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Archive for May 2021

4 May 2021

spotWhy you should vote for TUSC

330 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates are standing in the elections on 6 May

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

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

spotGoodlord strike forces talks - solidarity needed for crucial dispute

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

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. With a turnout of only 42%, the majority of workers in Hartlepool couldn't bring themselves to vote for any candidate.

9 May 2021

spotPost-election meetings

Come to a Socialist Party online meeting on the election results and building a socialist alternative.

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.

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