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Archive for November 2012

2 November 2012

spotTrain cleaners striking for decent pay and conditions

RMT cleaners at Churchill and ISS taking strike action, photo by Elaine Brunskill

RMT cleaners from across four railway networks have been taking strike action against unscrupulous employers

2 November 2012

spotMid Yorkshire NHS admin staff strike against pay cuts

Admin staff strike, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, rally on 1st November 2012, photo Iain Dalton

On 1st November admin and clerical workers in the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust took strike action in defence of pay

5 November 2012

spotCrossrail blacklisting - video of protests

Below is the link to a Reel News video about the on-going campaign against the sacking of 28 Crossrail workers at Westbourne Park and in particular the victimisation and blacklisting of the Unite shop steward Frank Morris

5 November 2012

spotSocialism 2012

Socialism 2012 Saturday rally, photo by Senan

An inspirational weekend of socialist discussion and debate took place in London over the weekend 3-4 November, organised by the Socialist Party

6 November 2012

spotVisteon pensioners take solidarity to Fords workers

Yesterday, two weeks after 1,400 Ford workers were told that they face the dole, 80 ex-Ford Visteon pensioners leafleted the Ford plants in Bridgend and Dagenham as their union Unite prepares for legal action to win back the full value of their pensions from Ford

7 November 2012

spotFirefighters lobby parliament

Firefighters from across the country are lobbying parliament today (7th November) over horrendous proposed cuts to the fire sservice

7 November 2012

spotSocialism 2012

Socialism 2012, photo Senan

Socialism 2012, photo Senan

A socialist alternative to rotten, bankrupt capitalism: An inspirational weekend of socialist rallies, discussion and debate took place over the weekend 3-4 November, organised by the Socialist Party...

7 November 2012

spotExeter Socialist Students leads campaign to victory

Socialist Students in Exeter did a debt-o-meter on the Campaign to Defeat Fees day of action in 2008, photo Jim THomsom

Socialist Students in Exeter did a debt-o-meter on the Campaign to Defeat Fees day of action in 2008, photo Jim THomsom

Support the national student demonstration: Socialist Students recently won a major victory in the University of Exeter Students' Guild (the local student union), writes Carlus Hudson, Exeter Socialist Students.

7 November 2012

spotAttendance Policy campaign launched at UEL

On 31 October 33 students came to the University of East London (UEL) Socialist Students meeting - Scrap the Unfair Attendance Policy, writes Ian Pattison.

7 November 2012

spotTeacher bashing season continues

Unfortunately the 'teacher bashing' season isn't finished yet. A salvo was launched by Ofqual last week, when most teachers were on a well-deserved break, accusing them of fiddling coursework marks...

7 November 2012

spotUSA: 'Frankenstorm' leaves massive trail of destruction

The gigantic Frankenstorm hurricane Sandy has put thousands out of their homes, left millions without power, and claimed more than 100 lives across north eastern USA, photo by NASA

The gigantic Frankenstorm hurricane Sandy has put thousands out of their homes, left millions without power, and claimed more than 100 lives across north eastern USA, photo by NASA

End the era of 'disaster capitalism': The gigantic 'Frankenstorm' hurricane Sandy has put thousands out of their homes, left millions without power, and claimed more than 100 lives across north eastern USA...

7 November 2012

spotKazakhstan: Vadim Kuramshin facing arrest and new trial

Well-known human rights activist, Vadim Kuramshin, has been arrested and now faces a lengthy prison sentence

7 November 2012

spotBradford's Hardest Hit lobby council

Around 25 people, mostly from the Bradford Disabled Peoples Forum, held a Hardest Hit protest in Centenary Square, Bradford on Friday 2 November...

7 November 2012

spotInspiring cycle ride raises £550

The finance appeal at the Socialism 2012 rally was kicked off by a donation of £550 from Andrew Price, from Cardiff South Socialist Party, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

7 November 2012

spotSave Our Server

Can you donate to our appeal? The Socialist is aiming to raise £12,000 to enable us to buy a new computer server and is asking all members and supporters to contribute...

7 November 2012

spotRotherham needs a workers' MP instead of New Labour frauds

On Friday 2 November, Blairite Denis MacShane resigned as Labour MP for Rotherham, following a damning report exposing his fraudulent expenses claims, writes Alistair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party.

7 November 2012

spotHeseltine's economy report is no solution

Alex Davidson, Manchester Central TUSC candidate 15 November 2012, photo Senan

Alex Davidson, Manchester Central TUSC candidate 15 November 2012, photo Senan

The end of October saw the publication of a report by former Tory minister Michael Heseltine on the economy, writes Alex Davidson, Manchester Central TUSC candidate.

7 November 2012

spotSave our NHS - scrap the act!

£20 billion, according to corporate advisers Catalyst, is the size of the "opportunity" for private health firms in the NHS over the next few years thanks to the Con-Dems' Health and Social Care Act, writes Tom Baldwin, Bristol TUSC mayoral candidate.

7 November 2012

spotLiverpool: Standing against 'death by cuts'

Socialist Party member Charley Cosgrove is standing for TUSC in the Knotty Ash ward in the Liverpool city council byelection on Thursday 15 November...

7 November 2012

spotNeath Port Talbot needs fighting unions

Recently I read a headline in the South Wales Evening Post - "Strike fears over council budget" - about Neath Port Talbot council, writes a Unison local government member

7 November 2012

spotWalsall councillor's 'defy cuts' challenge to Labour

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition-backed Walsall councillor Pete Smith has made a public appeal to the West Midlands borough's 28 Labour councillors

7 November 2012

spotFootball: Showing racism the red card

Newspaper sports pages are filled with debate about racism in the 'beautiful game' or the 'ugly game' as the Sunday Mirror (4 November) now calls football...

7 November 2012

spotFar right attack Socialist sellers

Two members of the Socialist Party successfully defended themselves against a violent attack by a far-right thug as they were leafleting and selling the Socialist outside Blackhorse Road tube station in Walthamstow, east London last week...

7 November 2012

spotOctober 1992 battle against pit closures

Mary Jackson, formerly of Women Against Pit Closures, photo by Alison Hill

Mary Jackson, formerly of Women Against Pit Closures, photo by Alison Hill

Hundreds of thousands march against vicious Tory government: On 13 October 1992, the then Tory trade secretary, Michael Heseltine, announced the closure of 31 of the 50 deep coal mines that remained in the UK after Thatcher's closures in the 1980s, writes Mike Forster.

7 November 2012

spotUnited action to save all Ford jobs!

Picketing at Fords Dagenham, 18 June 2012, photo Pete Mason

Picketing at Fords Dagenham, 18 June 2012, photo Pete Mason

National Shop Stewards Network and Socialist Party members have been producing regular bulletins supporting the Ford workers fighting the closure of the Ford plants in Dagenham and Southampton...

7 November 2012

spotThe scandal of death at work

Two fatal incidents on separate construction sites in London have again cast the spotlight on safety in the construction industry...

7 November 2012

spotWorkplace News in brief

Black cabs: Workers at Coventry black cab maker LTI, staged a sit-in on 31 October before entering talks with administrators, PWC...

7 November 2012

spotWhen is a living wage not a living wage?

ISS picket line at Newcastle Central Station, 10.9.12 , photo by Elaine Brunskill

ISS picket line at Newcastle Central Station, 10.9.12 , photo by Elaine Brunskill

Labour backs the living wage! No more will workers have to eat own-brand cardboard! The Milibands will politely ask that bosses pay us enough to stay alive!, writes James Ivens.

7 November 2012

spotHospitals suffer from privatisation debt

Sherwood Forest: I read with alarm that the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) debts at King's Mill Hospital, part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have now doubled from £1.26 billion to £2.05 billion over the 38 years of the 'mortgage'...

7 November 2012

spotThem & Us

Conflict of interests: In 2004 Tory Iain Duncan Smith launched the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) - a right-wing lobby group...

7 November 2012

spotLondon Unite union: Strike threat pays off

In London Unite has noticed an increasingly hard line taken by EDF energy when dealing with disciplinary matters against its workers

7 November 2012

spotHull: Socialist policies needed for a real recovery

700 strong march in Hull with Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow Marchers and workers from BAE in Brough., photo Paul Callanan

The announcement that we're out of recession is laughable for most people. The 1% growth must be a misprint as the only growth working class people see is in the income of the 1%

7 November 2012

spotStudent demo 21 November

20 Socialist students activists marched round Sheffield city centre against tuition fees and to restore EMA, joined by NUT rep, photo Sheffield Socialist Students

20 Socialist students activists marched round Sheffield city centre against tuition fees and to restore EMA, joined by NUT rep, photo Sheffield Socialist Students

March for jobs and education: In the winter of 2010,Cameron, Clegg and their rich mates managed to weather the storm of student protest and forced through the most draconian raft of education 'reforms' ever enacted in Britain

7 November 2012

spotAction to stop all cuts

Socialism 2012 Saturday rally, photo Senan

Report of Socialism 2012 weekend of discussion and debate on 3-4 November: With increased warnings now of a 'triple-dip' recession the need to step up preparations for a 24-hour general strike was a major theme of Socialism 2012. Sarah Sachs-Eldridge gives a taste of a fantastic event

8 November 2012

spotPCS day of protest on 30 November

Tens of thousands of Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members are being urged to take Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude at his word by staging 15-minute protests against plans to rip up working conditions in the civil service and related organisations...

10 November 2012

spotDoncaster drivers go to war with Tesco

Doncaster Tesco drivers on strike, 9th November 2012, photo by A Tice

I've never been on a picket line like it! An armoured personnel carrier and a farmer's muckspreader blocked the gates to the depot

10 November 2012

spotPolice elections window-dressing

On 15 November, elections will take place for new police commissioners. For the Con-Dem coalition, the timing is not good.

12 November 2012

spotCommemorating the Clay Cross struggle

"This council believed that when they were elected they would be held accountable", said David Skinner, who in 1972, as a Labour councillor, attempted to defend his constituents

14 November 2012

spotJoin the NUS demo on 21 November

Free education, bring back EMA, make the 1% pay!: Up to £9,000 tuition fees, with loan interest charged at 3% above inflation from the day you start. EMA student payments scrapped or facing cuts across the whole of Britain. Soaring youth unemployment...

14 November 2012

spotThem & Us

Who wants to be a PCC?: On 15 November around 200 hopefuls will be 'battling' it out to become one of the 41 newly elected police commissioners around the country. So who are the candidates?...

14 November 2012

spotSave our server

Can you donate to our appeal? The Socialist Party is aiming to raise £12,000 to enable us to buy a new computer server and is asking all members and supporters to contribute...

14 November 2012

spotChe Guevara - Symbol of fashion or symbol of struggle?

Che Guevara, photo Alberto Korda

Che Guevara, photo Alberto Korda

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is perhaps the most recognisable revolutionary icon, his image having graced countless posters and t-shirts, writes Tom Baldwin, South West Socialist Party.

14 November 2012

spotVirgin Media and the unions

Virgin Media announced during a conference call with CWU national officials on 2 November that they are running a referendum among staff asking whether they want the union recognition agreement to remain in force...

14 November 2012

spotWorkplace News in brief

Support Ford workers: On Sunday 11 November, more than 15,000 people attended a demonstration organised by the Belgian trade unions for jobs and against the closure of the Ford car factory in Genk...

14 November 2012

spotGreedy capitalists threaten ship

Martin Mayer, Unite Executive Council member for Passenger Transport and chair of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Road Transport Section sent the Socialist his report of a dramatic stand-off in Ghana between a US 'vulture fund' and the Argentine government...

14 November 2012

spotFor a European-wide 24-hour general strike

As the Socialist goes to press, workers in Europe are preparing, on 14 November, for a "day of action and protest" against austerity called by the European Trades Union Congress...

14 November 2012

spotNorth Wales child abuse scandal

The BBC has become embroiled in a crisis over its coverage of child abuse scandals, but what is becoming forgotten is the issue of child abuse itself, writes Dave Reid, Secretary, Socialist Party Wales.

14 November 2012

spotAcademy teachers strike against pay cuts

The action by members of the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions at Stratford Academy in Newham east London escalated to two strike days last week. There is a three-day strike starting on 13 November, writes Martin Powell-Davies, NUT executive.

14 November 2012

spotAttacks on BBC reach fever pitch

BBC NUJ strikers, 1.8.11 Sheffield , photo by Andy Kershaw

BBC NUJ strikers, 1.8.11 Sheffield , photo by Andy Kershaw

Any sympathy for George Entwistle following his resignation as BBC director general after just eight weeks in the job was tempered by anger at his £450,000 pay-off and estimated £877,000 pension

14 November 2012

spotA real fightback against cuts

The consequences of the economic crisis for working class people is shown in the daily reality of life, more of us are struggling to make ends meet, writes a Unison member.

14 November 2012

spotWorkers and councillors must make a stand against 300 job cuts in Southampton

Labour-run Southampton council intends to axe at least 300 jobs and to slash services as part of its £20 million budget cuts for 2013

14 November 2012

spotRotherham byelection - No more 'MacShames'!

Rotherham TUSC candidate Ralph Dyson, second left, on the Rawmarsh school picket line, photo by Yorkshire Socialist Party

Rotherham TUSC candidate Ralph Dyson, second left, on the Rawmarsh school picket line, photo by Yorkshire Socialist Party

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters in Rotherham have chosen local National Union of Teachers (NUT) rep, Ralph Dyson, to be our TUSC candidate in the forthcoming byelection on 29 November

14 November 2012

spotThames water - corruption personified

Will Hutton's forensic exposure of the mendacity, corruption and downright public deception by Thatcher's government of the mythical benefits of privatisation is a model of investigative journalism (Observer 11.11.12), writes Tony Mulhearn

14 November 2012

spotGreece: Another 48-hour general strike paralyses society

But how can the struggle against austerity be won?: On 6 and 7 November Greek workers participated en masse in a 48-hour general strike against the New Democracy-led coalition of prime minister Antonis Samaras

14 November 2012

spotUSA elections: Voters reject right-wing agenda

US President Barack Obama, photo NASA

US President Barack Obama, photo NASA

Prepare to fight the bipartisan policies of the '1%': Tens of millions of people breathed an enormous sigh of relief upon hearing that Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wouldn't be entering the White House

14 November 2012

spotWhy I'm standing for TUSC in Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's independent mayor Ray Malon recently announced £11 million in savage cuts affecting 111 local services with a further £2.3 million of cuts to be announced in December, writes John Malcolm, Middlesbrough TUSC candidate

14 November 2012

spotCoventry solidarity protest with action across Europe

Around 50 people attended a protest organised at short notice by Coventry trade unions in solidarity with workers taking action across Europe...

14 November 2012

spotMake corporate tax dodgers pay up!

National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC congress in Manchester September 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Nationalise gas, water and other utility companies: Starbucks, Google, Amazon, Pfizer - the list of corporate tax dodgers grows. Also it has emerged that gas companies have allegedly been fixing the price of wholesale gas

14 November 2012

spotFighting to defend the NHS

Admin staff strike, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, rally on 1st November 2012, photo Iain Dalton

Anger is growing at plans being revealed for the future of the NHS. The most furious reaction is against cuts and closures in hospital services.

14 November 2012

spotStudent demonstration: Escalate the struggle to fight fees, cuts and privatisation

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

The government's higher education reforms will "put students at the heart of the system", claimed universities minister David Willetts in 2011. To anyone with half a brain, let alone Willetts' famous 'two', this statement is laughable

14 November 2012

spotSocialist wins 28% of the vote in Seattle, USA

Kshama Sawant, photo CWI

Kshama Sawant, photo CWI

While the US presidential race was mainly about what to vote against, an inspiring campaign in Seattle's 43rd district for Washington state house offered working class voters a real alternative

15 November 2012

spotOxford Street protest against construction blacklisting

Oxford Street protest against victimisation and blacklisting in the construction industry, 14.11.12

As millions of workers took strike action across Europe, there was an impressive protest outside the Crossrail Tottenham Court Road site

15 November 2012

spotPCS condemns Gove's 'nightmarish experiment'

Gove's 'nightmarish experiment' plays politics with people's says the PCS union

15 November 2012

spotBus strike in Plymouth

Phil Easby RMT shop steward No.5 branch, photo by Steve Merritt

First Group bus drivers and engineers staged a 24-hour strike on 15th November protesting about not receiving a backdated pay rise

16 November 2012

spotPro-choice protests continue following Savita death

Protesting against Ireland's abortion laws outside the Irish embassy in London, 14.11.12, photo by N Cafferky

Following the tragic death in Ireland of Savita Halappanavar after being denied a medically necessary abortion of a miscarrying foetus, protests are continuing worldwide

16 November 2012

spot14 November: Mass strikes and protests in over 20 countries

On November 14th, millions of workers across Europe went on strike and participated in mass protests in the first internationally-coordinated strike action in Europe against austerity since the economic crisis began

18 November 2012

spotProtests against strikes on Gaza

Protest against attack on Gaza, London, 15.11.12, photo by Suzanne Beishon

As the Israeli army's brutal onslaught on Gaza continued into its fourth day, thousands protested outside the Israeli embassy in London.

19 November 2012

spotNational Shop Stewards Network to lobby next TUC council

The NSSN is organising a lobby of the TUC general council when it meets on Tuesday 11th December, to call for the naming of a date for a 24-hour general strike

19 November 2012

spotAbortion rights letter being handed to Irish embassy, Wednesday

The following letter, signed by Socialist Party members including several leading trade unionists, will be handed to the Irish embassy in London (17 Grosvenor Place) at 9am Wednesday morning as part of an international day of action for abortion rights in Ireland...

20 November 2012

spotCrown workers walk out at three sites

Workers at three factories have walked out in immediate and angry response to an attack by Crown on the pension scheme

21 November 2012

spotLondon Uni cleaners fight for basic rights

The mainly Latin American cleaners working at the University of London, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, have launched the 'three cosas' campaign over sick pay, pensions and holidays...

21 November 2012

spotTragic death of Savita Halappanavar

Action needed to allow access to abortion in Ireland: On Sunday 28 October Savita Halappanavar, a 31 year old woman from India, died in Galway University Hospital in Ireland, writes Rita Harrold, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) and pro-choice activist.

21 November 2012

spotEurope: 14 November shows workers' potential power to defeat austerity

On 14 November (N14), millions of workers across Europe went on strike and participated in mass protests against austerity...

21 November 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Tube strike: RMT members working for Tubelines on London Underground are due to strike on 23 November. This is over pensions and travel facilities...

21 November 2012

spotNHS: Condition critical. Prescription: mass action to end all cuts and privatisation

Admin staff strike, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, 1st November 2012 , photo by Iain Dalton

Admin staff strike, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, 1st November 2012 , photo by Iain Dalton

Every area of the National Health Service faces crisis as the government financial squeeze threatens thousands of job losses and closures of hospital departments...

21 November 2012

spotHull workers reject 'austerity lite'

0n 15 November angry and determined workers lobbied Hull city council to demand that Labour councillors keep their election promises

21 November 2012

spotSuffering unworkable benefit assessments

Mandi, from Lewisham in south east London, is in constant pain and has been unable to work for seven years

21 November 2012

spotBuilding working-class political representation

With a £5,000 deposit required to get on to the ballot paper - but with no candidates' freepost mailshot available - TUSC did not field any candidates in the Police Commissioner elections held on 15 November, dubbed by the media as Britain's 'super Thursday'

21 November 2012

spotThem & Us

PCC elections: The average turnout in the police commissioner elections was 15%. The previous record low was 24% in the 1999 European elections.

21 November 2012

spotMiddlesbrough byelection

Middlesbrough byelection TUSC candidate John Malcolm says: "As an NHS community nurse I see first-hand the devastation brought about by the Con-Dem government's policy of cuts and privatisation within all public services but particularly in the NHS...

21 November 2012

spotMid Yorkshire: Three-day NHS strike

Three-day strike of Mid Yorkshire Unison NHS staff against pay cuts and mass downgrading, photo Iain Dalton

Three-day strike of Mid Yorkshire Unison NHS staff against pay cuts and mass downgrading, photo Iain Dalton

Over 350 workers in the Mid Yorkshire NHS are facing pay cuts in a mass downbanding exercise. After a one-day strike on 1 November Unison members started a three-day strike on 20 November.

21 November 2012

spotSouthampton youth workers and their supporters fight to save youth services from extinction

Southampton youth workers and their supporters fight to save youth services from extinction , photo by Socialist Party

Southampton youth workers and their supporters fight to save youth services from extinction , photo by Socialist Party

21 November 2012

spotStrike against austerity

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

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

Lobby the TUC to demand date for 24-hour general strike: Corporate tax dodging... pampered MPs scamming expenses... fat cat privatisers creaming a profit out of our NHS, public services and utilities... the 1% elite load up the lolly and laugh all the way to the bank

21 November 2012

spotStop Israeli state terror! No more slaughter in Gaza

Gaxa protest Nov 12, photo by Neil Cafferky

Men, women and children from one end of the Gaza strip to the other have been subjected to abject terror as bombs hit this narrow piece of land from the air and sea

21 November 2012

spotHistoric victory for witch-hunted Unison four

Onay Kasab and Glenn Kelly speak to the lobby  of Unison disciplinary hearings against four Socialist Party members, photo Alison Hill

Onay Kasab and Glenn Kelly

The white flag of surrender is currently flying over Unison HQ. For five and half years the union bureaucracy have sought to justify and defend the witch-hunt against four Unison activists and Socialists

21 November 2012

spotRotherham TUSC election challenge - No snouts in the trough!

After Rotherham MP, Dennis 'MacShame' was caught with his fingers in the till, a byelection has been called for 29 November

21 November 2012

spotWaltham Forest: spread the strikes to stop the rot

In Waltham Forest, east London, one secondary school, Connaught School for Girls, is putting up one hell of a fight against academisation

21 November 2012

spotStratford: parents support teachers' action

"I don't know what democracy is", was the flippant reply by a deputy head at Stratford Academy when parent Niall Mulholland asked why senior management had refused to meet parents

21 November 2012

spotSouthampton: Labour's 'fair' council announces £25 million cuts, but workers want action

Southampton's Labour council has announced a record cuts budget for next year

21 November 2012

spotVideo: Socialist Students on the NUS 'Demo 2012'

Socialist Students on Demo2012

Socialist Students joined the NUS demo on 21 November in London, calling for an end to tuition fees, and grants, not loans.

24 November 2012

spotDemonstrations: End the seige of Gaza!

Stop the War demo assembling, London 24th November 2012, photo JB

Over 10,000 people marched in London to condemn the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

26 November 2012

spotRotherham: Standing against cuts, corruption and racism

Last week, multinational steel firm Tata announced that another 110 jobs would be lost at the Thryberg Bar Mill in Rotherham

27 November 2012

spotVideo of Unison Defend the Four campaign

Four Unison members, all members of the Socialist Party, recently made legal history in defending the right of union members to defend themselves from being attacked by union bureaucracies seeking to silence them...

27 November 2012

spotWorkfare is preventing people finding jobs

The government's outsourced back-to-work scheme for the long-term unemployed is not only not working, it is holding back jobseekers, the PCS union points out in a press release in response to figures released today (27th November)...

28 November 2012

spotFund the fightback: join the Christmas Collectathon

Socialist Party members are launching a 'collectathon' fundraising fortnight from 1 to 15 December, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

28 November 2012

spotFight to save Tata steel jobs

Tata has given over 500 workers at its Margam plant in south Wales the most unwanted Christmas message they could ever have received: "You are being sacked with virtually no chance of getting another job"...

28 November 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Cleaners' campaign: Rail union RMT has announced strikes by train cleaners around 30 November and 1-2 December. The different disputes are all about fighting low pay and poor working conditions that these workers suffer...

28 November 2012

spotEgypt: Mursi power grab provokes mass protests

Build a united front of workers and poor for 'second revolution': The declaration of sweeping new political powers by Egypt's president Mursi has provoked a violent backlash, leaving two dead and hundreds injured, and further polarised society along pro- and anti-Mursi lines...

28 November 2012

spotDon't fall for Labour's fairy tale

In the Observer on 25 November, columnist Nick Cohen wrote an article praising Labour councillors for, he says, 'dealing with austerity', ie Con-Dem cuts, while attacking as "ultra-leftism" any strategy to fight the cuts...

28 November 2012

spotSorry to Bother You by the Coup

Ian Slattery reviews the Coup's sixth album, Sorry to Bother You...

28 November 2012

spotHousing for the Counihans, housing for all

No cuts in Brent, no cuts at all!: Some 50,000 families are currently accepted as homeless, a number which has risen by almost 50% in the past year...

28 November 2012

spotThem & Us

Home is where the cash is: "South Shields comes first," claimed David Miliband, giving a commitment to his constituency after losing to his brother Ed in the 2010 New Labour leadership election...

28 November 2012

spotSchool students hungry for answers

Newstead Woods school 'Question Time' finished with six students applying to join the Socialist Party, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students national organiser.

28 November 2012

spotAnswering the lies of the Con-Dems

On 5 December Tory axe-man Chancellor George Osborne will stand at the dispatch box in parliament and read out a long list of more pain-promising austerity measures...

28 November 2012

spotMiddlesbrough TUSC campaign

John Malcolm is standing for TUSC in the Middlesbrough constituency byelection on 29 November. Here is an extract from his election leaflet

28 November 2012

spotThe battle against pay cuts continues in Mid Yorks hospitals

Three-day strike of Mid Yorkshire Unison NHS staff against pay cuts and mass downgrading, photo Iain Dalton

Three-day strike of Mid Yorkshire Unison NHS staff against pay cuts and mass downgrading, photo Iain Dalton

Admin and clerical Unison and Unite members at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust ended their three-day strike action on 22 November - with a firm resolve to fight on

28 November 2012

spotTen days that shook the Trust

I work as a support worker in health. Many years ago I was transferred over from the NHS to a trust which is a charity. In October 2011 the trust started to attack the workforce.

28 November 2012

spotGove's 'overspend' - on academies!

 Haringey protest against academy school, photo by Paul Mattsson

Haringey protest against academy school, photo by Paul Mattsson

Are you a teacher whose school is short of cash? Have you been warned of 'hard times ahead' and possible redundancies?

28 November 2012

spotStudent demo - potential for mass movement

Students on the NUS national demonstration 12 November against the government attacks on university education, photo Paul Mattsson

Students on the NUS national demonstration 12 November against the government attacks on university education, photo Paul Mattsson

Anger at NUS failings: Sheffield student union was the first in Britain to organise a campus-wide anti-cuts campaign in response to the call for a national demonstration in November

28 November 2012

spotChristmas books from Socialist Books

We have many books which would make good presents for your family and friends - both political and less political - and we have selected just a few here

28 November 2012

spotGaza - London march

Protest against the Israeli government's attacks on Gaza 24 November 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Protest against the Israeli government's attacks on Gaza 24 November 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Over 10,000 people demonstrated and marched in London on Saturday 24 November to condemn the Israeli bombardment of Gaza...

28 November 2012

spotStratford Academy: Parents and teachers united against bullying management

After striking for nine days over three weeks, Stratford Academy teachers suspended their action. NB: Press release appended on 29.11.12

28 November 2012

spotAutumn budget: more cuts, more misery - more reasons for a 24-hour general strike!

On the 20 October 2012 TUC demonstration against austerity, photo by Paul Mattsson

Pic: Paul Mattsson

Do the Tories suspect they won't be re-elected? Their plans have failed, writes Nancy Taaffe

28 November 2012

spotBromley binmen vote to strike

Veolia bosses are urged to 'get back around the table' or risk rubbish piling up on the streets of Bromley in London this Christmas, after binmen vote overwhelmingly for strike action

28 November 2012

spotMedia, Murdoch and Leveson

News International Newspapers Ltd, photo Paul Mattsson

MPs' expenses, bankers' bonuses, corporate tax dodgers; this deep, long-term crisis of capitalism has brought with it a thorough-going crisis of legitimacy in capitalist institutions

28 November 2012

spotBuild action to save our NHS!

Saturday 24 November, defying cold driving rain, up to 10,000 residents and staff marched to defend Lewisham Accident and Emergency (A&E) and linked arms around it., photo Socialist Party

On Saturday, defying cold, driving rain, up to 10,000 residents and staff marched to defend their local hospital. A south London nurse reports

28 November 2012

spotFlooding tragedies - Socialist action needed to tackle climate change

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

While some of the worst storms and flooding in recent memory hit parts of Britain, UK climate change secretary Ed Davey was in Doha for the latest in the series of toothless United Nations Climate Change conferences

29 November 2012

spotCoventry Labour council plans destruction of 600 more jobs

Workers at Coventry council have been hit by a sledgehammer blow with news that an extra 600 jobs are going

30 November 2012

spotSwansea DVLA strike

There were some hardy PCS pickets out at Swansea's DVLA this morning, in sub-zero temperatures. They are striking against cuts, privatisation and the destruction of services.

30 November 2012

spotMajor turnout for PCS demos in Plymouth

PCS members taking action in Plymouth, 30.11.12, photo by Steve Merritt

Friday 30th November has seen an overwhelming response from PCS members, who aren't prepared to accept attacks on terms & conditions and union allocation time

30 November 2012

spotTrain cleaners protest across the country

Low-paid train cleaners took strike action today in their fight for better pay

30 November 2012

spotLeveson whitewashes press, police and political establishment

20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

Lord Justice Leveson's report, presented on 29 November, castigated the activities of the press in the past period but, like most judicial inquiries, brushed over the failure and corruption of important elements of the capitalist establishment

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