: organise to kill off Hunt's contract

Junior doctors struck for 48 hours on 9 and 10 March. A meeting on 3 March organised by junior doctors at Kings College Hospital, south London, discussed tactics for the dispute.

9 March 2016

spotThousands to strike in defence of sixth form colleges

Thousands of teachers will take strike action and hold a national protest in central London on 15 March against cuts to funding for sixth form colleges.

9 March 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Small Heath teachers strike, Pasta Foods victimises reps, Glasgow janitors' dispute.

9 March 2016

spotTUSC names first 2016 election challengers

The TUSC steering committee has approved the first batch of candidates for 5th May.

9 March 2016

spotJunior doctors: striking to win

The junior doctors and their union the BMA are in the front line of attacks on the NHS. After two one-day strikes in January and February, the latest stage of their campaign of industrial action was a 48-hour strike on 9-10 March. It will continue with two further 48-hour stoppages in April.

9 March 2016

spotYoung people could have to work to 75

Workers entering employment in Britain today could have to wait until their mid-seventies to retire.

9 March 2016

spot'Heathrow 13' climate activists avoid jail time

'Heathrow 13' climate activists have received suspended sentences for protesting against airport expansion.

9 March 2016

spotBenefit fraud: 85% of allegations untrue

Over 85% of allegations of benefit fraud between 2010 and 2015 were false.

9 March 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. CEOs' millionaire salaries versus women's £300,000 pay gap. Trade Union Bill versus council consultations.

9 March 2016

spotLetters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Responses to International Women's Day and comments on the left case for EU exit.

9 March 2016

spotTheatre: 'Tinned Goods' - women during miners' strike

'Tinned Goods' is a new drama set in the summer of 1984 during the lead-up to the largest women's march ever to take place on British soil. It is visiting theatres around Britain from 11 March.

9 March 2016

spotTV: 'Deutschland 83' - spy thriller's capitalist bias

German spy thriller Deutschland 83, currently available on 4OD, is very good entertainment. But it shows a very one-sided view of the standard of living of East German workers.

9 March 2016

spotFilm review: 'Trumbo' - from the red carpet to the blacklist and back again

Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

The movie Trumbo tells the story of the 151 US film industry stars who were blacklisted for alleged communist sympathies. Specifically the 'Hollywood Ten' whose fame and wealth didn't stop them being jailed by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

9 March 2016

spotTake out a May Day greeting!

Support the paper that supports struggle: International Workers' Day is a time when we express solidarity with all parts of the movement. Central to this is approaching fellow trade unionists in your workplace to build support for a May Day greeting.

9 March 2016

spotSolidarity with junior doctors!

As junior doctors in England made preparations for a historic 48-hour strike, the Socialist Party in Swansea held a campaign stall in solidarity and support of their defence of the NHS.

9 March 2016

spotFar right frustrated and embarrassed in Newcastle

The far-right English Defence League demonstrated against refugees in Newcastle. Crowds quickly gathered as Socialist Party members took to the megaphone, putting forward our programme. Petty divisions and hatred were no match for our demands to undertake a mass council house building project, a £10 an hour minimum wage, and nationalisation.

9 March 2016

spotGlasgow council use scare tactics under pressure to fight cuts

Mass pressure is building on Glasgow Labour, who face a choice on 10 March on whether to implement £133 million of cuts. Trade unions are preparing for widespread industrial action and a mass mobilisation of communities against the cuts.

9 March 2016

spotCampaigns round-up

Defending the Calmore Sure Start centre in Southampton, and lobbying Waltham Forest's pro-cuts Labour council in east London.

9 March 2016

spotUnion confirms TTIP will boost EU NHS sell-offs

It's official: TTIP is bad for your health. Recent legal advice commissioned by general union Unite confirms corporate interests could use the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to attack any government taking privatised parts of the NHS back into public ownership.

9 March 2016

spotA chance for the trade unions to lead the EU referendum debate

The majority of trade unions support the idea of a so-called 'social Europe', but have often opposed, at least on paper, the reality of EU policies

10 March 2016

spotObituary: Max Neill, 1966-2016

Socialist Party members in the North West and beyond were saddened to hear of the loss of longstanding comrade, Max Neill, on 29 February.

10 March 2016

spotDoctors out in force for third phase of action

Junior doctors in England have been striking in force again on 9-10 March against a worsening of their contracts

10 March 2016

spot25th anniversary of release of Birmingham Six

Dave Nellist remembers the campaign that led to the release of the Birmingham Six

11 March 2016

spotTrading extension defeated

Retail workers will welcome the defeat of government plans

14 March 2016

spotNHS Bill - anger over Labour 's lack of support

The bill aims to reverse the pro-market measures introduced by successive Tory and New Labour governments

14 March 2016

spotAngry tenants march in London

"Housing Bill, no way - can't pay, will stay!" chanted thousands of angry tenants, housing campaigners and trade unionists on the Kill the Housing Bill demonstration

15 March 2016

spotStriking to save sixth form colleges

Members of the NUT in sixth form colleges are on strike today against funding cuts, mergers and closures

16 March 2016

spotAcademies announcement: Unions must organise to defend education

The government's announcement that all schools in England must become academies is a declaration of war on comprehensive education and national pay and conditions for teachers and support staff

16 March 2016

spotMay Day greetings in the Socialist

International Workers' Day is a time when we express solidarity with all sections of our movement. The Socialist newspaper consistently champions trade union struggle, covering the stories the mainstream

16 March 2016

spotTories cut disabled dignity for tax breaks

Tory chancellor George Osborne plans to cut £1.2 billion from benefits which help disabled people live independently, writes Adrian Picton, Disabled worker.

16 March 2016

spotSprint finish for fighting fund in Nottingham as the quarter enters home straight

Socialist Party member Jean Thorpe in Nottingham has entered a ten kilometre run to raise money for the fighting fund

16 March 2016

spotInvigorating and inspiring South West day school

On 28 February, Plymouth Socialist Party hosted a day school with new members from Truro, St Austell, Exeter and Bristol in attendance, writes Ryan Aldred, Plymouth Socialist Party.

16 March 2016

spotUnions must back junior doctors

Brave junior doctors are an inspiration to us all - now, the trade union movement must come to their support, writes James Ivens.

16 March 2016

spotBernie Sanders' campaign at a crossroads

The anti-big business and pro-worker message of Democratic Party 'socialist' candidate Bernie Sanders continues to resonate strongly among voters in the presidential primaries

16 March 2016

spotDon't give state funds to reactionary Ukip and Tory EU 'outers'

A recent meeting of the PCS civil servants' union national executive committee (NEC) gave a big boost to the campaign under way to stop millions of pounds of public funding being given to Tory and Ukip Brexit campaigners

16 March 2016

spotStrike to fight cuts budget

Tory Chancellor George Osborne is introducing yet more severe spending cuts. Osborne justifies this new savagery because of a faltering economy.

16 March 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

16 March 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

16 March 2016

spotLetters

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

16 March 2016

spotTUSC urges Leeds Council to take action on private rents

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) lobbied the executive board of Leeds City Council on 9 March when it discussed what action to take regarding the growing private rented sector

16 March 2016

spotLiving wage lie: end low pay with £10 an hour now!

A feature on low pay featuring articles by a Tesco worker, a public sector trade unionist and the experiences of a zero-hour contract worker

16 March 2016

spotA day in the life of a painter and decorator

Like the vast majority of tradespeople I am self-employed, bound by a 'zero-hour contract', I have no sick pay, no holiday pay, and no entitlements to rights as a worker. But for the moment I have paid work which will provide for my family. I work every day of the working week and sometimes weekends when necessary.

16 March 2016

spotBig boosts at Northern Socialist Party conference

The Socialist Party northern regional conference acted as a political springboard, giving us a big boost for the tasks ahead, writes Elaine Brunskill, Northern Socialist Party secretary.

16 March 2016

spotFeatured letter: Capitalism says blame yourself

After reading Amalia's article on mental illness (see socialistparty.org.uk, 'Mental health: my battle for the help I needed'), I tried really hard to put my own story down on paper, writes James Collett, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

16 March 2016

spotPent Valley student speaks: Save our school

In my local area we are campaigning to save Pent Valley School from closure (as previously reported in the Socialist). However, Pent Valley is not the only school that needs saving, writes Bethany Smith, sixth form student.

16 March 2016

spotUkip stands right-wing Tories for Welsh Assembly

Ukip has selected right- wing ex-Tories Mark Reckless and Neil Hamilton to head regional lists for the Welsh Assembly elections this year, writes Dave Reid.

16 March 2016

spotJoin the fight against poverty pay and zero-hour contracts!

A change to law in New Zealand has outlawed zero-hour contracts.

17 March 2016

spotBudget 2016: fight for socialist policies to reverse cuts!

Tax gifts for the rich; new economic crisis looming. Few will have expected much from the government in Wednesday's budget to benefit them. Coordinated action can turn this around.

22 March 2016

spotBudget cuts resignation: Tories split - strike now!

Iain Duncan Smith's ministerial resignation has revealed everything that is rotten about the Tories. Now is the time to hit back.

23 March 2016

spotBSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Twenty years ago: The UK's biggest health scandal in living memory was the BSE epidemic known as "mad cow disease".

23 March 2016

spotJunior doctors to escalate strike action

Junior doctors' trade union, the BMA, has vowed to escalate their strike over the imposition of the new, unsafe, unfair contract by Jeremy Hunt and the Tories.

23 March 2016

spotTube drivers shut down Piccadilly Line over bullying

Tube workers in London operating the Piccadilly line are striking for 24 hours on the 23 and 24 March over "bullying, harassment and intimidation".

23 March 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Teachers strike again in Scotland, Lambeth library workers walk out against closures, 250 jobs to go at the Guardian newspaper.

23 March 2016

spotAcademy failed me and other children with disabilities

I felt I had little support from the academy I attended, including an inconsistent level of care which did not meet any of my required needs.

23 March 2016

spotThem & Us - budget special

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Osborne's 2016 them-and-us budget gives billions away to high earners and business, at the expense of millions of workers faced with yet more cuts.

23 March 2016

spotBrussels attacks: don't let the terrorists and racists divide us

The victims, once again, are ordinary people. The workers’ movement needs a collective response to resist terrorism, racism, and government attempts to restrict strikes, demonstrations and political opposition.

23 March 2016

spotLetters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Rape, women and victim blaming; McDonnell boosts Blairite mayor; healthcare insurance headache; errors of the pro-EU left; global economy gripes.

23 March 2016

spotFive years ago: 750,000 march against cuts

Five years ago, on 26 March 2011, the biggest trade union protest in British history took place. The TUC-organised demonstration was the first major show of opposition to the then Con-Dem government.

23 March 2016

spotJoyless recovery

18. The supposed economic recovery of recent years has been joyless for the overwhelming majority. A study by the London School of Economics has shown that real median wages fell by almost 10% from 2008

23 March 2016

spotA different kind of new formation

20. Alongside predicting the crumbling of the establishment parties, last year's document also stated that "the rapid development of new parties" would be on the agenda

23 March 2016

spotCivil war in the Labour Party

24. It is not possible to predict the outcome of the civil war that is taking place within Labour. Jeremy Corbyn was elected on a surge of good will, which he largely still has

23 March 2016

spotRole of trade union leaders

46. Unfortunately, it is not only the majority of the Labour left who see events in terms of clinging on until 2020 but also much of the leadership of the trade union movement

23 March 2016

spotDifferent flashpoints

52. There are a whole series of other issues around which movements could develop. In London and the South, the housing crisis is extremely acute

23 March 2016

spotA new more, unstable era

56. Traditionally the pace of politics in Britain has been drawn-out. The working class, whilst very determined once in action, has also been slow to enter the struggle

23 March 2016

spotEU referendum

As a consequence of the EU referendum, the Tories could split and Cameron could be ejected from power even before a new stage of economic crisis develops

23 March 2016

spotCouncil cuts

40. Partly thanks to our intervention one of the central points of discussion among Corbyn supporters currently is the question of Labour councils and whether they have no choice but to implement cuts.

23 March 2016

spotPerspectives for Britain 2016

1. The speed of political developments in Britain has quickened dramatically. In last year's perspectives document we said: "The weakening of the social base of the major parties, a process that has taken place over decades, is now reaching a tipping point."

23 March 2016

spot"As a carer, I am expected to pick up the slack"

Cuts that destroy vulnerable lives: "The feature 'Mental health - system in crisis' was excellent and highlighted very well the viewpoints of both a mental health worker and a service user. I thought it would good to add to the topic with the impact on carers and families."

23 March 2016

spotAramark workers striking for the living wage

Lively, and at times noisy, strike action hit the NHS in south London on 21 March. It wasn't the junior doctors or the student nurses but the catering, cleaning and 'hostessing' staff at four mental health hospitals in the South London and Maudsley trust.

23 March 2016

spotUniting to defeat John Roan academy plans

The government has declared that it will begin forcing all schools to become academies. This is a huge attack which requires a huge response from the trade unions, teachers, parents and students.

23 March 2016

spotStop academies onslaught

Unions must organise to defend education: A seething anger permeated throughout school staffrooms when the government announced that all schools in England must become academies

23 March 2016

spot'Living wage' lie: fight for £10 now!

On April Fools' Day the Tories will implement the sick joke of a National 'Living' Wage of £7.20 an hour

23 March 2016

spotSocialist Party national congress 2016

A serious, thoughtful, optimistic and lively national congress of the Socialist Party took place on 19-21 March.

24 March 2016

spotOnline now: British Perspectives 2016

1. The speed of political developments in Britain has quickened dramatically. In last year's perspectives document we said: "The weakening of the social base of the major parties, a process that has taken

24 March 2016

spot'No forced academies' demonstrations

On Wednesday 23rd March, Socialist Students and Socialist Party members joined the thousands who marched

24 March 2016

spotGreenwich labour councillors given the red card

Library campaigners in Greenwich red-carded Labour councillors who refused to sign a pledge committing to do all they can to keep libraries open

24 March 2016

spotAbout Socialism 2016

30 March 2016

spotMuseum workers strike to defend pay

PCS members at all seven sites of the National Museum of Wales have taken strike action

30 March 2016

spotNUT to ballot for action over academies

NUT conference voted to ballot for strike action against the government's academy plans

30 March 2016

spotNationalise Tata steel plants!

The NSSN has called a public rally this Saturday, 2nd April 2016 in Port Talbot, to launch a campaign for nationalisation.

30 March 2016

spotWe demand a real living wage

Some workers will be excited for a pay rise in April as the National 'Living' Wage comes into force. But is it really a great deal for workers? Or is it fool's gold?

30 March 2016

spotWhy socialists should vote to leave the EU

Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, answers some common questions about the socialist case for exit

30 March 2016

spotSolidarity with junior doctors

The BMA (British Medical Association) is to escalate strike action in its continued fightback against an unsafe and unfair contract, writes Zoe Brunswick, medical student.

30 March 2016

spotLambeth: Librarians walk out over cuts and privatisation

Librarians in Lambeth, south London, struck on 22 and 23 March against attacks on four of the borough's ten libraries, writes James Ivens.

30 March 2016

spotTube workers' strike shuts Piccadilly Line

Tube workers operating the busy Piccadilly Line shut it down for 24 hours on 23/24 March in their strike against "bullying, harassment and intimidation"

30 March 2016

spotBelgium: Far right attack vigil for Brussels victims

Eyewitness report from members of Linkse Socialistische Partij/Parti Socialiste de Lutte Socialist Party's sister organisation in Belgium

30 March 2016

spotSwansea: Fascist thugs made to look pathetic

One particularly wet and bedraggled looking fascist, his face hidden by hood and scarf, held a banner that said "white pride worldwide", writes Socialist Party reporters.

30 March 2016

spotAll you need is love - and a stall!

"I love the Socialist Party!" exclaimed one young woman who saw our stall in Harrogate on 23 March campaigning in support of the junior doctors, writes Iain Dalton, West/North Yorkshire Socialist Party organiser.

30 March 2016

spotAcademy chain axed in head's pay scandal

The poster boy for the 'academy' system has fallen from grace, in a scandal which exposes the dangers of Tory backdoor privatisation plans, writes Ted Woodley, Birmingham Central Socialist Party.

30 March 2016

spotTeachers and school students march against forced academies

Thousands of teachers marched through London on 23 March against Tory plans to force all schools to become academies. Thousands more marched in other cities across the country, writes Paul Callanan Socialist Party London.

30 March 2016

spotDisabled activists shame tory cutters

Disabled people protested against Tory attacks on our benefits in parliament on 23 March, writes Amalia, disabled worker.

30 March 2016

spot1% worried

Capitalists anxious about anger against inequality are urging reforms to assuage bitter workers

30 March 2016

spotWhat we saw

Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate for London mayor, is not even trying to hide his unreconstructed Blairite politics

30 March 2016

spotFighting the great tax robbery: taxes and regulation or socialist nationalisation?

Tax avoidance has been in the headlines lately, provoking renewed calls to tax the rich and big business

30 March 2016

spotVote against the EU - but no unity with Tories or UKIP

No to EU austerity

No to EU austerity

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has written a formal letter to the Electoral Commission asking them not to give millions of pounds of public resources to Tory and Ukip EU campaigners in June's referendum

30 March 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

30 March 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

30 March 2016

spotLetter: Inadequate academies

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

30 March 2016

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world.

30 March 2016

spotEnter Shikari review: A kaleidoscope of colour

Seeing alternative rock four-piece Enter Shikari in Cardiff turned out to be less a show and more an all-out assault on practically all our senses. And it was awesome!, writes Ronnie Job.

30 March 2016

spotSold down the river by Tata

According to some commentators, the multinational Tata Group has a reputation of being a paternalistic and caring corporation that takes into consideration the wellbeing of its workforce, writes Alec Thraves

30 March 2016

spotKazakhstan: Treatment of political prisoners condemned

On 10 March, MEPs in Strasbourg agreed a condemnation of the Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev regime's treatment of political prisoners

30 March 2016

spotFeatured letter: 'Universal Jobmatch' con: 'Rabbit trail' of recurring, non-existent job ads

'Universal Jobmatch' is a website jobseekers are encouraged to use to find work

31 March 2016

spotCllr Kevin Bennett urges non-imposition of doctors' contract

Warrington Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) councillor Kevin Bennett has called on Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to refuse to impose the government's new forced contract on its junior doctors

31 March 2016

spotTata steel: Act now - fight for nationalisation

The jobs of 15,000 steelworkers directly employed by Tata are on the line. But when all those who depend on the plants are included, three times as many workers could be facing the dole. This is a national emergency that needs emergency measures.

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