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2 May 2017

spotBob Crow's socialist legacy

When Bob Crow died in 2014 the trade union movement lost one of its best known and most determined fighters. Peter Taaffe reviews a new biography of Bob

3 May 2017

spotHousing association workers' and tenants' alternative awards ceremony

The newly created Housing Association Workers and Residents network had received 718 nominations for its alternative awards

3 May 2017

spotJeremy Corbyn's workers' charter

Restoring, defending and strengthening trade union rights - as the most effective way to fight for more secure employment and better wages - is a major theme of the programme

3 May 2017

spotCorbyn pledges a million homes and landlord regulation

Jeremy Corbyn has promised 100,000 council homes a year if elected to government

3 May 2017

spotMcDonnell promises reversal of Tories' tax cuts for the super-rich

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is promising to reverse cuts to corporation tax and capital gains tax

3 May 2017

spotCorbyn pledges end to uni fees and school cuts

As well as pledging free education, Corbyn has promised to reverse the £3 billion of school cuts that are in the pipeline

3 May 2017

spotCorbyn government would lift NHS pay cap

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth has promised that any forthcoming Labour government would end the NHS pay cap

3 May 2017

spotBeyond the crisis point: saving social care

It is not difficult to see why the chair of the National Care Association says "we are now beyond the crisis point"

3 May 2017

spotTrump's policies hit a wall

Donald Trump's first 100 days in the White House have been characterised by political defeats, administrative chaos and incompetence

3 May 2017

spotUnison health conference: fury over leadership's feet dragging

It was clear during the debate that delegates were furious at the union's group executive for initially opposing the NHS demonstration on 4 March and then belatedly giving it only lukewarm support

3 May 2017

spotMcDonald's forced to back down on zero-hours

McDonald's has been forced by campaigning to offer 115,000 zero-hour contract workers to move to fixed contracts

3 May 2017

spotPCS elections - vote Democracy Alliance

There is just over a week to go before the PCS national executive committee ballot closes on 11 May

3 May 2017

spotTransport union protests against driver-only operation outside parliament

Just over a year after the Southern Rail dispute began, rail workers gathered to send a clear message to the government and rail companies that they will continue fighting to keep guards on the trains

3 May 2017

spotRare opportunity to see Russian revolution lifted off the page

Exhibition review: 'Russian revolution - hope, tragedy, myths': This new exhibition at the British Library draws on an extensive collection to take visitors through the key events of the Russian revolution

3 May 2017

spotMersey metro-mayor TV debate

TUSC Mersey metro mayoral candidate Roger Bannister debated in the studio with other candidates on the BBC's Sunday Politics North West programme

3 May 2017

spot'Socialist Steve' takes on the robots

Steve's campaign demands include refusing to carry out Tory government cuts to council spending, implementing a £10 an hour minimum wage, and initiating a mass council house building programme, as part of his 'people's budget'

3 May 2017

spotTUSC's south Wales challenge to pro-cuts parties

TUSC candidate and Socialist Party member Ross Saunders was quoted on the BBC website

3 May 2017

spotBuy your ticket now for the political event of the year: Socialism 2017

20% discount available now: We are very excited to announce Kshama Sawant, fresh from the fight against Trump, Seattle's socialist council member who led the successful fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage and much more!

3 May 2017

spotSheffield mental health campaigner: "austerity kills"

"Austerity kills. A month ago I was in a car coming back from trade union leafleting when I saw a man's body hit the road on Park Square roundabout after he had thrown himself off the bridge"

3 May 2017

spotVote TUSC on Thursday - for a 100% anti-austerity alternative

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has 80 candidates standing on 4th May

3 May 2017

spotRace against time for May as Corbyn sets out anti-austerity case

A bold socialist stand can beat the Blairites and the Tories: Economic growth is slowing and real wages falling. No wonder Theresa May is unwilling to debate, as her course of action will be to inflict ongoing brutal austerity

3 May 2017

spotNUS leadership: Blairites supported by establishment

Given the gravity of the crisis faced by students, NUS conference failed to measure up to the tasks

3 May 2017

spotUnion leadership and Labour right challenged at shop workers' conference

Socialist Party members spoke in debates on the living wage, fighting racism and the battle to support Jeremy Corbyn

3 May 2017

spotPacked court laughs down cutter Joan Burton's comparison

Burton claimed to stand in the tradition of Marxist James Connolly!

5 May 2017

spotPensions strike at Rolls Royce

Production lines are quiet today at the Goodwood plant as hundreds of noisy pickets are providing a 'welcoming party' for visiting BMW board members from Germany

5 May 2017

spotAfter the Unite elections - now turn outwards

The Unite elections represent a defeat of the Blairite forces both inside the union and Labour. They must now be used as a platform to strengthen the left in Unite.

6 May 2017

spotLiverpool city region mayor election - almost 8,000 votes for TUSC

Roger Bannister standing for TUSC polled almost 8,000 first-preference votes for the city region mayor

6 May 2017

spotLabour hangs on in Wales despite cuts councillors

Labour held on in the cities but lost some seats in the valleys, not to the Tories, but to independent councillors. The Tories only won new seats in their traditional seats in Wales

8 May 2017

spotWest Midlands mayor - Failure of Labour right

The Tories won the inaugural election for the position of Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority

8 May 2017

spotPacked Socialist Party meeting discusses the general election

Waltham Forest Socialist Party had its biggest meeting of 2017

8 May 2017

spotOne Housing tenants force housing association back

Tenants refuse to pay outrageous 40% rent increase

8 May 2017

spotDoncaster TUSC's campaigning against cuts goes on

TUSC will continue to campaign to get the Tories out, for a Corbyn government and a socialist council

9 May 2017

spotRoyal Mail walkout over suspension of union reps

CWU members took action across nine Royal Mail offices

10 May 2017

spotSocialists tell free marketeers "the pitchforks are coming" in Durham debate

Students at Durham debated the proposition 'free market capitalism is the way forward' - Elaine Brunskill, representing the Socialist Party, gave those supporting the motion a cold shiver down their capitalist spines

10 May 2017

spotSuprise rally with Jeremy Corbyn in Morley

With only a few hours notice hundreds turned up outside Morley leisure centre to hear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speak.

10 May 2017

spotCWU walkout wins large concessions

In the face of militant action, Royal Mail lifted the suspensions of two reps

10 May 2017

spotHundreds rally for Corbyn in Leamington

With little to no notice around 500 people gathered outside Leamington Town Hall on 8 May to hear Jeremy Corbyn speak

10 May 2017

spot1,000 super-rich own £658 billion!

Our world is endless austerity. Yet it's not everyone's world. If you are one of the 1,000 richest people in Britain, then things are different

10 May 2017

spotWorkers fight back against race to the bottom!

Many strikes and protests are taking place

10 May 2017

spotLocal election results must mean Corbyn campaign is stepped up

Rally supporting Jeremy Corbyn, Hull

The local election results will have disappointed many Corbyn supporters, but he can still win - if he fights on a bold socialist programme, backed by the workers' movement

10 May 2017

spotTUSC's anti-cuts message finds positive response

4 May local elections: TUSC stood 78 council and two mayoral candidates, winning a total of 15,407 votes

10 May 2017

spotCorbyn pledges freeze on 'STP' health cuts

These announcements are good, and go some way to addressing the chronic underfunding of the NHS - Corbyn also needs to pledge reversal of all cuts and sell-offs

10 May 2017

spotCorbyn pledges council powers to take over academies

May's grammar school inequality exposed: Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to give powers to councils to take over academies. This is a very good start, but he will also need to pledge full public ownership and mass investment in schools

10 May 2017

spotFrance: Macron won't solve economic & social crises

Fightback and socialist policies vital: Pro-capitalist former banker Emmanuel Macron is president of France after defeating Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National

10 May 2017

spotCorbyn would limit TV junk food ads

Jeremy Corbyn has also pledged to curtail the rights of big businesses to push unhealthy food on children

10 May 2017

spotCorbyn promises to scrap hospital parking fees

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to make parking at NHS hospitals free. He called the current charges "a tax on serious illnesses."

10 May 2017

spotTories wrecking our NHS: kick them out!

Pay cap forces health workers to quit: This general election is the most important in a generation. The NHS is at breaking point

10 May 2017

spotTories forced to publish useless plans on toxic air

Corbyn must campaign on emergency measures to phase out diesels: The May government's proposals are vague and toothless, just a cynical attempt to avoid the subject while the election campaign is going on

10 May 2017

spotWhat we saw

Some permanent degenerative medical conditions "do get better," according to one Tory MP

10 May 2017

spotTories win West Midlands mayor - the complete failure of the Labour right

It is clear from this result that the Labour right have nothing to offer in terms of winning elections

10 May 2017

spotTube strike at London Bridge over unfair dismissal

The 24-hour strike by RMT members was in response to an incident in which a fare-dodger was violent towards staff. Two who intervened were disciplined while another lost his job

10 May 2017

spotGood debate and response at radiographers' union conference

Radiographers discussed the NHS cuts and pay cap, tribunal fees, and the right to protest

10 May 2017

spotUS: women ice hockey players' strike threat wins living wage

On 15 March, a group of women in the US announced a strike that became headline news across the country

10 May 2017

spotFeatured letter: disabled workers want our voices heard, not charity

I'd like to thank John Gillman and the editors of the Socialist for making an audio version of the paper available at socialistparty.org.uk

10 May 2017

spotForeign aid corruption: capitalism to blame

To justify calls to reduce the foreign aid budget, parts of the capitalist establishment have pointed to the corruption that permeates the business of aid

10 May 2017

spotWhy I joined: raising the ideas of socialism

"I eventually chose to join the Socialist Party because it is the party that is currently doing the most work to raise the idea of socialism"

10 May 2017

spotTheatre review: Fracked! Political satire skewers frackers

'Fracked!' is an interesting and topical play, and puts forward good environmental arguments against the use of fracking for our future energy sources

10 May 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors about the general election

10 May 2017

spotOverflowing Corbyn rally in Leicester

Labour had booked a large meeting room at the Tigers Stadium, holding 800 people. The room was packed full, with people standing at the back

10 May 2017

spotJobstown Not Guilty trial round-up

The trial of Jobstown protesters in Ireland is an attack on the right to protest, but it is also an attack on the working class communities of Tallaght

10 May 2017

spotYorkshire meeting in solidarity with the #JobstownNotGuilty campaign

People from across Yorkshire came together to discuss the background of the Jobstown trial and the impact that the verdicts could have on Ireland and beyond

10 May 2017

spotSutton Coldfield socialist campaign stall

Birmingham Central Socialist Party branch held its first ever campaign stall in the uncharted territory of 'Royal' Sutton Coldfield

10 May 2017

spotCampaign launch: "rip-off bosses and greedy bankers - enough is enough!"

"An upgraded economy run for the many, not the few," was the promise from Jeremy Corbyn at Labour's official general election campaign launch in Manchester on 9 May

12 May 2017

spotTUSC confirms no candidates in June

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee has confirmed that TUSC will not be standing candidates in the general election.

15 May 2017

spotTUSC explains general election stance on BBC show

Following last week's decision by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee not to stand candidates in June's general election, TUSC chair, Dave Nellist, was invited onto the BBC's Sunday Politics show for the Midlands region

17 May 2017

spotHull workers who fought in the Spanish Civil War

Theatre review: Ocho: Ocho tells the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Jane Thornton is a Bafta-winning playwright who has worked with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together this fascinating tale, not only of the men but of the wives they left behind.

17 May 2017

spotBrazil: General strike against Temer regime

On 28 April, the Brazilian working class gave a clear sign of its strength and ability to mobilise

17 May 2017

spotNHS cyberattack: budget cuts and spy agency to blame

Corbyn's £30bn extra for NHS would improve security: A 'ransomware' virus brought havoc to NHS trusts starting on 12 May, causing A&E departments to only treat life-threatening emergencies, doctors to turn patients away from surgeries, and cancelling of operations.

17 May 2017

spotTories escape election fraud charges

Corbyn should attack May's hypocrisy: Up to 30 Tories, including up to 20 MPs, have escaped prosecution for not declaring extra money spent on election campaigning.

17 May 2017

spot31,000 more kids at risk of abuse or neglect

Corbyn's £8bn for a 'National Care Service' would start to reverse this: Over 31,400 more children were at risk of neglect or abuse in 2015-16 compared to 2010-11, according to a parliamentary report by the National Children's Bureau.

17 May 2017

spotCorbyn could re-win Scotland with a socialist approach to independence

Sympathy towards Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland, as elsewhere, is widespread, including among those who voted Yes to independence in 2014.

17 May 2017

spotFund the fight against the Tories

General election finance appeal: We are appealing to all readers of the Socialist for a donation to help us with the costs of producing our election leaflets, posters and other material.

17 May 2017

spotTories out! Corbyn can win with socialist policies

Build a new workers' party. take the wealth off the 1%: An overview of Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto.

17 May 2017

spotPacked meeting sets out socialist policies needed to defeat the Tories

At short notice 60 people packed in to hear Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, speak in Coventry on 10 May.

17 May 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including property fat cats, a foodbank poem, election mail and an Aire Valley incinerator.

17 May 2017

spotCorbyn's alternative for young people

Free education, EMA, £10/hr, no zero-hours: Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto has been greeted with enormous enthusiasm by working class people but especially by young people.

17 May 2017

spotSupport Corbyn's call to renationalise Royal Mail

Privatising Royal Mail was a privatisation too far for Margaret Thatcher. So how did it come to pass that 499 years of public ownership ended in 2015 with the remaining 30% of shares being floated on the London Stock Exchange, following the majority being sold two years earlier?

17 May 2017

spotBlackpool deserves better - anti-austerity rally

A lively all-day public meeting saw 'Blackpool deserves better' launched on 13 May. The meeting was organised by Blackpool trade union council and the BFAWU bakers' union around an anti-austerity theme after seeing the town devastated by cuts and racked by zero-hour contracts and low pay.

17 May 2017

spotUnison must back Corbyn's pledge to abolish zero-hour contracts with action

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to abolish zero-hour contracts if elected on 8 June. And last year, Unison northern region co-convenor Nicky Ramanandi joined in the condemnations of Blairite North East Labour local authorities' use of casual labour.

17 May 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the latest in the Fujitsu dispute, a blacklisting protest and the result of the RCN ballot.

17 May 2017

spotKick out the Tories: For a Corbyn-led government

Fight for jobs, pay and services: "The Conservative Party has always been the true party of workers," claims Theresa May. What a joke! Try telling that to the millions of workers living on poverty pay, in precarious employment.

17 May 2017

spotSocialist ideas are energising young people

Voter registration: A third of a million voters have 'disappeared' from the electoral register in Wales, thanks to the shameless attempt by Tory and Liberal politicians to disenfranchise the working class, and young people in particular.

17 May 2017

spotPalestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike protest

Israel/Palestine: The Strike of Freedom and Honour is the name given to an indefinite mass hunger strike of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, which started on Palestinian Prisoner Day, 17 April.

17 May 2017

spotBarcelona May Days 1937 - a civil war within a civil war

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the 'May Days' in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. Below is a reply to an article in the Observer on 7 May (both this and a shorter version were unpublished) by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.

17 May 2017

spotBook launch: From Militant to the Socialist Party

London Socialist Party meeting and book launch: Tories Out - Corbyn can win with a socialist, anti-austerity programme; Plus launch of new book ‘From Militant to the Socialist Party.
Speakers include Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary and author of the book. Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm, Central London. All welcome!

17 May 2017

spotCorbyn's manifesto: An important step in the right direction

Jeremy Corbyn has launched his manifesto by declaring Labour is the "party for the many" while the Tories are the "party of the rich".

17 May 2017

spotPensions strikes continue at BMW

National Shop Stewards' Network (NSSN) supporters once again traveled up from Bristol and Gloucestershire on Tuesday 16th May to bring support and solidarity to BMW workers at the Mini plant in Swindon, writes Matt Carey, Bristol South Socialist Party.

17 May 2017

spotOne in three borrow for rent, Corbyn pledges housing revolution

One in three people have borrowed money just to pay the rent - some from family and friends; others with interest and fee-charging overdrafts, credit cards and payday loans.

17 May 2017

spotIncreased majority for Democracy Alliance

The PCS Democracy Alliance has secured an increased majority in the PCS elections.

17 May 2017

spotApology from Radio 4's PM programme

On 9th May, Radio 4's PM programme made a rare reference to the Socialist Party. Unfortunately it was completely untrue

17 May 2017

spotManchester: housing maintenance workers plan strikes every week

"One Manchester - my arse" read the front of march banner

19 May 2017

spotArgos: aggressive bosses met by determined strike

Unite members at Argos regional warehouses are striking for two weeks

22 May 2017

spotCapitalism condemned

Peter Taaffe reviews Melvyn King's book: The End of Alchemy: money, banking and the future of the global economy

23 May 2017

spotManchester bombing: Unite against terror, war and racism

Young people out enjoying themselves were instead faced with one of the worst kinds of horror imaginable when a bomb was exploded in the foyer of the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena

24 May 2017

spot5,000 march against plans to cut teachers

In Bristol, schools are due to lose more than £32 million, the equivalent of 1,000 teachers.

24 May 2017

spotMay's 'dementia tax' wobble vs Corbyn's extra funds

The Tories' so-called dementia tax pledge and threats to winter fuel payments seem stupid measures to propose on the eve of a general election

24 May 2017

spotSingle market = TTIP

A top EU bureaucrat has insisted any UK access to the single market must be on the lines of the pro-privatisation 'Ceta' trade deal

24 May 2017

spotCorbyn and Brexit: Why a socialist approach to the EU is needed

As the general election draws nearer and people become more aware of what Jeremy Corbyn stands for, the gap between Tories and Labour in the polls has started to close

24 May 2017

spotCorbyn in - Tories out

While Jeremy Corbyn has been speaking to thousands of ordinary people at mass rallies across the country, 'strong and stable' Theresa May has been running scared

24 May 2017

spotTheresa 'Lunch Snatcher' May vs Jeremy 'free meals' Corbyn

Under plans unveiled in the Tories' manifesto, free lunches for infant school students will be scrapped

24 May 2017

spotWork doesn't pay: Tory policies have meant another wages cut

While wages still sit £16 a week below their 2008 pre-recession peak, government figures have shown that the Tories have pushed pay 'growth' back below inflation - meanwhile, Corbyn pledges a higher minimum wage, end to the public sector pay cap, and ban on zero-hour contracts

24 May 2017

spotTory oil spoils v poisonous air

Six oil company bosses have donated a total of £391,300 to the Tory party since Theresa May became prime minister - and Britain's place in the air pollution rankings is shameful

24 May 2017

spotWave after wave: 5,000 at 'rock festival' Corbyn rally in Hull

They'd been queueing at the gates from 4pm, two hours early. They just kept coming. Wave after wave

24 May 2017

spotThings are changing: 20,000 sing for Corbyn at Wirral rock festival!

About 6,000 people descended on West Kirby, on the Wirral, to hear Jeremy Corbyn on 20 May - then 20,000 chanted his name after he spoke ahead of The Libertines at a music festival

24 May 2017

spotSocialist Students call on chicken May to debate Corbyn

Socialist Students called out the Tories and Theresa May for being chickens with a protest outside Conservative Central HQ in London on 17 May

24 May 2017

spotBlairite warmonger misses chance to fight on Corbyn's popular policies

Walthamstow's Blairite MP, Stella Creasy, was reluctant to promote Corbyn's recently released anti-austerity manifesto

24 May 2017

spotLabour council's threat to children's care centre

Fight for legal no-cuts budgets: The campaign is on to save the Grange, the only residential home for disabled children in Salford. Parents of children in the home have petitioned and lobbied the pro-Corbyn council leader

24 May 2017

spotNewcastle: fresh faces and the fight in Labour

A striking Durham TA spoke at a meeting including several new people interested in the Socialist Party's ideas

24 May 2017

spotWindow workers walk out after seeing through contract changes

Unite members working for Sierra Windows in Paignton, South Devon, are on a rolling series of two-day strikes

24 May 2017

spotThird strike against driver-only operated trains suspended but dispute continues

The third coordinated strike action involving 2,000 workers on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail against driver-only operation scheduled for 30 May has been suspended following the bombing in Manchester

24 May 2017

spotPCS DWP conference 2017

Across all of the key issues - pay, office closures, staffing, working conditions, welfare - the message that rang out loud and clear from PCS unnion members in the Department for Work and Pensions was one of total opposition to the Tories

24 May 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

LSE cleaners' strike; BMW pensions strike; Crossrail construction strike; Hackney lobby against school cuts

24 May 2017

spotNational Shop Stewards Network conference

The 11th annual National Shop Stewards Network conference will be on 1 July 2017 in central London

24 May 2017

spotThe media, May and the general election

Complain to the BBC over bias: The capitalist-owned media and the BBC will not pursue questions about the interests of the working class

24 May 2017

spotTrump regime faces deepening crisis

Working class political alternative needed to drive him out: President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has led to a spiralling political crisis in Washington

24 May 2017

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories from other sections and co-thinkers of the Committee for a Workers' International. Russia arrests socialists backing LGBT+ rights; solidarity march in Sweden; police exposed in Jobstown trial

24 May 2017

spot'From Militant to the Socialist Party' - new book now available

'From Militant to the Socialist Party' covers developments from the New Labour takeover to the first rumblings of the world economic crisis of 2007-8, and is the sequel to 'The Rise of Militant'

24 May 2017

spotGentrification, class and race in Brixton film

Film review: A Moving Image: A stirring look at gentrification in Brixton, south London

24 May 2017

spotCapitalist journal's warning to the bosses: Marx was right, watch out!

There in the Economist, an authoritative journal of the bosses, was the heading: "The Labour leadership is right - Karl Marx has a lot to teach today's politicians!"

24 May 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors: Tory v Labour costings; May's two fingers; is this an NHS election; nationalise energy; Jeremy Hunt's dodgy deals; austerity and maternity rights

24 May 2017

spotCorbyn's pledge: free education - May's plan: hike fees

In an announcement which will galvanise the support of millions of young people, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to immediately scrap university tuition fees for students

24 May 2017

spotObituary: Rhodri Morgan 1939-2017, architect of the 'Welsh Labour' brand

Rhodri operated in a period before austerity, when some small reforms could be delivered without a major battle - but had also started implementing cuts

25 May 2017

spotHuman rights workers strike in support of sacked union members

PCS members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission are on strike

25 May 2017

spotBritain's election and the coming battle for Labour

Socialism Today 209 cover

The only certain outcome of the general election is that none of the contradictions besetting the political and social relations that sustain British capitalism will be resolved by the result

27 May 2017

spotBook launch: the Socialist Party past and present

Over 100 people gathered for the launch of Peter Taaffe's new book

30 May 2017

spotWorkers warned boss of tech failure danger

Many BA passengers suffered cancelled flights over the bank holiday period

31 May 2017

spotSocialist Party hosts pro-Corbyn rally in Southampton

The Socialist Party hosted so far the only pro-Corbyn election rally in Southampton following a protest against education cuts on 27 May

31 May 2017

spotPCS conference: Confident delegates back fighting strategy

PCS will do all it can to work for a Corbyn-led government

31 May 2017

spotHow can Corbyn's programme be implemented?

Theresa May-hem attacks Jeremy Corbyn for his "nonsensical economic... mismanagement." Yet Tory work and pensions secretary Damian Green admitted: "Our manifesto is not un-costed, we just haven't costed it yet"!

31 May 2017

spotMobilise for a mass movement after 8 June

The closing of the opinion polls has confounded all wings of the capitalist establishment. Labour's Blairites are part of this 'coalition' and they are just as terrified of the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn being declared prime minister.

31 May 2017

spotSouth Africa: burning anger

The constant smoke from wood fires, as township residents attempt to keep warm from the freezing winter nights in their flimsy tin shacks, is just one of the reasons for the night-time smog surrounding Johannesburg

31 May 2017

spotGains for left in Unison executive election

Unison Action increased the left's vote to 29 seats. The Socialist Party increased our numbers on the NEC to seven

31 May 2017

spotFighting Tory cuts to the schools budget

Education workers, parents and students are uniting in protest

31 May 2017

spotElectric atmosphere at Corbyn rally

Over 1,200 people packed into the Old Fruitmarket

31 May 2017

spotAfter 8 June: build the socialist fightback

Whatever the result of the general election, politics has been shaken up. But after the election the fight goes on!

31 May 2017

spotFamilies to have £15,000 debt by 2020 - trade union action needed

The average family will be around £15,000 in debt by 2020, says the TUC. A Corbyn-led government would be an important step forward

31 May 2017

spotTories and Blairites in pockets of big business: kick them out!

Are you a boss of an oil company? Make sure the Tories have your best interests at heart and donate. Six of the Tories' largest donors have taken up this smashing offer

31 May 2017

spotCertification officer confirms that Unison did break the rules in general secretary election

The complaint that right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis's team breached the rule that forbids the use of union resources to campaign for any candidate in the election was upheld

31 May 2017

spotShortened GMB conference to hear pro-Corbyn and anti-austerity motions

There are a number of fairly militant motions, some of which contain demands overlapping with Socialist Party policies

31 May 2017

spotStrike action to save Sheffield Jobcentre

Staff at the Eastern Avenue Jobcentre are striking to save their jobs and continue providing the service in one of the poorest areas of Sheffield

31 May 2017

spotUnion stops finance for anti-Corbyn Labour MP

The Communication Workers Union has withdrawn campaign funding from the right-wing Labour MP Jess Phillips

31 May 2017

spotManchester housing workers' strike solid

The three-day a week strike by housing maintenance workers in Manchester is continuing. Workers expect a long battle, one for which they are prepared

31 May 2017

spotBully bosses' zero-hour backdown

What does it feel like to feel worthless at work? Well it goes like this...

31 May 2017

spotNational Shop Stewards Network conference 2017

The 11th annual National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference will be on 1 July in central London

31 May 2017

spotStruggle can beat Tories' outlandish 7% cuts to schools

The Conservatives' manifesto pledges a slashing of school budgets unseen in generations

31 May 2017

spotFight the Tory cuts and changes that take mental health back to Bedlam

The Tories' manifesto pledges changes to the Mental Health Act to "tackle unnecessary detention"

31 May 2017

spotDon't wait! Join the Socialist Party to transform society

Whatever happens on 8 June, we need the biggest socialist voice possible to continue the fight to transform society

31 May 2017

spotWhy I joined: "To fight for an end to tuition fees and cuts"

As someone who was new to politics it was intriguing to see a party fighting against the never-ending fee hikes and cuts to student loans and grants

31 May 2017

spotManchester socialists campaigning against war, racism, terrorism and austerity

Following the horrific Manchester bombing on 22 May, Socialist Party members in the city have been campaigning against terrorism, war, racism and austerity and continuing our general election campaigning

31 May 2017

spotStudent occupation at Chelsea College of Arts

University management rethinks restructure: Eight fine art research staff have been made redundant, and university management has been emailing all staff offering 'voluntary redundancies'

31 May 2017

spotNorth Bristol: angry march in defence of the NHS

Hundreds gathered at Horfield Common in Bristol North West, a marginal seat held by the Tories, close to Southmead Hospital, to demonstrate in defence of the NHS on 27 May

31 May 2017

spotWomen and austerity - scrap the 'rape clause'

In Yorkshire, Socialist Party members have been organising with others under the banner of 'Women's Lives Matter'

31 May 2017

spotJune 1917: when workers in Britain first tried to form soviets

The centrepiece demand - for the formation of workers' councils - was the one the authorities feared the most. Yet this did not come to fruition

31 May 2017

spotHeroic socialist fighters who sang as ship went down - new memorial

'Solidarity Park' is a new community memorial project in Catalonia about the sinking of the ocean liner 'Ciudad de Barcelona' on 30 May 1937 during the Spanish Civil War

31 May 2017

spotCorbyn's policies could help fight unhappiness for LGBT+ people

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain are reporting lower personal wellbeing than straight people in all areas measured by the Office for National Statistics

31 May 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Vote Corbyn; Manchester bombing witnesses; Clarke v Corbyn; dementia tax.

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