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4 October 2010

spotSolid support for RMT tube strike

On the RMT picket line at Seven Sisters, photo by Clare Doyle

RMT picket line

Socialist Party members got a warm reception at the RMT Loughton picket, Stuart Walker - East 15 Socialist Students, reports.

5 October 2010

spotLeicestershire Against the Cuts launched

Almost 100 people turned up to the launch meeting of Leicestershire Against the Cuts at the end of September...

5 October 2010

spotCoventry against the Cuts public rally

Around 120 people packed into the first public rally of the Coventry against the Cuts campaign.

6 October 2010

spotSpain: workers demonstrate their strength

Ten million took part in a general strike in Spain 29 September 2010 that shook Spanish capitalism , photo Sarah Wrack

Ten million took part in a general strike in Spain 29 September 2010 that shook Spanish capitalism , photo Sarah Wrack

On 29 September the general strike marked the entrance of the Spanish working class onto the stage of struggle with all its weight and power...

6 October 2010

spotNational conference called against cuts in jobs and services

After a very successful TUC lobby and the first national demo against cuts in Manchester just a few weeks ago, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) steering committee has taken a unanimous decision to follow up with a national conference to stop cuts to jobs and services, writes Linda Taaffe, secretary NSSN.

6 October 2010

spotTime to strengthen RMT's fighting leadership

At the end of October, RMT members in London Transport will be voting for a new representative on the union's national Council of Executives...

6 October 2010

spotSupport TSG strike

Unscrupulous bosses at Tyneside Safety Glass (TSG) want to drive down the pay and conditions of the workforce - but the first week of solid strike action shows that TSG workers are determined to fight this...

6 October 2010

spotMade in Dagenham

Review: It is always a surprise when either Hollywood or Britain's film industry makes a sympathetic movie about workers who go on strike...

6 October 2010

spotThousands tell Tories: 'No cuts'

Lobby of Tory Party conference, photo I Dalton

Lobby of Tory Party conference, photo I Dalton

AS THE first Conservative Party delegates arrived for their 2010 conference at the ICC in Birmingham - a city whose Con-Dem council has threatened 26,000 employees with the sack unless they accept new contracts with reduced terms - thousands of trade unionists and political activists were gathering, writes Dave Griffiths.

6 October 2010

spotPaying below the minimum

WE HEARD a lot at the New Labour conference in Manchester about the party's 'proud record' for working people...

6 October 2010

spotNews in brief

ILO predict a riot: RECESSION IN the world capitalist economy, leading to high unemployment, will trigger growing social unrest according to the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO)...

6 October 2010

spotCampaigning Socialist Students win support

Nottingham: SOCIALIST STUDENTS made a great impact on Nottingham Trent University's freshers' fair. In three hours, around 200 signatures were collected in support of our campaign against the government's planned...

6 October 2010

spotChávez wins majority but right-wing gains ground

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, on a visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, on a visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

ON 26 September Venezuela elected a new National Assembly (parliament). The elections, which coincided with elections to the Latin American parliament, took place in a deeply polarised political environment...

6 October 2010

spotLabour councillor's contempt for care centre users

On 30 September Ealing Labour councillor and adult social services portfolio holder Jasbir Anand was invited to the Albert Dane Centre (ADC), writes Lydia Dalton, Ealing Unison children and adult services convenor (personal capacity).

6 October 2010

spotSave Buttercups nursery

NHS workers and parents are fighting the planned November closure of the Buttercups NHS Nursery at the North Staffordshire Hospital, writes Andy Bentley Stoke Socialist Party.

6 October 2010

spotBristol MPs fail to answer young workers' anger at PCS debate

On 30 September PCS civil service union young members in the South West held a question time event about cuts in the public sector as part of a young workers' week, writes Mike Wheeler, PCS young members' network (personal capacity).

6 October 2010

spotMeetings and protests against the cuts

Coventry: Around 120 people packed into the first public rally of the Coventry Against the Cuts campaign...

6 October 2010

spotWarning: this government could seriously damage your safety

Reader's comment: Lord David Young's report on reforming health and safety laws is due to be released as The Socialist goes to press...

6 October 2010

spotLeicester: action needed against EDL

The English Defence League (EDL) is coming to Leicester on 9 October to attempt to stir up division in one of the most culturally and racially diverse cities in Britain, writes Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party.

6 October 2010

spotNuneaton: community must organise against racism

Anti-EDL campaigners in Nuneaton, photo Bob Smith

Anti-EDL campaigners in Nuneaton, photo Bob Smith

Recently in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, there has been a flurry of activity by the racist and hooligan English Defence League (EDL), writes Tom Sidwell, secretary Nuneaton Anti-Fascist Action and Nuneaton Socialist Party.

6 October 2010

spotCampaign defeats BNP in Stroud

The far-right, racist British National Party (BNP) has retreated from its plans to set up a national propaganda HQ (media centre) in Stroud...

6 October 2010

spotYFJ and PCS unite against cuts in Leeds

On 2 October, 30 trade unionists and anti-cuts activists gathered outside Leeds Art Gallery to highlight how the cuts of both the Con-Dem coalition government and local Labour councils (in Leeds and Kirklees in particular) are affecting young people, writes Iain Dalton, Yorkshire YFJ.

6 October 2010

spotIreland: a socialist alternative to the crisis

On the same day that the Irish government announced a further rescue package of €35 billion for Anglo Irish Bank, finance minister, Brian Lenihan, declared that the projected cuts of €3 billion in the December budget will have to be increased substantially...

6 October 2010

spotNo excuses for not fighting cuts

Socialist-led Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 led to mass demonstrations and thousands of new council houses built, photo Dave Sinclair

Socialist-led Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 led to mass demonstrations and thousands of new council houses built, photo Dave Sinclair

IN THE mid-1980s Liverpool Labour council, under the political influence of the Militant (forerunner of the Socialist Party) and the pressure of a mass working class movement, successfully led a campaign to secure extra resources for the city's urban renewal programme from a hostile Tory government...

6 October 2010

spotSolid strike by Tube workers

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

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

Boris's bluster doesn't impress: On 3 and 4 October members of transport unions RMT and TSSA working for London Underground, went on strike to defend jobs. Socialist Party members report from the picket lines.

6 October 2010

spotPortuguese workers win the promise of a general strike

Tens of thousands of Portuguese workers, from both public and private sectors, demonstrated on the streets of the main cities of Lisbon and Porto - 50,000 people in the capital, and 20,000 in Porto, Socialismo Revolucionário, (CWI in Portugal) reporters write.

6 October 2010

spotSocialism 2010 - a weekend of discussion and debate

Hosted by the Socialist Party
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November
Rally speakers include:
- Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Ireland
- Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary
- Cindy Sheehan, US anti-war activist
- Andros Payiatsos, general secretary, CWI Greece
- Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary

6 October 2010

spotStudents must fight back

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

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

Students will this week find out what future Lord Browne has in store for them. The multi-millionaire Baron of Madingley (the beneficiary of an Oxbridge education himself) has for almost a year been heading an 'independent' review into higher education funding and student finance.

6 October 2010

spotInternationalism against austerity: 100,000 demonstrate in Belgium

100,000 demonstrate in Brussels against European governments’ savage cuts, part of a European-wide day of action, called by the European Trade Union Confederation on 29 September 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

100,000 demonstrate in Brussels against European governments’ savage cuts, part of a European-wide day of action, called by the European Trade Union Confederation on 29 September 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

HUNDREDS OF activists from across the British trade union movement travelled to Brussels to march against the Europe-wide cuts agenda, writes Nicholas Parker.

6 October 2010

spotWhy you should come to Socialism 2010

Joe Higgins, the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, speaking at central SYRIZA rally in Athens, Greece

Joe Higgins, the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, speaking at central SYRIZA rally in Athens, Greece

Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Ireland, explains why Socialism 2010 is an important event for all who oppose the brutal austerity cuts...

6 October 2010

spotNational Shop Stewards Network and the struggle against Con-Dem attacks

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

As the day nears - 20 October - when the details of the Con-Dem government's next attacks on the working class are revealed, so also does discussion within the labour movement intensify on how best to resist them...

6 October 2010

spotProtests on October 23 to fight the government's spending review axe

London Assemble 11am, RMT HQ, 39 Chalton Street, NW1 1JD. Cardiff, Manchester, Bristol ...

6 October 2010

spotTories turn clock back

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

The Tory and Lib-Dem coalition government has struck at the very heart of the welfare state. The Conservatives' conference has issued a battle cry that will send shivers down the spines of working class working class people.

Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party, writes.

7 October 2010

spotFight the cuts: how we beat the Tories last time!

Hannah Sell speaking on Fight the Cuts: How we beat the Tories last time

Hannah Sell speaking on Fight the Cuts: How we beat the Tories last time

Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, spoke at a London Socialist Party joint meeting with Socialist Students on Wednesday 6th October at the University of London union in central London...

7 October 2010

spotTrade unionists denounce Hutton's attacks on public sector workers' pensions

John McInally, vice-president of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), photo Paul Mattsson

John McInally, PCS, photo Paul Mattsson

Former Labour minister Lord Hutton, on a comfortable MP's pension, has released an interim report on his investigation into public sector pensions.

- "Another attempt to make working people pay for the greed of the bankers and big business" - John McInally, Vice president, Public and Commercial Services union

12 October 2010

spotBrowne Review spells end of university access for less well off

Portsmouth Socialist Students protesting against cuts, photo Portsmouth Socialist Students

Socialist Students protest

Coalition closes 'one avenue after another' for an entire generation: Socialist Students and Youth Fight for Jobs condemned the plans under discussion to raise or possibly abolish the cap on university fees...

13 October 2010

spotProtest against the Con-Dem's comprehensive cuts on 23 October

London, Cardiff, Manchester, Bristol, Portsmouth...

14 October 2010

spotLondon firefighters vote by large majority to strike

Fire Brigades Union firefighters marched to protest outside the London Fire Authority, photo Suzanne Beishon

FBU protest

London's firefighters have voted overwhelmingly for strike action - 79% voted in favour of strike action on a turnout of 79%, writes Steve White, Poplar Fire Brigades Union rep.

14 October 2010

spotFight Passport Office closure

PCS meeting

PCS meeting

PCS members were shocked on 8 October by the announcement that Newport Passport office would close next year, writes Katrine Williams, PCS Wales chair.

14 October 2010

spotLeeds university protest following Browne Review

Around 70 students from Leeds university came out to protest following the announcement of the conclusions of the Browne Review...

14 October 2010

spotPCS fights to defend jobs and pensions

PCS's National Executive Committee (NEC) has rejected a "final offer" on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) from the Tory/Liberal government, writes John McInally, vice-president PCS personal capacity.

14 October 2010

spotCon-Dem attacks will lead to social cleansing

Disabled people protest against cuts, photo S Civi

Disabled people protest against cuts, photo S Civi

THE CON-Dem government and their anti-working class press would have us believe that the country is full of lazy, oversized families living the high life off benefits worth tens of thousands of pounds a year, writes North London health worker.

14 October 2010

spotChildren - a privilege for the rich?

ON NEWSNIGHT, multi-millionaire culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, unleashed a vicious attack saying the state "shouldn't support" large families...

14 October 2010

spotThe battle is on over DWP pay

PCS DWP civil servants in Leicester during recent strike action, photo Leicester Socialist Party

PCS DWP civil servants in Leicester during recent strike action, photo Leicester Socialist Party

Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been given management's pay offer for this year's pay increase, writes Katrine Williams, PCS DWP vice president, personal capacity.

14 October 2010

spotGreenwich council threatens mass sackings

Labour controlled Greenwich council in south London has sent letters to 8,000 staff threatening mass sackings unless unions agree to pay cuts, writes Paul Callanan.

14 October 2010

spotWorkplace news in brief

Unison elections: Elections for seats on Unison's national executive committee close on 22 October. Socialist Party members Hugo Pierre and John Malcolm are standing for the local government male seat and the northern...

14 October 2010

spotThe general strike: Important tool of the working class

100,000 demonstrate in Brussels against European governments’ savage cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

100,000 demonstrate in Brussels against European governments’ savage cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

All across Europe workers and young people face the austerity axe. And all across Europe there is a fight to defend jobs and services against governments who are determined to do the bidding of big business...

14 October 2010

spotCome to Socialism 2010

The Socialism event on 6-7 November is a must for every trade unionist, socialist and campaigner. It is a brilliant opportunity to discuss socialist ideas in a great atmosphere. There are sessions to interest...

14 October 2010

spotWill prices rocket up?

In this feature Socialist Party general secretary PETER TAAFFE answers important questions raised by Joe Foster on prices and wages. Joe writes:...

14 October 2010

spotWhen they say fees will rise... we fight back and organise!

Student tuition fees: what Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students say

Student tuition fees: what Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students say

14 October 2010

spotNo to academy schools!

LEILA GALLOWAY, a parent of two children at Tidemill primary school in Deptford, south London, is leading a campaign to stop Tidemill becoming an academy school, free from local authority control, writes Leila spoke to The Socialist:.

14 October 2010

spotSchool students strike in Dover

A school student strike took place this week in an academy in Dover. The school has just been turned into an academy with sponsorship from Canterbury Christ Church University, two grammar schools and Kent...

14 October 2010

spotSave Wanstead Flats

A LARGE and angry audience of local residents packed a meeting hall in Forest Gate, east London, on 6 October to quiz the police and City of London Corporation trustees over plans to build a 'temporary' police station on Wanstead Flats to serve the 2012 Olympic Games, writes Dave Carr, East London Socialist Party.

14 October 2010

spotStalinism and capitalism - a toxic brew in Hungary

NEARLY 700 million litres of toxic red sludge poured from a ruptured industrial reservoir flooding three villages and polluting rivers in Hungary...

14 October 2010

spotTUC must name the date for strike action

Editorial THIS YEAR'S Tory conference provided a foretaste of what this government of millionaires is planning for us in the comprehensive spending review, which will be announced on 20 October...

14 October 2010

spotLabour shadows show: We need a new workers' party!

WHAT DO the results of the election to Labour's Shadow Cabinet tell us about the direction, or even likelihood, of Ed Miliband's party leading a fightback against the coalition cuts?, writes Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist, Chair, Campaign for a New Workers' Party.

14 October 2010

spotCommunity organises to resist EDL thugs

English Defence League supporter (centre bottom). The EDL met a massive counter-demonstration in Leicester, photo Paul Mattsson

English Defence League supporter (centre bottom). The EDL met a massive counter-demonstration in Leicester, photo Paul Mattsson

HUNDREDS, EVEN thousands, of local people turned out to defend their community in Leicester when the hooligan English Defence League (EDL) came to stir up racism, writes Steve Score.

19 October 2010

spotThreats and bullying from London Fire Brigade: trade union forced to respond with action

Firebrigades Union (FBU) demonstration of Firefighters in London, photo Suzanne Beishon

Firebrigades Union demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) informed the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on 11 August 2010 that it was to commence the legal process to carry out mass sackings of 5,557 uniformed firefighters and 41 non-operational firefighters if they did not accept that management are to rip up nationally agreed contracts of employment, Ian Leahair, FBU Executive Council Member for London, writes.

20 October 2010

spotSocialism 2010: ideas to fight the cuts

Socialism 2010 Programme

Socialism 2010 Programme

If you're opposed to the Con-Dem cabinet of millionaires making working class people pay for the bankers' bailouts then you should attend Socialism 2010, writes Sean Figg.

20 October 2010

spotNHS: Not safe in Con-Dem hands

Marching to defend the NHS

Marching to defend the NHS

THE FUNDING crisis facing the NHS is even now becoming apparent. The Guardian reported on 13 October that the South West Essex primary care trust (PCT) has overspent by £52 million, writes Leigh Cartwright.

20 October 2010

spotCoventry jobs slaughter - unions must fight back

Socialist Pary councillor Dave Neillist joins Stoke Aldermoor residents to lobby Coventry council to save their local council neighbourhood management one stop service office., photo Coventry Socialist Party

Socialist Pary councillor Dave Neillist joins Stoke Aldermoor residents to lobby Coventry council to save their local council neighbourhood management one stop service office., photo Coventry Socialist Party

COVENTRY COUNCIL workers have just received a devastating announcement. In an email, the chief executive Martin '£180,000 a year' Reeves announced that 1,000 posts are to go, plus another 213 grant...

20 October 2010

spotGovernment slams door shut on social housing

SPENDING CUTS and proposals to end security for council tenants would mean the end of social housing as it has been known in Britain, writes Paul Kershaw.

20 October 2010

spotOsborne mugs poor to pay for rich

HAVING MUGGED the public with £83 billion of cuts in public spending (to plug the budget deficit caused by bailing out the failed banking system), millionaire chancellor George Osborne has, hypocritically, rounded on alleged benefit fraudsters, accusing them of 'mugging taxpayers'...

20 October 2010

spotCambridge Uni to go private?

UNIVERSITY BOSSES are resorting to blackmail in order to make sure the government accepts (at the very least) the hefty tuition fees rises recommended by the Browne Review...

20 October 2010

spotMass action needed to defeat fees and cuts

Over 100 students and workers at Warwick university came to an emergency protest on the steps of the university piazza, photo Warwick Socialist Students

Over 100 students and workers at Warwick university came to an emergency protest on the steps of the university piazza, photo Warwick Socialist Students

Browne Review: threat of a two-tier education system: Lord Browne has recommended that universities be free to charge unlimited tuition fees from 2012. This is a door slammed firmly in the face of those looking to education...

20 October 2010

spotWorld economy heading for 'double-dip' recession

THE WORLD economy grew by only 2.8% in 2008 and shrank, for the first time for over 65 years, by 0.6% in 2009, while the economies of the advanced capitalist countries shrank by 3.2% on average, writes Per-Åke Westerlund, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden).

20 October 2010

spotRMT executive election: Support Lewis Peacock

Socialist Party member Lewis Peacock is standing for election to the transport union RMT's national executive, the Council of Executives...

20 October 2010

spotWorkplace news in brief

Unite general secretary election: The ballot papers for the election of the new general secretary of Unite will be distributed in the week beginning 25 October...

20 October 2010

spotFighting the anti-union laws

Trade Unionists lobbying parliament - trying to persuade at least 100 MPs to turn up at John McDonnell's Lawful Industrial Action bill's second reading, to prevent the Tories crushing it, photo by Suzanne Beishon

Trade Unionists lobbying parliament - trying to persuade at least 100 MPs to turn up at John McDonnell's Lawful Industrial Action bill's second reading, to prevent the Tories crushing it, photo by Suzanne Beishon

Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill 2010: On 22 October, two days after the government announces its savage public spending cuts, left Labour MP John McDonnell's Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill has its second reading, writes Jim Horton.

20 October 2010

spotDays of Hope by Jim Allen, reviewed by Leigh Cartwright

Reviews: AT A car boot sale I bought (for 20p!) a book called Days of Hope by Jim Allen. The book, which can be found second-hand on the internet, was the fictional story (but historically accurate) of a group...

20 October 2010

spotEnter Shikari - Common Dreads (album 2009)

AT FIRST glance you wouldn't expect Enter Shikari's second album to be a hotbed of radicalism. But the first track presents you with a call to arms against a 'heedless and harrowing future' of 'factories...

20 October 2010

spotLiverpool FC: "They don't care about fans!"

Readers' comment: "THEY ONLY care about money, they don't care about fans, Liverpool Football Club is in the wrong hands!" sang Liverpool FC fans gathered outside London's Royal Courts of Justice...

20 October 2010

spotLeeds university - protest following Browne review

Around 70 students from Leeds university came out to protest following the announcement of the conclusions of the Browne Review...

20 October 2010

spotThe fight back begins: reports of protests against the cuts

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

If the government manages to implement the announcements in the Comprehensive Spending Review it will mean the comprehensive destruction of the living standards of the majority of the population...

20 October 2010

spotTUC get off your knees - organise action now!

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

Fight ALL Cuts in Jobs and Services: Today the TUC general council met against the background of Osborne announcing the wholesale slaughter of our public services.

It agreed to call a national demonstration for 26 March, 2011 - five months after the axe has fallen! This is far too little, far too late.

20 October 2010

spotProtest, strike, fightback! French workers and youth challenge cuts

French workers demonstrate in Brussels for the European day of action, 29 September 2010, photo by Paul Mattsson

French workers demonstrate in Brussels for the European day of action, 29 September 2010, photo by Paul Mattsson

The mobilisation of the French working class has now reached a crucial stage. Strikes and mass demonstrations on 19 October, according to the CGT trade union confederation, again brought a staggering 3.5...

20 October 2010

spotBuild coordinated action to stop cuts

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

Never has there been so much at stake for millions of working people and many middle class people, as this government prepares its spending cuts...

20 October 2010

spotWorkers under attack

Firefighters demonstrate against the threat of mass sackings, photo Suzanne Beishon

Firefighters demonstrate against the threat of mass sackings, photo Suzanne Beishon

Three days after the announcement of the government's savage spending cuts London's firefighters will be on strike, writes Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party.
London firefighters have answered their bullying bosses with a massive vote for strike action.

20 October 2010

spotPolice try to stifle Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition protest

It wasn't a nice sight - the spectacle of two Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) election candidates, one apparently having his collar felt and the other being dragged away by the police on the eve of poll of the last general and local council elections, writes Craig Johnston, RMT national executive member.

20 October 2010

spotStrike forces concessions at Tyneside Safety Glass

Unite members on strike on the picket line at Tyneside safety Glass, photo Elaine Brunskill

Unite members on strike on the picket line at Tyneside safety Glass, photo Elaine Brunskill

Tyneside Safety Glass (TSG) workers have suspended a further two weeks of strike action as factory bosses have made concessions...

20 October 2010

spotHuge demo against passport office closure in Newport

Newport Demo to save the Passport Office: John McInally, Vice president, Public and Commercial Services union, with the IPS group banner , photo Socialist Party Wales

Newport Demo to save the Passport Office: John McInally, Vice president, Public and Commercial Services union, with the IPS group banner , photo Socialist Party Wales

Newport fights the cuts: Everyone in Newport has been incensed by the decision to close the Passport Office here. In just a few days the whole community mobilised and a good 1,000 people came on the noisy demonstration around...

20 October 2010

spotWarwick university - students condemn escalation of fees

Over 100 students and workers at Warwick university came to an emergency protest on the steps of the university piazza

Over 100 students and workers at Warwick university came to an emergency protest on the steps of the university piazza

Over 100 students and workers at Warwick university came to an emergency protest on the steps of the university piazza, called by Socialist Students, writes Lenny Shail, Warwick Socialist Students.

20 October 2010

spotFight all cuts in jobs and services

Unite members on strike to save a Coventry youth centre, photo Clive Dunkley

Unite members on strike to save a Coventry youth centre, photo Clive Dunkley

TUC must organise action:
* Mass national demo
* 24-hour public sector general strike
As the first steps in the building of a mass campaign
We won't pay for the bosses' crisis!

24 October 2010

spotSheffield anti-cuts demonstration, 23 October

300 students and trade unionists marched down from Sheffield university to swell the size of the Yorkshire and Humber TUC rally outside Sheffield town hall to getting on for 1,000 protesters...

24 October 2010

spotManchester anti-cuts rally

Manchester National Shop Stewards Netwrok protest against the cuts, photo Manchester Socialist Party

Manchester protest

Up to 100 trade unionists and community campaigners rallied in St Peter's Square on 23 October, organised by the Shop Stewards Network...

24 October 2010

spotThousands of trade unionists march in London against cuts

October 23rd London anti-cuts demo

Jointly organised demonstration of FBU, RMT, PCS and other unions

24 October 2010

spotNSSN lobby of TUC 2011

NSSN lobby of TUC 2011: Open the floodgates of mass action

Successful NSSN lobby called for a one day public sector strike

25 October 2010

spotCardiff: Anti-cuts march and rally on 23 October

Cardiff anti-cuts demo, photo Cardiff Socialist Party

Cardiff demo

Workers in Wales were buoyed up by seeing 600 trade unionists marching through Cardiff city centre and making it clear that we would stand up and fight any cuts in Wales, writes Katrine Williams, PCS Wales Chair.

25 October 2010

spotAnti-cuts demo a resounding success in York

York held its first anti-cuts demonstration on Saturday 23 October with a significant and very visible presence by the newly-formed York branch of the Socialist Party...

25 October 2010

spotA major trial of strength between the classes

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

Millions of workers and youth want an end to the Sarkozy 'dictatorship'.
Analysis and report from Clare Doyle (CWI Secretariat) recently in Paris and Rouen, discussing with members of Gauche Revolutionnaire (CWI France)

25 October 2010

spot20,000 march against government savagery in Edinburgh

Anti-cuts demonstration in Edinburgh, photo Ray Smith

Edinburgh demo

There was an emphatic response to the savagery of the Con-Dem spending cuts on Saturday in Edinburgh...

27 October 2010

spotNorthern Ireland: build a new party

Thousands of workers took to the streets of Belfast on 23 October in probably the largest non-sectarian demonstration in Northern Ireland since the anti-war movement, writes Daniel Waldron, Socialist Party Belfast.

27 October 2010

spotJoin the protests

Birmingham protest against university fees and cuts!: Assemble 12 noon, Victoria Park, London Road, Leicester - near the cafe...

27 October 2010

spotSocialism 2010: Weekend of discussion and debate 6-7 November

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union RMT, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union RMT, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

Socialism 2010 is the weekend to debate how we can fight back aginst cuts, war and environmental destruction, and debate how a socialist alternative can be built...

27 October 2010

spotVictory to London firefighters!

100 striking FBU firefighters led the London October 23rd trade union led demonstration against the cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

100 striking FBU firefighters led the London October 23rd trade union led demonstration against the cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

London firefighters were on strike for eight hours on 23 October, against changes in shift patterns which will pave the way for cuts, writes Paula Mitchell.

27 October 2010

spotBA bosses try to control union

The latest offer by British Airways management to cabin crew aimed at resolving this long running dispute was released on 20 October, writes Neil Cafferky.

27 October 2010

spotDisaster for local government

THE CON-Dem government's public sector spending review is disastrous for local government, with 28% spending cuts in local authority budgets, (real terms), over four years - more than double the 3% annual cuts previously demanded by the New Labour government, writes By a Unison local government worker.

27 October 2010

spotUnite general secretary election: Right wing candidate on another planet

Backed by Murdoch's press and somehow able to fund full-page adverts in newspapers, it's not surprising that Les Bayliss, right-wing candidate for Unite general secretary, condemns strike action, particularly that of the BA cabin crew recently, writes Kevin Parslow.

27 October 2010

spotHousing cuts will mean more evictions and social cleansing

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

CHANCELLOR George Osborne's spending review represents a nightmare for working class people. His announcement that housing benefit would be restricted to paying for a room rather than a flat for people...

27 October 2010

spotAxeman Osborne slashes disabled people's benefits

WHEN GEORGE Osborne announced £11 billion cuts to welfare spending in June's budget, disabled people and their families were shocked...

27 October 2010

spotGovernment bludgeons workers' pensions

THE POLICIES announced by the Con-Dem government amount to a massive attack on the pensions of all workers, writes Rob Williams, PCS union, national executive.

27 October 2010

spotHow the rich beat the taxman

TV review: A worker in Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and PCS union member comments on the recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme...

27 October 2010

spotOn your bus, IDS!

WORK AND Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) wants to blame the "feckless" unemployed for mass unemployment in the south Wales valleys, writes Dave Reid, Cardiff.

27 October 2010

spotBolton: Police brutality exposed

ON 20 October Alan Clough, a retired corporation gardener from Bury and Unison member, was due in Bolton Magistrates' Court charged with assaulting a police officer during the rally against the far right English Defence League in Bolton in March, writes Paul Gerrard, Bury NUT.

27 October 2010

spotFranchising torture

The US army logs released by WikiLeaks paint a brutal picture of the torturing and killing of innocent Iraqi civilians in a war fought to boost oil profits and defend western power and prestige, writes Keith Whitehead.

27 October 2010

spotOrganise to stop education cuts!

Sheffield Socialist Students protesting outside deputy prime minister Nick Clegg's constituency office on 20 October 2010, photo Sheffield Socialist Students

Sheffield Socialist Students protesting outside deputy prime minister Nick Clegg's constituency office on 20 October 2010, photo Sheffield Socialist Students

Urgent action needed as EMA scrapped: The government definitely Con-Dem-ed young people with the cuts package in the Comprehensive Spending Review!, writes Jethro Waldron, College student, Nottingham.

27 October 2010

spotYouth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students day of action

Goldsmiths University: The Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October announced cuts that will be detrimental to the future of young people across the country...

27 October 2010

spotStep forward for TUC youth unemployment demo

In September, the annual conference of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a demonstration against youth unemployment before the end of the year, writes Ben Robinson, Youth Fight for Jobs chair.

27 October 2010

spotStop cuts through mass action

Thousands of trade unionists march in London against cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

Thousands of trade unionists march in London against cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

On Wednesday 20 October gasps of anguish and shock could be heard as workers and young people realised just how cruel the Con-Dem cuts would be...

27 October 2010

spotPolice attack Bristol demonstration

Two thousand people from across Bristol protested on 23 October against the Con-Dem government's latest cuts, writes Frankie Langeland, Bristol Youth Fight for Jobs.

27 October 2010

spotWave of protests against Con-Dem cuts

Sheffield, Lincoln, Wrexham, Manchester, York: Three hundred students and trade unionists marched from Sheffield University on 23 October to swell the size of the Yorkshire and Humber TUC rally outside Sheffield town hall to 1,000 protesters, reports Alistair Tice...

27 October 2010

spotMass action urgent against programme for poverty

Thousands of trade unionists march in London against cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Thousands of trade unionists march in London against cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

So brutal, so vicious are the £81 billion cuts announced by George Osborne on 'Axe Wednesday' that nothing short of action of mass dimensions by the organised might of the labour movement is acceptable, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

27 October 2010

spotYouth Fight for Jobs conference - 4 December

Organise the fightback:
Socialist Students conference - 5 December
Both start 10am at
University College London, Christopher Ingold Auditorium, Gower Street, London,WC1E 6BT
Nearest Tube: Euston Square/ Warren Street

28 October 2010

spotBack the PCS's fight for a national demo in 2010

PCS protest outside Ministry of Justice , photo Paul Mattsson

Build the anti-cuts movement
The PCS NEC has published it's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review. They express their determination to call a national demo against cuts before Christmas.

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