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3 October 2011

spot35,000 on TUC march in Manchester

35,000 trade unionists and other protesters marched in Manchester yesterday against the austerity measures of the Tories - who were assembling in the city for their annual conference...

4 October 2011

spotMarching for a future!

Marching for a Future

On 1 October, Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) activists started a 330 mile march from Jarrow to London. See jarrowmarch11.com for daily reports. There follows a filmed interview on 1st October with the YFJ national organiser, and an article by the YFJ national chair that was carried in the Socialist before the march set off

4 October 2011

spotManchester: Thousands say no to cuts

Demonstration at start of Tory Party conference, Manchester  2.10.11, photo Paul Mattsson

Tories gathering for conference faced large demonstration: 35,000 people travelled to Manchester on 2nd October to march against the anti-working class policies of the Tories

4 October 2011

spotPoplar and Liverpool: 'If you fight, you can win'

On the 90th anniversary of the jailing of the Poplar councillors, Queen Mary University Socialist Students society hosted a joint public meeting with the Socialist Party

5 October 2011

spotTories plan further destruction of social housing

The Tory conference announcement that they will increase the discount for 'right to buy' council house sales is a cruel trick on people suffering on housing waiting lists and council tenants looking for a way out of council housing, writes Paul Kershaw.

5 October 2011

spotFast news

Health Bill rubbished: Health professionals have weighed in against the government's destructive Health and Social Care Bill, which will spell the beginning of the end of the NHS as a national, publicly owned and run body...

5 October 2011

spotUSA: Occupy Wall Street struggle spreads

Corporate greed and banks domination challenged: An anti-capitalist protest movement has sprung up in New York, occupying central plazas, inspired by the North African protests earlier in the year dubbed the 'Arab Spring' and similar actions in Spain, Portugal and Greece...

5 October 2011

spotChilean students in fifth month of protests

The last five months have witnessed the biggest social movement in Chile since the fall of former dictator General Pinochet, writes Iain Dalton, Youth Fight for Jobs Yorkshire organiser.

5 October 2011

spotDanger: young people's futures at risk

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

As a gesture to battling rising youth unemployment, the previous Labour government launched the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) in 2009...

5 October 2011

spotCampaigners learn the ropes

Leeds Trinity University College was named in some reports as the most likely university to close due to the hike in tuition fees, writes Samantha Garratt, Leeds Trinity Students Against Cuts (LTSAC).

5 October 2011

spotMiliband's fruitless dreams of a 'better capitalism'

Ed Miliband said at Labour Party conference that we would have to 'live within our means' and that "Most of the cuts implemented by the Con-Dems will not be reversed"

5 October 2011

spotRight to protest under attack

Police on student demonstration - hundreds of protesters have been injured by police violence, photo Senan

Police on student demonstration - hundreds of protesters have been injured by police violence, photo Senan

What is happening to the democratic and civil liberties won over generations by working class people? In Britain, governments have used some of the repressive methods of totalitarian states

5 October 2011

spotJoin the fightback: come to Socialism 2011!

Socialism 2011

Socialism 2011

If you want ideas about how to defeat this government of millionaires book your Socialism 2011 ticket today!

5 October 2011

spotStudents join the socialists as fury grows over cuts and fees

Socialist Students has had an excellent response at this year's freshers fairs. Fury is the most frequently displayed emotion whenever the government or bankers are mentioned

5 October 2011

spotConstruction workers' protests won't go away!

Electricians took the fight to defend their wages and conditions to London's Oxford Street this morning. Workers have also been protesting in central Manchester, Tameside and Liverpool

5 October 2011

spotLondon union leaders call for electoral challenge

In July, the London Transport regional council of the transport union RMT unanimously passed a resolution stating that the 2012 elections for the Greater London Assembly (GLA) and mayor present an opportunity for a trade union based anti-cuts challenge

5 October 2011

spotNorth-west construction electricians meet

The sixth London protest, photo Paul Mattsson

The sixth London protest, photo Paul Mattsson

Getting organised for action: Up to 100 construction electricians from across the north and north-west met in Manchester on 1 October to organise in defence of pay and conditions, writes Hugh Caffrey.

5 October 2011

spotIrish trade unionists meet to launch Activists Network

Seventy Irish trade unionists launched the Trade Union Activists Network in Dublin on 1 October. Formed to counter decades of 'social partnership' in Ireland, which held down wages...

5 October 2011

spotFighting library closures

Campaigners face bullying and harassment: Waltham Forest council in east London has recently spent £18 million on private consultants and agency staff

5 October 2011

spotExtract from Jarrow Marchers Blog: Day 1 & 2

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

Solidarity, support and blisters: I'm writing this at one in the morning in a kitchen in St Clare's in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham...

5 October 2011

spotAs BAE threatens cuts... Fight for Jobs!

BAE workers protest at the Tory party conference, photo by Paul Mattsson

BAE workers protest at the Tory party conference, photo by Paul Mattsson

BAE Systems intends to cut 3,000 of its 40,000 UK jobs. Apparently this is necessary for BAE to "ensure its long-term future", while the futures of the estimated 5,700 affected workers look bleak.

5 October 2011

spotGlasgow: Prepare for 30 November strike

On 1 October the Scottish TUC's "People First" demonstration in Glasgow took place where, despite the horrendous weather, around 15,000 marched against the impact of the cuts

5 October 2011

spotTory conference farce - Carry on cutting!

TUC protest outside Tory Party conference, photo by Paul Mattsson

A Guardian editorial summed up chancellor George Osborne's conference speech as: "while the basic facts have changed, his basic script has not", writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

5 October 2011

spot'Chav hate is class hate'

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, photo Owen Jones

Book review: Jacqui Berry reviews 'Chavs - The demonization of the working class' by Owen Jones...

6 October 2011

spotNo secret talks to retreat on N30 pensions strike!

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) issued the following statement in response to a report that TUC leader Brendan Barber is engaging in secret talks with the aim of calling off public sector strike action planned for 30th November...

7 October 2011

spotKinnock's bigotry

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

The Labour Party conference in Liverpool was used as an opportunity by Kinnock and others to attack the Liverpool '47' councillors who improved the lives of thousands of Liverpudlians in 1983-87.

8 October 2011

spot1,000 march in Yorkshire in support of Jarrow march

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

Flying in the face of some misleading newspaper reports, 1,000 people have marched in Yorkshire in support of the Jarrow march

8 October 2011

spotTories and their yes-men - can they walk the walk on the Jarrow march?

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

Media attacks Jarrow March 2011 Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, editor of the Socialist newspaper, lays down a challenge to Tory MP Robert Goodwill, and journalists Richard Alleyne from the Telegraph, Mark Branagan from the Independent and Robin Pierre of the Sun: Join the Jarrow march!

10 October 2011

spotHealth campaigners take Ascot by storm

On Saturday 8th October, 300 chanting campaigners marched right through the heart of Ascot against the closure of Heatherwood hospital

10 October 2011

spot60 printers sacked as bosses make a million

Unite members at printers Wyndeham Impact protested last Friday outside the closed factory to continue their fight for their jobs, unpaid wages, holiday pay, sick pay and against the previous sacking of two printers

10 October 2011

spot'We have not gone away' say Southampton council workers

Southampton council workers on strike 6.10.11, Nick Chaffey

Last Thursday saw the latest strike action of Southampton council workers. Unite called out its 700 members across the city in solidarity with 250 Unison care workers

11 October 2011

spotNear to revolution? - Liverpool 1911

On Sunday 8 October around 120 people attended: 'Near To Revolution? The 1911 Liverpool general transport strike centenary conference'

12 October 2011

spotUS: Occupy Wall Street - Demanding jobs not cuts

Wall Street, USA

We are fighting back! Bryan Koulouris of Socialist Alternative, CWI in the US, spoke to the Socialist about the Occupy Wall Street movement which has been spreading across hundreds of towns and cities in the US

12 October 2011

spotCon-Dems' policies increase poverty

Living standards are set to fall and poverty will massively increase in the coming years as a result of the coalition government's tax and benefit counter-reforms, writes Dave Carr.

12 October 2011

spotBattle of Cable Street 1936 - When workers stopped the fascists

Cable Street 1936: Anti-fascists defied repeated baton charges by police to stop the fascists marching through London's East End

Cable Street 1936: Anti-fascists defied repeated baton charges by police to stop the fascists marching through London's East End

This month marks the 75th anniversary of what has gone down in history as the Battle of Cable Street, writes Tony Aitman.

12 October 2011

spotPortrait of a pension pilferer

Maggie Thatcher was Maggie the Milk Snatcher - a byword for Tory penny-pinching cruelty. Francis Maude will go down in history as Maude the Pension Pilferer - if we let him get away with it, writes Derek McMillan.

12 October 2011

spotLow pay, no way!

The most recent increase in the minimum wage was pitiful in the face of the rocketing cost of living...

12 October 2011

spotMarching in the footsteps of history

When the Jarrow March for Jobs leaves Leicester, not only will it be following in the footsteps of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade, but also Leicester's 1905 Unemployed March, writes Dan Fahey.

12 October 2011

spotCoventry by-election helps build socialist alternative to cuts

The Socialist Party reaffirmed its strong position in Coventry, coming third in the Lower Stoke ward council by-election on Thursday 6 October on 254 votes (10.06%), writes Lenny Shail, Coventry Socialist Party.

12 October 2011

spotSocialism 2011 finance appeal

Support the struggle against all the cuts: The Socialist Party is asking all its members and supporters to make a donation to the Socialism 2011 finance appeal, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

12 October 2011

spotWales Assembly budget: Labour piles on the misery

The Welsh Labour-led government's 2012-2013 draft budget, published on 4 October is the second one in a row to cut Welsh public services, writes Edmund Schluessel.

12 October 2011

spotLondon elections - more support for TU/anti-cuts stand

Support is growing for the idea of standing trade union and socialist anti-cuts candidates in the London elections in 2012...

12 October 2011

spotConstruction electricians march on Blackfriars

Electricians protesting on 12.10.11 near the Tate Modern, London, Rob Williams

Today up to 400 electricians and supporters marched in central London; while electricians also protested in Greater Manchester and elsewhere; and last Friday at Ratcliffe power station

12 October 2011

spotFox takes cronyism to new level

Fox by name, fox by nature it seems. For despite the mounting and overwhelming evidence of cronyism against Tory MP Liam Fox, the defence minister remains in his post

12 October 2011

spotNHS protesters occupy Westminster Bridge

Hundreds of protesters blocked Westminster Bridge next to the Houses of Parliament on Sunday 9 October to demonstrate their support for a publicly owned NHS, writes Neil Cafferky.

12 October 2011

spotFast news

Ireland by-election: The death of former Fianna Fáil government finance minister, Brian Lenihan, has resulted in a by-election being called for the Dublin West seat of the Dáil

12 October 2011

spotProtest, demonstrate, occupy

Students should support 30 November strikes: On 8 September this year 283 out of 420 Greek higher education institutions were under occupation. This will remind many in this country of when over 50 universities in the UK were occupied

12 October 2011

spotStrike on 30 November - no secret talks

For democratic control of all negotiations and industrial action: Trade unionists across Britain will have been angered to see reports that the TUC general secretary went to the Tory party conference a couple of weeks ago - not to protest at the government's anti-working class policies, but to hold secret talks to try to avert "mass strikes"

12 October 2011

spotSovereign debt crisis, recession... No way out under capitalism

Banks continue to demand government bailouts; an ever-deepening sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the USA; mass unemployment and cuts in services on a level not seen since the 1930s; a widening gulf between rich and poor....

12 October 2011

spotConstruction electricians

Two months on - national strike action needed Rank and file electricians in the construction industry have been meeting in Scotland, Manchester and now London over the last two weeks

12 October 2011

spotFighting job losses at London's Queen Mary University

Security at Queen Mary's University of London in Mile End, East London, were told to lock all the doors to defend the university's council from protesters...

12 October 2011

spotInterview with a Jarrow marcher

Matt Whale on the Jarrow March 2011, building support everywhere it goes, photo Paul Mattsson

Matt Whale, unemployed organiser for Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) spoke to the Socialist about the Jarrow march as it passes through Yorkshire. See www.jarrowmarch11.com for regular updates on the marchers' progress

12 October 2011

spotWorkplace news in brief

Pensions: The National Pensioners Convention is launching a Rights in Retirement campaign week from 24 to 29 October 2011, writes Terry Pearce

12 October 2011

spotCameron's big 'them and us' society

Jarrow March 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

Jarrow March 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

There is huge support for the young people on the Jarrow March for Jobs, who call for massive investment in a programme to create socially useful jobs, writes Becci Heagney, Nottingham Socialist Party.

13 October 2011

spotGreenwich Unite criticises privatisation of welfare services

In light of recent figures on unemployment and child poverty, Greenwich Unite has slammed Greenwich council for failing to reconsider the decision to privatise and effectively kill off the Welfare Rights Service

14 October 2011

spotSotheby's 'bad for art'

Locked-out Sotheby's worker and poster, photo Kevin Parslow

Art handlers at auction house Sotheby's salerooms in New York, members of the Teamsters union, took their protests to a London art auction

14 October 2011

spotPicture slide show: Marking ten years since the invasion of Afghanistan

3,000 people took part in the Stop the War Trafalgar Square rally on Saturday 8 October to mark ten years of the war and occupation in Afghanistan, photo Paul Mattsson

Stop the War Trafalgar Square rally, photo Paul Mattsson

To mark ten years of the war and occupation in Afghanistan, 3,000 people took part in the Stop the War Trafalgar Square rally on Saturday 8 October...

17 October 2011

spotWest Midlands NSSN conference

Around 30 trade unionists attended the West Midlands conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) held in Birmingham on Saturday

18 October 2011

spotDefend Unison activist at Queen Mary University

Vik Chechi, the Unison branch secretary of Queen Mary University in east London has this afternoon been suspended by his employer

18 October 2011

spotPreparing for the showdown

Socialism Today cover - Preparing for a showdown

Socialism Today, Nov 2011

November 30 and beyond
The one-day public-sector strike on 30 November is expected to involve nearly four million workers - the biggest single day of industrial action in Britain's history, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

19 October 2011

spotAnti-union, low paying, bullying bosses

The reality of casualised work for young people: In Coventry the job market for young people is dire, with nearly 3,000 of us out of work. Even those young people who are 'fortunate' enough to get jobs end up working in dead-end jobs for low wages...

19 October 2011

spotBirmingham youth service ravaged by cuts

Young people have been hit hard by the cuts in Birmingham. On top of attacks to education like the scrapping of EMA and £9,000 tuition fees, Birmingham city council has targeted numerous youth services...

19 October 2011

spotScandal reveals corrupt influence of big business on government

Eventually Liam Fox had to resign as Defence Secretary. He was so careless in allowing his friend Adam Werrity open access to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and its contacts that his credibility was shot...

19 October 2011

spotDale Farm - occupiers defiant

On Monday 17 October the Dale Farm residents' legal challenges to their eviction from a former scrap yard in Essex reached the end of the line, with Justice Ouseley rejecting challenges to the legality of Basildon council's operation, writes Dave Murray, Basildon.

19 October 2011

spotRocketing rents leave tenants facing eviction

Average private rents are now beyond the reach of ordinary families in most of the country (55% of local authority areas) according to a new survey by housing charity Shelter, writes Paul Kershaw.

19 October 2011

spotFast news

Higher bills: With winter approaching, UK households face paying their highest ever bills after the 'big six' energy companies jacked up their gas and electricity prices...

19 October 2011

spotMass movement needed to save our NHS

Marching against NHS cuts and privatisation , photo Paul Mattsson

Marching against NHS cuts and privatisation , photo Paul Mattsson

In the week in which the National Audit Office announced that 80% of hospitals in England are in financial trouble and almost 50 trusts are in crisis, the House of Lords passed the Con-Dems' Health and Social Care Bill...

19 October 2011

spotMore London trade unionists support call for anti-cuts candidates

"We, the undersigned, support the call for trade unionist and socialist candidates to stand in the Greater London Assembly elections in 2012, committed to opposing all cuts, privatisation and PFI."...

19 October 2011

spotReclaim the Game!

Book review: Coming out just days after the chief executive of Liverpool FC announced proposals to keep even more of the money from TV rights for the richest clubs in the Premier League, the timing of the latest edition of John Reid's book Reclaim the Game could not have been sharper, writes Chris Newby, London Socialist Party.

19 October 2011

spotWorkplace news in brief

TV license strike: About 50-60 TV licensing workers in Bristol, members of the CWU, gathered from various picket lines for a short rally to mark the first day of their strike on 17 October, writes Tom Baldwin.

19 October 2011

spotHunger marches - When the unemployed fought back

"Why all this unrest? It seems in the rebound from the anxieties from the war, we are all trying to get something for nothing. We must not ask for the impossible" - Mayoress of Southport, 1922

19 October 2011

spotSupport Remploy workers

Remploy workers rally against closure threat, photo Bob Severn

Remploy workers rally against closure threat, photo Bob Severn

On 14 October, over 40 workers from the Remploy factories in Porth, Abertillery and Aberdare attended a public meeting along with 20 supporters to build the campaign to fight the government's closure programme.

19 October 2011

spotGreek workers strike back

Strikes must be democratically controlled by unions' ranks: The announcement by the Greek Pasok government on 7 October of a new bill savaging the jobs and conditions of public sector workers provoked an explosion of struggles, strikes and occupations in almost every part of the public sector in Greece

19 October 2011

spotDale Farm - Police storm in to do the bailiffs' dirty work

Stop these evictions: At dawn, riot police breached the perimeter of the Dale Farm travellers' site, demolishing a wall surrounding one of the legal plots and storming through the breach with shields, batons and tasers.

19 October 2011

spotThe Hardest Hit protests

Stop government attacks on disabled: In the coming weeks the much talked about Welfare Reform Bill gets voted on in parliament. As for myself and many other disabled people this is a deeply worrying time, writes Mark Wright.

19 October 2011

spotWe are the 99% - Fighting for our future

We are the 99% - Fighting for our future - Youth Fight for Jobs on the Jarrow March, photo Paul Mattsson

"As an unemployed prospective nursing student who can see the NHS being cut back and privatised to the point of being unrecognisable, I see the Jarrow march as an important campaign"

19 October 2011

spot15 October: day of intercontinental resistance

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

Break the power of the banks and big business: On 15 October, all around the globe, the "enraged", the "indignad@s", the "occupiers of Wall Street", took to the streets to challenge the power of big business...

19 October 2011

spotCome to Socialism 2011

Socialism 2011

Socialism 2011

Join the fightback!: If you want ideas about how to defeat this government of millionaires book your Socialism 2011 ticket today!...

19 October 2011

spotNot guilty: Jury rejects the politically motivated charge of 'conspiracy'

Courtesy of British Transport Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, nine people were recently given an unwanted insight into the British justice system and the frontline of political policing

19 October 2011

spotConstruction protests continue and Unite declares strike ballot (report with video)

Construction electricians protest outside Balfour Beatty

This week's protest at Blackfriars Balfour Beatty site began in full darkness at 6:30am this morning.

20 October 2011

spotSolidarity appeal: Stop Kazakh state brutality

Protesting outside the Kazakhstan Business Forum, London, 20.10.11, Naomi Byron

A protest against attacks on trade unionists in Kazakhstan was held outside the Kazakhstan Business Forum in London, this morning

20 October 2011

spotStop the Welfare Reform Bill - fight all cuts to benefits and services

 Hardest Hit protest:, May 2011, disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

The thousands on this Saturday’s Hardest Hit regional demonstrations know the ugly truth of what the government's plans will mean if the Welfare Reform Bill becomes law

23 October 2011

spotInspirational Jarrow march enters its last two weeks

The Jarrow March 2011 is building support everywhere it goes, photo Paul Mattsson

The Jarrow March for Jobs organised by Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) is now in its 23rd day and has reached Coventry

24 October 2011

spotHigh Court challenge to public sector pensions switch

Six unions have mounted a legal challenge on behalf of millions of public sector workers over what inflation index is used to increase their pensions...

24 October 2011

spotHardest Hit demos - thousands march

Hardest Hit demo, Cardiff, 22.10.11, Cardiff Socialist Party

'Hardest Hit' marches and rallies took place across the UK on Saturday, against the Welfare Reform Bill which will reduce support for disabled people

24 October 2011

spotCoventry rally - The Jarrow march is on its way!

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow marchers arrive in Coventry, photo by Lenny Shail

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow marchers arrive in Coventry, photo by Lenny Shail

Over 100 young people, trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners joined the Jarrow marchers on a demonstration in Coventry on Saturday

25 October 2011

spotPreparing to stand anti-cuts candidates in Scotland

The first important step in standing anti-cuts candidates in next year's Scottish council elections was taken at a 70 strong meeting on Saturday

25 October 2011

spotCoventry Telegraph covers Jarrow march for jobs

"Young protesters staged a vocal demo through Coventry city centre as part of the national Jarrow March anniversary campaign"

26 October 2011

spotThem & Us

Coleman gets real: Brian Coleman, Tory councillor and London fire authority boss, is notorious for threatening Fire Brigades Union members with mass sackings and claiming vast expenses on top of his reported £120,000 a year earnings...

26 October 2011

spotWhere now for Libya after the downfall of Gaddafi's regime?

Socialism Today May 2011, Behind Nato's Libya campaign, cartoon by Suz

Socialism Today May 2011, Behind Nato's Libya campaign, cartoon by Suz

Independent action by Libyan workers, youth and poor vital to prevent revolution's derailment: While the defeat of the last major forces defending Gaddafi's dictatorial and increasingly megalomaniac regime was widely welcomed, the way in which it fell means that clouds now hang over the future of the Libyan revolution, writes Robert Bechert.

26 October 2011

spotWales takes action to defend young people

"I completely agree - these bankers getting bonuses, while they say EMA is unaffordable." These were the words of an enthusiastic student who met Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) campaigners in Swansea on Saturday 15 October, writes Ben Golightly.

26 October 2011

spotBuilding the fightback and building solidarity at Occupy LSX

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson

Occupy London Stock Exchange (Occupy LSX) completed its first full week on Saturday. With rumours of impending eviction from St Paul's courtyard flying about a large crowd turned out to support the occupation...

26 October 2011

spotElectric support for London anti-cuts challenge

At their Blackfriars protest last week several electricians put their names to the appeal for anti-cuts, trade unionist candidates in the Greater London Assembly elections next year, writes Paula Mitchell.

26 October 2011

spotTax dodging continues while staff face cuts

Teamsters local 814 president Jason Ide and PCS members outside Sotheby's London, 13.10.11, photo Kevin Parslow. PCS members will fight the job cuts

Teamsters local 814 president Jason Ide and PCS members outside Sotheby's London, 13.10.11, photo Kevin Parslow. PCS members will fight the job cuts

Big business and the wealthy manipulate loopholes in the system to avoid and evade paying an estimated £120 billion a year in tax...

26 October 2011

spotWorkplace news in brief

30 November strike: Unite members are now being balloted for strike action on 30 November. They will be joining one of the biggest strikes in modern British history...

26 October 2011

spotEuro crisis - urgent need to build a socialist alternative

The leaders of the European Union (EU) are desperate for a way out of the crisis in the eurozone. Political quarrels between different capitalist politicians have caused a decision on the eurozone's next...

26 October 2011

spotFree schools - Freedom to privatise education

In September, the first 24 of the Coalition's new 'free schools' opened. Tory schools minister Michael Gove claims that they will end a 'state monopoly' in education and give 'freedom' to parents...

26 October 2011

spot10,000 public sector jobs lost in Wales and counting

Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

Over 10,000 public sector jobs have been lost in Wales in the last year according to accountants PwC.

26 October 2011

spotPrepare for N30 - strike and demonstrate!

Editorial of the Socialist: The strike to defend public sector pensions on 30 November (N30) represents the biggest and broadest coordinated industrial action since the 1926 general strike 85 years ago

26 October 2011

spotThe whole world in its hands

The sovereign debt and eurozone crises, the Great Recession, etc, have all focussed attention on the failings of the banking sector and the greedy giant capitalist corporations

26 October 2011

spotReinstate Vik Chechi

Oppose victimisation of trade union activist: Messages of support and complaints to management have flooded in following the shock announcement last week that Vik Chechi, the Unison branch secretary of Queen Mary University in east London, was suspended by his employer

26 October 2011

spotSolidarity appeal for 'Occupy Seattle', USA

On Saturday 15 October, Occupy Seattle reached its peak mobilised support with upwards of 5,000 demonstrators...

26 October 2011

spotSecond strike on Monday at TV Licensing

TV Licensing workers employed by outsourcing giant Capita will walk out again next Monday, 31st October, as they step up their campaign of industrial action to win a fair pay rise...

26 October 2011

spotRally against NHS privatisation in York

York Stop The Cuts recently protested outside a health centre that had offered 30 patients “minor” treatments privately through a company owned by the practice

26 October 2011

spot'Van loads of men' turned away at Carrington paper mill site

Electrician construction workers: protest at Cannon Street, London , photo Paul Mattsson

Electrical work at the Carrington paper mill site again ground to a halt this morning. Construction workers' protests also continued in London and elsewhere

26 October 2011

spotJoin the Jarrow march for jobs & education - 5 November

Join the Jarrow March

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION: Assemble 12 noon at Embankment - march to Trafalgar Square

26 October 2011

spotJoin the fightback - come to Socialism 2011

Socialism 2011

A weekend of discussion and debate hosted by the Socialist Party: Whether you have been a socialist for many years or are new to socialist ideas, Socialism 2011 has something for you, writes Steve Glennon, Socialism 2011 organiser.

26 October 2011

spotCapitalism IS crisis - Fight for a socialist alternative

30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

Capitalism IS crisis. These are the words sewn on a huge green banner stretching over the tents outside St Paul's Cathedral in London, writes Paula Mitchell.

27 October 2011

spotThe 30th November strike and the Fire Brigades Union

On 18 October, the Fire Brigades Union issued a statement explaining why it is not balloting for strike action on 30 November. Socialist Party statement and a reply from Ian Leahair, FBU Executive Council Member for London.

28 October 2011

spotMadness to close jobcentres says PCS

The Public and Commercial Services union has condemned plans to close 19 jobcentres across the UK as unemployment rises, announced by the Department for Work and Pensions today...

28 October 2011

spot'Virgin' on the outrageous

Train cleaners on the Virgin West Coast Mainline struck for 24 hours this morning in a row over poverty pay and union rights between the 'Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services' contractor and the RMT union

31 October 2011

spotBBC discriminates against pensioners

Last week Salford Pensioners' Association, along with members of Salford against Cuts, lobbied the BBC at Salford's Media City, against ageism.

31 October 2011

spotLiverpool city council and its 'consultation'

A meeting dubbed as Liverpool city council's 'Question Time' was held at Liverpool town hall on 27 October. On the same day a sham 'consultation' on cuts also took place in Exeter...

31 October 2011

spotJarrow marchers in solidarity action at Northampton university

Protest at Northampton university against staff cuts and closure of philosophy department, photo Sarah Sachs Eldridge

Northampton students and staff were joined by Jarrow marchers as they protested against cuts

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