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1 March 2017

spotInternational Women's Day

Fighting for liberation and socialism: Women are on the move - against Donald Trump in the US, and attacks on reproductive rights in Ireland and Poland

1 March 2017

spotSouthern Rail strike continues

The RMT Southern Rail guards picket line was out again in force outside Victoria station for the latest strike on 22 February

1 March 2017

spotTeaching assistants continue fight against £6,000 a year pay cut

TAs and support staff are striking at schools across the city

1 March 2017

spotCuts: the fight goes on

The £33 million of cuts in the budget passed by the council are not acceptable to the people of Bristol

1 March 2017

spotWomen's protests and walkouts around the world

#DayWithoutAWoman: The movement against Trump, and in particular the massive 'women's marches' that took place in January, show the potential for a new phase of struggle against sexism

1 March 2017

spotLessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role

1 March 2017

spotFight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers

Even in the heyday of the welfare state, parents of disabled children received little help, understanding or support. The Tories want to drive us back to the days when family care was the norm

1 March 2017

spotTories to dodge rulings against disability benefit cut

Despite two tribunals ruling that the Department for Work and Pensions should expand the reach of the 'personal independence payment' (PIP) disability benefit, the government is bringing emergency legislation to stop it.

1 March 2017

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

Immediately I felt empowered by being a part of something that was striving to stop the council cuts and trying to make a change

1 March 2017

spotHow black women fought racism and sexism at Nasa

Film review: Hidden Figures: Space rockets and the struggle against racism and sexism might seem an odd combination but Hidden Figures definitely pulls it off

1 March 2017

spotDebates on building the anti-Trump movement

There are two rival groupings vying for the leadership of the new potential movement, neither of which offers a clear way forward

1 March 2017

spot"I worked from 9am to 11.30pm with only one break"

A zero-hour contract worker speaks to the Socialist: The number of workers employed on zero-hour contracts is set to rise to over 1 million for the first time

1 March 2017

spotWarehouse workers walk out over pay and pensions

GMB members at Spectrum for Arcadia in Leeds are on strike over pay

1 March 2017

spotFord workers demand answers to Bridgend plant sourcing questions

Ford workers in Bridgend, south Wales, want answers to the lack of sourcing which is putting the whole future of the Bridgend engine plant in doubt

1 March 2017

spotHearing into alleged rule-breaking by Unison ends

The hearing into rule breaking by public sector union Unison during the 2015 general secretary election ended on 22 February

1 March 2017

spotMay Day greetings in the Socialist

Help fund the best workers' newspaper in England and Wales by placing a May Day greeting in the Socialist

1 March 2017

spotYork University: socialists prevent far-right hate speech

This event is an example of why it's always important to contest the presence of the far right: especially when they threaten to spread hate on university campuses

1 March 2017

spotSocialist Party Wales conference report

A combative mood was expressed throughout a well-attended Socialist Party Wales 2017 conference

1 March 2017

spotNorthern region Socialist Party conference

Our Northern regional conference set the tone for our work in the next period

1 March 2017

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Worse-off women; farm fiends; Trotsky and Poland.

1 March 2017

spotThere is an alternative, Mr Biggs

Just before Women's Day, Tower Hamlets council voted for cuts in children's and youth services

2 March 2017

spotHands Off the Post Office

LAST WEEK, following an initiative by Socialist Party councillors, Coventry city council unanimously voted to oppose post office privatisation, writes Rob Windsor, Coventry Socialist Party councillor.

2 March 2017

spotBus drivers' strike: Huge anger at bosses' attacks

Over 400 bus drivers at the Oxford Bus Company, owned by Go Ahead, have started strike action in a dispute over pay and attacks on terms and conditions.

2 March 2017

spot'Anti-union law' charges against trees protesters dropped

Prosecution of two protesters became "not in the public interest".

5 March 2017

spotDemo shows battle to save the NHS can be won

For hours they poured off coaches and out of Euston and other stations as over 100,000 people - some estimates were as high as 250,000 - streamed to London in order to march in defence of the NHS. Stop STPs 'slashing, trashing and privatising our NHS' was repeatedly chanted by the predominantly working-class marchers and from the platform.

7 March 2017

spotNorth Ayrshire Labour council: No-cuts budget?

North Ayrshire Labour-run council has claimed it has implemented a "no cuts budget" for 2017/18.

8 March 2017

spotSheffielders call for a no-cuts 'people's budget'

Around 40 local trade unionists and community campaigners discussed proposals for a no-cuts 'people's budget' ahead of Sheffield council's budget-setting meeting.

8 March 2017

spotWhy I joined: "In those 16 pages of the Socialist I found more sense and integrity than in the mainstream media"

I have read the Socialist paper occasionally over the years and chanced upon Socialist Party members selling it locally one weekend. In those 16 pages I found more sense, integrity and genuine class pride than in months of propaganda and spin from the mainstream media.

8 March 2017

spotWhy I joined: "I began to feel really exploited and to think about why"

I first heard about socialism from my mum when I was about 7 or 8. I remember being in the car and she had a Billy Bragg album playing. The Red Flag was on it and I asked her what it was about and what it meant and she sort of explained what socialism was.

8 March 2017

spotWhy I joined: "I am a Labour Party member and I recently decided to join the Socialist Party"

I joined the Labour Party as a school leaver in 1981 but by the mid-80s I left, completely disillusioned, and became politically inactive. Then, during the 2016 Labour leadership election, I felt enthused by Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity policies and the possibility that at last the Labour Party had a chance of defeating the Tories and their vicious cuts.

8 March 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Bromley library victory, academy opposition in Camden and a Liverpool dockers strike.

8 March 2017

spotOne million workers on zero-hour contracts

Fight for secure jobs for all: 910,000 workers in Britain are on zero-hour contracts - a six-fold increase since 2008 - according to analysis by the Resolution Foundation think-tank.

8 March 2017

spotWhy I joined: "I hope that more and more people are going to join the Socialist Party and the fight to end inequality"

I think the simplest answer to why I joined the Socialist Party is that I saw inequality and wanted to help. I admit though that it was not simple to recognise this inequality, and for a long time I refused to acknowledge it even existed.

8 March 2017

spotGreater Manchester: patients are people not guinea pigs!

Manchester Keep Our NHS Public has responded to a report in the Financial Times that "local [NHS] leaders are offering leading drugmakers, including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Novartis, access to Greater Manchester's sophisticated electronic patient record to test the real-world outcomes of their drugs".

8 March 2017

spotBradford: Anti-cuts lobby against poor-bashing budget

Bradford Socialist Party members were in attendance along with other activists at the lobby of the council on 23 February outside Bradford city hall. Some Labour councillors came and talked to us as we attempted to persuade them to set a no-cuts budget.

8 March 2017

spotMary Creagh should resign not remain

Hundreds of signatures have been collected by Wakefield Socialist Party and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition members calling for the resignation of Wakefield's Labour MP Mary Creagh.

8 March 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Copeland byelection, benefits, India and pensions.

8 March 2017

spotBuild a movement to defeat Trump!

Bigoted, misogynist billionaire US president Donald Trump has reinstated his discriminatory travel ban on six majority Muslim countries and suspending the US refugee assistance programme.

8 March 2017

spotLeaked document threatens jobs and conditions at Ford Bridgend

Ford workers' warnings of a rundown of the Bridgend plant have unfortunately proved correct. Ford has leaked documents indicating the rundown of the plant over the next four years. The document projects the loss of 1,160 workers.

8 March 2017

spotEHRC workers walk out

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) workers took another day of strike action on 1 March after the disgraceful sacking of ten of their colleagues by email last month. The PCS and Unite unions are now demanding the reinstatement of these workers.

8 March 2017

spotDeliveroo cedes ground in Brighton dispute

Deliveroo has ceded ground to its workers in Brighton by imposing a recruitment freeze so that existing cyclists and scooter riders don't see their hours diminish further. This is in the face of pressure exerted by the strike of 14 February and a petition signed by over 20,000 people.

8 March 2017

spotFight the cuts: Demand no-cuts council budgets

In tandem with the attacks on the NHS is the ongoing savagery of council cuts. Only some six Labour councillors nationally in Labour-run councils have carried out their historic duty to vote against cuts - and have been suspended by the Blairites for their stand.

8 March 2017

spotSecond front in battle over driver-only operation opens on Northern Rail

Northern Rail train guards have voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of strike action against the introduction of driver-only operation (DOO). Our first strike date is 13 March and is planned to coincide with our striking brothers and sisters on Southern and Merseyrail.

8 March 2017

spotMillions protest - now join the Socialist Party to fight to change the world

It's only March and already 2017 has been dominated by protests. Millions of people have taken to the streets against the establishment and the status quo.

8 March 2017

spotHistoric demonstration in Barcelona in support of refugees

On 18 February, Barcelona held the biggest demonstration in Europe in support of refugees under the slogan "Volem acollir" (we want to welcome them).

8 March 2017

spotStruggling to care against a backcloth of cuts

The following is an account of years of struggle by parents of a disabled child to secure the proper resources to meet their daughter's needs. A situation made more difficult by draconian cuts in funding local services.

8 March 2017

spot1987 Zeebrugge disaster

Thirty years ago, 193 passengers and crew drowned off the coast of Belgium after P&O's Herald of Free Enterprise car ferry capsized. One of the dead was seafarer and Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) supporter Geoff Haney.

8 March 2017

spotMPs take £1k raise

Put MPs on workers' wages: 18% worse off. The Institute for Fiscal Studies calculates that UK households will have living standards 18% lower by 2021 than they would have been had the economic crisis never happened.

8 March 2017

spotAristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

There's a byelection coming up on 21 March. There are 27 candidates, all hereditary peers, all men, and all very rich.

8 March 2017

spotTUSC supports Irish MPs' call on Corbyn

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has added its support to an appeal to Jeremy Corbyn by socialist members of the Irish parliament (TDs).

8 March 2017

spotSupport Jobstown defendants

The campaign has gained the backing of Len McCluskey

9 March 2017

spotTory budget - dull but nasty

Chancellor Phillip Hamond's first budget continues a relentless pursuit of austerity that is causing misery to millions of working class people

9 March 2017

spotInternational Women's Day

CWI members and co-thinkers worldwide celebrated and protested

14 March 2017

spotState surveillance of unions: PCS assistant head demands inquiry

Secret government files released under the 30-year rule show that Margaret Thatcher's government directly meddled in the internal affairs of civil servants' union CPSA, the predecessor of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.

15 March 2017

spotWomen's struggles reduced to perfume sales and career ladder

Writing at socialistworld.net, Clare Doyle pointed out that "only in a few countries - Pakistan and Turkey among them - have demonstrations regularly taken place on International Women's Day."

15 March 2017

spotNHS: strikes and protests can stop cuts

The NHS, our vital public health service, is under relentless attack. The latest spending cuts in England - £22 billion under the Tory government's misnamed 'sustainability and transformation plans' (STPs) - will mean further A&E and ward closures, fewer GPs and unfilled staff posts.

15 March 2017

spotGlenfield heart unit: "Children will die" angry parents tell NHS England

"Can you imagine how we feel knowing that our precious daughter could have to travel for hours in an emergency situation to get to life saving surgery when she may not have hours? If you go ahead with your proposal children will die, it's a simple as that. How can that ever be an acceptable outcome?"

15 March 2017

spotScotland 'indyref2' for socialist independence not the capitalist EU

The Scottish parliament will vote next week in favour of triggering a second independence referendum. With a pro-independence majority in the parliament, the vote itself is a formality.

15 March 2017

spotDerby teaching assistants' all-out strike against Labour council

Teaching assistants and school support staff in Derby are now on all-out strike against massive pay cuts imposed by the Labour-led city council. In a recent survey 74% of Derby people said they supported the action by these workers.

15 March 2017

spotUnison HE conference: Delegates give the bureaucracy a lesson in democracy

Unison delegates to the higher education conference on 2 March reminded the service group executive (SGE) who's in charge by defeating them on a number of questions.

15 March 2017

spotFight racism and austerity

Trump's vile racist ban on people travelling to the US from six Muslim-majority countries and his ban on refugees has been met with a mighty movement of opposition from US workers and young people.

15 March 2017

spotInternational Women's Day: taking action against capitalist oppression

International Women's Day (8 March) was celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), including the Socialist Party in England and Wales.

15 March 2017

spotDisabled workers deserve a living wage

Rosa Monckton, one of the trustees of Team Domenica, a 'charity' which claims to help disabled people get into work, has said that businesses should be allowed to pay disabled people less than the minimum wage.

15 March 2017

spot'Nurses are angry and we are ready for action'

Up to 250,000 people descended on London to defend the NHS on 4 March. This was an overwhelming show of solidarity for healthcare workers across the UK, struggling daily under the weight of staff shortages and underfunding.

15 March 2017

spotSocialist Party Congress 2017 reports

The Socialist Party's national congress 2017 took was attended by delegates and visitors from Socialist Party branches all over England and Wales, as well as international guests

15 March 2017

spotWorkers on three rail networks strike

The Southern Rail dispute has spread to Northern Rail and Merseyrail

15 March 2017

spotTUSC: SWP suspends participation in England/Wales

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has announced that it is suspending its participation in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in England and Wales.

15 March 2017

spotIndyref 2: SNP fire the starting gun

The Scottish parliament will vote next week in favour of triggering a second independence referendum

17 March 2017

spotConsequences of Brexit vote

8. In the 2016 British Perspectives document we stated: "It is possible that the EU referendum could become a means by which many workers express their rage at continued austerity and wage restraint

17 March 2017

spotRight populism

15. Many on the left discount the disarray of the capitalist class, or, even if they recognise it, insist that the only gainers from it can be right wing populism, racism and nationalism. This despair

17 March 2017

spotConsciousness

20. There is no period of history that corresponds exactly to the times we are living through. As we have described many times before the economic crisis which began in 2008, and from which capitalism

17 March 2017

spotPerspectives for the two parties in one

24. The current situation in the Labour Party - two parties within one - cannot continue indefinitely. The attempt of the representatives of capitalism to depose Corbyn in the immediate aftermath of the

17 March 2017

spotThe need for a party that is against cuts in words and deeds

35. The retreats by Corbyn have immediate and practical consequences on the lives of millions. In particular, it has meant, up until now, that Labour councils are continuing to implement brutal austerity

17 March 2017

spotWales

41. In Wales Labour faces some serious defeats in the council elections this year. In the Assembly elections it held on to 29 seats - enough to keep control with a Lib Dem minister - but this masked a

17 March 2017

spotSocialist Party's role

44. It is our role to fight for every step forward for the workers' movement. The battle inside the Labour Party is one front in the struggle, but it is not the only or ultimately the most important one

17 March 2017

spotPerspectives for Britain 2017

1. Britain in 2017 is crisis-ridden and unpredictable. The reasons for the increased instability are, at root, the consequences of the capitalist crisis, including the hollowing out of support for all

17 March 2017

spotFujitsu picket line in Wakefield

Workers at Fujitsu Wakefield took part in their second day of strike action as part of the ongoing national dispute at Fujitsu over job security, pensions, the living wage and union recognition

20 March 2017

spotMarch against racism: Refugee Rights has lively bloc

Thousands took to the streets to oppose racism and resist Trump

21 March 2017

spotCPSA to PCS: Fighting the 'Moderates' and building a fighting union

Socialists like John Macreadie worked to build a fighting campaigning civil service trade union

21 March 2017

spotLeeds: Foundation workers strike back

With a sea of fluttering flags, around 50 striking workers at third sector company Foundation, that provides support to vulnerable adults, made themselves unmissable as TV cameras broadcast coverage of their dispute

21 March 2017

spotFighting Fund

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22 March 2017

spotBattle steps up in general secretary election

Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson was on Radio 4 attacking Len McCluskey

22 March 2017

spotTories scrap housing benefit for under-21s

A new rule change will end housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds from next month. Reverse all benefit cuts - fight for mass building of council homes now!

22 March 2017

spotFight Tory attacks on women and children

Four million kids in poverty, single parents to lose £2,850, and a paltry £5 million to help mothers back into work

22 March 2017

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Billionaires v zero-hour workers; massive inheritances v paupers' funerals; house prices v wages; butlers v British Library.

22 March 2017

spotSend in your sales of the socialist

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22 March 2017

spotTory splits brought to the surface - Corbyn must go on the attack

Brexit, Scotland referendum, schools, National Insurance ... The Tories are in crisis. Corbyn must lead a fight against the government and the Blairites.

22 March 2017

spotJobstown Not Guilty: defend the right to protest

The Irish state plans to try 18 peaceful protesters for 'false imprisonment' of Labour former deputy premier Joan Burton - add your name to the opposition!

22 March 2017

spotNetherlands: Heavy defeat for austerity government

Build a mass workers' party that fights for socialism: The most important feature of the elections is the colossal defeat for the outgoing austerity coalition government of the Liberal Party and the Labour Party

22 March 2017

spotMerseyrail guard found not guilty of "endangering safety"

Martin Zee, a train guard working for Merseyrail, has been found not guilty of "endangering safety by wilful omission"

22 March 2017

spotEnd the seven-year public sector pay cap!

If the pay cap continues to the end of the decade, average civil service pay will fall in value by more than 20%

22 March 2017

spotDerby TAs' strike suspended after new offer

Following a new offer from Labour-led Derby council, public sector union Unison has now suspended the all-out strike action by teaching assistants and school support staff

22 March 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Subway poverty pay; prison officers' tribunal victory; Deliveroo Leeds demo; Forest Hill School strike.

22 March 2017

spotWe'll fight to save our NHS!

I am struggling to believe how far the NHS has been run down over the past ten years, due to government spending cuts and costly privatisation measures

22 March 2017

spotJoin the march against NHS cuts and privatisation in Cumbria

The background to the misnamed 'success regimes' in Cumbria - in reality closure of beds, hospitals and services - is creeping NHS privatisation, cuts, increased workload and pay freezes

22 March 2017

spotBattle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service

Battle Hill walk-in centre in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, is one of two walk-ins the clinical commissioning group chair and Richard Branson-admirer Dr John Matthews has slated for closure, following a sham consultation

22 March 2017

spotEast London demonstration against A&E closure

Several hundred demonstrators, including health workers, marched through Ilford on 18 March to stop the closure of the nearby King George hospital A&E department

22 March 2017

spot"After seeing the branch's effect in the community, I decided to join"

Why I joined the Socialist Party: At first I was sceptical of the Socialist Party, and went to a meeting after gentle persuasion from a friend. But I was shocked and humbled, after meeting a group of people who gave up their spare time organising the working class

22 March 2017

spot'I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people'

Reader's comment: I'm still here, I'm still fighting for what I rightfully deserve. And I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people all over the country. We're not on the news separated from you, we're among you

22 March 2017

spotPrecise, visceral account of working class heroism

Non-fiction review - 'Spain in our hearts': Left-leaning academic Adam Hochschild's remarkable latest work collects the visceral stories of Americans and Canadians who fought fascism as part of the 'International Brigades' in Spain's 1936-9 civil war

22 March 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Health cuts kill; 'Jam' man - white van man; getting rid of 'green crap'; fighting cuts is no 'failure'; feminist film, BT scandal, bosses' Brexit?

22 March 2017

spotNorthern Ireland: divisive election a warning

The sectarian nature of the election - as well as the perceived pressure on voters to vote 'tactically' given a reduction in the number of seats - in general served to knock back forces seen as challenging the establishment from the left

22 March 2017

spotYemen: families left to starve by multinationals

The war in Yemen has not only destroyed the lives of civilians but created a landscape where multinational corporations can more easily behave like gangsters in robbing their workers. This includes the French energy giant Total and British security company G4S.

22 March 2017

spotAslef offer: unity needed with the RMT

Members of train drivers' union Aslef on Southern Rail are being balloted for a second time on an offer from the company to resolve the dispute over driver-only operation of trains (DOO)

22 March 2017

spotBiggest ever protest by Orgreave campaigners

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign held its biggest and noisiest demonstration yet in protest at Home Secretary Amber Rudd's decision not to hold a public inquiry

22 March 2017

spotSalford: International Women's Day meeting

On International Women's Day, Salford Socialist Party hosted a well-attended public meeting with some interesting debates

22 March 2017

spotLivingstone's smear of Militant

Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has accused Militant, now the Socialist Party, of bigoted political positions. Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell demands the right to reply

23 March 2017

spotJobstown Not Guilty: pics of London protest

The court case begins soon of anti-water charge protesters in Dublin

24 March 2017

spotDoncaster: snap strike by posties pushes bully bosses back

"Yesterday we were under their spell, today they're under ours"

24 March 2017

spotObituary: Brenda Proctor 1950-2017

Brenda played a heroic role in building the miners' wives support group at Florence pit

24 March 2017

spotFujitsu strikes: Manchester and Warrington

Workers at Fujitsu were on strike again today across the country in their fight against job losses and pay cuts

27 March 2017

spotUnite against terror, racism and war

A wave of shock followed yet another horrific terrorist attack. This time in the centre of London, Wednesday's mowing down of people using a vehicle comes after atrocities in Berlin and Nice

29 March 2017

spotFerrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Construction workers protested outside Ferrybridge power station, Yorkshire on 29 March.

29 March 2017

spotBelarus: movement developing against regime

Riot police viciously attacked anti-government protesters in Minsk and other cities across Belarus on 25 March

29 March 2017

spotPrescription and dental charges to rise again - fight for a free NHS!

From April 2017 NHS charges for prescriptions and dental treatment in England are set to rise yet again, writes Bea Gardner, Southampton Socialist Party.

29 March 2017

spotMartin McGuinness: from IRA leader to Stormont minister

The funeral of Martin McGuinness, Irish republican and former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive, took place on 23 March

29 March 2017

spotBallot papers go out in Unite elections

As ballot papers go out in the Unite general secretary and executive elections, the Blairite challenger to Len McCluskey, Gerard Coyne, has shown his true colours

29 March 2017

spotApril 1917: how the Bolsheviks reorientated

Lenin's arrival from exile on 3 April 1917 turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history.

29 March 2017

spotNHS: protest, strike, occupy to win!

"Whose NHS? OUR NHS!" It belongs to us, and we won't let them take it away. A massive, TUC-organised demo and coordinated strikes by health workers could stop the Tories in their tracks.

29 March 2017

spotTop banks post 67% of profits in tax havens - nationalise the banks!

Between them, HSBC, Barclays, RBS, Lloyds, and Standard Chartered reported profits of £9 billion in tax havens - a massive 67% of their total.

29 March 2017

spotHomelessness agencies accused of being complicit in coercive deportations

Homelessness agencies, including St Mungos, are identified as complicit in immigration raids and a process that results in some of London's most vulnerable people "disappearing into a nightmare of indefinite detention and deportation."

29 March 2017

spotLeeds Labour councillors resign over cuts

As Leeds Labour Council geared up to pass its latest budget cuts of £75.3 million, the cracks that had been appearing in the Labour group over the last few months finally resulted in a split.

29 March 2017

spotTimes makes call for Tory entryism

A senior Tory speechwriter has openly called for Conservatives to infiltrate Labour to undermine the left.

29 March 2017

spotJoin the 31 March PCS pay protest

PCS, is calling on members to turn 31 March into a day of protest against the pay cap

29 March 2017

spotBridgend Ford overtime stoppage in sourcing dispute

Bridgend Ford workers have sent a huge statement of intent to Ford by not being available for overtime. They are telling Ford: come to the table and commit to sourcing that makes the plant viable for all those who want to work in it, or there will be action.

29 March 2017

spotForest Hill school in Lewisham fights back

National Union of Teachers members had their first day of strike action on 21 March. As one picket line banner read, it's 'not our deficit'. Why should students and staff suffer?

29 March 2017

spotDispute against backdoor privatisation of mental health services

Jobs and services are at risk in a London mental health trust as a result of a planned restricting of a psychological therapies service

29 March 2017

spotDeliveroo victory in Leeds

Deliveroo riders in Leeds are celebrating the reinstatement of two riders who were sacked and the reinstatement of the regular hours of five other riders

29 March 2017

spotNo to racist scapegoating: oppose the far right

In the wake of the horrific Westminster terrorist attack, far-right groups are attempting to divide communities by stepping up their scapegoating of Muslims.

29 March 2017

spotTUSC backs RMT struggle against Merseyrail

Merseyside Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) deplores the refusal of Labour-run Merseyrail to engage in constructive negotiations with the RMT and we continue to offer our full support to the union

29 March 2017

spotUniversal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

The roll-out of the 'Universal Credit' benefits system seems to be making an already desperate social housing situation a whole lot worse

29 March 2017

spotSave Cardiff's live music venues

Cardiff council has cut essential public services and facilities, and attacked other cultural institutions such as the library. Now it is coming for our fun as well

29 March 2017

spotWomen need secure jobs and equal pay, not patronising 'returnships'

The Tory government has announced £5 million of investment in 'returnships': internships targeted at women who left work to raise a family

29 March 2017

spotWhy I Joined: "I joined Socialist Party to campaign to save the NHS"

I was first attracted to the Socialist Party by the ongoing campaign to save the NHS

29 March 2017

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors: Bedroom tax trap, mansions v evictions, Tory terror hypocrisy, thanks to the Socialists.

29 March 2017

spotOver 1,000 march with TAs against 23% pay cut

"What do we want? Fair pay!"

29 March 2017

spotSouth Africa: Unity against poverty, crime and xenophobia

Over recent months a new wave of xenophobic violence has threatened to engulf South Africa.

29 March 2017

spotJobstown Not Guilty: defend the right to protest

An international day of solidarity with the 'Jobstown Not Guilty' campaign took place on 23 March with protests organised by the Committee for a Workers' International in dozens of cities around the world

29 March 2017

spotAngry march against Bradford council-approved incinerator

If this site is built we can expect a 180-foot-tall stack and toxic smoke covering the district. Around 60 wagons a day are expected to add to the pollution

29 March 2017

spotGMB union should support anti-fracking campaigners in Fylde

The GMB union has issued a joint statement with the Chamber of Commerce calling on police to crack down on anti-fracking protesters in Fylde, Lancashire, where Cuadrilla is currently drilling for shale gas

29 March 2017

spot"Save our Nurseries", Tower Hamlets campaigners tell the council

"Save our Nurseries!" This was the chant of local campaigners, mostly women and mothers, who lobbied a full council meeting in Tower Hamlets town hall, east London

29 March 2017

spotSouth Yorkshire Freedom Riders celebrate three years of fighting

By demonstrating and organising mass 'freedom rides' on trains and refusing to pay, we have won free travel for the disabled and half fare for pensioners

29 March 2017

spotMemorial meeting remembers Bernard Roome

Speakers brought Bernard's history in the socialist, labour and trade union movement to life with emotional and inspiring speeches and contributions

29 March 2017

spotSave Plymouth's libraries!

To show our opposition to the planned closure of ten of Plymouth's 17 libraries, Socialist Party members will join community campaigners in attending the last in a series of consultation meetings

29 March 2017

spotMay Day greetings in the Socialist

Discount for advanced payment coming up fast - pay by 5pm on Friday 31 March for 25% off! Help fund the best workers' newspaper in England and Wales by placing a May Day greeting in the Socialist

30 March 2017

spotVideo: Jobstown not guilty! Irish Socialist TD Paul Murphy speaks

Outside the Criminal Court (CCJ) this morning

30 March 2017

spotTUSC contests Liverpool City Region mayor election

Merseyside TUSC is fielding Roger Bannister for the regional mayoral election

31 March 2017

spotHackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike

Labour authorities often claim that their cuts are kinder than the Tories'. But what could be worse than Hackney Labour council trying to slash in half the small but vital Early Years part of the the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team?

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