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5 May 2021

spotHands off our NHS

The private sector vampires are sucking in NHS resources at an increasing rate. Over the last decade, more than 96 billion of health service funding has been handed over to non-NHS care providers, including

5 May 2021

spotColombia: Mass trade union-led protests force tax retreat

A mass movement, initiated by Colombia's trade unions, has forced right-wing president Ivan Duque to withdraw his tax legislation that would have placed increased financial burdens on the country's poorest citizens.

5 May 2021

spotSparks block Cardiff building site against deskilling

Over 40 sparks descended on the Bouygues site at Cardiff University on 28 April where construction firm NG Bailey is working.

5 May 2021

spotVote 'yes' in the PCS DWP ballot

PCS ballot closes 13 May - vote Broad Left Network: Broad Left Network members are building for a strong 'yes' vote in the DWP consultative ballot for PCS Jobcentre members which starts on 5 May and runs until 21 May.

5 May 2021

spotMetroline buses to face summer of strikes unless it drops 'remote sign-on'

Unite has told London bus operator Metroline it has until 10 May to permanently drop its 'remote sign-on' policy - or it will face a summer of strikes.

5 May 2021

spotCovid, capitalism and mental health

Covid poses the "greatest threat to mental health since the second world war", according to the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

5 May 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

5 May 2021

spotBellway must pay! Make our homes safe!

On 1 May more than 60 residents of the Caspian Quarter gathered outside Bellway's Barking showrooms to protest about the property developer's failure to replace flammable balconies

5 May 2021

spotPolice attempt to intimidate Newcastle protesters

I was arrested at one of the 'Kill the bill' protests at Grey's Monument in Newcastle for trying to help a fellow protester

5 May 2021

spotNottingham NHS pay protest

Members of two Unison Nottinghamshire health branches and Unite, RCN and GMB health unions held a lunchtime pay protest outside the Queen's Medical Centre on 1 May.

5 May 2021

spotEstablishing factory sales of the Socialist in Leicester

Leicester Socialist Party members have consistently given their support to the picket lines at SPS Technologies in Leicester, and the Socialist had regular reports on their successful strike against 'fire and rehire'

5 May 2021

spotCan the 'Preston model' beat the cuts?

It is clear that we are at the start of a new period of austerity, where the ruling class will try and make ordinary people pay for the costs of the pandemic and for the crisis in the neoliberal capitalist system which has been fully exposed by the pandemic

5 May 2021

spotPlaque dedicated to Tony Mulhearn

On International Workers' Memorial Day (IWMD), 28 April, a plaque dedicated to Tony Mulhearn was unveiled in Liverpool with his family present.

5 May 2021

spotWhy you should join the Socialist Party

Some of our readers may be too young to remember the 2008 financial crash - but you will certainly have felt the effects

5 May 2021

spotDefend the right to protest - to resist bosses' attacks

Bosses' fire and rehire, an end to the eviction ban, a public sector pay freeze, hiking council tax, the impending end of furlough: attacks on young people and workers are raining down

5 May 2021

spotCapitalist sleaze and cronyism

The latest round of scandals is meeting growing anger

5 May 2021

spotBeal High School strike against sick policy resumes

Beal High School workers have walked out for a further five days against a punitive, two-tier sick pay policy

5 May 2021

spotGo Ahead offers deal to Manchester bus drivers

Bus drivers employed by Go North West in Manchester have been taking all-out, continuous strike, since the 28 February

5 May 2021

spotFor a fighting, democratic, member-led union to stop the austerity attacks

Branches have not been given a national campaign

5 May 2021

spotCladding: Tories refuse to protect leaseholders again

Socialist Party member Paul Kershaw, chair of the Unite housing workers' branch, spoke to Ed Spencer

5 May 2021

spotNew law ignores economic barriers to escaping domestic abuse

The Domestic Abuse Act has become law. Violence against women and girls has been on the increase during the pandemic. Between March and June 2020, police recorded 206,492 domestic abuse offences - a 9%

5 May 2021

spotSt Mungo's strikers fight on

St Mungo's strikers had a warm welcome when they addressed the Hackney May Day march on 1 May. Jackie and Vicko spoke at the start of the march. The property services workers have been on continuous strike

5 May 2021

spotBiden's policies will not solve underlying US crisis

After Biden's speech to the US Congress on 28 April, this is an edited extract from 'An era of capitalist turmoil', a statement from the Committee for a Workers' International, the international organisation which the Socialist Party is affiliated to.

5 May 2021

spotGoodlord strike forces talks

The strike at lettings tech platform Goodlord has forced bosses into Acas talks

5 May 2021

spotFight the rotten establishment

TUSC banner on the May Day demo in Bristol, 1.5.21, photo by Roger Thomas


For workers threatened with 'fire and rehire', young people facing job losses, local communities fighting cuts in services, the choice on offer from the establishment parties during the elections has been woeful

5 May 2021

spotFour Socialist Party members elected to NEU executive

The NEU ballot shows a clear thirst for action and a fighting leadership

9 May 2021

spotHartlepool sums up Labour crisis

New workers' party urgently needed
The most important factor in the Tories' ephemeral electoral gains has been the collapse of Labour's vote in many areas, resulting in Tory victories on low turnouts.

12 May 2021

spotScotland: Pro-independence majority in highly polarised election

Following a highly polarised Scottish election, the Scottish National Party (SNP) will form the new government at Holyrood

12 May 2021

spotTUSC is back

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) stood over 300 candidates in the 'Super-Thursday' elections on 6 May, the biggest number of TUSC candidates since the elections in 2016.

12 May 2021

spotIs Biden offering a new 'New Deal'?

In the first in our series looking at the policies of US Democratic President Joe Biden, Robin Clapp analyses the various economic and social stimulus packages Biden has announced since he was first elected.

12 May 2021

spotRMT: Militant industrial and political strategy must be fought for

RMT general secretary election: The election of Mick Lynch as general secretary of the RMT transport union comes at a crucial time for our union.

12 May 2021

spotNational Education Union needs a socialist, fighting deputy general secretary

Socialist Party member Martin Powell-Davies on the ballot paper: My campaign to be the first elected deputy general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU) has met an important first target by achieving the minimum number of district nominations required to be on the ballot paper

12 May 2021

spotThurrock refuse workers strike escalates

From 6am on Monday 10 May, Unite members working for the refuse service in the Borough of Thurrock escalated their strike, moving from a position where they withdrew their labour at 9am, to full-time strike action for the next three weeks

12 May 2021

spotEaling parking wardens strike against Serco over absence policy

Once again, Ealing parking attendants are out on strike. This time for six days over two weeks. They are fighting outsourcing private company Serco, which has been targeting the union's activists, and

12 May 2021

spotNorwich City Council workers vote for strike action over broken promises on pay and conditions

Workers who carry out vital services for Norwich City Council have overwhelmingly voted for industrial action.

12 May 2021

spotBeal school strikers suspend action after possible victory

Beal High School workers, who have taken two rounds of strike action against a punitive, two-tier sick pay policy, are voting to suspend their current action after progress in negotiations.

12 May 2021

spotSparks fight continues

London sparks continued the fight against deskilling by again targeting offices of landlords Landsec, Land Securities Group, because NG Bailey has its maintenance contract.

12 May 2021

spotWelsh Labour holds on to government but new crises loom

Welsh Labour has won the Welsh parliament election with increased votes and seats. Mark Drakeford's government benefited from the 'incumbency factor' and actually increased the party's seats in the

12 May 2021

spotRight-wing Partido Popular wins Madrid elections - a warning to the working class

Following a highly polarised and bitter election campaign, the right-wing Partido Popular (PP - 'People's Party') has emerged victorious in elections to the 'autonomous community' of Madrid (one of 17 autonomous administrative areas).

12 May 2021

spotObituary - Jon Elvin

It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of our dear friend and comrade Jon Elvin.

12 May 2021

spotReaders' opinion

Social care: Another broken Tory promise: Since 2010, spending on social care has decreased despite demand increasing. Boris Johnson pledged in 2019 that he would finally come up with a solution to the social care crisis, and ensure that people

12 May 2021

spotBobby Sands - Nothing but an Unfinished Song

Forty years ago in May, Bobby Sands, provisional IRA prisoner and an MP, died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland

12 May 2021

spotBritish state absolves itself from killings during 'the Troubles'

Family of Joe McCann continues to fight for justice: Two unnamed former British paratroopers, accused of the 1972 murder of Joe McCann, an Official Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader, were formally acquitted on 4 May

12 May 2021

spotUnited action needed to defeat fire and rehire

Seventy percent of people are opposed to 'fire and rehire' and want it made illegal. This number will only grow as this brutal weapon of the bosses, imposing worse pay and conditions on workers by sacking

12 May 2021

spotStop Israeli state brutality

Weeks of repressive, brutal policing of Palestinian gatherings and protests in East Jerusalem have resulted in a new round of conflict.

14 May 2021

spotStarmer moves against Unite - No to the attack on Beckett

Howard Beckett, Unite assistant general secretary and Labour Party NEC member has - like Jeremy Corbyn and hundreds of others before him - been suspended from Labour

16 May 2021

spotStop war on Gaza demo, London 15.5.21. Socialist Party members were at the many protests across Britain

Stop war on Gaza demo, London 15th May 2021

Stop war on Gaza demo, London 15th May 2021

Stop war on Gaza demo, London 15.5.21. Socialist Party members were at the many protests across Britain

16 May 2021

spotStop war on Gaza demo, London 15.5.21. Socialist Party members were at the many protests across Britain

Stop war on Gaza demo, London 15th May 2021

Stop war on Gaza demo, London 15th May 2021

Stop war on Gaza demo, London 15.5.21. Socialist Party members were at the many protests across Britain

19 May 2021

spotStop the Israeli state terror

For a socialist solution to poverty and repression of Palestinians:
The Israeli military bombardment of Gaza has been relentless for over a week, with terrible loss of life and devastation on the ground.

19 May 2021

spotUnison: Elect reps who will back strike action

Ballot papers are being sent out to the 1.3 million members of public sector union Unison to elect the new national executive council (NEC), the highest elected body of the union

19 May 2021

spotNew voter ID laws: Electoral fraud - Tory style

According to the Queen's Speech, people in the UK will need 'valid' photo ID to be able to vote in person in future elections

19 May 2021

spotWhat's needed to stop more Covid outbreaks?

Full pay, nationalisation and more: Meeting friends in a pub... a family restaurant meal... going to the match - is life about to return to normal? Covid-19 infection rates have fallen to their lowest since last summer.

19 May 2021

spotNews in brief

US president Joe Biden has told Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu that he 'favours' a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas - which is actually a step forward compared to Donald Trump's previous position on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict

19 May 2021

spotHuge victory at Go North West as Unite defeats 'fire and rehire'

As we got to press, bus drivers at Go North West in Manchester have defeated attempts to fire and rehire them, agreeing a deal which will end one of the country's longest-running industrial disputes.

19 May 2021

spotLondon Metroline strike against 'remote sign-on' goes ahead

48 hours of strike action by more than 4,000 bus drivers in London will go ahead on Tuesday 25 May and Wednesday 26 May, to be followed by a 72 hour strike from Monday 7 June to Wednesday 9 June.

19 May 2021

spotCWU members' resolve to strike still firm as union enters talks

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced on 12 May that the threatened industrial action ballot over compulsory redundancies, site closures and attacks on terms and conditions in BT, EE and Openreach will be put on hold until the beginning of June as the employers have invited the union into

19 May 2021

spotStrikes round-up

Following management's offer of just a 3% pay increase, which was rejected by workforce reps, Hovis workers in Northern Ireland are on indefinite strike

19 May 2021

spotDVLA workers suspend strike for talks

The PCS at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has suspended the first half of a two-week strike planned to commence on 17 May

19 May 2021

spotGlasgow mass action defeats Home Office deportation attempt

Thursday 13 May will go down in Glasgow history. Attempts by the Home Office to detain two Indian men - chef Sumit Sehdev and mechanic Lakhvir Singh - prior to deportation provoked a massive community

19 May 2021

spotStudents and unions must resist misnamed 'free speech' bill

The Tories are attempting to position themselves as defenders of free speech in their new Higher Education (freedom of speech) Bill

19 May 2021

spotSpycops inquiry continues to expose historic attacks on democratic rights

A second round of hearings in the supposedly 'public' Undercover Policing Inquiry took place from 21 April to 13 May, covering the period from the anti-Vietnam war protests in 1968 to the Anti-Nazi League in 1977.

19 May 2021

spotReaders' opinion

Thousands of workers have been recruited by firms which have been found to be using mini umbrella companies (MUCs) to avoid tax

19 May 2021

spotBrighton marches to defend Moulsecoomb Primary School

Saturday 15 May saw teachers, parents, pupils, trade unions and socialists march together to show that the forced academy takeover of Moulsecoomb Primary School in Brighton will not be allowed to happen.

19 May 2021

spotCapitalism responsible for stark global Covid vaccine inequality

The pandemic hasn't just exposed the class divide here in the UK. It's also brought many tensions and inequalities between nations in an already fractured world to the surface.

19 May 2021

spotWe will not pay the cost of Covid! Defend the right to protest

Despite the public outrage it's sparked, the government is ploughing on with the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - which would seriously impede our right to protest.

19 May 2021

spotJohnson's Tories and Starmer's Labour have nothing to offer workers

Where was the content to Boris Johnson's vacuous rhetoric of 'levelling up' and 'building back better' in the Queen's Speech?

19 May 2021

spotSocialist Party black and Asian members discuss history

The Socialist Party Black and Asian group met online on Sunday 16 May. Hugo Pierre introduced the main discussion on the history of black and Asian struggle in Britain, a history not taught in schools

19 May 2021

spotMulivaikkal Remembrance Day 2021

The atrocities that took place towards the end of the brutal war by the authoritarian Sri Lankan state, that ended in the massacre of over 100,000 Tamil civilians in Mulivaikkal in 2009, are marked by the annual Mulivaikkal Remembrance Day

19 May 2021

spotNHS: Scottish vote shows unions must fight for 15%

Thursday 1 April should have seen a significant pay rise for all NHS staff. Instead, we have seen further delays and no announcement from the Pay Review Body.

19 May 2021

spotHelp fund our bold socialist presence

The Socialist Party has a target each quarter to make sure that we have the steady finances and resources needed to take our socialists ideas into the movements, protests and struggles that take place

19 May 2021

spotPCS elections - incumbents win, but solid vote for Broad Left Network

The PCS election results were announced on 14 May

19 May 2021

spotTens of thousands march against Israeli state terror

People flooded onto the streets on Saturday in outrage at the war on Gaza

22 May 2021

spotThe 'Fall of Paris' 150 years ago

The Paris commune saw for a brief but heroic few weeks the working class take power for the first time. In the immortal words of Karl Marx, the masses "stormed heaven".

25 May 2021

spotUnfinished business

Some blacklist documents included entries where union officials had provided the information

26 May 2021

spot'Fire and rehire' attempts spread - coordinated fightback needed

The fight against the workplace epidemic of bosses using 'fire and rehire' continues, with engineers at the Weetabix's factories in Kettering and Corby in Northamptonshire planning to walk out over pay and conditions

26 May 2021

spotRMT: Support Alan Pottage for assistant general secretary

Socialist Party members in the RMT are supporting Alan Pottage in the assistant general secretary election, called to replace Mick Lynch, who has been elected as general secretary.

26 May 2021

spotNUJ leadership pushes through subs increase but left lands blows at conference

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) held its online delegates meeting (conference) on 21 and 22 May, with mixed results for the left

26 May 2021

spotCWU elections: Vote for a fighting, campaigning, socialist EC member

This has been an extremely challenging time for all of us in the Communication Workers Union (CWU). We have come through this and are now electing the new national executive committee (NEC) which will

26 May 2021

spotCadent Gas plans 200 job losses

Cadent Gas has announced 200 redundancies, the closure of its Hinckley site, and the transfer of the remaining staff to a new site at Ansty, Coventry.

26 May 2021

spotGoodlord sacks strikers - fight the penny-pinching, bullying bosses!

Property services company Goodlord, where workers have been on indefinite strike since 22 February, sacked the striking workers on 19 May

26 May 2021

spotThurrock refuse workers beat council and bin pay cut

Striking Thurrock bin workers have beaten Tory Thurrock Council. Around 90 workers in the waste and recycling department had been on strike since the 13 April and were fighting pay cuts of between 1,200

26 May 2021

spotCladding anger builds - protest on 5 June

Three-quarters of cladding systems on new medium-rise buildings use combustible materials. Now residents trapped in fire-risk buildings are taking to the streets to protest outside the salerooms of builders

26 May 2021

spotPalestine protesters donate to fund socialist material

On the demonstrations and protests against Israeli state attacks on the Palestinians, Socialist Party members received a tremendous response to our message: 'End the occupation - for a Palestinian socialist intifada'.

26 May 2021

spotLeicester protest against arms supplies to Israel

Not many people in Leicester knew that Israel-based international defence electronics company UAV Tactical Systems had a factory at Meridian Business Park, Leicester, until Palestine Action Leicester (PAL) organised a rooftop protest there

26 May 2021

spotMexico City subway train collapse - negligence, corruption and capitalism

An overpass carrying a subway train collapsed in Mexico City on 3 May, killing at least 26 people and injuring 80

26 May 2021

spotGet up, stand up - don't give up the fight!

The life and legacy of Bob Marley: Forty years ago, on 21 May 1981, the island of Jamaica came to a halt as the celebrated reggae musician and political activist Bob Marley was given a state funeral

26 May 2021

spotFilm review: Nomadland

Sombre poem on human connection and solidarity: After the Great Recession of 2008 hit, the factory at the heart of Empire was shut down. Fern, a widow in her sixties, is suddenly compelled to leave the town she built her life around, taking off in her

26 May 2021

spotLancaster Greens do deal with Tories

Last week brought more reminders that stopping global heating is incompatible with the capitalist profit motive

26 May 2021

spotTV review: Three Families is excellent. But protest movement is missing

'Three Families' is a two-part series that deals with the issue of access to abortion in Northern Ireland

26 May 2021

spotUS right to abortion under threat: Mass campaign to support the right to choose must be built

The US Supreme Court has agreed to consider a Mississippi law banning most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. This could potentially mark a serious attack on the right to abortion in the US.

26 May 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

The Socialist Inbox: Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

26 May 2021

spotNews in brief

News in brief: Sasha Johnson, a London-based black activist, was shot in the head in the early hours of 23 May. Sasha was a prominent figure during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020, and is now a

26 May 2021

spotPalestinians need a new socialist intifada

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza lasted for eleven days, with terrible loss of life and devastation on the ground

26 May 2021

spotOrganise for 3 July pay protests

Saturday 3 July will be an opportunity to voice opposition to the 1% NHS pay offer

26 May 2021

spotOrganise to oppose Tory academisation plans

The education minister said he wants all schools to become academies.

26 May 2021

spotFight for the right to protest

The government intends the biggest curtailment of the right to protest in a generation.

26 May 2021

spotIsrael-Palestine: A new stage in the struggle

Socialism Today issue 249

After the ceasefire, Gaza's traumatised population re-emerged onto the streets to survey scenes of terrible devastation.

26 May 2021

spotOur lives, our jobs, our future - Not safe in Tory hands


One law for them and one law for us. Nothing summed that up better than Dominic Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle during the first Covid lockdown.
Now the thieves have fallen out.

26 May 2021

spotMetroline London workers win huge victory

'Remote sign-on' had been planned

26 May 2021

spotReading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in the fight against de-skilling #No2ESO. NG Bailey & Balfour Beatty must pull away from their deskilling agenda!

Reading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in fight against de-skilling #No2ESO

Reading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in fight against de-skilling #No2ESO

Reading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in the fight against de-skilling #No2ESO. NG Bailey & Balfour Beatty must pull away from their deskilling agenda!

26 May 2021

spotHundreds of thousands join solidarity protests

Massive protests again took place

26 May 2021

spotGreat British Railways shake-up offers no end to profiteering

Nationalise the whole railway system!

26 May 2021

spotWhere now for the Scottish independence movement?

A majority of MSPs in the Scottish parliament are committed to a second referendum

26 May 2021

spotReading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in the fight against de-skilling #No2ESO. NG Bailey & Balfour Beatty must pull away from their deskilling agenda!

Reading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in fight against de-skilling #No2ESO

Reading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in fight against de-skilling #No2ESO

Reading, 26.5.21: Standing with the #Sparks blockading #AWE in the fight against de-skilling #No2ESO. NG Bailey & Balfour Beatty must pull away from their deskilling agenda!

28 May 2021

spotWaltham Forest byelections: Council homes not unaffordable flats

A byelection has been called on 10 June for the Grove Green ward of the London Borough of Waltham Forest

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