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6 September 2009

spotVideo: Lobby of Unison to protest banning of four Socialist Party members from office

Lobby of Unison HQ in protest at the banning of four Socialist Party members from holding office for three to five years. , photo by Bob Severn

Video by Bob Severn

Protest at the banning of four Socialist Party members from holding office in Unison for three to five years by a Unison disciplinary committee.

6 September 2009

spotVideos: National Shop Stewards Network conf

Videos of the National Shop Stewards Network conference, Saturday 27 June 2009, videos by Pete Mason and Bob Severn

Videos of the National Shop Stewards Network conference, Saturday 27 June 2009

9 September 2009

spotSocialist Party TUC meeting

Socialist Party TUC meeting

Tuesday 15 September, 7:30 pm

The Liverpool bar, 14 James Street, Liverpool, (near James Street station)

Speakers:

Brian Caton, general secretary POA

Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary PCS, personal capacity

Tony Mulhearn, Liverpool 47

Jane James, Socialist Party executive committee

9 September 2009

spotYouth Fight for Jobs action

Youth Fight for Jobs action

Protest against latest unemployment figures, 11am Wed 16 Sept, Churchill statue, Parliament Square, London

9 September 2009

spotOne million unemployed young people: 'We demand real jobs!'

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

The head of the International Monetary Fund told a recent meeting of G20 finance ministers that the economic crisis has shifted from finance to a "third phase" of high unemployment, writes Ben Norman, Portsmouth Youth Fight for Jobs.

9 September 2009

spotYouth unemployment: Future jobs or fake schemes?

On WednesDAY 16 September, Youth Fight for Jobs activists will be holding a protest at parliament at 11am to coincide with the latest unemployment figures, writes Ben Robinson, chair, Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ).

9 September 2009

spotWorkers' action can stop NHS cuts

NHS demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

THE TORIES' scare tactic, exposing New Labour's threatened 137,000 NHS job cuts to save 20 billion, is sheer hypocrisy, writes Mick Griffiths, Unison Wakefield and Pontefract branch secretary (personal capacity).

9 September 2009

spotTUC conference: Workers willing to fight - in spite of leadership

This year's TUC conference takes place in Liverpool. There could not be a greater contrast between the city's working class, with their tremendous history of struggle and the TUC leaders, who lack any...

9 September 2009

spotPCS members prepare to fight cuts and privatisation

Civil service compensation scheme: Having poured billions of tax-payers' money into bailing out the banks, the government is preparing to step up its ongoing war on the public sector, writes John McInally, national vice-president of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS)..

9 September 2009

spotSocialist Party trade unionists meeting

On 5 September, following a hectic year of work so far, 70 Socialist Party trade union activists met in central London...

9 September 2009

spotConstruction workers protest

On 7 September, about 150 construction workers from South Wales and as far away as Drax and the Isle of Grain, supported by members of RMT, PCS, and Unite as well as Youth Fight for Jobs, blockaded the construction site at Uskmouth power station, writes Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales.

9 September 2009

spot'Time to fight back' march to welcome TUC

Join the Time to Fight Back march on Sunday 13 September. Called by Liverpool trades council to welcome the TUC Congress to Liverpool. The demonstration demands:...

9 September 2009

spotPostal workers national ballot: Vote 'yes' for strike action

Postal workers protest against scabbing managers, photo Bob Severn

Postal workers protest against scabbing managers, photo Bob Severn

Postal workers in the CWU will soon be balloting for a national strike against cuts, job losses and attacks on the union, writes Jane James, Socialist Party industrial co-organiser.
This follows hundreds of strikes in postal workplaces across the country where workers have taken action to defend jobs, pay, conditions, and their union reps from attacks by Royal Mail management.

9 September 2009

spotProtesting against scabbing managers

On 4 September, postal workers from the CWU held a demonstration outside the Unite union headquarters and a rally in the Friends Meeting House, London, writes Peter Redfarn.

9 September 2009

spotRMT action: Bus workers strike for pay rise

RMT Tube workers strike, photo Paul Mattsson

RMT Tube workers strike, photo Paul Mattsson

Vectis bus workers in Newport and Ryde (IOW) took strike action on 3 September over pay. Their picket was well supported with Vestas RMT members joining in in solidarity. RMT branch secretary Keith Murphy...

9 September 2009

spotVestas workers: Stop the blades

Vestas workers are continuing their fight for nationalisation and jobs on the Isle of Wight (IOW), building for a national day of action on Thursday 17 September...

9 September 2009

spotComment: Vestas protest

A few weeks ago some of the 600 Vestas workers who were made redundant from their jobs manufacturing wind turbine blades, decided to take militant action and occupy the factory, writes Nadine Houghton, Battersea and Wandsworth trades council.

9 September 2009

spotInaugural meeting to establish a North Wales branch of the National Shop Stewards Network

National Shop Stewards Network - North Wales
7.30pm Tuesday 29 September 2009
The Railway Club, Wrexham

9 September 2009

spotSignificant victory for tube workers

RMT wins no compulsory redundancy position but future battles loom: London Underground (LU) has retreated in the face of RMT's strike campaign. They have guaranteed that no RMT members will face compulsory redundancy as a result of the underground's current cost review...

9 September 2009

spotUnite election: United Left hustings

Next year, Unite members will elect a general secretary designate who will eventually take over from retiring joint general secretaries Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson, writes Kevin Parslow.

9 September 2009

spotWitch-hunted Unison member given extra charge

AFTER 28 months of stress and eleven days of hearings costing over 50,000 - for having the temerity to challenge the decisions of Unison's standing orders committee - Hackney Unison chair, Brian Debus, was banned from holding office in the union for five years...

9 September 2009

spotReturn of al-Magrahi to Libya ignites a political storm

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has denied any 'oil for al-Magrahi' deal with Libya. However, according to The Times, Straw was personally lobbied by oil giant BP over Britain's prisoner transfer agreement...

9 September 2009

spotNorthern Ireland: Councillor joins Socialist Party

SINN FEIN councillor Domhnall O Cobhthaigh has announced his resignation from the party at a press conference in order to join the Socialist Party to "build a cross-community opposition to the right-wing economic policies of the Assembly Executive"...

9 September 2009

spotFailing academies

IN A desperate move to revive Labour's failing private academies scheme, education secretary Ed Balls has announced that the government is dropping the 2 million sponsorship criteria...

9 September 2009

spotNo to bosses' agenda

TUC fringe meeting: Respect the Irish 'No' Vote - Reject the Lisbon Treaty
Anti-Lisbon Treaty campaigners in the Irish Republic's forthcoming referendum are angry that two big corporations - Ryanair and Intel - are spending as much as 1 million euros on promoting a 'yes' vote...

9 September 2009

spotCity of Life and Death

THE FILM City of Life and Death depicts the Japanese Imperial army's infamous massacre of the Chinese city of Nanking in 1937, writes Rob Bishop.

9 September 2009

spotBring the troops back now!

Demonstration against the war, photo Paul Mattsson

End the war in Afghanistan: "I JUST don't want anyone else to feel as bad as I feel" said the girlfriend of a soldier killed just five weeks ago as she signed our petition to bring the troops home. Hundreds of people across Wales have been supporting the Socialist Party's campaign to bring the troops home from the futile and unjust war in Afghanistan, writes Alec Thraves and Mike John, Socialist Party Wales.

10 September 2009

spotDebate on 'Stalin's criminal pact'

An extract from Peter Taaffe's artice, Marxism and the second world war, dealing with the 1939 'Stalin-Hitler pact' was printed in Moscow news, an English-language Russian newspaper...

14 September 2009

spotClass Society and the State

1. The State: A Product of the Irreconcilability of Class Antagonisms: The State: an Instrument for the Exploitation of the Oppressed Class...

14 September 2009

spotThe Experience of 1845-51

1. The Eve of Revolution: The first works of mature Marxism - The Poverty of Philosophy and the Communist Manifesto - appeared just on the eve of the revolution of 1848...

14 September 2009

spotThe Experience of the Paris Commune of 1871. Marx's Analysis

1. What Made the Communards' Attempt Heroic?: It is well known that in the autumn of 1870, a few months before the Commune, Marx warned the Paris workers that any attempt to overthrow the government would be the folly of despair...

14 September 2009

spotSupplementary Explanations by Engels

The 1891 Preface to Marx's "The Civil War in France"...

14 September 2009

spotThe Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State

1. Presentation of the Question by Marx: Marx explains this question most thoroughly in his Critique of the Gotha Programme (letter to Bracke, May 5, 1875, which was not published until 1891 when it was printed in Neue Zeit, vol...

14 September 2009

spotThe Vulgarisation of Marxism by the Opportunists

The question of the relation of the state to the social revolution, and of the social revolution to the state, like the question of revolution generally, was given very little attention by the leading theoreticians and publicists of the Second International (1889-1914)...

14 September 2009

spotThe State and Revolution. Postscript

The subject indicated in the title of this chapter is so vast that volumes could be written about it, writes The Author.

14 September 2009

spotThe State and Revolution by Vladimir Lenin

Lenin wrote The State and Revolution in August and September 1917, when he was in hiding. The need for such a theoretical work was mentioned by Lenin in the second half of 1916. It was then that he wrote...

15 September 2009

spotNo to cuts in jobs and services

TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo by Paul Mattsson

ALL OF Britain's capitalist politicians aim to tackle the economic crisis of recession and public-sector debt by hitting out at vital public services and public-sector workers.

But who caused and worsened the present recession and massive public debt?

15 September 2009

spotCapitalist market prescribes diet of cuts

Editorial: There is now the bizarre spectacle of the Tories and New Labour trying to outdo each other with promises of cuts after the next general election to reduce the public finance deficit...

15 September 2009

spotTUC conference - reactions to Brown's speech

"Brown mentioned by way of tribute that Jack Jones's politics were shaped by the Great Depression of the 1930s, writes Kevin Parslow, a Unite delegate to the TUC.

15 September 2009

spot End the Afghan nightmare now

Lincoln Socialist Party against war on Gaza, photo Lincoln Socialist Party

Lincoln Socialist Party against war on Gaza, photo Lincoln Socialist Party

Death and destruction to prop up rotten regime: 'OPERATION PANTHER'S Claw' was intended to prevent the Taliban from disrupting the Afghan elections, writes Ken Douglas.

15 September 2009

spotNationalise Anglesey Aluminium to save jobs

THE RUNNING down of smelting facilities at Anglesey Aluminium is a devastating blow to the economy of Holyhead and the rest of the island of Anglesey, North Wales, writes Dylan Roberts and Iain Dalton.

15 September 2009

spotRover - Gangster capitalists were treated as saviours

Government inspectors have published their report on the scandal of the 'Phoenix four' directors who bought MG Rover from BMW in 2000 for 10 and allowed it to collapse in 2005, writes Bill Mullins.

15 September 2009

spotStudents left penniless

Fighting fees  - student demonstration in central London, photo Rob Sutton

Photo Rob Sutton

Higher education funding crisis: According to The Guardian 170,000 students face the prospect of starting term without the loans and grants they are entitled to.

Once again young people are paying the price for the government's failures, writes Socialist Student organiser Matt Dobson

15 September 2009

spotVestas: the fight is far from over

Interview: At the Socialist Party's summer camp, Mark Smith and Mark Flowers, workers who had been in occupation at the St Cross Vestas wind turbine manufacturers on the Isle of Wight (IOW), spoke to The Socialist...

15 September 2009

spotCoventry Socialist Party councillors show support for Vestas

Motion for full council meeting on Tuesday 15 September 2009: This motion forms part of the solidarity campaign. Socialist Party councillors and members fully support the Vestas workers' campaign, including stopping the blades leaving the factory. We intend to use...

15 September 2009

spotBig business to blame for climate change

Climate change demo December 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Climate change demo December 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

CLIMATE CHANGE is already with us. Temperatures are increasing, polar ice caps melting, glaciers retreating, sea levels rising, biodiversity being lost, food production being threatened, water scarcity...

16 September 2009

spotInterview with POA leader Brian Caton

Brian Caton addresses the National Shop Stewards Network conference 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Brian Caton, photo Suzanne Beishon

Brian Caton, Prison Officers Association (POA) general secretary recently decided to join the Socialist Party, after being a member of the Labour Party for many years. He spoke to Socialist Party industrial organiser Bill Mullins:

"I come from a family of nine. I was brought up in Barnsley, my Dad worked as a collier. I was always a rebel at school..."

16 September 2009

spotLeeds council workers on indefinite strike

Around 600 Leeds "Streetscene" council workers, including street cleaners and refuse collectors, are on indefinite strike...

16 September 2009

spotA life of revolution

Review: NIALL MULHOLLAND reviews A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine by Trevor Griffiths, at Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank, London until 9 October...

16 September 2009

spotBangladesh: Angry protests at police attacks

On 2 September, a demonstration through the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, was proceeding peacefully until it reached a police blockade, writes Manny Thain, east London.

16 September 2009

spotNational Greed

Workers from Newcastle's National Grid office walked out on 11 September in protest at the threat of their jobs being outsourced to a low wage economy, writes Elaine Brunskill.

16 September 2009

spotConstruction workers' pay - reject the deal!

Following widespread unofficial strike actions earlier this year, engineering construction workers in the Unite and GMB trade unions at seven major industrial sites have been balloted over the review of national (NAECI) terms and conditions for 2010, writes Alistair Tice.

16 September 2009

spotThe fight against the building blacklist

Construction workers in the greater Manchester area have launched a campaign against blacklisting in the industry, writes Christian Bunke.

16 September 2009

spotCollege workers strike against vicious cuts

About 400 students, education workers and supporters gathered in Altab Ali Park in Aldgate to rally in support of the striking UCU members at Tower Hamlets college in East London, writes Chris Newby.

16 September 2009

spotCardiff: Youth Fight for Jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs members from Cardiff and the Welsh Valleys held a protest last Tuesday when Alistair Darling came to Cardiff to announce cuts in public spending, writes Lana Morgan.

16 September 2009

spotFor real jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs

For real jobs

For free education

Demonstrate

Saturday 28 November, London

16 September 2009

spotVictory - Decent jobs not exploitation

Socialist Party members in Leytonstone, east London, held a protest on Thursday 10 September outside a local bar called Zulus, and scored a quick victory...

16 September 2009

spotTUC conference: Fightback rally

I JOINED trade unionists from my local PCS branch on their way to Liverpool to join a rally on the eve of the TUC conference, writes Andrew Walton.

16 September 2009

spotSri Lanka: Defiant Tamil protest

TAMIL PEOPLE have begun mobilising again with the first of weekly Friday protests outside Downing Street in response to the horrific conditions in internment camps in Sri Lanka, writes Manny Thain.

16 September 2009

spotJapan: Election ends Liberal Democrats' 54-year reign

THE EDIFICE of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule has finally come tumbling down with the dramatic defeat it suffered in the Lower House elections on 30 August, writes Carl Simmons, Kokusai Rentai (International Solidarity), CWI in Japan.

16 September 2009

spotLondon RMT: Discussing an election coalition

In an interview in the Saturday Times, Bob Crow, the general secretary of the RMT transport workers' union, announced that he has had informal talks with pensioners' groups, students' organisations, green campaigners, socialists and other union representatives to draw up a joint manifesto for a ...

18 September 2009

spotBob Crow speaking at Socialism 2009

Socialism 2009: a weekend to inspire: Socialism 2009, on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November, is shaping up to be another excellent weekend of discussion and debate, writes Tom Baldwin.

22 September 2009

spotDefend education: stop 2 billion spending cuts

ED BALLS' announcement of Labour's plans to impose 2 billion of cuts spells out the onslaught to be unleashed on teachers, writes Martin Powell-Davies, candidate for the NUT teachers' union vice-president post.

22 September 2009

spotUniversities in crisis - Join Socialist Students

According to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary universities are "formed for the purpose of giving and receiving instruction in a fixed range of subjects at a level beyond that provided at a school", writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

22 September 2009

spotBrown declares war on workers

John McInally, vice-president PCS, speaking at the Campaign for a New Workers' Party debate 2008, photo Socialist Party

John McInally, vice-president PCS, speaking at the Campaign for a New Workers' Party debate 2008, photo Socialist Party

GORDON BROWN'S speech to the Trades Union Congress was an open declaration of war on working-class people, writes John McInally, national vice-president, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

22 September 2009

spotAfghanistan: an unwinnable war

THE US and NATO's top military chief in Afghanistan has told his political bosses that western forces will fail there unless there is a change in policy...

22 September 2009

spotPostal workers strike as national ballot continues

Postal workers demonstrate in London, photo by Paul Mattsson

Postal workers demonstrate in London, photo by Paul Mattsson

Action by postal workers has continued in many parts of the country, against management's attempts to impose new shifts and working conditions without consultation, writes A London postal worker.

22 September 2009

spotWarrington mail centre

Over 200 drivers were on official strike last week at the Royal Mail's north west regional distribution centre in a dispute over imposed changes to shift patterns, writes Andy Ford, Warrington trades council.

22 September 2009

spotVestas workers determined to continue fight for jobs

Vestas wind turbine plant workers occupy and demonstrate against closure, photo Senan

Vestas wind turbine workers and their supporters rallied and took to the streets of Newport, Isle of Wight, on their day of action on 17 September. They were buoyed up by their visit, as members of the RMT union, to the TUC Congress. "We were given a standing ovation by the TUC during Ed Miliband's speech...

22 September 2009

spotYouth unemployment hits record level

Youht Fight For Jobs protest outside parliament , photo S.Sachs-Eldridge

THE ANNOUNCEMENT by the government on Wednesday 16 September of 2.5 million unemployed was met by public protests organised by Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ)...

22 September 2009

spotFuture Jobs Fund - massaging the figures

OUR UNION branch recently discussed the Future Jobs Fund. As a branch predominantly of youth workers, we are well aware of the disproportionate impact of this recession on young people, writes Teresa Chalcroft, Chair Unite/CYWU, Warwickshire Branch.

22 September 2009

spotEngineering construction: Stewards' forum recommends bosses' offer Workers should reject!

Ste Jones from Lindsey Oil Refinery construction site attended the national shop stewards forum for engineering construction on 17 September...

22 September 2009

spotSocialist Party MEP denounces "campaign of fear" on Lisbon Treaty

Joe Higgins MEP, Socialist Party Ireland, speaking at the European CWI school, photo Bob Severn

Joe Higgins MEP, Socialist Party Ireland, photo Bob Severn

Speaking in the European Parliament, Irish Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins opposed the nomination of Jose Manuel Barroso for re-election as President of the EU commission and discussed the debate on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland...

22 September 2009

spotPrepare political challenge to cuts agenda

Editorial "Savage cuts needed". This refrain sung by Nick Clegg at the Liberal Democrats' annual conference is going to be repeated, albeit in different keys, at both the New Labour and Tory conferences. All the establishment parties demand working class people and public services pay the price for capitalist crisis and bankers' greed.

23 September 2009

spotHigher education - cuts cuts cuts!

Students protest against fees on the Campaign to Defeat Fees demo in February, photo Socialist Party

Fees: So Gordon Brown has finally said the word "cuts". For students and workers in higher education this is definitely old news. Courses, contact time and facilities have been slashed...

23 September 2009

spotCampaign for a Salford workers' MP

OVER 100 local residents packed into the Link community centre on Wednesday 16 September for the second meeting of the 'Hazel Must Go' campaign in Salford, writes Al McElroy, Hazel Must Go campaign and Salford Socialist Party.

23 September 2009

spotEnergy rip-off

ONCE AGAIN the 'big six' UK energy companies have stuck two fingers up to demands that they reduce the prices charged to consumers...

23 September 2009

spotWorkers' fightback grows in Italy

"Let's do an INNSE": "EVERYONE ON the roof", seems to be one of the slogans uniting workers in struggle in Italy. Another is "let's do an INNSE", referring to the marvellous victory of workers in the INNSE factory, near...

23 September 2009

spotThreat to Coventry homeless

COVENTRY SOCIALIST Party councillor Dave Nellist has warned that council budget cuts for Coventry's leading homelessness charity will see more people sleeping rough in that city from next month...

23 September 2009

spotPortsmouth shipbuilders vote for strike

Four hundred GMB shipyard workers in Portsmouth have voted to take strike action over working conditions and proposals forcing them to work in other parts of the UK, writes Portsmouth Socialist Party.

23 September 2009

spotTUC congress: Anger on fringes, inaction at top

FOLLOWING THIS year's important industrial movements, it might have been hoped that the TUC conference would launch an offensive to defend jobs, pay and conditions, writes Kevin Parslow.

23 September 2009

spotBosses ask JCB workers for sacrifice

JCB workers have been made to pay for the economic crisis over the last year with 1,600 redundancies in the UK and many other attacks on our pay and conditions, writes A JCB worker.

23 September 2009

spotBattle over pensions means strike threat at Corus

Around 200 delegates from the four main steel unions: Community, Unite, SIMA and GMB gathered at TUC Congress house last week to decide a response to the announcement by Corus to close the British Steel pension scheme to new entrants, writes A steelworker.

23 September 2009

spotLiverpool bin workers score victory

Before our strike, Enterprise-Liverpool management told us: "You can walk out for six months if you want but you will come back with nothing", writes A Liverpool bin worker.

23 September 2009

spotListening to Grasshoppers by Arundhati Roy

Review: Reading Arundhati Roy's collection of lectures and articles about India could make you want to weep, or to emit the 'feral howl' she herself is tempted to resort to...

23 September 2009

spotThe Dirty Thirty - Heroes of the Miners' Strike

The term 'Dirty Thirty' has lived on long after the miners' strike ended in 1985, writes Tony Church. It was the name given to a small band of Leicestershire NUM members, who joined the year long strike in spite of their...

23 September 2009

spotThe Anti-Flag album 'The People or the Gun'

The latest offering from Anti-Flag at first seems like a bit of a trip down memory lane for the band, writes Iain Dalton...

23 September 2009

spotNo cuts in public services

PCS workers go on strike to protect our services, photo Peter Haddon

PCS workers go on strike to protect our services, photo Peter Haddon

Not content with yearly pay-cuts, repossessing our homes, trying to rob us of our measly pensions and consigning our kids to the next 'lost generation' unemployment figures, this government of parasitic hypocrites, happy in its world of bonuses and backhanders, is now coming with a hatchet for our jobs...

25 September 2009

spotVideo of London Defend the Four meeting

Watch: Video of London Defend the Four meeting:

29 September 2009

spotLondon Defend the Four meeting - four videos

Video: Defend the Four meeting to defend four Socialist Party unison members banned from office, photo Socialist Party

Video: Defend the Four meeting to defend four Socialist Party unison members banned from office, photo Socialist Party

On 16 July, after two long years of tortuous investigations and hearings, Unison's kangaroo court declared four members of the Socialist Party guilty. This disgraceful charade will go down in trade union history as a day of shame.

A well attended Defend the Four meeting took place on Septempber 23rd.

30 September 2009

spotNo to BNP TV platform

Some of the BNP's finest at the BNP Red White and Blue festival 2009, photo The Socialist

Some of the BNP's finest at the BNP Red White and Blue festival 2009, photo The Socialist

THE BBC has announced that Nick Griffin, leader of the far-right racist BNP, will be invited to take part in Question Time, taking place in London on 22 October.
The BBC's justification is the need for "due impartiality".
This is laughable, writes deputy general secretary Hannah Sell.

30 September 2009

spotSocialism 2009: ideas to change the world

Monique speaking at Socialism 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Monique speaking at Socialism 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialism 2009 should prove to be a stimulating experience encouraging you to learn more, develop your understanding and to meet more likeminded people, however much you know already...

30 September 2009

spotNew right wing government, but success for the Left Party in Germany

The general election in Germany on 27 September has seen the end of the conservative 'grand coalition' of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democrat Party (SDP), writes Sascha Stanicic SAV (CWI in Germany) Berlin.

30 September 2009

spotKazakhstan: Socialist activist attacked by thugs

ON 22 September, unknown thugs attacked Ainur Kurmanov, a leading member of the organisation Socialist Resistance (CWI in Kazakhstan) outside his home in Kazakhstan's main commercial city, Almaty, writes Socialist Resistance reporters, Kazakhstan.

30 September 2009

spotLondon postal workers: Big majority to stop funding Labour

Postal workers lobby Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson

Postal workers lobby Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson

An overwhelming 98% of postal workers in London have voted to withdraw their union's (CWU) funding from the Labour Party, writes Naomi Byron.

30 September 2009

spotUnison witch-hunt - Defend the Four!

"This is a battle we must win; to reclaim the union for our members, to ensure we have a democratic and fighting trade union," said Glenn Kelly at a 100-strong meeting on 23 September called by the Defend the Four campaign...

30 September 2009

spotStudents ready to fight back

Socialist students campaigning against fees, photo Naomi Byron

Socialist students campaigning against fees, photo Naomi Byron

University freshers fairs: This year's university freshers fairs take place against a background of proposals that would make education even more expensive for students and even less of a right for all, writes David Berrie.

30 September 2009

spot1949 - Chinese revolution

A Communist leader addresses survivors of the Long March

A Communist leader addresses survivors of the Long March

IT IS an especially nervous Communist Party (CCP) regime that presides over the 60th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the People's Republic of China on 1 October...

30 September 2009

spotHonduras: Coup leaders step up repression

The right-wing leader of the 28 June coup in Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, has announced that the police have been given full powers to break up the 'unauthorised' meetings that have mushroomed since the elected and deposed president, Mel Zelaya, unexpectedly returned to Honduras' capital, Teguci...

30 September 2009

spotNepal - mass rallies back Prachandra

NEPAL HAS been rocked by almost constant protests since May against the ousting of the Maoist former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (known as Prachanda, meaning 'fierce one'), the biggest being a huge rally in Kathmandu on 11 September, writes Paul Callanan.

30 September 2009

spotVestas workers fight on

RMT banner on Portsmouth Demo in support of the Vestas workers, photo Portsmouth Socialist Party

RMT banner on Portsmouth Demo in support of the Vestas workers, photo Portsmouth Socialist Party

On 22 September, dozens of police from Southampton and Portsmouth descended on the protest camp outside the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight (IOW). They removed tents, personal and political material and served 'exclusion notices' to several Vestas workers who were told to stay away from the Vestas factory for the next three months, writes Nick Chaffey.

30 September 2009

spotLeeds council workers' strike solid

Now in its fourth week, the striking bin workers in Leeds, with much support and donations from the public, are even more determined to win, writes A Unison steward.

30 September 2009

spotManagement forced to retreat

Tower Hamlets college: A month of all-out strike action has forced Michael Farley, the principal of Tower Hamlets College in the East End of London, to withdraw compulsory redundancy notices to 13 teachers, writes Pete Dickenson, UCU member.

30 September 2009

spotMass rally in support of South Yorkshire firefighters

Around 2,000 fire-fighters from all around the UK marched in Barnsley on Monday 28 September in solidarity with their Fire Brigade Union (FBU) comrades in South Yorkshire who are on the verge of taking strike action...

30 September 2009

spotCivil service compensation scheme: Thousands say no to cuts

Well over 6,000 civil servants have replied to the government consultation on their ironically named "fairness for all" package, writes Robbie Faulds, PCS Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) group president, personal capacity.

30 September 2009

spotFight all council cuts

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

Organise action to save services: "Any managers of a public service who are not planning now on the basis that they will have substantially less money to spend in two year's time are living in cloud cuckoo land." These are the chilling words of the chief executive of the Audit Commission, writes Jackie Grunsell, Defend NHS councillor and Socialist Party member, Huddersfield.

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