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Archive for January 2022

6 January 2022

spotBlair knighted for services to the rich and powerful

Tony Blair has joined current Labour leader Keir Starmer in being knighted, rewarded for his services to the bosses' establishment

6 January 2022

spotTory test shortage failure

There is a shortage of Covid tests. You may have failed to book a pack of seven rapid lateral flow tests (LFTs), and people are struggling to books slots at PCR test centres.

6 January 2022

spotMore fares misery for passengers - renationalise the railways

For many hard-pressed households this Christmas, news of a hefty 3.8% increase in regulated rail fares (the largest rise since 2013) will add to the prospect of a gloomy New Year.

6 January 2022

spotInvergordon posties mutiny

As we go to press, Communication Workers Union (CWU) members in the Royal Mail delivery office in Invergordon, north of Inverness have walked out

6 January 2022

spotStrike threat forces Tesco to improve pay offer

The run up to Christmas is the busiest time of year for retail workers. Despite this, Tesco workers, Usdaw members and other supporters joined an online public meeting on 14 December convened by Usdaw

6 January 2022

spotWest Mids metalworkers strike over pay

Metal workers at Somers Forge in Halesowen made history just before Christmas after taking strike action for the first time in the factory's 155-year history

6 January 2022

spotScunny scaffs enter twelfth week of strike action

Before Christmas, the 60 or so scaffolders who work at British Steel Scunthorpe finished their twelfth week of strike action with a protest demonstration outside the offices of their contractor, Actavo, in Wakefield

6 January 2022

spotNHS Covid staff crisis

The number of NHS trusts which have declared critical incidents because of Covid staff shortages is into double figures and rising

6 January 2022

spotChile's working class delivers a landslide vote against ultra-right Kast

On 19 December 2021 the second round of the presidential election was held in Chile. Gabriel Boric, of the Frente Amplio electoral coalition, obtained an overwhelming victory, winning more than four and

6 January 2022

spotFighting Fund - 162% of target, 162,000 raised

Congratulations to Socialist Party members and supporters for going well over our target for 2021

6 January 2022

spotTUSC appeals for widest possible anti-austerity socialist unity for May elections

Fighting trade unionists, socialists, and working-class community campaigners can offer an anti-austerity alternative at the ballot box

6 January 2022

spotObituary: Kate Jones - 1953-2021

We were saddened to hear of the loss of long-standing Socialist Party member Kate Jones on 20 December. Most recently a member in Swansea, Kate was previously a member in Brighton and Llanelli.

6 January 2022

spotSheffield JustEat couriers escalate dispute

In the week before Christmas, JustEat delivery couriers in Sheffield, employed by Stuart Delivery, extended their targeted strike action to hit four Greggs shops

6 January 2022

spotCoventry: Private profits from hospital parking

At our last Socialist Party campaign stall of the year on 18 December, we gathered more signatures in support of the bin workers' strike.

6 January 2022

spotTrinity Centre: Shameful eviction by Newham council

On 22 December, local groups in Canning Town in east London - tutoring for kids who've fallen out of the school system, a food bank, and religious groups - found their community centre locked up by Newham Council

6 January 2022

spotS. Yorks Stagecoach workers start indefinite strike

Around 560 Stagecoach bus workers in South Yorkshire began an indefinite strike from the start of the New Year

6 January 2022

spotUnion action needed for Covid safety

As we head into a new term, teachers are just as unimpressed by the Department for Education's performance as ever

6 January 2022

spotNew unionism - when mass workers' action changed Britain

In the second of our occasional series on the history of working-class struggle in Britain, Iain Dalton looks at 'new unionism'.

6 January 2022

spotTories' cost of living squeeze - Build workers' fightback


This year is set to inflict more pain on working-class people as rising costs outstrip incomes, meaning real-terms pay cuts. The average pay deal last year was worth just 2%, and a survey of employers found they were only planning 2.5% raises this year.

11 January 2022

spotCorbyn's Peace and Justice Project

The Telegraph has reported that "Jeremy Corbyn is considering establishing his own political party after privately accepting he will never be reinstated as a Labour MP" (9.1 22).

12 January 2022

spotTories concede under cladding pressure but don't go far enough

Tory Housing Minister Michael Gove's recent announcement that he will make the property developers pay for unsafe cladding is in part a response to the scandal that has engulfed the industry post-Grenfell

12 January 2022

spotShameless Johnson partied through lockdown

The proverb 'do as I say, not as I do' could have been written by Tory PM Boris Johnson during the course of the Covid pandemic.

12 January 2022

spotCarmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

Pickets were out for a second day on 6 January at Carmarthenshire County council depots Nantglas, Crosshands, Cillefwr, Carmarthen and Llandovery, in a dispute by gritting crews

12 January 2022

spotJobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call

Just before Christmas a number of staff at the Mosley Street Jobcentre in Manchester contracted Coronavirus

12 January 2022

spotSouth Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger

After two one-week strikes before Christmas, and now indefinite strike action since the New Year, the South Yorkshire Stagecoach busworkers' strikes are getting stronger

12 January 2022

spotEast Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues

The long-running senior conductors' dispute on East Midlands Railway (EMR) Intercity is over. RMT members voted to accept management's offer in a ballot on the pay and contract dispute, and on 'multiple

12 January 2022

spotWeetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer

The end of 2021 saw a ramping up of strike action by the Weetabix workers at Corby and Kettering factories

12 January 2022

spotInvergordon Royal Mail mutiny wins

Communication Workers' Union (CWU) members in the Royal Mail delivery office in Invergordon, north of Inverness are back in work after walking out in support of a temporary worker who had his contract terminated, outside of the agreed industrial relations framework

12 January 2022

spotProtests against BBC transphobia

On 8 January, over 150 people assembled outside the BBC to protest the corporation's treatment of trans people in its reporting.

12 January 2022

spotCommunities fight back against Rio Tinto mine

It is becoming a tradition that the Serbian diaspora meets at the London HQ of Rio Tinto mining company, to coincide with protests in Serbia against opening a lithium mine there.

12 January 2022

spotSolidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan

It's clear that the Kazakhstan government is feeling the heat following international coverage of the protests and repression there

12 January 2022

spotNorth London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"

The newly formed branch of Unite the Union for Migrant, Food, Retail and Services workers, and Day-Mer, a Turkish and Kurdish community organisation in north London, held a rally outside North Middlesex Hospital on 8 January, with the demand: 'Fund the NHS and keep it public'

12 January 2022

spotSouthampton student vote for online exams must be accepted

Covid cases are surging across university campuses. I've never known this many people who have tested positive.

12 January 2022

spotObituary - Pauline Wall

From Liverpool youth leader to facing down press barons in Bradford: It is with great sadness we heard of the death of Pauline Wall, after a lengthy struggle against cancer

12 January 2022

spotObituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021

We need more Ethans to lead fight against gig economy exploitation: At just 28, the loss of Ethan Bradley, the chair of the couriers and logistics branch for the IWGB union, is tragic.

12 January 2022

spotWar criminal Tony Blair knighted

On New Year's Eve, Buckingham Palace announced that former Labour prime minister Tony Blair would be rewarded with the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by the Queen

12 January 2022

spotBullying weighing room culture at the races

Horse racing, known as 'the sport of kings', has a long history. And for most of that time the jockeys were male, until the 1970s, in particular 1979, when women were allowed to become professional jockeys.

12 January 2022

spotFree prescriptions? Maybe when you're older

The government has a proposal on the table to raise the qualifying age for free medical prescriptions from 60 to 66

12 January 2022

spotDon't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment

Film: 'Don't Look Up': The movie satire, 'Don't Look Up', became a major hit over the Christmas holiday season. The dark comedy, written and directed by Adam McKay, concerns a desperate attempt by scientists to alert the

12 January 2022

spotMoney Heist: A Robin Hood tale set in modern-day capitalism

TV series: 'La Casa de Papel' or Money Heist: This is a must-watch Spanish drama over five series, and now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.

12 January 2022

spotKazakhstan: Working-class revolt only suppressed by massive mobilisation of troops

Kazakh state forces, backed by Russian paratroops, are enforcing a military grip in Almaty

12 January 2022

spotEnergy bosses: 'Jump, cuddle and eat porridge while we raise prices'

Struggling to pay your energy bills? The obvious solutions; a pay rise, decent pensions and benefits, bringing energy back into public ownership...

12 January 2022

spotEnergy price crisis: nationalise energy giants to save us from 600 hit

The energy price cap is expected to increase by over 50%

12 January 2022

spotBlow to establishment as jury backs Colston Four

There were jubilant scenes outside Bristol Crown Court as the four were cleared

12 January 2022

spotAnne: Hillsborough and the fight for justice

Kevin Sampson's short TV series portrays the crusade for justice by the family of one of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster's victims

12 January 2022

spotPeople's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

Leeds Labour council is preparing to pass on another round of Tory austerity.

12 January 2022

spotCovid, stress and cutbacks fuel school staff shortages

Covid is running rampant and unchecked through many schools

12 January 2022

spot10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

London Underground bosses refused to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions.

12 January 2022

spotLow pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

Over 20 NHS trusts have declared critical incidents amidst staff shortages.

12 January 2022

spotObituary - Pauline Wall

12 January 2022

spotSocialist Party members joined the picket lines of striking bin workers in Coventry fighting for better pay. January 2022

Coventry bin workers on strike, January 2022, photo by Dave Nellist

Coventry bin workers on strike, January 2022, photo by Dave Nellist

Socialist Party members joined the picket lines of striking bin workers in Coventry fighting for better pay. January 2022

12 January 2022

spotSuper-rich get richer, while we can't make ends meet. Join the fightback!

The richest 1% of households were getting richer even before the pandemic, taking their average wealth to 3.66 million. The wealth gap has widened further since.

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