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22 February 2017
John Pickett, Socialist Party comrade and postal worker, has died very suddenly at the age of 63. I first met John in the early 1980s, just after he returned to Portsmouth after being at college in Stoke.
25 January 2017
The chief independent councillors on the Isle of Wight have resigned over central government funding cuts
2 March 2016
A large group of anti-cuts protesters, including Socialist Party members, gathered outside county hall in Newport on the Isle of Wight last week. Inside, the council met to decide on where to make £12.75 million of cuts this year and further millions over the next four years.
26 February 2014
A solidarity demonstration organised by the transport union RMT took place at Portsmouth ferry terminal on 18 February to support striking deck crew who had organised a sit-in on board the Condor Ferry 'Rapide' in St Malo, writes Nick Chaffey.
15 May 2013
Launching the battle in Scotland: Margaret Thatcher was dubbed the Iron Lady. She wore this description with pride as, like her successors today, she ruthlessly tried to solve British capitalism's difficulties by launching brutal attacks...
28 September 2011
Hold tight!: Transport union RMT has protested at plans to train 60 volunteer drivers to drive rural buses on the Isle of Wight...
30 September 2009
On 22 September, dozens of police from Southampton and Portsmouth descended on the protest camp outside the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight (IOW). They removed tents, personal and political material and served 'exclusion notices' to several Vestas workers who were told to stay away from the Vestas factory for the next three months, writes Nick Chaffey.
22 September 2009
Vestas wind turbine workers and their supporters rallied and took to the streets of Newport, Isle of Wight, on their day of action on 17 September. They were buoyed up by their visit, as members of the RMT union, to the TUC Congress. "We were given a standing ovation by the TUC during Ed Miliband's speech...
15 September 2009
Interview: At the Socialist Party's summer camp, Mark Smith and Mark Flowers, workers who had been in occupation at the St Cross Vestas wind turbine manufacturers on the Isle of Wight (IOW), spoke to The Socialist...
26 August 2009
"WHAT DO we want? Nationalisation", "Vestas Out, Workers in!", were the chants of Vestas workers and their supporters as we took to the streets of Sandown, Isle of Wight, on 22 August getting great support from locals and holiday-makers.
11 August 2009
Editorial: The courageous workers' occupation at the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport on the Isle of Wight has been followed and supported by many in the trade union movement over the last few weeks...
4 August 2009
Click here for the latest Socialist Party Vestas leaflet (pdf)...
29 July 2009
Support Vestas workers: The 25 Vestas workers occupying the wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight have created an international furore over jobs and the future of the environment. They have huge support from their work colleagues, families and workers on the Isle of Wight and beyond...
24 July 2009
Ian Terry, one of the Vestas workers occupying their wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight, spoke to The Socialist on Friday, 24 July...
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