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3 November 2014

spotKent: Range wardens strike

Representatives of South East Kent TUC stood on picket lines today alongside striking Unite range wardens, writes Seth Cruse, president South East Kent Trade Union Council.

3 November 2014

spotDefend firefighters' right to strike!

News from FBU pickets during the four-day strike; and a victimisation report from Bucks

3 November 2014

spotSheffield Green workers start indefinite strike

Sheffield recycling workers, GMB members, have begun an indefinite strike

4 November 2014

spotVictory to St Mungo's strikers

Update 5.11.14: The 10-day strike has been called off following talks. Report to follow.

5 November 2014

spotThem & Us

Get even: The charity Oxfam reports that the number of billionaires doubled between 2009 and 2014 - the 'Great Recession' - a period characterised by savage capitalist austerity involving mass welfare cuts and falling real incomes

5 November 2014

spotRepel the Tories' attacks on our democratic rights

In early October the Tories set themselves against the Human Rights Act. Leading Tory ministers Cameron, May and Grayling all contributed speeches and newspaper interviews reheating Daily Mail headlines

5 November 2014

spotPressure mounts on zero-hour contracts

Sports Direct, notorious for its widespread use of zero-hour employment contracts, has been forced to make clear in job adverts what its workers legal rights are

5 November 2014

spotEbola virus crisis - no profit, no vaccine

In November 2010 the medical journal The Lancet ran a seminar on Ebola saying: "Previously, the usefulness of an Ebola virus vaccine was disputed, because of the disease's rarity, little interest by industry, and the potential cost"

5 November 2014

spotBurkina Faso: Mass uprising ousts dictator

After 27 years in power, Blaise Compaoré was planning to die in his presidential chair. But recent events have changed everything in Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries

5 November 2014

spotPortsmouth jihadis: austerity and alienation to blame

Nineteen year old Mehdi Hassan has become the latest young Muslim from Portsmouth to be killed in Syria

5 November 2014

spotTake over software giants

The article "Private companies hold NHS to ransom" (Socialist 830) showed how giant software companies can exploit their near monopoly position

5 November 2014

spotGreenwich libraries victory

Library workers in Greenwich, south London, have scored a fantastic victory

5 November 2014

spotPolice staff ballot for decent pay

Police staff in the Unison, Unite and GMB unions are being balloted for strike action to win a 3% pay increase

5 November 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

London buses: London bus drivers in the Unite union have voted in a consultative ballot by 96% in favour of taking industrial action over sector-wide pay

5 November 2014

spotEvery penny counts: donate to Socialism 2014

Placards, leaflets, book: Just some of the resources donations can help pay for

Placards, leaflets, book: Just some of the resources donations can help pay for

Please make a donation to the Socialism 2014 appeal to support the work of the Socialist Party and the Committee for a Workers' International

5 November 2014

spotTUSC fights for health centre

Bitterne walk-in centre in Southampton faces closure. The health centre is the only facility in the east of the city for urgent care and minor injuries

5 November 2014

spotSocialist Students campaign reports

Socialist Students is a campaigning organisation on campuses across the country supported by the Socialist Party

5 November 2014

spotAgree with Russell Brand's call for revolution? Join the Socialist Party!

Russell Brand's mistrust of out-of-touch politicians is shared by millions

5 November 2014

spotAll main parties in crisis: where will the opposition go?

Miliband fails to provide answers in Stroud, photo Gloucestershire SP

It's not just Russell Brand attacking the political and economic elite this time, but also wealthy Hollywood actress and former Labour supporter, Emma Thompson. These celebrities have captured the mood of many who are disillusioned with the main parties

5 November 2014

spotBenny Adams

Benny Adams (left)

Benny Adams (left)

Benny Adams died after a long illness on 6 October, aged 65. Benny was active in Militant, the Socialist Party's forerunner, in Northern Ireland from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s

5 November 2014

spotCarlisle: Stop the car parking tax

Carlisle's "Stop the Parking Tax" campaign, in which Socialist Party members play a leading role, recently held a public meeting of 150 residents

5 November 2014

spotThe Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a replacement for Incapacity Benefit, was introduced in 2008 for paying benefits to those too ill to work or with a disability

5 November 2014

spotIreland: 'We won't pay'

Ireland: We won't pay the water tax!

Ireland: We won't pay the water tax!

The growing movement against water tax and austerity: 11 October 2014 saw the opening of a whole new chapter in the struggle of the working class in Ireland, writes Kevin McLoughlin, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

5 November 2014

spotCold, cruel cuts: Fight the Con-Dem attacks

Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

The government onslaught of attacks on the sick, disabled and terminally ill looks set to increase rapidly. Tory Chancellor George Osborne wants to savagely cut Employment and Support Allowance. Some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people could see their income slashed by £30 a week

5 November 2014

spotBack fresh strikes to save the NHS

NHS pay dispute: Dedication doesn't pay the bills

NHS pay dispute: Dedication doesn't pay the bills

None of the main parties will be satisfied until the NHS is a dried up, ruined husk

7 November 2014

spotCrane drivers tell HTC: It's time to pay up!

Hundreds of crane drivers picketed building sites in London and around the country

10 November 2014

spotStrike achieved management climbdown

Unite convenor Adam Lambert speaks about a victory against draconian attacks

10 November 2014

spotHow Unite beat the library employers

Strikers won a deal that vacant posts will be filled and casual contracts reduced

10 November 2014

spotSocialism '14: infused with contagious confidence

Kshama Sawant speaking, Socialism 2014, London 8.11.14, photo Paul Mattsson

Over 1,000 workers, trade unionists, anti-cuts activists, young people and others from the 99% hit by austerity spent 48 hours being inspired and, in turn, inspiring others with their commitment and determination to fight back against the misery of capitalism

11 November 2014

spotTenants serve 'eviction notice' on richest Tory MP

New Era estate tenants are fighting against plans to hike rents to 'market' levels

12 November 2014

spotLetter to Radio 4 re Militant and Liverpool

I listened very carefully to the Radio 4 programme on Militant and Liverpool. To a new listener it would appear to be fairly balanced. However, I must take you up on the time given to the Baron (Kinnock)

12 November 2014

spotWhat recovery? Thousands more jobs axed

Rolls Royce: The Con-Dems much vaunted economic recovery is a mirage judged by the recently announced large scale job cuts affecting manufacturing and the service sector

12 November 2014

spotSheffield recycling: 'We're out until the boss is out'

Sheffield recycling workers went on indefinite strike on 1st November

12 November 2014

spotTheatre Review: United We Stand

It is the summer of 1972, two years into a Tory government, and building workers take strike action against the 'Lump' - the use of cash-in-hand non-union labour in the building industry, writes Reviewed by Kate Jones, Socialist Party Wales.

12 November 2014

spot'We will not move!'

Waltham Forest Labour council made a disgraceful decision yesterday in the face of angry tenants

12 November 2014

spotLondon RMT: Vote John Reid

Socialist Party member John Reid is standing for the London Transport seat of the RMT union national executive after receiving eight nominations from RMT branches representing 70% of the region's members

12 November 2014

spotFight JCB's 150 job cuts

Construction machinery firm JCB is carrying out a consultation with office workers after announcing 150 job cuts through voluntary redundancy and early retirement

12 November 2014

spotFight for our future!

Under capitalism, the only way is down: A study by Oxford University academics has shown that if you were born in the 1980s, you're far more likely to have worse living standards than your parents

12 November 2014

spotFlawed maths of the bedroom tax

I have been hit twice with the bedroom tax. The first time was last year when I was in a three bedroom place, as I was having my younger kids stay weekends, along with my older son living with me full

12 November 2014

spotThem & Us

Cuts without end: Millionaire Chancellor George Osborne boasted to a baying audience at Tory party conference in October that he was slashing an extra £25 billion from public spending and a further £12 billion from welfare payments

12 November 2014

spotAfghanistan war: A legacy of destruction

British combat troops were finally pulled out of Camp Bastion on 27 October

12 November 2014

spotWe can win £10 an hour

The St Mungo's strike victory shows we can beat low pay, photo Paul Mattsson

The St Mungo's strike victory shows we can beat low pay, photo Paul Mattsson

Pay victories celebrated at Socialism 2014: Socialist Seattle city councillor Kshama Sawant brought the house down at Socialism 2014 in London on 8 November.She spoke about her election victory and the successful campaign she led to win a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle

12 November 2014

spotLittle charity from high paid care bosses

Low wage Britain: Five million workers in Britain are on low pay. I'm one of them

12 November 2014

spotHeulwen Davies 1960-2014

Heulwen Davies passed away suddenly on 30 October after suffering a stroke and then a heart attack while out walking, one of her favourite pastimes

12 November 2014

spotLabour - the singer or the song?

The Con-Dems are the most unpopular government in living memory. Yet Labour's lead limps between 1% and 4%

12 November 2014

spot'A magical fairyland' of corporate tax avoiders

More shocking revelations about tax avoidance by giant corporations have just been revealed

12 November 2014

spotCare UK workers to ballot on 2% pay deal

Doncaster Care UK workers are to ballot on an offer after 90 strike days over 10 months

12 November 2014

spotExhibition review: Disobedient Objects

Disobedient Objects, photo V&A

Disobedient Objects, photo V&A

This exhibition takes people on a journey through protests around the world and across time through objects, protest art and design

12 November 2014

spotLeading Scottish trade unionists back TUSC

Speakers at the Scottish TUSC conference, November 2014, photo SPS

Speakers at the Scottish TUSC conference, November 2014, photo SPS

Some of the leaders of Scotland's most combative unions were gathered at a significant Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference on 1 November

12 November 2014

spotLeicester party building school

Our party is not funded in the same way as the mainstream parties - we don't get corporate handouts. We rely on the money we raise through campaigning

12 November 2014

spotMid-term elections do not mean shift to right in US

The significant gains made by Republicans in the mid-term elections, in particular taking control of the US Senate, have caused alarm for working class and progressive people across the country

12 November 2014

spot25 years after the Berlin Wall fell

After the fall of the wall, Berlin 1989

After the fall of the wall, Berlin 1989

Was capitalist restoration inevitable?: While, for millions, the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall is celebrated as a great victory for democratic rights, the official celebrations to mark its 25th anniversary have been dominated by anti-socialist propaganda

12 November 2014

spotBuild the education fightback

Students protesting at Sussex university, photo Suzanne Beishon

Students marching on 19 November 2014 will rightly be asking what the next steps are for our movement today. How can we rebuild an effective movement to challenge the government and end austerity in education?

12 November 2014

spotScottish TUSC conference votes to stand candidates in 2015

The Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference has voted unanimously to stand candidates in the 2015 Westminster elections on an uncompromising anti-cuts platform

14 November 2014

spotLocal government unions accept shabby pay deal

Local government unions have accepted the employers' pay proposal

14 November 2014

spotCampaigning against rail cuts and profiteering

Campaigning agianst cuts and profiteering on the Northern and Transpennine rail lines, photo RMT

The RMT is fighting to stop massive cuts

17 November 2014

spotLincoln protest against Sports Direct's 0-hour contracts

Trade unionists and campaigners marked the opening of a new Sports Direct store in Lincoln on Saturday morning with a protest against zero-hours contracts and low pay

19 November 2014

spotPower station builders walk out over blacklisting

Construction workers picket the Carrington power station site, November 2014, photo Joe McArdle

Workers shut the Carrington site

19 November 2014

spotStudents' victory in housing battle

Motion agreed for a students' letting agency

19 November 2014

spotThem & Us

Poorest robbed: A new report on the effects on households of Con-Dem austerity cuts and income tax reductions found, unsurprisingly, that wealth has shifted further from the poorest to the richest

19 November 2014

spotLeaked document reveals union busting plan

PCS vice-president John McInally spoke to the Socialist about the government's attacks on the civil servants' union

19 November 2014

spotToxic mix in Rochester and Strood byelection

As we go to press, Ukip is widely expected to win the Rochester and Strood parliamentary byelection, overturning a Tory majority of nearly 10,000 polled by Tory MP defector Mark Reckless

19 November 2014

spotRotten to the Greencore

Pay workers a living wage! That is the urgent demand in the fight against the relentless driving down of living standards in Britain's low-wage economy

19 November 2014

spotLabour councils attack organised workers

Hull rally, public sector strike 10.7.14, photo Hull SP

Hull rally, public sector strike 10.7.14, photo Hull SP

Hull: A year after determined Hull council trade unions stopped the worst attacks of a Labour-led council on it workforce, the council leadership is now preparing the way for a fresh onslaught

19 November 2014

spotFighting for decent working conditions

Zero-hour, minimum wage, and no chairs: The Conservative Party boasts it has 'created new opportunities for youth' and 'got Britain working again'

19 November 2014

spotUnison Wales FE strike ballot

Unison members in Welsh FE colleges have delivered a mandate to our union to ballot for strike action over pay

19 November 2014

spotRaging tenants evict rich landlord

New Era estate campaign

New Era estate campaign

When a 200 strong march of London's New Era estate and their supporters posted a massive eviction notice on management's door, no one believed it would happen five days later

19 November 2014

spotBedroom farce

When the Con-Dems brought in the Bedroom Tax, they told us it was to get rid of 'surplus rooms' in social housing

19 November 2014

spotBitterne walk-in's bitter win

Southampton TUSC supporters have been campaigning against the closure of a vital walk-in centre in Bitterne

19 November 2014

spotNHS is going to the dogs

A student nurse approached Harrogate Socialist Party's NHS campaign stall on 15 November

19 November 2014

spotSocialism 2014

Around 1,200 people attended the Socialist Party's recent discussion and debate event, Socialism 2014

19 November 2014

spotOwen Jones: no answers

Owen Jones, photo Senan

Owen Jones, photo Senan

Owen Jones, the celebrity, journalist and Labour member, spoke to a packed lecture theatre on 15 November

19 November 2014

spotFraudster bankers couldn't give a Forex

Just two years after the exposure of a series of fraudulent actions in the banking sector connected to the fixing of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), five banks have been collectively fined £2 billion by UK and US regulators for rogue traders' successful manipulation of the foreign exchange market

19 November 2014

spotThe beautiful game looking ugly

Yet again the world of football finds itself mired in a corruption scandal. This time it is over the Fifa (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) decision to allow Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup

19 November 2014

spotIsrael/Palestine: Wave of rage answers new repression

The July-August brutal war on Gaza resulted in the slaughter of 2,200 residents. Since then the Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem have refused to return to 'normal' life under the occupation

19 November 2014

spotUnreported Nigeria: Class struggle and inequality

A general strike against fuel price hikes in Nigeria

A general strike against fuel price hikes in Nigeria

When Nigeria is mentioned in the British press it is usually to report the horrors of Boko Haram’s latest terrorist attack or the - at least for now - successful battle against Ebola. However, there is another side to Nigeria - the magnificent history of struggle by the working class

19 November 2014

spotTeacher and health worker take fight to Oxford council

Women hit by Oxfordshire's housing support cuts lobby the Tory council, January 2014

Women hit by Oxfordshire's housing support cuts lobby the Tory council, January 2014

Teacher Stella Collier and health worker James Morbin are standing for TUSC on the Blackbird Leys estate in city and county council by-elections on 27 November

19 November 2014

spotWorkers unite to defend the NHS

People's March for the NHS, London, September 2014, photo Bob Severn

NHS workers in England will once again be striking for four hours on Monday 24 November from 7am. This time the action has been stepped up as more health unions - eleven in total - will be taking part

19 November 2014

spotSolidarity vital to defend trade union rights

Thirty years after the Miners' Strike, the Con-Dems have launched the biggest attack on a trade union since Thatcher set her sights on the NUM

19 November 2014

spotWe can defeat low pay and zero-hours!

Sick of Your Boss? Youth Fight for Jobs campaigning, photo Nancy Taaffe

Protest 21 November: Fast Food Rights has been causing a stir with country-wide protests

19 November 2014

spotBuilding an anti-academies campaign

Lewisham TUSC is supporting the newly established Stop Academies in Lewisham campaign

24 November 2014

spotNHS second week of action

Nurses, cleaners, porters, midwives, therapists, paramedics, scientists, radiographers and other NHS staff have again taken strike action

26 November 2014

spotFirefighters block fire minister's path

Over 200 firefighters and supporters blockaded the entrance to West Norwood fire-station to prevent the entry of fire service minister Penny Mordaunt

26 November 2014

spotAnger erupts in Ferguson over acquittal of killer cop

Protests have erupted in many cities in the USA following the Grand Jury decision not to charge white policeman Darren Wilson who shot dead unarmed black youth Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August

26 November 2014

spotRochester: 'Business as usual' politics falling apart

Save Strood library

The Rochester and Strood byelection was an expression of one of the major developments of the post-economic crisis world. The growing anger of the 99% is starting to find expression

26 November 2014

spotCollege UCU strikes against imposed new contracts

UCU members at Barnsley College began a two-day strike on 26 November

26 November 2014

spot14 day deadline to breadline

photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

Scandal of unequal Britain: Many MPs will be looking forward to 2015 - perhaps not to the general election but to the 11% pay rise they'll get if they survive it

26 November 2014

spotWorld economy - heading for the junkyard

David Cameron seems to have woken up to the problems facing the world economy when he said "red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard"

26 November 2014

spotThem & Us

Food banks: The Con-Dems austerity cuts have pushed hundreds of thousands into poverty

26 November 2014

spotHands off our NHS

The deepening staffing and funding crisis in the National Health Service (NHS) is causing hospital Accident and Emergency departments (A&Es) to be stretched to breaking point

26 November 2014

spotAre you a socialist?

You need to join the Socialist Party!

26 November 2014

spotCouncil beaten on austerity tax

Cumbria's Labour-Lib Dem council has been forced into a humiliating defeat over part of its austerity budget

26 November 2014

spotTUSC says no to cuts in Notts

Not everyone is happy about the Netherfield by-election on 4 December...

26 November 2014

spotVictories against sexism in Leeds

Misogynist comedian Dapper Laughs was recently set to tour the whole UK, performing in Glasgow, London, and among other places, Leeds

26 November 2014

spotFast Food Rights campaign

50 supporters of the Fast Food Rights campaign lobbied outside Parliament as those inside were discussing a private members bill to limit the use of zero-hour contracts

26 November 2014

spotAnger grows over missing Mexican students

Led by the families of the 43 students who disappeared two months ago, thousands of protesters marched through Mexico City on 20 November to demand answers and action from the government

26 November 2014

spotNHS campaigners must fight all cuts

On the NHS Jarrow March, I spoke to one of the organisers. The march was creating incredible awareness about selling off the NHS. I said we must oppose all cuts...

26 November 2014

spotAssassin's Creed Unity

This year is the 225th anniversary of the beginning of the French Revolution. It forms the backdrop to one of this year's popular Assassin's Creed series of games

26 November 2014

spotThe People Speak: Democracy is not a spectator sport

Google up The People Speak: Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport and you find a BBC news video...

26 November 2014

spotHealth workers walkout in second NHS pay strike

Midwives in Gateshead, photo E Brunskill

Midwives in Gateshead, photo E Brunskill

Nurses, cleaners, porters, midwives, occupational therapists, paramedics, scientists, radiographers, admin, catering, security staff and other NHS staff in England took part in a second four-hour strike on Monday 24 November

26 November 2014

spotUCU pensions: reinstate the action!

On 20 November the UCU lecturers' union suspended the marking boycott started two weeks earlier

26 November 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

Crane drivers' wage lift: Crane drivers at HTC Plant have won a 14% pay increase following strike action on 7 November

26 November 2014

spotStudents march for free education

The Socialist Students contingent on the 19 November 2014 free education march in London, photo Jonny Dickens

On 19 November, over 5,000 joined lively march

26 November 2014

spotNorth-west TUSC conference: "People are looking for an alternative"

Crammed conference maps out plans for next year

26 November 2014

spotEducation: "a hurricane of ill thought initiatives"

In a 2010 election manifesto, the Tories said they'd give many more children the kind of education that was only available to the well off. A more honest manifesto would have said they'd give many more children the kind of education that is best for the market

26 November 2014

spotHousing crisis! What do socialists say?

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands for rent control and building council housing, photo Waltham Forest TUSC

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands for rent control and building council housing, photo Waltham Forest TUSC

The housing crisis is hitting everyone in the face. The mainstream press, politicians and economists all feign concern. Not to mention the real concern of those of us actually affected by it!

26 November 2014

spotWay to go, Watford!

Watford and Hatfield Socialist Party members have collected around 900 signatures and £200 of fighting fund. In the last four months we have led campaigns on issues including bus service cuts and Israel's blockade

26 November 2014

spotIreland: establishment attacks water tax protests

An anti-water tax placard in Galway, 11 November 2014

But movement stronger than ever: On 14 November, an anti-water charges protest took place in Jobstown, Tallaght against Labour Tánaiste (Irish deputy prime minister) Joan Burton. Following this the entire media, government and establishment went into overdrive.

27 November 2014

spotCare UK: Inspirational struggle for all trade unionists

Protesting outside the London offices of Care UK owners Bridgepoint, photo by Paul Mattsson

Protesting outside the London offices of Care UK owners Bridgepoint, photo by Paul Mattsson

After 90 days of strike action since February, Doncaster Care UK Unison members voted to accept the company's pay offer

28 November 2014

spotSolidarity with US Wal-Mart workers

Today, Friday 28 November, there are 'Black Friday' protests around the United States in support of the $15Now campaign and particularly workers in Wal-Mart who have been staging sit-down strikes

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