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2 July 2014

spotObituary: Ian Whyles - miner, socialist and class fighter

Ian Whyles, a member of the Socialist Party and its predecessor Militant for 34 years, has died aged 78, writes Jon Dale.

2 July 2014

spotMosquito audio 'weapon' must be removed

Suffering from anxiety is difficult, even something simple like walking through the town to the local library is difficult enough

2 July 2014

spotCoulson conviction: Cameron should go!

After 'cash for questions' and MPs claiming 'expenses' for extravagant living, the on-going exposure of the links between the top politicians and the Murdoch empire is a scandal too many

2 July 2014

spotJimmy Savile - a Tory union basher

Most people are now aghast that in 1988 serial sex offender Jimmy Savile was given a key position running Broadmoor psychiatric hospital by Tory MP Edwina Currie, then a junior health minister, despite the fact he had no expertise in mental health

2 July 2014

spotUnderfunding crisis threatens NHS

Doctors have recently warned that the National Health Service (NHS) is facing collapsing services due to an underfunding crisis

2 July 2014

spotThem & Us

Wonga tosh: You couldn't make it up, but Wonga did when the high interest rate payday lender sent threatening letters from non-existent legal firms to its customers

2 July 2014

spotPensioners Parliament opposes austerity

Pensioners gathered in Blackpool on 17 June for the three-day annual event organised by the National Pensioners Convention

2 July 2014

spotReview: Murdered By My Boyfriend

A harrowing look at violence against young women: BBC Three's 'Murdered By My Boyfriend' tells us from the start that it is a true story. The details are all as they took place for a real-life woman from Nottingham, who was killed by her boyfriend

2 July 2014

spotDoncaster Care UK workers continue pay struggle

The first phase of Doncaster Care UK workers' battle against 35% pay cuts, which included 34 days of strike action, has drawn to a conclusion

2 July 2014

spotKent TUSC stands up for Freedom Passes

Kent socialists, workers and students kicked off their Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) election 2015 campaign with four new candidates pledging to fight price rises for young people on local public transport, writes Mia Terry-Duffield.

2 July 2014

spotBirmingham schools: Challenging Gove's agenda

Over 400 people attended a public meeting in Birmingham on 26 June after government attacks on some schools in predominantly Muslim areas of the city, writes Theo Sharieff Winston.

2 July 2014

spotLondon Pride march

The 2014 London LGBT Pride march was held on 28 June. The Socialist Party was there with stalls, leaflets, petitions and selling the Socialist, writes Elenor Haven.

2 July 2014

spotRemembering Bob Crow through struggle

Bob Crow on RMT lobby against privatisation on the railways, photo Paul Mattsson

The 2014 AGM of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union paid tribute to the magnificent role of former general secretary, Bob Crow

2 July 2014

spotThe great British housing disaster

Successive Labour and Con-Dem governments, and their local government counterparts, have failed to invest in building sufficient council housing and instead, encouraged profit-taking private developers and landlords to supply housing

2 July 2014

spotNeeded: a political voice for the working class

Labour woos big business: Labour is offering an 'olive branch' or an olive tree to big business by promising even more tax breaks. This is despite corporation tax being at record low levels and ignoring the millions that are lost to tax scams by these companies

2 July 2014

spotEnd low pay - Fight until we win

photo Paul Mattsson

The coordinated action over local government pay on 10 July will bring up to 1.5 million workers out on strike from across public sector unions

2 July 2014

spotSouth Africa - victory in platinum miners' strike!

photo DSM

photo DSM

The Workers' and Socialist Party (WASP) hails the resolution of the five-month-long strike in the South African platinum sector as a victory not only for the mineworkers and their union Amcu, but for all workers and poor people

2 July 2014

spotCamden caterers: Fighting for a living wage

London school caterers on the march, photo Paul Mattsson

Camden school caterers speak to the Socialist: Labour-run London borough of Camden is accredited as paying at least the living wage

2 July 2014

spotSolidarity needed against nationalist attacks in Sri Lanka

Tamil Solidarity joined others in protest against recent attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka. At least four people were killed and 100 injured as mobs ran riot in the southern coastal town of Aluthgama

2 July 2014

spotUnite conference debates union's Labour link

There was a vibrant debate on the relationship between Unite and the Labour Party at the union's policy conference

2 July 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

PCS action stops sell-off: Workers have been informed that privatisation will not be happening within this term of government

2 July 2014

spotNUT: Over 10,000 votes for Martin Powell-Davies

Martin Powell-Davies, NUT NEC, addresses National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Party member Martin Powell-Davies received 10,470 (27%) votes in the election for the general secretary of the NUT teachers' union

2 July 2014

spotLocked-out pathology staff "cannot give in"

78 Unite members in the Pathology department at Northampton General Hospital have been locked out of work by a vicious management

4 July 2014

spotArgos workers strike for work-life balance

About 1,000 Argos warehouse staff at five distribution centres went on strike today

8 July 2014

spotNSSN - Organising the resistance

"The biggest shop stewards gathering of the year" was how BFAWU bakers' union general secretary Ronnie Draper accurately described the 8th annual conference of the NSSN in a tweet

9 July 2014

spotScotland: Fear of Yes vote forces concessions

The independence referendum campaign in Scotland is approaching its concluding two months with opinion polls still showing a lead for the No side

9 July 2014

spotNSSN supporters back striking Tyneside Safety Glass workers

Tyneside Safety Glass strikers join a Unite Comunite protest agianst benefit sanctions, photo Elaine Brunskill

An enthusiastic NSSN meeting raised £110 for striking TSG workers

9 July 2014

spotRobert Service's historical prejudice on Liverpool

Tony Mulhearn, one of the 47 heroic Liverpool city councillors who fought Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher's cuts in the 1980s, sent the letter below to the Observer after Robert Service reviewed Tristam Hunt's book "Ten Cities That Made an Empire" on 8 June

9 July 2014

spotJunk Juncker, Cameron and the anti-worker EU

David Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat by 26 votes to 2, when attempting to block Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next EU president

9 July 2014

spotBritain's non-investing, cheap wage bosses

Recent research by two LSE professors confirms what the Socialist Party has said for a long time. It shows that Britain's capitalist class have failed in their historic mission to invest

9 July 2014

spotEmergency: Con-Dems don't care

Since 2010 spending on social care has fallen by 12% while the number of people in need of support has risen by 14%

9 July 2014

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

I have been searching for an alternative to the pro-austerity parties. After three long years I've finally found it, writes Kieran Yeoman, Grimsby/Scunthorpe Socialist Party.

9 July 2014

spotReading the revolution

Once you delve a little deeper into socialism, the amount of learning and reading required, as interesting and exciting as that is, can be slightly daunting

9 July 2014

spotExposing Ukip's lies in Bracknell

Recently a group of local activists in Bracknell went to a public meeting organised by Ukip. The meeting was in a posh hotel and featured our local Tory MP and the Ukip prospective parliamentary candidate

9 July 2014

spotLabour rejects rail renationalisation

Back in April, Ed Miliband hinted that Labour would consider renationalising the railways. However, that idea has come to nothing as the Labour Party has indicated it will not commit to renationalisation

9 July 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

Tesco's pittance wage increase:

9 July 2014

spotNew Tory attacks on trade union strikes

Education minister Michael Gove has followed London Mayor Boris Johnson and other right-wing Tories to demand tighter new rules for strike ballots, which they believe would put an end to virtually all public sector strikes

9 July 2014

spotThem & Us

Capita idea: Big business continues to gorge on the public services honey pot, courtesy of the government's privatisation programme

9 July 2014

spotHelp fund the fight against the 1%

With a magnificent final effort, raising just under £12,000 in the final two weeks of the campaign, members of the Socialist Party reached 97% of the national fighting fund target for the April to June quarter

9 July 2014

spotFracking: short-term profit before safety

Barton Moss anti-fracking protesters, March 2014, photo D Murphy

Barton Moss anti-fracking protesters, March 2014, photo D Murphy

A recent major study - released by the British Geographical Survey and Environment Agency - has raised fresh concerns over the potential of fracking to contaminate our drinking water

9 July 2014

spotCoulson faces prosecution over Tommy Sheridan

Convicted phone hacker Andy Coulson now faces perjury charges after giving evidence that led to the jailing of Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan, also on a perjury charge, in December 2010, writes More in a future issue.

9 July 2014

spotUnite conference reflects growth of socialist ideas

One Housing Group workers, members of Unite, striking against massive pay cuts, photo Naomi Byron

One Housing Group workers, members of Unite, striking against massive pay cuts, photo Naomi Byron

Len McCluskey said that Unite's major focus had to be the election of a Labour government. But Socialists argued for a new mass party to represent workers' interests

9 July 2014

spotNHS: No to cuts!

TUC demo in Manchester: 50,000 march against Tories in September 2013 demanding action on NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

TUC demo in Manchester: 50,000 march against Tories in September 2013 demanding action on NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

The £200,000-a-year chief executive of University Hospitals Leicester, John Adler, is planning to cut maternity services at Leicester General Hospital

9 July 2014

spotSuper-rich flash cash at Tory bash

Super-rich flash cash at Tory bash

Cameron and his Tory chums can shout that "we're all in this together" until they're even bluer in the face - but nobody believes them

9 July 2014

spotIsrael-Palestine: Netanyahu government fuels protests

CWI members take part in protests against the Israeli government attacks on Gaza

CWI members take part in protests against the Israeli government attacks on Gaza

The Israeli government has launched another series of air strikes and bombardments on the besieged population of Gaza under the name operation "protective edge". This is yet another step of escalation by the Israeli government that brings closer the threat of a wider conflict

9 July 2014

spotAfter 10 July - build workers' movement

26 March TUC demonstration, photo Senan

Up to two million public sector workers will strike against rotten poverty pay on 10 July (J10). Firefighters are launching eight days of action against pensions robbery. Thousands are taking local action to defend living standards

9 July 2014

spotSuper-rich Tory MP profits from evictions

Market rents of £2,000 a month are the aim of rapacious landlord Benyon estates for the 90 flats on the New Era estate

10 July 2014

spotReports from 10 July pickets and demonstrations

Public sector workers in nine different unions were out on strike in force - in a magnificent show of strength to demand an end to the pay freeze. Here are reports from some of the pickets and demonstrations during the course of the day

11 July 2014

spotSolidarity protests against Israeli state terror

London anti-war demo, 11.7.14, photo JB

Demonstrations have been taking place across Britain to condemn the horrific onslaught

11 July 2014

spotIsaac Babel - Soviet writer, victim of Stalinism

13th July 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet Russian writer Isaac Babel, writes Andy Ford, Manchester Socialist Party.

11 July 2014

spotIssac Babel: 120th anniversary

13th July 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet Russian writer Isaac Babel

14 July 2014

spotNSSN: Packed out London J10 post-demo meeting

Trade unionists crammed into a pub room for a London NSSN meeting on 10th July

15 July 2014

spotNo more onslaught on Gaza!

Demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in London, 11.7.14, photo Paula Mitchell

Demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in London, 11.7.14, photo Paula Mitchell

The trapped, blockaded 1.8 million people in the Gaza strip have been viciously bombarded from air, sea and land, and the slaughter is going on

16 July 2014

spotRaise the minimum wage: £10 NOW

£10 Now! photo Senan

£10 Now! photo Senan

"If we are to stop future generations spiralling into never ending poverty, we have to support and more importantly campaign for a minimum wage of £10 now"

16 July 2014

spotObituary - John Hayes

Socialist Party members are still reeling at the news of John Hayes' sudden death after falling from scaffolding outside his home

16 July 2014

spotRoyal Mail: Profits for rich, insecurity for workers

A cross-party parliamentary committee has looked into the 2013 privatisation of the 60% of Royal Mail that was then in government hands

16 July 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

FBU demands member's reinstatement: Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members have engaged in a further eight days of rolling industrial action in defence of their pensions from government cost-cutting attacks

16 July 2014

spotSWP's Marxism: absence of serious debate and strategy

'Marxism', the annual 'festival of ideas' hosted by the Socialist Workers Party, does not have a good record for open and democratic discussion

16 July 2014

spotCherry Groce - Met apologises 29 years later

End police racism: Early one morning in September 1985, police smashed their way into a family home with a sledgehammer and shot an innocent, unarmed mother in front of her children

16 July 2014

spotCon-Dems and Labour fast-track 'snoopers charter'

Prime Minister David Cameron is rushing a new 'snooper's charter' through parliament. Using the threat of terrorism as a pretext, the law contains wide-ranging surveillance powers

16 July 2014

spotThem & Us

Tough at the top: Poverty pay and the cost of living crisis are the big issues for many workers and their families. But for those at the top, life it seems couldn't be better

16 July 2014

spot"Gove's a Gonner" - Striking works!

As I was sitting in a primary school staff room this morning, the news came through that Michael Gove had been axed - and demoted to boot, writes Martin Powell Davies

16 July 2014

spotCondor Ferries: Fight for a living wage

Support the struggle against poverty pay on Condor Ferries, paying £2.30 an hour to Ukrainian crew, with the connivance of Portsmouth city councillors who refuse to lift a finger against this outrage

16 July 2014

spotScotland: Threat of a Yes majority forces concessions

The independence referendum campaign in Scotland is approaching its concluding two months with opinion polls still showing a lead for the No side - 57% compared to 43% for Yes

16 July 2014

spotNapo election: militant strategy can defeat privatisation

National vice-chair elections in Napo (which organises family court and probation workers) run from 18 July to 22 August. There are three candidates contesting two positions

16 July 2014

spotEve-of-strike success for Look Ahead Unite members

With a seven-day strike due to start on 9 July, Unite members working in Hackney Look Ahead mental health services were finally made an acceptable offer

16 July 2014

spotJ10 strike success: Now build movement to end low pay

Picketing Hackney Town Hall on 10 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

"Work should pay, not keep you in poverty." After the 10 July strike of over one million workers, no one could be in any doubt that low pay is a major issue in Britain

16 July 2014

spotAnti-cuts councillors join up with TUSC

Leicester councillors Wayne Naylor and Barbara Potter, photo Leicester TUSC

Two Leicester anti-cuts councillors have joined up with TUSC in the fight against austerity

16 July 2014

spotTyneside Safety Glass strikers' stunning victory

Tyneside Safety Glass workers celebrate pay dispute victory, July 2014, photo Elaine Brunskill

TSG strikers have won a tremendous victory against tight-fisted bosses who had offered an insulting 0% pay increase

16 July 2014

spotAbuse scandals reveal abusive system

Never before have the institutions of British capitalism been so distrusted.

18 July 2014

spotTo comrades and friends of Dave Boyes,

We have to share the very sad news that Dave passed away on 17 July after his prolonged battle with illness

20 July 2014

spotLondon: huge show of solidarity

Channel 4 reported that “it took them over 30 minutes to pass Nelson's column.”

A human wave of anger and sadness wended its way through London on Saturday. Anger at the savage launch of a ground offensive on Gaza

20 July 2014

spotStop the war on Gaza - London meetings

All welcome to these London Socialist Party meetings to discuss how the anti-war campaigning can be stepped up!

21 July 2014

spotHands off Hove Park school!

On 16 July NUT members at Hove Park school took solid and well supported strike action against plans to change to academy status

23 July 2014

spotHull: demo against war on Gaza

Over 300 people gathered in Hull to protest at the continued bombing and blockade of Gaza by Israeli armed forces. Speakers described the horrors and oppression experienced on a daily basis in Gaza

24 July 2014

spotTolpuddle martyrs rally

Trade unionists met on 20 July to remember the brave struggle of the Tolpuddle martyrs

24 July 2014

spotLoan sell-off plan scrapped

In the latest government u-turn, Vince Cable announced that the student loan sell-off will be scrapped

27 July 2014

spotVideo: London demonstration against the onslaught on Gaza

Uncut video footage of a huge demonstration marched from the Israeli embassy to Parliament Square in London on Saturday 26 July 2014

28 July 2014

spotDoncaster Care UK workers striking for 2 weeks

On Tuesday 29th July, Doncaster Care UK workers, members of Unison trade union, began another two weeks of strike action

29 July 2014

spotPassport Office strikes for jobs and decent pay

There was a good mood on the picket line at Newport passport office as workers struck to demand additional staff and improved pay

29 July 2014

spotFBU statement on Gaza

The Fire Brigades Union deplores the horrific attacks on Gaza and calls for an immediate, negotiated and total ceasefire

29 July 2014

spotGaza in crisis - Mass action needed to stop bloodshed

London Gaza demo 19 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

London Gaza demo 19 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

Whole families burnt alive. Parents with children. Over 1,100 Palestinians' lives have ended since 8 July, as ruthless inferno has rained down on this besieged, impoverished, and highly populated strip of land during the Muslim Ramadan.

30 July 2014

spotSri Lanka USP appeal for protests

The CWI has condemned a vicious physical attack on the 'Socialist Peace March against Racism and Communalism' last Saturday, 26 July, in Sri Lanka, as it attempted to proceed along the road past the Stupa and Buddhist temple at Kalutara

31 July 2014

spotObituary: Dave Boyes

We have to share the very sad news that Dave Boyes passed away on 17 July after his prolonged battle with illness

31 July 2014

spotThem & Us

Clipped wings: Record house prices and low wages mean that millions of young people cannot move out of their parents' home

31 July 2014

spotAnd now for something completely different... a barricaded cinema

Pickets at Ritzy Picturehouse in south London were faced by corrugated metal walls during their last strike, writes James Ivens.

31 July 2014

spotWorkplace news in brief

Hands off Hove Park: On 16 July NUT members at Hove Park school took well-supported strike action against plans to change to academy status, writes Phil Clarke, Brighton Socialist Party and NUT National Executive member.

31 July 2014

spotSolidarity with Birmingham student occupiers

Students at the University of Birmingham have occupied a building to protest against the recent suspensions of two students for taking part in previous sit-ins, writes Nick Hart, Birmingham Socialist Party.

31 July 2014

spotThousands march against slaughter in Gaza

London: Tens of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday 27 July from the Israeli embassy to Parliament Square, angry at the continued onslaught by the Israeli state on Gaza, writes Chris Newby.

31 July 2014

spotMiliband needs a makeover... ...of his party and his politics

Labour leader Ed Miliband doesn't have an image problem, he has a policy problem. The problem is he doesn't have any, or at least policies that answer the gravity of the situation, writes Nancy Taaffe.

31 July 2014

spotSouthampton: Channel 4's Immigration Street condemned

In a meeting pulsating with anger, about 150 people from Newtown and Northam in Southampton discussed the idea of 'Immigration Street', the sequel to Channel 4's 'Benefit Street', writes Phillip Sneider.

31 July 2014

spotSocialist Party news

Waltham Forest Socialist Party reading group meets on Wednesday evenings. As a new member of the reading group, I have already found that the reading and discussion has been useful

31 July 2014

spotMore police spying revelations

Following the admission earlier this year that the police Special Demonstration Squad spied on the family campaign of Stephen Lawrence, a new police report admits that police gathered intelligence on 18 more families who had justice campaigns

31 July 2014

spotEconomic recovery - so where's our share-out?

Marching against austerity on 20 October 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Marching against austerity on 20 October 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

The Tories can barely conceal their glee. With a general election just ten months away, Chancellor Osborne has announced that the economy has now expanded for the sixth consecutive quarter

31 July 2014

spotThe games that Glasgow Labour plays

Trade union members in Glasgow's sports centres and museums have been in dispute with Glasgow Life, a company run by Glasgow City's Labour-led council, over payments for working during the Commonwealth Games

31 July 2014

spotSocialism 2014: Ideas to change the world

See www.socialism2014.net for further info and to book tickets

31 July 2014

spotReinstate Bryan Kennedy

Housing under attack - build the resistance: Bryan Kennedy, victimised Unite union rep at One Housing Group, was sacked by letter on 17 June having been suspended by his employer back in February.

31 July 2014

spotHackney tenants get organised

Lindsey Garrett from the New Era Estate in Hoxton spoke to Brian Debus from Hackney Socialist Party.

31 July 2014

spotRugby League: Have Featherstone fans got their club back?

"It will all end in tears," some Featherstone Rovers Rugby League football club supporters said when news broke of major new investors and signings at the club

31 July 2014

spotNo more carnage in Gaza - Mass struggle to end the siege - Stop Israeli state terror

London Gaza demo 19 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

London Gaza demo 19 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

Worldwide, people have once again been shocked and appalled by the terrible images broadcast from Gaza.

31 July 2014

spotWW1 - 100 years since the great slaughter

100 years since the Great Slaughter - World War One

100 years since the Great Slaughter - World War One

One hundred years ago World War One began, unleashing slaughter on an unprecedented scale. It was dubbed the 'Great War', the 'war to end wars'. For the ten million killed and more than ten million seriously injured it was certainly not great.

31 July 2014

spot£10/hr Now! Because the bills keep coming and the rent won't wait!

Bakers Union National President Ian Hodson on a protest for a £10 minimum wage, photo by Jim Jepps

Bakers Union National President Ian Hodson on a protest for a £10 minimum wage, photo by Jim Jepps

'Because the bills keep coming and the rent won't wait'. This slogan, a version of which was used by Seattle's victorious $15Now campaign, makes the case for raising the minimum wage devastatingly

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