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Archive for April 2015

1 April 2015

spotThe Great Money Trick: Another World is Possible

Book review: If you have read Robert Tressell's the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, then this book is for you. And if you haven't, you will still enjoy it

1 April 2015

spotThem & Us

Problem debt: Millions of people in the UK are in "severe problem debt" as a result of the capitalist recession - in which wages fell for six years - and government austerity

1 April 2015

spotSolidarity with Cypriot workers

On 25 March Socialist Party members were joined by Turkish Cypriots at the northern Cyprus consulate in London

1 April 2015

spotUS: Seattle gets a raise!

Workers celebrated in Seattle in the run up to 1 April when tens of thousands of workers received a pay rise

1 April 2015

spotEnd punitive benefit sanctions now!

Darren, a Jobseeker's Allowance claimant from Leicester, has been sanctioned, without proper justification, following a new DWP pilot scheme involving daily signing at a Jobcentre. Darren explains what happened

1 April 2015

spotGreece: negotiations continue

Working class action key: Nicos Anastasiades, member of Xekinima (CWI Greece) spoke to Steve Score, editor of the Socialist

1 April 2015

spotSouth Africa: campaigning for a working class party

On 16-17 April Numsa, South Africa's metalworkers union, the largest union on the African continent, will be convening a 'conference for socialism'

1 April 2015

spotTunisia: thousands demonstrate

CWI members took part in the demonstrations at the recent World Social Forum in Tunis where thousands of young people, women, unemployed people and activists came together

1 April 2015

spotGloucester College hustings: Scrap all fees

Sue Powell, TUSC parliamentary candidate for Gloucester, spoke at a Gloucester College hustings on 19 March in front of 50 students

1 April 2015

spotDefend further education

An early day motion supported by all the main unions in further education, calling for the reversal of devastating cuts in further education provision, now has the support of over 50 MPs

1 April 2015

spotSocialist Party general election appeal 2015

"Good luck to all comrades standing for a better society for the masses," says Kerry Brier, who has donated 20

1 April 2015

spotLondon bus companies forced into pay talks

Following on from the two successful days of strike action in January and February, London bus workers - members of Unite the Union - have forced many of the bus companies and Transport for London (TfL) to talks on 9 April

1 April 2015

spotBolton Uni: reinstate Damien and Jenny Markey!

The campaign for the reinstatement of sacked trade unionists Damien and Jenny Markey began on Monday 30 April at Bolton University with around 50 people, including staff, trade unionists and university students, protesting at the outrageous actions of the university management

1 April 2015

spotLeeds: Save our train guards

RMT members and supporters protested outside a West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) meeting against plans for driver-only operated trains on the Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises

1 April 2015

spotWorkplace news in brief

Food workers' victory: Two hundred and seventy workers at the giant multinational Refresco-Gerber in Bridgwater, Somerset have won a victory against reductions in terms and conditions after a series of strikes from January to March

1 April 2015

spotStudents occupy for free education

Students across London have been occupying universities, demanding free education and improvements to services. Members of Socialist Students and the Socialist Party have been supporting the movement

1 April 2015

spotThe new look Socialist - thumbs up from readers

The launch of the redesigned Socialist has proved a hit among readers and sellers. Socialist Party members in Walthamstow, east London, sold 46 copies on a public sale last Saturday using the back page

1 April 2015

spotNHS funding crisis deepens

Main parties have no alternative strategy: Despite an underfunding crisis - against the backcloth of government austerity - a recent Kings Fund report shows the National Health Service (NHS) bearing up well and high patient satisfaction rates

1 April 2015

spotAxing Clause IV: Making Labour safe for capitalism

In April 1995 a special Labour Party conference dropped Clause IV, part 4 (the 'socialist clause') of its constitution

1 April 2015

spotWorking in the NHS: Low pay, cuts and stress

As an NHS worker I feel as though I have been hit from all directions for the last five years. The nursing unions Unison and RCN have accepted this year's paltry 1% pay rise

1 April 2015

spotElection 2015 Cameron and Miliband Live

TV Review: With parliament dissolved, the 2015 general election campaign has officially commenced. And while the winning party, or more likely combination of parties, is hard to predict, one thing is certain - whoever forms the next government will continue with capitalist austerity

1 April 2015

spotNo cuts to welfare!

The planned cuts will hit disabled people and their carers, photo Paul Mattsson

Brutal Tory axe to fall on poor: The Tories plan to savagely cut 12 billion from welfare benefits. This brutal axe will fall on disabled people and carers, among many low-income and vulnerable households

1 April 2015

spotSave our schools

photo Paul Mattsson

Education will be a vital question on people's minds in the general election and local elections on 7 May. But most voters will have very different priorities from the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition government

1 April 2015

spotHow to fight the anti-union laws

A TUSC supporter protesting outside Labour's Collins Review conference in 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

Supporting Labour will not defeat them: The Tories have proposed even more repressive legislation, including that 40% of all balloted union members have to vote for strike action. Only 15 MPs would have been elected in 2010 on this basis

1 April 2015

spotTeachers need national action

photo Karl Lang

NUT conference delegates are discussing how to fight attacks on pensions, pay and workload

1 April 2015

spotTUSC set for TV broadcast

Great news - TUSC has reached the threshold set to qualify for a TV election broadcast

1 April 2015

spotMiliband's 0-hour contracts limit not enough!

Campaigners from the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign have reacted to news that Miliband plans to put a '12 week limit' on the use of zero hours contracts

2 April 2015

spotSchool crossing campaigner stands for TUSC

Scrapping of school crossing patrols is planned as part of a monumental 157 million of cuts

2 April 2015

spotKick out rotten MPs and councillors

Paul Couchman, TUSC parliamentary candidate for Spelthorne, says why he is standing

7 April 2015

spotLobbying for affordable housing

TUSC supporters lobbied Leeds city council on 1 April, calling for affordable housing for all

7 April 2015

spotSpeaking up for public services and young people

West Midlands Fire Brigades Union member and TUSC Dudley North parliamentary candidate Dave Pitt spoke to the Socialist

7 April 2015

spotImmigration: Workers' unity needed

In election hustings Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates will be asked what their attitude is to immigration. How should Socialist Party members respond?

8 April 2015

spotElection hustings: we shall be heard!

TUSC can beat most of the parties in a fair vote in hustings - if we are given a chance to be heard.

8 April 2015

spotEnd cuts - tax the rich

TUC demonstration in Manchester demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

The Manchester Evening News's front page read "End cuts and tax the rich"

8 April 2015

spotStop Sodexo's probation jobs cull

Napo members striking against privatisation in 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

With the ink barely dry on the probation privatisation contracts, Sodexo has announced sweeping redundancies

8 April 2015

spotWhipps Cross hospital trade union activist reinstated

Demonstration against NHS cuts at Whipps Cross hospital, East London 21 September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

Workers are celebrating the victory of Unison health activist Charlotte Monro

8 April 2015

spotArt review: Adventures of the black square

Niall Mulholland reviews Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015

8 April 2015

spotThem & Us

Easy money: Should Tony Blair's "education, education, education" mantra be replaced by "money, money, money"?

8 April 2015

spotRenationalise rail

TUSC campaigners in Lincoln took part in a 'Bring Back British Rail' national day of action to call for the renationalisation of the railways, 22 years since they were privatised

8 April 2015

spotEDL would be stopped again in Walthamstow

The far-right English Defence League (EDL) has announced that it is intending to hold a demonstration in Walthamstow on 9 May 2015, having received objections from the family of soldier Lee Rigby to a provocative march in Woolwich around the anniversary of his death

8 April 2015

spotIsrael/Palestine: Palestinian Land Day

Members, both Palestinian and Israeli, of Socialist Struggle (CWI Israel/Palestine) took part in the 39th Palestinian Land Day, commemorating the first mass revolt of Palestinian people inside Israel against the expropriation of Palestinian land for Jewish settlements

8 April 2015

spotAustralia: marching against racism

Socialist Party (CWI Australia) members took part in and helped organise counter-demonstrations on 4 April to rallies of the newly formed anti-Muslim 'Reclaim Australia'

8 April 2015

spotIreland: supporting striking Dunnes workers

On 2 April workers at Dunnes supermarket stores across Ireland took strike action for security in jobs, wages and conditions

8 April 2015

spotTeachers want action on cuts and workload

photo Martin Reynolds

NUT conference voted to ballot for action if austerity plans go on

8 April 2015

spotNHS: Anti-union blacklisting threat

Just before Parliament closed for the general election, a select committee revealed that the Consulting Association (which provided names of thousands of trade unionists to construction industry bosses, who then blacklisted them) had discussed with companies working in the NHS

8 April 2015

spotNo end to austerity from 'The Magnificent Seven'

They called the leaders' debate last Thursday the meeting of "The Magnificent Seven", but Disney's 'Seven Dwarfs' could have done better - with Dopey surpassing Farage any day!

8 April 2015

spotLooking after the millionaires, not the millions

On 1 April the Tory-supporting Daily Telegraph splashed its front page with the names of 103 senior business leaders, issuing a dire warning that deviating from the Tories' economic plan would spell an end to Britain's 'recovery' and threaten thousands of jobs

8 April 2015

spotNigeria: Ruling party crumbles in historic election

Without doubt the 28 March presidential election was a major turning point for Nigeria. For the first time in the country's 55 year existence as an independent country, a ruling party was roundly defeated in an election

8 April 2015

spotElection fundraising

So far, 119 members in Yorkshire have pledged 12,414 to the Socialist Party's election appeal, of which 8,570 has been paid

8 April 2015

spotWorkplace news in brief

Smurfit Kappa: Unite the Union members working for Smurfit Kappa packaging in Northampton, took 48 hours of strike action from 1 April in support of two sacked senior shop stewards who have stood up to the company over 'race to the bottom' contracts

8 April 2015

spot1 in 5 parliamentary seats set to have a TUSC choice on 7 May

TUSC is fielding the biggest working class challenge in generations on 7 May

8 April 2015

spotArt review: Searching for the marvellous

Currently on display in Skipton (North Yorkshire) is a wonderful collection of surrealist art by Peter Harris

8 April 2015

spotFighting Fund success

Socialist Party members raised 29,255 in the first three months of 2015 - 117% of the target

8 April 2015

spotHillsborough inquests: Heartbreak, disbelief and anger

The 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in Sheffield, when 96 Liverpool football supporters were crushed to death, takes place on 15 April

8 April 2015

spotWill SNP deliver on "anti-austerity" promises?

According to media commentators the SNP's leader Nicola Sturgeon emerged as the 'victor' in the Leaders' debate

8 April 2015

spotNHS fees warning: Vote TUSC

photo Paul Mattsson

The next government could bring in charges for NHS services. This was the warning made by Mark Porter, head of doctors' organisation the BMA, because of the NHS's 30 billion deficit

8 April 2015

spotLow pay? No way!

photo Paul Mattsson

Employers around the country - large and small, including the public sector - have created a culture of despair. Poverty pay means millions cannot afford the basics they need for a decent life

9 April 2015

spotDundee porters and Glasgow council workers on indefinite strike

One hundred and seventeen hospital porters in Dundee and 70 council workers in Glasgow are on all-out indefinite strike action for fair pay and recognition for the job that they do

10 April 2015

spotFast Food Rights action - 15th April

On Wednesday 15th April, fast food and other low-paid workers in the USA will be taking part in what could be the biggest day of strikes, occupations and protests yet in their fight for a $15/hour minimum wage

10 April 2015

spotManifesto launch: 135-seat five-point pledge

TUSC launched its manifesto in Canary Wharf, described by Dave Nellist as "the belly of the beast"

13 April 2015

spotDave Nellist calls for bank nationalisation on Daily Politics

Without TUSC, the idea of the super-rich paying for the crisis wouldn't feature

13 April 2015

spotLabour manifesto shows commitment to banks not ordinary people

TUSC has condemned Labour's pledge to carry on Tory austerity

13 April 2015

spotLift workers strike over 'spy in the cab'

Kone workers are striking on Mondays in a dispute over tracking devices

15 April 2015

spotPutting socialism back in LGBT politics

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) is once again on the frontline of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politics, writes Pat Chadwick

15 April 2015

spotFighting local government cuts

TUSC Croydon Central constituency candidate April Ashley is a Unison national executive member and assistant branch secretary for Southwark Unison local government (standing for TUSC in a personal capacity)

15 April 2015

spotLabour - party of cuts

At the 2015 TUSC manifesto launch, photo Senan

Oppose the 'logic of capitalism': Election polls continue to show Labour and the Tories neck and neck. This is an indictment of Labour: After five years of the most vicious attacks on the working class, they cannot decisively pull ahead of the Tory toffs

15 April 2015

spotOverture to the struggle to come

9. These factors have undeniably delayed and made more complicated the struggle against austerity. It would be completely wrong, however, to suggest that they have prevented it. The working class has repeatedly

15 April 2015

spotWeak and unstable government

16. Whichever party has the most MPs after 7 May, it is likely to have real difficulties forming a stable government or even any government at all. It is not ruled out that they will have no choice but

15 April 2015

spotTory-led government

21. While increasing numbers of working class people dismiss all of the three big parties as 'the same', there is still another layer who will vote Labour hoping that they will at least be a little bit

15 April 2015

spotLabour-led government

25. What would the differences be between a Labour minority government and a Tory one? Little of substance. Tony Blair has already started to publicly lay the blame for Labour losing the general election

15 April 2015

spotDocument on British Perspectives

Socialist Party congress, 14-15 February 2015: This document was produced on 5th January 2015 and subsequently some amendments were incorporated during and following the 14th February congress discussion on Britain, writes Socialist Party executive committee, January 2015.

15 April 2015

spotQuagmires ahead!

32. There are many issues which will be problematic -to put it mildly - for the next government. Central of course is the economic crisis and the huge struggles of the working class that will be on the

15 April 2015

spotProtest votes

39. As the existing parties are weakened, other 'populist' forces are stepping into the vacuum. This process will accelerate under the next government, particularly before the formation of a new workers'

15 April 2015

spotDysfunctional system

44. Britain effectively now has a five party system, excluding Scotland and Wales. In terms of the balance of power in Westminster, it will be a six party system, as the SNP could be the third biggest

15 April 2015

spotNew mass workers' party

46. In the last year, the Collins Review has destroyed the final vestiges of a collective voice for the trade unions within the Labour party. Last year's perspectives document was written before the Collins

15 April 2015

spotPotential flashpoints for class struggle

50. There are multiple issues over which struggle could develop in the next period. When there is a seemingly immovable blockage at the top, workers search for a way round it. Explosions can take place

15 April 2015

spotConclusion

60. The political situation is extremely unstable, making it impossible to accurately predict exactly how events will develop. However, some points are very clear. The next government will be highly unstable

15 April 2015

spotYemen: Brutal onslaught on country's poor

Over 500 people in Yemen were killed and terrible devastation, injuries, trauma and displacement inflicted in the first two weeks of Saudi Arabia led air strikes

15 April 2015

spotWe can end the housing crisis

All the indicators of homelessness are on the rise. The number of children living in temporary accommodation has risen by nearly 10,000 in the last 12 months.

15 April 2015

spotNHS is collapsing under a mountain of PFI debt

Health service is not safe in Labour or Tory hands: When you go into one of the main blocks at St Bartholomew's hospital in central London, it's almost like going into a posh hotel, writes Alison Hill.

15 April 2015

spotNuclear scrap

Labour and the Tories have been at loggerheads over who can beat a patriotic war drum loudest regarding a replacement to the trident submarine 'nuclear deterrent' system

15 April 2015

spotFrance: One-day strike against austerity

Workers in both public and private sectors of the economy walked out in France on 9 April against austerity measures of the 'left' Hollande government

15 April 2015

spotThem & Us

Mr Big: A 47 billion takeover bid by oil giant Shell for smaller rival BG Group will net 'Norway's Mr Oil' - Helge Lund - a cool 25 million, for just two months' work!

15 April 2015

spotMy life as a day centre worker

A Cardiff day care worker, and member of Unison, explains the demands of their important job, against a background of austerity cuts

15 April 2015

spotWarrington Labour's 'time limit on democracy'

TUSC councillor and Warrington South parliamentary candidate Kevin Bennett has expressed disgust at the Labour Party council voting to "put a time limit on democracy"

15 April 2015

spotGetting into god's chamber

I emailed the Diocese of Leicester to ask why TUSC had not been invited to its five-way debate, writes Mike Barker.

15 April 2015

spotUS: Kshama Sawant on Democracy Now

Socialist Alternative (co-thinkers of the CWI in the US) member and Seattle City Councillor Kshama Sawant took part in a debate about the presidential candidacy of Hilary Clinton on Democracy Now

15 April 2015

spotChina: feminists released

Five feminist activists who were arrested last month by the Chinese authorities have been released after a global movement involving many CWI sections

15 April 2015

spotCanada: first national meeting

On 4-5 April Socialist Alternative (CWI Canada) held their first ever national meeting

15 April 2015

spot100% against austerity? Vote TUSC

Dave Nellist with other TUSC candidates at the manifesto launch in London's Canary Wharf, photo Paul Mattsson

Dave Nellist with other TUSC candidates at the manifesto launch in London's Canary Wharf, photo Paul Mattsson

"This is a rich country, the fifth richest on the planet. It's just that the wealth is in the wrong hands - in the hands of a few millionaires and billionaires. TUSC is the only unashamedly socialist party in these elections."

15 April 2015

spotPCS: Defending check-off in DWP

The PCS civil service union has lodged papers with the high court seeking a declaration that PCS members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have a contractual right to pay their union subs by the check-off method (paid directly from salaries)

15 April 2015

spotLow pay: Stop subsidising the bosses

Low-paid workers, typically employed in fast-food outlets and high street shops, have been the focus of trade unions and activists in the global day of action on 15 April

15 April 2015

spotPublic sector wage restraint - myth and reality

In 2012 Policy Exchange, the Tories favourite think tank, produced a paper - 'Local pay, local growth' - which argued that holding down public sector wages and pensions and bringing them into line with 'equivalent' jobs in the private sector would save 6.3 billion a year.

15 April 2015

spotWe need a 10 an hour minimum wage

Rail worker and RMT transport union member Ted Woodley is standing for TUSC in the Birmingham Erdington seat

15 April 2015

spot'Liverpool 47' councillors in TUSC challenge

This year's TUSC parliamentary and local election challenge in Liverpool will be spearheaded by former members of the 1983-87 Labour Council who defied Margaret Thatcher's government, built 5,000 homes and created thousands of jobs and apprenticeships in the city

15 April 2015

spot'The largest party you've never heard of'

The radio this morning keeps talking about the seven largest parties contesting seats in Parliament. There's one party missing from that list - TUSC

15 April 2015

spotGlasgow strikers: 'We're all in it to win it!'

Striking Glasgow homelessness caseworkers spoke to the Socialist

15 April 2015

spotUnison health backs 10 an hour call

Unison health conference has backed a motion from Mid Yorkshire branch calling for a 10 an hour minimum wage

15 April 2015

spotBuild TUSC with this paper

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has been granted its first ever election broadcast, giving a fantastic opportunity to get out and explain the details of our alternative to austerity

15 April 2015

spotElection appeal update

"Too little, too late" could sum up the Labour Party manifesto, writes Naomi Byron, Socialist Party finance team

15 April 2015

spotReview: Gods of Gold

Iain Dalton reviews Gods of Gold by Chris Nickson

15 April 2015

spotStanding in line, hoping for work

Hoping to get some work, I recently joined 200 other people queuing before 5.30am at Flower World in Derby

15 April 2015

spotRemembering a lost generation

Artist and Socialist Party member Peter Robson has been commissioned by Bradford Cathedral's arts space (which is funded by the arts council) to provide paintings at an exhibition in May 2016

15 April 2015

spotBromley council workers show how to fight Tories

Unite members working at Bromley council have begun a fight to defend public services from privatisation, oppose cuts to pay and conditions and defend the right of workers to be organised in a trade union

15 April 2015

spotGlasgow and Dundee: All-out strikes demand fair pay

Empty chairs at the Glasgow Homlessness workers' negotiating table

Empty chairs at the Glasgow Homlessness workers' negotiating table

One hundred and seventeen Dundee hospital porters and 70 local government workers in Glasgow are on strike in separate but similar disputes for fair pay and recognition for the job that they do

17 April 2015

spotThe 100% anti-austerity election broadcast - tonight!

TUSC against cuts

Tonight TUSC has its first party election broadcast transmitted across England, Wales and Scotland.

18 April 2015

spotGlobal Fast Food Rights day of action

Campaigners are protesting against 0-hr contracts and for a 10/hr minimum wage

19 April 2015

spotOnly TUSC can be trusted to save local services

"You're the first person who has made sense in this election" said a council worker

20 April 2015

spotGlasgow South TUSC candidate 'impressed the most'

Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate Brian Smith got an excellent response at the Common Weal Glasgow South hustings on Thursday, which over 150 attended

20 April 2015

spotGlobal action day against TTIP

Salford TUSC organised a protest early on Saturday morning outside our local hospital

20 April 2015

spotSalford TUSC to unveil billboard

"Our hoarding against their hoarding!"

21 April 2015

spotMay Day support for jailed labour activists in Iran

Shiva Mahbobi reports on the plight of labour activists in Iran

21 April 2015

spotTUSC v broadcasters and banksters

"I have been looking for a party I could believe in ... after tonight's broadcast I think I've found it", said one trade unionist

22 April 2015

spotStop NHS cuts!

Over 1,000 people marched in Leeds on Saturday 28 April in defence of the NHS , photo Iain Dalton

30bn NHS funding shortfall: Like a tiny plaster over a gaping wound, promises to improve the NHS made by the establishment parties are worthless

22 April 2015

spotFast food workers hungry for justice

Low-paid workers around the planet took action on 15 April. The day of action protested against low pay and encouraged workers to organise to improve their lot

22 April 2015

spotNUS women's conference

Now is a time when fighting back is becoming ever more important. But no mass organisations are willing to play the role of leaders. Socialist Students has to step up!

22 April 2015

spotElection appeal update

"TUSC does what it says on the tin" - Bob Crow. The brilliant election broadcast made that clear to even more people

22 April 2015

spotUsdaw conference

The past year has been a bruising one for retail and distribution workers. One supermarket company after another has faced a crisis while high street shop closures have failed to significantly slow, writes Stop the supermarket bosses' attacks on workers.

22 April 2015

spotPay issues dominate at Unison Health conference

Health workers gathered in Liverpool for Unison Health conference on 13-14 April, coming at a time when the NHS has become a key election battleground

22 April 2015

spotKone engineers

Across the country around 300 engineering service workers, employed by the lift firm Kone, are holding regular Monday strikes

22 April 2015

spotCWU conference: We need a fighting trade union

This year's Communication Workers' Union conference will be the last with Billy Hayes as general secretary following his recent election defeat to Dave Ward

22 April 2015

spotDallas dreams or fracking nightmare?

Oil reserves have been discovered in the Horse Hill area around Gatwick airport. The chief executive of UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) claimed there were up to 100 billion gallons of oil

22 April 2015

spotJanner scandal: ruling class closes ranks

The latest in the series of horrific mass child sexual abuse scandals is around Greville Janner, a Labour Party member of the House of Lords

22 April 2015

spot'A breath of fresh air'

TUSC candidate Megan Ollerhead explains why she's standing

22 April 2015

spotStanding up for workers in Derby South

As a support worker in the health sector for people with complex needs I'm angry with what is happening to people due to cuts

22 April 2015

spotTUSC's election broadcast - "at last - a left wing alternative"

On Friday 17 April the TUSC party political broadcast aired on all five terrestrial TV channels

22 April 2015

spotHousing crisis: We demand rent controls!

There is a severe crisis in housing. Low pay and sky-high rents mean that private renters spend over half their income paying the rent.

22 April 2015

spotLabour is facing electoral oblivion in Scotland

The Scottish National Party (SNP) launched its election manifesto as opinion polls point to a SNP landslide at Labour's expense on 7 May

22 April 2015

spotFleeing refugees drown in 'Mediterranean cemetery'

Hundreds drowned in the Mediterranean Sea last week when their flimsy people-smuggling boats capsized off the Libyan coast

22 April 2015

spotTories reassure tax avoiders

In what may not be the most shocking news, a frank admission has exposed the Con-Dem government's reported 'crackdown' on tax avoidance as being nothing more than posturing

22 April 2015

spotBeyond the Pale - capitalism and the environment

In the UK's general election, environment and climate change are issues the establishment parties want to downplay, if not try to forget about entirely, writes Pete Dickenson.

22 April 2015

spotThem & Us

The government has been slammed over privatising the processing of visa applications to the UK

22 April 2015

spot30 years ago: 250,000 school students walked out.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the 1985 school student strikes. Militant, the predecessor of the Socialist Party, played a leading role in organising them

22 April 2015

spotElection: Distorted effect of anger against austerity

TUSC campaigners in Milton Keynes, 18.4.15

The desperate measures of both Labour and the Tories to gain votes by stealing each other's clothes have made virtually no difference to the polls

23 April 2015

spotWales: Hundreds protest cuts to adult education

Staff and students across colleges in Wales took part in protests against cuts

24 April 2015

spotTUSC radio broadcast

27 April 2015

spotBus workers' strike

Over 300 bus drivers, engineers and support staff came out on a 48-hour strike

27 April 2015

spotLabour's policy won't solve crisis

This week the housing crisis finally reached Westminster.

28 April 2015

spotLabour Party link dominates conference discussion

CWU conference report

28 April 2015

spotMeet the TUSCs taking on the austerity-mongers

Who are the TUSCs? Not career politicians but nurses, teachers, rail workers, firefighters, low-paid young workers ...

30 April 2015

spotWhy you should join the socialists

Are you sickened that in the last year one million people had to rely on food banks?

30 April 2015

spotGreece: gold mining meeting

150 people attended a public meeting organised by Xekinima (CWI Greece) in Thessaloniki about the struggle against gold mining in Halkidiki

30 April 2015

spotAnd the rich just get richer!

Membership of this club doesn't come cheap. In fact, it'll cost you a minimum of 100 million to be featured in the Sunday Times Rich List

30 April 2015

spotThe Socialist election schedule

This bumper May Day greetings issue of the Socialist lasts a fortnight from 30 April to 13 May

30 April 2015

spotBromley workers escalate strikes

Unite members working for Bromley council have begun a big escalation of the strike campaign launched to defend workers' rights and fight off mass privatisation, writes Socialist Party members in Bromley.

30 April 2015

spotBradford bus drivers strike against job losses

Hundreds of First West Yorkshire bus drivers and engineers were on strike in Bradford on 27-28 April, officially against the transfer of a bus service to the Halifax depot with a loss of eight jobs, writes Iain Dalton.

30 April 2015

spotBarking bin workers walkout over pay cuts

GMB members working for the Barking and Dagenham refuse collection continued strike action against 1,000 annual pay cuts on 23-24 April

30 April 2015

spotDundee porters force NHS bosses to retreat

The strike by 117 Dundee hospital porters is gaining huge support from across the city and beyond. The Unite union members began selective strike action nine weeks ago and, as we go to press, are now in

30 April 2015

spotPop star and activist Jawad Ahmad backs TUSC

Jawad Ahmad is renowned in Pakistan for his songs and his politics

30 April 2015

spotEstablishment witch-hunt in Tower Hamlets

In a blatantly undemocratic political act, an Election Court judge has barred Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman from office

30 April 2015

spotRent controls? Another Labour fudge

It's a testament to housing campaigners, including socialists in TUSC, that the Labour Party has finally felt compelled to offer a mild redress to the housing crisis, by proposing to peg private landlords' rent rises to the rate of inflation for three years

30 April 2015

spotThem & Us

Viva Cuba?: Rent control to stop excessive rents being charged by rip-off private landlords is very popular

30 April 2015

spotWhy many class fighters won't vote Labour

In the Guardian on 22 April, Owen Jones said: "If you want to look in the eyes of those people pummelled by callous Tory policies, vote Labour - and be prepared to fight."

30 April 2015

spot125 years of May Day: Learn lessons of past struggles

May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

This year marks the 125th International Workers' Day, or 'May Day'. The original call for workers' demonstrations around the world on 1 May was made in July 1889 at the International Socialist Workers Congress in Paris

30 April 2015

spotIreland: crucial stage for water charges

The first bills for water charges are being sent out in April and May to all homes in Ireland

30 April 2015

spotMoD IT workers demand decent pay

PCS civil service union members working for computing firm CSC in Glasgow and Gosport took five days' strike action from 20 April for a fair pay award

30 April 2015

spotGlasgow homelessness caseworkers' strike

The indefinite all-out strike of the Glasgow homeless caseworkers is still going strong after over a month

30 April 2015

spotWhy I'm standing

I first came across TUSC on a campaign stall in Allenton. I realised we had the same ideals. I would like to save the NHS, nationalise our industries, defend public services...

30 April 2015

spotAfter the election: prepare for the battles to come

While no one yet knows which political party or parties will be in government after the general election, many of the tasks facing the trade union and anti-cuts movement after polling day are already clear

30 April 2015

spotNHS in crisis

Cuts and privatisation kill, photo Paul Mattsson

Cuts and privatisation kill, photo Paul Mattsson

Reverse all cuts and privatisation: The scene: a Medical Incident Officer - a standby doctor normally called upon for major accidents - arrives at Worcestershire Royal Hospital to treat patients who have been waiting for hours, untreated in ambulances outside the hospital

30 April 2015

spotAnti-cuts councillor set to defend seat

This election campaign has shown the rising tide of anti-austerity anger

30 April 2015

spotKey working class fighters rally to TUSC

photo Paul Mattsson

Why trade unionists, tenants' leaders and justice campaigners are backing TUSC

30 April 2015

spotSocialist plan or capitalist chaos

Apart from TUSC - with its brilliantly effective TV broadcast and general programme for socialist change - none of the big or even the smaller parties have been prepared to offer any alternative to the existing capitalist system

30 April 2015

spotWhy the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition?

TUSC prospective candidates on the national march against racism, 21/03/15, photo Paul Mattsson

It's crunch time. As Britain heads to the polls - and awaits the outcome of subsequent political horse trading - who will fight for the interests of ordinary people?

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