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3 April 2019

spotReclaim the Game book launch

The largest branch of transport union RMT - London Underground Engineering, this year named the Bob Crow branch to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the death of the union's towering general secretary - hosted the launch of the latest edition of Reclaim the Game

3 April 2019

spotEnd Tory cold cruelty: life under austerity in Merthyr

Scrap Universal Credit now: Merthyr has received a bad press as the "benefit capital of Britain". The Mirror newspaper pointed out the average male life expectancy on one of the estates is lower than Haiti's. But it's a friendly town.

3 April 2019

spotChesterfield hospital privatisation plans

Chesterfield Royal Hospital is going ahead with plans to introduce a wholly owned subsidiary company - Derbyshire Support and Facilitates Services.

3 April 2019

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports of trade union struggles including strikes by government workers and train cleaners in London.

3 April 2019

spotSocialist change not climate change

Young people are taking up mass protest action as a means of defending our planet from the ravages of environmental destruction.

3 April 2019

spotVote for socialist mayor and council candidates

Devastating 62% cuts in Leicester: In Leicester, spending on all council services, excluding social care, has been slashed by no less than 62% in ten years. This has had a devastating effect.

3 April 2019

spotNHS marches in Yorkshire and London

Campaigners and trade unionists came together to march through Leeds city centre and say that, despite the government's chronic paralysis over Brexit, the Tory plans to destroy our health service are still ongoing.

3 April 2019

spotFinancing the fightback

The Socialist Party stands for workers. Unlike the capitalist political parties, we don't take any big corporate donations, meaning that we aren't financially accountable to the bosses and they can't control us.

3 April 2019

spotDiscussion and debate at Leeds Trans Pride

Transphobic hate crimes are going up. Trans people have gained some legal protections but still face high levels of unemployment and around a two-year wait for NHS services.

3 April 2019

spotSocialists say we need a workers' Brexit at Young Labour debate

Leicester Socialist Party member Tom Barker put the case for a socialist Brexit at an EU debate, organised by Leicester Young Labour, on 21 March. Blairite MP Liz Kendall and MEP Rory Palmer were due to speak, but unfortunately both backed out at the last minute.

3 April 2019

spotMueller report underlines Democrats' weakness

The long-awaited key findings of Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's ties to Russia have been made public.

3 April 2019

spot40 years after Three Mile Island disaster

On the morning of 28 March 1979, pumps feeding water into the steam generator at Three Mile Island's No.2 (TMI-2) nuclear reactor near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, failed. Emergency shutdown systems appeared to have worked correctly - but they hadn't.

3 April 2019

spotCorporate capitalism jeopardises air safety

On 10 March, shortly after take-off, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max passenger jet slammed into the ground, killing all 157 on board. Months earlier another 737 Max, operated by Lion Air, crashed in similar circumstances, killing 189 passengers and crew.

3 April 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including racism in football, cuts in Liverpool and imperialism at Oxford uni.

3 April 2019

spotCuts and chaos. Enough. General election now!

Pro-capitalist politicians are united in wanting to keep Corbyn out. They are afraid of the millions of working-class people who could be mobilised if they see the opportunity to fight for socialist change.

3 April 2019

spotCorbyn and workers' movement must lead fight for general election and socialist alternative to EU bosses' club

Parliamentary 'Brexishambles' continues: Yet again, the immediate future of the plans for Britain leaving the EU remains unclear.

3 April 2019

spotProbation privatisation failure

"Irredeemably flawed" is the verdict of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Probation, five years on from the break-up and part-privatisation of the service.

3 April 2019

spotGreenwich Unite demands workers brought in-house

Unite the Union has blasted Greenwich council for the continuing uncertainty being suffered by over 700 staff at GSPlus/GSS - the company set up by the council to compete for contracts.

3 April 2019

spotWorking families in poverty: fund homes and childcare

In the UK, 2.9 million children from working families are now living in poverty, reports the Department for Work and Pensions. And more than a third of babies are living below the poverty line, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

3 April 2019

spotToxic Grenfell fire residue threatens survivors

Cancer-causing chemicals and other potentially harmful toxins have been found close to Grenfell Tower in fire debris and soil samples, according to the University of Central Lancashire.

3 April 2019

spotPoor doors, segregated playgrounds

Haven't the Tories and Blairites got enough to answer for without barring poor children from playgrounds? An investigation by the Guardian has showed yet another side of life under the 'Nasty Party' and its shadows on the right of Labour.

3 April 2019

spotPCS elections: Support socialist candidates

National elections in the PCS civil servants' union start on 16 April and finish 9 May. They are for the national executive committee (NEC), which is elected annually, and the assistant general secretary (AGS) position - elected for a five-year term

10 April 2019

spotLondon Overground cleaners strike for better pay

Socialist Party members supported low-paid workers employed by private company Vinci on the London Overground

10 April 2019

spotLocal government in crisis: councillors can fight cuts!

By cutting, Labour councils deliver a double whammy for the Tories, who get what they want and get Labour to share the blame too

10 April 2019

spotOrganise against climate change, austerity and capitalism

Build a socialist fightback

10 April 2019

spotOnly socialism can stop capitalism's plastic problem

A democratic, socialist planned economy could produce sustainable and environmentally safe materials

10 April 2019

spotBoot out the Tories - end austerity

Theresa May's 'Brexishambles' keeps rolling on. And we're sick of it!

10 April 2019

spotStop Tory NHS destruction

Budget deficits, cancer service privatisation, vacant posts, 100,000 outsourced - and campaign victories!

10 April 2019

spotThem & us

It's one world for the super-rich, and enotehr for the rest of us. Socialism worries, bills, uni art splurge, agency austerity

10 April 2019

spotNEU conference: organise for the key battles to come

National Education Union: The 2019 conference will provide opportunities for action on pay, and discussions on workload, testing, curriculum and more

10 April 2019

spotSupport the Glasgow Airport pay and pensions strike

Unite the Union should coordinate for action with workers at Aberdeen and Southampton airports

10 April 2019

spotAlgeria: Bouteflika is finished but the Algerian revolution is not!

The force of the revolutionary movement in Algeria is similar to that of the first weeks of the Arab Spring

10 April 2019

spotChina: police state in Xinjiang under global spotlight

After decades of silence, world governments have woken up to the brutal repression against China's ten million Uighur Muslims

10 April 2019

spotLeicester NHS Trust and the brutal reality of cuts

For about an hour, the audience bombarded the Trust's representative with story after emotional story about the devastating effects of NHS cuts

10 April 2019

spotSocial cleansing continues in Southwark

Divine Rescue, a homelessness charity, is being evicted from its council-owned premises on the Aylesbury estate in Southwark

10 April 2019

spotNewcastle anti-fascist demo

The trade union movement must start to take the threat of the far right seriously and organise accordingly

10 April 2019

spotSouth Yorkshire Freedom Riders - still battling on

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders held rallies on 1 April marking five years of our struggle for the full restoration of travel pass rights

10 April 2019

spotGateshead FC crisis: save our Heed!

Socialist Party members have suggested Gateshead Soul organise a protest in the town centre and have also raised the possibility of fans' ownership of the club

10 April 2019

spotLow pay, long hours, isolation - a taxi driver speaks out

"An Uber driver has to work 35 hours a week just to break even... Then to make any money you just keep racking up the hours"

10 April 2019

spot'Traitors': Cold War cloak and daggers as capitalist powers spy on allies

TV review: At the end of World War Two, US imperialism calculated the British Empire was a spent force and the US could take on the mantle of world power

10 April 2019

spotCorbyn must demand election, defend workers' interests and fight for a socialist Brexit

May has been trying to get an extension to Article 50 until the end of June

10 April 2019

spotEnd the school funding crisis

A meeting was instigated because of threatened redundancies at Henry Maynard School

10 April 2019

spotHealth Campaigns Together AGM success

It is clear that, in the event of a Jeremy Corbyn government, the workers' movement will have to pressure the front bench to stick to its manifesto commitments

10 April 2019

spotReject the rotten NUS 'reforms'

The National Union of Students is on the brink of bankruptcy thanks to successive right-wing leaderships

10 April 2019

spotGender pay gap widening

The Socialist Party demands that trade unions take a lead in fighting for public investment in well-paid jobs for all

10 April 2019

spotSouthampton Hospital security workers strike

The workers lack sufficient 'personal protective equipment' - for months they have sustained serious injuries, and found no support from bosses

10 April 2019

spotLeicester Socialist Party letter for no-cuts budget

Socialist Party mayoral candidate in Leicester, Steve Score, has written to candidates in the local elections to ask if they would support a no-cuts budget

10 April 2019

spotPCS: vote Yes for action, back socialists in the elections!

A leadership prepared to stand up to the many challenges is crucial

10 April 2019

spotWorkers discuss action to save Honda jobs

A meeting was called by the NSSN following the demo to save Honda jobs in Swindon

12 April 2019

spotExtinction Rebellion

Thousands of people took part in the bridge-blocking protests called by Extinction Rebellion over a series of weekends in November 2018

16 April 2019

spotVital local strikes and a national pay ballot - vote for a fighting leadership

Huge attacks face workers represented by union PCS

17 April 2019

spotAssange arrest: US and allied governments seeking revenge for exposing dirty wars

After seven years of self-imposed exile in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was dragged from his place of asylum and arrested by the Metropolitan police.

17 April 2019

spotEngels' classic essential for understanding socialist ideas old and 'new'

As Tony Saunois points out in his foreword to the new Socialist Books reprint, 'Socialism: Utopian and Scientific' remains one of the best introductions to Marxist ideas.

17 April 2019

spotReal life on Universal Credit: "As soon as I get billed for my electric, I'm finished"

Hi. I'm Luke. I live alone and I'm on Universal Credit.

17 April 2019

spotSudan: No to rule of the generals!

After 30 years of dictatorship in Sudan, historic mass protests have achieved the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir in a forced 'palace coup' by the generals. Following this, a 'transitional military council' was established, with defence minister Amhed Awad Ibn Auf sworn in as president.

17 April 2019

spotLabour councils must act now to save our schools!

A new Ofsted report shows that educational support for vulnerable children is failing. The report outlines how thousands of children are being taught in alternative provision, often in very poor conditions with no qualified teachers.

17 April 2019

spotCouncil elections - an opportunity to present a socialist alternative to cuts

On 2 May council elections are taking place in England, along with six directly elected mayors. The Socialist Party is contesting around 40 seats across the country, as well as the mayoral election in Leicester.

17 April 2019

spotActivists rally in fight for more council housing and against high rents

At a well-attended public meeting in Bracknell on 8 April local activists, including Socialist Party members, met to discuss building a campaign against homelessness, high rents and the lack of council housing in the area.

17 April 2019

spotAlternative housing awards

Recently, the UK Housing Awards website said its annual event at the plush Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on 1 May would be hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan.

17 April 2019

spot'Reforms' hollow out the NUS

National Union of Socialists (NUS) conference met this year in Glasgow to decide the future of the union. The so-called 'turnaround motion', drawn up by the leadership in response to a financial black hole in NUS accounts, was passed.

17 April 2019

spotNo-fault evictions ban, but cuts leave tenants vulnerable

You know that things have got bad for private renters when even the Tories realise they need to look like they're doing something to stop the chronic exploitation of tenants.

17 April 2019

spotCuts drive council tax debt

During the campaign against the Poll Tax, we used to say that the tax was unfair because a lord in his manor was expected to pay the same as a dustman down the road.

17 April 2019

spotLabour needs socialist policies to solve "climate emergency"

October's UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report said there is only 12 years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C to avoid devastating effects.

17 April 2019

spotArriva Rail North cleaners fight bosses' punitive pay arrears

Cleaning staff on Arriva Rail North have been told by their employer, outsourcer ISS, that they will be forced to work eleven days with pay owed in arrears. Members of transport union RMT protested outside Manchester Victoria station on 10 April.

17 April 2019

spotDeliveroo workers protest at firm's Nottingham roadshow

Deliveroo riders and supporters protested in Nottingham on 13 April at the company's 'roadshow' in the city centre.

17 April 2019

spotRight wing tries to block campaigning

1.3mn ballot papers are going out to members of Unison to elect their national leadership.

17 April 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist including National Action, socialists miners and the army.

17 April 2019

spotTories facing electoral meltdown

But only a socialist alternative to austerity can finish them off!
With two weeks to go before local elections in 271 councils in England, the Tories are facing the loss of many council seats.

17 April 2019

spot20 years of the minimum wage: Fight for a real living wage for every worker

The minimum wage was one of the very few pro-worker steps taken by a right-wing Labour government

17 April 2019

spot£100 billion for bosses - cuts for us.

MPs get extension after extension on their Brexit crisis. But there are no extensions for workers and young people on our suffocating rent and bills.

17 April 2019

spotLabour looks to Bank of England to stall house prices

£400 billion worth of land - about 10% of the land mass - has been privatised since 1979, making it the biggest single privatisation, according to economist Brett Christophers.

17 April 2019

spotNewham bin workers ballot for strikes

Refuse workers employed by Newham Council in east London could have lost more than £20,000 each in the last decade in a dispute over grading.

17 April 2019

spotSchool staff demand action on pay and testing at NEU conference

School workers' anger has been expressed at the 2019 conference of the National Education Union (NEU).

22 April 2019

spotSri Lanka: No to terrorist bombing

United workers' struggle can cut off growth of racism and division
Victims of this attack were from all Sri Lanka's main ethnic and religious groups

24 April 2019

spotHousing associations - stop the segregation

The Guardian recently reported that a 'social landlord' threatened a tenant for speaking to the press about segregated facilities for social tenants and private tenants in the same housing block

24 April 2019

spotNorthern Ireland: killing of Lyra McKee

Trade union movement must act: A mass, trade union-led campaign must oppose both the repression and the dire social conditions which drive young people into armed groups

24 April 2019

spotThe striking relevance of Leon Trotsky's Theory of Permanent Revolution

A study of this outstanding theoretical contribution by Leon Trotsky is a great assistance in helping the working class and a new generation of revolutionary socialists

24 April 2019

spotPCS union: strikes against poverty pay and job losses - vote Yes in national pay ballot

PCS national pay ballot - one week to go: Vote for Chris Baugh and Democracy Alliance in union elections

24 April 2019

spotDoncaster NHS strike to stop terms and conditions attack

When Sodexo refused to match the latest NHS pay rise, staff voted to strike

24 April 2019

spotAusterity must go! Kick out the Tories - we need a Socialist Alternative

The local elections on 2 May provide an opportunity to strike against the Tories - but Labour councillors have been doing their dirty work

24 April 2019

spotLeicester mayoral husting: only two choices - stop the cuts or make the cuts

Only the Socialist Party stands clearly against the cuts. No other Leicester candidate has a programme to deliver on their promises.

24 April 2019

spotShac to name and shame housing bosses

The Unite union housing workers' branch and Social Housing Action Campaign are holding their annual name-and-shame 'Alternative Housing Awards' on 1 May

24 April 2019

spotSocialist red lines needed for Brexit talks

Now '29 March' is to be "no later than 31 October", although a further extension at that point has not been ruled out. Absolutely nothing has been resolved.

24 April 2019

spotHow to save the planet? End capitalism; Socialist change

Editorial of the Socialist, issue 1039: Capitalism is a blind, unplanned system where the only driving force is the need to maximise profits. The change that is needed is socialist.

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