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Archive for May 2018

1 May 2018

spotMay Day Greetings

The Socialist Party sends May Day greetings to all its members and supporters and to workers across the trade union and labour movements in Britain and internationally.

1 May 2018

spotRudd resigns; May and Tories must go

Amber Rudd made an "inadvertent" mistake. That was the ludicrous claim made in her resignation letter.

1 May 2018

spotMay Day McStrike: "A symbol for all workers"

At midnight workers in the Oxford Street McDonalds in Manchester walked out

2 May 2018

spotFirefighters ballot for action

Planned contracts would mean new firefighters having to do non-fire service duties

2 May 2018

spotObituary: Roy Corke 1945-2018

Wirral Socialist Party members were shocked to hear of the unexpected death of Roy Corke

2 May 2018

spotLib Dems backed benefit sanctions to win 5p carrier bag charge

A Lib Dem wonk has claimed credit for the plastic bag charge - saying all it took was agreeing more attacks on welfare

2 May 2018

spot100k more zero-hour contracts in just a year

Strike to win secure work!: The number of zero-hour contracts in Britain rose by 100,000 in just a year

2 May 2018

spotWindrush: Whitehall demo shames Tories and Blairites

Vote TUSC to fight racism, cuts and privatisation: Hundreds of people marched in Brixton when the Windrush scandal broke, and then an important protest took place in central London on 28 April, called not by any organisation but by individuals who see the need to fight

2 May 2018

spotLabour members' fury at expulsion of anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth

Marc Wadsworth has been expelled, after 22 months suspended on charges of bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.

2 May 2018

spotRMT members reject Labour affiliation calls at London debate

The RMT transport union will hold a special general meeting on 30 May to discuss the issue of affiliation to the Labour Party. RMT was expelled from Labour in 2004 after supporting Scottish Socialist Party candidates.

2 May 2018

spotSalford nursery campaigners take fight to parliament

The 'fight for the five' campaign, which is trying to save the remaining local authority nurseries in Salford, took their battle to parliament on 25 April.

2 May 2018

spotParents and campaigners protest Leeds disability travel cut

Leeds council has withdrawn escorted transport funding for young people aged 16 and over with special educational needs and disabilities. Parents and students, alongside Unite Community members, gathered on the steps of Leeds Town Hall on 28 April to protest.

2 May 2018

spotLeicestershire NHS campaign launched

The Save Our NHS Leicestershire campaign was launched - in a standing-room-only Leicester Secular Hall - on 28 April with the meeting brimming with energy to fight the Tories' brutal NHS cuts.

2 May 2018

spotYoung people trapped in private rental

Housing costs force workers out of London: It's a tough time to be a young person in Britain. Almost two-fifths of Millennials, young people born by 2000, rent privately at 30

2 May 2018

spotReject the mega-supermarket merger: nationalise to save jobs

Workers in Sainsbury's and Asda were shocked to hear on Saturday 28 April that their employers were at an advanced level of merger talks, confirmed as a deal agreed on the morning of 30 April.

2 May 2018

spotHull college workers and students protest redundancy plan

Over 100 Hull College workers and students protested on 23 April against the planned axing of up to 400 jobs at the college. Walking out over their lunch break they heard speakers from the local trade union movement.

2 May 2018

spotMay 1968: Police attacks on students spark mass revolt

France '68 - week one: A wooden beam will appear quite solid and unchanged as termites chew away within it. But there comes a time when one step can bring down the whole rotten house. In May of 1968 the whole structure of capitalism in France was in jeopardy.

2 May 2018

spotBuilding fund appeal smashes £150,000, keep it coming!

As regular readers of the Socialist will know, the Socialist Party is currently under threat of eviction from our national headquarters. We have had a presence in London since the early 1960s and have been at our current premises for over 17 years.

2 May 2018

spotGroundswell of support for TUSC in Huddersfield

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) election campaign in Huddersfield has exceeded all our expectations. Public and doorstep support has been amazing.

2 May 2018

spotSpain: 'We don't want to be brave, we want to be free!'

Protests rocked Spain on 26 April and for a further two days following the sentencing of 'La Manada' - five men accused of raping an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016.

2 May 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Liverpool 47 commemoration, Trotsky 1917, NHS tax and hairdressing.

2 May 2018

spot200 years of Karl Marx: Marxist ideas more relevant than ever

Marx was born 200 years ago on 5 May. Together with Engels, he formulated the ideas of scientific socialism which were to shake the world

2 May 2018

spotTUSC causing a stir

The TUSC campaign in Haringey is certainly causing a stir

2 May 2018

spotTUSC stands against gentrification and cuts

"You've got my vote", is becoming a pleasingly common line

2 May 2018

spotCWI May Day photo gallery and statement

International workers' day - May Day - was marked by rallies and demonstrations around the world.

2 May 2018

spotUsdaw conference 2018

In the run up to Usdaw's annual delegate meeting (ADM) rank-and-file activists discovered that the Socialist paper was denied a press pass to cover the conference.

2 May 2018

spotRadiographers' union discusses coordinated action

Delegates to the annual conference of the Society of Radiographers in Leeds between 22-24 April should have been celebrating smashing the pay cap. But feelings were very subdued as most felt what was on offer would make little difference in real terms.

2 May 2018

spotMalta: right-wing Labour leader's insult to May Day

The prime minister of Malta has tried to use International Workers' Day to attack a murdered anti-corruption journalist

2 May 2018

spotCatalonia: thousands on the streets

On 26 April the classrooms in schools and universities in Catalonia were empty as students demanded democracy and freedom for the people of Catalonia and refused to accept the anti-democratic attacks which threaten to destroy our rights

2 May 2018

spotUSA: Defend socialist councillor Kshama Sawant

Two Seattle police officers who shot a black man in 2016 have filed a defamation lawsuit aimed at silencing socialist city council member Kshama Sawant and any public figure speaking against police killings.

6 May 2018

spotLocal election results are a major warning sign for Labour

The task of removing the Blairites and transforming Labour into a democratic, mass working class socialist party is overdue and now posed extremely urgently.

6 May 2018

spotKeith Morrell, anti-cuts councillor, re-elected

Keith was re-elected on a landslide

7 May 2018

spotRoger Shrives, 5 April 1947 - 1 May 2018

Roger, a very long standing member of the Socialist Party has sadly passed away

7 May 2018

spotKeith Pattenden

Keith, a former Socialist Party worker and secretary of east London party branch, finally succumbed to lung cancer

8 May 2018

spotUnofficial strike reinstates victimised workers

An interview with Keith Gibson, a plater at the Hull Energy Works site

8 May 2018

spotVictory against academisation

NEU members at Avenue school have succeeding in stopping the school becoming an academy.

9 May 2018

spotChina: Impressive, coordinated and daring crane drivers' strikes

Crane drivers in China's construction industry have taken strike action in dozens of cities across the country

9 May 2018

spotThe Tusc results

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) stood 111 council candidates in 33 authorities in the local elections, contesting 101 wards.

9 May 2018

spotHaringey councillors need to fight austerity now

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in Haringey provided a glimpse of what a genuine anti-cuts socialist campaign would look like.

9 May 2018

spotTUSC vote up in Waltham Forest but many voters stay away

While campaigning in Waltham Forest, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaigners encountered rage among people suffering under the right-wing Labour council.

9 May 2018

spotTUSC stands against Birmingham council's cuts and attacks on workers

On 1 May Birmingham Socialist Party held a successful public meeting about the local elections, the cuts and how councils can fight them.

9 May 2018

spotStrong TUSC result in Huddersfield

In Huddersfield, with little time and scant resources, we chalked up almost 1,000 votes between us.

9 May 2018

spotFrance '68: History's greatest general strike erupts

France, May 1968: week two: The legacy of the French revolution of 1848, the second time France overthrew a monarchy, played an important part in the escalation of the demonstrations and street fighting in Paris.

9 May 2018

spotObituary: Tony Byrne 1939 - 2018

The labour movement has suffered a blow by the death of our good comrade, ex-Liverpool city Labour councillor Tony Byrne.

9 May 2018

spotDefend Hull FE College - defend our city!

On 12 May striking lecturers and students from Hull College will be demonstrating together with the wider labour and trade union movement in Hull against the proposed axing of up to 400 jobs across the college.

9 May 2018

spotPCS: A fighting strategy to defeat the Tory pay cap

The PCS civil service union pay claim for a fully funded pay increase of 5% or £1,200 minimum and a commitment to centralised bargaining has been rejected by the Tory government.

9 May 2018

spotTeachers revolt in Trump country

Militant strikes and mass demonstrations of tens of thousands of teachers, students and community supporters have spread like wildfire across West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona and Oklahoma since the end of February.

9 May 2018

spotCWI news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world.

9 May 2018

spotSocialists in Israel-Palestine reject establishment antisemitism charge against Jeremy Corbyn

A statement on the issues of antisemitism and Jeremy Corbyn by Socialist Struggle Movement, the Socialist Party's sister organisation in Israel-Palestine

9 May 2018

spotProtest against Trump and May on 13 July

The reactionary US president plans to visit Britain

9 May 2018

spotMay 3 elections: the TUSC results report

TUSC stood 111 council candidates in 33 authorities

9 May 2018

spotUse TUC march as launch pad for action on pay

National strike action is possible if the unions build a real fighting campaign for it.

9 May 2018

spotSocialists fight for Palestinian liberation and workers' unity

70 years on from the foundation of Israel: The 1948 foundation of the Israeli state is being marked this month in Israel.

9 May 2018

spotBreast cancer screening scandal

Tory ministers seldom apologise. Women over 70 - the most likely to die of breast cancer - are still not routinely screened, just as young women are not screened for cervical cancer.

15 May 2018

spotPCS conference 2018: building on the union's militant record

An interview with Socialist Party member Chris Baugh - three times elected PCS assistant general secretary - who will again be seeking the support of Left Unity to be its candidate in next year's election.

15 May 2018

spotPCS elections - Left sweeps the board

A landslide for the Democracy Alliance slate

15 May 2018

spotMiddle East in crisis

Around the world people have watched in horror at Trump's rejection of the deal with Iran and the unfolding violence perpetrated by the Israeli state forces against Palestinian protesters in Gaza - 60 were killed there on Monday 14th May alone, during protests against the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

15 May 2018

spotStop the Israeli state slaughter!

While the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem was celebrated in that city by Trump's daughter and other super-wealthy US representatives, a terrible massacre was taking place in Gaza

16 May 2018

spotChesterfield May Day: march turnout great

Glorious bank holiday weather brought a high turnout to the 40th Chesterfield May Day march and rally, where Unite's Len McCluskey and the National Education Union's Kevin Courtney delivered strong messages that the labour movement must fight back against austerity and a weak Tory government

16 May 2018

spotSweden: Socialist elected leader of 77,000-strong tenants' union

Kristofer Lundberg, a leading member of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (Socialist Justice - CWI Sweden), was recently elected as leader of the 77,000 member tenants' union in West Sweden with 60% of the vote from delegates to the union's regional council

16 May 2018

spotExclusive interview with Gazan activist: "The more they kill us, the more the anger increases"

Socialist Struggle Movement (CWI Israel/Palestine), which is in full solidarity with the current Gaza protests, spoke to 24-year-old Gaza activist Ahmed A-Na'ouq from Deir al-Balah city in the Gaza Strip, about the bloody repression, the devastating conditions and the protest movement.

16 May 2018

spotTories' continuing EU quagmire is Corbyn's opportunity

No-one is at the helm of the government's plan for Brexit. There is chaos at every level of the capitalist state as it threatens to crash out of the EU.

16 May 2018

spotRoyal wedding opulence... during longest pay squeeze in 200 years

The cost of Harry and Meghan's marriage will be 110 times that of the average couple - 1,785 times including security - according to estimates by wedding planner Bridebook.

16 May 2018

spotStrike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

Workers at Tesco Dagenham distribution site are striking over pay from 10pm on Thursday 17 May. Following over a year of negotiations between Tesco and the retail and distribution workers' union Usdaw, bosses have refused to improve their initial offer which was worth less than 3%.

16 May 2018

spotBelgium Lidl strike victory

A week-long series of strikes by Lidl workers in Belgium has led to increased staff at stores across the country. A strike broke out at one store in Oostkamp over the dismissal of a sales manager, which also raised the issue of workloads.

16 May 2018

spotLively Hull demo against college cuts

A lively demo of over 100 marched in Hull on 12 May in support of staff and students facing redundancies and cuts to Hull FE college. Some demonstrators travelled long distances to voice their opposition to the cuts.

16 May 2018

spotHarrogate College strike against cuts

University and College Union (UCU) members at Harrogate College took strike action, coordinated with their colleagues in the Hull College Group at Hull College, against proposals to axe jobs. 9 May was the first strike day, with two more to follow.

16 May 2018

spotLeeds Acas conciliators walkout

You know the squeeze in the public sector is coming to a crunch when workers for an organisation that was set up to try to prevent strikes walk out on strike themselves. But that was precisely what happened as conciliators at Acas took strike action on 11 May.

16 May 2018

spotWorkplace news in brief

Workplace news in brief including TGI Friday's strike and an update on the FCC Wilmington dispute

16 May 2018

spotMay 1968: Revolutionary explosion as two thirds of workforce join strike

France, May 1968: week three: On Saturday 18 May 1968, General Charles de Gaulle, president of France, was forced to cut short his state visit to Bucharest.

16 May 2018

spotSave Southall Town Hall legal hearing success

The Save Southall Town Hall campaign won the first round of a legal challenge on 19 April to defend this iconic building, and to preserve it as a genuine public and secular space for all members of our community

16 May 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including antisemitism, Chris Fernandez and gentrification

16 May 2018

spotRichest worth £724bn... as 100,000 kids fall into poverty

Sunday Times Rich List 2018: £724 billion. This is the combined wealth of Britain's 1,000 richest.

16 May 2018

spotSave Our Square takes fight to developers

On 9 May, Socialist Party members who are part of the Save Our Square campaign in Walthamstow, east London, lobbied the annual general meeting of Capital & Regional (C&R)

16 May 2018

spotRonan Point disaster 50 years on

On 16 May 1968, 50 years ago, Ronan Point, a high-rise tower block in Newham, east London, collapsed killing four people and injuring 17

16 May 2018

spotSpain: Student general strike against sexist, capitalist 'justice' system

The general student strike on 10 May, called against the shameful light sentencing of the 'wolfpack' rapists, was a great success. More than one million students emptied classrooms and more than 100,000 attended over 60 demonstrations

16 May 2018

spot'When we fight, we can win' - campaign halts hospital closure

An important victory has been won in Huddersfield.

16 May 2018

spotThousands on TUC demo

A huge Socialist Party "Tories Out!" banner greeted 20,000 marchers

17 May 2018

spotThreat to unity of PCS left

Support Chris Baugh's re-election as AGS: PCS members will be shocked and disappointed that Janice Godrich intends to stand against fellow Socialist Party member Chris

21 May 2018

spotCampaigning in Southampton for school and college walkouts when Trump visits Britain on 13th July

Campaigning in Southampton for school and college walkouts when Trump visits Britain on 13th July

Campaigning in Southampton for school and college walkouts when Trump visits Britain on 13th July

Campaigning in Southampton for school and college walkouts when Trump visits Britain on 13th July

21 May 2018

spotAntisemitism, Israel-Palestine, & the left

The Labour right wing and capitalist establishment are waging a colossal campaign to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party and his anti-austerity policies

23 May 2018

spotStop Trump! Build for 13 July student walkouts

When Trump visits Britain we need to launch a unprecedented day of struggle

23 May 2018

spotSupport refugees rights

A recent Refugee Action report (bit.ly/2GFCd1y188/) reveals how those who flee persecution or war are systematically mistreated by the Home Office, notorious for implementing Theresa May's "hostile environment" for migrants

23 May 2018

spotFirst ever strike at TGI Fridays

Workers at TGI Fridays restaurants in Milton Keynes and Covent Garden, London, were on strike for the first time ever on 18 May

23 May 2018

spotVictory: how school strike beat 'academy' privatisers

School workers in Newham, east London, stopped Avenue Primary School becoming a privately run 'academy' earlier this month

23 May 2018

spotPCS conference votes for strike action

At its conference in Brighton on 22 May the PCS civil servants' union voted decisively for a statutory strike ballot against the Tories 1% pay cap. The ballot date is not fixed but is expected to start in June.

23 May 2018

spotSolid strike at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre forces pay talks

Heavy security presence and a profusion of steel fencing didn't deter angry, vocal pickets striking for decent pay at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre on 17-18 May.

23 May 2018

spotServices disappearing from Harrogate

Staff at Harrogate College were back out on strike for two further days on 17-18 May. This is part of action across the Hull College Group.

23 May 2018

spotCollege staff caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

In November 2016 workers at the Vine, a specialist education service, were transferred from Leeds City Council into Leeds City College.

23 May 2018

spotYouthful enthusiasm to break with repression of past

The historic referendum to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution, which equates to an almost complete ban on abortion, takes place on 25 May

23 May 2018

spotMay 1968: 'Communist' leaders hand power back to defeated bosses

France, May 1968: week four: By Friday 24 May 1968, ten million workers were on strike. The greatest general strike in history. On the same day, the president of France, General Charles de Gaulle, tried to address the nation. Nobody saw it. It was a victim of the TV workers' strike.

23 May 2018

spotTax Amazon movement wins in Seattle

On 14 May, Seattle City Council passed a historic tax on Amazon and other big corporations to fund permanently affordable, publicly owned housing. The driving force behind this victory was the strength of our #TaxAmazon movement.

23 May 2018

spotStudent leaders claim one million on the streets against Brexit - fight for a workers' exit

One hundred and twenty student union officers - who have so far failed to lift a finger in the fight against tuition fees and cuts, or to support striking lecturers during the recent University and College Union dispute - have made national headlines with the claim that "over one million students demand a people's vote on the Brexit deal".

23 May 2018

spotLet's sell 1,000 extra copies of issue 1000!

The Socialist will reach a milestone next month. The 1,000th issue of our paper.

23 May 2018

spotLeicester socialists fight poverty-paying sweatshops

The full effects of Tory policies, both economic and social, are being felt in Leicester, as sweatshop conditions and shocking illegal levels of pay persist in 2018.

23 May 2018

spotSheffield Pride organisers defeated in attempt to ban politics

Organisers of Sheffield Pride have sparked criticism of the event after calling Pride a "celebration, not a protest."

23 May 2018

spot40 attend Socialist Party housing campaign launch in Windsor

There was a successful launch of our new housing campaign in Windsor on 15 May. The meeting was attended by 40 people, with speakers and lively discussion from the floor.

23 May 2018

spotHow 'Prevent' training fosters racist paranoia

Recently work required me to complete online 'Prevent' training, supposed to help those who work with young people spot signs of "radicalisation."

23 May 2018

spotAds won't fix it: fight mental health cuts as well as stigma

Capitalist society has caused a mental health crisis of gargantuan proportions. One in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem in their life, but only one in eight sufferers are receiving treatment, according to Mind.

23 May 2018

spot30 years on from Section 28: the legacy of fighting LGBT+ attacks must continue

On 24 May 1988 Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was enacted in England, Scotland and Wales by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government.

23 May 2018

spotWe can learn about struggle from the mass trespass of Kinder Scout

The story of the mass trespass by hundreds of young working people from Manchester and Sheffield on Kinder Scout, to establish the 'right to roam', is remembered with pride.

23 May 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including witch hunts and private police.

23 May 2018

spotTories prepare for possible snap election

Jeremy Corbyn needs to do the same by standing up to Blairite saboteurs.
As the deadlock at the top of the Tory Party continues, Tory MPs are reported to be telling their constituency parties to prepare for another snap general election

23 May 2018

spotYes to the struggle to lift the siege

Yes to the struggle to lift the siege: While in Jerusalem a messianic inauguration ceremony was held for the American embassy, in the Gaza Strip, the day of the embassy's transfer was the deadliest day since the war in 2014

23 May 2018

spotHomeless charity colluding to deport homeless!

Lawyers from the Public Interest Law Unit (PILU) have submitted a formal complaint against St Mungo's, one of the leading homelessness charities in the UK, for its work in colluding with the Home Office to illegally deport homeless EEA (European Economic Area) nationals

23 May 2018

spotNew Ebola threat

A new outbreak of Ebola has begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2014-16 some 28,000 people were infected in West Africa. 11,600 of them died.

23 May 2018

spotGovernment continues to back failed private rail

The companies running the East Coast Main Line (ECML) rail franchise from London to Scotland - Virgin and Stagecoach - are to lose it because they "got their sums wrong" according to Chris Grayling, the transport secretary

23 May 2018

spotCapitalism's Grenfell shame

The Grenfell inquiry opened with heartrending tributes to the people who perished

25 May 2018

spotAction demanded from new council

In a fantastic show of unity, campaigners from across the spectrum of local issues came together

28 May 2018

spotLandslide vote to repeal Ireland's abortion laws

The dramatic and clear-cut 'Yes' is a political earthquake and turning point for Ireland

30 May 2018

spotUCU conference: Build the union, build the struggles!

It's been an explosive year for the University and College Union

30 May 2018

spotBroad Left candidate elected as Usdaw deputy general secretary

Dave McCrossen, the Broad Left candidate in Usdaw's deputy general secretary contest has been elected

30 May 2018

spotToxic air hits schools as EU ponders slap on wrist years late

Toxic air is so bad in London that school students are exposed to higher levels inside their lessons than outside on the street or in the playground, according to a study for the mayor of London.

30 May 2018

spotEngland facing water shortage due to underinvestment

Nationalise water and utilities!: Serious leaks, rising domestic use, and massive consumption by an unsustainable energy sector, mean much of England could see water shortages in the coming decades, says the Environment Agency.

30 May 2018

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including medicine rip-offs, GPs, Trump and flush universities

30 May 2018

spotUnison ballots workers at Yorkshire hospitals at risk of privatisation

Unison will soon be balloting hundreds of health workers at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) and Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) at risk of being moved out of NHS employment

30 May 2018

spotWales TUC 2018: Socialist Party members challenge leadership at undemocratic conference

It was Socialist Party members who brought some life to the Wales TUC congress, speaking in numerous debates and appealing for basic democratic rights. This went down well with delegates.

30 May 2018

spotSpringfield school strike in Birmingham against job cuts and workload

What a racket! Hundreds of car (and some bus and truck) horns were honked in support of Springfield Primary School teachers on 24 May when National Education Union (NEU) members took their first day of strike action against further job losses and increased workloads.

30 May 2018

spotSocialist Party members inspired by revolutionary events

France '68 anniversary meeting: There was a great atmosphere at London Socialist Party's meeting to discuss the world-shaking events of France '68.

30 May 2018

spotPolice shootings in Tamil Nadu condemned

On 26 May Tamil Solidarity organised a protest outside the Indian High Commission in London to condemn the Tamil Nadu and Modi governments for the killing of 13 people on a peaceful protest in Thoothukkudi, Tamil Nadu.

30 May 2018

spotLeicester plans sales boost of 1,000th edition of the Socialist

As part of the drive to nationally sell 1,000 extra issues of the 1,000th edition of the Socialist (21-27 June), Leicester East Socialist Party branch aims to sell an extra 30 papers that week.

30 May 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including benefit cuts, Prince Charles, train toilets and developers' charter

30 May 2018

spotWelsh Labour reprivatises rail lines: reverse Tory sell-offs!

The Welsh government has announced, with great fanfare, handing the new £5 billion Wales and Borders rail franchise to multinational corporation KeolisAmey.

30 May 2018

spot900-strong north west NHS strike

A historic strike has taken place at three hospitals in the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust.

30 May 2018

spotSocialist nationalisation: what it is and why we need it

The surge in support for Corbyn's radical programme at last year's general election and the collapse of Carillion has led to a widespread discussion around public ownership and nationalisation.

30 May 2018

spotHands off Teignmouth Hospital!

Having closed the minor injuries unit in Teignmouth Hospital, South Devon, despite massive opposition from local people, the clinical commissioning group (CCG) is showing its intention to close the hospital entirely.

30 May 2018

spotSting's shipbuilders showcase class pride and change from below

Theatre: The Last Ship: It's not often that a West End-style stage musical can be politically inspiring. But imagine one with amazing sets, great music by Sting, a strong cast - and an anticapitalist story line. That's 'The Last Ship'.

30 May 2018

spotAberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

Fiction: Black River: Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives.

30 May 2018

spotConference 2018: members ready to fight to end pay misery

Delegates massively voted to proceed to a strike ballot

30 May 2018

spotHistoric victory won by grassroots movement

On 25 May, Irish citizens voted decisively to repeal the 8th Amendment, a resounding rejection of the abortion ban and misogynistic ideas about women and our bodies. The Yes vote won a landslide 66% and in all but one county.

30 May 2018

spotUnited working class movements can defeat Trump

Walk out against Trump on 13 July!

30 May 2018

spotStrike together to kick Tories out


This minority Tory government is the weakest in a generation. Its splits over Brexit are clear for all to see, and that rift extends all the way to the top of the cabinet.

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