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4 May 2016

spotTTIP tip-off

Leaked documents from the European Union's negotiations with the United States over privatisation treaty TTIP have confirmed its neoliberal character

4 May 2016

spotIreland: Campaigners celebrate suspension of water charges

Enda Kenny, Fine Gael's acting Taoiseach (prime minister), has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over the imposition of unfair water charges. The suspension of the hated levy is a victory for anti-water charge campaigners, particularly the Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) and its strategy of building a mass non-payment campaign.

4 May 2016

spotCivil service: fighting the pay freeze

PCS has been campaigning against austerity for many years including the public sector pay freeze. We have argued that the best way to defeat the pay freeze is to build joint coordinated action across the public sector but despite this being official TUC policy, they and other key unions have failed to build this action. While continuing to press this demand, PCS is campaigning to win settlements that will improve our members' wages wherever possible.

4 May 2016

spotEx-TUC chief lines up with David Cameron

Brendan Barber, former leader of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has co-authored an article with David Cameron backing the European Union (EU).

4 May 2016

spot2 in 5 fear rent trap

Nearly two fifths of renters think they will never escape the rent trap. A poll for the Observer found 37% of renters believe they will never own their own home.

4 May 2016

spotAston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

Fans of relegated Premier League football club Aston Villa will have been pleased the club's end-of-season awards were scrapped - after a woeful season on and off the pitch. But many will be dismayed by management's announcement that 500 jobs will go.

4 May 2016

spotThem & Us

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

4 May 2016

spotSociety of Radiographers conference: "We may be small but we are going to fight back!"

For the first time the Socialist Party took part in the annual conference of the Society of Radiographers. In 2014 radiographers took industrial action over pay for the first time since 1982 with the brilliant slogan "no raise means no rays"!

4 May 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Blacklisting victory, Leicester teachers campaign and POA conference.

4 May 2016

spotLetters

Letters to the Socialist's editors on junior doctors, the EU referendum, Paul Mason and protesters' rights.

4 May 2016

spotSolidarity with junior doctors: TUC call a national demonstration now!

The BMA's junior doctor committee meets on 7 May to discuss future action following the latest, escalated round of strikes on 26 and 27 April which included a full withdrawal of labour for the first time. The meeting should include a call to the TUC general council to back the junior doctors by calling a national demonstration. This demand was put forward by the civil servants' union PCS and firefighters' union FBU but was scandalously rejected by the TUC on 27 April. The TUC has, at every turn, left the junior doctors' struggle isolated.

4 May 2016

spotPolitical censorship used against TUSC candidates

Bristol and Liverpool councils have carried out what can only be described as political censorship of socialists contesting mayoral elections on 5 May. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee has agreed to formally complain to the cities' returning officers.

4 May 2016

spotUsdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

Against a backdrop of attacks on supermarket premium payments and retail job losses, the conference of Usdaw, the shop workers' union, took place in Blackpool on 24-27 April.

4 May 2016

spotEyewitness account of France protests: build a general strike movement!

Striking workers from the railways, car factories, supermarkets, hospitals, offices and banks joined students and youth in mass demonstrations across France on 28 April. Led by lycée (further education) students, the Paris march was 60,000 strong, according to the CGT union federation.

4 May 2016

spotLlanelli May Day demo rallies support for steelworkers and anti-cuts fight

Saving steel jobs and fighting council cuts was the focus for over 50 trade unionists, socialists and political activists who attended Llanelli Trades Council and Carmarthenshire Unison's May Day rally on 30 April, writes Rob Owen.

4 May 2016

spot1926 general strike: when workers tasted power

1926 General strike demonstration

The 1926 general strike - whose 90th anniversary we celebrate this month - was, alongside the movement of the Chartists in the 19th century, the most important event in the history of the British working class.

4 May 2016

spotBring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

Joint junior doctors and NUT demonstration, photo by Senan

The trade unions have the potential - if they campaign, organise and coordinate their actions - to dump this rotten government. The unions should call a national demo in support of the junior doctors and against cuts.

4 May 2016

spotNUS conference: mood to fight education cuts

A growing mood of anger was reflected at this year's NUS conference in the leadership elections and some of the motions passed.

6 May 2016

spotTrade Union Bill becomes law

The Tory Trade Union Bill has gone through the parliamentary process without the TUC organising a national demonstration against it

6 May 2016

spotTories weak and divided - step up the fight against austerity!

On the joint Junior doctors and teachers demonstration 26-4-16, photo Paul Mattsson

After the May elections: The right-wing media had been claiming that this year's elections would prove it was unpopular to oppose austerity. The Blairites in the Labour Party predicted that Labour would lose a huge number of seats

9 May 2016

spotThursday's elections showed fragmentation and anger

photo Salford TUSC

Running up to the May elections the Labour Party right wing set out to damage their own party's chances in order to achieve what is, for them, a greater goal: undermining Jeremy Corbyn

10 May 2016

spotOver 1,700 votes for TUSC in Warrington

Following a tremendous campaign with huge support from local residents, TUSC Councillor Kevin Bennett missed out on re-election in Fairfield and Howley by a narrow margin. Polling 921 votes, Kevin was behind the third-placed Labour candidate in the three-seat ward by only 76 votes.

11 May 2016

spotIndependent inquiry into Orgreave now!

"It's time for a public inquiry into the policing of the miners' strike, not just Orgreave and the role of the police, but also the role of politicians." Surprisingly this comment is from Sir Peter Fahy, former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police.

11 May 2016

spotTories retreat: now drive them out!

Cameron's government has been one of retreats. We need to press home this advantage by campaigning for coordinated strike action - including a 24-hour general strike - to defend all our public services and to build a powerful anti-austerity movement.

11 May 2016

spotTeachers force Tory academies u-turn

Tory education secretary Nicky Morgan's zig-zag over academies is a testament to the campaign work spearheaded by the National Union of Teachers. But the threat to teachers' pay and conditions still stands.

11 May 2016

spotTUSC announces '20-city tour': the socialist case against the EU

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has released the initial dates of a 20-city tour it is hosting in May and June under the heading 'The socialist case against the EU'.

11 May 2016

spotWhat we saw

The director of hit historical drama Wolf Hall slammed Tory attacks on the BBC with his Bafta acceptance speech. Peter Kosminsky said government cuts would "eviscerate" the Beeb and Channel 4.

11 May 2016

spotBlair played matchmaker between Saudi oil barons and Chinese dictators

Former prime minister Tony Blair played matchmaker with the Chinese dictatorship for Saudi royalty's oil concerns.

11 May 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Royal baby's gold rattle versus millions in childhood poverty; disused garage fetches record price and Sadiq Khan's landlord links.

11 May 2016

spotBlacklisted workers win millions in legal victory

Blacklisted workers have won millions of pounds in compensation after a long-running legal battle finally ended in victory. The total figure for compensation paid out by the blacklisting firms is estimated at £50 million with an additional £200 million worth of legal costs.

11 May 2016

spotGovernment blinks first in junior doctors' dispute

The Tories appear to have blinked first in the junior doctors' struggle. TTory Health Minister Jeremy Hunt was clear that it was too late to stop his imposition of the new contract but just hours later softened that position to temporarily suspending it.

11 May 2016

spotPrison officers walk out over health and safety

Over 50 workers at Wormwood Scrubs prison walked out over health and safety issues on 6 May. The Prison Officers' Association said the move comes after recent assaults on staff, and said the jail was "flooded with drugs, mobile phones and weapons".

11 May 2016

spotPotential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions

It is becoming increasingly clear from the different bids to take over all or part of Tata Steel's UK operations, that none of the potential buyers will take on the £15 billion pension scheme. This includes Excalibur who are proposing 1,000 extra job cuts.

11 May 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Lecturers and Topshop cleaners plan strikes over pay.

11 May 2016

spotElections showed anger and fragmentation

To defeat the right means starting to mobilise the currently fragmented anti-austerity mood into a mass, democratic movement. This will not succeed if it remains trapped within the current undemocratic structure of the Labour Party, vainly trying to compromise with 'the 4.5%' - the Blairite representatives of big business in the Labour Party.

11 May 2016

spotJohn Mann's Israel hypocrisy

The letter the Guardian wouldn't print: That the serious issue of anti-Semitism is being used as a proxy charge against Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party is confirmed by the high-profile role of John Mann MP.

11 May 2016

spotThe Socialist postbag

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. End Labour witch hunts; Khan bus-ted; lessons Leicester FC's victory; Israel fail; Brum bailiffs.

11 May 2016

spotCouncil estate exhibition shows the full picture

Photographic review: 'Estate' Photographer Robert Clayton's exhibition 'Estate' is a valuable reminder of what it meant to live in a council estate, and how Thatcherism continues to ravage this.

11 May 2016

spotFilm review: Eddie the Eagle

Tribute to working class Olympic spirit: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part... the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."

11 May 2016

spotNorthern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

The Northern Ireland Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression.

11 May 2016

spotGreek general strike: more needed to defeat austerity

Public transport was brought to a halt on 6 May as Greek workers began a 48-hour general strike against austerity.

11 May 2016

spotHow to trump Donald

Donald Trump, the sleazy, racist, reactionary billionaire, has all but secured the Republican Party presidential nomination in the US. His arch rivals Cruz and Kasich conceded defeat following the most recent primary contests.

11 May 2016

spotNo to the bosses' EU, yes to international solidarity

For an independent workers' voice: The debate on European Union (EU) membership has been reduced in the establishment media to a clash between different wings of the Tory party. But what about if you're outside the 1% elite?

11 May 2016

spotLet kids be kids: children 'strike' against Sats tests

Along with thousands of other children, my daughter went on strike on 3 May. She was aware she was on strike and why, and this in itself is a valuable lesson in standing up for what you believe in.

11 May 2016

spotWhat way forward for Tamil rights?

Come to 4 June Solidarity Day: Unfortunately, the establishment Tamil organisations seem to have lost sight of the need to build a strong, grassroots movement.

11 May 2016

spotMay Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!

"No ifs, no buts, no children's centre cuts" was the rallying cry at the largest Chesterfield May Day demonstration for many years on 2 May.

11 May 2016

spotSupport for junior doctors at campaign stalls

Public shows huge support for BMA strike at Socialist Party stalls in Carlisle and Leicester.

11 May 2016

spotSave Paignton Hospital campaign launched

Paignton Community Hospital is being closed with a rumoured loss of 100 beds. The Clinical Commissioning Group has made no clear promise to replace these beds and services in the community.

11 May 2016

spotTUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

Elections took place on 5 May for the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Greater London Authority, and for 124 local authorities in England. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stood to show opposition to the cuts consensus.

11 May 2016

spotScotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge

An increasing mood of disappointment in the actions of the SNP in power; their implementation of Tory austerity and the lack of a viable national left alternative has led to an increasing alienation in many working-class areas.

11 May 2016

spotWales: no change and all change

On the surface there has not been a huge change in the political complexion of the Welsh government - Welsh Labour lost just one seat and will be able to hold on as a minority government. But under the surface the election showed how much things have changed in Welsh politics.

11 May 2016

spotOver 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

Bristol's mayoral election saw the TUSC vote rise by over 450 from 2012 to 1,876 first preference votes.

11 May 2016

spotThird anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton

Southampton anti-cuts candidate Tammy Thomas was elected with 45% of the vote and Labour nearly 500 votes behind. All three seats are now held by anti-austerity councillors against the Blairite cutters.

11 May 2016

spotFourth place for TUSC in Liverpool

The TUSC candidate for the mayor of Liverpool, Unison national executive member Roger Bannister, polled 4,950 votes, a 5.1% share, over 1,400 votes ahead of the Tories.

11 May 2016

spotTUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%

In Coventry TUSC won 3,108 votes across the city increasing the vote by 25% from the last set of comparable local elections in 2014. The highest vote was for TUSC national chair Dave Nellist in St Michaels ward where TUSC received almost 20%.

18 May 2016

spotOn an upward trajectory: my experience as a new Socialist Party member

Being a dad with four small kids to look after, it can sometimes seem difficult to fit in being an active member of the Socialist Party, writes Nick Slater.

18 May 2016

spotNewcastle: countering the fascist menace

On 14 May far-right groups organised a rabble of 50, from as far afield as Scotland, for a demo and rally in Byker, the east end of Newcastle, writes Norman Hall, Gateshead Socialist Party.

18 May 2016

spotFrance: New stage in battle over labour law

Hollande provokes fresh struggles: Francois Hollande, France's 'socialist' president, has taken the fight over the country's 'El Khomri' labour law (named after the employment minister) to a new level, writes Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

18 May 2016

spotBelgium: unions call national demos and general strikes

Bring down the government!: Belgian trade unions have called new protests - including national demonstrations and a 24-hour general strike - after the right-wing government announced abolition of the 38-hour working week and attacks on public sector pensions, among other austerity measures, writes LSP/PSL (CWI, Belgium) reporters.

18 May 2016

spotNHS staffing black hole

The NHS is short about 50,000 clinical staff, according to estimates by parliament's Public Accounts Committee, writes Matt Whale, student nurse.

18 May 2016

spotBristol Green backs cuts

The "anti-austerity" Green Party has once again lined up with Blairite cutters in Bristol

18 May 2016

spotStamp out sexist dress codes

Nicola Thorp, a receptionist at accounting and consultancy giant PwC, has bravely spoken out after management sent her home without pay for refusing to wear high heels, writes Amelia Bartrip.

18 May 2016

spotUniversity of Facebook

The Tories plan to lift the cap on tuition fees and allow tech firms to establish private universities

18 May 2016

spotWhat we saw

The BBC is going to stop publishing recipes. The Tory-driven change is to stop it 'competing' with the free market

18 May 2016

spotBlair bombshell

War fan Tony Blair could face charges over his role in sending British soldiers to Iraq. A cross-party group of MPs wants him prosecuted if the Chilcot report shows he lied to get support

18 May 2016

spotTV review: Occupied

'Occupied' is a ten-part Norwegian TV political thriller. A Green government suspends extraction of fossil fuels, prompting a Russian invasion of Norway, writes Clive Walder.

18 May 2016

spotFeatured letter: stop the badger cull

Despite the success of vaccine trials, the Tories are to extend the badger cull again in 2016. There will be new cull zones in Herefordshire, Dorset, Cornwall and Gloucestershire, writes Indira Prasad, Leicester.

18 May 2016

spotTories attack: Fight back

Queen's Speech - more cuts and sell-offs: The Tory government has announced a raft of new bills to extend the privatisation and commercialisation of our public services

18 May 2016

spotJunior doctors vote to work with and develop links with other unions

Junior doctors at their conference on 14 May voted to "work to foster and develop links with other unions and to lobby the wider BMA to do likewise", writes Scott Jones.

18 May 2016

spotLow paid Pennine Foods workers strike over cuts to premiums

Low paid members of BFAWU, the bakers' union, will be taking 48 hours strike action from 6am on 19 May after their employer Pennine Foods (Two Sisters) announced attacks on terms and conditions in a new contract

18 May 2016

spotUnite housing workers walk out against intransigent bosses

Unite members at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), have voted 57% in favour of taking strike action to start on 19 May

18 May 2016

spotGovernment defeated by check-off court challenge

13 May was a day marked by many in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) PCS group. Following a legal challenge launched by the group and supported by the national union, the High Court upheld PCS' case

18 May 2016

spotBIS members strike to save jobs and keep offices open

PCS members at Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) sites will be striking on the 19 May to stop their jobs being moved to London and keep their offices open, writes Marion Lloyd, PCS union group president in Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

18 May 2016

spotVote to leave the 'Employers' Union' and fight the bosses' government

Cameron can't rely on Tory voters alone to win the EU referendum. Only 24% of the electorate backed his party in the general election and most of them aren't in favour of staying in the EU.

18 May 2016

spotThem & Us

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

18 May 2016

spotSocialist postbag

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

18 May 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

18 May 2016

spotPCS leads the way in fightback against Tories

What a difference a year makes! Last year's PCS (civil servants' union) conference took place in the immediate aftermath of the Tory election victory. All the pessimists in leading positions in the labour and trade union movement shied away from a fight against what they saw as an all-powerful government.

18 May 2016

spot"Where's Carwyn?"

National Museum Wales workers, on indefinite strike, rallied in Cardiff

18 May 2016

spotHigher education action over pay and casualisation

The UCU has announced a 48-hour national strike on 25 and 26 May

18 May 2016

spotThe EU and the economy - Project Fear steps up

Remain or Leave, workers must fight for socialist change: 'Every household will lose £4,300 a year,' proclaim Cameron and Osborne to spread fear and increase the chance of a Remain vote in the EU referendum

18 May 2016

spotTeachers: vote Yes to strike - defend pay and conditions

Nicky Morgan couldn't have made it clearer - the wholesale privatisation of our schools is still the Tories' aim.

18 May 2016

spotGTR conductors strike to keep their role

Southern Govia Thameslink Railway conductors picketed at Barnham station

19 May 2016

spotPCS BIS staff strike against office closure

PCS members in the department of Business, Innovation and Skills took strike action to save their Sheffield office

19 May 2016

spotPaul Mason's EU referendum defeatism answered by TUSC

The left-wing commentator Paul Mason had a very disappointing article in Tuesday's edition of The Guardian (There is a left-wing case for Brexit - but we can't let Boris Johnson turn Britain into a neo-liberal fantasy island, G2, 17 May)

19 May 2016

spotPennine Foods - Strikers persuade delivery lorries to turn away

"Where's your veg gone, where's your veg gone, far far away"

20 May 2016

spotBristol Labour mayor brings Tory into cabinet

Marvin Rees, Bristol's new Labour mayor has announced his council cabinet.

21 May 2016

spotBritain's gaping political fault-lines

Immediately after May's elections, the EU referendum battle began - along with an overt, brutal power struggle in the Tory party. Cameron's weak government is on the ropes. An anti-austerity, socialist campaign for Brexit could finish it off, writes Peter Taaffe

24 May 2016

spotBrutal bosses' attack on striking Lisbon dockers

The Lisbon Port Operators Association, which represents the interests of the companies operating in the Lisbon port, has decided, in a completely horrendous and desperate attack, to start a collective lay-off of the Lisbon dockworkers, who are currently on strike

24 May 2016

spotDave Nellist on Any Questions

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national chair, Dave Nellist, was a panellist on BBC Radio's Any Questions programme on 20 May, appearing alongside the Tory minister Andrea Leadsom, Blairite Labour MP Emma Reynolds, and the former Tory Party chairman, Chris Patten

25 May 2016

spotMotion passed for no-cuts council budgets

This afternoon, a composited motion calling on Welsh councils to set legal no-cuts budgets was passed unanimously at Wales TUC

25 May 2016

spotUniversity lecturers strike for fair pay

UCU members were out in force for the first day of UK-wide two-day strike action against a paltry 1.1% pay offer

25 May 2016

spotVenezuela - on the brink of collapse?

Counter-revolution gaining ground: Venezuela is being battered by a social and economic catastrophe. Reactionary right-wing forces have capitalised on the situation as support for president Maduro's government has crashed.

25 May 2016

spotWe won't move! Mass resistance can defeat the Tories' housing act

The Tories' Housing and Planning Bill is now an Act, to be implemented in April 2017. The Kill the Housing Bill campaign set up last autumn is now renamed Axe the Housing Act. Another national demo has been called for 18 June.

25 May 2016

spot'Socialist case against the EU' TUSC tour kicks off

We are for real internationalism. But that's why we need a socialist Europe, not the 'Employers' Union' that is the EU, with its austerity agenda. Tour locations and dates included.

25 May 2016

spotLeicester drives out Britain First

Having arrived unannounced in Leicester sometime around midday, Britain First, protected by a police cordon, were forced to abandon their stall and leave Leicester by mid-afternoon.

25 May 2016

spotCampaigning for a people's plan for Waltham Forest

"These plans are an onslaught. We all agree that we need housing - but what kind of housing? We also want an expansion in amenities, schools, health, parking, in a planned, sensible coordinated fashion. We want the cuts to stop."

25 May 2016

spotFight to win: join the Socialists!

Where working class women and men defend their rights, it's where you'll find the Socialist Party. We bring solidarity and support - but the Socialist Party also aims to discuss a socialist strategy to end Tory austerity with campaigners.

25 May 2016

spotBoris hid killer air report

It was recently revealed that the Boris Johnson administration buried a report on London's air pollution problem. It showed that 433 primary schools in London are in places where levels of nitrogen oxides, gases that may cause acute respiratory illnesses, surpassed EU safety limits.

25 May 2016

spotMass protests against regime take on Kazakhstan cops

Hundreds and thousands of people - young and old - set out to join countrywide protests on 21 May against Kazakhstan's vicious Nazarbayev regime. They were met with an enormous police operation to prevent them reaching the squares for the demonstrations. But, "the people have awoken!" as one campaigner put it.

25 May 2016

spotCoventry sees off EDL

The far-right English Defence League (EDL) came to Coventry on 21 May. They came with the agenda of dividing communities by trying to scapegoat ethnic and religious minorities for the ills in society, trying to turn worker against worker. However this did not happen.

25 May 2016

spotChorley A&E battle

150 bikers blocked the road outside Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, revving their engines in time with the chants of a further 400 protesters on 21 May. They were there for the sixth week in a row since the trust's announcement it would close the A&E department.

25 May 2016

spotWhat we saw: 'I, Daniel Blake' and Hunt/'Thick of It' remix

Anti-cuts drama 'I, Daniel Blake' has won top gong at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, another filmmaker has mashed up a Jeremy Hunt interview with political satire 'The Tick of It'.

25 May 2016

spotThem & us

Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock receives lavish multiple pensions, while nearly a million UK pensioners languish in poverty.

25 May 2016

spotGreece crisis - please vote Leave

Featured letter - EU referendum: Last summer my mum was on holiday on a Greek island and had the misfortune to be bitten by a poisonous snake. The doctors she spoke to hadn't been paid in six weeks. Patients relied on friends and family to wash, change and toilet them, as well as bring them water.

25 May 2016

spotObituary: Jenny O'Sullivan (1988-2016)

Jennifer O'Sullivan died unexpectedly on 15 May at the age of 28. Jenny was a former member of the Socialist Party in Dudley and east London, active in a number of our campaigns.

25 May 2016

spotCanada: fire devastates Fort McMurray

Capitalism equals environmental destruction: On the evening of 3 May the entire 94,000 population of Fort McMurray was ordered to leave as an out-of-control wildfire swept towards it.

25 May 2016

spotTrain conductors strike to keep their role

A conductor provides a vital role on our railways. Passenger safety is paramount to them. The conductor ensures everyone is safely on the train. They play a vital role should the train be involved in an incident.

25 May 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Conductors strike, healthcare assistants strike.

25 May 2016

spotBrazil: Fall of Rousseff unleashes offensive against working class

The impeachment process and historic crisis of the Workers' Party: Brazil is experiencing its deepest economic and social crisis. Alongside this, a massive political crisis has arisen.

25 May 2016

spotSocialist inbox

Letters to the editors: EU, Paul Mason and nukes, Leicester FC, board game, Michelle Bridge 1973-2016.

25 May 2016

spotTories forced back in junior doctors' dispute

Junior doctors are discussing the offer extracted from Jeremy Hunt - a result of their tenacious strike action.

25 May 2016

spotEU referendum can bring the Tories down

Only an independent working class position can defeat the right. "As the debate on the EU referendum intensifies, so do the possibilities for a split in the Conservative Party."

25 May 2016

spotAustria - Hofer defeated, but far-right threat remains

In the run-off second round election for Austria's presidency, Alexander Van der Bellen from the Green Party narrowly defeated Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party.

26 May 2016

spotLink the strikes - come to the NSSN conference

Every week sees more workers taking action - how do we make a breakthrough against the bosses' offensive and the Tory cuts?

27 May 2016

spotSolidarity with protesters in Kazakhstan

Protesters from Campaign Kazakhstan and the Socialist Party delivered a letter to the Kazakhstan embassy in London condemning the actions of the Nazarbeyev regime

27 May 2016

spotBIS office closure: Anger and determination to fight on

Confirmation of the Business, Innovation and Skills Sheffield office closure came on 26 May

27 May 2016

spotJune meetings on the EU Referendum

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