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25 March 2015

2015 elections: Reject the austerity lies

Join the socialist fightback! The Socialist Party's central message in the 2015 elections is this: austerity is not necessary and there is an alternative - a socialist alternative

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18 March 2015

Bus drivers ballot against pay robbery

Abellio London bus workers were told their 2015 pay award - 2% plus other benefits - due in January had been "suspended"

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11 March 2015

Leicester: 3 an hour wage slavery scandal

2,500 garment workers in Leicester, half the total in the city, are paid 3 an hour or less. This horrifying statistic, highlighted in a recent report, exposes sweat shop bosses who flout minimum wage

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25 February 2015

Worse off than our parents

With the approaching general election, many young people, like me, are looking for answers to the multitude of problems over jobs, pay, housing, and education, etc, writes Tanis Belsham-Wray, Leeds Socialist Party

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Workers' pay down 2.5k - Bosses' pay up 700k

18 February 2015

Workers' pay down 2,500... Bosses' pay up 700,000

Fight for decent pay, jobs and benefits: Feeling the pinch? Cutting back on spending? Wondering how you'll make it to the end of the month? You're not alone. Workers everywhere are struggling with stagnating wages and rising prices

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11 February 2015

Azure Card: isolation and stigmatisation of asylum

The 'Azure Card' is given to asylum seekers who are under Section 4 - awaiting a result on their claim for asylum

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Social housing not social cleansing! photo Paul Mattsson

28 January 2015

End the housing crisis

A basic human need. Yet in London tonight, over 6,000 will sleep rough

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21 January 2015

Youth unemployment: anxiety and anger

A new report by the Prince's Trust shows the devastating impact of unemployment on young people in Britain

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7 January 2015

Benefit sanctions ruin lives

The target driven use of punitive benefit sanctions on poor people by this government of millionaires is a national disgrace

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The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands for rent control and building council housing, photo Waltham Forest TUSC

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands for rent control and building council housing, photo Waltham Forest TUSC

26 November 2014

Housing crisis! What do socialists say?

The housing crisis is hitting everyone in the face. The mainstream press, politicians and economists all feign concern. Not to mention the real concern of those of us actually affected by it!

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photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

26 November 2014

14 day deadline to breadline

Scandal of unequal Britain: Many MPs will be looking forward to 2015 - perhaps not to the general election but to the 11% pay rise they'll get if they survive it

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19 November 2014

Toxic mix in Rochester and Strood byelection

As we go to press, Ukip is widely expected to win the Rochester and Strood parliamentary byelection, overturning a Tory majority of nearly 10,000 polled by Tory MP defector Mark Reckless

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12 November 2014

Labour - the singer or the song?

The Con-Dems are the most unpopular government in living memory. Yet Labour's lead limps between 1% and 4%

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5 November 2014

The Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a replacement for Incapacity Benefit, was introduced in 2008 for paying benefits to those too ill to work or with a disability

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22 October 2014

Them & Us

Classless Ukip?: Ukip claims to represent 'all social classes'. So what is the commons voting record of Ukip's newest MP, Tory defector Douglas Carswell?

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15 October 2014

The myth of 'self-employment'

If you have friends or relatives in the construction industry, you know exactly what the Tories mean when they boast about how they have got workers "off benefits and into work"

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15 October 2014

Them & Us

Victorian pay: Real earnings for workers have slumped by a massive 8% between 2007 and 2014 according to the TUC, ahead of its Britain Needs A Pay Rise demo on 18 October

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Demonstrating outside Labour's national conference in Manchester to demand a 10 minimum wage,  photo Hugh Caffrey

Demonstrating outside Labour's national conference in Manchester to demand a 10 minimum wage, photo Hugh Caffrey

24 September 2014

We need 10 an hour now!

Ed Miliband has pledged that Labour will increase the minimum wage to 8 an hour. But you'll have to wait till 2020!

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17 September 2014

Why I'm a socialist

In schools we are taught to share, respect each other and work together. This made sense. We got more done than we would have separately, giving us more time to enjoy ourselves

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17 September 2014

Bradford benefits under attack

"Look for work nine to five, or face losing your benefits." That was the government's right-wing mantra for cities like Bradford, which has about 14,500 claimants for Jobseeker's Allowance, and is part of a pilot scheme to pile on more misery, writes Peter Robson, Bradford Socialist Party.

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