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14 March 2017

State surveillance of unions: PCS assistant head demands inquiry

Secret government files released under the 30-year rule show that Margaret Thatcher's government directly meddled in the internal affairs of civil servants' union CPSA, the predecessor of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.

9 March 2017

Tory budget - dull but nasty

Chancellor Phillip Hamond's first budget continues a relentless pursuit of austerity that is causing misery to millions of working class people

8 March 2017

Aristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

There's a byelection coming up on 21 March. There are 27 candidates, all hereditary peers, all men, and all very rich.

8 March 2017

MPs take 1k raise

Put MPs on workers' wages: 18% worse off. The Institute for Fiscal Studies calculates that UK households will have living standards 18% lower by 2021 than they would have been had the economic crisis never happened.

8 March 2017

Fight the cuts: Demand no-cuts council budgets

In tandem with the attacks on the NHS is the ongoing savagery of council cuts. Only some six Labour councillors nationally in Labour-run councils have carried out their historic duty to vote against cuts - and have been suspended by the Blairites for their stand.

8 March 2017

One million workers on zero-hour contracts

Fight for secure jobs for all: 910,000 workers in Britain are on zero-hour contracts - a six-fold increase since 2008 - according to analysis by the Resolution Foundation think-tank.

5 March 2017

Demo shows battle to save the NHS can be won

For hours they poured off coaches and out of Euston and other stations as over 100,000 people - some estimates were as high as 250,000 - streamed to London in order to march in defence of the NHS. Stop STPs 'slashing, trashing and privatising our NHS' was repeatedly chanted by the predominantly working-class marchers and from the platform.

2 March 2017

Hands Off the Post Office

LAST WEEK, following an initiative by Socialist Party councillors, Coventry city council unanimously voted to oppose post office privatisation, writes Rob Windsor, Coventry Socialist Party councillor.

1 March 2017

Debates on building the anti-Trump movement

There are two rival groupings vying for the leadership of the new potential movement, neither of which offers a clear way forward

1 March 2017

Women's protests and walkouts around the world

#DayWithoutAWoman: The movement against Trump, and in particular the massive 'women's marches' that took place in January, show the potential for a new phase of struggle against sexism

1 March 2017

International Women's Day

Fighting for liberation and socialism: Women are on the move - against Donald Trump in the US, and attacks on reproductive rights in Ireland and Poland

28 February 2017

What we saw

Guardian 'arts critic' Jonathan Jones, fresh from condemning Russia's 1917 socialist revolution, has rushed to the defence of a gallery which has been hosting 'alt-right' speakers

28 February 2017

NHS v RBS

The Tories aren't prepared to tolerate 'loss-making' public institutions like the NHS - unless the publicly owned body is the Royal Bank of Scotland

28 February 2017

NHS England missing paperwork scandal

NHS England chiefs tried to cover up more than half a million missing medical letters, it seems

28 February 2017

Build a movement to save our NHS

The important national demo in London on Saturday 4th March to save the NHS needs to be a springboard to build a massive movement that can defeat the government's attempt to finish it.

24 February 2017

Byelections: Break with Labour Blairism wasn't on offer

It is Blair's own toxic legacy that has led to the decline of the Labour vote in Copeland and Stoke

22 February 2017

30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

19 million people in the UK - nearly 30% of the population - live below the 'minimum income standard' (MIS) and "are just about managing at best," according to a recent report by the poverty think-tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

22 February 2017

Support the NHS? Join the march!

Angry about cuts? Worried about privatisation?: The NHS was founded to provide healthcare for everyone. Yet increasingly, cuts mean NHS services are becoming 'no longer viable' or harder to access. The BBC reckons two-thirds of hospital services in England are about to be scaled back.

22 February 2017

What we saw

What we saw including an appalling Tory attack on the homeless, an NHS tale, refugee solidarity and a train robbery.

22 February 2017

Stop the student loan sell-off - scrap all fees

The Tories are once again trying to privatise student debt.


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