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The Socialist 14 October 2020

Locked down, hard up, fight back!

The Socialist issue 1105

Locked down, hard up, fight back!

As school cases soar - is contact tracing 'near breaking point'?

Even more delay in stopping school transmission?

National Education Union must launch action now

Nottingham Covid surge caused by Tory mismanagement

Under the microscope


Students not to blame for unsafe uni conditions

"It's not fair" - lockdown students demand free education

Students speak out: isolation and uncertainty reign

Building a movement to fight for free education


Unite votes to cut affiliation fee to Labour


Usdaw elections: the battle for a fighting union

NEU Special Conference: A fight for safety in schools is urgently needed

Napo AGM 2020: Celebrating probation victory and preparing for challenges ahead

University workers ballot for action against in-person teaching

Stop Royal Mail's profit-driven plans to force postal workers to share vans

Unison: The Socialist is backing Hugo Pierre - for a fighting socialist general secretary!


Are cooperatives the answer to a failing capitalist system?


Stop NHS meltdown

Transport for London funding crunch

Oliver Campbell - Still fighting for justice

Fighting Fund - we're off to a good start


Obituary: Raph Parkinson 1958-2020


Greek workers and socialists celebrate convictions of Golden Dawn fascists

Nigeria: Mass protests force government to disband killer cop unit


Non-fiction: This Land - the story of a movement

The Socialist Inbox

 
 
 
 
 

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Under the microscope

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  • Global billionaires are worth more than ever in history, reports UBS. Their collective worth hit $10.2 trillion this July. That's a 27.5% surge since April for 2,189 fat cats, while billions of us suffer pandemic and depression. The previous record was $8.9 trillion in 2017.
  • Supermarket giant Tesco plans to pay out 315 million to shareholders - after receiving 249 million in local tax breaks. The half-year dividend is 20% bigger than last year, and comes alongside 1.2 billion profits.
  • Redundancies have soared to the highest level since 2009, during the Great Recession, reports the ONS. And unemployment hit 4.3% in the three months to August - a three-year high, up from 4.1% the quarter before.
  • Youth unemployment could more than triple, hitting Thatcher levels by year's end. That's 17% of 18 to 29-year-olds - same as 1984 - reckons the Resolution Foundation.
  • Three-fifths of households claiming in-work benefits have had to cut down on food and basic needs. Almost two-thirds receiving Universal Credit or working tax credit accrued more debt, says Save the Children.
  • The poorest districts in England are almost four times as likely to face lockdown restrictions, according to Guardian analysis. Abysmal living and working conditions caused by poverty are to blame.
  • 900,000 more children have applied for free school meals since the coronavirus crisis hit. They join 1.4 million who were already struggling to eat, finds the Food Foundation.
  • Care homes in England are waiting a week or more to get Covid-19 test results, finds the FT. Delays make it impossible to effectively contain the virus.
  • 23% of people suffering mental health issues have to wait three months or more for NHS treatment. Some don't receive support for four years, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In this issue


Coronavirus news

Locked down, hard up, fight back!

As school cases soar - is contact tracing 'near breaking point'?

Even more delay in stopping school transmission?

National Education Union must launch action now

Nottingham Covid surge caused by Tory mismanagement

Under the microscope


Students

Students not to blame for unsafe uni conditions

"It's not fair" - lockdown students demand free education

Students speak out: isolation and uncertainty reign

Building a movement to fight for free education


What we think

Unite votes to cut affiliation fee to Labour


Workplace news

Usdaw elections: the battle for a fighting union

NEU Special Conference: A fight for safety in schools is urgently needed

Napo AGM 2020: Celebrating probation victory and preparing for challenges ahead

University workers ballot for action against in-person teaching

Stop Royal Mail's profit-driven plans to force postal workers to share vans

Unison: The Socialist is backing Hugo Pierre - for a fighting socialist general secretary!


Co-ops

Are cooperatives the answer to a failing capitalist system?


Campaigns

Stop NHS meltdown

Transport for London funding crunch

Oliver Campbell - Still fighting for justice

Fighting Fund - we're off to a good start


Obituary

Obituary: Raph Parkinson 1958-2020


International news

Greek workers and socialists celebrate convictions of Golden Dawn fascists

Nigeria: Mass protests force government to disband killer cop unit


Readers' opinion

Non-fiction: This Land - the story of a movement

The Socialist Inbox


 

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