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4 June 2018

spotCongress shut down by staff walkouts

The UCU congress should have been a council of war for the struggle to come.

4 June 2018

spotEyewitness report from Gaza: "Razan was killed in front of my eyes"

Razan, a medical volunteer, was shot dead on a protest in Gaza

6 June 2018

spotRMT special conference debates political strategy

Delegates to the RMT transport union's special general meeting (SGM) have voted to maintain the union's current political strategy and not to affiliate to the Labour Party.

6 June 2018

spot#NorthernFail: 250 rail services cancelled

Nationalise rail - don't delay!: Northern rail cancelled more than 250 trains entirely on 29 May. Where trains run at all they have been up to two hours late.

6 June 2018

spotSocialists defend Lush ad campaign against spy cops

Soap shop Lush dropped a bath bomb on 31 May with storefront displays highlighting abuses by undercover police.

6 June 2018

spotNo to Trump's trade war

Donald Trump, in rebooting his presidential campaign slogan to "Make America Great Again" is attempting to do this on the backs of the rest of the world, by introducing tariffs on US imports.

6 June 2018

spotJordan: Workers and youth remove prime minister and demand end to austerity

A general strike and huge demonstrations of an unprecedented scale have shaken the Jordanian kingdom, against the backdrop of a steep rise in the cost of living and government corruption.

6 June 2018

spotWest Midlands firefighters vote to strike in massive numbers

West Midlands firefighters have voted by 90% to take strike action against exploitative conditions for new fire service workers. They are being introduced by the Labour-led West Midlands Fire Authority (WMFA).

6 June 2018

spotEast London housing workers fight privatisation of pay

Tower Hamlets Unison members started strike action for fair pay on 4 June.

6 June 2018

spotLiverpool meeting remembers 47 councillors who fought and defeated Thatcher in 1980s

Three decades since the House of Lords surcharged the Liverpool 47 councillors, the Liverpool 47 group organised this event on 25 May in Liverpool city centre to remember the heroic anti-cuts struggle

6 June 2018

spotYorkshire 1,000 for issue 1000

Thinking out loud about how to celebrate the forthcoming 1000th issue of the Socialist, I told the editors I thought the Yorkshire region of the Socialist Party could sell 1,000 copies of that issue

6 June 2018

spotPeople's Assembly event lacks understanding of task facing Corbyn

The People's Assembly met for its annual conference on 2 June, with a series of workshops and rallies, but with no democratic decisions being made.

6 June 2018

spot200 years since the birth of Karl Marx - come and walk in his footsteps!

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, who shaped much of 20th century history.

6 June 2018

spotAlt-right gains exposure - but tedious clichés betray lack of ideas

Nonfiction - 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos: The publication in January of Jordan Peterson's '12 Rules for Life', with recent appearances on British and international television, represent an advance for tired but dangerous arch-conservative ideas.

6 June 2018

spotRich, raw tale of financial crisis's impact on rural Ireland

Fiction: The Spinning Heart: I have only recently caught up with Donal Ryan's wonderful, inventive 2012 debut novel about the brutal and shattering effects on a rural Irish community following the financial meltdown of 2007-08.

6 June 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including jailed TUSC agent Chris Fernandez and the shallow liberal press.

6 June 2018

spotItaly's political crisis is reverberating through Europe

Three months after the general election of 4 March, Italy has a government again. On 1 June, the 'yellow-green' government was officially installed.

6 June 2018

spotPCS union launches strike ballot on pay

Workers in the PCS union, representing civil servants across all government departments, have voted overwhelmingly to ballot members for strike action.

6 June 2018

spotStop the Tory NHS wreckers

The official NHS England budget deficit is almost £1 billion - with some analysts putting the real figure closer to £4 billion. The ongoing NHS crisis shows no sign of slowing down. The Tories, Blairites and capitalist class want to see the NHS broken up and sold to privateers

6 June 2018

spotRMT rejects Labour affiliation - now step up the fight for workers' political representation

The special conference of the RMT transport union on 30 May was an important milestone in the battle to re-establish a political voice for workers after the bleak years of Blair's New Labour

6 June 2018

spot'Made in Dagenham' Ford machinists pay strike 50 years on

This year, 7 June marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the strike by women sewing machinists at Ford Dagenham in east London.

9 June 2018

spotPCS members in DWP say: Pay up now!

PCS members in the DWP were outraged that a previously-agreed pay rise was being delayed. UPDATE on 14.6.18: DWP senior management backs down!

13 June 2018

spotCity vultures make millions from Carillion chaos

Workers left unemployed and NHS projects on hold: Accountancy and legal firms will make a killing, raking in £70 million in fees, while workers face the scrapheap

13 June 2018

spotRetail crunch: more giants on their knees - nationalise them now

House of Fraser plans to close 31 of its 59 stores, leading to the loss of 6,000 jobs, and Poundworld has appointed administrators, putting a further 5,100 jobs at risk

13 June 2018

spotPay rises of 283% needed for most to afford London homes

Mass council house building programme needed now: I would need a pay rise to £134,000 a year to afford a mortgage in London - 283% more than the average London salary, or over 400% more than what I and many others earn

13 June 2018

spotThem & us

It's one world for the super-rich, and anotehr for the rest of us. Tories' multiple 'jobs' and Russian money; jobs and benefits disappear for us; Brown v Corbyn; two-thirds back rail renationalisation

13 June 2018

spotNHS workers plan coordinated strikes across West Yorks against outsourcing

Four Yorkshire branches of health union Unison are balloting simultaneously for strikes against plans to transfer estates and facilities workers into separate companies - owned by NHS trusts, but outside the NHS.

13 June 2018

spotTransport for London to lose central grant: bus workers must prep for action

By 2020 there will be nil central government funding to Transport for London. To fight the cuts we need to use every means we can, including preparing for industrial action by bus workers across London, and coordinated action with other TfL unions.

13 June 2018

spotHousing strike against individualised pay enters week two

Tower Hamlets Community Housing workers are in their second week of strike action organised by public service union Unison. Their new pay structure is not negotiated with the unions, but based on 'market testing'.

13 June 2018

spotVote Mike Rolfe for Napo general secretary

Napo is struggling to make a significant difference to the working lives of members. In five years, the incumbent, Ian Lawrence, has been unable to stop a decline in membership, and it is time for him to step aside.

13 June 2018

spotVenezuela: Neither the capitalists nor regime can solve the crisis

Measures which improved living conditions inevitably clashed with big business and the bureaucratic state. This had already led to a loss of electoral support in the last years of Chávez's presidency. After his death, and the turn to the right of Maduro, we have seen a total collapse of the economy and of the morale of the masses

13 June 2018

spotDon't delay, buy issue 1000 today

Stoke Socialist Party will be asking people if they want to pay for their copy of issue 1000 now and they will deliver it to them in that week.

13 June 2018

spotSheffield Labour council "happy" to jail trees protesters

Since the new year there have been over 20 arrests of campaigners fighting privatisation-driven tree felling, for more and more farcical reasons

13 June 2018

spotIn the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign organises a march every year to commemorate what happened there and demand a public inquiry - join us for the 2018 march

13 June 2018

spotGrenfell: still waiting for justice

The horror of the Grenfell fire happened a year ago, on 14 June 2017. The whole neoliberal housing model has failed. Time won't heal capitalism's crimes, but working class action can win safe homes for all.

13 June 2018

spotBuild an anti-racist workers' movement

15,000 on far-right march: It is time for the left unions to act.

13 June 2018

spotHealth unions accept divisive NHS pay deal - but fightback could have won much more

The 87% strong GMB vote to reject, shows what could have been achieved

13 June 2018

spotHow can we fight for trade unions that fight for women?

All measures to increase participation of women fighters in the unions are welcome. But being a woman doesn't automatically qualify someone to represent women.

13 June 2018

spotCivil service pay strike ballot: vote yes!

Interview with PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh: After years of real-terms pay cuts, the PCS is balloting to strike for a fully funded, above-inflation increase.

13 June 2018

spotHelp to sell the Socialist

For approaching 1,000 issues over 21 years, the Socialist has provided the most consistent analysis of events in Britain and internationally, reporting on the many struggles of workers and young people

13 June 2018

spot4,000 Rolls-Royce jobs at risk

Press leaks suggest Rolls-Royce in Derby is set to announce another 4,000 job losses. Immediate meetings of the entire workforce should be organised to discuss how to fight the proposed losses.

13 June 2018

spotFive reasons to walk out on 13 July

Trump's election campaign in 2016 generated anger across the working class internationally for his use of racist and nationalist rhetoric, including calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and calls to construct his infamous Mexican border wall

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