Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/509/3374

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 November 2007

Sick of the profit system?

Come to socialism 2007!

17–18 November 2007

University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1.

Ticket prices:

Weekend £20 waged, £10 unwaged/low paid;
Rally/one day only £10 waged, £5 unwaged/low paid.

See www.socialism2007.net for full agenda of discussion, debates and rallies.

Make cheques payable to Socialism and send to PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD
Tel: 020 8988 8768

email: socialism@socialistparty.org.uk.

Book online at: www.socialism2007.net

It makes my blood boil. Here in Sheffield, a group of low-paid hospital workers face pay cuts of £50 a week. Then I read that chief executives in Britain's top 100 companies have doubled their 'earnings' in the last five years, to an average of £3.17 million each, up 16% in the last year. In 2000, these fat cats got 62 times the pay of their average employee, now they pay themselves 104 times more!

Alistair Tice, Sheffield Socialist Party

But a business consultant on the radio told me that they are worth it. That they are rewarded for success. Like Royal Mail boss Adam Crozier I suppose.

After forcing postal workers to strike to try to protect their jobs, pay and pensions, it has just been announced that his pay went up 26% last year despite profits going down by one third. This "junk male boss" got nearly £1 million, even more with share options. It would take posties 59 years to earn that, yet Crozier had the cheek to tell them they were overpaid!

Even worse, Post Office boss Alan Cook stands to get an extra £1 million in bonuses if he closes another 2,500 post offices down. How is that for rewarding 'success'? It's sick!

Another 'success' was Northern Rock with its junk mortgages. Since the run on this bank due to its dodgy dealing, the Treasury has bailed it out to the tune of £23 billion so far – that's £730 for every taxpayer in the country.

So the New Labour government can find our money to help its friends in the City but will not put enough funding into the NHS which has to make cuts and closures to balance the books. As Michael Moore would say, that's sicko.

And all this is going on under a Labour government. But Labour today is a party for big business and the rich. Look how they rolled the red carpet out for the visit of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and his five jumbo jets, 84 limousines, 13 princes and over 600 aides and servants. Gordon Brown got dressed to the nines for this state banquet.

And the Foreign Office minister spoke of "shared values and interests". Like the £43 billion arms deal with this repressive dictatorship, allegedly oiled by kick-backs paid to Saudi princes by BAE Systems.

Just don't mention human rights' abuses. What are 124 executions (so far this year according to Amnesty) between royal friends? No this is business, big business. This is capitalism, corporate and corrupt.

This system stinks. If it gets you mad, don't just kick your telly. Do something about it. Come along to Socialism 2007 (see above). Join hundreds of others for a weekend of discussion and debate.

Get educated on "why capitalism doesn't work", learn about trade unions and why we need a new workers' party, and most of all, find out how you can join the struggle to change society.

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


In The Socialist 8 November 2007:

Sick of the profit system? Come to Socialism 2007


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS backs further strike action

Build the left in the public-sector trade unions


International socialist news and analysis

Martial law imposed in Pakistan

Israel: Café waiters' strike victory

Free detained Nigerian students


Socialist Party news and analysis

'Competition' dominated by a few giants

Stop and search failure

Corporate crime: Sign of an out-of-control economy

Yarl's Wood camp protests

Jean Charles de Menezes: Unanswered questions after court case

Why Prince of mortgages resigned


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Don't just 'celebrate' the NHS - fight back

Staff shortages cause stress and anger

Support strikers at Northern General Hospital

Health workers strike against sacking


Education feature

Education, Education, Education

New schools but not enough rooms

NUT elections: "What are we waiting for?"


Workplace news

Fight Royal Mail victimisation


 

Home   |   The Socialist 8 November 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Profit system:

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

triangleHistoric demonstration in Barcelona in support of refugees

triangleChile: general strike threat as pensions protests grow

triangleWhy the Socialist Party opposed the EU

triangleBSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Socialism:

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleCan you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

triangleRussia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Young people need socialism!

Socialism 2007:

triangleSocialism 2007: Inspired by past victories, preparing for future struggles

triangle800 attend rally to discuss 'Which way forward for the left in Britain?'

triangleSocialism 2007

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2