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2 October 2017

spotTories Out demo - Photos

On 1st October anti-austerity campaigners and trade unionists marched through Manchester

2 October 2017

spotExemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

Catalonia on 1st October saw scenes of a territory under military occupation. Thousands of police and civil guards - sent by the PP government - used savage repression

2 October 2017

spotHugh Hefner's exploitation of women

In the film Men in Black the eponymous characters press a button and erase your memory. Reading the obituaries about the death of Playboy founder and multi-millionaire Hugh Hefner certainly felt like such a button had been pressed

4 October 2017

spotChe Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

Many people identify with the legacy left by Che as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a socialist world.

4 October 2017

spotEyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

Mick Barry, a member of the Socialist Party's Irish sister party and of the Irish parliament, has been in Catalonia as an international observer to the struggle and the repression

4 October 2017

spotSurveying Labour councillors - will they fight cuts?

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour conference speech was greeted with predictable hostility by big business representatives like the CBI

4 October 2017

spotLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

Leeds Socialist Students and affiliated groups came together to mark International Safe Abortion Day on 28 September

4 October 2017

spotChatsworth ward campaign replies to Tory MP's intervention

Mansfield was one of the few places the Tories gained from Labour in the general election. The new MP, Ben Bradley, had an article in the local paper recently about Chatsworth ward. The campaign sent in a reply

4 October 2017

spotProtest outside Ukip conference against German far-right speaker

Socialist Party members from Torbay and south Devon stood alongside Labour and Momentum members to protest outside the Ukip annual conference in Torbay, south Devon

4 October 2017

spotRMT strikes against removal of train guards spreads

Further rail strikes took place against driver-only operation across the country on 3 October. RMT members once again walked out on Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North plus on Greater Anglia for the first time

4 October 2017

spotThe Tories must be driven out

"Why would anybody, let alone a normal person, want to become a member of the Conservative Party?"

4 October 2017

spotBending the knee v Trump

Having alienated most of the US population (and the world) with his vile, bigoted and threatening comments, US billionaire president Donald Trump has now railed against North American football players

4 October 2017

spotUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

Staff at the University of Leeds are taking industrial action in a dispute the University and College Union (UCU) has declared to be of national importance

4 October 2017

spotWhy I joined: I wanted to change things

It was Donald Trump who, indirectly, prompted me to join the Socialist Party

4 October 2017

spotSolidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

Shocking scenes of brutal police repression in Catalonia reverberated around the world on 1 October

4 October 2017

spotUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

Unison unelected officials, not even employed by Barts Health Trust or Serco, have put out a leaflet that attacks Unite the Union and the Socialist Party following the deal that concluded the recent Barts dispute

4 October 2017

spotCapitalism and human progress

How appropriate that Theresa May's speech insisting our interests were best served by free market capitalism - "the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created" - came in the same week as budget airline Ryanair cancelled over 700,000 passenger flights

4 October 2017

spotMonarch abdicates responsibility to workers

On its 50th anniversary, UK-based Monarch airline has nosedived into administration leaving hundreds of thousands of passengers stuck abroad and many more losing future flights without compensation

4 October 2017

spotTories wreck our NHS

The NHS crisis is escalating as the Tories continue their mission to 'slash, trash and privatise' our health service

4 October 2017

spot11,000 raised in three weeks for fighting fund

Socialist Party members made a herculean effort to reach the target for the summer July to September quarter, raising over 11,000 in the final three weeks of the campaign

4 October 2017

spotSupporting the general strike in Catalonia

A protest was held on Whitehall

4 October 2017

spotSet for national strike action

The CWU announced a huge vote for action

5 October 2017

spotToo much to cross the Mersey

TUSC members and supporters in the borough of Halton in Cheshire are campaigning against the payment of tolls on the soon to be opened Mersey Gateway crossings

6 October 2017

spotBoeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

A trade dispute is threatening thousands of Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland.

11 October 2017

spotIMF helps cause inequality it slams

The International Monetary Fund's warnings about inequality have had no effect on its efforts to worsen inequality

11 October 2017

spotNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

There's more evidence that the National Health Service (NHS) is in meltdown. This time it comes from the Care Quality Commission inspectorate

11 October 2017

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including Lords' expenses and young workers' debt.

11 October 2017

spotShocking insight into Isis

TV drama: The State: The brutal finale of the Channel 4 drama about Isis, 'The State', came as no surprise

11 October 2017

spotWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

For almost 100 years a secret ban was operated to deny jobs to thousands of workers involved in trade union activity

11 October 2017

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including BAE job cuts, PCS action and cinema strikes.

11 October 2017

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including NHS conferences, Procter and Gamble problems and Ryanair.

11 October 2017

spotJoin the Orgreave Halloween rally

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has called for our supporters to gather in their hundreds this Halloween night (31 October) in Sheffield.

11 October 2017

spotManchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

Crowds poured into Manchester Cathedral on 2 October to see the shadow chancellor John McDonnell at a free event.

11 October 2017

spotCardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg, aristocratic, misogynistic, homophobic, billionaire landlord and current pin-up boy of the Tory right, was invited to speak at a venue in Cardiff on 29 September.

11 October 2017

spotMajor attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

Even John Major, the Tory former prime minister, thinks his party's 'Universal Credit' welfare system is wrong

11 October 2017

spotHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

A standing ovation greeted Jeremy Corbin's pledges on housing at Labour's conference: to stop 'social cleansing' regeneration schemes and give residents a vote on regeneration proposals; to build more council homes and to control rents.

11 October 2017

spotNo more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

In the early hours of Sunday 1 October a fire broke out on the ground floor of a three storey block of flats in Ringland Close, Hanley. A mother and two daughters were rescued from their flat above and rushed to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation

11 October 2017

spotDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

On the morning of 10 October the Tory government announced it was launching a website to show the widespread racial inequality in Britain. To many this will seem like a sick Black History Month joke.

11 October 2017

spotCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

Since the early part of the year, members of Carlisle Socialist Party and the Cumbria branch of Unite Community union have been active in the campaign to 'Save our NHS', organising support firstly for the national demonstration in London on 4 March, and subsequently for the two rallies in Carlisle on 8 April and 4 June.

11 October 2017

spotPoverty, repression and fightback on the docks

Biography: Harry Constable in his own words: This book is about Harry Constable, a leading activist in the struggle of the dock workers from before the war until the end of the 1950s

11 October 2017

spotTheresa May, Frida Kahlo and turning women into wares

Reader's Comment: Theresa May's Frida Kahlo bracelet at Tory conference caused a lot of reactions for a lot of people, but it left me feeling cold, and a little anxious

11 October 2017

spotCatalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

While thousands amassed outside, Puigdemont was asking the Catalan parliament to agree to 'suspend' a declaration of independence

11 October 2017

spotThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

When the government announced a new website to show the widespread racial inequality in Britain, many will have viewed it as a sick Black History Month joke

11 October 2017

spotCWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

Royal Mail has desperately tried to stop the strike planned for 19 October.

11 October 2017

spotNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

The prime minister has gone from "strong and stable" to spluttering and stuttering in the space of a few short months.

11 October 2017

spotSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

Within one week, Labour controlled Salford city council announced an increase in wages for some of the lowest paid care workers and also made a decision to cut the pay and some jobs of those working in Regulatory Services

12 October 2017

spotJustice for Tube cleaners demo

Joseph Mambuliya, London underground cleaner, Socialist Party member and chair of the RMT London Underground cleaners grade committee, explains why the cleaners are demonstrating today, writes The demands are:.

13 October 2017

spotThe end of the Tories?

The Tories were humiliated at their conference, hold power only precariously, are split over Europe and on May's leadership. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn furthers his position and policies in Labour. Peter Taaffe looks at the significance of their contrasting fortunes.

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