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1 May 2010

spotWorkers' unity across Europe to resist the attacks! "We will not pay for the bosses' crisis"!

Greek workers demonstrate

Greek workers demonstrate

Statement of GUE/NGL (United Left) group in the European parliament in solidarity with Greek and all European workers. The initiative for the statement was taken by Joe Higgins, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) MEP.

5 May 2010

spotWorkers celebrate May Day: Marching together against the bosses' attacks

London May Day demonstration, photo Jules Mattsson

London May Day demonstration, photo Jules Mattsson

IN MANY countries around the world, socialists and trade unionists marched to celebrate international workers' day on 1 May. This year in particular, in the teeth of attacks by capitalists on jobs, wages and public services, international working class solidarity is a vital necessity.

5 May 2010

spotGulf of Mexico oil spill disaster: Stop the polluters!

Oil slick (right) from the Deepwater Horizon disaster heads towards the US Mississippi Delta coastline (left) , photo NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team

Oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon disaster (right)

AN ENVIRONMENTAL catastrophe threatens the US coastline surrounding the Gulf of Mexico following an explosion and sinking of the BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig on 20 April.
As 240,000 gallons of oil each day gushes out of the destroyed oil well and with no immediate prospect of capping three major leaks, then the environmental and economic effects in the region will be severe and long lasting...

5 May 2010

spotSwansea Trade Union Council anti-cuts demo

Up to 200 trade unionists, young people and community campaigners marched in Swansea today against the Lib Dem councils cuts...

5 May 2010

spotEDL racists challenged in Aylesbury

ON 1 May the racist and hooligan English Defence League (EDL) organised a national demonstration in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, writes Socialist Party reporters.

5 May 2010

spotAngry Jarvis workers protest

In a deafening protest, hundreds of Jarvis workers demanded justice outside the headquarters of Network Rail on 28 April. In total 1,200 Jarvis workers have been thrown out on the coals, writes Hannah Sell.

5 May 2010

spotIn brief

Celanese Derby: After just three years of ownership, Celanese Corporation have announced the total closure of their plant at Spondon, finishing the last 464 jobs of a once 20,000 strong Derby workforce, writes Graham Lewis, Long Eaton trades council, personal capacity.

5 May 2010

spotBring the killers of Blair Peach to face justice

ON 23 April 1979, Blair Peach, an anti-fascist activist, died after he was struck on the head by a truncheon wielding policeman from the Special Patrol Group...

5 May 2010

spotSocialist activist starts hunger strike

A LAW court in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has sentenced Ainur Kurmanov, leader of Socialist Resistance Kazakhstan (the Socialist Party's counterpart in Kazakhstan), to 14 days in jail...

5 May 2010

spotHigher education students and staff: Get ready to fight after the election

In the so-called education debate during the election campaign the only thing that was clear is that none of the three main parties stands for university education as a right for all...

5 May 2010

spotFinance a socialist future!

BELIEVE IT or not, the obscene wealth of the rich according to the Sunday Times Rich List increased in the last year, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

5 May 2010

spotPatronising and arrogant: Lib Dems and Tories show true colours

As a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in the Higham Hill ward in Waltham Forest in north east London, I participated in an informal 'information afternoon' organised by the local Mencap centre on 22 April, writes Senan.

5 May 2010

spotEurozone hit by debt crises

Greek workers battle police during two day strike , photo BBC video screen shot

Greek workers battle police during two day strike , photo BBC video screen shot

Turmoil reveals limits of European integration: The countries that adopted the euro are facing the most precarious situation for their currency union since they started using the euro in 2002...

5 May 2010

spotTower Hamlets mayoral referendum

Comment: Would having an 'executive Mayor' be more democratic than the way Tower Hamlets council is run at the moment...

5 May 2010

spotHuddersfield University: Everything for sale

Not content with taking thousands of pounds a year off us already, Huddersfield University is charging £15 a ticket to attend its graduation ceremony and £10 to watch the ceremony via a video link, writes Sam Bell, Huddersfield Socialist Students.

5 May 2010

spotPrepare for battle

PCS workers on strike, photo Paul Mattsson

Fight the devastation of jobs and services: In the last days of the general election campaign the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) tried to provoke the 'big three' parties into breaking their silence and coming clean on the 'savage cuts' of £55 billion on average that they all intend to make. The IFS estimates that the cuts could be the worst since the Second World War.

7 May 2010

spotElectoral deadlock: all capitalist parties 'losers'

PCS banner - Official Dispute, photo Andrew McCoy

Battles against cuts expected sooner or later

In the issue of The Socialist published immediately before the general election, we wrote: "The British electoral system - famed throughout the world for ensuring 'stability' - now acts like a slot machine with the outcome highly uncertain." writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

7 May 2010

spotElection results: TUSC stands for socialism, prepares for battles ahead

TUSC logo

May 2010 will probably be remembered by history not for the British general election, but as the start of a heroic mass struggle of the Greek working class.

This is a fight to defend their living conditions against the savage onslaught of capitalism. The Greek working class showed their defiance with a gigantic general strike and the biggest demonstrations since the overthrow of the military dictatorship in 1974.

10 May 2010

spotElection results in Swansea West put down a marker for the future

As expected, our TUSC result in Swansea West followed a national pattern of being squeezed by the main parties...

10 May 2010

spotCoventry: strong socialist support

On 6 May 2,653 Coventry people voted Socialist in the general election and over 4,400 in Coventry's council elections.
Coming just before the three establishment parties plan to raise our taxes and assault our wages, pensions and services, this represents a solid platform from which socialist support can advance.
Dave Griffiths, West Midlands Socialist Party, analyses the election results in Coventry.

12 May 2010

spotElection deadlock

This article by Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party was written on the day after the general election...

12 May 2010

spotSwansea: Potential new members

As expected, our Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition result in Swansea West followed a national pattern of being squeezed by the main parties, writes Swansea Socialist Party.

12 May 2010

spotTrade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) general election results

Region Seat Candidate Result % 2005:

12 May 2010

spotVote Roger Bannister

Ballot papers will be going out soon in the election for Unison general secretary. Nearly 1.4 million workers in local councils, the health service, police, fire service, voluntary sector, universities,...

12 May 2010

spotEx-Jarvis workers protest in Leeds

Around 100 former Jarvis workers and supporters attended a protest outside Jarvis administrator's Deloitte's headquarters in Leeds on 7 May, writes Iain Dalton.

12 May 2010

spotLecturers' union strike demo

A number of branches of the University and College Union (UCU) took strike action on Wednesday 5 May, and many others held protests, writes Judy Beishon.

12 May 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network conference

The post election horse-trading has revealed that all three main parties see "reducing the deficit" as a priority...

12 May 2010

spotFight the repression of workers in Kazakhstan

Two members of Socialist Resistance, the Socialist Party's sister organisation in Kazakhstan, Ainur Kurmanov and Esen Ukteshbaev, were released from detention on 12 and 10 May respectively, writes CWI reporters.

12 May 2010

spotGateshead housing protest

A LIVELY protest took to the streets of the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead. The demonstrators' chants of "What do we want? Decent homes! When do we want them? Now!" was loud and clear, writes Elaine Brunskill.

12 May 2010

spotPCS courts victory

THE PUBLIC and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union has won a major legal victory against the government on their plans to rip up members' contracts under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS)...

12 May 2010

spotGulf of Mexico disaster: nationalise the oil giants

Gulf of Mexico oil spill spirals towards New Orleans, photo NASA Earth Observatory image

Gulf of Mexico oil spill spirals towards New Orleans, photo NASA Earth Observatory image

AFTER THE explosion which sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, causing eleven deaths and threatening an environmental catastrophe, many people must be wondering what is to be done with the oil companies - not least the relatives of the workers killed in the explosion, writes Pete Mason.

12 May 2010

spotCoventry elections: Strong socialist support

On 6 May, 2,653 Coventry people voted socialist in the general election and over 4,400 in the council elections, writes Dave Griffiths, West Midlands Socialist Party secretary.

12 May 2010

spotScotland: Meetings show enthusiasm for socialism

All four areas where CWI members stood as Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (STUSC) candidates have reported a friendly and sympathetic response to the central theme of our campaign; no cuts in public services, public ownership not privatisation, and that the bankers and bosses should...

12 May 2010

spotHuddersfield elections: Forging a socialist campaigning tradition

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

In 2006, Jackie Grunsell was elected as a councillor with a big majority following a high profile campaign to stop NHS cuts in Huddersfield, writes Mike Forster.

12 May 2010

spotAnti-Tory mood dominated in Stoke during 2010 election

"Tonight I thought I was coming to an academic debate about the miners' strike. I didn't realise the burning hatred that is still felt in this area for what Thatcher and the Tories did". These were...

12 May 2010

spotSpelthorne campaign during the 2010 general election

In Spelthorne we got 176 votes, but you could hear a pin drop when I warned the mainstream parties of the links we have built with local trade unionists who will fight the cuts to come, writes Paul Couchman, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

12 May 2010

spotGeneral election 2010: TUSC results and the need for working class representation

BESIDE THE events in Greece the general election in Britain seems a mundane affair. Nonetheless, it opens up a period of instability which will, at a certain stage, lead to 'Greece coming to Britain'...

12 May 2010

spotDefend the public sector

PCS strike placard

PCS strike placard

The general election has produced a hung parliament. One thing is clear, whoever forms the government has no mandate to carry out the savage spending cuts planned by all the establishment political parties, writes John McInally, national vice-president Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), personal capacity.

12 May 2010

spotObituary - Peter Hadden, 1950 - 2010

Peter Hadden, 1950-2010, photo by Paul Mattsson

Peter Hadden, 1950-2010, photo by Paul Mattsson

A lifelong socialist activist in Ireland and internationally

LIFELONG SOCIALIST activist Peter Hadden, the Northern secretary of the Socialist Party (CWI) in Ireland, died on 5 May.
Peter was a longstanding member of the International Executive Committee (IEC) of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

12 May 2010

spotLewisham elections: socialists will be at forefront of struggle

Ian Page, Chris Flood and Jess Leech won our best votes ever in the council elections for the Telegraph Hill ward of Lewisham, south London, writes Chris Newby, London Socialist Party.

12 May 2010

spotSupport the British Airways strikers

British Airways cabin crew are set to take 20 days of strike action starting on 18 May. The strikes will be in four blocks of five days with one day 'breathers' in between. In an online poll 81% of union...

12 May 2010

spotGreece: the struggle must continue and intensify

The dramatic events of Greece in the days before the election, with workers in an immense general strike besieging the Greek parliament, must also have exercised a powerful effect on the outlook of many British workers., photo BBC video screen shot

The dramatic events of Greece in the days before the election, with workers in an immense general strike besieging the Greek parliament, must also have exercised a powerful effect on the outlook of many British workers., photo BBC video screen shot

ON THURSDAY 5 May, workers across Greece took part in a huge general strike in angry opposition to a new austerity cuts package. Press statement issued by Xekinima (the Socialist Party's counterpart in Greece)...

12 May 2010

spotMPs and party leaders haggling over their jobs... preparing to cut ours!

Jobs not dole, photo Paul Mattsson

Jobs not dole, photo Paul Mattsson

In the general election, none of the three main parties managed to get the votes of even a quarter of the total number of people registered to vote, writes Judy Beishon.

14 May 2010

spotTime for the fight of our lives

Jobs not dole - March for Jobs demonstration 2009, photo by Paul Mattsson

Jobs not dole, photo Paul Mattsson

Britain has been 'Con Dem-ned' to a future of savage attacks on public services, pay, pensions and benefits combined with tax increases for working and middle-class people. The Tory/Liberal coalition has been cobbled together in a desperate attempt to create a government strong enough to launch an all-out onslaught on the living standards of the working class, writes Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary.

19 May 2010

spotYouth need job creation, not job slaughter

The latest unemployment figures saw those looking for a job top 2.5 million, unemployment of 16-17 year olds rise by 4.4%, and the number of economically inactive reach its highest ever levels, writes Ben Robinson, Youth Fight for Jobs.

19 May 2010

spotInitiative for a week of European-wide protests

ON THE initiative of Socialist Party (Ireland) MEP Joe Higgins, an appeal letter (extract below) has been issued by members of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament to the trade union and labour movement throughout Europe, to coordinate protests against gove...

19 May 2010

spotItaly: ControCorrente socialists support CWI

AT ITS conference last Saturday (15 May) the ControCorrente Association (Italy) decided unanimously to express political solidarity with the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI)...

19 May 2010

spotThailand's government orders bloody crackdown on protesters

A TWO-month stand-off between Thailand's government and thousands of opposition 'Red Shirt' protesters encamped in the commercial district of Bangkok appears to be heading for a bloody showdown, writes Dave Carr.

19 May 2010

spotKazakhstan: "Thanks comrades for support"

FOLLOWING TWO weeks' imprisonment, Ainur Kurmanov, a well-known journalist and socialist activist, was released on 12 May...

19 May 2010

spotPeter Hadden - an inspiring life for socialism

Peter Hadden, 1950-2010, photo Paul Mattsson

Peter Hadden, 1950-2010, photo Paul Mattsson

Obituary: PETER HADDEN, Northern secretary of the Irish section of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the Socialist Party, sadly died at the age of 60, in Belfast, on 5 May after a three year battle with cancer, writes Niall Mulholland.

19 May 2010

spotCommunication Workers Union conference: Hands off Royal Mail!

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) annual conference runs from 23-27 May. Since the last conference we have seen some of the most important battles in the CWU's history, writes Gary Clark, assistant branch secretary, Scotland No.2 CWU.

19 May 2010

spotDefending the postal service

News that the Royal Mail Business Transformation Agreement was accepted by CWU members by a majority of 2 to 1 has gone down like a lead balloon at my delivery office, writes A Coventry postal worker.

19 May 2010

spotBus workers gear up for action

Hundreds of bus workers from East London Bus Group (ELBG) practically filled East Ham Town Hall on Thursday 13 May to attend a Unite union meeting, writes London bus worker.

19 May 2010

spotRMT ballots Tube Lines workers

Rail union RMT are balloting for industrial action amongst members employed on London Underground by Tube Lines...

19 May 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network conference: International rally planned

Next month's conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) comes at a vital time for the trade union movement...

19 May 2010

spotPacked out London meeting looks to fight against cuts

'Standing room only' does not quite convey the 13 March London Socialist Party meeting where 150 people poured in to hear party general secretary Peter Taaffe and Unison general secretary candidate Roger Bannister, writes Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party secretary.

19 May 2010

spotBuilding Coventry Socialist Party after the election

Following one of Coventry's fiercest election battles ever, 39 people, including 16 new or prospective Socialist Party members, attended the party's public meeting in the city on Saturday 15 May, writes Lenny Shail, Coventry West Socialist Party.

19 May 2010

spotUSA: Putting forward a Socialist Alternative in Seattle

More than 140 people came to discuss socialist ideas for changing the world at the socialism conference, organised by the CWI-affiliated organisation Socialist Alternative and held at Seattle University, which marked a big step forward for socialists in Washington State, writes Socialist Alternative reporters, US CWI.

19 May 2010

spotAction needed to save our services

Trade union backed Save the Welfare State and Public Services demo, called by the National Pensioners Convention , photo Paul Mattsson

Save the Welfare State and Public Services demo, pic Paul Mattsson

The budget deficit grew by over 400% after the bank bailouts, but instead of clawing money back from the banksters, the new Cabinet will spell out in detail where its axe will fall on public services, meaning enormous suffering for the mass of the population...

19 May 2010

spotBritish Airways: Another intolerable court judgment

Editorial: During the evening before a 20 day strike by British Airways cabin crew was due to start, British Airways bosses won a court injunction against it...

19 May 2010

spotSupport for socialists Ian Page and Chris Flood

A number of messages of support have been sent to Ian Page and Chris Flood after they lost their council seats in the Telegraph Hill ward in Lewisham, south London. We print a selection here...

19 May 2010

spotVote Roger Bannister in the Unison general secretary election

Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

For a fighting union leadership! After the shenanigans of the election campaigns of the last few weeks, another election starts on 17 May - the election of Unison's general secretary, writes Roger Bannister, candidate for Unison general secretary.

19 May 2010

spotFast news

New records: AS 'NICE' Dave Cameron and 'corporal' Clegg cheerfully announced the immediate slashing of £6 billion in public spending (involving thousands of public sector job losses), the latest employment figures showed that unemployment is now at its highest level since 1994...

19 May 2010

spotThe Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

Review: The Chinese revolution of 1925-27 represented one of the most gigantic and splendid movements in human history. This book, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, evokes with great literary brush strokes the magnificent panorama of the heroism, self-sacrifice and determination to change the world of the terribly exploited Chinese workers and peasants...

22 May 2010

spotMistaken occupation of British Airways talks (Updated)

The decision by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) members, at the end of the Right to Work conference, to occupy the talks between British Airways management and Unite was completely mistaken...

25 May 2010

spotThe ConDem coalition: not-so-new politics

Socialism Today June 2010

Socialism Today June 2010, Cartoon by Suz

After intense negotiations and backroom deals, the Tories and Liberal Democrats cobbled together a coalition government.
This was the option favoured by the ruling, capitalist class, once it was clear that David Cameron's Tories had failed to win a majority.
PETER TAAFFE, Socialist Party general secretary, assesses the situation for Socialism Today (June 2010).

26 May 2010

spotGreece: 2,500 hear Socialist MEP Joe Higgins declare week of action

Joe Higgins, the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, speaking at central SYRIZA rally in Athens, Greece

Joe Higgins at SYRIZA rally in Greece

THE SOCIALIST Party (CWI Ireland) MEP Joe Higgins spoke at a recent meeting in Athens, which was attended by up to 2,500 members and friends of the left coalition group Syriza, writes Harris Sideris, Xekinima (CWI Greece).

26 May 2010

spotMillionaire ministers butcher public services

Axe

The new Tory/Lib Dem government has not wasted any time in starting to slash public spending. Round one, cuts totalling £6.2 billion, is designed to send an early message to its masters - the capitalist markets - that it can be trusted to serve the needs of finance capital and big business, Judy Beishon writes.

26 May 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network conference: Time to organise against con/dem attacks

RMT protest against Tube privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

RMT protest against Tube privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

The fourth conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is now less than a month away. It comes at a time when trade unionists in workplaces throughout the country are facing many threats to...

26 May 2010

spotCon-Dem cuts - 'only the beginning'

Editorial: The Tory/Lib Dem government's first £6.2 billion of cuts, piles on top of £12 billion of the previous Labour government's cuts that are being implemented this year...

26 May 2010

spotSocialist Party national committee discusses building the fightback

The Socialist Party's National Committee (NC) met on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May to discuss the party's recent and future work and how a fightback can be built against the new coalition government's attacks on jobs and services...

26 May 2010

spotRoyal Mail not for sale

The CWU protest February 2009 against Post Office privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

The CWU protest February 2009 against Post Office privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

DELEGATES TO the Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference have voted unanimously to fight the government's privatisation plans for the Royal Mail service, with a "broad-based public campaign", writes Gary Clark, Assistant Branch Secretary, Scotland No.2 CWU.

26 May 2010

spotLondon 2012 Olympics: A big business spectacle

IN 2012 the Olympics and Paralympics come to east London. On show will be the world's elite sportsmen and women, flexing their muscles and straining their sinews in state-of-the-art stadia. The possibility...

26 May 2010

spotLocal government: Where's our pay award for 2010?

The first of April has once again come and gone and still we have had no pay rises. Unfortunately this is no April fool. The national employers are still refusing to move and are intent on making no award...

26 May 2010

spotFighting university cuts

On 18 May, there was a demonstration of about 200 people at the main campus of the University of Glamorgan in south Wales, with smaller demonstrations held at another two campuses, writes Glyn Matthews.

26 May 2010

spotWorkplace news in brief

Human rights and the anti-union laws: Rail union RMT has launched a challenge to the anti-trade union laws in the European Court of Human Rights...

26 May 2010

spotSri Lanka: One year after the war

A CONSTANT stream of Tamils flowed into Parliament Square, London, on Tuesday 18 May. Many thousands assembled to mark the first anniversary of the Sri Lankan government's declaration of victory in the...

26 May 2010

spotRomania: Mass protests against EU/IMF deal

ON 19 May, tens of thousands of workers and pensioners demonstrated in Romania's capital, Bucharest, against the slaughter of wages, jobs and public services demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union, as a condition for further loans to the Romanian government, writes Per Olsson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI, Sweden).

26 May 2010

spotPuerto Rico: Students and workers fight austerity cuts

A MASS student strike has shut down university campuses for nearly two months in Puerto Rico. Students have responded to the effects of cuts to the financial support they receive from the education budget...

26 May 2010

spotDiane Abbott and the Labour Party leadership battle

Reader's Comment: Diane Abbott's entry into the race for the Labour Party leadership has thrown a banana skin under the feet of the 'Labour Left' in their quest to secure the 33 nominations needed to get John McDonnell's name on the ballot paper, writes Mick Cotter, Hackney Socialist Party.

26 May 2010

spotFast News

A GOVERNMENT for the rich, of the rich. Nothing new in that of course, but the Cabinet in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition with its 18 millionaires weighs in at least £15 million richer than it was in the previous...

26 May 2010

spotUnions must defend public services

THE NATIONAL Union of Teachers (NUT) National Executive met just days after Cameron was finally confirmed as prime minister, writes Martin Powell-Davies, NUT executive member.

26 May 2010

spotTory government says rich must pay less

CAMERON'S GOVERNMENT wants to cut public services drastically and make most people pay more through rising taxes (direct and indirect) to slash the deficit...

26 May 2010

spotEducation under attack: Con-Dem government prepares for battle

HAS ANYBODY got any lingering doubts of the government's intentions? The Financial Times - a house journal of the capitalist class - let the cat out of the bag in an article on 20 May, writes Derek McMillan, teacher, Sussex.

26 May 2010

spotSchool student socialist

Thursday 6 May was a very important day for me. Not only was the future of our country being decided, but I was standing for election, as a Socialist Party candidate. Granted, it was only my school mock...

26 May 2010

spot'Sussex Six' result

Last week, students at Sussex University protested outside the disciplinary hearings of the 'Sussex Six'...

26 May 2010

spotStudents must pay, say the rich

On Friday 21 May, the Independent Review for Higher Education Funding and Student Finance came to Leicester as part of its 'public hearing' stage of inquiry, writes Becci Heagney, Leicester Socialist Students.

26 May 2010

spotYoung people: organise to fight the cuts

Youth Fight for Jobs protest outsid the Houses of Shame, photo Alex Ivanov

Youth Fight for Jobs protest outsid the Houses of Shame, photo Alex Ivanov

The first slice of cuts under the 'Con-Dem' coalition government makes it clear that young people face a bleak future under its stewardship...

26 May 2010

spotSupport BA Cabin Crew

On Monday 24 May strikers' red flags could be seen flying around Heathrow, but the same could not be said for a lot of BA planes as cabin crew began their latest strike action...

26 May 2010

spotNHS cuts: The Con-Dem sting in the tail

MANY LONDONERS will have been relieved to hear the recent announcement that the Con-Dem coalition will scrap plans made by the Labour government to close hospital A&E departments across the capital, writes Sarah Wrack.

26 May 2010

spotPCS conference: Preparing for action

National Gallery workers, members of the PCS, walk out against low pay, photo Paul Mattsson

National Gallery workers, members of the PCS, walk out against low pay, photo Paul Mattsson

Meeting barely a week after the horsetrading between the establishment parliamentary parties had finished, the 2010 conference of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) was an important event, writes Greg Maughan. It was clear to all delegates that the new Con-Dem government was determined to make working people pay...

31 May 2010

spotGaza: Stop the killing of demonstrators, lift the blockade immediately

Ed: this is a rough translation of a initial article posted on http://maavak.org.il, which is the website of the sister party of the Socialist Party in Israel, the Socialist Struggle Movement, (the Committee for a Workers' International in Israel)...

31 May 2010

spotUnite and UCU add their support to Youth Fight for Jobs

Both UCU, the union for academic staff in universities and colleges, and Unite, Britain's biggest trade union whose British Airways members are currently on strike, unanimously agreed to back the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign at their annual conferences...

31 May 2010

spotIsrael/Palestine: "Unarmed activists slaughtered" by IDF paratroopers

From www.socialistworld.net, website of the committee for a workers' international, CWI, posted 31/05/2010, writes Irish Socialist Party MEP calls for solidarity demonstrations with activists and Gaza.

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