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1 October 2013

spotSolid support for teachers' strike

Teachers on strike in Leicester on 1 October, photo Heather Rawling

Teachers in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Eastern regions walked out in an impressive show of strength

1 October 2013

spotNHS: March against Tories demands action

On the 29 September NHS demo in Manchester, photo Paul Mattsson

On 29 September well over 50,000 protesters descended on Manchester to tell the Tories that they and their policies are not welcome in the city.
The biggest demonstration in Manchester since Peterloo in 1819 showed a defiant and angry mood

2 October 2013

spotFighting to defend our NHS

TUC demonstration in Manchester against Tory Party conference 29/09/13 demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

Pic: Paul Mattsson

On 29 September well over 50,000 protesters descended on Manchester to tell the Tories they are not welcome in the city. Socialist Party members from across Greater Manchester joined a 400-strong feeder march from Salford, writes Matt Kilsby

2 October 2013

spotThem & Us

Dirty donor: A money broker run by big Tory party donor and former party treasurer Michael Spencer has been fined £55 million for Libor interest rate rigging

2 October 2013

spot28 percent for TUSC in Fleetwood

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

The Rossall ward Fleetwood town council byelection took place on 26 September with Ray Smith standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), writes Jane Hersey.

2 October 2013

spotLincoln: 400 march against Library cuts

Around 400 protesters marched in Lincoln on Saturday 21 September to save 32 Lincolnshire libraries from closure

2 October 2013

spotBuilding Socialist Students

Portsmouth: "Yes! Socialists! My people!" This was just one of many positive comments Socialist Students received at the Portsmouth University freshers fair, writes Andy Waterman.

2 October 2013

spotTV review: Locked up for being ill?

Locked up for being ill: BBC Panorama

Locked up for being ill: BBC Panorama

A recent BBC Panorama episode, 'Locked up for being ill?', looks at the growing police involvement in supporting people with mental health problems, writes Helen Pattison.

2 October 2013

spotTV review: Peaky Blinders

Set in Birmingham in 1919, new BBC drama Peaky Blinders gives a fictionalised account of the criminal outfit of that name in the early 20th century, giving an engaging snapshot of the political situation then, writes Nick Hart, Birmingham Socialist Party.

2 October 2013

spotTheatre review: A man of humble beginnings

Leicester Everybody's Reading festival is performing my play A Man of Humble Beginnings, about pioneering Leicester socialist, Amos Sherriff, writes Tony Church, Leicester.

2 October 2013

spotThe fight against academies in Leicester

Rushey Mead School is a large secondary school in Leicester. It has been an 'outstanding' school for years and has strong links to the local community, writes Simon Robinson, Leicester NUT, personal capacity.

2 October 2013

spotLiverpool pay victory

Workers at the King and Fowler metal finishing firm in Liverpool have achieved a stunning victory after six one-day strikes, writes Dave Walsh.

2 October 2013

spotIn brief

Grangemouth: Unite members at the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland have voted overwhelmingly to strike over the unfair treatment of union convenor Stevie Deans

2 October 2013

spotBig business puts profits before environment

The world is heating up - this is now beyond argument. A report from the UN has now backed the 97% of climate scientists who believe human activity to be the main cause, writes Geoff Jones.

2 October 2013

spotTax dodging corporations profit from casualisation

The Swansea Amazon warehouse location, next to the former Linamar/Visteon/Ford site, is a graphic illustration of how casualised, low-paid work has replaced unionised, skilled manufacturing, writes Ronnie Job.

2 October 2013

spotLeeds zero-hour protest

Supporters of Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Party members gathered outside Sports Direct in Leeds, in protest over the company's continued use of abhorrent zero-hour contracts, writes Rudi Abdallah, Leeds Socialist Students.

2 October 2013

spotGreek government forced to take action against neo-fascists

The right-wing New Democracy (ND) and ex-social democratic Pasok coalition government in Greece has finally decided to crack down on the neo-fascist Golden Dawn after the recent murder of left-wing rapper Pavlos Fyssas, writes Xekinima reporters.

2 October 2013

spotActivists demand full public inquiry into undercover police operations

Many of us involved in the movement in the 1990s to drive back the far-right racist British National Party (BNP) were angered but not surprised to find out the Metropolitan Police's Special Branch infiltrated our ranks, writes Lois Austin, former chair, Youth Against Racism in Europe (YRE).

2 October 2013

spotSudan: 'Down with the regime!'

Workers, youth and oppressed women have taken to the streets of Sudan after the hated al-Bashir regime (National Islamic Front) doubled the prices for fuel and cooking gas on 23 September by cancelling the fuel subsidy, writes Halema, Sudanese activist.

2 October 2013

spotTory millionaire tells Britain: 'Back to the workhouse!'

Millionaire chancellor George Osborne announced at Tory conference a plan to keep the country on rations until 2020! Ken Douglas writes.

2 October 2013

spotEnergy companies: Nationalise them now!

Energy companies emit vast amounts of greenhouse gasses

Energy companies emit vast amounts of greenhouse gasses

Energy bills have risen by 40% since 2007. 15% of households are living in fuel poverty - crushed by bills and facing an impossible choice: food or fuel? Pete Mason writes.

2 October 2013

spotSocialism 2013 - a weekend of discussion and debate hosted by the Socialist Party

Socialism 2013

Socialism 2013

* Fight against crisis, cuts and capitalism
* Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November 2013
* Rally for Socialism 6:30pm on Saturday

2 October 2013

spotQatar: End this modern-day slave labour

Fifa, the world football authority, has expressed concerns about players enduring temperatures of 50°C in the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, but already the extreme heat and appalling 'slave labour' working conditions have killed many migrant workers building the country's stadiums and infrastru, writes Dave Carr.

2 October 2013

spotRochdale care workers dig in

"I'm on less money than I was 15 years ago. It's very difficult... you worry about whether you're going to lose your home." Striking care worker Karen Shatwell, explained on TV why she was on strike

2 October 2013

spotCapitalist parties offer nothing to the 99%

TUC demonstration in Manchester against Tory Party conference 29/09/13 demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

Pic Paul Mattsson

What we say: Tory conference has not yet heard from Cameron but the crucial words "Even more misery" have been omitted from the conference centre's billboard

3 October 2013

spotSudan: 'Down with the regime!'

Workers, youth and oppressed women have taken to the streets against the doubling of fuel prices

4 October 2013

spotFuture Directions: Ten-day strike lobbies council

Future Directions workers on strike, 3.10.13, photo Hugh Caffrey

Future Directions workers on strike, 3.10.13, photo Hugh Caffrey

"We're as strong and solid now as we were when we started" said one of the Unison stewards, in buoyant and determined mood

8 October 2013

spotScotland anti-bedroom tax conference

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

"The bedroom tax is now a dead tax walking" commented Tommy Sheridan in opening Saturday's conference

9 October 2013

spotSave Kent's children's centres

There is uproar across Kent over the threat to close or cut the hours of some 27 Surestart centres.

9 October 2013

spotFirefighters rally against cuts

Firefighters will assemble in London on 16 October to demonstrate against changes to pensions and cuts to the fire service, writes Neil Cafferky.

9 October 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Cleaners' victory: RMT members working as cleaners on the Tyne and Wear Metro have won a victory in their battle against poverty pay

9 October 2013

spotThem & Us

Tory MP Paul Maynard is concerned people might get a 'food bank habit'. He said: "I do not believe that immediate food relief should be the role of the government...

9 October 2013

spotProbation officers ballot for action

Public safety is under threat by plans to break up and privatise the Probation Service in England and Wales, writes Chas Berry

9 October 2013

spotTV review: Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad: Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Episode 16, AMC Networks

Breaking Bad: Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Episode 16, AMC Networks

Breaking Bad is an American TV mini-series which has now ended. It was only available on cable TV and DVD, and the final season on DVD will not be available in Britain until November.

9 October 2013

spotNewport council destroys workers' mural

Part of the Newport chartist mural depicting workers struggles which was smashed up by council developers, photo by Dave Reid

Part of the Newport chartist mural depicting workers struggles which was smashed up by council developers, photo by Dave Reid

Over 500 angry people protested on 5 October against Newport Labour council and Queensberry property developers' destruction of the town's Chartist mural.

9 October 2013

spotHull students and workers agree: We need councils that fight all cuts!

More than 30 socialists of all ages met in Hull recently to hear Tony Mulhearn link the struggle of Liverpool City Council in the 1980s to the emerging battle to defend jobs and services in Hull today

9 October 2013

spotLondon: Lessons of South Africa's Marikana Massacre

Marking a year since the Marikana Massacre in South Africa, a London Socialist Party and Socialist Students joint meeting was held.

9 October 2013

spotSocialist Party fighting fund

Socialist Party members strove might and main to collect over £20,000 for the fighting fund in the last three months, which included the holiday period

9 October 2013

spotBuild the fightback - sell the Socialist!

Angry about an autumn of austerity?: Sales and subscriptions of the Socialist reached 63% of the target for the July to September quarter, writes Sarah Wrack

9 October 2013

spotThe 1913 Dublin Lockout and its true legacy

"Crushing Larkin: The Tycoon Who Saved Dublin From Anarchy". That was the headline splashed across the front page of the September 2013 issue of Irish magazine Business Plus

9 October 2013

spotWorkers and youth: Unite against the far right

Anti-EDL demo, East London, 7.9.13, photo Paul Mattsson

Unite initiated a demo in Liverpool against the far right

9 October 2013

spotTories rob NHS workers

TUC demo in Manchester: 50,000 march against Tories demanding action on NHS, photo by Paul Mattsson

No cuts to our health service: Nurses and other health workers are furious at Health Minister Jeremy Hunt's announcement that he will stop the measly, below inflation 1% pay rise next year

9 October 2013

spotTories condemn us to the breadline

TUC demo in Manchester: 50,000 march against Tories demanding action on NHS, photo by Paul Mattsson

Cameron's speech to Conservative Party conference confirms that he and the Tory Party faithful live in a parallel universe to the vast majority in society.

9 October 2013

spotSocialist ideas are the Mail's real target

With good reason big business is accustomed to the main political parties doing its bidding - legislating for easy profits from privatisation of public services, cutting corporation tax and undermining workers' rights.

9 October 2013

spotNo to Royal Mail privatisation

Royal Mail's Coventry North Delivery Office  taking 24-hours of strike action on Tuesday 27 August., photo Dave Nellist

The post service is being taken out of public ownership and ripped to shreds by private institutions

9 October 2013

spotCity Link workers fight cuts to jobs and pay

City Link workers protesting in Southampton, 5.10.13, photo Nick Chaffey

On Saturday City Link workers highlighted savage attacks on jobs and pay

9 October 2013

spotUS government: 'Sorry, we're closed'

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative

Kshama Sawant, a working class political alternative, photo Socialist Alternative

Around 800,000 federal workers are furloughed - sent on holiday without payment. While their families are on zero wages from the federal state, the $174,000 annual income per member of Congress is untouched

10 October 2013

spotBlacklisting firms pledge compensation

The biggest blacklisting firms have today announced the proposal for an industry funded compensation scheme

15 October 2013

spotProtesting against Children's Centre cuts in Somerset

Around 40 to 50 parents and children attended a protest outside a Bath and North East Somerset council meeting

15 October 2013

spotBlacklisting victory - now build union strength

It was a full house in the Bread and Roses pub for a noisy celebration by construction workers

16 October 2013

spotTories' rags and riches Britain; Join the socialist fightback!

Tale of Two Cities - Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012 , photo by Senan

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, describes a world divided by poverty and excess. But even his alcoholic anti-hero Carton isn't a scratch on today's super-rich soaks.

16 October 2013

spotRefugees perish in Mediterranean "cemetery"

The Mediterranean Sea is becoming "a cemetery" said Malta's Prime Minister after another boat packed with refugees capsized near the island, killing 30 people

16 October 2013

spotRobinson drops EDL but not his bigotry

Anti-EDL demo, East London, 7.9.13 , photo by Paul Mattsson

Anti-EDL demo, East London, 7.9.13 , photo by Paul Mattsson

Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carrol, the two most prominent members of the English Defence League, have unexpectedly resigned from the EDL, writes Ben Roberts.

16 October 2013

spotImmigration Bill: Whipping up racism to cut our services

Home Secretary Theresa May says the new Immigration Bill will stop 'health tourism', which is a major "drain" on the National Health Service, writes Naomi Byron.

16 October 2013

spotTime for national action on education

Teachers have had enough. Enough of education minister Gove's proposals that will mean working until they are 68. Enough of the performance related pay that pits them against each other, writes Chris Newby, London.

16 October 2013

spotFight the Royal Mail sell-off

The sell-off of the remaining publicly owned parts of Royal Mail was completed over the last week. This represents the sad passing of the last remaining form of publicly owned communications, writes Lenny Shail.

16 October 2013

spotWorkplace news In Brief

Higher Education: Members of the University and College Union working in higher education have voted for action over pay

16 October 2013

spotSSE: So Sodding Expensive!

An estimated 7,000 pensioners died between December 2011 and March 2012 because their homes were too cold. 6.7% of the population live in fuel poverty - up 50% since 2010, writes John Sharpe.

16 October 2013

spotThem & Us

Missing billions: New government figures show that only £3.3 billion a year is paid in UK corporation tax - compared to £14 billion paid in bonuses to top staff

16 October 2013

spot 'Help to Buy' no solution to housing crisis

The government has brought forward the second phase of its 'Help to Buy' scheme that subsidises low deposit (higher risk) mortgages on houses worth up to £600,000, writes Paul Kershaw.

16 October 2013

spotCouncil tax benefit cuts hit hard

A report by Labour says that 112 councils in England who responded to a freedom of information request have issued more than 156,000 court summonses to people in council tax arrears since April

16 October 2013

spotFight Tory plans to scrap lifeline for young

Cameron's proposals to scrap benefits for under-25s is yet another attack on young people from this government of millionaires

16 October 2013

spotJobcentre staff struggling to cope

When the latest plans for cuts in benefits were announced, familiar trumpets were blown about the Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), writes Sean Dempsey

16 October 2013

spotBradford anti-EDL protest

Police lock down city centre: There was an eerie feel walking into the centre of Bradford on the day of the EDL's visit as the streets were practically deserted

16 October 2013

spotSri Lanka - 'No to Chogm' campaign

Among the Commonwealth's stated 'core beliefs' are democracy and human rights. But democratic and human rights are being trampled on by the dictatorial regime in Sri Lanka, which is to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) in November

16 October 2013

spotJoin the party for the millions - not the millionaires

Cuts of £155 billion to services and benefits for the elderly, the young, workers and families are being implemented. Yet the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in Britain rose by more than that in the last three years alone!

16 October 2013

spotProbation officers to take on 'failing Grayling'

Napo members protest against privatisation, photo NAPO

Napo members protest against privatisation, photo NAPO

Delegates and visitors gather in Llandudno this week for the most crucial Annual General Meeting in Napo's 101-year history

16 October 2013

spotSocialism 2013 appeal

The Socialist Party is asking all its members and supporters to donate to the Socialism 2013 Appeal

16 October 2013

spotTrade union-led anti-racist demo

Thousands joined an anti-EDL demonstration in Liverpool, called by Unite the Union

16 October 2013

spotNational firefighters' demo: 'We save people, not banks'

Massing outside the gates of Downing Street, 16.10.13, photo Mick Cotter

Thousands of firefighters marched today from Malet Street, London, to a rally in Westminster Central Hall

16 October 2013

spotTUSC: 2014 local elections campaign

As George Osborne announced a further 10% cut in council funding for 2015-16 in this summer's public spending review, Tory Party chairman Grant Shapps mockingly praised councillors for the 'good work' they were doing in "cutting their cloth more intelligently"

16 October 2013

spotTeachers, firefighters, workers fighting back: Unite the strikes!

Firefighters national strike and demonstration 16/10/13, photo Ian Pattison

This autumn more and more workers are on the march. Or on strike. Or balloting to strike, writes Rob Williams

16 October 2013

spotWhy are our schools in crisis?

Members of the teachers' union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

Members of the teachers' union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

Headlines about the recent education report from the OECD blared that a quarter of adults in England have maths skills no better than those of a ten year old

16 October 2013

spotPostal workers to strike! Coventry postie comments

Coventry Socialist Party members have received comments from a CWU member on the CWU ballot result and on the 'scab's bonus' that's being offered by Royal Mail management

16 October 2013

spotWorkers and youth re-assert their political voice in South Africa

Mametlwe Sebei, spokesperson for the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) of South Africa, photo WASP

Mametlwe Sebei

Leading WASP and Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI South Africa) member Mametlwe Sebei will be a speaker at the Socialism 2013 rally being held in London on 2 November. Sebei spoke to the Socialist...

18 October 2013

spotGrangemouth: Workers' action and nationalisation needed

Posted on the Socialist Party Scotland website on 16th October 2013:

18 October 2013

spotOverwhelming support for teachers' strike in the south and north

Across London, the South of England and in the North-East, striking teachers took to the streets on 17 October

21 October 2013

spotGrangemouth - latest news

Ineos are playing a game of Russian roulette with the Grangemouth plant and the jobs of more than 1,300 workers

21 October 2013

spotPCS strike in DWP and DEFRA Shared Services

PCS members in Shared Services in DWP and DEFRA will be out on strike next Friday 25th October in an important fight against privatisation

21 October 2013

spotMartin Powell-Davies - a record of anti-racism

A prominent member of the Socialist Workers' Party from East London NUT who is opposing the re-election of Martin Powell-Davies onto the NUT national executive from Inner London has questioned Martin's record as an anti-racist

21 October 2013

spotProbation officers vote for strike action

NAPO AGM, October 2013, photo C Berry

Members of NAPO have voted for strike action over government plans for privatisation

22 October 2013

spotVictory for rebel councillors as local pool to be re-opened

Under intense pressure, Southampton Labour council has agreed to refurbish and re-open the Oaklands swimming pool

22 October 2013

spotHow civil servants should fight government attacks on welfare

The PCS union has been criticised on Twitter for not fighting attacks on welfare by simply refusing to implement them. John McInally responds.

23 October 2013

spotHow red is Ed?

A few popular, focus-group tested words by Ed Miliband at Labour Party conference had an effect. But just how red is Ed really? Peter Taaffe writes.

23 October 2013

spotThem & Us

Fuelling anger: OK, you may be freezing cold this winter, unable to pay the soaring fuel bills, but spare a thought for Sam Laidlow

23 October 2013

spotHypocritical Hunt blames families for care scandal

Tories' real goal is yet more welfare spending cuts: A report that one million elderly people in the UK feel neglected and lonely is a "scandal".

23 October 2013

spotGovernment policies - 'deeply divisive'

The government's social mobility Tsar - former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn - appeared to be off message when his Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission published its first 'state of the nation' report

23 October 2013

spotFrance: Deep malaise marks 'la rentrée'

2010 Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

2010 Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

The return to work after the summer holidays in France, as in other southern European countries, is often seen as a time when the struggle of workers and students will be renewed

23 October 2013

spotWhat role can trade unions play in fighting welfare attacks?

The PCS civil service trade union, a key supporter of Youth Fight for Jobs, has come under severe criticism on Twitter for not organising its members to refuse to implement the government's attacks

23 October 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

23 October 2013

spotTunisia: Left-wing rapper, Klay BBJ, acquitted on appeal

The left-wing Tunisian rapper, Ahmed Ben Ahmed, alias Klay BBJ - who was initially condemned, in absentia, to 21 months imprisonment for songs allegedly "insulting officials and public morals" - was acquitted by an appeal court

23 October 2013

spot200 say 'Tequila's got to go!'

"Tequila has got to go!" Almost 200 students marched and protested outside the Mezz Club in Leeds for Tequila UK's "Freshers Violation" night, following their use of rape as a marketing strategy, writes Mary Finch, Leeds Socialist Students.

23 October 2013

spotTurn anger into action: join the socialists

From 19 to 25 October Socialist Party branches are organising a recruitment week to put special emphasis on building our party. Here members report on the campaign stall which started the week.

23 October 2013

spotTUSC candidates stand up against austerity

Nottingham: Grant Shapps said at the 2013 Conservative Party conference: "When we said [in 2010] we would reduce their budgets by 26% over four years, we were told councils would be going bust by this stage but they haven't, I think they can do another 10%."

23 October 2013

spotBuild a no-cuts political alternative

Deep-seated anger at the seeming endless misery facing workers in Britain is growing with every passing day

23 October 2013

spotGrangemouth: a fight we can't afford to lose

Outrageously Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant workers have been told to sign up to a draconian package of cuts to their terms and conditions, or the company, Ineos, will refuse to restart the plant, writes Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland (CWI).

23 October 2013

spotSwansea socialists oppose National Front

Fight racism with unity against cuts: Swansea's Labour council will make £45 million of cuts to services and jobs over the next three years, under the name 'Sustainable Swansea'!, writes Claire Job, Swansea Socialist Party Branch Secretary.

23 October 2013

spotBig business lines its pockets from nuclear power

You want generous, guaranteed energy prices, fixed for 35 years? No problem if you own a French or Chinese multinational company. Bad luck if you're an ordinary consumer, writes Pete Mason.

23 October 2013

spotEnergy for the millions ...not the millionaires

Energy bills - Dividend payout rate - percentage of profits paid in dividends as a proportion of net income, photo The Socialist

Energy bills - Dividend payout rate - percentage of profits paid in dividends as a proportion of net income, photo The Socialist

People ask what on earth is going on in the energy industry? Kate Jones of Llanelli and West Wales Socialist Party investigates.

23 October 2013

spotIt's a robbery not a 'recovery'

Socialism 2013

Socialism 2013

Time for a socialist alternative: Tory Chancellor Osborne won't be coming to Socialism 2013. He doesn't need to attend the 'Are we naturally too greedy for socialism?' workshop because he knows he definitely is, with an estimated fortune of £4.3 million.

23 October 2013

spotA mass campaign can save Grangemouth

Without a moment's thought to the human cost, Ineos bosses today announced the closure of the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth

23 October 2013

spotPostal workers go into battle

By a massive four to one majority CWU members in Royal Mail voted to strike in defence of their terms and conditions

23 October 2013

spotWe need action against zero-hour contracts

How do you make a £1.7 billion fortune? It's perhaps not a question most of us have spent too much time pondering.

25 October 2013

spotWaltham Forest Unison Health meeting

The fight is on to spread the campaign to save hospital services across the whole of the Barts Trust

25 October 2013

spotTrade unions must learn lessons from Grangemouth setback

Unite protest, photo P Mattsson

Ineos owner and billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has announced a reversal of the company's plan to shut the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth [Updated 29.10.13]

29 October 2013

spotTeachers: no national action this term

Teachers strike and march in Bristol 17 October 2013 as part of selective action by the NUT and NASUWT, photo Matt Carey

Teachers strike and march in Bristol 17 October 2013 as part of selective action by the NUT and NASUWT, photo Matt Carey

After three well-supported joint regional strikes by the NASUWT and NUT unions, teachers were expecting the NUT executive to confirm the promised date for action in November

30 October 2013

spotSupport the Socialism 2013 appeal

The Socialist Party is asking all our members and supporters to make a donation to the Socialism 2013 appeal

30 October 2013

spotBuilding the fightback - building the Socialist Party

Southampton Socialist Party held a meeting as a follow on to our 'join the socialists' stall of the previous weekend.

30 October 2013

spotWarrington bus workers striking against pay freeze

Unite members at Network Warrington bus company have announced three more strike days

30 October 2013

spotBradford Respect: Where did it all go wrong?

In October the five Bradford Respect councillors announced their resignation from their party to now sit as independents, writes Iain Dalton.

30 October 2013

spotZero-hour contracts can be beaten!

Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

The CBI, the organisation representing Britain's bosses, touts zero-hour contracts as the solution to the youth unemployment crisis

30 October 2013

spotBrazil: "Rio, a showcase for the world"

Brazilians in London protest on 13 June 2013 in support of the struggles in Brazil, photo H Pattison

Brazilians in London protest on 13 June 2013 in support of the struggles in Brazil, photo H Pattison

Contradictions between prosperous Brazil and precarious conditions bring potential for struggle: After the massive mobilisations that took place all over Brazil in June, the struggles did not cease

30 October 2013

spotIreland: Victimising the vulnerable

It has been a terrible week for social protection in Ireland. This Social Welfare Bill and the budget make swinging economic attacks

30 October 2013

spotBail out hospitals, not bankers!

Demonstration against NHS cuts at Whipps Cross hospital, East London 21 September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

Demonstration against NHS cuts at Whipps Cross hospital, East London 21 September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

Simon Stevens was an adviser to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair on beginning the privatisation process in the NHS

30 October 2013

spotCampaign launched against downbanding in Swindon

A big dispute has developed at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, the biggest hospital in Wiltshire

30 October 2013

spotAttacks on NHS pay will damage services

Like many employees of the NHS, I reacted with horror when I heard of Jeremy Hunt's plans to scrap our promised 1% pay rise and use the money to restructure our pay, writes a Unison health member in Salford.

30 October 2013

spotStop rip-off energy prices

I hate SSE because of a boiler not installed when promised, leaving my family, including two young children, without hot water for four weeks this summer, writes Ronnie Job

30 October 2013

spotTV Review: Brand new revolution?

In between the quick jibes and quite cleverly worked silliness, Russell Brand unleashed an absolutely damning indictment of capitalism

30 October 2013

spotThem & Us

Most workers given a P45 are lucky to get a week's statutory redundancy pay for every year employed. But not if you're an MP who was given the elbow in the last cabinet reshuffle

30 October 2013

spotProbation workers strike against privatisation

As probation workers prepare to strike on 5 and 6 November, confidence is growing that privatisation can be defeated, writes Chas Berry, Chair, Kent National Association of Probation Officers ( Napo).

30 October 2013

spotNo offshoring Shared Services!

PCS members who work in Shared Services, providing common services for government departments, are being threatened with privatisation on 1 November, writes Elaine Brunskill.

30 October 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Postal workers rally: There is a national rally for striking Communication Workers Union (CWU) members in Royal Mail on Monday 4 November at 12 noon in the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

30 October 2013

spotUniversity workers fight back

31 October will be a day of coordinated strike action by UCU, Unison and Unite members working in universities

30 October 2013

spotSexism in the music industry exposed

Slutwalk London 22 September 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Slutwalk London 22 September 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video and appearance at the Video Music Awards, created a flurry of opinion, writes Becci Heagney.

30 October 2013

spotLabour blocks living wage

Councillor Kevin Bennett proposed that the Living Wage be paid as a minimum to the council workforce

30 October 2013

spotMental health services - fighting privatisation

Linking unionised staff, carers and service user groups produced a formidable force that stopped privatisation

30 October 2013

spot20 years of privatised train robbery

RMT lobby against privatisation on the railways , photo Paul Mattsson

November marks 20 years since John Major's Tory government gave the go-ahead to splitting up and selling off British Rail

30 October 2013

spotOngoing US spying row reveals new tensions between imperialist powers

Widespread anger greeted the news that the US security services and those of its closest allies, particularly Britain, have been spying both on their supposed allies and tens of millions of ordinary people around the world.

30 October 2013

spotStriking back!

On the picket line: CWU strike 2009, photo Paul Mattsson



Hundreds of thousands of workers in Higher Education and the fire and probation services are preparing to take strike action. This proves to the bosses and their Con-Dem government that the battle against their cuts is continuing. Rob Williams, Socialist Party trade union organiser writes.

31 October 2013

spotJoint strike by university staff

Joint strike action by university staff in the Unite, Unison and UCU unions was well supported at the University of East London 31 October 2013, photo P Mason

Campus unions UCU, Unison and Unite took the start of action against real terms pay cuts [Reports added on 4.11.13]

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