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2 September 2013

spotMiliband expected to promise repeal of bedroom tax

As reported in the Sunday People, Ed Miliband is expected to announce that a Labour government would repeal the bedroom tax

3 September 2013

spotBlacklist beaten - Frank Morris reinstated on Crossrail

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Blacklisted Unite shop steward Frank Morris is returning to work on the Crossrail project. This is a massive victory, not just for Unite but the whole of the trade union movement

3 September 2013

spotSyria: Cameron defeated; Now defeat Tory cuts!

London Firefighters demonstrate against the closure of Bow firestation, photo Naomi Byron

"I get it." Through gritted teeth Tory Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged an historic defeat. MPs had just voted by a margin of 13 to oppose British participation in a military intervention in Syria

4 September 2013

spotLondon protest against attack on Syria

People broke into spontaneous applause as anti-war protesters marched into Trafalgar Square on Saturday, writes Paula Mitchell.

4 September 2013

spotBristol TUSC - we're fighting the cuts

Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSC) aims to stand anti-cuts campaigners in every ward in Bristol to give a voice to ordinary people

4 September 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Firefighters' strike vote: Firefighters have voted overwhelmingly to strike over government attacks on their pension scheme. 78% of FBU members balloted have voted for national strike action

4 September 2013

spotBuild partnership in action against austerity

The TUC Congress of 2012 agreed to look seriously at the feasibility of the organisation of a one-day general strike, so Merseyside TUC started work mobilising and organising both within Merseyside and speaking out to our sister county TUCs across the North West, writes Alec McFadden, NW TUC JCC Rep.

4 September 2013

spotHelp fund the anti-austerity fightback!

As Spanish youth ask: 'Where's our Bale-out?': The sports pages have been full of the news of the transfer of footballer Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for 85 million and that he is set to earn 250,000 a week there, an obscene amount - especially given there is 50% unemployment in Spain among young people, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

4 September 2013

spotBurston strike school celebrated

Every year hundreds of trade unionists and socialists commemorate the longest strike in history at the Burston Strike School Rally

4 September 2013

spotDon't fall for the shares-for-rights scam

The Con-Dems' shares-for-rights scheme came into effect on 1 September. The TUC is warning that as well as taking away basic employment rights, the scheme could cost taxpayers 1 billion, writes Ronnie Job.

4 September 2013

spotThem & Us

Falling wages: A new report for the Resolution Foundation has found that a growing number of people getting their first job, and particularly women, quickly get stuck in part-time, low-paying roles

4 September 2013

spotSocialism 2013

A weekend of discussion and debate
London 2-3 November 2013

4 September 2013

spot1993: BNP racists forced off Brick Lane

Tower Hamlets school students striking on 9 March 1994 against racist attacks, photo by Andy walker

Tower Hamlets school students striking on 9 March 1994 against racist attacks, photo by Andy walker

Twenty years ago, on Sunday 19 September 1993, 1,000 people gathered on Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets, east London, to stop the racist, far-right British National Party (BNP) from having its regular paper sale.

4 September 2013

spotTV review - MLK: The Assassination Tapes

MLK: The Assassination Tapes - Film about Martin Luther King's assassination shown on BBC Four

MLK: The Assassination Tapes - Film about Martin Luther King's assassination shown on BBC Four

There's been no shortage of material in the mass media commemorating US black civil rights leader Martin Luther King's (MLK) landmark 1963 'I have a dream' speech in Washington

4 September 2013

spotAppeal for TUSC candidates - as GMB cuts funding to Labour

Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party regional secretary said: "The funding cut shows that union members and ordinary working class people have no confidence in the Labour Party"

4 September 2013

spotWhen the world economic crisis makes landfall in S Asia

Until recently, the 'emerging' economies of the BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - were growing at a steady rate, writes Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

4 September 2013

spotPolice spies and the workers' movement

Protest outside Scotland Yard, 9.7.13, photo N Caffferky

Protest outside Scotland Yard, 9.7.13, photo N Caffferky

Hannah Sell examines the role and the background to police spy Peter Francis as revealed in the book Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police.

4 September 2013

spotLift the ban on campaign stalls in Newham

Newham council has effectively banned community activists from publicly campaigning against punitive attacks

4 September 2013

spotNHS: action to improve care

Whipps Cross is mired in crisis. Following a merger with three other hospital trusts, it is run by the Barts Health NHS Trust, which is crippled by PFI debts

4 September 2013

spotUnited strike action against the Con-Dems

The NSSN called on the TUC Congress to use the TUC demo on 20 October 2012 as a springboard for a 24-hour general strike, photo  Socialist Party

Outside TUC congress 2012

Twelve months ago TUC Congress overwhelmingly passed the prison officers' union POA motion, calling on the TUC to consider "the practicalities of a general strike" to oppose the crushing Con-Dem austerity offensive.
Lobby the TUC, Sunday 8 September, Bournemouth

5 September 2013

spotCouncil workers' fury at large pay increases for senior managers

Unison, GMB and Unite have challenged proposals being considered by full council on 9th September to implement a new pay and grading structure for senior managers

5 September 2013

spotUplands junior school strikes again

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Support staff at an inner city school took strike action on 4 September against plans to halve the number of teaching assistants

5 September 2013

spotPOA members hold meeting outside HMP Leeds

POA members at HMP Leeds held a gate meeting this morning to discuss yesterday's announcement that four prisons will close

5 September 2013

spotTunisia - Freedom of speech attacked

Two young Tunisian militant rappers have recently been condemned to heavy prison sentences for having produced and performed rap songs criticising the police and the corruption, nepotism and violence rooted within it

6 September 2013

spotMerseyside People's Assembly - A lost opportunity

At the Adelphi hotel: An anti-austerity attendance of 800-plus. An atmosphere of expectation for a fighting programme of action to defeat the Con-Dems...

9 September 2013

spotCampaign to save facilities for disabled children in Salford

Thirty people joined a protest against Salford council's disgraceful proposals to send disabled children, who currently attend the Grange centre, to an adult facility, writes Paul Gerrard.

9 September 2013

spotBFAWU strike action at Hovis Wigan

Strike action has brought about the end of zero hour contracts at Hovis

9 September 2013

spotPCS president calls for mass joint strikes

Mass coordinated strike action is needed to stop the government's cuts to living standards and jobs and to defeat austerity, the Public and Commercial Services union said at the TUC congress today (9th September)

10 September 2013

spotNSSN rally calls for mass action to stop the cuts

NSSN lobby of TUC, 8.9.13, photo Alison Hill

The hundreds of trade union activists who attended the NSSN rally and lobby of the TUC on Sunday will have left certain that the boiling anger at the tsunami of austerity is pointing towards an autumn of important battles.
Along with this is an ever-growing call for the TUC to name the date for a 24-hour general strike.

10 September 2013

spotLarge counter-demo against racist EDL

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

Several thousand anti-racists turned out on Saturday afternoon to prevent the EDL from marching to the East London Mosque in Tower Hamlets

10 September 2013

spotMiliband's speech offers nothing different

Ed Miliband has proven time and again that he does not want the Labour Party to represent organised workers within the trade union movement - and his policies don't represent the interests of workers

11 September 2013

spotSave our NHS!

Kick out the corporate vultures: In 2004 Tory cabinet minister Oliver Letwin boasted that "the NHS will not exist" within five years of a Conservative victory, writes Chris Moore, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

11 September 2013

spotThe government's Alice in Wongaland recovery

Following a series of improved economic data and forecasts over summer, Tory Chancellor George Osborne announced on 9 September that Britain's economy was "turning the corner", writes Alistair Tice.

11 September 2013

spotBolton victory shows we can beat the bedroom tax

Last month the Bolton at Home housing association became the first in the country to introduce a policy of "no homelessness" for tenants in arrears because of the bedroom tax

11 September 2013

spotZero faith in Labour on zero-hours

New research by Unite the Union has found that as many as 5.5 million workers could be on zero-hour contracts, writes Helen Pattison, East London Socialist Party.

11 September 2013

spotTheir homes ... & Ours

27% of parents with children aged 21 to 40 still have at least one adult child living at home, according to research by the National Housing Federation (NHF).

11 September 2013

spotTV review: Failed by the privatising NHS

A recent BBC documentary "Failed by the NHS" shows the inability of the NHS and the government to help young people suffering from mental illness, writes Josh Asker , Southampton Socialist Party.

11 September 2013

spotBook review: Capital - in Manga!

'Capital - in Manga!' is a Japanese style illustrated story about a cheese-maker, Robin, who sets up a factory with a loan from a financial speculator, writes Tanis Belsham-Wray.

11 September 2013

spotTUC congress dominated by questions of joint action and links to Labour Party

"Your policies seem contradictory and they're confusing people. Can we get a clear answer: are you for or against austerity?" This question put by PCS president Janice Godrich to Labour leader Ed Miliband

11 September 2013

spotTeaching unions prepare for campaign of autumn strikes

Martin Powell-Davies addresses the NSSN lobby of TUC congress 2013, photo by  Socialist Party

Martin Powell-Davies addresses the NSSN lobby of TUC congress 2013, photo by Socialist Party

Teaching unions NUT and NASUWT have confirmed the dates of regional strike action. On Tuesday 1 October there will be strike action in the Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside

11 September 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Blacklisting: The TUC has called a day of action against blacklisting on 20 November. They are planning a lobby of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly as well as a number of other protests

11 September 2013

spotLet's organise an autumn of action against austerity

NSSN lobby of TUC congress September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

NSSN lobby of TUC congress September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

In the last 12 months the destruction of the NHS, the proposed privatisation of Royal Mail, the disappearance of vital council services in whole swathes of the country, together with the scandals of blacklisting and zero-hour contracts, have contributed to a seething anger which is reflected even in the TUC

11 September 2013

spotChile 1973: The other '9/11'

Chile 1973 - Never Again! Cartoon by Alan Hardman

Chile 1973 - Never Again! Cartoon by Alan Hardman

The bloody coup against the Popular Unity government - lessons for workers' struggles today: In Chile on 11 September 1973 a bloody coup, led by general Pinochet and backed by the US administration, overthrew Allende's government

11 September 2013

spotArt review: The vanity of small differences

It is rare today for an artist's work to address the existence of class. The self-appointed arbiters of culture tell us that class is outdated and irrelevant save for the occasional, fearful, pause to shout 'chav' at working class youth

11 September 2013

spotHousing workers strike again

Candy from One Housing speaking at the NSSN lobby of TUC, 8.9.13, photo Paul Mattsson

Candy from One Housing speaking at the NSSN lobby of TUC, 8.9.13, photo Paul Mattsson

One Housing Group (OHG) workers blowing vuvuzelas and whistles and waving Unite flags and placards made sure that no-one in Chalk Farm, north London, was unaware of their latest five day strike

11 September 2013

spotObama's drums of war fail to win support for Syria strike

As the G20 summit in Russia ended, the capitalist powers internationally were divided into two opposing camps on whether to launch a military attack on Syria

11 September 2013

spotYorkshire Ambulance: The battle against union derecognition

Around 40 Unite members and supporters protested outside Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) headquarters near Wakefield on 3 September

11 September 2013

spotTV review: Vietnam's 'children of Agent Orange'

Agent Orange in Vietnam: chemical weapons used by USA have now caused 150,000 childbirth defects according to the Vietnamese Red Cross, photo BBC i-player screen shot

Agent Orange in Vietnam: chemical weapons used by USA have now caused 150,000 childbirth defects according to the Vietnamese Red Cross, photo BBC i-player screen shot

The deadly chemical Dioxin was 40 years ago dropped from airplanes by US troops over the countryside of Vietnam

11 September 2013

spotReinvigorate the student movement: Protest, occupy, strike for our education

National Demo against Sussex University Privatisation, photo Serena Chung

National Demo against Sussex University Privatisation, photo Serena Chung

This autumn's new students will be the second batch forced to pay the Con-Dems' extortionate 9,000 a year price tag for university education, writes Ian Pattison , Socialist Students national chair.

11 September 2013

spotDisaffiliate from pro-capitalist Labour

Janice Godrich, President of PCS. addresses NSSN lobby of TUC congress 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

Janice Godrich, photo Paul Mattsson

In a speech at the 2013 congress of the TUC, PCS president Janice Godrich set out the reality of Austerity Britain: 13 million people live in poverty, up by a million since the Coalition came to power; 1.8 million families are on housing waiting lists; half a million people are now reliant on food banks

13 September 2013

spotYFJ continues fight against zero-hour contracts at Sports Direct

Activists in Youth Fight for Jobs pledge to continue their fight against zero-hour contracts after news that Sports Direct joins the FTSE 100

13 September 2013

spotProtest against police brutality in Turkey

Once again police violence results in another death. Police attacked protesters gathered in Hatay-Armutlu who were demonstrating

16 September 2013

spotBus strike against pay freeze

Warrrington bus drivers on strike, September 2013, photo .

Warrrington bus drivers on strike, September 2013, photo .

Bus drivers at Network Warrington are staging a number of one-day strikes against a pay freeze and also a lack of investment which they fear is setting the company up to fail

16 September 2013

spotTrain cleaners fight for a living wage

ISS cleaners on the East Coast  mainline on strike, Kings Cross, 16.9.13, photo Chris Newby

Transport cleaners working for cheapskate contractors ISS on the East Coast mainline are taking further strike action today and forced ITN to take note of their dispute

16 September 2013

spotWarrington town hall unions lobby councillors

About 100 members of GMB, Unison and Unite lobbied the full council meeting at Warrington town hall on Monday evening

16 September 2013

spotUN condemns bedroom tax

The verdict from UN official Raquel Ronick confirms what socialists and anti-bedroom tax campaigners have said all along

17 September 2013

spotGlasgow council workers walkout

Around 60 Glasgow City Council staff, Unison members employed as part of the Social Work Homeless Team, have agreed to walk out on unofficial action tomorrow

17 September 2013

spotLively demo against cuts at Whipps Cross hospital

A stream of nurses, domestics, porters, doctors, technicians, paraded back and forth over the zebra crossing outside the hospital

17 September 2013

spotFirefighters: 4-hour strike on 25th Sept

Firefighters in England and Wales will go on strike for four hours on 25 September against an attack on their pensions

18 September 2013

spotLeicester council feels the pressure

There's been a small victory for Leicestershire Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation and the Unite Community trade union, writes Steve Score.

18 September 2013

spotLock up the tax evaders

The director of public prosecutions, Kier Starmer QC, has announced that you could now be locked up for ten years for benefit fraud

18 September 2013

spotOverwhelming opposition stuns Hull council

Hull city council workers have rejected the worsening of terms and conditions

18 September 2013

spotTUSC campaigners look to shake Fleetwood

Ray Smith is the prospective candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the forthcoming Fleetwood town council byelection in Rossall Ward, writes Jane Hersey.

18 September 2013

spotOne week left to smash fighting fund target!

The news that MPs are claiming more expenses than they did in 2009 when they were last caught fiddling them will sicken ordinary people who are bearing the brunt of the Con-Dem cuts, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

18 September 2013

spotMPs still have their snouts in the trough

MPs still have their snouts in the trough - cartoon by Alan Hardman

MPs still have their snouts in the trough - cartoon by Alan Hardman

The results are in! MPs' expenses for last year have been published, and it's time for the Socialist to dish out the honours, writes James Ivens.

18 September 2013

spotHillsborough: even more cover-ups revealed

Militant newspaper 21 April 1989 issue 941, on the Hillsborough disaster

Militant newspaper 21 April 1989 issue 941, on the Hillsborough disaster

Twenty four years on from the Hillsborough Disaster there have been yet more revelations about the apparently limitless mendacity of the South Yorkshire Police, writes Matt Gordon.

18 September 2013

spotAnger at zero-hour contracts in universities

Student occupation continues at Sussex 13-3-13, photo Brighton and Hove Socialist Party

Student occupation continues at Sussex 13-3-13, photo Brighton and Hove Socialist Party

Rent-a-prof?: Sports Direct, McDonalds, Wetherspoons, Cineworld and... Britain's universities. Many people were no doubt shocked to hear that the use of zero-hour contracts is endemic not just among employers in retail

18 September 2013

spotCommonwealth governments' meeting: Protest against despot Rajapaksa

Tamil Solidarity is at the forefront of protests against this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, in November, writes Keerthikan Thennavan, Tamil Solidarity joint national secretary.

18 September 2013

spotOppositionists condemn murderous Iran regime

In the 25 years since the revolution against the Shah thousands of political prisoners have been massacred by the Islamic Republic of Iran

18 September 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Glasgow Unison walkout: Council workers in Glasgow walked out on 13 September after a social worker was suspended in a row over workloads. The action continued by members of the Homeless Team on 17 September

18 September 2013

spotBan this trade in death

Protest against the Israeli government's attacks on Gaza 24 November 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Protest against the Israeli government's attacks on Gaza 24 November 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Recently, Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) held its biennial arms fair event at the Excel arena in Newham, east London

18 September 2013

spotLabour backs austerity...

A Trade Union Congress (TUC) press release after Miliband's speech to Labour conference shows how ties with the Labour Party hold back trade union struggle.

18 September 2013

spotA UN attack we agree with

Leeds anti-bedroom tax demonstration 21 April 2013 , photo Mid Shelley

Leeds anti-bedroom tax demonstration 21 April 2013 , photo Mid Shelley

We went to an anti-bedroom tax meeting in Manchester. The UN officer was there to see how the bedroom tax is affecting people.

18 September 2013

spotWhat they really think

When they let their guard down, politicians can reveal their true colours...

18 September 2013

spotWolverhampton councillors slash jobs

Wolverhampton council has announced it is seeking 1,000 voluntary redundancies, and if they were not forthcoming it would be making them compulsory

18 September 2013

spotThe Socialist: Swansea achieves subscription goal

As part of the 'year of the paper', Swansea Socialist Party was determined to meet its target for subscriptions

18 September 2013

spotBritain: a seething cauldron of class anger

TUC demo 26 March 2011 - for a 24 hour General Strike now, photo Senan

TUC demo 26 March 2011 - for a 24 hour General Strike now, photo Senan

The historic defeat of Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to bomb Syria was only the latest in a long list of crises, but Labour is failing spectacularly to forge ahead in the polls.

18 September 2013

spotSecond seven-day strike at Hovis

Hundreds of bakers in Wigan are mounting a second seven-day strike against casualisation [updated 18/9/13]

18 September 2013

spotScotland: Bedroom tax close to death

Bedroom tax non-payment levels are soaring in Scotland, with 25 million likely to be unpaid this year

18 September 2013

spotKazakhstan: Jailed activist awarded human rights prize

Imprisoned human rights lawyer, Vadim Kuramshim, has been awarded the 2013 Ludovic-Trarieux Human Rights Prize, the "oldest and most prestigious award given to a lawyer in the world"

18 September 2013

spotFight Royal Mail sell-off!

CWU official picket armband, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson



Strike against privatisation:

It is no surprise that the Con-Dems are rushing the privatisation of Royal Mail through as quickly as they can. They face overwhelming opposition. A Royal Mail worker writes.

18 September 2013

spotStop NHS cutbacks

Lively demo against cuts Whipps Cross Hospital 16 September 2013, photo by Paul Mattsson

David Cameron's 2010 election slogan was: "I'll cut the deficit not the NHS". Unfortunately for us, since he became prime minister of the Tory-led coalition, the National Health Service has been savaged.

18 September 2013

spotRoyal Mail: Con-Dems and 'the mafia'

The following letter from Tony Mulhearn, Socialist Party member and Liverpool 47, was published in the Liverpool Echo

18 September 2013

spotStrikes force One Housing Group into talks

Following action by Unite members, OHG has agreed to refer the dispute to Acas

19 September 2013

spotStop privatisation of Probation Service

On 19 September Chris Grayling put the Probation Service up for sale in the European Journal. The trade union Napo called widespread lunchtime protests.

20 September 2013

spotHovis strike - BFAWU press release

With the second week of strikes at the Hovis bakery in Wigan coming to an end, the company have informed the BFAWU that they have no intention of settling the dispute

20 September 2013

spotThe Causes of Capitalist Crisis; Reply to Andrew Kliman

This document is on the causes of capitalist crisis, replying to the ideas of Andrew Kliman; written by Peter Taaffe and Lynn Walsh and endorsed by the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party

23 September 2013

spotScotland: 20,000 march for a Yes vote in 2014

Over 20,000 supporters of Scottish independence marched through Edinburgh on 21st September. This significant mobilisation was double the attendance at the same Yes Scotland demonstration in September

24 September 2013

spotHovis - strike leads to settlement

The BFAWU would like to thank Hovis (Premier Foods) for finally sitting down with us in order to find a solution to what was becoming a very bitter dispute over the use of zero hours contracts and agency labour at the Wigan bakery

25 September 2013

spotRotten, wasteful capitalism has to go - the case for a socialist alternative

The pioneer of the NHS in Britain, Aneurin Bevan, drove the bill through parliament to establish what became a treasure of the British people, particularly for the working class and the poor writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

25 September 2013

spotUniversity unions' ballot: Students and staff - unite and fight!

 Socialist Students  plus UCU and Unison activists, Salford university protest, 23.5.13 , photo Salford Socialist Party

Socialist Students plus UCU and Unison activists, Salford university protest, 23.5.13 , photo Salford Socialist Party

After another year of being offered real-terms cuts to pay, university workers represented by UCU, Unison and Unite are balloting for a major national campaign of strike action and industrial action against cuts, against zero-hour contracts and the gender pay gap, and for job security, writes Edmund Schluessel, NUS National Executive & UCU member (personal capacities)

25 September 2013

spotSocialism 2013

While most of us have to struggle just to get by, the pockets of the rich and powerful in Britain are rapidly filling with wealth, writes Lenny Shail.

25 September 2013

spot'Success' for owners - zero for workers

With 200 million profit, a company valued at almost 4 billion, and 90% of staff on zero-hour contracts, many in Britain's ruling class see Sports Direct as a modern success story, writes A zero-hour contract worker.

25 September 2013

spotGreece: Neo-Nazis murder Pavlos Fyssas, a left activist and rapper

On the night of 18 September the municipality of Keratsini, in greater Pireas, was overwhelmed by tens of thousands of anti-fascists, writes Andros Payiatsos, Xekinima (CWI Greece).

25 September 2013

spotObituary - Steve Draper

I am sad to report that long-standing Grimsby Militant and Socialist Party member Steve Draper died on 9 September from a heart attack, writes Alistair Tice.

25 September 2013

spotIndustrial and political battles at Hull city council

It has been a week of twists and turns in the battle to defend terms and conditions for Hull council workers, writes Mick Whale.

25 September 2013

spotStop privatisation of the Probation Service

On 19 September Chris Grayling put the Probation Service up for sale. The trade union Napo called widespread lunchtime protests. Hopefully, industrial action will follow. We need public protection, not

25 September 2013

spotGlasgow Unison strike wins important victory

Three days of strike action by at least 80 Glasgow City council homelessness social workers have resulted in an important victory, writes Philip Stott.

25 September 2013

spotWorkplace news in brief

Grangemouth: As we reported last week, workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland are balloting for strike action over attacks on working conditions and pensions, including the victimisation of a Unite senior steward

25 September 2013

spotAnother crackpot scheme for the NHS

Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's latest plan for the NHS is to send up to 50 'of the best doctors,' nurses and businessmen to the USA to learn how to become top managers, writes Jon Dale.

25 September 2013

spotThem & Us

Lawrence lawyers to close: Tooks Chambers, the civil rights barristers' group set up in 1984 during the miner's strike which has represented Stephen Lawrence's family, is set to close due to the Con-Dems' legal aid cuts

25 September 2013

spotSocialist Students gains new members

At the University of East London (UEL) over 70 people have signed up for Socialist Students. The university's draconian attendance policy was beaten last year through a campaign launched by Socialist

25 September 2013

spotLabour to scrap bedroom tax in 2015 - we demand an amnesty now!

Warrington anti-bedroom tax demo April 2013, photo Kevin Bennett

Warrington anti-bedroom tax demo April 2013, photo Kevin Bennett

Labour's promise to scrap the Con-Dems' bedroom tax will be welcomed, especially by the 600,000 people suffering it, writes Hugh Caffrey.

25 September 2013

spotLabour conference - no socialist policies

What we think: Asked by a member of the public when he would "bring back socialism" Ed Miliband replied: "that is what we are doing, Sir". Unfortunately, it would be impossible to spot socialist policies at this year's Labour conference.

25 September 2013

spotSupport Teachers' fight to defend education

St. Helens NUT teachers on strike, 27 June 2013, photo Tanya Rybko

"We can't afford not to strike": Last term's strike in the North West showed how determined teachers are to defend their pay, pension and working conditions

25 September 2013

spotBakers rise against Hovis: Victory shows zero-hours can be beaten

BFAWU bakers stop Hovis from using agency workers and zero-hour contracts to drive down wages, terms and conditions

25 September 2013

spotGreek teachers show the way forward

Public sector workers have, yet again, demonstrated their determination to resist the Greek government's austerity attacks, as demanded under the bailout conditions of the Troika (International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank)

25 September 2013

spotBook review: Militant Liverpool - A City on the Edge

Between 1983 and 1987 Liverpool's Labour council, then led by socialists, refused to transfer the burden of Tory government cuts, introduced by Margaret Thatcher, onto the backs of Liverpool's working people

26 September 2013

spotSudan: No cuts in gas subsidy!

Solidarity with workers, youth and women protesting against Sudan's hated Al-Bashir regime.

26 September 2013

spotLabour to freeze energy prices - we say nationalise to end fuel poverty

A Labour government would temporarily freeze energy prices, Ed Miliband announced at Labour Party conference, writes Pete Mason.

27 September 2013

spotVictory for workers against anti-union boss at King & Fowler

Metal workers in Liverpool achieve stunning victory after six strikes

29 September 2013

spotFirefighters' four-hour strike - determined and clear that coordinated action needed

Firefighters on strike in Warrington, photo Andy Ford

FBU firefighters strike against Con-Dem attacks on pensions

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