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1 November 2010

spotHackney: One Labour councillor against cuts at successful lobby

With the full and horrific extent of the Con-Dem cuts becoming clearer by the day, Hackney residents have shown loud and clear that their communities, services and jobs will not pay the bill for the bankers' greed...

1 November 2010

spotLeicester: Anti-cuts protesters inspired by French strikes

On Saturday 30 October, the people of Leicester demonstrated their anger against the Con-Dem cuts to our public services...

1 November 2010

spotLondon firefighters second strike day

Firefighters speak, as all firestations picketed

1 November 2010

spotPortsmouth workers vow: Not one single cut!

Portsmouth anti-cuts rally

Portsmouth anti-cuts rally

"We will not accept one single cut! We will not accept one single job loss!" That was the rallying cry in Portsmouth city centre on Saturday 30 October as over 150 trade unionists and students marched...

2 November 2010

spotPress release: Workers and trade unionists need to come to firefighters' aid

Ian Leahair, FBU London Regional Organiser, after being run down by engines crewed by strike breakers provided by the private firm AssetCo, photo Suzanne Beishon

Ian Leahair, FBU London Regional Organiser, was hospitalised

Firefighters hospitalised in brutal strikebreaking: London firefighters picketed Southwark fire station as AssetCo driven appliances returned after the second day of strike action on 1st November...

3 November 2010

spotBrighton: Anti-cuts movement continues to grow

Two thousand people marched in the Brighton Stop the Cuts Coalition (BSTC) demonstration on Saturday 30 October, writes Jon Redford, South East Socialist Party.

3 November 2010

spotAnti-cuts movement continues to grow

Brighton Socialist Party on the anti-cuts protest in Brighton

Brighton Socialist Party on the anti-cuts protest in Brighton

Brighton: Two thousand people marched in the Brighton Stop the Cuts Coalition (BSTC) demonstration on Saturday 30 October...

3 November 2010

spotDon't destroy our sickness benefits

When the Con-Dem government announced its cuts, Steve Spreadborough of Coventry appeared on the BBC News, speaking emotionally of his fears of losing his home and more...

3 November 2010

spotPickets injured: Solidarity with London firefighters

Ian Leahair, FBU London Regional Organiser, after being run down by engines crewed by strike breakers provided by the private firm AssetCo, photo Suzanne Beishon

Ian Leahair, FBU London Regional Organiser, after being run down by engines crewed by strike breakers provided by the private firm AssetCo, photo Suzanne Beishon

The mood of striking London firefighters was made even more determined when two FBU members were hit by vehicles on picket lines on 1 November...

3 November 2010

spotSolidarity with London firefighters

London firefighters are engaged in a serious battle to defend jobs and working conditions. Fire bosses want to change their shift patterns to make it easier to introduce a casualised, part privatised service...

3 November 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network: Anti-cuts conference

South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1 1RG, writes See www.shopstewards.net.

3 November 2010

spotNottingham school staff force council retreat over pay cuts

Protesting at the threat to deport AmDani in Nottingham, photo Gary Freeman

Protesting at the threat to deport AmDani in Nottingham, photo Gary Freeman

Up to 1,000 school support staff gathered recently in Nottingham's market square to protest against Nottingham City council's plans to move them onto term time contracts, writes Jean Thorpe, chair Nottingham City Unison, personal capacity.

3 November 2010

spotUCU: No education cuts, no fees!

After stopping building work on schools, preparing to privatise the NHS and slashing benefits, the Con-Dem coalition government has turned its attentions to higher education as part of its attempt to redistribute wealth upwards...

3 November 2010

spotTube workers take more action for safety

More than 11,000 tube workers are striking for 24 hours against job cuts from 2 November...

3 November 2010

spotBBC strike over pensions

Members of the National Union of Journalists at the BBC will be on strike on 5 and 6 November and 15 and 16 November, with further dates to be announced in the next week or so...

3 November 2010

spotHousing: Rent caps, not benefit caps

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

'NO-ONE should ever be worse off working than they would be on benefits'. This is the carefully chosen mantra repeated time and again by Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and the rest of the Con-Dem wrecking crew...

3 November 2010

spotGraduate unemployment: We will not be a lost generation!

A RECENT study by the Graduate Careers Services Unit has revealed a huge hike in the rates of unemployment amongst graduates, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students national organiser.

3 November 2010

spotCable is a coward!

"Cable is a coward" said Teddy, an Oxford student, reflecting the anger of the 1,000 students and university workers from Oxford and Oxford Brookes who turned out to welcome Vince Cable, Con-Dem Business Secretary, on his planned visit to Oxford on 28 October, writes Ben Norman.

3 November 2010

spot100 students march against cuts and fees in Leeds

Socialist Students at rally at Leeds City Square organised by Leeds Trades council and Leeds Against the Cuts on 20 October, photo Iain Dalton

Socialist Students at rally at Leeds City Square organised by Leeds Trades council and Leeds Against the Cuts on 20 October, photo Iain Dalton

As students were left reeling from the Comprehensive Spending Review, Leeds University Against Cuts (LUAC) held a lively feeder march to the Leeds Against The Cuts city centre demo, writes Ian Pattison, Leeds Socialist Students.

3 November 2010

spotStudents challenge Willetts

A delegation of students and trade unionists representing Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) recently lobbied Tory minister for universities David Willetts at his Havant constituency office to challenge him over the findings of the Browne Review, student debt and his government's plans for savage education, writes Nick Chaffey.

3 November 2010

spotBirmingham youth protest

On 28 October people walking home through Birmingham city centre were met by the sight of young people with banners and placards reading "no to cuts - fund our future" and "Cameron: on your bike!", writes Nich Brook-Hart, Birmingham Socialist Students.

3 November 2010

spotSocialism 2010

Socialism 2010 is a weekend of debate and discussion in central London hosted by the Socialist Party...

3 November 2010

spotFund the fight for socialism

We ask all our members and supporters and participants at Socialism 2010 to donate to our financial appeal...

3 November 2010

spotWe need jobs, homes and services - not racism

Jobs and Homes Not Racism - Youth Fight For Jobs banner on anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets, London, photo East London Socialist Party

Jobs and Homes Not Racism - Youth Fight For Jobs banner on anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets, London, photo East London Socialist Party

Anti-racists and socialists don't shed any tears for Nick Griffin when the British National Party (BNP) leader is again called to court to defend his organisation's racist membership rules, writes Ross Saunders, Cardiff East Socialist Party.

3 November 2010

spotDefend the right to asylum

THE RIGHT to asylum is under political attack across Europe. In Britain, one of the Con-Dem coalition's first acts was to close the charity, Refugee and Migrant Justice, leaving thousands of asylum seekers...

3 November 2010

spotNews in brief

Sky's the limit: IT SEEMS that the belt tightening measures imposed on us by the coalition government hasn't penetrated the boardrooms of the top 100 FTSE companies, where directors' pay rocketed up by 55% in the last year...

3 November 2010

spotIndia - no voice for Kashmiri struggle

BOOKER PRIZE winner and campaigner Arundhati Roy has been threatened with a charge of sedition by the Indian government and with physical threats by Indian nationalist groups, writes Emma Smith.

3 November 2010

spotUSA elections: What the Tea Party really represents

As The Socialist goes to print, US electors will be voting in their mid-term congressional elections...

3 November 2010

spotModel motion for a national demonstration in 2010

This .................(name of trade union body, student union, workplace, campaign) is opposed to every cut in the £81 billion austerity package demanded by this millionaire Con-Dem government, writes We will not accept:.

3 November 2010

spotCon-Dems' cuts can be stopped

Anti-cuts protest, photo Paul Mattsson

Anti-cuts protest, photo Paul Mattsson

The sheer scale of the attack set out in the government's cuts exceeds even the more dire predictions, writes John McInally, vice-president Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) personal capacity.

3 November 2010

spotCon-Dem shock therapy - midwife to a double dip?

The comprehensive spending review (CSR) announced by the Tory chancellor, George Osborne, on 20 October will be a high-voltage charge of shock therapy for the British economy, writes Lynn Walsh, Socialist Party executive committee.

4 November 2010

spotLondon tube strike - picket line reports

Tube strike: RMT strikers picket the London Underground, photo Paul Mattsson

Tube strike: RMT strikers picket the London Underground, photo Paul Mattsson

The third day of joint strike action on 3 November by RMT and TSSA rail unions on London Underground shut down 107 stations across the network...

5 November 2010

spotCindy Sheehan speaking at Socialism 2010 this weekend

Cindy Sheehan, anti-war activist

Cindy Sheehan, anti-war activist

On 6 and 7 November more than a thousand people will gather in central London for the Socialist Party's Socialism 2010.
US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan says that ‘socialism is the answer’...

5 November 2010

spotBBC staff fight for pensions: picket line reports

Updated 9/11/10 Programmes and services across the BBC have been affected on Friday 5 November by members of the NUJ taking industrial action to stop attacks on their pensions...

8 November 2010

spotVendetta continues against Tommy Sheridan, socialist fighter

Tommy Sheridan speaking at Socialism 2006, photo Paul Mattsson

Tommy Sheridan speaking at Socialism 2006, photo Paul Mattsson

Tommy and Gail Sheridan's perjury trial is now in its sixth week and is certain to be the longest case of its kind in Scottish legal history...

9 November 2010

spotPay, pensions and productivity strike at Southampton Daily Echo

In the pouring rain, NUJ members mounted a successful picket at the Daily Echo offices in Southampton as part of their fight for decent pay...

11 November 2010

spotIreland: Largest student protest in a generation

OVER 30,000 students demonstrated in Dublin on 3 November, in what was reported to have been the largest student protest in a generation...

11 November 2010

spotGoldsmiths students occupy town hall

About 50 students at Goldsmith's university in south London, including members of Socialist Students, went into occupation of Deptford town hall, now part of Goldsmiths on 3-4 November...

11 November 2010

spotNo to £9,000 tuition fees: Fight for your future!

 Campaign to Defeat Fees demo 25 February 2009, photo Naomi Byron

Campaign to Defeat Fees demo 25 February 2009, photo Naomi Byron

THE GLOVES are off with regards to university fees. The Con-Dem coalition has announced that it intends to triple the cap on fees to £9,000 a year. If their plans are carried out a three-year degree could...

11 November 2010

spotWhat the capitalist cuts really mean

EVEN BEFORE the Con-Dem government's cuts hit hard, the economic crisis and neoliberal economic policies are cutting jobs and making job-seeking harder and even more exploited...

11 November 2010

spotAttacks on disabled people's rights

Disabled people protest against cuts, photo S Civi

Disabled people protest against cuts, photo S Civi

A recent Observer exposé of the implications of Con-Dem cuts on one London borough described a nightmare scenario...

11 November 2010

spotUS elections: Bankruptcy of Democrats leads to spectacular fall

THE US 2010 mid-term elections revealed the deepening instability of the two-party system and capitalism, writes Philip Locker, Socialist Alternative, USA.

11 November 2010

spotNHS - workers looking for a fighting lead

A trade union activist in the NHS wrote the letter below to Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe on the response to Con-Dem cuts within the NHS...

11 November 2010

spotAngry campaigners discuss Stroud fightback

Thursday 4 November saw the first anti-cuts alliance meeting in Stroud, which followed an anti-BNP public meeting held a few weeks before...

11 November 2010

spotFast news

Crown profits: The government's repeated refrain that 'we're all in it together' when it comes to the pain of its spending cuts has worn very thin with the revelation that the Queen will receive a 15% share of the £6.6 billion Crown Estate property portfolio's profits...

11 November 2010

spotFight the mail centre cuts

Royal Mail management in London is hell-bent on asset stripping in preparation for the Con-Dem government's plans to privatise the post service, writes Greg Maughan.

11 November 2010

spotProtest at law centre closure

100 supporters, staff and service users of South Manchester Law Centre protested before their High Court case on 8 November...

11 November 2010

spotExeter Anti-cuts Alliance launched

Over 70 people attended the Exeter Anti-Cuts Alliance launch meeting, established as a federal, bottom-up organisation by Socialist Party and other trade union activists, writes Jim Thomson, Exeter Socialist Party

11 November 2010

spotStop the Con-Dems' slave labour scheme

Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration in Barking, photo Paul Mattsson

Fight for real jobs! On 7 November the Con-Dem government leaked its plans to force the unemployed into unpaid slave labour, writes Paul Callanan, Youth Fight for Jobs.

11 November 2010

spotLondon firefighters' dispute: fight is not over

Ian Leahair, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) executive council member for London, on picket line, photo Suzanne Beishon

Ian Leahair, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) executive council member for London, on picket line, photo Suzanne Beishon

Editorial:
The London district committee of the firefighters' union, the FBU, voted by 19 to 3 to postpone its strike action planned for 5 and 6 November...

11 November 2010

spotScotland: potential to build a mass movement against cuts

Anti-cuts demonstration in Edinburgh, photo Ray Smith

Anti-cuts demonstration in Edinburgh, photo Ray Smith

A very positive meeting of anti-cuts campaigns and trade unionists took place in Glasgow on Saturday 6 November, writes Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland.

11 November 2010

spotMassive anger must be organised into coordinated trade union action

Editorial: The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development estimates that Con-Dem government cuts will result in 725,000 public sector workers' jobs disappearing, with 900,000 to go in the private sector...

11 November 2010

spot£9,000 student fees: we won't pay!

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Build a mass, national, democratic campaign against cuts and fees
* NO to fees rising to up to £9,000 a year and 80% cuts to universities' teaching budgets!
* NO to interest rates on student loans of up to 3% above inflation!
* NO to scrapping EMA and 25% cuts to college budgets!
* NO to young people and workers paying for the bankers' crisis!

11 November 2010

spotReview: Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs

KATE JONES reviews Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs, a one-man show currently on tour. It is coming to Coventry (Belgrade Theatre) on 27 November and Lincoln (University) on 11 December. For further...

11 November 2010

spotLeeds: Stop the closure of Union Books

The plans to close the student union run book shop, Union Books, at Leeds University has been met by an angry campaign by Leeds University Against Cuts (LUAC) which Socialist Students is playing a leading role in, writes Ian Pattison, Leeds Socialist Students.

11 November 2010

spotYouth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students conference

Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, photo Paul Mattsson

Organise the fightback: This will be a great opportunity to have your say in shaping the future of YFJ which has already held several successful demonstrations and attracted the support of six national trade unions...

11 November 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network: Anti-cuts conference

Saturday 22 January 2011, 12-4pm
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1 1RG.

11 November 2010

spotMassive student demo expresses anger against cuts

The enormous boiling anger of students and young people against the vicious tuition fee rises and proposed cuts to education was impossible to ignore on the demo on 10 November 2010.

12 November 2010

spotSocialism 2010 - sessions packed to overflowing

Socialism 2010, photo T.U.Senan

Socialism 2010, photo T.U.Senan

Socialism 2010 was attended by over 900 people, writes Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary...

15 November 2010

spotKirklees Unison balloting against £400 million budget cut

After months of delays and deliberation by the leadership of Unison both locally and regionally, Kirklees Unison has voted to ballot for strike action...

15 November 2010

spotLiverpool: Lobby of council blocks main road

Liverpool lobby of council: Tony Mulhearn (holding The Socialist), waiting to speak, Daren Ireland, RMT and President of Liverpool TUC, addressing demo , photo Merseyside Socialist Party

Liverpool lobby of council: Tony Mulhearn (holding The Socialist), waiting to speak, Daren Ireland, RMT and President of Liverpool TUC, addressing demo , photo Merseyside Socialist Party

An anti-cuts lobby of Liverpool city councillors on 10 November, called by Liverpool Trades Union Council, saw 200 workers defying police by blocking the town hall main road ...

16 November 2010

spotYouth Fight for Jobs calls for demonstration against cuts 24 November

Massive student demo in London called by the NUS expresses anger against cuts, photo T.U. Senan

Massive student demo

Youth Fight for Jobs calls for a demonstration against university budget cuts and increased tuition fees on 24th November.

17 November 2010

spot24 November - Strike against fees and cuts

A mass movement on the issue of fees and education cuts, organised and determined, has the potential to defeat the government and inspire all those who are coming into direct confrontation with the bosses and their cronies in parliament, writes Ben Robinson.

17 November 2010

spotProtests and meetings against the cuts

Liverpool lobby of council: Tony Mulhearn (holding The Socialist), waiting to speak, Daren Ireland, RMT and President of Liverpool TUC, addressing demo , photo Merseyside Socialist Party

Liverpool lobby of council: Tony Mulhearn (holding The Socialist), waiting to speak, Daren Ireland, RMT and President of Liverpool TUC, addressing demo , photo Merseyside Socialist Party

Liverpool: An anti-cuts lobby of Liverpool city councillors on 10 November, called by Liverpool Trades Union Council, saw 200 workers defying police by blocking the main road outside the town hall in protest against cuts in services and jobs...

17 November 2010

spotCoalition turns back the clock on justice

THE COALITION government intends to virtually end legal aid in civil cases, with few exceptions. This devastating move will turn the clock back 60 years by denying justice to hundreds of thousands of people...

17 November 2010

spotTories promote fast food nation

MUCH OF the nation's unhealthy consumption of sugar, salt, transfats, saturated fats, and alcohol is down to the promotion of products containing them by the giant corporations that dominate the food and drink industry...

17 November 2010

spotFast news

More jumpers: PRIVATISED ENERGY giant British Gas has dropped its charm offensive of lower prices to customers with a 7% rise in gas and electricity bills this winter...

17 November 2010

spotIreland: United Left Alliance to challenge at next general election

THE NEWLY established United Left Alliance (ULA), which will be publicly launched on 26 November, involves the Socialist Party, the People Before Profit Alliance, the South Tipperary Workers and Unemployed Action Group and the Independent Socialist group of Declan Bree in Sligo, writes Kevin McLoughlin, Socialist Party Ireland.

17 November 2010

spotSupport the Laura Ashley strikers

IN SEPTEMBER bosses at the Laura Ashley clothing outlet in Dublin, Ireland abruptly told their 22-strong, predominantly female workforce that the shop would be closing, writes Michael O'Brien, Socialist Party Ireland.

17 November 2010

spotVictory in law centre battle

Manchester law centre staff protest against funding cuts, photo Hugh Caffrey

Manchester law centre staff protest against funding cuts, photo Hugh Caffrey

South Manchester Law Centre provides free and affordable legal services to people on low incomes, and yet it has to fight for survival after cuts in funding...

17 November 2010

spotJobs threat in Knowsley

Council officers announced 400 job losses on 9 November in Knowsley, north Merseyside, with more to follow. Jeff Bowe, a Knowsley Unison member, explained the situation to Hugh Caffrey:...

17 November 2010

spotBallot cancelled in BA dispute

In a dramatic twist to the long running saga of the British Airways cabin crew dispute Unite have cancelled the ballot on the latest offer from the company, writes Neil Cafferky.

17 November 2010

spotWorkplace news in brief

Southampton strike: NUJ members mounted a successful picket at the Daily Echo offices in Southampton last week as part of their fight for decent pay...

17 November 2010

spotBritain's trillion pound horror story

TV review: EVER SINCE the worldwide economic recession started in 2008, Britain's bankers and big business have been trying to avoid responsibility for the crisis...

17 November 2010

spotFight for your future!

NUS student and UCU demonstration against tuition fees and education cuts, photo Sarah Wrack

NUS student and UCU demonstration against tuition fees and education cuts, photo Sarah Wrack

On 10 November the anger at the Con-Dem government's attacks spilled out onto the streets as 52,000 students and university workers marched through London, writes Jack Poole, Brighton Socialist Students.

17 November 2010

spotDefend student protesters!

Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) and Socialist Students have initiated a defence campaign for students who have been charged with an offence following the occupation of the Tories' Millbank headquarters on 10 November...

17 November 2010

spot10 November demonstration: Students fighting back

Three east London students in their first year of college spoke to Sarah Wrack about the protest at Millbank. Why did you go on the demonstration... ?

17 November 2010

spotAfghanistan: Withdraw the troops now!

Demonstrating against war in Afghanistan, photo A Hill

Demonstrating against war in Afghanistan, photo A Hill

The Nato onslaught on Afghanistan is now in its tenth year. Ten years of horrific brutality inflicted on those who have fought against the invasion and on many thousands of civilians in the areas under...

17 November 2010

spotUniversal Credit - a thinly veiled attack on the sick and unemployed

The government launched its white paper proposals for universal credit to replace most of the current benefit system with a barrage of publicity that sought to demonise the unemployed. Jane Aitchison, PCS union president of the Department for Work and Pensions (personal capacity) investigates.

17 November 2010

spotIreland: 'Not simply a crisis but an absolute disaster'

THE ECONOMY in the Irish Republic is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and the government may be forced to go, cap in hand, to the European Union to obtain a bailout...

17 November 2010

spotKirklees - fighting £400 million budget cut

Kirklees Save Our services trade union protest against cuts , photo Huddersfield Socialist Party

Kirklees Save Our services trade union protest against cuts , photo Huddersfield Socialist Party

After months of delays and deliberation by the leadership of Unison both locally and regionally, Kirklees Unison has voted to ballot for strike action against cuts and redundancies, a Unison member writes.

17 November 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network: Anti-cuts conference

South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1 1RG. See also www.shopstewards.net.

17 November 2010

spotThe Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launches its campaign for the 2011 local elections

Poll Tax protests in Scotland 1989

Poll Tax protests in Scotland 1989

We need councillors who will fight the cuts! "These cuts will hurt", warned the Tory chair of the Local Government Association, Lady Eaton. "Up to 100,000 jobs in local authorities will go. That's one in ten of the workforce", writes Clive Heemskerk.

18 November 2010

spotManchester: Redundancy threat to police officers and staff

Thousands of Greater Manchester Police staff are facing job losses, writes Hugh Caffrey, Manchester Socialist Party.

18 November 2010

spotThe long march in Bangladesh: interview with a march organiser

The people of Bangladesh are among the poorest in the world. Wages are so low that they undercut those of China in many industries.

18 November 2010

spotFirefighters rally and lobby MPs against cuts

Firefighters rally and lobby MPs against cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

Firefighters rally and lobby MPs against cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

Over 2,000 firefighters packed into Westminster Central Hall on 17 November in a show of strength against the most brutal attacks on the fire service seen in decades...

19 November 2010

spotWorkers and students launch Portsmouth anti-cuts campaign

Over 150 trade unionists, students and community activists packed into a university lecture theatre on 18 November to officially launch the Portsmouth Anti-Cuts Campaign...

22 November 2010

spotMcCluskey elected general secretary of Unite

Len McCluskey has been elected as the general secretary designate of Unite. He will take over from Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson by the beginning of 2012...

22 November 2010

spotPresent situation in Britain

Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, speaking at Socialism 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

Peter Taaffe, photo Paul Mattsson

Video: Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, summaries the issues discussed at the Socialist Party national committee meeting on 20-21 November (3 mins)

22 November 2010

spot1,000 march in Gloucester against 'scorched earth policy'

'How would you like your cuts?' was the theme of Road Show consultations held by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), mainly when working people could not attend...

22 November 2010

spotLargest demonstration in Nottingham for years

Around 1,200 protesters marched through Nottingham on Saturday to a rally in the town centre organised by Notts Save Our Services, writes Charlie Taylor, Nottingham Socialist Party.

23 November 2010

spotJust the beginning

NUS student and UCU demonstration against cuts and tuition fees, photo Sarah Wrack

Student demo

When 50,000 students marched through London on November 10 both the police and student union leaders were shocked at the scale of the mobilisation.
This was, however, an indication of the depth of the anger at the Con-Dem coalition's savage cuts and a growing determination to fight back, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary

23 November 2010

spotOccupying in Bristol against university fees and cuts

On Monday 22 November students at the University of the West of England (UWE) started an occupation of the 'core 24' building at the university's main campus in Frenchay, Bristol, writes Frankie Langeland.

23 November 2010

spot1,000 march in Gloucester against 'scorched earth policy'

'HOW WOULD you like your cuts?,' the 'consultations' by Gloucestershire County Council's (GCC) Road Show asked, mainly when working people could not attend, writes Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

23 November 2010

spotFighting cuts: A militant stance is what's needed

IAN PAGE, a former Socialist Party councillor in the south London borough of Lewisham wrote a letter (see below), which was printed in the Evening Standard, criticising the reported actions of Labour councillors from the borough who are attempting to wash their hands of any responsibility for cuts i, writes Ian Page, former Socialist Party councillor, Lewisham..

23 November 2010

spotGovernment plans are an attack on council tenants

AS A result of plans set out by the government's housing minister Grant Shapps, new social housing tenants would be offered tenancies with no long term security, writes Paul Kershaw.

23 November 2010

spotNot one job or one service to be cut

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference in Manchester 2010, photo Suleyman Civi

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference in Manchester 2010, photo Suleyman Civi

Every time you switch on the TV there is yet more gloomy news about cuts - mostly handed out by millionaires; big business bosses laying off workers to maximise their profit, or their pals in parliament who do their bidding, writes Linda Taaffe, National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) secretary.

23 November 2010

spotYouth Fight for Education: No cuts, no fees, save EMA!

Students on the march

Students on the march

This hated Con-Dem government is facing the first mass national action against its brutal cuts. There has been a huge wave of students and young people protesting against the slashing of teaching budgets...

23 November 2010

spotNo to victimisation, defend student protesters!

On 10 November over 50,000 students took part in a demonstration against the massive assault on the right to an education...

23 November 2010

spotDefend university access for all!

The official figures of how many young people were denied a university place this year have finally been announced. Disgracefully, 209,000 were left disappointed, writes Louise Campbell.

23 November 2010

spotUniversities occupied over fees and cuts

Sussex: On 15 November, 170 students, including Socialist Student members, occupied a lecture theatre at Sussex university...

23 November 2010

spotFast news

Afghanistan war: SEVERAL THOUSAND protesters marched through central London on 20 November against the escalating war and continuing occupation of Afghanistan by Nato forces...

23 November 2010

spotProfiting from the most vulnerable

FRAIL OLD people living in homes run by Southern Cross Healthcare (SCH), Britain's biggest provider of private nursing homes for old people, pay £473 a month on average for the privilege, some pay £2,000, writes Roger Shrives.

23 November 2010

spotCholera epidemic sparks clashes between Haitians and UN troops

VIOLENT CLASHES in Haiti between protesters and United Nations troops on 14 November left at least two dead and 16 wounded in the country's second city, Cap-Haitien, writes Niall Mulholland, CWI.

23 November 2010

spotFirefighters on the march

Matt Wrack with firefighters at their rally and lobby MPs against cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

Matt Wrack with firefighters at their rally and lobby MPs against cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

On 17 November FBU members from Gloucestershire joined the 2,000 firefighters who poured out of their rally at Westminster and blocked the road outside Parliament, writes Chris Moore, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

23 November 2010

spotMcCluskey elected Unite general secretary

Len McCluskey has been elected as the general secretary designate of Unite. He will take over from Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson by the beginning of 2012, writes Kevin Parslow.

23 November 2010

spotIreland in crisis

Terry Kelleher, CPSU Executive, Ireland, condemns the cuts at the National Shop Stewards Network conference 2010, photo Socialist Party

Terry Kelleher, CPSU Executive, Ireland, condemns the cuts at the National Shop Stewards Network conference 2010, photo Socialist Party

The Irish government, the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are preparing to turn Ireland into a wasteland, writes Kevin McLoughlin, Socialist Party Ireland.

23 November 2010

spotMass organised action can stop cuts

Editorial: "Ireland will have to cut fast and deep". These were the words of the Dutch finance minister describing the 'strings' that come with the IMF and EU loans to Ireland. The population of Ireland has already...

23 November 2010

spotScotland and Wales: Don't accept the 'hand you have been dealt'

THE CON-DEM government does not only aim to bring in massive cuts in public spending controlled from Westminster. It also wants to push cuts through in the Scottish parliament and the Welsh Assembly. As with cuts in council services, they hope in this way to divert anger away from the Tory and Lib Dem parties. Dave Reid and Philip Stott call for the Con-Dems' plans to be defeated by a mass fightback similar to that fought by socialists in Liverpool council in the 1980s.

23 November 2010

spotMassive food price hikes spell disaster for poorest people

THE FINANCIAL speculators and hedge funds that so spectacularly contributed to the financial crisis resulting in the 'Great Recession' have now turned their attention to the international food market with devastating consequences, writes John Sharpe.

25 November 2010

spotStudent walkouts on 24 November

School and college students protest against higher tuition fees and education cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

Last updated 29 Nov Throughout the day students across the country demonstrated, occupied and walked out against the government's attacks on further and higher education, many initiated by Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students.
Scroll down to see newly added reports.

26 November 2010

spotBristol - heavy handed policing on 24 November

A large game of cat and mouse, is the term that has been adopted by many to describe the demonstration against tuition fees and education cuts that took place in Bristol on Wednesday...

26 November 2010

spotBroad support for Cardiff occupation

Cardiff university students protest against higher tuition fees and education cuts, photo Cardiff Socialist Students

Cardiff university students protest against higher tuition fees and education cuts, photo Cardiff Socialist Students

The occupation of Cardiff University ended in victory for the students as the university gave in to two demands of Action Against Cuts - Cardiff...

26 November 2010

spotYouth Fight for Education says "student struggle must escalate"

 University, college and school students protest in central London against higher tuition fees and education cuts , photo Suzanne Beishon

'Kettle Scotland Yard' protest planned for 11 December, and a national education shutdown called for 'Day X': On November 24, 1,600 police were used to 'kettle' up to 6,000 protesting school, college and university students on Whitehall for over eight hours...

26 November 2010

spotLeeds university occupation

Rally at Leeds City Square organised by Leeds Trades council and Leeds Against the Cuts on 20 October, photo Iain Dalton

Rally at Leeds City Square organised by Leeds Trades council and Leeds Against the Cuts on 20 October, photo Iain Dalton

Over 100 people remain in occupation at Leeds University with hundreds of people visiting the occupation, as well as delegations of school and college students coming to discuss the way forward...

26 November 2010

spotStudent movement - organise and escalate

Southampton Protest against Education Cuts: school students walk out, photo Spiky Rob

Southampton protest

Up to 130,000 school, college and university students walked out on Wednesday 24 November in the biggest education action for 25 years.
There was a mood of jubilation in discovering their strength, and determination to defeat these brutal cuts.
Ben Robinson, Youth Fight for Jobs, looks at the way forward.

30 November 2010

spotStudents march as parliament debates tuition fees

Newcastle students protest, photo by Ray Smith

Newcastle students protest, photo by Ray Smith

Updated 1/12/10 Thousands of students marched again today, 30th November, to protest as tuition fees were to be debated in parliament...

30 November 2010

spotWelsh further education student protests escalate

Gorseinon Gower FE College

Gorseinon Gower FE College

Gorseinon was brought to a standstill today, for the second time in a week, by hundreds of protesting students...

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