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The Socialist 8 February 2017

Stand with the RMT: Unite against Southern Rail and the Tories

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Stand with the RMT: unite against Southern Rail and the Tories

Southern dispute: Aslef members must reject offer

Southern dispute: disappointment and anger - RMT president responds


#NoBanNoWall #ResistTrump: Solidarity not racism - socialism not Trumpism


SNP and Greens agree cuts budget in Scotland


No cuts, no closures, save our NHS!

NHS: fight for funding - not passport checks


Universal basic income - what do socialists say?


RMT wins important tube jobs and grading victory

London Midland victory: RMT forces bosses to withdraw outsourced security

BA strike: "We're being paid well below what we should be"

AWE pension strikers vow to fight on

Workplace news in brief


Syria: Is an end to the war in sight?

Romania: mass protests against corruption go on


Support Cardiff's no-cuts three

Campaign forces Surrey council to back down on fire station closure

Southampton: no-cuts budget needed

Regional Socialist Party conferences

Make some noise for Orgreave!

Canterbury Socialist Party attends 'I, Daniel Blake' film night


Tense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Smearing socialism by attacking the arts

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The Socialist 8 February 2017, Stand with the RMT: Unite against Southern Rail and the Tories

Southern Rail dispute

spotStand with the RMT: unite against Southern Rail and the Tories

The transport union RMT, its members, and many across the union movement are fuming at the proposed Southern Rail 'deal'. It was made with the leadership of the Aslef transport union and presided over by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) - they and the Tories hope it will settle the Southern Rail dispute.

spotSouthern dispute: Aslef members must reject offer

spotSouthern dispute: disappointment and anger - RMT president responds

Socialism not Trumpism

spot#NoBanNoWall #ResistTrump: Solidarity not racism - socialism not Trumpism

A significant victory was won by the international movement against Donald Trump on 4 February as a federal judge in Seattle temporarily halted his travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries and his suspension of the US's refugee programme. The following day Trump's appeal against this was overturned. The legal battles continue as we go to press.

spotSNP and Greens agree cuts budget in Scotland

TUSC and unions call for legal no-cuts budgets: A Scottish National Party (SNP) government austerity budget passed in Scotland on 2 February with the support of the Scottish Greens.

Save our NHS!

spotNo cuts, no closures, save our NHS!

The NHS is in crisis. Hospitals cancelled a record number of urgent operations last year, mainly because of bed shortages. One in six A&E departments faces closure or downgrading because of NHS cuts.

spotNHS: fight for funding - not passport checks

Universal Basic Income

spotUniversal basic income - what do socialists say?

The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a 'universal basic income' (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years - a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone in society receiving an unconditional, tax-free, regular payment, regardless of whether they are working or the composition of their household.

spotRMT wins important tube jobs and grading victory

A strike by 3,500 station staff brought the tube network to a standstill on 9 January. The strike showed that station staff could be as powerful as train operators. It was a game changing strike, showing clearly that RMT is able to close the network without the support of the drivers' union Aslef.

spotLondon Midland victory: RMT forces bosses to withdraw outsourced security

spotBA strike: "We're being paid well below what we should be"

spotAWE pension strikers vow to fight on

spotWorkplace news in brief

spotSyria: Is an end to the war in sight?

The military victory in Aleppo by Assad's regime and its foreign backers was a turning point in the war in Syria. It has put the Syrian government once more in formal control of the country's main urban centres. Serge Jordan of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) examines if this is the prelude to a broader peace settlement that could end the horrors inflicted on the Syrian people.

spotRomania: mass protests against corruption go on

spotSupport Cardiff's no-cuts three

Cardiff Against The Cuts has learned that three members of the Labour Party in Cardiff have been expelled shortly after calling on the Labour council to refuse to make more funding cuts to jobs and services.

spotCampaign forces Surrey council to back down on fire station closure

spotSouthampton: no-cuts budget needed

spotRegional Socialist Party conferences

spotMake some noise for Orgreave!

spotCanterbury Socialist Party attends 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotTense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.

spotSmearing socialism by attacking the arts

spotThe Socialist Inbox