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1 July 2020

spotCome to the NSSN conference

The NSSN Conference is a vital forum for trade unionists to come together to discuss our experiences during these crisis-ridden times, and forge a strategy that protects our safety in the workplace, and defends our jobs and income.

1 July 2020

spotBoris's new big deal

Boris Johnson has attempted to grab the headlines by bigging up his government's 5 billion post-pandemic spending programme on schools, hospitals and infrastructure.

1 July 2020

spotBenefits system being used to force return to unsafe workplaces

As previously reported in the Socialist, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which oversees the payment of unemployment benefit to millions, had previously eased the requirements for claiming Universal Credit

1 July 2020

spotSunday trading: Government blinks first

Leaked reports emerged in mid-June that the government was looking at relaxing Sunday trading legislation for a year

1 July 2020

spotTower Hamlets council strike

Workers at Tower Hamlets Labour-run council in east London are set to strike on 3, 6, 7 July against management plans to 'sack and re-engage' its entire workforce, in order to force them to accept worse terms and conditions.

1 July 2020

spotMoJ cleaners' covid outbreak

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and private cleaning company OCS have been accused of ignoring demands to investigate a coronavirus outbreak among workers after four cleaners fell sick with suspected Covid-19

1 July 2020

spotFrom slavery to Black Lives Matter - racism and capitalist injustice exposed

TV review: 13th: I was encouraged to watch this documentary by my daughter who has recently been motivated to go to her first protest, the Black Lives Matter demos against racism.

1 July 2020

spotReaders' opinion

On 25 June, Google announced a "new licencing programme to support the news industry". The programme pays publishers for high-quality content in an effort to remove paywalls. A "new news experience"

1 July 2020

spotNews in brief

Are you considering taking a long-delayed holiday? Try the pacific islands of Fiji. In an enticing tweet, the country's prime minister says: "Say you're a billionaire looking to fly your own jet, rent

1 July 2020

spotSelling the Socialist

The Socialist Party returned to campaigning for the second week on June 27. We set up two stalls, one on building a movement to smash racism, the other focused on other issues that are affecting young

1 July 2020

spotCardiff community fights nursery closure: Council must step in

The Little Fishes nursery has served the St Mellons community from the church premises for 30 years.

1 July 2020

spotI left Labour and want to end capitalism - join us in Socialist Party

I feel fortunate to have been raised by socialist parents. In my house in the 1990s and 2000s, Blair was as dirty a name as Thatcher.

1 July 2020

spotCapitalism and corruption go hand in hand

Can a leopard change its spots? Can a Tory MP stop taking cash for favours?

1 July 2020

spot75th anniversary of the Attlee Labour government

The end of World War Two left behind a world in upheaval. Demobilised troops and a war-weary population demanded a better future. Resistance movements in Europe published programmes demanding nationalisation.

1 July 2020

spotEquity union president elections

Performing arts union Equity is electing its president and ruling council this summer, at the same time that industry leaders are warning of widespread and imminent collapse.

1 July 2020

spotWorkers need a new mass party to defend their interests

Starmer sacks Rebecca Long-Bailey: During his leadership campaign, Starmer had to hide his pro-capitalist agenda behind the banner of unity in order to win.

1 July 2020

spotTrade unionists stand in solidarity with Maxine Peake

Trade unionists, including fellow members of Equity, are outraged at the completely false smears aimed at our fellow member Maxine Peake

1 July 2020

spotA socialist NHS fit for heroes

The past months have felt like war - normal life shut down; Covid-19 casualty reports; widespread anxiety, insecurity and hardship; frontline workers cheered for their heroic efforts.

1 July 2020

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1 July 2020

spotTories put profit before lives


Government failures fan Covid:
Once again, this incompetent Tory government, intent on pursuing its pro-big business agenda of prematurely ending the pandemic lockdown, has put lives at risk.

1 July 2020

spotLeeds City Council in danger of bankruptcy

The Covid-19 crisis has pushed councils up and down the country into a new financial crisis.

1 July 2020

spotPlastic waste ignored

Plastic waste pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing society. So why the lack of enthusiasm by the government to curb manufacturing practices that generate tonnes of it which leech into the air, waterways, oceans and food?

1 July 2020

spotRed flags line road for Ken

On the day of his funeral, Socialist Party members, neighbours and family lined the street of Socialist Party executive committee member Ken Douglas

1 July 2020

spotBLM has not stopped - protesters flock to Socialists

Socialist Party members have continued to be out supporting Black Lives Matter protests

1 July 2020

spotChange in leadership needed to secure union's future

The PCS general secretary has said the union needs to restructure and cut staff or merge.

1 July 2020

spotYes to self-identity

The Sunday Times reported that Johnson intends to dump plans to improve trans people's rights to self-identify

1 July 2020

spotTory full return to school plans gamble with lives

The government's plans for a full return in September make crystal clear it has no interest in safety or genuine education needs.

1 July 2020

spotFighting Fund: Target smashed by half time

"The sinews of war", a cynical Roman statesman famously observed, is "abundant money". That we don't have.

7 July 2020

spotBangladesh: Stop closure and privatisation of Jute Mills

A solidarity statement initiated by east London members of the CWI

8 July 2020

spot1,600 less benefits if your job goes - while super-rich splash cash

Households suffering unemployment during the pandemic will get 1,600 per year less in benefits than in 2011

8 July 2020

spotTesting: Tories' 5bn gift to private sector

Never mind expanding NHS labs or building new public science facilities. The Tories want their mates in big business to mop up from the social necessity of mass corona testing.

8 July 2020

spotPoverty rises again - especially for BAME workers

100,000 more people fell into poverty in 2018-19, reports the Social Metrics Commission. Black, Asian and minority ethnic households were more than twice as likely to have been pushed below the breadline.

8 July 2020

spotHomerton hospital workers deserve equal pay and conditions

Management at Homerton Hospital in Hackney, east London, has outraged staff by insisting that outsourcing and inferior pay and conditions for ancillary workers will go on

8 July 2020

spotThem and us

8 July 2020

spotJobcentre reopening: only union struggle will put safety first

Jobcentres have become the latest battleground between workers' desire to work in safety and employers' desire to reopen services, ready or not.

8 July 2020

spotTower Hamlets council workers strike against wholesale attack on terms and conditions

Council workers across all services in Tower Hamlets, east London, have been on strike against attacks on their terms and conditions.

8 July 2020

spotNottingham unions fight council job cuts

Local councils are facing huge financial crises due to Covid-19, on top of government funding cuts since 2010.

8 July 2020

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to Socialist Postbox, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD, phone 020 8988 8771 or email editors@socialistparty.org.uk.

8 July 2020

spotNo going back: Nationalise social care!

The anarchy of free-market capitalism has been brutally exposed to millions through its inability to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the richest countries on the planet.

8 July 2020

spotBooks that inspired me: The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin's 'The fire next time' is a series of short essays describing the author's experiences of being black in America in the 1950s and 60s

8 July 2020

spotThe best place to start - join the Socialist Party

I joined the Labour Party, like many people, in the surge of support that grew around Jeremy Corbyn. Finally! Someone who is saying what we all can see.

8 July 2020

spotTrans rights protests oppose Tory backsliding

Well over a thousand overwhelmingly young trans and non-binary people and supporters protested in Parliament Square on 4 July against the Tories backsliding on trans rights.

8 July 2020

spotBlack Lives Matter - the fight is not over

Hundreds gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest on 5 July. Given it was the anniversary of the opening of the NHS, the protest started with a round of applause for the NHS, and all the healthcare workers

8 July 2020

spotTory NHS betrayal

Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak promised us all that the government would give the NHS "whatever it needs." Now he's refusing to stump up the cash.

8 July 2020

spot3bn green pledge: not enough for climate or jobs

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised 3 billion of green investment. Goals include 'decarbonising' public buildings, insulating private homes, and creating work.

8 July 2020

spotCovid pandemic and Northern Ireland - workers must resist the bosses' offensive

The coronavirus pandemic hit Northern Ireland at the very same time as the political parties in the Assembly (Stormont) were re-establishing a power-sharing Executive for the first time in over three years

8 July 2020

spotTV: The school that tried to end racism

This series showed an experiment with a group of Year 7 students in a South London school to explore how racism was learnt

8 July 2020

spotFantastic virtual NSSN conference: "Fight for our lives and livelihoods''

A virtual meeting of up to 300 trade union reps, workers, campaigners, socialists and international visitors took place on the 4 July

8 July 2020

spotHong Kong: The fight for democratic rights

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on the 23rd anniversary of the settlement between London and Beijing

8 July 2020

spotUCU: election victory for combative rank and file

An overwhelming victory for rank-and-file activists is the result of the first contested branch elections in years for Southampton UCU.

8 July 2020

spotNo choice but to fight the system

The killing of George Floyd will be fixed into the minds of our generation as we move into a new period

8 July 2020

spotEnd the scandal of sweatshop labour

In Leicester Covid-19 is prevalent in areas that have a thriving underworld of sweatshops.

8 July 2020

spotJohnson blames care workers for deaths

Boris Johnson has tried to shift the blame for the scandal of mass Covid-19 deaths in care homes.

8 July 2020

spotFight for every job. Fight for socialism

Thousands of jobs already destroyed. Thousands more announced almost every day. The 'job retention scheme' is turning into a jobs haemorrhage as the government starts to wind it down, with a view to scrapping it in October.
As speaker after speaker at the NSSN conference on 4 July said, trade unions must fight every job cut and every pay cut.

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