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1 September 2017

spotFawley refinery canteen strikers tell their employer: "pay up"

Women working for caterers Baxter Stanley in the canteen at the Fawley refinery (near Southampton) voted unanimously to strike over their derisory 12p pay rise

1 September 2017

spotMerseyrail strike over safety: Labour mayor and councillors must reverse their decision

Another rock-solid strike marked the first of three more days' action on Merseyrail

1 September 2017

spotRMT fighting for passenger safety, accessibility and security

The government and Northern Rail are trying to impose DOO

5 September 2017

spotHistoric McStrike: if we don't get it, shut it down!

'Historic' is a fitting description of the action organised by the BFAWU

6 September 2017

spotHuddersfield A&E closure goes to judicial review

Anger at the malicious cuts in health care proposed by the CCG which puts the local community at risk, writes Huddersfield HRI campaign.

6 September 2017

spotMagic money tree

It was during a BBC Question Time election special that the public was first informed of the fact that a "magic money tree" did not exist by Theresa May

6 September 2017

spotWarts-and-all account of class war and the struggle for LGBT+ rights

Non-fiction review: Pride: 'Pride' tells the story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). The group struggled alongside miners and their families in south Wales during the 1984-85 strike

6 September 2017

spot'Let the producers of wealth unite - and what can withstand them?'

Non-fiction review: Six for the Tolpuddle Martyrs: Every year thousands of trade unionists descend upon the small village of Tolpuddle in Dorset to commemorate the struggle in 1832 of farm workers to form a union

6 September 2017

spotThree week Argos strike ends

Argos workers, members of Unite the Union, have finished a three week period of strikes over issues around relocation and redundancies

6 September 2017

spotCollege workers ballot for action in Nottingham

Unison and UCU further education union branches at newly merged Nottingham college are in dispute with management over redundancy and reorganisation

6 September 2017

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including landlords and slums, billionaire profits for rail bosses and fare rises for us and student debt.

6 September 2017

spotProblem gambling soars by 33%

Tories and Blairites behind 'light touch' industry regulation: The old adage "there's a sucker born every minute" should be updated to every 20 seconds - after Britain's gambling industry was again revealed to be exploiting vulnerable people in order to increase profits

6 September 2017

spotUN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

Reverse all the cuts now!: A damning UN report has criticised the government's attacks on disabled people in Britain. It states legislation has "failed to recognise living independently and being included in the community as a human right."

6 September 2017

spotBristol's Labour mayor calls anti-austerity march - now stop making cuts!

The Labour mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, has called an 'anti-austerity march & rally' in conjunction with Bristol People's Assembly and Bristol Labour Party on Saturday 9 September

6 September 2017

spotThree thousand attend Burston strike commemoration rally

The annual Burston School strike rally on 3 September drew well over three thousand trade unionists and their supporters

6 September 2017

spotDemonstrators see off far-right in Keighley

"Get out of our town and take your racism with you," was one of the messages hurled by shoppers at the small contingent of English Defence League (EDL) members trying to stage a demonstration in Keighley, Yorkshire

6 September 2017

spotAnti-fracking campaigners' legal fight

Ineos, the largest shale gas exploration company in the UK was granted an interim injunction against anti-fracking protesters on 31 July

6 September 2017

spotStrike together for better pay

NSSN lobby of TUC 10 September: This summer has seen a wave of strikes. Now we need determined coordinated action across the public sector to smash the pay cap and fight for a £10 an hour minimum wage for all

6 September 2017

spotHurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

In the following article Socialist Alternative members (US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) report on the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and the failure of establishment politicians and capitalism to prepare for such increasing extreme weather events

6 September 2017

spotYoung people are searching for an alternative - find it at Socialism 2017

Millennials, loosely defined as those born between the 1980s and early 2000s, are significantly more anxious than the generations before us

6 September 2017

spotHow the Single Market blocks socialist policies

The European Single Market is a major barrier to any incoming socialist or anti-austerity government

6 September 2017

spotBosses' pensions robbery

Pensions are back in the headlines with the news that FTSE 350 companies' pension deficits are equivalent to 70% of their annual profits

6 September 2017

spotTories weak: time for the TUC to act

Trade unions will converge on Brighton this week for this year's annual TUC Congress at the end of a summer which has seen a wave of strikes

6 September 2017

spotSchools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

Schools return this week for a new academic year with the usual mix of emotions but with the prospect of budget cuts lingering in the background

6 September 2017

spotExtreme weather events and global warming

Is global warming worsening events such as the monsoon floods in Northern India and Bangladesh and Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico?

6 September 2017

spotDetermined protest against Chatsworth Ward closure

As marchers assembled outside Mansfield Community Hospital many passing drivers hooted in support

6 September 2017

spotBack the Brum bin strikers!

Birmingham bin strikers, Digbeth

Birmingham's bin workers once again have had to strike to stop job losses and pay cuts, after the Labour council - which has over £100 million in its 'unallocated' useable reserves - reneged on a previously agreed deal

8 September 2017

spotSports Direct's broken promises

Mike Ashley, promised last year "to ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and respect".

8 September 2017

spotUnion victory at the Bank of England

Unite members have won a historic victory at the prestigious Threadneedle Street site

10 September 2017

spotNurses express fury at the holding down of pay

Nurses set on Parliament Square to demand the end of the 1% pay cap

11 September 2017

spotNew leaflet for Socialism 2017

Click here for a four-page leaflet advertising the Socialist Party's Socialism 2017 event taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November

11 September 2017

spotNSSN lobby of the TUC 2017: rank-and-file solidarity to smash the pay cap

The National Shop Stewards Network rally in Brighton on 10 September was the most inspiring yet

11 September 2017

spotBarts strike - 'Up the ante' if necessary

24 days of strike action have brought greedy profiteering company Serco to the table

12 September 2017

spotTUC supports Birmingham bin workers

TUC Congress has today voted unanimously for a Unite emergency motion supporting the Birmingham bin workers and condemning Birmingham council for reneging on the deal agreed at ACAS

12 September 2017

spotTories retreat on pay cap

It's 'pay-back' time! Coordinate the strikes.
The government has caved in. It has agreed to lift the 1% public sector pay cap from next year, reflecting the pressure the Tories are under.

13 September 2017

spotTUC congress 2017: time for action on pay

Workers' anger at the seven-year pay cap was reflected at the annual TUC conference - now set out a coordinated strategy to fight back!

13 September 2017

spotYoung Socialists launched in Greater Manchester

We held a Young Socialists rally on 2 September in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. It was to encourage young people to get more political and to sign up to Young Socialists, writes Seraphina Jones, school student, Salford.

13 September 2017

spot"I've been placed in charge of wards without defibrillators"

40,000 unfilled nursing vacancies: Nurses must vote to strike

13 September 2017

spotRate of black imprisonment worse than US

Fighting racism means fighting capitalism: David Lammy's report highlights the oppression faced by black and Asian people without addressing its key causes

13 September 2017

spotTories 'flouting duty' on poison air, says UN

Public ownership of energy and transport is fundamental if we're to sort this out

13 September 2017

spotBus safety: we won't be distracted from public ownership

Twenty-five deaths and nearly 12,000 injuries have been caused by buses on the capital's streets in just two years

13 September 2017

spotCWU members prepare for industrial action at Royal Mail

After months of unsatisfactory talks, the union leadership has decided to ballot for strikes over the company's attacks

13 September 2017

spotMcStriker addresses Greenwich trade unionists

Staff have suffered years of low pay, bullying and abuse from managers

13 September 2017

spotKick out the Tories, fight for free education!

Students who supported Corbyn have witnessed the chaos and turmoil within the Tory party, and glimpsed the collective blow we could strike

13 September 2017

spotInterview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

Class struggle is understood in such a natural way. We have no choice. If we don't fight there is no future for us.

13 September 2017

spotKorean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

Only international working class opposition can halt aggression: The North Korean regime is a particularly grotesque form of Stalinism influenced by decades of military threat from US imperialism

13 September 2017

spotReadmit the socialists - for a federal Labour Party

The Socialist replies to a letter from a reader in the Labour Party questioning our application to work with Labour as part of an inclusive federation

13 September 2017

spotBoost to Chatsworth NHS campaign

Campaigners fighting to save Chatsworth neuro-rehabilitation ward in Mansfield have growing public support and the backing of Jeremy Corbyn

13 September 2017

spotIntimate insight into a revolutionary icon

Memoir: Che, My Brother: "The world has not become a better place from when Che was alive. It has become worse. We must fight to make things better."

13 September 2017

spotTrotsky's "insightful and frank examination" of revolution out soon

New reprint - Lessons of October: "We met with success in the October revolution, but the October revolution has met with little success in our press."

13 September 2017

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors

13 September 2017

spotNew documentary asks women how their bodies are sexualised and policed

'Tits' is a series of interviews filmed with people discussing body image, personal experiences and their feelings around their top halves

13 September 2017

spotThousands march - mayor needs real anti-cuts strategy

6,000-8,000 people marched in Bristol in an anti-cuts protest

15 September 2017

spotBerlin hospital strike

The nurses, midwives, medical assistants and operating department practitioners of Charité hospital in Berlin have announced a strike starting on Monday 18th September

19 September 2017

spotBin workers vote to continue action following rally

The bin workers have voted overwhelmingly to continue with strike action

19 September 2017

spotDeal concludes Barts health strike - "We have raised our heads high"

Cleaners, porters and catering staff in Barts NHS Trust have voted to accept the offer made by employer Serco

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