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Archive for February 2019

1 February 2019

spotChris Baugh condemns Universal Credit social catastrophe

On Thursday 24th January, a public meeting by Stop & Scrap Universal Credit Haringey (SSUCH) was attended by about 100 people

3 February 2019

spotImminent eviction sparks urgent defence campaign

A social housing landlord initiated proceedings against a single mother

5 February 2019

spot'Shac' campaign fights for housing

On a freezing wet evening, an impressive range of tenant and resident activists met at a Social Housing Action Campaign (Shac) open meeting on 29 January

6 February 2019

spotBillionaires avoid paying and even talking about tax! Take the wealth off the 1%

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman went viral by putting the cat among the pigeons at billionaires get together Davos in Switzerland recently

6 February 2019

spotUnited States: strike ends federal shutdown

Unofficial action by airport workers has forced Donald Trump to end the longest unpaid 'furlough' of government employees in history

6 February 2019

spotTory Brexit farce, Corbyn and unions: Call mass action now

For all those of us living in the real world, the pantomime season is long since over. But, as the Tory Brexit crisis plays itself out daily in parliament, it can just seem like a toffs' slanging match stuck on a loop.

6 February 2019

spotStruggling unis account for bulk of unconditional offers - end education marketisation!

It has been revealed that 20 universities are responsible for the massive spike in unconditional offers to students.

6 February 2019

spotThem & Us

Lords and the homeless - its one world for the super-rich and another for the rest of us

6 February 2019

spotWorcestershire: save the libraries, reverse all the cuts

Worcestershire's Tory county council wants to close nine community libraries, and sack workers and reduce opening hours in at least six others. We say no! Enough is enough!

6 February 2019

spot40 years since the Iranian revolution: Learning the lessons for today's new working-class struggles

Forty years ago a great revolution against a dictatorial monarchy was in progress in Iran. Recalling those days still inspires us: scenes of comradeship despite the shortages due to long days of nationwide strikes, initiatives by ordinary people to run their communities and workplaces

6 February 2019

spotFilm: Vice - Dick Cheney - a cold and calculating opportunist

"So?" is Dick Che-ney's response to the fact that two-thirds of Americans said the 2003 Iraq war was not worth fighting. 'Vice' closes with this.

6 February 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including probation service failures and Venezuela.

6 February 2019

spotCash-starved health service ripped off by big pharma - fund our NHS now!

The NHS has been priced out of buying a life-saving drug by pharmaceutical company Vertex. The cystic fibrosis drug, which can extend the life of children, costs £105,000 a year - a price which the NHS says is "unaffordable".

6 February 2019

spotUnited States: LA teachers' strike defeats privatisers

After a six-day strike, the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union ratified a new contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District in California on 22 January.

6 February 2019

spotFrance gilets jaunes' backed by mass strike action

The 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vests) movement in France is by no means over. Saturday 2 February saw 'Act 13' of the series of weekend demonstrations, swelled by anger at the blinding by rubber bullets of gilets jaunes protesters including a prominent member of the movement, Jerome Rodrigues.

6 February 2019

spotSweden: dock strikes test new government

Dock workers in Sweden are striking for their trade union rights. The employers have closed down their union offices and stopped recognising elected representatives of their main union.

6 February 2019

spotUnison: Democracy and the right to speak out are under threat

Three members of public sector union Unison's national executive council (NEC), including two Socialist Party supporters, have received a letter from the union stating that there have been complaints made that they "breached collective responsibility" at the NEC meeting on 6 December and that they are now under investigation.

6 February 2019

spot'Stansted 15' deportation protesters could face jail

At the time of going to press, 15 young people will be anxiously facing the judge at Chelmsford Crown Court, waiting to be sentenced. Many fear it will be jail.

6 February 2019

spotCollege lecturers strike for a pay rise

Reports of college strikes around the country for better pay.

6 February 2019

spotTraffic wardens' strike is just the ticket

London traffic warden strikes for better pay.

6 February 2019

spotHistoric strike of nurses in Ireland

Nearly 40,000 nurses and other health workers in Ireland started a 24-hour strike on 30 January to demand a pay rise. Their union, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, has more strike days planned in February.

6 February 2019

spotBacking for the Birmingham homecarers

Birmingham's homecare workers could lose up to £4,100 if the Labour council cuts their hours. Over 80 people attended the Trade Union Congress solidarity rally for the striking workers on 29 January.

6 February 2019

spotNew pamphlet: 1919 - Red Flag over the Clyde

On 31 January 1919, tens of thousands of workers gathered in Glasgow as their struggle for a 40-hour week came to a climax

6 February 2019

spotTheatre: Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Three times BBC Radio 2 folk award winners, The Young'uns began their Ballad of Johnny Longstaff tour at Hull University on 28 January and Hull Socialist Party branch was there to see it.

6 February 2019

spotSheffield tree campaigners' legal win

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has ruled that seven Sheffield Trees Action Group campaigners were wrongly arrested in 2016 and 2017.

6 February 2019

spotUniversity and College Union elections

16 further education colleges just took strike action over pay and conditions. In higher education, we are fighting to beat the Tories' anti-union laws in the equality and pay ballot.

6 February 2019

spotNorth West Socialist Party conference

The Socialist Party's North West region held a very successful conference on Saturday 2 February, with nearly 50 members attending from across the region

6 February 2019

spotSocialist Party no-cuts stand finds support

It has been a busy week campaigning in Coxford ward in Southampton.

6 February 2019

spotCampaign for Chris Baugh for AGS

Chris has widespread support from lay reps and members.

6 February 2019

spotCelebrating Robert Burns 1759-1796

For the 7th year running Carlisle Socialist Party held a very successful Alternative Burns Night

6 February 2019

spotVictory! Campaign reverses fire cuts

After sustained pressure the fire authority axed its plans to reduce fire cover

6 February 2019

spot'Corbyn council' must fight borough regeneration

Haringey's 'Corbyn council' is becoming increasingly similar to its Blairite predecessor.

6 February 2019

spotCorbyn must prepare for a general election

Remove the pro-capitalist saboteurs - fight for the socialist alternative!
Talk of a split from the Labour Party by some Blairite Remainer MPs has increased

7 February 2019

spotMass pressure wins light sentence for 'Stansted 15'

The workers' movement must not let this attempt to intimidate protesters set a precedent

13 February 2019

spotCorbyn must launch struggle to kick out Blairites and fight for socialist policies

photo rwendland/CC

photo rwendland/CC

Labour right plotters must go: Getting rid of this rotten Tory government is not the priority for the Blairites

13 February 2019

spotUniversal Credit out - Tories out!

Corbyn should call on Labour councils to set no-cuts budgets now to protect working-class people from the effects of Universal Credit

13 February 2019

spotMarx memorial attack shows socialist ideas are on the rise

The real answer to poverty, division and despair is a new society based on public ownership and democratic socialist planning of resources

13 February 2019

spotThem & us

Fossil fuel subsidies for the bosses... rising sea levels for us

13 February 2019

spotVictory to Birmingham bin workers

Deselect the Blairites! Bin strikers have caough Brum council red-handed at blacklisting

13 February 2019

spotHeroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

47 days of determined industrial action have won a significant breakthrough

13 February 2019

spotFight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

The strike ballot's key demand is a 10% pay rise -and we need a socialist leadership to deliver it

13 February 2019

spotGlasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

Over 200 skilled jobs are threatened by the possible closure of the St Rollox 'Caley' historic railway yard in Springburn

13 February 2019

spotLeicester college workers refuse to accept cut in terms and conditions

"Management has attempted to appeal directly to staff rather than negotiating with elected workplace representatives"

13 February 2019

spotEnfield: striking against academisation - fighting for a no-cuts budget

Big picket lines, lots of support from parents, lots of solidarity visits from other trade unionists - four days of action

13 February 2019

spotWorkplace and union news in brief

Glasgow strike victory; Bradford bus victory; union action in Hackney; oil tanker strike; Irish nurses strike; home care doorstepping; Woolwich ferry walkout

13 February 2019

spotSouthampton: Labour plans £15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

We want our £136 million stolen by the government back, and the council must link up with the unions to mobilise a fight for it

13 February 2019

spotNewham: women's refuge funds halved - Labour must use the £500m reserves

We call on Rokhsana Fiaz to set a real "people's budget" - one which uses reserves and borrowing to end austerity

13 February 2019

spotArrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

Tamil Solidarity and Socialist Party members will be protesting again outside the court - join us

13 February 2019

spotWhy I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"

Why can't we have this for everyone? Why do some people have more than others, and why is their life so different from mine?

13 February 2019

spot300 turn out for Corbyn in Nottingham marginal

The meeting was friendly, and we sold 19 copies of the Socialist

13 February 2019

spotLiverpool: 200 march to commemorate Robert Tressell

The event remembered the celebrated author of 'The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists'

13 February 2019

spot'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey

London Socialist Party members participated in the annual 'Solidarity with the People of Turkey' conference

13 February 2019

spot'Green Book' film: a timely reminder of racism in the USA

It's been called a buddy/road trip film in the tradition of 'Driving Miss Daisy' - it is much more than that and yet, perhaps, less than it could be

13 February 2019

spot'Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor': comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

Non-fiction: 'This is Going to Hurt': Adam Kay defends the NHS against the privatisers and he does it in a witty and engaging way

13 February 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Democracy and trains.

13 February 2019

spotTo end climate change we need to fight for socialist change!

15 February youth strike for climate: We welcome this youth strike - mass collective action is what is required

13 February 2019

spotFrance: striking workers confront Macron

photo Aeroceanaute/CC

photo Aeroceanaute/CC

The gilets jaunes have awoken, on the part of millions, a deep will to revolt - even to make a revolution

13 February 2019

spotTen years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'

On the basis of class struggle, workers democratically negotiated solutions to supposedly conflicting interests

15 February 2019

spotFor a Catalan republic of workers and the people

The trial against political prisoners accused of organising the 1 October referendum once again highlights the anti-democratic and reactionary nature of the Spanish state

15 February 2019

spotYouth strike for the climate: "There's no planet B"

Thousands of students walked out of school on Friday 15th February to demonstrate

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