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16 February 2017

Aslef members reject Southern deal - now for coordinated action to fight to win

Train drivers in Aslef have delivered a tremendous answer of working class solidarity

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No cuts!, photo by JB

15 February 2017

Council cuts can be fought - and they must be!

During February many council budget-setting meetings are taking place across the country, slashing millions more pounds off vital services.

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15 February 2017

United fightback needed as entire grade of rail worker is at stake

The Southern Rail dispute has been a high-profile battle in which the future of an entire grade of rail worker is at stake

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11 February 2017

Gun Crime - Fact And Fiction

THE KILLING of two innocent young black women on New Years Day, apparently caught in the crossfire of a gang battle, sparked a flurry of media interest in gun crime, writes Steve Score.

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8 February 2017

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.

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8 February 2017

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.

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8 February 2017

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.

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8 February 2017

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.

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8 February 2017

NHS: fight for funding - not passport checks

Right-wing politicians and newspapers are trying to blame the austerity and privatisation-induced NHS crisis on so-called 'health tourists'. The Socialist spoke to Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, a doctor involved in last year's strikes.

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7 February 2017

Housing: Irresponsibility becomes reality

'Councils will be ordered to build thousands more homes' is the message. I immediately thought I'd missed the election of a Corbyn-led government that was implementing a basic socialist policy. No.

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6 February 2017

Southern dispute: Aslef members must reject offer

In an attempt to end the long-running, bitter dispute against driver only operation, Southern Rail has made an offer to drivers in Aslef

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1 February 2017

Fight for our health service!

Join the 4 March demo: We're seeing almost daily headlines announcing the NHS is in crisis.

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1 February 2017

Trade Union Act: Strategy needed to defeat anti-union laws and lead the fightback

John McInally looks at how the TUC reacted to the trade union laws and what comes next.

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1 February 2017

Super-rich shareholders cause of pension deficits

Nationalise the banks and top corporations: Over half of Britain's richest firms could immediately wipe out the deficit in their pension schemes if they were willing to prioritise former workers over investors.

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1 February 2017

Government attack on DWP job centres and offices

As part of the Tory offensive against the public sector, the chancellor has announced a 20% reduction in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offices, and more jobcentres to share sites in local authority premises, to deliver 30% savings on estates costs. This fits in with the approaching end of the contract with the company which owns the DWP estate.

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1 February 2017

Tamil Nadu mass protests against state repression

In December 2016 it was reported that India had surpassed Britain to become the sixth largest economy in the world. However, India is one of the most unequal countries with the richest 1% holding 58% of overall wealth. For the poorest and those suffering oppression, life in India is brutal.

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25 January 2017

Reject Surrey's 15% council tax increase

Surrey's Tory council wants residents to fork out a whopping 15% council tax rise to pay for the crisis in social care

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25 January 2017

Wales council votes to buy back homes

Flintshire county council in North Wales has decided to buy back 55 council houses sold since 2005 when they become available on the market

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25 January 2017

Isle of Wight independents resign over cuts

The chief independent councillors on the Isle of Wight have resigned over central government funding cuts

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18 January 2017

Northern Ireland calls snap election: back Labour Alternative

Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive has fallen over the 'cash for ash' energy scandal. Voters will elect a new assembly on 2 March

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