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5 November 2018

spot1,000-strong rally in London this weekend

Come together with over 1,000 socialists to debate and discuss ideas to change the world.

7 November 2018

spotEast London public square threat halted

The Save Our Square (SOS) campaign in Waltham Forest, east London has heard that building company Mount Anvil has pulled out of the contract with the shopping centre owners to build monster tower blocks in our town square

7 November 2018

spotLabour councils should use 14bn reserves to fight all cuts

A new report from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has set out the ability of Labour councils to resist cuts.

7 November 2018

spotUniversity bankruptcy threat - kick the market out of education

"A university going bust is more likely than at any other point in the last generation". These were the words of Nick Hillman - former advisor to Tory universities minister David Willets.

7 November 2018

spotStand up against abuse - justice not racism

Huddersfield has once again been in the news for all the wrong reasons, as 20 men found guilty of street grooming and abuse were jailed for a total of 221 years.

7 November 2018

spotCare crisis cashing in

Private companies are making millions treating NHS patients in psychiatric hospitals that often fail to provide decent and safe care.

7 November 2018

spotPittsburgh Synagogue shootings: Unite to fight anti-Semitism and far right

On Saturday morning, 27 October, a man shouting antisemitic slogans opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the historically Jewish Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh.

7 November 2018

spotMexico: The movement of 68 and the massacre of Tlatelolco

The movement that developed from July to December 1968 was undoubtedly one of the most intense and revolutionary chapters in the history of class struggle in Mexico.

7 November 2018

spotCWI news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world including US conference and Australian strike.

7 November 2018

spotCable workers' Halloween picket line attempts to 'scare' management into talks

It was a spooky affair outside Prysmian Cables in Eastleigh on 31 October with workers joining the picket line dressed appropriately for Halloween.

7 November 2018

spotBradford uni strike

"Today is the day we say enough. Together we can't be defeated," said workers at a strike rally on the first day of a four-day walkout by Unison union members at Bradford University.

7 November 2018

spotHundreds march to save Blackwood leisure centres

Hundreds of people from Blackwood and Pontllanfraith marched to keep open their local leisure centre and swimming pool.

7 November 2018

spotCrowds turn out for Corbyn in Rugby

Jeremy should condemn Blairite cuts and promise nationalisation: 350 people packed into Rugby's Indian Association on 3 November to hear Jeremy Corbyn and the Momentum-backed parliamentary candidate for Rugby, Debbie Bannigan.

7 November 2018

spotThousands march against overnight closure of Shropshire A&E

Princess Royal Hospital faces overnight closure. 3,000 people marched against plans that would force people to travel an extra 17-23 miles for emergency health services after 8pm.

7 November 2018

spotProtesters drive far right out of Liverpool

Hundreds of anti-fascist protesters prevented a far-right group, Frontline Patriots (FP), from moving more than a few yards from the entrance of Liverpool Moorfields train station.

7 November 2018

spotUnions and campaigners challenge Southampton cuts inside Labour and out

The phony unity in Labour has been exposed! Blairite cutting councillors in Southampton have had their proposals to close two care homes opposed overwhelmingly by Labour Party members as well as by council unions Unite and Unison.

7 November 2018

spotSupport the Socialist alternative, subscribe to the Socialist

"The Socialist is a proper newspaper that cuts to the chase. It is a no-frills paper that doesn't have the same bias as the mainstream media. It is written by ordinary people, and the news reported we can relate to."

7 November 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Trident, meerkats and music venues.

7 November 2018

spotTories out - we need socialism!


We need socialism. That will be the central case presented on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November at Socialism 2018 - a weekend of discussion and debate hosted by the Socialist Party.

7 November 2018

spotAnother victory against NHS privatisation

Bolton hospital cleaners, caterers, porters and other workers have won a dispute.

7 November 2018

spotOccupy and demand nationalisation to save Devon shipyard

The owner of Appledore Shipyard in north Devon, Babcock International, has announced its closure. Such an action would be devastation for the workers, their families and the whole community.

7 November 2018

spotArriva Rail North strike hits 34 days of action

1,300 train guards across the north of England took their 34th day of strike action in defence of a safe, secure and accessible railway on 3 November.

7 November 2018

spotUnison HE ballot: Anti-union rules block action

Unison trade union members at universities across the UK voted 62% in favour of strike action after rejecting the employers' final offer of 2% (with slightly higher increases for the lowest paid of up to 2.7%).

7 November 2018

spotNae Pasaran: a film about working-class solidarity

This is an inspiring film and I don't doubt that if you see it you will shed a tear. It is a story of international solidarity of the working class and the power of those acts of solidarity having a ripple effect.

7 November 2018

spotWorldwide walkout at Google against sexual harassment

#MeToo hit the tech world

7 November 2018

spotBack Chris Baugh and Marion Lloyd for a fighting, democratic, lay-led union

This month votes take place to decide the PCS Left Unity candidates for the union's 2019 elections.

7 November 2018

spotDozens of militant trade unionists to address Socialism 2018

Militant trade unionists from around the country will participate in Socialism 2018, this weekend in central London

8 November 2018

spotTUSC suspends electoral activity

The national steering committee of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has published a statement on the TUSC website saying that TUSC electoral activity has been suspended until further notice

9 November 2018

spotSocialist Party branches

A list of Socialist Party branches meeting regularly.

13 November 2018

spotTube strike solid against victimisation

Workers on the Central line of the London Underground walked out for 24 hours on 7 November, organised by transport union RMT and train drivers' union Aslef

13 November 2018

spotSocialism 2018

Rally chair Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

Huge confidence in the working class to change society

Socialism 2018 - a very inspiring weekend of discussion and debate hosted by the Socialist Party - took place in London on 10 and 11 November

13 November 2018

spotLatest Socialism podcasts

Listen to the latest podcasts on Trumpism, and on the trade unions

14 November 2018

spot1918: revolution ends World War One

By the time the war ended it had put into question the 'right' of the ruling classes to rule

14 November 2018

spotUS midterms: Republicans weakened - but workers' fightback needed to end Trumpism

The midterm elections in the US represented a limited 'blue wave' and an overall rejection of Trump by the electorate

14 November 2018

spotMajor private care operator puts thousands of vulnerable people at risk

The crisis in social care continues to worsen, as councils prepare to find alternative provision for 13,500 more elderly and disabled people by the end of the month

14 November 2018

spotGrenfell - no more cover-ups!

An engineering firm hired by the government to test cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire was banned from criticising or embarrassing Theresa May

14 November 2018

spotTories out now to save our NHS

New winter crisis looms: Now we need to build a movement on a national scale. Health unions should take the lead by initiating mass action

14 November 2018

spotA mass, trade union-led, socialist anti-racist campaign can defeat the far right

Thousands of people are marching against racism and fascism on 17 November

14 November 2018

spotTGI Fridays strike wins control of tips

After two rounds of strike action, TGI Fridays staff have won

14 November 2018

spotBritish Gas workers need rank-and-file leadership

The engineers who actually showed leadership to the workers while the union tops failed in their responsibilities will be targeted by the company

14 November 2018

spotPCS union members: why we're backing Chris

Re-elect Chris Baugh PCS AGS: "I can see an emergent threat in the union, where we want this union to be member-led, but at the moment it looks as though the union's moving towards control by unelected full-timers"

14 November 2018

spotVictory for democracy at CWU 'redesign' conference

The 'redesign' conference of the Communication Workers Union held vibrant debates on invigorating the union's impact on the new world of work and the gig economy

14 November 2018

spotNational Education Union: vote for action on funding

Vote yes for industrial action, vote James Kerr #1 for Inner London

14 November 2018

spotHaringey's 'Corbyn council' must refuse to make cuts!

Haringey council has written to all Labour members that it will "have to" make 10% budget cuts - on top of 40% already inflicted

14 November 2018

spotNHS Tayside facing massive job cuts

Deepening Scottish health funding crisis: NHS Tayside in September discussed plans to axe 1,300 jobs - 10% of the entire workforce!

14 November 2018

spotMansfield: keep our park open!

At only four days' notice, over 250 people joined a protest against the closure of Berry Hill Park in Mansfield

14 November 2018

spotNewham by-election: We need anti-austerity councillors

Will Moniba support the use of reserves and prudential borrowing powers to legally stave off cuts?

14 November 2018

spotLeeds meeting backs striking rail guards

It was standing room only as a packed meeting in Leeds supported the long-running dispute to maintain the safety-critical role of the guard on Arriva Rail North

14 November 2018

spotWelsh Socialist Students campaign and meet in Swansea

Over the course of the afternoon we discussed the current political landscape

14 November 2018

spotEngaging book about Corbyn's rise doesn't provide answers on how to change Labour

Non-fiction: The Candidate - Jeremy Corbyn's improbable path to power: As with many commentaries of Corbyn and the Labour Party the main weakness in Nunns's analysis is what it fails to say rather than what it does

14 November 2018

spotTheatre: The Last Seam - a lasting tribute to Mary Jackson

The Last Seam is a piece of theatre with a script based on interviews that relate the story of a Yorkshire pit community throughout the miners' strike of 1984-85 and afterwards

14 November 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Leicester football, Brum cuts.

14 November 2018

spotThe Activist issue 78

15 November 2018

spotTories Out! General election Now!

Tories Out!





Theresa May's government is on the brink. This morning the resignations began.
Esther McVey and Dominic Raab were first out the door, along with a number of junior ministers

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