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2 December 2019

spotSWR strike: "We're up for the fight"

The RMT union is resisting attempts to axe the vital safety-critical role of train guards

4 December 2019

spotRoyal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

The High Court has dismissed the appeal by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) against the scandalous decision to stop the postal workers taking national strike action in Royal Mail, despite winning its strike ballot with an incredible 97% yes vote on a 76% turnout

4 December 2019

spotJared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive

Socialist Party member Jared Wood won a resounding victory in the ballot for London Transport Region representative on the RMT union national executive committee

4 December 2019

spotPCS union general secretary election

There are just a few days remaining before the PCS civil servants' union general secretary ballot ends at noon on 12 December

4 December 2019

spotNorthern Ireland: Health workers take action over understaffing and pay equality

25,000 hard-pressed healthcare workers in Northern Ireland - including nurses, social care staff and support services - took action at NHS sites on 25 November, demanding that their longstanding concerns over safe staffing levels and pay parity be addressed

4 December 2019

spotSelling the Socialist

Since the general election was called, Swansea Branch has been organising at least three city centre and one campus campaign stalls a week, usually comprised of a main Socialist Party campaign stall and a separate Young Socialist stall nearby

4 December 2019

spotClimate change election debate - Corbyn offers best green solutions but needs to go further

Friday 29 November saw the broadcast of the first ever election debate over climate change - no doubt arranged in response to the global mobilisation of young people protesting for immediate action to be taken to save the planet.

4 December 2019

spotHillsborough justice eluded

In a second trial against David Duckenfield, after the first jury failed to reach a verdict, the former match commander stood accused of gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in 1989.

4 December 2019

spotNews in brief

Short stories on some of the news this week.

4 December 2019

spotSolid support for guards on West Midlands Trains

There was an upbeat mood on the RMT picket line at Worcester Shrub Hill in the continuing dispute with West Midlands Trains over retaining the safety-critical role of train guards.

4 December 2019

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

4 December 2019

spotCarlisle election meeting: Education - time to make the mega-rich and corporations pay

The Labour candidate for Carlisle, Ruth Alcroft, spoke at a Socialist Party public election meeting in the city on 2 December. It followed the handing over of a petition to her from 500 local parents and teachers against the Tory cuts to school funding.

4 December 2019

spotWhy I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"

As a foreign national in the UK I felt disenfranchised and, many times, completely impotent about the country's convoluted political scenario. After years of frustration, I came to realise I had two choices; to remain a passive spectator or, somehow, to take action.

4 December 2019

spotClimate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

On Friday 29 November Parliament Square filled with striking school students. They marched off around central London before meeting up with the University and College Union (UCU) strikers as the latter's march was ending.

4 December 2019

spotHong Kong's uprising

Legislation was recently passed in the US that could involve sanctions against China over human rights violations in Hong Kong.

4 December 2019

spotSouth African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action

The outcome of the South African Airways (SAA) strike is a victory. The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Cabin Crew Association of South Africa deserve the applause of all aviation workers, and the working class, as a whole.

4 December 2019

spotSocial workers lobby Hull City Council

About 150 social workers lobbied Hull City Council on 21 November. They were campaigning for a more reasonable workload and an end to bullying by management, writes Mick Whale, president, Hull trade union council.

4 December 2019

spotSurrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action

Firefighters in Surrey are balloting on industrial action to commence on 24 December, after exhausting all other avenues to prevent dangerous cuts to their fire and rescue service

4 December 2019

spotPrepare now for the struggles after 12 December

photo Paul Mattsson

While the week before, a You Gov poll pointed towards a 68-majority for the Tories, on 2 December an ICM poll put them on 42% and Labour on 35%, just seven points behind.

4 December 2019

spotIt's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public

An historic month-long strike began on 2 December

4 December 2019

spotEnd profiteering from health - nationalise big pharma

The issue of allowing US corporations access to the NHS and the affect of that on the cost of drugs has featured during the election campaign.

4 December 2019

spotStudents and workers united in struggle

The 2019 Socialist Students conference took place on 30 November.

4 December 2019

spotStrikes: more determined than ever

At Cardiff University, every day UCU members have picketed over a dozen buildings

4 December 2019

spotFight for your future - join the socialists

Whatever the result on 12 December, for working-class and young people the fight goes on

9 December 2019

spotMillions strike in France

Last Thursday's strike in France against pension 'reform' was massive

9 December 2019

spotSwansea: Corbyn rally attracts turnout but many can't get in

At the end of the Swansea Corbyn rally last Saturday we had nothing left to sell or hand out!

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