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16 November 2016

Southampton Labour must bin Tory cuts!

Southampton Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaigners, including Socialist Party members, staged a protest on 15 November outside the city's civic centre against cuts to the weekly bin collection service.

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9 November 2016

Unions must act on pay restraint!

Low earners have had the "biggest pay rise in 20 years" according to Office for National Statistics figures. At least that's the Financial Times's take on it.

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9 November 2016

High Court bombshell on Brexit decision

The decision of the High Court that the government must allow Parliament a say in the issue of Brexit is a bombshell with wide, and perhaps even unforeseen, effects. It could lead to a general election next year which in turn will widen even further the endemic splits within the Tory Party. As shown by the resignation of Tory MP Stephen Phillips over the government's handling of Brexit and of Zac Goldsmith over the third runway at Heathrow, these splits are already of Grand Canyon proportions!

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9 November 2016

Ireland: Gardai strike threat

Planned for Friday 4 November, the first of three days of open strike action by Gardai (police) in the history of the Irish state was only averted at the last minute following concessions from the government. But in making such concessions other workers are now determined to win back pay that was cut following the 2008 capitalist crisis. Conor Payne from the Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) reports on the gathering political storm.

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9 November 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Suez strife, Blake benefits and tax trouble.

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9 November 2016

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

I am working as an interpreter for the NHS. I see Poles in hospitals and clinics who have problems with health. There are thousands of cases and there is no way to describe everything that I see every day.

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9 November 2016

Hackney Picturehouse strike

Strikers at Hackney Picturehouse picketed the launch of a new film on 4 November, A Bectu rep spoke to Clare Doyle.

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9 November 2016

Birmingham's Labour council freezes workers' pay

Trade unions representing Birmingham council workers have reached an "historic agreement" with the council which will mean a three-year pay freeze, instead of reduced sick pay, increased hours, a 1.35% pay cut and other cuts.

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2 November 2016

Fight the 'burning' of our museums and libraries!

On 5 November trade unions and community campaigns will march together

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2 November 2016

Fight for decent jobs for all

Those working in the 'gig economy' will be over the moon at the recent legal victory of Uber drivers.

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2 November 2016

What we saw

Billionaires' club extends to UK; students refuse to award best digs prize; Plaid Cymru councillor loses rag when accused of cuts profits.

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2 November 2016

One third of 2010's new teachers have already quit

Cut workload and class sizes, not pay and conditions: Nearly a third of newly qualified teachers who started work in 2010 have already left the profession. Teachers are entering a job that is more pressured than ever. As a newly qualified teacher, I work at least ten hours a day, and often take work home at weekends.

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26 October 2016

Welsh Labour government makes Tory cuts

The Welsh government's budget inflicts cuts on some of the most deprived communities in W Europe

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26 October 2016

Four in five self-employed workers living in poverty

Almost 80% of self-employed workers are living in poverty, according to Tax Research UK.

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26 October 2016

Academies mired in debt and corruption

Fight for publicly run schooling: The new Tory government under Theresa May will continue converting state schools to 'academy' status and setting up new 'free schools'.

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26 October 2016

TV: No Place to Call Home

"We're all three pay cheques away from being homeless": "We can't facilitate" the "wellbeing of the most vulnerable," says Barking and Dagenham council leader Daren Rodwell. This was a frank admission to 'No Place to Call Home', the BBC's distressing account of homelessness in the east London borough.

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26 October 2016

Unison higher education seminar points no way forward over pay

The Unison higher education sector seminar took place in Brighton 20-22 October. The key issue for union members was the decision by the service group executive (SGE), by the narrowest of margins, not to call strike action over the 2016 pay claim, despite the fact that 55% of those voting were in favour.

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19 October 2016

Teachers working 60 hours need strikes, not studies

Teachers work an average of 48 hours a week, and some work more than 60, says a new study. Teachers know they work long hours. What teachers don't want is another report telling us that. We want action to reduce workload.

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19 October 2016

Teaching assistant pledges ongoing fight against pay cuts

Durham City Council is proposing to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then rehire them on 23% less pay. At an event in Durham City centre, which was to raise awareness of the attack on them, teaching assistant Lisa Turnbull talked to the Socialist.

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19 October 2016

London Underground cleaners protest pay cut

London Underground (LU) cleaners protested outside the London mayor's office on 13 October. Our pay and conditions are being attacked by the private contractors employed by London Underground. The RMT

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