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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 July 2013

Fund the fight for a socialist alternative to capitalist austerity

Naomi Byron

The Socialist Party (SP) is asking all its members to consider increasing their membership subs. We need more resources to step up our campaigning work to defeat this vicious government, including the fight for a political voice for working class people.

By contrast, New Labour has suspended or expelled the few honourable Labour councillors who voted against cuts.

Now when Unite, a union with 1.5 million members which has donated 9 million to Labour since 2010, attempts to influence the selection of the Labour Party candidate in Falkirk, leader Ed Miliband has called the police on them!

So far many of the biggest subs increases have been from people who have joined in the last year or two.

Being active in their Socialist Party branch and seeing the campaigns we are part of has helped convince them to increase the sacrifice they make to fund the party.

A member of the Exeter branch of the SP, Luke Pilling, has tripled his subs from 10 to 30 a month: "I decided to increase my subs after a weekend national school organised by the Socialist Party.

"This allowed me to see and meet many individuals who give so much of their time, and I felt I could contribute more to the effort of raising people's consciousness and promoting a socialist world.

"I have a renewed motivation to be active, and plan to help where possible." Luke is a PhD student and on a low income but said "that's only 1 a day".

Many other members have made substantial increases. For example, a shop worker in London has pledged an extra 70 a month.

Three members in the South East are doubling their subs. A young worker in the North East is planning to join the '100 club' - people who pay 100 or more a month in subs - over the summer.

Every penny helps!

Many members have also made smaller increases - from 50p a month upwards, according to their financial circumstances - because they know how crucial every extra penny is in the fight for socialism.

So far these increases, from 50p to 5 a month, have brought in 150 extra; if everybody who can afford even 50p or 1 extra donate this to the SP, we could have hundreds of pounds more to fight for the socialist alternative.

We understand that some members are struggling financially and may not be in a position to increase.

But even if you can't increase your subs at the moment you can still help to increase our finances by recruiting new members and raising fighting fund.

Many of the people who've joined this year have agreed a very good sub right from the beginning, including several at 100 a month.

To discuss increasing your subs or to make a donation call 020 8988 8777. You can also email or use the slip below

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 10 July 2013:

Socialist Party news and analysis

Miliband dances to Tory tune

Unite meets roadblock in New Labour

Stop Gove's school profits plans

Them & Us

Socialist Party workplace news

Strong support for fighting socialist alternative in CWU

Lobby the TUC for 24-hour strike!

PCS Young Members Network forum

Werrington Royal Mail dispute

The costs of privatisation - to the workforce

Workplace news in brief

International socialist news and analysis

Egypt: Morsi removed - polarisation grows

Portugal's government on the ropes again

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Are you sick of... Low pay?... Zero hour contracts?... Job insecurity?... bullying bosses?...

Lifting the lid on the bedroom tax horror

Birmingham Labour councillors' promises

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Rebel councillor faces further suspension

Fund the fight for a socialist alternative to capitalist austerity

Readers' comments

Privileged perks for Kate and Wills... Maternity cuts for us!

Unite and Labour - it's time for a rethink!

Inside the banking system

Socialist Party feature

Piper Alpha: The price of profit -167 workers' lives

Socialist Party review

Review - The Pitmen Painters


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