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Archive for September 2011

2 September 2011

spot'Oppose physical force in schools' say YFJ and YFE

"This is apparently in response to the riots; but how will introducing the threat of violence into the classroom cut across the root causes of the riots?..."

2 September 2011

spotScottish local government Unison calls for one-day strike on pensions

Scottish local government Unison conference has this afternoon supported a motion calling for a ballot and a one-day strike in the autumn on pensions...

3 September 2011

spotTower Hamlets demonstration against the EDL

The English Defence League plans to march through Tower Hamlets on 3rd September - sowing racial division, writes Saturday 3rd September 2011.

5 September 2011

spotEDL kept out of Tower Hamlets by thousands protesting

EDL supporters rallying in London, 3.9.11

The racist and divisive EDL rallied at Aldgate behind lines of police that separated them from anti-racist campaigners on Whitechapel Road

5 September 2011

spotConsequences of 9/11: a world turned upside down

9/11: Attack on the Twin Towers of the Wold Trade Centre, photo BBC

9/11 attack

Ten years after the twin towers came crashing down in New York, Peter Taaffe assesses the changed world situation. In the aftermath of that terrorist attack, US imperialism unleashed mass slaughter in Afghanistan and Iraq.

6 September 2011

spotHealth and Social Care Bill is "end of NHS"

"Any MP who votes for the Health and Social Care Bill next week is voting for the end of the NHS" said Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health on 4 September...

6 September 2011

spotPCS leader urges workers to join Sunday's NSSN lobby of the TUC

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka will be among the speakers at a rally organised by the National Shop Stewards Network on Sunday 11th September, calling on the TUC to lead the resistance to cuts by organising coordinated public sector action this autumn

7 September 2011

spotMobilise the power of the working class

Mobilise the power of the working class

Mobilise the power of the working class

The trade union fightback against the Con-Dems' austerity agenda is underway. Half a million demonstrated in London in March; in June 750,000 civil servants, teachers and lecturers took coordinated strike...

7 September 2011

spotNHS reaches a tipping point

The British Medical Association (BMA) doctors' organisation has called for the government's destructive Health and Social Care Bill to be withdrawn or 'significantly amended'...

7 September 2011

spotLibya after Gaddafi - Independent workers' action needed

Almost every day there are warning signs of the dark shadows that Nato's intervention has thrown over the Libyan revolution, writes Robert Bechert, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

7 September 2011

spotIndian high commission protest over Tamil death sentences

'End the death penalty in India', was the slogan chanted by over 700 people outside the Indian high commission on 30 August, writes Manny Thain, Tamil Solidarity national secretary.

7 September 2011

spotMiliband to bury Labour

Socialist Party contests Coventry ward: Ed Miliband plans to re-write the Labour Party's 93 year old founding principles and aims, suggesting that Tony Blair didn't go far enough 17 years ago when he attacked the party's 'clause IV', which had committed Labour to a programme of mass nationalisation, writes Lenny Shail.

7 September 2011

spotReject health bill attacks on abortion

The last couple of weeks has seen to-ing and fro-ing from all wings of the political establishment over Nadine Dorries and Frank Field's amendment to the Health and Social Care bill, writes Sarah Wrack.

7 September 2011

spotPicket lines at police stations

Picket lines outside police stations - not a common sight! But police support staff in Nottinghamshire, members of Unison, recently held two one-day strikes protesting about redundancies...

7 September 2011

spotWorkplace News in brief

NSSN lobby of the TUC: On 11 September the National Shop Stewards Network is organising a lobby of the TUC, demanding they call a one-day public sector general strike...

7 September 2011

spotStop the Dale Farm evictions

Since 31 August residents of 52 "unauthorised" plots at Dale Farm Travellers' site in Essex are under threat of forcible eviction, which Basildon council say will take place after 19 September, writes Dave Murray, Basildon Socialist Party.

7 September 2011

spotOne in a million...fighting back!

I am one in a million, a million unemployed young people in the country at the moment. What does one million mean? A million is not a statistic - it is a million individual tragedies, writes Scott Jones.

7 September 2011

spotNEET figures still rising

The number of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) youth in the UK has risen to 18.4%. One year ago NEET figures were at 16.3%. It is no coincidence that the figure has risen sharply and steeply...

7 September 2011

spotLocal Housing Allowance

The recent Socialist feature (issue 683) showed how the Con-Dems' attacks on benefits hit young people...

7 September 2011

spot£36,000 for a degree

Edinburgh University is the third university in Scotland to announce how much it will charge students from outside Scotland (Scottish students will continue to not pay fees) and has made itself the most expensive place in the UK to get a degree...

7 September 2011

spotNew pamphlet - The Rise and Fall of the Scottish Socialist Party

Email info@socialistpartyscotland.org.uk to place your order or visit www.socialistpartyscotland.org.uk...

7 September 2011

spotFast news

Torture Inc.: Unearthed secret correspondence in Tripoli between the Gaddafi regime and western spy networks reveal how US, British and other governments collaborated with the Libyan dictator in the 'rendition' (ie kidnapping) and torture of alleged terrorist suspects...

7 September 2011

spotScotland - Unison calls for pensions strike

Unison Social care workers on strike in Scotland, photo Duncan Brown

Unison Social care workers on strike in Scotland, photo Duncan Brown

The mood among Unison members for strike action on being forced to pay more for a worse pension was driven home at the Scottish local government Unison conference on 2 September, writes a Glasgow Unison member.

7 September 2011

spotThe riots, Clarke and the "broken penal system"

Glyn Travis and Joe Simpson, assistant secretaries of the prison workers’ union POA set out some of the key issues in prisons following the riots

7 September 2011

spotYouth March For Jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs :: March for Jobs :: Jarrow to London :: October 2011

Youth Fight for Jobs :: March for Jobs :: Jarrow to London :: October 2011

75 years ago 200 unemployed men from Jarrow marched from their home in the North East to London to demand jobs and an end to their poverty conditions. Youth Fight for Jobs is marching their route again

7 September 2011

spotConfronting a Labour cutter

On 2 September Chris Bryant (Labour MP for Rhondda) was in Tonypandy. When I saw him I thought it was a perfect opportunity to confront him about the brutal cuts in the NHS, especially in mental health...

7 September 2011

spotBristol marches against home care sell-off

Bristol

'Main political cliques all support privatisation': "Thank you, you are bloody marvellous," ended Bob Taylor's emotional speech at a Bristol rally on Saturday 3 September against the selling off of home care in the city

7 September 2011

spotThem and Us by Will Hutton

Then and Us - Will Hutton, photo Abacus (publisher)

Book review: 'Them and Us' by former Observer editor Will Hutton, originally published in 2010, is now available in paperback. Bob Severn reviews the book...

7 September 2011

spotUnison expulsion

Socialist Party member Onay Kasab has been informed by the Unison leadership that his appeal against expulsion from the union has failed...

7 September 2011

spotStrike together to defend pensions

Newcastle: 30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions , photo Elaine Brunskill

Newcastle: 30 June strike

If there is one phrase that should hang around this government like a concrete necklace, it is Tory chancellor George Osborne's "We're all in this together", writes Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor, Coventry.

7 September 2011

spotConstruction workers determined to protect pay, terms and conditions

For the third week running a London construction site was besieged by hundreds of electricians protesting at the 'Big 8' construction companies' plans to withdraw from the national JIB agreement

7 September 2011

spotMass workers' movement - the only way to make the super-rich pay

Half-million strong TUC demo, central London, 26 March 2011, against the government's cuts, photo Senan

TUC demo in March

Editorial of the Socialist, issue 684 It is a sign of the bankrupt nature of modern capitalism and its political representatives that taxation of the rich is so low some of them are asking to pay more. Warren Buffett, in an act of self-flagellation, has demanded to pay more tax.

7 September 2011

spotTory bribes to promote socially divisive 'Free Schools' agenda

School students and teachers protest against academies at Tile Hill Wood school in Coventry , photo Coventry Socialist Party

Protest against Academies

Students in England and Wales returned to school this week. If Tory education secretary Michael Gove could give one piece of advice to them what would it be? asks James Kerr

8 September 2011

spotStriking journalists suspend action for talks

Breakfast meeting on 8th September 2011 of SYN strikers

NUJ members at South Yorkshire Newspapers have returned to work after 55 days on strike

9 September 2011

spotMoves made towards public sector strike in November

PCS members on a London anti-cuts demonstration jointly called by the NSSN, RMT, NUT, FBU, PCS and other unions, photo Paul Mattsson

Lobby the TUC this Sunday! Discussions are taking place in a number of trade unions – including Unison – that could result in a coordinated 3-4 million strong public sector strike of against pension cuts in November

12 September 2011

spotCarlisle Socialist Party: Film screening of 'Land and Freedom'

All are welcome to come to this screening of Ken Loach's film on the Spanish Civil War followed by a discussion and drinks, writes Club 35, Lowther St, Carlisle.

12 September 2011

spot200 jobs saved by PCS campaign

More than 200 UK jobs have been saved after a campaign by the Public and Commercial Services union forced government contractor Hewlett Packard to abandon plans to offshore work to India, writes PCS press release, 10.9.11:.

13 September 2011

spotRally Line-up

13 September 2011

spotPCS president questions Ed Miliband over pension cuts

Janice Godrich, PCS national president, has quizzed Labour leader Ed Miliband from the floor of TUC congress over his refusal to support public sector workers taking action over cuts to their pensions...

13 September 2011

spotSupport striking hospital workers in Berlin

Charité Facility Management (CFM) workers in Germany's capital Berlin started a strike on Monday 12th September. Their main demand is to win a collective bargaining agreement...

13 September 2011

spotWe need a programme of action to fight back!

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

NSSN demo

Never before has it been more necessary for the trade unions and labour movement to combat the pessimism and hopelessness which pervades the capitalist media. Peter Taaffe outlines a positive, realistic programme against the abyss of mass unemployment and poverty which the capitalist system threatens.

13 September 2011

spotProgramme

14 September 2011

spotBombardier

10,000 marched against job cuts at Bombardier on Saturday 23 July in the biggest demonstration in Derby for decades, backed by the RMT and other trade unions, photo Paul Mattsson

10,000 marched against job cuts at Bombardier on Saturday 23 July in the biggest demonstration in Derby for decades, backed by the RMT and other trade unions, photo Paul Mattsson

Derby Socialist Party is continuing to campaign for the nationalisation of Bombardier. We say that the government should take Britain's last remaining train manufacturer into democratic public ownership...

14 September 2011

spotSupport Wyndeham workers

"I'm earning less now than when I started here 11 years ago!", was the stark reality facing striking printers at Wyndeham Impact (WI), a long established magazine printers in Basingstoke, writes Nick Chaffey.

14 September 2011

spotNo to pay cuts in Carmarthenshire

At the beginning of September, Independent/Labour-led Carmarthenshire county council chief executive, bypassing union members' elected representatives, wrote to employees making them an individual offer on Single Status [job evaluation]...

14 September 2011

spotWorkplace news in brief

Greenwich: As we reported last week, Socialist Party member Onay Kasab (Kaz) has been expelled from Unison for allegedly encouraging Greenwich branch members to leave Unison and join Unite...

14 September 2011

spotHow can the national rights of Palestinians be achieved?

 Demonstration against the murder by Israeli commandos of civilian aid volunteers on aboard a ship attempting to bring aid to Gaza , photo Senan

Demonstration against the murder by Israeli commandos of civilian aid volunteers on aboard a ship attempting to bring aid to Gaza , photo Senan

UN vote on 'statehood': Palestinian representatives intend to ask the United Nations this month to recognise Palestine as a state in the Gaza strip and West Bank, writes Judy Beishon.

14 September 2011

spotChildcare costs push parents into hardship

Tory/Lib Dem claims to support families in Britain are looking increasingly threadbare as a recent study by Save the Children and the Daycare Trust shows...

14 September 2011

spotSave our NHS

After minimal amendments, and in the face of continued public opposition, Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Bill has passed through its third and final reading in the House of Commons...

14 September 2011

spotFast news

Dark days: The combined effects of the capitalist recession, wage and benefit cuts, tax increases, job losses and other government austerity measures have hammered UK living standards...

14 September 2011

spotLow pay and the housing crisis

When you tell someone that you're claiming benefits you can be sure that, in many cases, they will initially picture the right-wing tabloid caricature of someone sat at home all day watching TV, writes Dominic Smith, Winchester.

14 September 2011

spotYouth must join pensions struggle

The government and their friends in the media will always try, as they did in June, to spread division between workers and service users during strike action...

14 September 2011

spotEMA cuts: doors close on our future

Without EMA payments I would not be able to go to college. I go to college so I can get a good job and have a better life, writes Jordan Nichols, Southampton.

14 September 2011

spotCuts hit young people hard in Hastings

Hastings is the most deprived area in the south-east. With youth unemployment at 29% and rising, prospects for young people in the town look bleak, writes James Ellis, Hastings.

14 September 2011

spotHundreds march against Dale Farm evictions

Stop constant evictions: hundreds march against Dale Farm evictions of travellers, 10 September 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Stop constant evictions: hundreds march against Dale Farm evictions of travellers, 10 September 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

"In 100 years we've never had so much support," said Grattan Puxon of the Gypsy Council, addressing the hundreds of people who marched in opposition to the evictions at Dale Farm on Saturday 10 September, writes Dave Murray, Basildon Socialist Party.

14 September 2011

spotMay Day protest case goes to Strasbourg

A Socialist Party member's case against the police tactic of 'kettling', containing protesters inside a police cordon, was taken to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday 14 September...

14 September 2011

spotSave Surrey libraries!

Surrey County Council has threatened that another nine libraries will close if their local communities do not step forward and take them over with volunteers, writes Paul Couchman, Surrey County Unison branch secretary (personal capacity).

14 September 2011

spotPampered politicians plan education massacre... STOP THEM!

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan

"Education is a right not a privilege" chanted students during the mass protests against fees at the end of 2010, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students national organiser.

14 September 2011

spotNHS pensions - Pay more, work longer and get less!

The message that public sector workers are getting from this government is that we are not valued and that our work is not worth paying for, writes an NHS worker.

14 September 2011

spotPower and terror

Book review: Matt Dobson reviews Power and Terror: Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force, by Noam Chomsky...

14 September 2011

spotNationalise the banking system!

The only effective form of regulation is for the banks to be fully nationalised under democratic and popular control and run for the benefit of ordinary people, not the super-rich, writes Ken Douglas.

14 September 2011

spotAusterity policies strangle growth

Pawn shops are booming, pound stores are multiplying. But spending on services and retail (apart from food) has slowed to a standstill. Socialism Today editor Lynn Walsh looks at the effects of Con-Dem cuts on the UK economy.

14 September 2011

spotAs Murdochgate scandal goes on - release Tommy Sheridan!

News International Newspapers Ltd, photo by Paul Mattsson

News International Newspapers Ltd, photo by Paul Mattsson

What do you give a billionaire media mogul whose company is mired in scandal, illegality and corruption? Why, a 47% pay rise, that's what

14 September 2011

spotHands off our pensions!

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 201, photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration to lobby the TUC 11 September 201, photo Paul Mattsson

For a one-day public sector strike: Enough is enough; the government's cuts programme is an unfolding disaster for working people and the middle classes, writes John McInally, national vice-president PCS, personal capacity.

14 September 2011

spotBristol: Labour's short-lived valour

In May Bristol's ruling Liberal Democrats announced their intention to privatise the council's home care service, writes Robin Clapp.

15 September 2011

spotProtesting construction workers call for national strike ballot

Another protest against the attacks on national agreements in the electrical and mechanical construction sector took place on Wednesday 14 September at the Olympic site in East London

15 September 2011

spotYouth workers' strike and lobby in Witney, Oxfordshire

Youth workers' strike, Witney, 9.9.11, John Gilman

Even in the heart of his supposedly leafy constituency, "Disco Dave" is unable to escape the outcry caused by his government's policies

15 September 2011

spotActivist: Paper of Socialist Party members in Usdaw

This weekend I received the latest issue of Arena, the USDAW membership magazine. The editorial by the General Secretary, John Hannett, discusses the impact of the recent riots on shop workers.

16 September 2011

spotExpelled from Unison for effective anti-cuts leadership

Onay Kasab addresses 200 trade unionists, community campaigners and service users marched in Greenwich borough, south London, against the local council's brutal cuts package, photo Lorraine Dardis

Onay Kasab addresses 200 trade unionists, community campaigners and service users marched in Greenwich borough, south London, against the local council's brutal cuts package, photo Lorraine Dardis

"The appeals committee unanimously rejected your appeal". These were the words that ended my over 20 years of membership of Unison

16 September 2011

spotPCS strike threat wins increased pay for Fujitsu IT workers

A major pay deal which means an 11% increase for the lowest paid has been agreed for private sector IT staff on government contracts after the threat of strike action by the Public and Commercial Services union...

16 September 2011

spotKazakhstan socialists under threat of imminent arrest

Two leading socialists in Kazakhstan, CWI members Ainur Kurmanov and Esenbek Ukteshbayev, as well as other leaders of the Socialist Movement Kazakhstan (formerly 'Kazakhstan 2012'), face the threat of imminent arrest and imprisonment

16 September 2011

spotRemploy workers "will not go gently" - or at all!

Remploy workers rally against closure threat (Sept 2007), photo Chris Moore

Remploy workers won't be bullied by the 'millionaires club' in the government into giving up the fight to save supported employment in the UK, writes Les Woodward

18 September 2011

spotProtest at Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham

Assemble 11am at Granville street (junction with Tennant street, Birmingham to move off at 12 noon. A post march rally will be held opposite Millennium point, writes Organised by the TUC.

21 September 2011

spotMirror's Kevin Maguire wishes luck to Jarrow marchers

In today's Daily Mirror, Kevin Maguire's section includes the following piece that wishes the "best of luck" to the Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow marchers...

21 September 2011

spotPrinters in Basingstoke defy bullying management

Printworkers at Wyndeham Impact are now in their twentieth week of industrial action, writes Gavin Marsh, Southampton Socialist Party.

21 September 2011

spotProtest at Lib Dem conference

On Sunday 18 September around 800 protesters gathered in Birmingham to 'welcome' the Liberal Democrats for their annual conference, writes Tom Creek, Birmingham Socialist Party.

21 September 2011

spotWales mine deaths: Privatisation comes under the spotlight

The tragic deaths of four coalminers at the Gleision Colliery in the Swansea Valley, South Wales, has inevitably raised the issue of safety in the mining industry...

21 September 2011

spotPrivate rail companies - a licence to print money

Tory transport secretary Philip Hammond recently described Britain's railways as a "rich man's toy"...

21 September 2011

spotFast news

Breadline USA: 'The rich get richer, the poor get poorer'; is perhaps an overused cliché, but, nevertheless, a phrase that accurately describes social conditions in the USA today...

21 September 2011

spotJobs, homes and services, not racism

On Saturday 3 September, Youth Fight For Jobs participated in the counter-demonstration against the English Defence League's (EDL) plan to intimidate the community of Tower Hamlets, writes Matt Gordon, Bristol.

21 September 2011

spotUniversity - pay more, receive less

I was pained to learn that I would be saddled with £20,000 worth of debt when I leave university, when previous generations had been able to study effectively for free, writes Alex Wortley, Bristol.

21 September 2011

spotYouth protest movement grows in Israel

On Saturday 3 September 430,000 Israeli youth and workers marched through the major cities of Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, as part of an ongoing youth-led protest and 'tent city' movement, writes William Andrews.

21 September 2011

spotPoplar 1921: 'Better to break the law than break the poor'

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the struggle of councillors in Poplar, east London, against government cuts, writes Pete Dickenson.

21 September 2011

spotSouthampton council workers vote for more action

Southampton on 13 June, photo Paul Mattsson

Southampton on 13 June, photo Paul Mattsson

"The bin workers have led the way, it's time we did some of it!", was the conclusion of the 100 care workers who turned out to discuss the dispute over pay cuts and job losses at Southampton city council, writes Nick Chaffey.

21 September 2011

spotWorkplace news In Brief

Fujitsu strike: Unite members working at the Fujitsu IT company sites in Manchester, Salford and Crewe struck for 24 hours on 19 September against the company's breaking of agreements on pensions, pay and redeployment...

21 September 2011

spotWe won't pay for the bankers' crisis!

On the National Shop Stewards Network lobby of TUC congress, 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

On the National Shop Stewards Network lobby of TUC congress, 11 September 2011, photo Sujeeth

Strike back on 30 November: Once again recklessness is bringing the banks into even further disrepute. UBS bank has 'lost' $2.3 billion due to the antics of 'unauthorised' trader Kweku Adoboli, writes Tony Mulhearn, Liverpool Socialist Party.

21 September 2011

spotWest London Socialist Party: The Middle East

Come to this meeting to discuss how the working class, youth and the poor in the Middle East can take the mass movements forward, writes West London Trades Union Club, Acton High Street, London W3 6ND.

21 September 2011

spotKazakhstan: Dictatorial regime threatens socialist activists

Opposition in Kazakhstan

Opposition in Kazakhstan

"Kurmanov to be jailed?" is the headline emblazoned on the front page of Vzglyad, a business newspaper in Kazakhstan

21 September 2011

spotFloods devastate Sindh: Crisis worsens, hundreds killed

Floods in Sindh, Pakistan, have killed more than 500 people, destroyed or damaged 1.5 million houses and swamped five million acres since late last month

21 September 2011

spotBus workers force management climb-down

During August, National Express West Midlands (NXWM) bosses informed drivers at its nine garages that practically all local agreements would be torn up from 25 September

21 September 2011

spotRecognition won back - at a price

Unison has won back recognition by Plymouth city council but only after agreeing to a cuts package which inflicts devastating losses on some workers.

21 September 2011

spotProtesting electricians enter Farringdon site

Electricians invade the Farringdon construction site, 21.9.11, photo Neil Cafferky

As part of the ongoing demonstrations by construction workers, hundreds of electricians invaded the Farringdon CrossRail site in London. NB: Manchester & Tyneside reports added on 22.9.11

21 September 2011

spotGloucestershire: Rage ignites against NHS privatisation

NHS: Big Business wants a US-style private health care system, photo by Paul Mattsson

NHS: Big Business wants a US-style private health care system, photo by Paul Mattsson

Fury is exploding in Gloucestershire as anti-cuts groups are campaigning to stop the transfer of 4,000 NHS staff out of the NHS

21 September 2011

spot2011 Labour Party conference - a debate: Can Labour be reclaimed?

Labour councillors' conference lobbied by hundreds of angry trade unionists, photo Suzanne Beishon

Labour councillors' conference lobbied by hundreds of angry trade unionists, photo Suzanne Beishon

The Socialist reproduces correspondence between one of its readers, Tim Hayward, and Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, on the nature of the Labour Party today and how socialist ideas can be advanced

21 September 2011

spotDon't let the Con-Dems steal our future!

Not to Cuts: for a 24 hour general strike now! - Socilaist Party and Youth Fight for Jobs on demo, photo Paul Mattsson

Not to Cuts: for a 24 hour general strike now! - Socilaist Party and Youth Fight for Jobs on demo, photo Paul Mattsson

Support the Jarrow march: You're damned if you do and damned if you don't! Whether you go the long way round through university, piling up the debt, or are forced to take the fast track to the dole queue

21 September 2011

spot30 November - the fight of all our lives

On the National Shop Stewards Network lobby of TUC congress, 11 September 2011, photo by Sujeeth

Lobby of TUC, photo Sujeeth

The Financial Times, by replicating the model of government borrowing used by the Office for Budget Responsibility, suggests the structural deficit in 2011-12 is £12 billion higher than thought, a rise of 25%

21 September 2011

spotSave Devon youth service: "time for young people to stand up"

An interview with Christi Kelly, organiser of 'Help Save Devon Youth Service'

21 September 2011

spot12th hour reprieve for Dale Farm

Dale Farm Travellers, photo Paul Mattsson

The tense stand-off between bailiffs and Dale Farm Travellers and their supporters gave way to jubilation as the High Court granted an injunction

22 September 2011

spotAxe-man Swinney does Con-Dems' dirty work

New article on Socialist Party Scotland website on yesterday's budget cuts by the Scottish National Party (SNP)

26 September 2011

spotSunday Mirror publicises next month's Jarrow March

The Sunday Mirror on 25th September carried a feature on the Jarrow March that is starting on Saturday 1st October, organised by Youth Fight for Jobs

26 September 2011

spotStroud demo against private sharks killing the NHS

Demo against NHS privatisation, Stroud, 24.9.11, Chris Lamb

500 people marched against plans by NHS Gloucestershire to transfer 4,000 staff, 9 hospitals and many services to a Social Enterprise Trust or Community Interest Company

26 September 2011

spotStop council imposing £2,500 charge for the Jarrow March

South Tyneside council wants to charge young, unemployed people £2,500 to re-enact the Jarrow March 75 years on...

27 September 2011

spotMEP to join Jarrow march against unemployment

Paul Murphy (Socialist Party MEP for Dublin) will be joining the Jarrow march for jobs for its final leg going into London at the end of its 330 mile journey from South Tyneside

28 September 2011

spotPro-business Labour offers crumbs and promises cuts

Urgent: Build a new mass workers' party: Across Britain public sector trade unionists are preparing to go on strike on 30 November, in the biggest day of strike action since 1926...

28 September 2011

spotMy impressions of the Work Programme

A year of countless hopeful, un-replied-to applications and a few disappointing interviews. My sense of dread in the jobcentre was even greater than usual with the prospect of the Work Programme...

28 September 2011

spotWhy are you marching?

Today we are facing the same questions concerning jobs and living standards as they did 75 years ago, writes Dylan Hussey, college student, Hertfordshire.

28 September 2011

spotWhy are you supporting the march?

Three-quarters of a century on, the young people recreating this famous march are sending an important message that our communities must never again be abandoned to pay for an economic crisis they did not cause, writes Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS civil servants union.

28 September 2011

spotPFI schemes - a national scandal

March to save the NHS 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

March to save the NHS 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Stop the health service cutbacks!: Tory health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has said that 60 hospitals in 22 National Health Service (NHS) Trusts are facing severe financial difficulties and are making cutbacks because of rip-off payments owed under Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts...

28 September 2011

spotDale Farm - call off the evictions of residents

Basildon council's attempts to evict 86 Traveller families from Dale Farm have been thrown into confusion by decisions of the high court, writes Dave Murray, Basildon.

28 September 2011

spotNews in brief

BAE jobs massacre: BAE Systems has announced that it intends to axe 3,000 manufacturing jobs in the UK. The main brunt of the job losses will hit plants in Brough, East Yorkshire, and at Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire...

28 September 2011

spotScotland: SNP do the Con-Dems' dirty work

The Scottish National Party (SNP)-led Scottish government announced a range of savage cuts in their recent spending review statement...

28 September 2011

spotAs debt crisis deepens... Greek workers and youth in revolt

Xekinhma, Greek section of CWI, on massive general strike in Greece on 15 June 2011, photo Stephan Kimmerle

Xekinhma, Greek section of CWI, on massive general strike in Greece on 15 June 2011, photo Stephan Kimmerle

Greece has recently experienced a barrage of strikes by different sections of the working class - involving transport workers, teachers, some council workers, taxi drivers, mental health workers and others - against the Pasok government's latest austerity measures...

28 September 2011

spotConstruction workers strike to defend agreements

Construction workers protest at the Tyne tunnel site in North Tyneside, photo Elaine Brunskill

Construction workers protest at the Tyne tunnel site in North Tyneside, photo Elaine Brunskill

On 26 September around 400 electricians from the West Burton power station site in Nottinghamshire walked out on strike for the day, writes Alistair Tice.

28 September 2011

spotWorkplace news in brief

Hold tight!: Transport union RMT has protested at plans to train 60 volunteer drivers to drive rural buses on the Isle of Wight...

28 September 2011

spot1911 - Bermondsey women's uprising

Women workers striking against povety wages at Pink's in Bermondsey in 1911, photo by TUC library collections

Women workers striking against povety wages at Pink's in Bermondsey in 1911, photo by TUC library collections

A century ago, women in the trade unions numbered only a few thousand. Many working class women worked in the most appalling conditions in sweatshops and were outside the trade unions' ranks...

28 September 2011

spotMetal thefts - The hidden crime of capitalism

16-year old Ryan Woolams was electrocuted this July trying to steal copper cable from the disused Skelton Grange power station in Leeds, writes Paul Gerrard.

28 September 2011

spotSocialism 2011: A weekend of discussion and debate

Capitalism in crisis: fight for socialism: In August 2009, Christine Lagarde, ex-French finance minister, and now head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), predicted "a definitive exit from the crisis in the middle of 2010." Now the IMF, which has been instrumental in conducting the austerity war against the poor, is forced to relucta, writes Cédric Gérôme.

28 September 2011

spotFight fees and cuts - join Socialist Students!

Lincoln: Lincoln University Socialist Students gained hundreds of signatures on the 'No to £9k' petition during freshers week, with lots of people interested in joining the society...

28 September 2011

spotStop coastguard cuts!

As part of the Con-Dem coalition's 'austerity' programme under the guise of 'modernisation', Brixham Coastguard Station - along with eight others - faces closure, writes Sean Brogan, Exeter Socialist Party.

28 September 2011

spotGreenwich Unite takes fight to cuts councillors

Unite union members from across Greenwich took the fight against the cuts to the south London borough's council, writes Onay Kasab.

28 September 2011

spotJoin the Jarrow marchers on their 330 mile journey!

Rallies and protests are taking place along the route

28 September 2011

spotYouth demand a future in Tottenham

Bankers are the real looters - Hackney - Tottenham demo after the riots, photo Paul Mattsson

Bankers are the real looters - Hackney - Tottenham demo after the riots, photo Paul Mattsson

An interview with a young person in Tottenham on the 'Give Our Kids A Future' demonstration

28 September 2011

spotWhat I spent my EMA on

The college I attended had a well thought out policy: 'In order to save as much money as possible, we will supply the bare minimum in textbooks, paper, pens, computers and transport', writes Jack Walker, Hull.

28 September 2011

spotJarrow march - council puts high price on right to protest

As the final preparations are made for the Jarrow to London March for Jobs, starting on 1 October organisers face a massive threat to the right to protest

28 September 2011

spotStanding up for our pension rights

The Gloucestershire Echo recently ran a feature on the pros and cons of going on strike to defend pensions, Socialist Party member Rob Bishop put the position for the strikes, against the arguments of a local Tory MP

28 September 2011

spot£6,000 uni fees? An offer we can refuse!

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

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

Students starting university this year face many obstacles to getting the most out of their time in higher education

28 September 2011

spotFilm review: Tinker tailor soldier spy

1973: London is drab, faded by economic decline. The optimism of the post-war boom is gone. The world is split into two opposed systems, the capitalist west and the planned economies of the east

28 September 2011

spotMore whacko ideas from Tories

A Times Educational Supplement survey received massive publicity when it showed 49% of parents supporting corporal punishment in schools, writes Derek McMillan.

28 September 2011

spotJarrow marchers win full retreat from council

South Tyneside council has backed down on its demand to the Jarrow march (against umemployment) to pay over £2,500 to exercise the right to demonstrate. The Guardian has carried articles on this two days running

28 September 2011

spotMass strikes can kick out Con-Dems

Strike till we win - No cuts - placard, photo Paul Mattsson

Get ready for 30 November: On 30 November, two to three million public sector workers will be on strike to defend their pensions. More workers will be out than on the first day of the 1926 general strike, writes Rob Williams, chair, National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN).

28 September 2011

spotWorld economy in meltdown - we won't pay for capitalist crisis

Photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

In a recent address to the Canadian parliament, David Cameron bluntly said: "Growth in Europe is stalled. Growth in America has stalled. The effects of the Japanese earthquake, high oil and food prices have created a drag on growth. We're not quite staring down the barrel, but the pattern is clear".

28 September 2011

spotSalford says: Save Lancaster House!

Salford City Council intends to withdraw funding for Lancaster House - a training and resettlement centre which provides temporary accommodation for 38 single men - on 30 September 2011

28 September 2011

spotConstruction electricians invade Kings Cross station

Construction workers protest at the Tyne tunnel site in North Tyneside, photo Elaine Brunskill

Hundreds of construction workers held an impromptu protest and rally on the main concourse at Kings Cross train station this morning

29 September 2011

spotLabour Party conference - No way forward given by 'reclaim Labour' speakers

‘Vote for us and nothing will change’! was the message of Labour's Ed Balls to the working class desperate for leadership. Two Socialist Party members report on the LRC fringe meeting and on watching the conference on TV

29 September 2011

spotPCS gives formal backing for strike on 30 November

Formal backing for more than a quarter of a million civil and public servants to join a public sector-wide strike on 30 November has put the Public and Commercial Services union on a "war footing"...

29 September 2011

spotThe battle for Dale Farm and Travellers' rights

Protesting against Dale Farm evictions, photo Paul Mattsson

The attempt by the local council to forcibly evict Travellers from their land at Dale Farm in Essex has highlighted the issue of Gypsies' and Travellers' rights in the UK

30 September 2011

spotCable Street 1936 - Workers drove back the fascists

The events known as the Battle of Cable Street are presently being commemorated, to mark their 75th anniversary

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