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Archive for January 2021

2 January 2021

spotOrganise a mass refusal to attend unsafe schools on Monday

There should be no return to work until safety can be assured.

5 January 2021

spot3 lockdowns, 20+ U-turns ... We can't trust the Tories

We can't believe a word this government says or does. Going into lockdown 3, working-class people can only rely on our own strength and organisation.

6 January 2021

spotProtect lives and livelihoods, fight to defend the NHS

A recent report 'Exposed, Silenced, Attacked', commissioned by Amnesty International, highlights the global failure of governments and employers to protect health and essential workers during the Covid pandemic

6 January 2021

spotUNICEF feeds children in the UK for the first time

"It is a real scandal that UNICEF should be playing politics this way" was the response of millionaire and Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg to the announcement that UNICEF will be responsible for feeding children in the UK for the first time in its history

6 January 2021

spotNews in brief

Why is the Covid vaccine roll out so slow? Government bureaucracy delaying the recruitment of vaccinators, and foul-ups in the private manufacturing and supply are to blame.

6 January 2021

spotUniversity teaching moves online in England

Like in the rest of education, university staff and students are left in disarray by this consistently inconsistent and incompetent Tory government.

6 January 2021

spotHospital security staff on strike for 12 an hour

Security staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading are continuing strike action, the next action taking place over 20 days throughout January and February.

6 January 2021

spotBritish Gas workers on strike against fire and re-hire pay cut

British Gas workers begin five days of strike action on Thursday 7 January, with potentially more to follow

6 January 2021

spotNottingham City Council: Major battles against cuts ahead

Nottingham's Labour Council faces a decisive choice: whether it defends services, jobs and terms and conditions, or implements major cuts.

6 January 2021

spotTechnology and AI response: Capitalists only invest for profit

Mark Best's article 'Can green technology and AI save capitalism?' was excellent, and many readers could use personal experiences to develop the points he made.

6 January 2021

spotEngels on the origins of women's oppression

In the final article in our series to commemorate 200 years since the birth of Friedrich Engels, Christine Thomas looks at the relevance of his important work 'The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State' for the struggle today to end women's inequality and oppression.

6 January 2021

spotBooks that inspired me: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Millions of workers in the US and globally find themselves out of work, unable to afford the basics, and at the mercy of capitalist crisis

6 January 2021

spotProtect the NHS - Funding, Pay, PPE, Public ownership

The Tory government's plea to "protect the NHS" is rank hypocrisy.

6 January 2021

spotRefund the rent, cancel the fees, for fully funded, publicly owned education

With the new lockdowns, what can students expect for the rest of the academic year?

6 January 2021

spotWorkers' action wins Tory U-turn on school safety

A monumental battle has taken place between NEU members and the government

8 January 2021

spotJudge rules against Julian Assange's extradition but refuses bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won a partial victory in his long battle to avoid extradition

8 January 2021

spotUS in crisis - need for a mass workers' party and socialist programme

In unprecedented scenes, US capitalism plunged into a deeper crisis on Wednesday as thousands of Trump supporters stormed the congress on Capitol Hill, urged on by Trump.

11 January 2021

spotUnison get sec election shows left can win NEC

The result of the Unison GS election shows the mood for change in the biggest public sector union

13 January 2021

spotExams scrapped again - young people need a future with jobs and free education

In another Tory U-turn, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has told the second class of Covid that A-level and GCSE exams will not be taking place at the end of the 2020-21 academic year

13 January 2021

spotBosses earn workers' annual wage in three days

Within the first three days of 2021, the already super-rich bosses of the 'FTSE 100' companies earned more than an average worker's annual salary.

13 January 2021

spotOur health and livelihoods before their profits

100% pay now!: The health crisis is now worse than at any time since the start of the pandemic. More people are in hospital and more are dying daily.

13 January 2021

spotFully resource the vaccination programme now

The Covid death toll is over 80,000 and rapidly rising. A successful vaccination programme couldn't be more urgent. Over two million people, in four priority categories, have received a first dose of

13 January 2021

spotCovid vaccine nationalism threatens pandemic response

Without a global vaccination programme, the Covid-19 virus will continue to circulate among the world's poorest countries, and possibly mutate into a new strain requiring a new vaccine

13 January 2021

spotRoyal mail management forced to make concessions

CWU to ballot on national agreement: The Communication Workers Union (CWU) postal executive has unanimously agreed to propose to the membership a national agreement that, if agreed, would end the two-year dispute between the CWU and Royal Mail

13 January 2021

spotLockdown 3.0 - fight to make our shops safe!

Over the last few months, retail has been vying with schools for the top spot for Covid-19 outbreaks

13 January 2021

spotBook Review: Humankind - Dispelling the myth that humans are too selfish for socialism

Historian Rutger Bregman's book 'Humankind' tackles a subject matter that socialists know about only too well - 'human nature'

13 January 2021

spotGet stuck in to build a fighting, democratic PCS union

PCS Broad Left Network conference: The PCS Broad Left Network (BLN) conference takes place on Saturday 16 January.

13 January 2021

spotHelp us fund the fight for Socialism

The Socialist Party stands for the rights of workers. We fight for an alternative to capitalism, to the misery faced by workers, students and young people. Every quarter, we set a fighting fund target

13 January 2021

spotTUSC to hold local elections conference in February

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee has agreed the agenda and timetable for a local elections conference to be held on Zoom on Sunday 7 February.

13 January 2021

spotNHS Emergency - Fight for a fully funded, publicly owned, socialist NHS

The NHS is under more pressure than ever. Ambulances are queueing outside A&E and hospital resources running low. Millions of people are living in mortal fear of falling ill.

13 January 2021

spotHow should socialists respond to the 6 January attacks on Capitol Hill?

Police in DC showed some sympathy to the pro-Trump protesters and refused to seriously restrain the partially armed crowd

13 January 2021

spotLondoners suffer and Khan piles on pressure

One in 30 of us in London now have the virus. In Barking and Dagenham, it's one in 15

13 January 2021

spotDispatches from the front - health workers speak out

"Cases are rising and we are struggling to cope"

13 January 2021

spotRefund student rent and fees - fight for free education and make the 1% pay

A statement from the Swansea University rent strike

13 January 2021

spotNHS pandemic warnings ignored - renationalise our NHS

It wasn't the case that "nobody could have seen this coming".

13 January 2021

spotGlobal capitalism at most dangerous conjuncture since the 1930s

The pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe, causing over two million deaths and unleashing enormous economic and social crises

13 January 2021

spotBritish Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

The gas engineers received tremendous support at a Leicester picket

13 January 2021

spotAct together to oppose unsafe numbers and rising workload

The mass refusal to accept unsafe conditions forced a U-turn

13 January 2021

spotRyan Aldred: Why I'm standing for Usdaw's EC

With Covid decimating the retail sector, it is vital that Usdaw takes a lead in organising retail and distribution workers in supermarkets, high street chains and smaller, independent businesses.

15 January 2021

spotCardiff: Protests erupt at death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan

Hundreds of people have marched and rallied in Cardiff to protest the death of Mohamud Muhammed Hassan shortly after being released from custody at Cardiff Bay police station

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