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1 October 2012

spotFamily of jailed Kazakhstan poet coming to London concert

Aron Atabek is a dissident, prize-winning poet and creative writer in Kazakhstan. On his behalf, his wife and son are flying to London to participate in a Campaign Kazakhstan concert on Tuesday 2 October,...

3 October 2012

spotCouncillors must resist all Tory cuts

Southampton: Nick Chaffey, Southampton Socialist Party, wrote the following letter to the Independent in reply to an article by Owen Jones...

3 October 2012

spotAlgerian war of independence 1954-1962

The Battle of Algiers poster montage

The Battle of Algiers poster montage

Colonialism, national liberation and revolutionary struggle: Fifty years ago, in 1962, the 'Algerian war', one of the longest and bloodiest anti-colonial conflicts, ended with the victory of the Algerian fighters against French imperialism...

3 October 2012

spotArts and culture workers need to fight back

"This was the most unkindest cut of all." Mark Antony on Brutus's murder of Julius Caesar. Which of the Con-Dems' cuts is most unkindest is not mentioned - in part because Shakespeare died 394 years ago...

3 October 2012

spotThousands march for an independent Scotland

Rallying for a yes vote in Edinburgh as thousands march for an independent Scotland, photo by M Dobson

Rallying for a yes vote in Edinburgh as thousands march for an independent Scotland, photo by M Dobson

Over 10,000 people took part in the March and Rally for Scottish Independence in Edinburgh on Saturday 22 September, writes Matt Dobson and Ryan Stuart, Socialist Party Scotland (CWI, Scotland).

3 October 2012

spotScotland: Lamont throws Labour Party into crisis

On the eve of the UK Labour Party conference, Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont, threw the party north of the border into a crisis after calling for an end to the "something for nothing culture" in Scotland, writes Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland.

3 October 2012

spotCouncil tax benefit - new and not improved

Most councils are now in the process of consulting on the Con-Dems' new Council Tax Support Scheme - the new and not improved way council tax benefit will be paid, writes Becci Heagney.

3 October 2012

spotThem & Us

Minimum wage: Breathe a sigh of relief everybody, the hard times are over - the minimum wage has been increased... by 11p an hour... for over 21s...

3 October 2012

spotSquatting conviction paves way for rise in homelessness

Housing: homeless person, photo Paul Mattsson

Housing: homeless person, photo Paul Mattsson

A 21 year old homeless man who had moved to London from Plymouth looking for work has become the first person to be jailed under new legislation that makes 'squatting a residential building' a criminal offence, writes Paul Kershaw.

3 October 2012

spotPartial victory for international students at London Metropolitan

A court ruling has granted a partial reprieve to over 2,000 international students at London Met who had been threatened with deportation, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students national organiser.

3 October 2012

spotMarch for Jobs in Scotland

Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland, together with the PCS Young Members Network, is organising a March for Jobs and Public Services against Austerity...

3 October 2012

spotSuspended student union president continues fight for reinstatement

Shana Begum, elected president of Bolton University Student Union and Socialist Party member, was suspended by university management four months ago, just as students were leaving for the summer break...

3 October 2012

spotThe fight of all our lives - For a 24-hour general strike

NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress 2012 in Brighton, photo Socialist Party

NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress 2012 in Brighton, photo Socialist Party

London meeting against austerity: On 27 September, London Socialist Party and Socialist Students members met to discuss the cuts and austerity which we are currently experiencing...

3 October 2012

spotSouth West NHS workers want action against 'pay cartel'

A series of big and angry meetings of health workers across the South West has shown the scale of anger against plans to break up national bargaining and slash their terms and conditions, writes Tom Baldwin.

3 October 2012

spotCut the Con-Dems - not our NHS!

So much for David Cameron's general election pledge to 'not cut the NHS' - our health service is in the middle of a £20 billion 'efficiency drive' - ie cuts...

3 October 2012

spotSave Greater Manchester mental healthcare

More than 100 service users, trade unionists, workers and members of the public attended a public meeting on 1 October to discuss and build the campaign to save mental health services in Salford and Manchester, writes Matt Kilsby, Salford Socialist Party.

3 October 2012

spotBarnfield College, Luton: Kick private profit out of education

On the picket line at Barnfield College in Luton 2 October 2012, photo by Steve Glennon

On the picket line at Barnfield College in Luton 2 October 2012, photo by Steve Glennon

On 2 October, lecturers at Barnfield college in Luton were on strike against an 'unlimited hours' contract...

3 October 2012

spotNo to slave labour in universities

Postgraduate research students are increasingly being used as slave labour to cut teaching costs at universities. PhD students are being used as teachers to replace more expensive senior staff

3 October 2012

spotRape is No Joke campaign discussed

'Why should feminists be socialists?' This and the new campaign Rape Is No Joke were the subjects of discussion at a meeting called by the Socialist Party and Socialist Students on 29 September, writes Jane James.

3 October 2012

spotAction against Profit From Illness!

Death stalks NHS market reforms, photo by Paul Mattsson

Death stalks NHS market reforms, photo by Paul Mattsson

Defend the NHS - Stop Sherwood Forest cuts: A Private Finance Initiative is like a long-term, high-interest mortgage. But, in this case, when you've finished paying the mortgage, the house belongs to the bank!...

3 October 2012

spotCrossrail flashmob blocks London's Oxford Street

As we reported last week, 28 workers including a Unite steward and safety rep have been dismissed from the Crossrail Westbourne Park site in west London...

3 October 2012

spotSickened by Labour conference? Build the anti-cuts alternative!

One further downside of being sick and off work is that I've been able to watch some of the Labour Party conference, writes Ronnie Job, Swansea.

3 October 2012

spotSouth Africa: Solidarity with miners

Striking mine workers in Marikana

Striking mine workers in Marikana

Workers' struggles continue throughout the industry: On 18 September, after six weeks of defiant strike action - when over 40 miners were killed by police acting on behalf of the mining bosses - Marikana platinum miners in Rustenburg, South Africa, won a significant 22% pay increase...

3 October 2012

spotBuilding the fightback in the universities

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

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

Sheffield: As students arrive at their university campuses this year they are being met by the most vicious assault on the right to an education seen in generations...

3 October 2012

spotMid Yorkshire Health admin staff ballot for strike

Over 500 admin and clerical staff working for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are being balloted for strike action

3 October 2012

spotNUT activists prepare for action

NUT members on the 30 June coordinated strike action with PCS, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

NUT members on the 30 June coordinated strike action with PCS, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

Delegates from 23 different National Union of Teachers (NUT) associations met in Leeds on 29 September for the first steering committee of LANAC - the Local Associations Network Action Campaign...

3 October 2012

spotTory education policy: 'This is just about making cuts isn't it?'

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012 , photo Neil Cafferky

Interview with a trade unionist: The Con-Dem government's agenda for education is being revealed more starkly. On top of cuts in resources and the privatisation of education, teachers are under attack

3 October 2012

spotEurope: Class struggle returns with a bang

Greek workers strike 2012

Huge response to general strike in Greece: The Greek working class has put up an incredible struggle against the vicious austerity measures raining down on them...

4 October 2012

spotCampaigns to save HMRC nurseries are gaining results

Parents in Cardiff and East Kilbride have learned their on-site nursery could stay open for another three years after HMRC said it "recognised" that the majority of users were in fact departmental staff

4 October 2012

spotCampaign Kazakhstan lobby on Friday - Free Aron Atabek!

Campaign Kazakhstan will be holding a protest on Friday 5 October at 1pm outside the Kazakhstan Embassy, 33 Thurloe Square, London, SW7 2SD...

4 October 2012

spotMiliband placates big business by promising more 'tough settlements for public services'

With anger rising against the Con-Dems, Labour is riding high in the polls. But there certainly isn't any enthusiasm for Labour leader Ed Miliband

4 October 2012

spotSouth Wales bus workers receive strong support for strike

Bus workers protest in July 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Bus workers protest in July 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Monday 1st October saw bus drivers and engineers in South Wales take strike action over pay despite their union recommending they refrain from doing so

8 October 2012

spotYFJE condemns proposal to stop housing benefit for under 25s

Youth Fight for Jobs and Education plans a fortnight of protest against Tory cuts from 13th October 2012...

8 October 2012

spot'Millions crying out for leadership and for an alternative'

John McInally, national vice-president of the PCS, photo Paul Mattsson

Thousands of people demonstrated against the Con-Dem government as the Tory party conference started in Birmingham on Sunday. Vice president of the PCS union, John McInally, spoke at the demo rally

8 October 2012

spotHospital staff in Stockton and Hartlepool threatened with worse terms and conditions

NHS bosses in North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are due to sack all 5,500 staff and reemploy them on inferior contracts

8 October 2012

spotVideo: Free Aron Atabek! Campaign Kazakhstan protest

Free Aron Atabek! Campaign Kazakhstan protest outside the Kazakhstan Embassy, London, video  Socialist Party

Free Aron Atabek! Campaign Kazakhstan protest outside the Kazakhstan Embassy, London, video Socialist Party

Aron Atabek is a dissident, prize-winning poet and creative writer in Kazakhstan. On his behalf, Zhainagul and Askar Aidarkhan, his wife and son, flew to London to participate in a Campaign Kazakhstan concert

10 October 2012

spotSouth Africa: 'What are we doing about this government that is killing us?'

The explosion of struggle of the working class onto the scene of history that undermined Apartheid , photo by Reflex

An interview with Democratic Socialist Movement member Mametlwe Sebei, who is playing a leading role in the Marikana platinum miners' strike committee; plus two articles on South African history as part of series marking Black History Month

10 October 2012

spotNo welfare cuts

Benefit booze-ups are a Tory fantasy!: The welfare system has been in the news again this week with Tories threatening a further £10 billion in cuts to the welfare budget, writes Sean Dempsey, Jobcentre worker.

10 October 2012

spotPoliticians line up to attack abortion rights

Defend and extend the right to choose: Many women will have felt chilled at Jeremy Hunt's comments that he would back the time limit on abortions being halved from 24 to just 12 weeks, writes Elaine Brunskill.

10 October 2012

spotThe hidden homeless - "Sofa surfing is my lot"

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson

At the Tory Party conference the idea of cutting housing benefit for under 25s has again been raised...

10 October 2012

spotYouth Fight for Jobs and Education fortnight of action 13-27 October

Join the hot autumn of protest!: We're in for the fight of our lives. Fee hikes, EMA scrapped, youth services cut to the bone, housing benefit cut and attacks on our democratic rights...

10 October 2012

spotSave East Midlands ambulances

Our local ambulances carry the slogan: "Arriva, in partnership with the NHS". Has the bus company generously lent the NHS some vehicles? No, writes Andrew Walton, Unison rep, personal capacity.

10 October 2012

spotBirmingham Tory conference demo

Marchers support call for 24-hour general strike: A ring of steel greeted protesters who were in Birmingham to show their anger outside the Tory conference on Sunday 7 October, writes Tony Leigh, Birmingham Socialist Party.

10 October 2012

spotWaltham Forest: Parents and staff unite against school sell-off

Waltham Forest, in north east London, could have 16 'academy' schools, by the end of the year. Academies take away money from the remaining local authority schools, are outside local authority accountability,...

10 October 2012

spotSend the transport privatisers packing

RMT protest July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

RMT protest July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Renationalise the railways: Take the whole rail system back into public ownership! That is the only logical conclusion from the fiasco over the franchise for the West Coast Main Line railway from London to Glasgow...

10 October 2012

spotAnti-austerity candidates selected for November contests

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has announced its candidates for the Mayor of Bristol election and the Manchester Central parliamentary by-election that will take place on 15 November...

10 October 2012

spotDewsbury fights health service cuts

Huddersfield Socialist Party started running stalls and collecting signatures against privatisation of our NHS in May, write Paul and Dawn Wheelhouse.

10 October 2012

spotSunderland anti-fascists stand up against divisive EDL

Socialist Party members took part in a counter-demo against far-right, racist groups, including the English Defence League (EDL), that were opposing the building of a new mosque in Millfield, Sunderland

10 October 2012

spotArguing the case for a 24-hour general strike

The Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester branch of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) passed a motion at its committee urging the TUC to set the date for a one-day general strike

10 October 2012

spotMarx was right!

Reality has hit some commentators between the eyes and has forced them to partially recognise Marx's analysis of the nature of capitalist crises which, he explained, were intrinsic to the system.

10 October 2012

spotGreece: escalating the action against austerity

Greece: protests during general election 18 June 2012, photo RT free video

Greece: protests during general election 18 June 2012, photo RT free video

Solidarity with workers fighting cuts in Europe: German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected in Greece on 9 October. She will be greeted by an increasing bitterness and anger

10 October 2012

spotTV review : Masters of Money - Karl Marx

BBC Two: Masters of Money: BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders examines one of the most revolutionary and controversial thinkers of all: Karl Marx

BBC Two: Masters of Money: BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders examines one of the most revolutionary and controversial thinkers of all: Karl Marx

Stephanie Flanders concluded her BBC TV series Masters of Money by looking at Karl Marx, "capitalism's severest critic". Often "refuted", his ideas just won't go away!

10 October 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Lorry drivers' strike: Workers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster are on a 48-hour strike from 9 October. The workers were transferred to Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) in August and then on 5 September they were issued...

10 October 2012

spotBin workers' strike threat

Bin workers in Bromley, South London, walked out on 4 October over the sacking of four colleagues. Unite members have vowed to 'take action for as long as it takes' to get the jobs back...

10 October 2012

spotLeeds solidarity with Crossrail battle

Around 20 construction workers and their supporters held a protest outside the Leeds Arena construction site on the morning of 5 October, in opposition to the victimisation of trade unionists on the Crossrail construction project in London, writes Iain Dalton.

10 October 2012

spotFighting the construction industry blacklist

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

Blacklisting of workers in the construction industry has recently been exposed for the scourge that it is...

10 October 2012

spotWorkplace nurseries saved in HMRC

Leicester PCS strike action: workplace nurseries saved in HMRC through action by PCS members , photo Steve Score

Leicester PCS strike action: workplace nurseries saved in HMRC through action by PCS members , photo Steve Score

Following a month of solid and well-organised campaigning, two workplace nurseries in the revenue and customs civil service department (HMRC) have been saved from closure

10 October 2012

spotMore success for Socialist Students

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

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

Exeter: Exeter Socialist Students has had a fantastic start to the new academic year with over 50 students signing up...

10 October 2012

spotLabour Party conference - not fighting austerity

Labour marries big business on the funds of the trade unions, cartoon by Suz

Editorial of the Socialist Income will not return to pre-crisis levels until 2020 and Tory leader David Cameron says there is no 'plan B' - just unrelenting austerity...

10 October 2012

spotHealth workers must fight attacks on jobs and pay

Save the NHS! London protest 7 Sep 2011, photo by Dave Carr

Call a 24-hour general strike to defend the NHS from the government's cuts and privatisation monster: Hardly a day passes without reports of ward closures, casualty departments shutting, and more job losses in the National Health Service

10 October 2012

spotWhy we're marching on 20 October

NSSN march to lobby of TUC, Brighton, 9.9.12, photo Sarah Mayo

NSSN march to lobby of TUC, Brighton, 9.9.12, photo Sarah Mayo

The plebs are revolting on 20 October - that is how the millionaire government will see it. You could write their press releases in advance: 'the protest is pointless, we will not change our policy' writes Derek McMillan, Brighton Socialist Party

10 October 2012

spotThem & Us

Who they are, What they Say and What they've done 54% Tory MPs went to fee paying schools
38% Tory MPs went to Oxbridge
27% Tory MPs have worked in finance (compared to 7% of the general population)...

10 October 2012

spotVenezuela presidential election

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, salutes the US-backed opposition, on a visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, salutes the US-backed opposition, on a visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

Chavez comfortably secures victory over neoliberal right: Thousands flocked to Miraflores, the Presidential Palace in Caracas, to celebrate the victory of Hugo Chávez in Sunday's (7 October) Presidential election, writes Tony Saunois in Caracas.

10 October 2012

spotTesco drivers strike in Doncaster against shameful treatment

Tesco drivers strike in Doncaster, 9-10 October 2012, photo Alistair Tice

Tesco drivers in Doncaster have been given three months notice by their new employer ESL, with no promise that they will be re-employed

10 October 2012

spotCampaign Kazakhstan: A musical and political evening

Cellorhymics in concert at the Campaign Kazakhstan event, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson

Cellorhymics in concert at the Campaign Kazakhstan event, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson

Campaign Kazakhstan hosted a very impressive event in London on Tuesday 2 October. Its aim was to raise awareness and financial support for those who resist the attacks of the regime in Kazakhstan.

10 October 2012

spotDemo for a living wage for London's transport workers

Transport union RMT, along with supporters from the community, will be stepping up the demand next week that Mayor Boris Johnson increases the London living wage to £10 per hour, for cleaners and other low-paid workers...

10 October 2012

spotTories promise more pain... Kick out the 'nasty party'!

N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo by Senan

March against the Con-Dem government on 20 October

There's a whiff in the Birmingham air. The Tories met here in a state of panic. It's all going wrong! The Con-Dem government faces humiliating failure

10 October 2012

spotAmnesty International staff take strike action

Unite members at Amnesty International take a second day of strike action, 10.10.12  , photo Judy Beishon

"Workers' Rights = Human Rights", read placards at Amnesty's offices when Unite members took strike action

11 October 2012

spotSouthampton anti-cuts councillors form new council group

Coxteth councillors Keith and Don campaigning with others to save Oaklands pool, Southampton, photo Southampton SP

Coxteth councillors Keith and Don campaigning with others to save Oaklands pool, Southampton, photo Southampton SP

Coxford ward Labour councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas were suspended from their council Labour group for opposing the closure of a swimming pool

15 October 2012

spotUpper Clyde Shipbuilders' dispute 1971-72

A prolonged battle to save Clydeside shipbuilding jobs began in 1971 and went on until October 1972. This 40th anniversary serves to remind us of a team of shop stewards who worked tirelessly, backed by the workforce and community, to save the shipyards on Clydeside.

16 October 2012

spotDistribute NSSN leaflets on Saturday's TUC march

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has spent the last few months helping to build for Saturday's TUC demonstrations in London, Glasgow and Belfast...

17 October 2012

spotYouth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action 13-28 October

When I finished university and qualified as a social worker I expected to find a post. But like many other young people across the world today I cannot find a job, writes Wyllie Hume

17 October 2012

spotHands off our NHS! - Victory in Gloucestershire

Save our services: Stroud against the cuts fighting against NHS cuts, photo Gloucestershire Socialist Party

Save our services: Stroud against the cuts fighting against NHS cuts, photo Gloucestershire Socialist Party

The area reserved for members of the public was packed for the Board meeting of NHS Gloucestershire on 15 October, writes Sue Powell.

17 October 2012

spotStop the gas price hike - Nationalise the utilities!

Stop the gas price hike - graph shows that household gas prices do not mirror wholesale gas prices as claimed, photo by Sources: Office for National Statistics/Bloomberyg

Stop the gas price hike - graph shows that household gas prices do not mirror wholesale gas prices as claimed, photo by Sources: Office for National Statistics/Bloomberyg

The privately owned gas companies are going to hike up the price of gas and electricity...again!, writes Alec Price.

17 October 2012

spotLiverpool 1983-87

Tony Mulhearn in front of one of the house built by Liverpool City Council in the 1980s, photo Harry Smith

Tony Mulhearn in front of one of the house built by Liverpool City Council in the 1980s, photo Harry Smith

Better to break the law than break the poor: As a lifelong Liverpool football supporter, I was delighted to read recently that Liverpool were top of the league, writes Tony Mulhearn, former Liverpool councillor and the then District Labour Party president.

17 October 2012

spotPoll tax: When organised mass action defeated the Tories

Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

18 million refused to pay: The campaign against Thatcher's poll tax is an example of how a mass movement can defeat a government, writes Steve Score, former secretary, Leicestershire Anti-Poll Tax Federation.

17 October 2012

spotThe Socialist - Help us build it with the 20-20-20 plan!

A different kind of paper: Newspapers have been getting bad press lately. And largely deservedly so. The Leveson inquiry shone a light on the putrid relationship between the Murdoch press, pro-big business politicians and some police...

17 October 2012

spotWho was Malcolm X?

Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer

Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer

"By any means necessary" - Malcolm X's expression of militant civil rights - is known worldwide by young people fighting against racism, writes Hugo Pierre, Tower Hamlets Socialist Party.

17 October 2012

spotLecturers fight cuts

UCU strikers on a picket line in Swansea on 10 May 2012 public sector workers strike , photo Socialist Party Wales

UCU strikers on a picket line in Swansea on 10 May 2012 public sector workers strike , photo Socialist Party Wales

Gateshead College lecturers took further strike action on 10 October in response to an attack on their pay and working conditions...

17 October 2012

spotAttacks on Bromley workers

On 10 October in Bromley, south London, the Unite regional officer Onay Kasab and three Unite reps were due to meet the employers to begin this year's pay discussions...

17 October 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Living wage now!: Transport union RMT is campaigning for London Mayor Boris Johnson to increase the London living wage to £10 an hour, benefiting cleaners and other low-paid workers...

17 October 2012

spotStop the far right from 'uniting' on 27 October

Fight for jobs, homes and services, not racism: The English Defence League (EDL) is a far-right racist group. Many EDL organisers are not just racists. They are Nazis who oppose rights for women, LGBT people, trade unionists and the left, writes Suzanne Beishon, London Youth Fight for Jobs.

17 October 2012

spotPakistan: Workers die as profit put before safety

In September a garment factory inferno in Karachi's Baldia Town took the lives of at least 275 workers, including a number of women and teenagers, writes Khalid Bhatti, CWI in Pakistan.

17 October 2012

spotTough choices

A recent TUC organised conference, entitled 'Outsourcing and Austerity - Civil Society and the Coalition Government' was attended by over 100 people from the voluntary, charity and third sector as well as union and anti-cuts activists...

17 October 2012

spotInvest in caring - we're worth it!

Care arrangements for elderly relatives are now a major issue for families. Here is my experience, writes Pete McNally, Worcester.

17 October 2012

spotFight back against austerity - support the Socialist Party

Can you make a donation to support the work of the Socialist Party and help maintain a socialist paper that has consistently been an independent voice for the working class?...

17 October 2012

spotTamil Solidarity

Tamil demonstration in London, photo D. Carr

Tamil demonstration in London, photo D. Carr

Tamil Solidarity was set up in 2009 as Tamil-speaking people were being slaughtered by the Sri Lankan armed forces. It's estimated that 75,000 Tamils were massacred...

17 October 2012

spotFight for a socialist and internationalist alternative to the crisis-ridden EU

Striking Greek workers express their opinion of the Troika - the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (EC, ECB and IMF)

Striking Greek workers express their opinion of the Troika - the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (EC, ECB and IMF)

'But the EU is at war on us' exclaimed a number of Greek workers when reacting to the European Union (EU) being awarded a Nobel peace prize...

17 October 2012

spotChase the sharks out of Toon!

Newcastle United football team has agreed a £24 million sponsorship deal with Wonga.com, the short-term payday loans company, writes Norman Hall, Newcastle fan.

17 October 2012

spotStop health robbery in Sherwood Forest

Two weeks after Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust's financial crisis threatened it could run out of cash by January, it emerged that 120 breast cancer test errors occurred between 2004 and 2010, writes Karen Seymour.

17 October 2012

spotWhy I joined

All three main parties have merged into one: All my life I have felt very strongly about injustice, discrimination and fairness for all. I spent all my life voting for a Labour Party, believing I was doing the right thing for all working class members...

17 October 2012

spotAcademies: march to defend education on 20 October

16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

It's rumoured that education minister Michael Gove has 'war charts' on the walls of his office plotting the onward march of academy schools, writes Martin Powell-Davies

17 October 2012

spotOsborne's 'shares' plan threatens rights

Fancy a few free shares in the company you work for? Well David Cameron's party for the aspirational privileged announced at its conference this week a policy that apparently could make budding capitalists of us all

17 October 2012

spotThem & Us

And the winner is: If watching Tory conference speeches brings you out in hives, you might have avoided Osborne's speech - a further £10 billion to be cut from the welfare budget, unconvincingly veiled in the language of 'fairness'

17 October 2012

spotUS elections: And the winner is... Wall Street!

US President Barack Obama, photo by NASA

US President Barack Obama, photo by NASA

October has seen a tightening of the US presidential race. The Republican candidate Mitt Romney has gained support by exploiting the deep disappointment with Barack Obama

17 October 2012

spotCampaign Kazakhstan

Zhainagul and Askar Aidarkhan, wife and son of Aron Atabek, read his poems at a concert organised by Campaign Kazakhstan, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson

Zhainagul and Askar Aidarkhan, wife and son of Aron Atabek, read his poems at a concert organised by Campaign Kazakhstan, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson

Since its launch last year, Campaign Kazakhstan has succeeded in gaining support from prominent figures and trade unions

17 October 2012

spotBus drivers: We need shorter hours!

As a new driver I remember being asked by the man behind the counter: "Are you resting tomorrow?" I answered "Yes", writes Barry Andrews, London bus driver.

17 October 2012

spotNew sales of the Socialist in Kenilworth

On 13 October, the first Socialist Party campaiging stall in Kenilworth for many years was held. People were more interested than we expected, as ours is a traditionally right-wing town.

17 October 2012

spotWe want a 24-hour general strike!

Build a 24-hour general strike, photo by  Socialist Party

The National Shop Stewards Network spent the last few months helping build the TUC demonstrations in London, Glasgow and Belfast, writes Rob Williams, NSSN national chair.

17 October 2012

spotHMRC nurseries' protest - Nottingham

Another protest was held on Wednesday 17th October at HMRC in Nottingham against the proposed closure of the workplace nurseries which many workers rely on...

17 October 2012

spotSocialism 2012

Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, addresses the Socialism 2011 sunday rally , photo by Paul Mattsson

Hannah Sell addresses Socialism 2011

Unless we fight back, Greece will be our future: The battle against austerity has begun in earnest. Come to Socialism 2012 to discuss how this fight can be won, and how the struggle for a democratic, socialist society can be built, writes Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary

17 October 2012

spotThird day of strike action at Amnesty International

Today it was Unite members at Amnesty's 'International Secretariat' offices in central London who took strike action against a deal-breaking management

17 October 2012

spotWorkers confront brutal South African capitalism

Striking South African miners

The Democratic Socialist Movement is playing a decisive role in the mineworkers' dispute, assisting and leading the strike committees and posing a socialist alternative to the corruption and betrayal of the ANC and NUM leaders, writes Alec Thraves, just back from South Africa

17 October 2012

spotUnions must build the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

Alex Gordon, RMT president, addresses the London Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launch meeting 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon, RMT president, addresses the London Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launch meeting 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

On Saturday 22 September the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national supporters' conference discussed the vital task of putting forward socialist candidates to fight the austerity cuts, writes Alex Gordon, RMT transport union President.

17 October 2012

spotRallies

17 October 2012

spotWorkshops & Debates

17 October 2012

spotHighlights

Socialism 2012 sessions we recommend...

18 October 2012

spotStrike against increased workload at University of East London

Lecturers' strike at UEL, 18.10.12, photo Pete Mason

Lecturers in the UCU at UEL went on strike today against longer working hours and other attacks

18 October 2012

spotYFJE says bring back EMA now!

Government advisor condemns scrapping of EMA - YFJE says bring it back now!
Claire Laker-Mansfield, Youth Fight for Jobs and Education spokesperson said: "This response from Milburn, to a study on social mobility, is a vindication of what we have been saying all along...

19 October 2012

spotHull council workers demand that Labour councillors oppose cuts

In a week that saw redundancies announced in Hull at two companies, Seven Seas and McCain Foods, over 300 angry Hull City Council workers rallied outside the Guildhall at the start of a campaign to oppose the latest round of cuts in council jobs and services

20 October 2012

spotLarge TUC demo opens new phase in anti-austerity struggle

20 October 2012 TUC demo, photo Senan

150,000 workers travelled from across Britain to London to express fury at the Con-Dems' vicious cuts

22 October 2012

spotAfter the 20th October TUC demo

Meetings to discuss the next steps - All welcome

22 October 2012

spotScottish March for Jobs and Public Services inspires thousands

Scotland YFJ marching through Glasgow, October 2012, photo YFJ Scotland

From 17 to 20 October, young people marched through the cold and rain from Stirling to Glasgow, demanding real job creation, an end to attacks on benefits, pensions and wages, free education, public works and affordable housing

23 October 2012

spotAfter October 20: preparing for a one-day general strike

20 October 2012 TUC demo, photo Senan

The London 20 October TUC demo was a great success. But there was a feeling among many workers that more decisive action is necessary to force the government to retreat, writes Peter Taaffe

24 October 2012

spotWaltham Forest - Racists off our streets!

Anti-EDL demonstration in Walthamstow 1 September 2012 , photo by Mina Boromand

Over 50 'supporters' of the far-right EDL, including many of their leaders, were arrested while on their way to a 'surprise' demonstration at a mosque in east London

24 October 2012

spotFar right attempts to build support in Leicester

Anti-EDL demonstration in Walthamstow 1 September 2012, photo P Mason

Anti-EDL demonstration in Walthamstow 1 September 2012, photo P Mason

The EDL continues to drag its travelling circus of violent anti-Muslim demonstrations around Britain

24 October 2012

spotConstruction blacklisting - the tip of the iceberg

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

Stop blacklisting on the Olympics: re-instate Frank Morris, photo Suzanne Beishon

The big construction companies could be facing thousands of financial claims as a legal battle has been launched by blacklisted workers, writes Rob Williams.

24 October 2012

spotThem ... & Us

1.6 million 20 to 40 year olds are living with their parents because they can't afford their own home. 41% of parents believe their children will never be able to get on the housing ladder...

24 October 2012

spotCan Africa throw capitalism a lifeline?

"It is my firm belief that Africa represents the next global economic frontier, and I am not alone in that assessment." So said Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, to the US House foreign sub-committee on African Affairs on 17 April 2012, writes Peluola Adewale, Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI in Nigeria).

24 October 2012

spotDefend the NHS - Stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital

"We will fight, tooth and nail, to save our hospital services," is the message the people of North Kirklees will be sending the bosses of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

24 October 2012

spotStanding for the 99%! Bring back EMA

I am standing for Bristol mayor to give a voice to the many young people who are having their futures stolen from them, writes Tom Baldwin

24 October 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

On 19 October 35 court workers joined a lunchtime protest outside Birmingham magistrates court against government plans to privatise a large chunk of the criminal justice system

24 October 2012

spotOrgreave 1984

Miners strike 1984-85 Police arrest Sheffield miner 19 April 1984 , photo Jacob Sutton

Miners strike 1984-85 Police arrest Sheffield miner 19 April 1984 , photo Jacob Sutton

Members and supporters of the National Union of Mineworkers have drawn encouragement from the recent findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel

24 October 2012

spot'Priced out of renting a home, let alone owning one'

TUSC protesting about the lack of affordable housing at the Olympic Park during the GLA (London Assembly) elections 2012 , photo London Socialist Party

TUSC protesting about the lack of affordable housing at the Olympic Park during the GLA (London Assembly) elections 2012 , photo London Socialist Party

A recent report by the National Housing Federation shows that over the last three years there has been an 86% rise in housing benefit claims by working families

24 October 2012

spotBirmingham: cuts put children at risk

Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo  Socialist Party

Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo Socialist Party

Birmingham's social services are in the spotlight once again. Ofsted has slammed Birmingham City Council, rating the quality of their care of vulnerable children as 'inadequate'

24 October 2012

spotAxe the Con-Dems' ban on building new LEA schools

Two new primary schools planned for Coventry have been shelved because, under the Con-Dems' 2011 education act, all new schools have to be 'academies' or 'free schools' (unless no sponsors take up the offer), writes Jane Nellist, Coventry NUT member.

24 October 2012

spotPrivatisation opponents push out Cornwall council leader

On 16 October, the Tory leader of Cornwall council, Alec Robertson, lost a vote of confidence by 63 to 49

24 October 2012

spotHelp build the voice for the Socialist alternative

The Socialist issue 738

The Socialist issue 738

On Tuesday 23 October the Guardian printed three letters complaining that the paper and its sister publication, the Observer, had failed to adequately report on the huge 20 October TUC demo against austerity, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Editor, the Socialist.

24 October 2012

spotSave our server!

Can you donate to the Socialist Party's appeal? We are aiming to raise £12,000 to enable us to buy a new server and are asking all our members and supporters to contribute, writes Ken Douglas

24 October 2012

spotTUC march supports general strike

20 October 2012 TUC demo, photo Senan

"The TUC has agreed to consult on the practicalities of a general strike. Let's start right here - if you are in favour of a general strike raise your hands" shouted Len McCluskey

24 October 2012

spotBirmingham council threatens 1,000 jobs ... national Unison leadership responds meekly

The Labour council in Birmingham is considering cuts of up to £120 million next year, according to a press release issued by the union Unison

24 October 2012

spotRenationalise energy

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

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

We have seen clearly the total failure of energy market deregulation, with another round of price increases, writes Alex Davidson, Manchester Central TUSC candidate for the 15 November 2012 parliamentary byelection.

25 October 2012

spotUrgent action needed to defend Ford plants

Fords: Our jobs - here to stay

The Socialist Party sends its full support to Ford workers after Ford announced it intends to close two British plants

26 October 2012

spotTeachers at Stratford Academy strike against scandalous pay cuts

"It's like being run by the Stasi" a striker commented, as teachers at Stratford Academy, Newham, went on strike

29 October 2012

spotSocialism 2012 appeal

Socialist Party billboard on the TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo by Senan

Help fund a socialist alternative: The Socialist Party is asking for donations to the Socialism 2012 appeal

30 October 2012

spotThe 'hardest hit' are being hammered - fight all cuts to benefits and services

5,000 people marched against the Welofare Reform Bill on 11 May 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

5,000 people marched against the Welofare Reform Bill on 11 May 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

A new 'Hardest Hit' report points to the huge impact that cuts are having on disabled people

30 October 2012

spotBirmingham cuts: council workers must lead a fightback

TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo by Senan

TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo by Senan

The Labour council is cooperating with the government to punish the poorest

30 October 2012

spotRMT demands action against blacklisting website

Transport union RMT today demanded action against a trade union blacklisting website which is actively targeting activists at all levels - even including volunteer union learning reps whose "crime" is helping colleagues acquire skills, training and education...

31 October 2012

spotStart preparations for a 24-hour general strike

TUC demo 20 October 2012 placard for a 24 hour general strike , photo Becky Davis

At the 20 October anti-austerity demonstration, three trade union leaders reflected the feelings of the majority of trade unionists in calling for a 24-hour general strike

31 October 2012

spotSpain: Autumn heats up as general strike approaches

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

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

On 14 November a general strike called by Spanish, Portuguese, Greek and Cypriot trade union federations will take place against government austerity measures - part of a "day of action and solidarity" called by the European Trade Union Confederation...

31 October 2012

spotSavile case: How bullies and predators thrived

The revelations about Jimmy Savile's serial sexual assaults and rape of children over decades will disgust many from the 'Jim'll Fix It' generation, writes Eleanor Donne.

31 October 2012

spotGas prices - All companies join price hike

Following the price hikes by four of the 'big six' energy companies, the French-owned EDF Energy kept tight lipped on whether it would follow suit, writes Alec Price.

31 October 2012

spotSouth African miners: the struggle continues

Following the massacre at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa, in August, readers will be shocked and disgusted to learn of the on-going horrendous attacks on striking miners...

31 October 2012

spotFBU remembers Joe Strummer

On the tenth anniversary of the national Fire Brigades Union (FBU) dispute, a benefit event will be held on Friday 16 November

31 October 2012

spotHousing: How the market has failed

Glasgow 1915 Rent Strike, photo by Unknown

Glasgow 1915 Rent Strike, photo by Unknown

When strikes and protests won reforms: Five million people in Britain - two million households - are desperate for decent, affordable housing...

31 October 2012

spotGlasgow Unison's fighting strategy

In the May 2012 local government elections Labour held control of Glasgow city council, resisting a strong Scottish National Party challenge, writes Brian Smith, Secretary, Glasgow city Unison.

31 October 2012

spotBromley council: Drop your plans or face a strike!

The council chamber in Bromley was so packed on 23 October that protesting council workers spilled out onto the council chamber floor, writes a Bromley council worker.

31 October 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

No sackings!: CWU members in Coventry held a protest on 26 October against increasingly oppressive management. The bullying and unfair sackings resulted in an unofficial walkout on 25 October

31 October 2012

spotThem & Us

Work-for-your-pension: Lord Bichard tells us we should be 'encouraging' retired people to do community work or risk losing part of their pension...

31 October 2012

spotUniversity of East London - scrap the unfair attendance policy!

Three strikes and you're out - that's the current rule for students at the University of East London (UEL)...

31 October 2012

spotTory cuts will increase child poverty

Kick out the Con-Dems: on the TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo by Senan

Kick out the Con-Dems: on the TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo by Senan

Iain Duncan Smith, Tory minister for work and pensions, has again revealed the clear class warfare at the heart of the coalition government's policies, writes Alex Davidson.

31 October 2012

spotSouth London NHS debt funds Tories!

Two hospitals could be privatised with another losing its accident and emergency department on the orders of the South London NHS Trust (SLNT) administrator

31 October 2012

spotSocialist MEP obstructed by Kazakh authorities

Socialist Party (Ireland) MEP Paul Murphy has made a second attempt to organise a delegation to Kazakhstan

31 October 2012

spotStudent demonstration must be just the beginning

10 November 2010 saw more than 50,000 students take to the streets in protest. The government's onslaught was just beginning

31 October 2012

spotRotherham workers and youth unite against the National Front

In two weeks Rotherham has seen protests by far-right groups, first the English Defence League on 13 October followed by the National Front on 27 October

31 October 2012

spotStop deaths in police custody

Hundreds turned out to protest against deaths in police custody on 27 October in Westminster

31 October 2012

spotScores of trains cancelled in west midlands

Kick the fat cats off our railways: If ever an example is needed which demonstrates how privatisation of key public services leads to job cuts, higher prices and a worse service, look no further than the rail network

31 October 2012

spotTwo RMT strikes in London this week

A 24-hour Tubelines strike is taking place this Thursday 1st November and a 48-hour strike by cleaners in London Midland Churchill Contract Services this Friday-Saturday...

31 October 2012

spotSolidarity with Ford workers - Defend every job

Fords: Our jobs - here to stay

Fords: Our jobs - here to stay

News of Ford's plans to close the Transit plant in Southampton has hit workers and the city like a bombshell, writes Nick Chaffey, Socialist Party southern region secretary.

31 October 2012

spotScottish NSSN launches 24-hr general strike campaign

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference in Glasgow on 27th October heard uplifting reports from an array of trade unionists from the public and private sector in Scotland on the theme of fighting the austerity onslaught and building towards a 24-hour general strike

31 October 2012

spotStop cuts at Dewsbury hospital

200 protestors march to stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

Fight to save our NHS! Undeterred by the biting cold, 200 protesters took to the streets of Dewsbury

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