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The Socialist 12 July 2017

This bosses' government must go

The Socialist issue 956

This bosses' government must go


Grenfell stitch-up: unions should call independent inquiry

G20 betrays refugees created by its own policies


Striking Barts health workers show 'fighting trade unionism'


Vote for action to save Ford plant

Low-paid cabin crew protest in middle of 16-day stoppage

Wales: DWP announces office closures and job losses

BMA doctor's union in shift to left at conference

Strike action against driver-only operated trains continues

Durham TAs reject council's pay offer


The left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate


July Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution


Lots of discussions at the Miners Gala on the way forward

The Socialist spring offensive

Southampton Labour must reverse devastating council cuts

Waltham Forest - fighting school cuts

Fighting corporate takeover at London Pride

Chingford: Corbyn attacks pay freeze during tour of marginals


Huddersfield parties in the park to save hospital A&E

Save Glenfield heart centre

Leeds campaigns to save NHS on its 69th birthday


School students' remarkable tribute to workers' Spanish Civil War bravery

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Chingford: Corbyn attacks pay freeze during tour of marginals

Barts NHS workers call on Jeremy Corbyn to back their strike, Chingford, east London, 6.7.17

Barts NHS workers call on Jeremy Corbyn to back their strike, Chingford, east London, 6.7.17   (Click to enlarge)

Ian Pattison, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

Jeremy Corbyn has launched a 60-seat tour of the most marginal constituencies. Chingford, east London - once a safe Tory seat - was his stop on 6 June.

Up to 400 turned up at less than 24 hours' notice. Even more would have come if the venue was widely advertised in advance.

Jeremy Corbyn addressing a rally in Chingford, east London, 6.7.17, photo by Mary Finch

Jeremy Corbyn addressing a rally in Chingford, east London, 6.7.17, photo by Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

When Corbyn said he'd end the public sector pay freeze, it went down a storm. Locally, Barts NHS Trust workers are on strike demanding a pay rise.

Whipps Cross Hospital porters volunteered to speak to the crowd to appeal for their support. Unfortunately this offer wasn't taken up by the organisers.

Part of the crowd at a Jeremy Corbyn rally in Chingford, east London, 6.7.17, photo by Mary Finch

Part of the crowd at a Jeremy Corbyn rally in Chingford, east London, 6.7.17, photo by Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

The striking workers held up signs for Jeremy's entire speech asking him to back their campaign. Although he didn't refer to them in front of the assembled audience, he did tell them personally that he'd be in touch to back their strike.

Socialist Party placards backing Corbyn's policies were taken quickly. There were only enough for a fraction of the crowd. But scandalously, one of the organisers of the event went around telling people to put them down.

Part of the crowd at a Jeremy Corbyn rally in Chingford, east London, 6.7.17, photo by Mary Finch

Part of the crowd at a Jeremy Corbyn rally in Chingford, east London, 6.7.17, photo by Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

These undemocratic methods, normally associated with the right wing of the Labour Party, do not help to build the anti-austerity movement.

Despite this, 37 people bought copies of the Socialist. And four of them left their details to find out more about the Socialist Party. As workers tire of the Blairites, more and more demand their deselection.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 10 July 2017 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


What we think

This bosses' government must go


Socialist Party news and analysis

Grenfell stitch-up: unions should call independent inquiry

G20 betrays refugees created by its own policies


Socialist Party feature

Striking Barts health workers show 'fighting trade unionism'


Workplace news and analysis

Vote for action to save Ford plant

Low-paid cabin crew protest in middle of 16-day stoppage

Wales: DWP announces office closures and job losses

BMA doctor's union in shift to left at conference

Strike action against driver-only operated trains continues

Durham TAs reject council's pay offer


Socialist Party feature

The left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate


Socialist history

July Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Lots of discussions at the Miners Gala on the way forward

The Socialist spring offensive

Southampton Labour must reverse devastating council cuts

Waltham Forest - fighting school cuts

Fighting corporate takeover at London Pride

Chingford: Corbyn attacks pay freeze during tour of marginals


Save our NHS

Huddersfield parties in the park to save hospital A&E

Save Glenfield heart centre

Leeds campaigns to save NHS on its 69th birthday


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

School students' remarkable tribute to workers' Spanish Civil War bravery

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