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1 May 2012

spotTransport department workers vote to strike over cuts

Civil servants working for the Department for Transport (DfT) have voted for strike action to defend jobs, pay and services...

1 May 2012

spotEnfeebled British capitalism

17. Besieged on all sides, the coalition government is thrashing around in a desperate search to break the logjam...

1 May 2012

spotSummer's riots

31. This sense of alienation - combined with heavy-handed police harassment - was one of the factors in the riots of last summer...

1 May 2012

spotImmigration and the far right

43. As the crisis has intensified, the issue of immigration has come to the fore once more. One report asserted that 'immigration', particularly from Eastern Europe, has had an effect on employment,...

1 May 2012

spotPublic sector

49. But the primary battle of the whole of the Labour movement in the next period will centre on the public sector...

1 May 2012

spotThe main parties

69. Given all these factors the question is posed: how long can the government last? Can it defy the odds and last the full term? It is unlikely - to say the least - that Cameron, who has already performed...

1 May 2012

spotBritish Perspectives

This document was first drafted in January 2012 by the Socialist Party executive committee; subsequently some amendments were incorporated during a discussion at the party's congress on 10-12 March 2012...

1 May 2012

spotNow online: Socialist Party 2012 document on Britain

To read the Socialist Party's 2012 congress document on British Perspectives, as discussed and amended by the party's congress in March 2012, go to:

2 May 2012

spotKazakhstan: Socialists jailed by regime

Larissa Boyar, a prominent member of the Kazakhstan Socialist Movement, and two other opposition activists - Baxatjan Torevozhina and Kanat Ibragimov - have been arrested and imprisoned, writes Sarah Zhakupova, Kazakhstan Socialist Movement.

2 May 2012

spotThe government's fractured energy policy

Hydro fracking, photo Creative Commons/ Mike Norton

Hydro fracking, photo Creative Commons/ Mike Norton

A dangerous gas extraction practice - 'fracking' - will likely get government approval in Chancellor Osborne and energy secretary Ed Davey's new "dash for gas", writes Pete Mason, East London Socialist Party.

2 May 2012

spotThug attack won't stop anti-racist work

Youth Fight for Jobs placard on the successful anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets in June 2010, photo P Mason

Youth Fight for Jobs placard on the successful anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets in June 2010, photo P Mason

On Saturday 28 April trade union activists were attacked by racists claiming to have allegiance to 'March for England', closely linked to the English Defence League (EDL)...

2 May 2012

spotSocialist MEP discusses way forward for Tamils struggle

The Tamil Solidarity meeting - Way Forward for the Eelam Struggle: what's the Role of the Diaspora? - was a great success. The headline speaker was Paul Murphy, Socialist Party Ireland Member of the European...

2 May 2012

spotSheffield marches against sexism and cuts

Over 200 women and men demonstrated in Sheffield city centre on 28 April against sexism, especially in protest at the Con-Dem government and Labour council cuts to women's services in the city and nationally, writes Victoria Wainwright, Sheffield Socialist Party.

2 May 2012

spotUnison leadership 'woefully inadequate' in face of cuts

Unison members join the 30 November N30 public sector strike in Leeds, photo by Iain Dalton

Unison members join the 30 November N30 public sector strike in Leeds, photo by Iain Dalton

Unison's health conference could have been a golden opportunity to establish a national strategy and campaign to defeat the relentless attacks unleashed by the Con-Dem government, writes Roger Davey, Unison health Service Group Executive (SGE), personal capacity.

2 May 2012

spotBilborough College Nottingham strike Action over five-term years

On 25 April, NUT staff at Bilborough College Nottingham took strike action against cuts to frontline teaching services, writes Helen Pattison.

2 May 2012

spotUCU joins 10 May strike - student solidarity needed

Lecturers and academic staff in most of the UK's universities and colleges will be joining other public sector workers on strike on 10 May against attacks on pensions, writes Edmund Schluessel, Cardiff University UCU, personal capacity and Cardiff University student.

2 May 2012

spotSocial dumping won't solve the housing crisis

Labour-run Newham council in east London decided recently to try to uproot 500 local families and dump them in Stoke, 160 miles away...

2 May 2012

spotFight privatisation: Save our libraries

Over the last year more than 100 libraries have either been closed, are now run by volunteers or have been made into social enterprises, ie privatised...

2 May 2012

spotLeveson exposes links between Tories and Murdoch

The Ministers and the Mogul: It was a line which perhaps only the world's most powerful media magnate could have the audacity to use, writes Ben Norman.

2 May 2012

spotThem & Us

Chancellor George Gideon Osborne assured us recently that he's not quite wealthy enough to be eligible for the 50p top rate of tax which he just scrapped, so wouldn't personally benefit.

2 May 2012

spotCapitalist crisis: 'Up to half of all Icelandic families are bankrupt'

Iceland's economy is growing again after the deep recession that struck in 2008. But the economic and political crisis is far from over, writes Per-Åke Westerlund. From Offensiv, newspaper of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden).

2 May 2012

spotNUS conference Support for left and for action

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January 2011 London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January 2011 London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan

The National Union of Students (NUS) conference is usually the place to see undemocratic manoeuvring by unelected bureaucrats and New Labour careerists. But this year it was different, writes Ian Pattison, Socialist Students national chair.

2 May 2012

spotPlanning for the Planet

How socialism could save the environment Special limited offer for readers of the Socialist: £7 including postage. By Pete Dickenson.

2 May 2012

spotTUSC: the electoral alternative to the parties of the rich

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

Round-up across the country: All together in Liverpool to support TUSC mayoral stand: 300 people attended the Liverpool pre-election rally for mayoral candidate Tony Mulhearn and other Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates across Merseyside, writes Dave Walsh.

2 May 2012

spotNational Shop Stewards Network 6th annual conference

Saturday 9 June 11am - 4pm
Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Speakers include:
* Bob Crow, transport union RMT general secretary
* Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary
* A leading Rank and File member of the construction workers' campaign
* Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary

2 May 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Pension privatisation: Hundreds of pension staff were forced out of the public sector on 1 May. The government agency that administers pensions of 1.5 million working and retired civil servants became the first 'mutual' ...

2 May 2012

spotRich list: The good times roll for the 0.00001%

Bankers protest by Walthamstow Socialist Party, photo by The Socialist

Bankers protest by Walthamstow Socialist Party, photo by The Socialist

"Those with the broadest shoulders will bear the largest load... we're all in this together." These, David Cameron's famous words to his first Conservative Party conference as prime minister, asked ordinary people to close their eyes to reality, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield.

2 May 2012

spotA strategy to stop austerity and bring down the government of the super-rich

Marching through Leeds on 30 November 'N30' public sector strike, photo by Iain Dalton

Marching through Leeds on 30 November 'N30' public sector strike, photo by Iain Dalton

What we think The Con-Dem coalition is Increasingly showing its weakness. Calls for an inquiry into whether Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt broke ministerial codes brings the Murdochgate scandal to the doors of Downing...

2 May 2012

spotDon't accept the misery of austerity

All three main parties accept capitalism and austerity - Sheffield TUSC protest, photo Sheffield Socialist Party

TUSC protest

Britain is in the depths of economic recession. The threat of unemployment, poverty and even homelessness hangs over the lives of millions of people. Unemployment is climbing towards three million...

2 May 2012

spotKick out the Con-Dems and end austerity

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan

Step up action to defend pensions! Just when the Con-Dems thought it was all over and they'd won, the public sector pensions fight is back on, writes Rob Williams, National Shop Stewards Network national chair.

4 May 2012

spotMay 2012 local election reports

Dave Nellist, photo by Paul Mattsson

For TUSC results see: tusc.org.uk
TUSC candidates won victories in Preston and Walsall and ran many hard-fought campaigns elsewhere. Click 'more' below for reports from Coventry, Liverpool, Salford, Swansea, Lincoln, Stroud, London and Gateshead

6 May 2012

spotLegitimacy of Cameron and Clegg further shattered

Austerity rejected, photo Paul Mattsson

The Con-Dem government suffered a crushing defeat in last Thursday's elections for local authorities and in the mayoral contests apart from London, writes Socialist Party general secretary, Peter Taaffe

8 May 2012

spotCon-Dems battered in Scotland

The Scottish local government election result saw both the SNP and Labour declare victory. The SNP can point to their best ever local election result and now possess the largest number of councillors across...

8 May 2012

spotProfit hungry 'Big Oil' backs climate change deniers

While April may have been the wettest April in the UK for 250 years and March was the warmest March ever recorded in the US, top corporations are funding climate change denial

9 May 2012

spotMessage of support to the 10 May strikers

Martin Powell Davies, a Socialist Party member and executive committee member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), has written the following message of support to public sector workers striking on 10 May...

9 May 2012

spotCon-Dems battered in Scottish local elections

Step up the fight against SNP and Labour cutting councils: Both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour declared victory in the Scottish local government elections, writes Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland.

9 May 2012

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election reports

Salford: In Salford's Ordsall ward TUSC again came second to Labour, with an improved 18.7% - nearly one in five electors voted for TUSC...

9 May 2012

spotHealth services at risk in Cardiff and Vale

Cardiff and Vale Health Board celebrated International Workers' Day by agreeing to slash another £67 million from the NHS services it provides, writes Ross Saunders.

9 May 2012

spotPrivatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire

7% and 8%. That's how much bus and train fares went up in West Yorkshire this January, following above inflation increases of 6% at the beginning of 2011 on trains and increases of up to 20% on buses...

9 May 2012

spotCare home closures in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council is planning to close all of the remaining elderly care homes in the city that are still council owned after years of privatisation of social care, writes Wyllie Hume, Sheffield Socialist Party.

9 May 2012

spotPolice restrict anti-racist protesters in Luton

The streets of Luton were almost deserted as the far-right racist English Defence League (EDL) came to the town yet again, writes Steve Glennon.

9 May 2012

spotWater waste of money!

Flooding in the centre of Gloucester, 2007, photo Chris Moore

Flooding in the centre of Gloucester, 2007, photo Chris Moore

We are in drought. This is Thames Water's message for South East England, appearing on giant billboard images of cracked, dry earth, writes James Ivens.

9 May 2012

spotMPs find Murdoch "not fit" to run media empire

A select committee of MPs has declared Rupert Murdoch "not fit" to run an international company after concluding that he displayed "wilful blindness" to illegal phone hacking practices across his media empire, writes Ben Norman.

9 May 2012

spotUnison attacks TUSC candidate

In the Unison newsletter produced in Southampton for the local elections the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and Unison members standing as candidates for TUSC were criticised...

9 May 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Strike ballot: Transport union RMT is balloting its members working for Churchills as cleaners on the Tyne and Wear Metro...

9 May 2012

spotFrance: A weekend that shocked Europe

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

Rejection of austerity in Eurozone's second biggest economy: Sarkozy's downfall, alongside the crushing defeat of the pro-austerity parties in Greece, was a real turning point, writes Robert Bechert, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

9 May 2012

spotTurning anger into action

I am a young mother with two beautiful children and have decided to join the Socialist party. I was brought up by my family with socialist views and ideas.

9 May 2012

spotFilm review: 'Cocaine Unwrapped'

Cocaine Unwrapped, a film by Rachael Seifert

Cocaine Unwrapped, a film by Rachael Seifert

Cocaine Unwrapped, a documentary film directed by Rachel Seifert, went on general release from 5 May, writes Paul Heron

9 May 2012

spotGreece: Political earthquake sees pro-austerity parties' support collapse

Following the recent elections in Greece, which saw two out of three voters vote against pro-austerity parties and a big swing to left parties, Niall Mulholland spoke to Andros Payiatsos, from Xekinima (CWI in Greece)

9 May 2012

spotCoventry: Socialist campaigner Dave Nellist narrowly loses

Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor. addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan

Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor. addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan

For the 14 hours of election day in Coventry, rain fell almost without ceasing. Yet despite the terrible weather conditions Socialist Party supporters in St Michael's ward campaigned relentlessly

9 May 2012

spot4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate

Tony Mulhearn, photo Harry Smith

Tony Mulhearn, photo Harry Smith

In the Liverpool mayoral election, TUSC candidate Tony Mulhearn received 4,792 votes, 4.73%, beating the Tory candidate and just narrowly behind the Greens and Liberal Democrats

9 May 2012

spotLabour's best Wales result in 21 years will not stop cuts

Welsh Labour leaders are cock-a-hoop at achieving their best results in council elections since 1991. The Tories and Liberals lost control of all their councils and nearly half their councillors

9 May 2012

spotThem & Us

iPads for MPs: Up to £660. That's how much the gadget of the moment, the iPad, will set you back. Months of hard saving for most of us - but not if you're an MP. 70 MPs have already claimed expenses for an iPad

9 May 2012

spotExposed: the dirty world of NHS privatisation

A second report into 150 GMB members' complaints of bullying and discrimination at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon was published last week

9 May 2012

spotDuncan Smith throws insults at Remploy workers

Tory Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has claimed that disabled Remploy workers are "not doing any work...", writes Pat Atkinson, Unite LE 1111 branch.

9 May 2012

spotElection results: How did TUSC do?

TUSC on the NUT London strike demonstration on 28 March 2012, photo Socialist Party

TUSC on the NUT London strike demonstration on 28 March 2012, photo Socialist Party

This year's elections were the second set of local polls contested by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) since it was formed in early 2010 writes Clive Heemskerk, TUSC national nominating officer.

9 May 2012

spotLondon elections - TUSC: A marker for future struggles

Alex Gordon, president RMT, addresses the National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon, president RMT, and lead candidate on the TUSC London list, photo Paul Mattsson

"I hadn't heard of you before, but I saw Trade Unionist on the ballot paper and I voted for it - I had to, I'm a worker", said a porter at University College Hospital

9 May 2012

spotGreenwich libraries - fighting back can win

Greenwich libraries strike against privatisation, 27.4.12, photo Paul Mattsson

Strike action by Unite library workers in Greenwich, south London, has sent a clear message to Greenwich Leisure Limited against attacks on pay and conditions

9 May 2012

spotCome to the NSSN conference!

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

We all need to strike together again There are many reasons to come to the NSSN conference this year. Whether it's to find out how the Sparks beat the construction bosses' Besna contract or just to meet other activists

9 May 2012

spotGood result for Socialist Students candidates in NUS elections

This year's NUS National Executive Committee elections saw Socialist Students candidates receive high votes

10 May 2012

spotRent cap - not benefit caps!

'Young Londoners - Forced Out?' campaign will be lobbying the newly elected London mayor and assembly at 10am on Friday 11th May to demand rent controls, house building, jobs and an affordable future for young people in London...

10 May 2012

spotPensions strike reports - 10th May

Unite Health demo at Manchester Royal Infirmary, during 10 May public sector strike, photo Hugh Caffrey

Unite Health strike demo. Photo Hugh Caffrey

Prison officers have walked out to join hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers taking strike action in defence of their pensions, including trade unionists in PCS, Unite, UCU, and Nipsa

11 May 2012

spotNUT Executive "shirks its responsibilites"

Martin Powell-Davies, a Socialist Party member who is on the national executive committee of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has posted on his blog a report of yesterday's NUT executive meeting and the executive's attitude to further action on pensions

11 May 2012

spotPolice demo shows that opposition to cuts is growing

35,000 off-duty police demonstrate against privatisation and cuts 10 May 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

35,000 off-duty police demonstrate against privatisation and cuts 10 May 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

On the same day as the public sector workers’ pensions strike, the Police Federation demonstrated in London against attacks to the police service

11 May 2012

spotTesco imposes two year increase in pension age

As public sector workers fight to defend their pensions by inspiringly taking strike action, one large private sector employer has managed to waive through pension changes without so much as a whimper from the shopworkers' union Usdaw

16 May 2012

spotThe battle to defend pensions continues

10 May strikers: Unite health members on strike at St Thomas' Hospital, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

No matter how much ConDem ministers play down the 10 May pension strike they know this dispute isn't over, and neither are the crises faced by their government

16 May 2012

spot10 May sees united strike - but teacher unions shirk their responsibilities

The 10 May public sector strike sent a clear message to ministers that this fight against pension robbery is far from over, writes Martin Powell-Davies, NUT executive member.

16 May 2012

spotWorkers demand pensions battle is stepped up

Every Unison member at my workplace came out on strike on 30 November. They are all women workers on low pay and most of them had never taken strike action before. They were nervous about their decision...

16 May 2012

spotWales TUC - Oppose all cuts!

This government's programme of unrelenting austerity and cuts is already causing so much misery as the cull of jobs continues, services are destroyed and benefits are stolen, writes Ronnie Job.

16 May 2012

spotRebekah Brooks reveals Murdoch's reach into the heart of government

More than just good friends: Many people will have felt a sense of relief when it was announced that Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the News of the World (NoTW) and chief executive of News International, is to face charges of perverting the course of justice, writes Ben Norman.

16 May 2012

spotJP Morgan: banksters at it again

The financial sector is back in the news as it emerged that cowboy investors at JP Morgan's London office have lost $2 billion (£1.2 billion), leading to a run on shares which swept $19 billion off the bank's market value in just two days, writes Ross Saunders.

16 May 2012

spotThem & Us

Gas Mk 4.4 million: Centrica, the company that owns formerly nationalised British Gas, has warned that rising bills will continue...

16 May 2012

spotMullivaikal 2012: Workers' unity against Rajapaksa regime

Thousands of Tamils will mark the third anniversary of Mullivaikal, the end of the war in Sri Lanka, with a commemorative rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 19 May, writes Manny Thain, secretary, Tamil Solidarity.

16 May 2012

spotNational Committee

Price of the Socialist: On 12 and 13 May the Socialist Party's national committee (NC) met for the first time since being elected at the party's 2012 congress in March...

16 May 2012

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

'Socialism: the thinking person's economics!': My seven-year-old saw me reading the pamphlet 1917 - The Year that Changed the World, by Peter Taafe and Hannah Sell, writes Ravi Patel, West London Socialist Party.

16 May 2012

spotSolidarity against far-right thugs

Over 50 trade unionists and anti-racists rallied in Lewisham High Street on 12 May to show solidarity with the member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) who had been assaulted and hospitalised by far-right thugs

16 May 2012

spotThe phone-hacking scandal: profits, power and corruption

Dial M for Murdoch

The Leveson inquiry into phone hacking has gone to the heart of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, exposing its rotten and corrupt workings. Peter Taaffe reviews Dial M for Murdoch, a book detailing the scandal and its consequences.

16 May 2012

spotM10: Angry workers walk out across the country

PCS members on strike 10 May 2012 outside Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS members on strike 10 May 2012 outside Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson

In London, Westminster was a sea of pickets. 400 Unite health strikers and supporters marched across Westminster Bridge from St Thomas's hospital to attend a lunchtime rally. 700 strikers heard Mark Serwotka...

16 May 2012

spotThe Queen's Speech - What readers thought

More attacks on workers and their rights: This year's Queen's Speech has been dismissed by press commentators as 'lacking in substance'. But that doesn't mean it doesn't contain some more poison for workers.

16 May 2012

spotA short walk down Whitehall...

On the day of the Queen's speech, I was on my way to a London demo of Remploy workers. But in Whitehall there was a phalanx of police officers armed with Heckler-Koch assault weapons.

16 May 2012

spotThe boss exploiting China (and Britain)

The Town Taking On China 1/2 - BBC documentary, photo by BBC

The Town Taking On China 1/2 - BBC documentary, photo by BBC

Tony Caldeira is a businessman in the textiles industry, manufacturing cushions in China and the UK. A two-part BBC documentary The Town Taking on China, follows Caldeira's plan to move jobs back from China

16 May 2012

spotSolidarity with Greek workers

Demonstration in Greece during 48 hour general strike

Voters - not only in Greece but also in the recent French presidential elections, the German regional elections, in Italy's local elections and indeed in the UK - have punished the ruling parties for making the working and middle classes pay for the failure of the capitalist profit system

16 May 2012

spotWhy prison officers joined the protests

Joe Simpson, POA assistant general secretary, addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan

Joe Simpson, POA assistant general secretary, addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan

Interview: On 10 May, members of the POA prison workers' union took part in protest meetings outside prisons against pension cuts. POA assistant general secretary Joe Simpson speaks about the action.

16 May 2012

spotVictory for Greenwich Unite library campaign

Greenwich library workers strike against privatisation, 27.4.12 , photo by Paul Mattsson

Lessons in the fight against privatisation of public services: Two days of strike action led to negotiations on pay and conditions

16 May 2012

spotIt's our NHS - Let's fight for it!

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson

Austerity is hitting the NHS. 26,000 nursing posts have already gone, with a further 34,000 to be sacrificed - balancing budgets at the expense of patient care

17 May 2012

spotWork programme not reducing long-term unemployment

Unemployment statistics published yesterday show that the number of people who have been unemployed for more than one year is up 27,000 in the last three months, reaching a total of 887,000...

17 May 2012

spotCouncil workers in Cheshire strike against attacks on pay

Chester Library protest - 12th May 2012, photo by Anna Vickery

Staff from Cheshire West and Chester Council were left with no choice but to take industrial action in protest over changes to their contracts

18 May 2012

spotSecond strike by Tilbury dockers over attack on contracts

Dockers at Tilbury will strike again on Monday in their dispute with Enterprise Distribution Centre (EDC) over the arbitrary introduction of new contracts which will mean losing £2,500 on average a year...

18 May 2012

spotPublic meetings against cuts in the rail industry

Rail unions and trades councils are holding public meetings and a day of action at the end of May opposing the government's proposed cuts to jobs and services in the rail industry...

18 May 2012

spotRussia: CWI supporters arrested during protests

Two members of the CWI in Moscow have today been arrested while participating in round-the-clock protests against Putin's rule which have taken place in Moscow since 6 May. Urgent protests needed!

21 May 2012

spotYouth Fight for Jobs Northern Ireland launched

Saturday 12th May saw a launch rally and gig for Youth Fight for Jobs - Northern Ireland, in the heart of Belfast, writes See:.

22 May 2012

spotCome to the 6th annual NSSN conference!

Come to National Shop Stewards Network Conference 2012

Saturday 9th June, 11am, Friends Meeting House, London NW1. All trade unionists who want to build the fight against the government's attacks shouldn't miss this crucial event

22 May 2012

spotNHS GMB members vote No to pensions deal

GMB members employed in the NHS have voted by an overwhelming 96.5% to reject the proposals on the table on changes to the NHS pension scheme...

22 May 2012

spotMass TUC demonstration in London on 20 October

The TUC is to organise a mass demonstration in London under the banner of 'A Future That Works' on Saturday 20 October 2012. A march through central London will culminate in a rally in Hyde Park...

23 May 2012

spotMullivaikal 2012 - Solidarity with the Tamil people

Thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square for the Mullivaikal massacre commemoration on Saturday 19 May...

23 May 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Dockers strike: Dock workers at Tilbury went on a 48-hour strike on 21 May. This is after a 24-hour strike on 7 May, the first at Tilbury since 1989...

23 May 2012

spotYouth Fight for Jobs Northern Ireland launched in Belfast

Almost one in five 18-24 years olds in Northern Ireland are not in education, training nor employment, writes Neil Moore.

23 May 2012

spotEurovision hosts are top of the charts for repression

BBC's Panorama investigation - 'Eurovision's Dirty Secret' - looked at the 2012 host country Azerbaijan, writes Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers' International.

23 May 2012

spotBuilding the electoral alternative in Brent

Socialist Party takes off in Brent: Just over a month ago I was thinking about how to campaign for the anti-cuts electoral alternative, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), writes John Boyle.

23 May 2012

spotThe housing crisis - action needed now

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is leading to 'social cleansing' in many areas of London. However, the failure of the government's housing policy is being challenged by a new campaign

23 May 2012

spotInterview with RMT assistant general secretary candidate

National Shop Stewards Network national conference 2010, Steve Hedley, London Regional Secretary, RMT, photo Socialist Party

National Shop Stewards Network national conference 2010, Steve Hedley, London Regional Secretary, RMT, photo Socialist Party

United struggle needed against train bosses: Steve Hedley is the London regional organiser of the transport union RMT. He was one of the trade unionists on the TUSC list in the London Assembly elections

23 May 2012

spotLeadership shows weakness at CWU conference

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference met this year at a time of growing attacks on both postal and telecom workers

23 May 2012

spotNational Shop Stewards Network

Unite in action against austerity: National Shop Stewards Network Sixth Annual Conference, 9th June, London.

23 May 2012

spotLincolnshire academies in crisis

Schools should be put back under community control: Academies are a major plank of the Con-Dems' education policy. They are outside local authority democracy and promised increased funding, at the expense of the remaining local authority schools.

23 May 2012

spotThem & Us

Big Society goes global: I think I have misjudged David Cameron. When he talked about the Big Society I did not realise it stretched all the way to Greece.

23 May 2012

spotRochdale: far right attempts to exploit tragedy of abuse

The conviction of nine Rochdale men on 10 May for child sex offences has been seized upon by far-right groups

23 May 2012

spotMore attacks on right to campaign

We tried a campaign stall at a recently redeveloped Salford shopping centre. We were putting forward ideas to fight the destruction of the NHS and made a great start.

23 May 2012

spotOur education under attack

'They refuse to help kids who need extra support': Angry parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) met in New Cross, south London recently to start forming a campaign group

23 May 2012

spotAEI Cables: "Thrown out in disgraceful circumstances"

A worker and trade unionist who was sacked at AEI Cables in Birtley, Tyne and Wear in 2011 sent us this report on what happened last year...

23 May 2012

spotHospital jobs scandal - Action now to save the NHS!

March to save the NHS, 17 May 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson

March to save the NHS, 17 May 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson

Lies about protecting the NHS helped the Tories get into government. Now the Con-Dems' destruction of the health service could trigger their downfall.

23 May 2012

spotPCS conference votes for more joint action against cuts

Delegates at the Public and Commercial Services union's annual conference this morning (23rd May) voted in favour of further joint-union national strike action at the end of June against cuts to pensions, pay and jobs...

23 May 2012

spotCon-Dems' hypocrisy over children's care

Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo by  Socialist Party

Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo by Socialist Party

Tory MP Elizabeth Truss has lamented the lack of quality, affordable childcare. She should know - her Con-Dem government have all but wiped out children's services in some parts of the country.

23 May 2012

spotBack to work? How the system fails the unemployed

Female unemployment has been rising fast and a lack of affordable childcare rules out many low paid jobs. Photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show a slight fall in unemployment. But behind that headline are trends that indicate the impact of the Con-Dems' cuts.

23 May 2012

spotIreland: 31 May referendum

Mass boycott of the household tax in Ireland, photo by Socialist Party Ireland

Reject the EU fiscal compact treaty: Across Europe, in the face of growing resistance at the polls and on the streets, the capitalist class is ramping up its campaign to terrify people into accepting its ongoing austerity...

23 May 2012

spotWe stand 100% with the Greek workers

Greek workers protest outside parliament

In Britain, as in every country of Europe, millions of working people are following events in Greece with baited breath, inspired by the defiance of the Greek population

23 May 2012

spotDisabled people's organisations condemn views of Tory minister IDS

On 14 May the Daily Telegraph printed an interview with Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith. In it he made outrageous attacks on disabled people

23 May 2012

spotStockland Green march for jobs

Stockland Green Against the Cuts (SGAC) organised a successful protest and march for youth jobs in Erdington, Birmingham, on 19 May, writes Ted Smith.

25 May 2012

spotDemo against cuts at Salford university

Despite exams, 50 students and staff attended a lunchtime protest against swingeing cuts at Salford university yesterday, 24th May, including the closure of Italian and across the board reductions in staffing, writes Salford Socialist Party.

25 May 2012

spotStrike at Sussex Downs College

Strike at Sussex Downs College, 24.5.12, photo by Phil Clarke

Yesterday NUT members at Sussex Downs College took strike action against cuts to jobs

25 May 2012

spot'Save Heatherwood Hospital' campaign yielding results

A partial victory has been won by campaigners fighting to keep Heatherwood hospital open, writes Terry Pearce

25 May 2012

spotYouth unemployment sky-rocketing

According to the latest United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) report (Global Trends for Youth) the number of unemployed young people worldwide has risen by four million since 2007...

29 May 2012

spotRevolt in the Tories' back yard

Over 2,000 people turned out in Northallerton for a march and rally to protest about the proposed reduction of children's and maternity services at the Friarage hospital

29 May 2012

spotNo to Kingsthorpe Academy! No to more school privatisations!

This headline was just one of the placards outside the school gates on 23 May when teachers in the NUT were on strike to stop Kingsthorpe College becoming an academy

29 May 2012

spotYes Scotland: independence referendum campaign launched

The Yes Scotland pro-independence campaign was launched on Friday 25th May in Edinburgh. While Socialist Party Scotland will support a Yes vote for independence in the referendum, it will be critical support...

29 May 2012

spotHundreds walk out at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station

Over 600 construction workers walked out of Radcliffe on Soar power station this morning in protest against the suspension of Unite health and safety rep Jason Poulter...

29 May 2012

spotPrivateers not welcome at Sussex university

University of Sussex management plans to sell off huge swathes of support services by August 2013, privatising over 10% of jobs

29 May 2012

spotStrike at Sheffield 'Dump It Sites'

Strike at Sheffield Dump It sites, photo Alistair Tice

Around 40 GMB members who work at the five recycling centres (Dump It Sites) in Sheffield took three days of strike action

30 May 2012

spotRajapaksa visit to UK

Bring this war criminal to justice: Tamils are outraged that Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been invited to the queen's diamond jubilee celebrations, writes Manny Thain, Tamil Solidarity national secretary.

30 May 2012

spotThem & Us

Expense oversight: Baroness Warsi says it was all an oversight. Her Ladyship, Tory peer and vice-chair of the Conservative Party, allegedly took taxpayers' cash for expenses for hotels while sleeping at a friend's house...

30 May 2012

spotFight the bosses' Beecroft report

The RMT and POA call on parliament to unshackle the unions, photo by Paul Mattsson

The RMT and POA call on parliament to unshackle the unions, photo by Paul Mattsson

Adrian Beecroft is a 'venture capitalist', investing money where he thinks he can make huge profits, writes Kevin Parslow.

30 May 2012

spotPCS shows real unity for fighting the cuts

This year's PCS conference showed that the civil service union will continue to play a leading role in resisting the government's attacks on working-class people by reaching out to all those prepared to fight alongside the trade union movement, writes Rob Williams.

30 May 2012

spotWales TUC conference censures Unison's critics

At this year's Wales TUC Conference in Llandudno, Swansea Trades Council delegate Alec Thraves was first asked to apologise and then, when he refused, formally censured following a complaint from Unison, writes Ronnie Job, Socialist Party Wales.

30 May 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Power station walkout: 600 construction workers walked out of Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station on 29 May in protest against the suspension of Unite health and safety rep Jason Poulter, writes Rob Williams, NSSN chair.

30 May 2012

spotDismal prospects for Britain's economy

A few weeks ago the Bank of England was still insisting that the UK economy would not go into a 'double dip' recession. Then came the news of the second dip.

30 May 2012

spotNHS under the Con-Dem cosh

Fight for our NHS, photo Senan

Fight for our NHS, photo Senan

The National Health Service (NHS) is at a tipping point. Massive government cutbacks - 'efficiency savings' - have led to a haemorrhage of health workers' jobs, A&E and ward closures

30 May 2012

spotKeep the profiteers off our schools

16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

On 23 May, NUT members were on strike to stop Kingsthorpe College in Northampton becoming an academy. Socialist Party member Nick Doyle spoke to Gordon White, NUT county secretary

30 May 2012

spotMonarchy - not just a 'harmless relic'

The government will be hoping that the Jubilee flotilla of 1,000 ships on the river Thames will serve as a useful distraction while it pushes through more swingeing cuts...

30 May 2012

spotDoctors vote for industrial action

79% of GPs, 84% of hospital consultants and 92% of junior doctors have voted in favour of action against changes to their pensions, writes See:.

30 May 2012

spotStrike in DVLA on Friday

A walkout on Friday 1st June by staff in 39 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices threatened with closure will kickstart a month of rolling strikes among the Public and Commercial Services union's 8,000 Department for Transport members...

30 May 2012

spotFight back against austerity - Come to NSSN conference!

Fight back against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

The barrage of government attacks on living standards is relentless, with rich Tory boys leading the charge, writes Linda Taaffe, NSSN secretary

30 May 2012

spotLeveson inquiry - the offer the 'Godfather' couldn't refuse?

Tony Blair, bosses' puppet. Cartoon by Alan Hardman, photo Alan Hardman

Cartoon by Alan Hardman

This week the Leveson inquiry called the godfather of Rupert Murdoch's daughter to give testimony. In the stand sat Tony Blair, the man who occupied Downing Street for ten years

30 May 2012

spotNeeded: a socialist plan for the environment

Polar bear on sea ice, photo by NASA

Global warming: threat critical: Global warming is the overriding environmental issue facing the world. 20 years have passed since the UN 'Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro highlighted the problem, yet emissions have rocketed

31 May 2012

spotAndy Coulson charged with lying

Tommy Sheridan conviction must be overturned: Labour MP Tom Watson commented: "The detention of Andy Coulson further highlights why Mr Sheridan’s conviction was unsound"

31 May 2012

spotSocialist Party Ireland members elected to NIPSA presidency

At the Nipsa (Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance) conference yesterday in Derry, Socialist Party members won both the union's President and Vice President positions and the Left also took the postion of Hon Treasurer...

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