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Archive for April 2021

6 April 2021

spotRight-wing Labour and Tory commissioners out!

Socialist Party members helped build for a protest called by Liverpool Trades Council.

7 April 2021

spotReport condones vigil police violence - democratic community control a necessity

On 13 March, Socialist Party members were among the thousands who participated in a respectful but determined act of mass defiance following the ban on the vigil for Sarah Everard

7 April 2021

spotLow-paid workers shouldn't pay for Covid crisis

On 1 April the minimum wage was increased from £8.71 to £8.91 an hour for those aged 23 and over. For low-paid workers this was welcome news. However, for myself and fellow furloughed workers this wasn't

7 April 2021

spotPimlico Academy protests: "Run by racists for profit"

Anger has been growing in schools for a long time. Decades of underfunding, increasing class sizes and growing pressure around exam results have created schools which feel more like exam factories then

7 April 2021

spotAcademy schools have become business ventures

The process of selecting a secondary school for your child can be an agonising one for many parents. In 2005 I viewed about a dozen and chose Pimlico. The headteacher seemed a nice guy and the leadership

7 April 2021

spotMarley Tiles workers strike against bullying bosses

"The highest-paid bullies in the world", was the view of a striker at Marley Tiles near Reading taking part in a 24-hour strike on 31 March.

7 April 2021

spotNew British Gas deadline and strike dates

British Gas engineers will continue their strike on 14 April, the new deadline set for signing new contracts being forced on workers using 'fire and rehire'.

7 April 2021

spotBristol Water walkout

GMB members at Bristol Water took strike action on 6 April for fair pay.

7 April 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

7 April 2021

spotChildcare in crisis: A socialist solution

Over the last year, Covid-19 has magnified the vast deep-rooted inequalities in the capitalist system. One problem which has been felt most acutely by working women is that of childcare.

7 April 2021

spotGMB general secretary election: A fighting, socialist leadership needed

The GMB general trade union has begun the election process for a new general secretary. It is a year since the toxic environment around previous general secretary Tim Roach was exposed, and it is no accident

7 April 2021

spotFighting Fund: An amazing £39,948 raised

Congratulations to all Socialist Party members and supporters who helped us smash through the Fighting Fund target for this quarter - reaching a fantastic £39,948, 160% of the target.

7 April 2021

spot1981 Brixton riots: Racism and poverty - the anger explodes

April 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the riots in Brixton, south London, against police racism, unemployment and poverty.

7 April 2021

spotBrazil: Bolsonaro regime plunges into a deeper crisis

Ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, Brazil's far-right government has been plunged into a deeper, far-reaching political crisis

7 April 2021

spotFormer Labour parliamentary candidate to stand for TUSC

James Osben, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Newton Abbot in the 2017 and 2019 general elections, has resigned from Labour and is standing as a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate on 6 May

7 April 2021

spotPay NHS staff 15%


Vote socialist on 6 May
100,000 nurses could quit the NHS. Yet the government offers only an insulting 1% pay deal. The health unions, supported by the wider trade union movement, must call a national demonstration - to prepare for strike action if necessary.

7 April 2021

spotRacism exists! Unite to fight all inequality

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities concluded that claims of institutional racism are "not borne out"

7 April 2021

spotElect a socialist leadership to fight for national action and a united campaign

This year's elections for the executive of the biggest education union, the NEU, come at an important time for educators.

7 April 2021

spotDefiance continues against anti-protest bill

Reports from Newcastle, Sheffield, London, Cheltenham, Northampton and York

7 April 2021

spotSexism in education: It shouldn't be like this!

The posts on the website 'Everyone's Invited' are shocking and heartbreaking.

7 April 2021

spotThe system is broken... youth unite and fight back

Covid-19 has brought a sense of crisis especially for young people.

7 April 2021

spotLondon: #BuhariMustGo protests are back

'Hypocrisy' was probably the most used word on the recent #BuhariMustGo protests in London.

7 April 2021

spotCouncillors have a choice - don't vote for cuts

330 TUSC candidates are standing in the 6 May elections

14 April 2021

spotHow to deal with the tax-dodging mega-rich? Nationalise!

Global media company Forbes recently published its 'World's Billionaires List'. When compared with Unicef's prediction that 140 million children will fall below the poverty line as a result of the

14 April 2021

spotAmazon - union vote lost

Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, lost an attempt to unionise their workplace. This disappointing ballot result is understandable given the vicious anti-union campaign waged by Amazon chiefs, and the

14 April 2021

spotTory hypocrisy over housing benefit cut

Tory MPs have claimed £3 million in housing rent payments at the same time as voting to effectively cut housing benefit for low-income households in the private rental sector.

14 April 2021

spotUS cops shoot dead another black man

Incredibly, in the middle of the trial of white cop Derek Chauvin, accused of murdering unarmed black man George Floyd, a Minnesota white cop shot dead 20-year-old black motorist Duante Wright, who had been stopped for a traffic violation.

14 April 2021

spotSt Mungo's maintenance workers on indefinite strike

Maintenance workers in the troubled homelessness charity St Mungo's have voted for indefinite strike action

14 April 2021

spotThousands of London bus workers strike across multiple companies

4,000 London bus drivers have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over remote sign-on policy. 96% of Unite members at Metroline West and 97% at Metroline Travel voted for industrial action on routes

14 April 2021

spotRally for sacked RMT rep Declan

Southampton's lockdown easing on 12 April was met with a loud and vibrant protest in solidarity with sacked RMT bus safety rep Declan Clune

14 April 2021

spotEast London cleaners fight outsourcing and redundancies

Cleaners at the University of East London downed tools against two-tier conditions on Tuesday 13 April

14 April 2021

spotBristol Water workers walk out

GMB members organised a lively first picket line outside the headquarters of Bristol Water on 6 April.

14 April 2021

spotSPS Technologies workers end strike after management backs down

Unite members at SPS Technologies in Leicester have ended their strike action against the attempt by management to attack their terms and conditions using 'fire and rehire' tactics.

14 April 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

14 April 2021

spotWhy you should join the Socialist Party

If you're reading this, chances are you see yourself as a socialist. Maybe you bought the paper you're currently holding after meeting Socialist Party members out campaigning for this May's local elections.

14 April 2021

spotCardiff: Hundreds protest to free Siyanda

300 people attended a demonstration in Cardiff city centre on 10 April in support of Siyanda Mngaza, organised by Young Socialists Wales

14 April 2021

spotWorcester: Kill the Bill

150 people, of all ages, protested against the Tories' anti-protest law (see back page). Lots of people signed the Kill the Bill petitions on our Socialist Party campaign stall. People were talking to

14 April 2021

spotFighting fund target smashed. Can we do it again?

Socialist Party members and supporters have done brilliant work in making sure we smashed through our fighting fund target for the last quarter.

14 April 2021

spotTUSC: Launching a working-class electoral alternative in London

On Friday 9 April, over 70 attended the online campaign launch rally organised by the London Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), gearing up for the London elections on 6 May.

14 April 2021

spotLondon housing crisis: vote TUSC to fight back

Misery. That's what renting in London means for millions. But with elections coming up, Londoners can push back against profiteering developers and politicians - by voting TUSC.

14 April 2021

spotTensions escalate in Northern Ireland

Images of young people rioting in Belfast and elsewhere, countered by police using water cannon, conjured up scenes from the period of the 'Troubles'

14 April 2021

spotYouth under attack

The government has postponed the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill until later in the year. But there is still an ongoing movement to completely kill this authoritarian legislation.

14 April 2021

spotSupport the Broad Left Network for a democratic, fighting union leadership

The ballot for PCS president and NEC opens on 22 April

14 April 2021

spotStudents in action: Protest on 21 April

Students have gone through a radically changed learning environment, at great cost

14 April 2021

spot'Covid passports' discriminatory and questionable - fight for workplace safety

The government hasn't yet clarified how 'passports' would work, but the dangers are apparent.

14 April 2021

spotWorkers strike and protest

Socialist Party and Young Socialist members showed solidarity with striking Deliveroo riders.

14 April 2021

spotNHS pay: reject Tories' miserly 1% 'offer' - Fight for full 15% rise

The 1% increase is effectively a pay cut.

14 April 2021

spot1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism

Lessons from history: "Realising only by the abolition of this hideous capitalist system can the horror of unemployment be removed from our midst, I here and now take upon myself a binding oath, to never cease from active strife against this system until capitalism is abolished and our country and its resources truly be

14 April 2021

spotThurrock council workers striking against pay cuts, photo Dave Murray

Thurrock council workers striking against pay cuts, photo by Dave Murray

Thurrock council workers striking against pay cuts, photo by Dave Murray

14 April 2021

spotEvery voter in Wales has the opportunity to vote for TUSC

The Wales TUSC election campaign got off to a cracking start

14 April 2021

spotCovid inquiry? Workers must decide

Put Tories and capitalism in the dock: Boris Johnson has presided over a coronavirus catastrophe that has left over 127,000 people dead

21 April 2021

spotGreensill scandal, Corruption ... Build a socialist alternative

From 'cash for questions', to 'honours' for business people, and now the Greensill scandal - the rotten character of capitalist politics is revealed again and again

21 April 2021

spotClimate change - Johnson spouts 'greenwash 2.0'

Boris Johnson grabbed the headlines with his announcement of a legally binding commitment to a 78% reduction in carbon dioxide gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2035 - some 15 years earlier than previously planned.

21 April 2021

spotUSA: cop killings and the anti-racist movement

As the Socialist goes to the printers, the verdict by jurors in the trial of white cop Derek Chauvin, accused of murdering unarmed black man George Floyd, is expected

21 April 2021

spotLong Covid: Fight for jobs, benefits and services

Illness and disability lasting more than three months after Covid affects almost 700,000 people in Britain

21 April 2021

spotCovid and precarious workers - union organisation vital

The Trades Union Congress confederation has produced hard facts showing what the Socialist has long argued: namely, that workers on zero-hour contracts and in other precarious jobs are twice as likely to have died from Covid-19 compared to other, more secure, occupations.

21 April 2021

spotNews in brief

Spycops inquiry - end political policing: The Undercover Policing Inquiry is set to resume between 21 April and 14 May. It is set to further expose police spying on left-wing political activists. This second round of hearings will cover the activity

21 April 2021

spotFight back against British Gas bosses' 'fire and rehire' offensive

On their 43rd day of strike action on 14 April, hundreds of GMB members in British Gas were facing the sack after refusing to agree the imposition of new contracts

21 April 2021

spotRetail workers desperately need a fighting and democratic union

Usdaw conference 2021: Although the right wing in Usdaw has made gains in recent union elections, the results do not represent any enthusiasm for them, as shown by the fact that the right wing's preferred candidate for president, Jane Jones, received over 2,000 fewer votes than Socialist Party member and incumbent Amy Mu

21 April 2021

spotPCS leadership ballot underway

The ballot for PCS president and national executive committee opens on 22 April and runs to 13 May. PCS is the union for government workers in the civil service and public and private sectors.

21 April 2021

spotCWU BT ballot - time for action now!

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced the intention to hold a ballot for industrial action, the aim being to use a massive 'yes' vote as leverage to defend jobs and worksites across all BT Groups

21 April 2021

spotBallots to defend reps on Woolwich Ferry

Unite members working for Transport for London (TfL) at the Woolwich Ferry site in London began a ballot for strike action on 16 May.

21 April 2021

spotThurrock bin workers solid in strike against pay cuts

Thurrock refuse workers' action against drastic cuts in pay completed its first week in fine form. Workers are taking daily strike action from 9am, returning refuse vehicles to the depot and joining the

21 April 2021

spotDon't trust the Labour right's empty promises

Vote TUSC for a strategy and programme to defeat Covid austerity: What would you put on your election leaflet if you were a candidate for the Tories or Starmer's Labour

21 April 2021

spotKeep Liverpool council's One Stop Shops open

In the 1980s, when the Labour council in Liverpool was led by supporters of the Militant newspaper, forerunner of the Socialist, one of the reforms that was implemented was the opening of eight 'One Stop Shops' across the city

21 April 2021

spotLiverpool hustings - only TUSC has a strategy to take on the Tories

Liverpool mayoral candidate Roger Bannister for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) took part in the first online hustings of the election campaign on Tuesday 13 April.

21 April 2021

spotCarlisle campaign day success

We had a very productive day of action in our Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition election campaign in Carlisle

21 April 2021

spotSocialist Party members - part of a left challenge for Unison's leadership

Unison union elections: Despite the recent election of 'Keir Starmer-friendly' Christina McAnea as the Unison General Secretary in January, the elections for the national executive council (NEC) could see the union executive swing to the left

21 April 2021

spotProtests continue against proposed anti-protest laws

Southampton: Guildhall Square in Southampton rang out to chants of "Kill the Bill" for the second time this month

21 April 2021

spotWith public campaigning back in full swing - now is the time to raise fighting fund

With the gradual easing of the Covid restrictions, more and more Socialist Party branches are able to hold campaign stalls and are getting a good response

21 April 2021

spotLeft candidate, Pedro Castillo - surprise of Peruvian elections

The second round of the presidential elections in Peru, which takes place on 6 June, will see left candidate Pedro Castillo contest right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori.

21 April 2021

spotSuperpowers' tensions continue to ratchet up

A further deterioration in relations between the US administration, and its allies, with Putin's regime in Russia has ratcheted-up tensions between the two blocs.

21 April 2021

spotFight to stop cuts

6 May elections: In the run-up to the 6 May elections we have an opportunity to build the fight against austerity and the damage it has done to our lives.

21 April 2021

spotHousing activists storm multi-million pound rental firm's offices

A lively day of action on housing swept through East London

21 April 2021

spotNo trust in billionaire owners - kick them out and reclaim the game

The withdrawals from the Super League are celebrated

21 April 2021

spotBus workers protest Go-Ahead's 'fire and rehire'

The Go-Ahead group runs bus services in Manchester and is currently using 'fire and rehire' to cut drivers' pay and conditions. Go-Ahead is also a big operator in Transport for London (TfL).

21 April 2021

spotEssex: Why I'm standing for TUSC

The Tories in Essex County Council want to cut £46 million from public services. There's nothing left to cut!

21 April 2021

spotSocialist Party northern region meeting

On Wednesday 14 April, the Socialist Party northern region held a public meeting to discuss the need for socialists in our local councils

21 April 2021

spotCapitalism discriminates against us - Disabled people fighting for our rights

"My experience has been a humiliating financial nightmare ...I first tried to claim disability benefits in the 1990s..."

26 April 2021

spotPost-election meetings

Come to a Socialist Party online meeting on the election results and building a socialist alternative.

27 April 2021

spotWhy you should vote for TUSC

330 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates are standing in the elections on 6 May

28 April 2021

spotPrivate sector is stealing the NHS

The private health sector is busy gobbling up NHS money and greedily seeking more. The privatisation of the NHS is gathering pace even though the private sector has failed to deliver on test and trace

28 April 2021

spotNo trust in billionaire football owners - kick them out and reclaim the game

Super League defeated: Socialist Party members Lenny Shail, who is a Chelsea fan and was at the Stamford Bridge protest, and Leeds fan Ian Pattison said:

28 April 2021

spotGeneration eviction

Only 2% of landlords who illegally evict tenants are prosecuted, according to Generation Rent, the private renters' campaign organisation.

28 April 2021

spotPCS ballots members in Jobcentres over safety

It is evident that the government is driving ahead to reopen Jobcentres to the public with reckless haste

28 April 2021

spotGoodlord strikers fight fire and rehire as part of day of action

Unite the Union held a mass picket outside the tenant referencing company Goodlord on 26 April as part of a day of action against 'fire and rehire.'

28 April 2021

spotThurrock bin strike in third week

The Thurrock bin workers' strike has entered its third week even more solidly than the first. Spirits are high and the workforce is determined to win. The issue is the proposal to do away with anti-social

28 April 2021

spotVote TUSC to oppose sleazy capitalism

Tory ministers say they 'can't believe' that Johnson said 'let the bodies pile high in their thousands'. But his catastrophic approach to the pandemic makes it totally believable.

28 April 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

28 April 2021

spotIndia's health system in meltdown under Modi's misrule

Covid pandemic: An unmitigated public health disaster is gripping India. The daily number of people infected with Covid-19 has exceeded 350,000 for a week - the highest of any country since the pandemic began. Health

28 April 2021

spotSouth West regional conference shows that socialist ideas can grow

Socialist Party members from 29 towns, cities and even villages gathered over Zoom for the Socialist Party South West region conference on 18 April.

28 April 2021

spotTo get Socialist ideas out there, we need to have the funds

Congratulations to members of the South West region of the Socialist Party who have already smashed through their fighting fund target thanks to over £2,000 already paid in from the £3,500 pledged at their regional conference

28 April 2021

spotHow partition of Ireland derailed a revolutionary struggle for national and social liberation

The recent street disturbances in Northern Ireland, albeit on a far smaller scale compared to the decades of the 'Troubles', showed that the 'power sharing' arrangements of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement have failed to bring about a resolution of the 'Irish national question' or end the sectar

28 April 2021

spotUsdaw's virtual annual conference - a mockery of union democracy

The last year has been a challenging one for retail workers - some sectors have faced furlough and shop closures in the non-essential sector.

28 April 2021

spotIrish police aid strike-breaking at Debenhams store in Dublin

In the early hours of 23 April, Gardaí (Irish police) at the behest of big business, KPMG/Debenhams, forcibly removed former Debenhams retail workers and their supporters, including Militant Left (CWI Ireland) members, from a loading bay in Parnell Street, central Dublin.

28 April 2021

spotDevonport tugboat crews strike against rota changes

On 26 April, tugboat crews organised in Unite took a second day of strike action against Serco.

28 April 2021

spotSt Mungo's workers walkout

St Mungo's maintenance workers in London are on indefinite strike against victimisation and bullying

28 April 2021

spotUnite general secretary election nomination stage

Make sure there is a fighting left challenge on the ballot paper!

28 April 2021

spot39 'postmasters' cleared - now clear the rest

The judgment still leaves over 860 with false convictions.

28 April 2021

spotPoverty increasing. Welfare state in crisis. Do we need a new Beveridge Report?

Many of the gains introduced by the post-war Labour government are long gone.

28 April 2021

spotProtesting works - Unite to defend the right to protest

Protesting in Newcastle, photo by Elaine Brunskill

The past fortnight has shown the power of protest. Football supporters gathered in their thousands to defeat plans for a money-grabbing European Super League.

28 April 2021

spotInternational Workers' Day - struggle, solidarity, socialism

May Day greetings 2021 - one of the pages

May Day is an annual celebration of workers' struggle against capitalism.

28 April 2021

spotPre-election and post-election meetings

Socialist Party and TUSC public meetings for the May 2021 elections.

28 April 2021

spotAction marks the way for a national student movement for free education

Socialist Students were out in force on 21 April

28 April 2021

spotWhat councils can do to protect the environment

Protecting the environment will be a key issue in the various election campaigns.

29 April 2021

spotSocialists and elections - a response to the SWP

An article by Philip Stott on the website of Socialist Party Scotland, on the TUSC challenge in the Scottish parliamentary elections on 6th May and the positions of the SWP and others on the left.

30 April 2021

spotSocialist Party members campaigning for TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) election candidates in Liverpool, 24.4.21

Socialist Party members campaigning for TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) election candidates in Liverpool, 24.4.21, photo by Mark Best

Socialist Party members campaigning for TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) election candidates in Liverpool, 24.4.21, photo by Mark Best

Socialist Party members campaigning for TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) election candidates in Liverpool, 24.4.21

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