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3 July 2019

spotSame old millionaire Tories - Fight to kick them out

Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt offers a decent future for workers, young people and others facing hardship. Does this mean we should be despondent? Absolutely not!

3 July 2019

spotGig-economy exploitation doubles

The 'gig economy', formerly known as 'casual labour' - and much beloved of the dock employers for hundreds of years worldwide, is on the rise. Tony Blair famously called it "the flexible workforce".

3 July 2019

spotEven social-care bosses say cuts have gone too far

Jeremy Hunt, in a masterful understatement, said: "I think, having been responsible for health and social care, that some of the cuts in social care did go too far."

3 July 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich and another for us.

3 July 2019

spotWhat we saw

Times journalist James Kirkup asked this: "Why aren't the wannabe PMs talking about in work poverty?" on 26 June. The Tories aren't, but the Socialist is.

3 July 2019

spotAngry Usdaw members strike at Sainsbury's distribution centre over sick pay cut

Dozens of members of shop workers' union Usdaw picketed Sainsbury's Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex for most of their 24-hour strike against changes to sickness policy.

3 July 2019

spotSteps forward and missed opportunities at Unite rules conference

General union Unite's 2019 rules conference made some important steps forward but missed opportunities to develop member participation. It also passed amendments that could be dangerous to the left in the future.

3 July 2019

spotLondon Arriva bus drivers vote for strike action over bullying and workload

London bus drivers have had enough! In a consultative ballot of Unite the Union members at Arriva, drivers voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

3 July 2019

spotBirmingham uni workers strike against terms and conditions attacks

Unison members working in catering, cleaning and security held a well-supported one-day strike at the University of Birmingham on 28 June. They were protesting against the removal of premium payments for weekend and anti-social hours and reduction of holiday entitlement by a week.

3 July 2019

spotAngry Barking residents protest outside sales office

On Saturday 29 June property sales offices at Barking Riverside, London - the site of the recent horrendous fire that consumed 20 flats in just a few minutes - were closed due to a well-attended residents' and supporters' protest.

3 July 2019

spotTamil Solidarity Day: Linking up oppressed people's struggles

This year's Solidarity Day meeting took place on 29 June in London.

3 July 2019

spotCoventry says no to congestion charge

Coventry's Labour council has spent two years drawing up a plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide hotspots in two parts of the city.

3 July 2019

spotSell the Socialist and take out an e-subscription

Socialist Party members play an important role - in some cases leading them - in local and national fightbacks against Tory austerity and in trade union strikes.

3 July 2019

spotStourbridge: Keep our college!

On 29 June, around 400 education workers, parents and supporters marched through Stourbridge to protest against the looming closure of the town's further education college.

3 July 2019

spotNew opportunity to build working-class fightback after voters punish Erdogan

Voters in Istanbul on 23 June struck a big blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian leader of Turkey, amid a deepening economic crisis. This is the first time in Erdogan's 17-year rule that his right-wing capitalist party, AKP, has been defeated in an election.

3 July 2019

spotIrish health workers' anger boils over into strike action

On 24 June over 10,000 workers in the Irish health service took strike action, ignoring Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar's last minute plea to call it off. This was the first day in a campaign of escalating strike action.

3 July 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

3 July 2019

spotTV: Years and Years - Engaging family drama pushes confused, reactionary message

The six-part political and family drama Years and Years follows one family from the present day over 15 years.

3 July 2019

spotSinister moves against Corbyn can be beaten by clear socialist policies

The Tories are entering the final stage of their leadership contest

3 July 2019

spotNew group launched to fight general secretary election

A new group has been formed within the PCS's Left Unity grouping.

3 July 2019

spotStonewall riots' legacy shows need for socialist struggle to win LGBT+ liberation

The Stonewall riots 50 years ago have been widely seen as the birth of modern LGBT+ rights movements.

3 July 2019

spotSick of your boss? Join a union! Come to NSSN conference

Meet other activists to share experiences and ideas

3 July 2019

spotCarlisle Labour/Lib Dem coalition cuts care home beds

A hastily organised protest by Carlisle Socialist Party spoilt a self-congratulatory publicity event by the Labour/Lib Dem coalition running Cumbria county council.

3 July 2019

spotLincoln Uni NUS disaffiliation: a question of on-campus democracy

At their last meeting as members of the University of Lincoln Student Union's Board of Trustees, the elected executive committee members put a motion through removing the student union from the National Union of Students (NUS), effective from 31 December.

3 July 2019

spotNationalisation is answer to Southern Water cover up

An investigation into Southern Water by the industry regulator Ofwat has demanded that the company pay a £126 million penalty package, the largest it has ever imposed. The Environment Agency is now also looking into pressing criminal charges.

3 July 2019

spotSocialist Party secures new offices

We are very pleased to announce that the Socialist Party has found new premises! After renting our old premises for nearly 20 years we have bought our new building which will be a big asset for our party.

9 July 2019

spotResidents, housing activists and pensioners mobilise to stop eviction

Irene has lived in Liverpool's Kensington area for years

9 July 2019

spotAcademy strike - standing up to 'bullying' management forces climbdown

Teachers and support staff at the Martin's Gate ACE Multi Academy Trust went on strike on 2 July

9 July 2019

spotBradford: Unison members strike to stay 100% NHS

Around 300 Unison members at Bradford Royal Infirmary are on strike for a week against the transfer of estates and facilities staff to a 'wholly-owned' subsidiary

10 July 2019

spotVictory for Stagecoach bus strikers!

Stagecoach workers in Central Lancashire have successfully fought for a pay increase

12 July 2019

spotThe landowning establishment

Land privatisation, the largest neoliberal grab in Britain since Margaret Thatcher came to office in 1979, has scarcely been debated

17 July 2019

spotWales: chronic NHS underfunding exposed

The terrible conditions faced by patients and staff at the A&E at the University Hospital of Wales, the biggest in Wales, have been exposed

17 July 2019

spotFraudsters thrive and claimants suffer in despicable Universal Credit scam

Thousands of people on Universal Credit have been left up to £1,500 worse off following a criminal scam where fraudsters obtain personal details of vulnerable claimants.

17 July 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich and another world for us.

17 July 2019

spotHealth visitors strike for the first time ever

Health visitors in Lincolnshire believe theirs is the first health visitors' strike anywhere in the country. The 58 specialist nurses, members of Unite the Union, voted for action by an 84% majority.

17 July 2019

spotBradford NHS workers strike against privatisation

Seven unbroken days of strike action by estates and facilities staff at Bradford hospitals have blown the lid off the simmering pot of workers' struggle in the NHS.

17 July 2019

spotNewham housing repairs workers announce strike dates

Unite the Union members employed by Newham Council in its housing repairs service have agreed dates for the start of strike action. This follows a 100% yes vote in the ballot.

17 July 2019

spotCouncil seeks to take budget deficit out on school staff and pupils

"You can't keep cutting jobs and simply expect teachers and support staff to pick up the extra work. We are not prepared to see our members driven into the ground nor see the children's education suffer", said Venda Premkumar, Redbridge National Education Union (NEU) branch secretary.

17 July 2019

spot50 years since Apollo 11 - 'One giant leap': how political conflict launched the moon landing

On 20 July 1969, for the first time in history, humans walked on the moon. Since 1972, we haven't been back.

17 July 2019

spotStop the fire service cuts

Proposals by our fire authority to cut eight fully staffed fire stations and axe 30 fire engines were described by one councillor as "turbo-charging austerity", putting lives at risk.

17 July 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

17 July 2019

spotSudan masses mobilise against state repression

Harrowing scenes are now coming out of Sudan of the 3 June massacre, where doctors report well over 100 people were murdered by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and general 'Hemeti' Dagola's brutal Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia.

17 July 2019

spotSocialist Party Fighting Fund

Socialist Party members and supporters made a tremendous effort to get to nearly 90% of the target for the May to July fighting fund quarter.

17 July 2019

spotLeicestershire - No more austerity!

'We will pay you £60 to attend a consultation session with Leicestershire County Council.' I couldn't believe that I had heard the man correctly. £60 to tell them what I think of them. Count me in!

17 July 2019

spotCampaigners force U-turn over NHS privatisation

Working-class people in Halton are celebrating after NHS bosses were forced to abandon plans to hand the local urgent care contract to a private company. This followed a rapid and determined response by campaigners including local Socialist Party members.

17 July 2019

spotNSSN conference 2019: at the heart of trade union struggle

The hall was again packed for the 2019 conference of the National Shop Stewards Network, a rank-and-file trade union organisation

17 July 2019

spotResidents mobilise to stop eviction

Irene is a pensioner living in a small terraced house in Liverpool's Kensington area, where she has lived for years.

17 July 2019

spotDurham Miners' Gala

An estimated 200,000 people attended the 135th Durham Miners' Gala on 13 July, one of Europe's biggest celebrations of trade unionism and the labour movement.

17 July 2019

spotExcellent response to building fund appeal

Our members and supporters have responded magnificently to our appeal following the purchase of our new premises. We will be moving shortly and are currently in the process of fitting out our new headquarters.

17 July 2019

spotInterview: protests over killing in Israel

Mass protests blocked roads across Israel after the 30 June killing of 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Tekah by an off-duty cop in the Kiryat Haim area of Haifa, an Israeli port town on the Mediterranean Sea. The Socialist spoke to Eli Yossef, a shop steward in the ancillary section of a hospital in central Israel

17 July 2019

spotThe 45th anniversary of the strike

How oppressed workers fought back against racist 'divide and rule': This year marks the 45th anniversary of the 14-week Imperial Typewriters strike which had national repercussions.

17 July 2019

spotStop Boris - General election now

Boris Johnson, the Eton-educated millionaire and Trump wannabe, seems to be heading to Number 10, put there by around a hundred thousand members of the Tory Party, less than 0.35% of the electorate.

17 July 2019

spotGreece elections: Syriza ousted amid voter disillusionment

The recent general election in Greece saw a victory for the right-wing New Democracy.

17 July 2019

spotHackney transport strike - blockade foils employers

Unite union drivers and passenger assistants at Hackney council have been on strike

17 July 2019

spotSocialist change to end climate change

Climate change advisers for the government have exposed it as being all talk and no action.

18 July 2019

spotTories prepare to attack education workers' pensions

The government has issued a consultation document on proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

21 July 2019

spotSocialist Party conference reaffirms the CWI's historic approach

On Sunday 21 July a special conference of the Socialist Party voted overwhelmingly to sponsor an international conference to reconstitute the Committee for a Workers' International

30 July 2019

spotBoris, Brexit and British capitalism

Editorial of the Socialist: Boris Johnson's victory in the Tory leadership election will probably turn out to be the most predictable political event of 2019

31 July 2019

spotCWI refounded with determination and confidence

On Sunday 21 July a special conference of the Socialist Party voted overwhelmingly to sponsor an international conference to reconstitute the Committee for a Workers' International

31 July 2019

spotHong Kong: the struggle for democratic rights escalates

The struggle for democratic rights in Hong Kong is intensifying and widening far beyond the original campaign to scrap the authority's reactionary extradition bill

31 July 2019

spotThe Socialist Party has moved!

But keep those donations coming...

31 July 2019

spotFighting Universal Credit

The Tories sold Universal Credit as a public money-saving scheme, combining several benefits into one. In reality the 'savings' were to come from reducing payouts.

31 July 2019

spotMass movement topples governor of Puerto Rico

Two weeks of almost continuous mass protests have forced the resignation of the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló

31 July 2019

spotLabour promises to end council privatisation: councils must do that now!

Labour needs to send a clear message to the working class, because that is not what we see in our workplaces and communities

31 July 2019

spotLib Dems: little bosses' party elects eager pro-austerity leader

Jo Swinson has eagerly put her hand up for austerity, privatisation, fracking, war and the bosses' European Union

31 July 2019

spotAristocrats are rich after all... and getting richer

Economic 'liberalisation' and deregulation of the City, ushered in by Margaret Thatcher, turbo-charged aristocrats' wealth

31 July 2019

spotPlymouth posties deliver defiant message to bullying bosses

Postal workers at the West Park delivery office in Plymouth took unofficial strike action from 24-26 July after Royal Mail's refusal to deal with bullying and harassment

31 July 2019

spot"BEIS: stop pISSing about and give outsourcing the boot!"

Catering workers and cleaners, members of civil service union PCS, walked out on indefinite strike action on 15 July at the government's business department,

31 July 2019

spotBromley library workers strike against running down

The long-running strike against the running down of Bromley libraries has not lost its enthusiasm

31 July 2019

spotNottingham Deliveroo riders strike against unfair algorithm

"The algorithm is pushing out cyclists and favouring motors - pushing us to the back of the queue and damaging the environment"

31 July 2019

spotEnfield: 100% council homes at Meridian Water!

A big meeting of residents and trade unionists in Edmonton, North London, set up a campaign to fight for 100% council homes at Meridian Water, the biggest redevelopment project in London

31 July 2019

spotWalthamstow shopping centre fire: people's plan - not disaster capitalism

Phenomena like floods or fire can be an excuse to rush through plans to privatise land, buildings and space

31 July 2019

spotTolpuddle festival 2019: socialist policies to end Tory rule and austerity

Thousands of activists and trade unionists attended the Tolpuddle festival over the weekend of 20-21 July

31 July 2019

spotBarking: campaigning over housing safety

Following a shocking, preventable fire on its housing estate a few weeks ago, Barking Reach Residents' Association met to discuss the next steps of its campaign

31 July 2019

spotJuly climate strikes: link up with the workers' movement

On 19 July, members of the Socialist Party and Socialist Students braved the rain outside parliament to support school students striking against climate change

31 July 2019

spotIlford: parents and teachers unite against school cuts

Ilford County High School, which has a deficit, should force the council to allow a moratorium on repayments

31 July 2019

spotBoris Johnson 'coronation' - demos say: boot him out!

In the aftermath of Boris Johnson's 'election' there were two lively and angry protests in central London

31 July 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Victimised TUSC agent writes; climate travel chaos; education pensions attack; water privatisation scandal; 'Labour peers'?

31 July 2019

spotHuge workload, low pay and unpaid hours - a day in the life of a teaching assistant

The role has changed unrecognisably in the last few years, but the wages do not reflect the level of commitment and professionalism the position now demands or the extra pressures it brings

31 July 2019

spotSainsbury's distribution workers' second 24-hour strike against cuts to sick pay

Waltham Point distribution centre workers took action on 25 July

31 July 2019

spot20,000 civil servants strike against pay restraint

The strike was provoked by the imposition of a below-inflation pay award

31 July 2019

spotHarland and Wolff shipyard workers enter occupation

Demand government renationalise to save jobs and skills

31 July 2019

spotLobby the TUC for workers' action to defeat Johnson

Join the lobby in Brighton on 8 September

31 July 2019

spotBuild a working-class movement to force an election

Johnson is keen to present himself as a representative of ordinary people - but his policy announcements are anti-worker through and through

31 July 2019

spotTories look in wrong place for climate solutions

Extreme heat caused misery for those stuck in blisteringly hot workplaces as well as thousands of stranded passengers, as our poorly funded infrastructure ground to a halt

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