In this issue:
The Socialist 8 February 2017, Stand with the RMT: Unite against Southern Rail and the Tories
Stand 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.
Southern dispute: Aslef members must reject offer
Southern dispute: disappointment and anger - RMT president responds
#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.
SNP 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.
No 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.
NHS: fight for funding - not passport checks
Universal 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.
RMT 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.
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?
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.
Romania: mass protests against corruption go on
Support 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.
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
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Tense, 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.
Smearing socialism by attacking the arts
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