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4 October 2016

spotLetter: Mandatory reselection of Labour MPs

The following letter from Socialist Party member and PCS vice president John McInally was published by the Guardian on 3rd October

4 October 2016

spotRMT strike on Virgin Trains East Coast

Fresh from the 'traingate' attack on Jeremy Corbyn, Virgin East Coast is now attacking its staff

4 October 2016

spotKevin Bennett calls on Warrington Labour to reject austerity

The Warrington Guardian yesterday carried a message from Kevin Bennett, a local TUSC spokesperson, Socialist Party member, and former Labour Party and later TUSC councillor

5 October 2016

spotBin workers' strike - "about more than just pay"

Sheffield bin workers took a one-day strike on 5 October, fighting for a better pay rise

5 October 2016

spotTories out!

The Tories are divided, led by a prime minister with no mandate, holding a majority of just 12 seats. A mass movement can bring down this vicious government, and their Blairite shadows.

5 October 2016

spotSam Allardyce corruption shame: reclaim the game!

"Big Sam likes a bung," or so the chant goes - seemingly with good reason, if the latest reports of corruption are anything to go by. Kick out the money men ruining football!

5 October 2016

spotAsos workers fear taking toilet breaks, sacked for panic attacks

Workers at the warehouse of fashion retailer Asos are unable take toilet or drink breaks, in fear of not meeting targets. Due to the pressure, one worker began experiencing panic attacks. This resulted in the termination of her employment.

5 October 2016

spotUK workers born in early 1980s half as wealthy as those born in 1970s

People born in the early 1980s are half as well-off as those born in the 1970s were at their age. This won't come as any surprise to today's 30-somethings.

5 October 2016

spotMillions have less than £100 savings

How much is in your savings account? According to a new report published by the under-threat Money Advice Service, 44% of UK workers have savings of less than £100.

5 October 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Royals get fat EU subsidies; flats for workers kept empty.

5 October 2016

spotRMT president Sean Hoyle speaks to the Socialist

Under attack but organising to fight back: Transport workers' union RMT has been involved in many recent disputes and played an important role in supporting both Jeremy Corbyn and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. RMT president Sean Hoyle spoke to the Socialist.

5 October 2016

spotNapo conference 2016: new mood of determination

Probation and family court workers left Napo's annual general meeting in a significantly more buoyant mood to the one in which they arrived. Increased attendance and key debates about the strategy of the union served to energise the conference in a way that hasn't happened since probation services were part-privatised in 2014.

5 October 2016

spotLondon Met strike against job cuts and victimisation

UCU members at London Metropolitan University took strike action on 29 September over job cuts, attacks on conditions and the victimisation of union reps.

5 October 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Virgin Trains strike; Ritzy cinema strike; Newsquest journalists' strike.

5 October 2016

spotLeeds: Solidarity demo with Irish abortion fight

Socialists in Leeds called on the Irish government to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution at a city centre solidarity protest on 27 September. The amendment bans abortions.

5 October 2016

spotWorcester: Public meeting discusses Corbyn

If Labour splits, can Corbyn win? This is what Worcestershire Socialist Party members discussed at our well-attended public meeting on 29 September. Our guest speaker was the Socialist Party's Dave Nellist, former Labour MP.

5 October 2016

spotLondon: Socialism Today milestone celebration

West London Socialist Party members hosted a successful '200th edition' celebration of the party's magazine Socialism Today on 14 September. Several people joined the Socialist Party.

5 October 2016

spotProtests against children's centre closures in Bolton

A series of protests have been taking place outside children's centres in Bolton, 13 of which are threatened with closure by the Labour-controlled council.

5 October 2016

spotFighting fund record smashed again!

Socialist Party members raised a magnificent £30,772 between July and September, breaking the record for this period of the year. The quarterly fighting fund target had been increased to £30,000 at the beginning of July, a challenging total but one that we were determined to reach.

5 October 2016

spotFighting racism today

The police killing spree in the United States has unleashed a mass movement. It has also uncovered anew the ties between the profit system and endemic racism. The struggle against racism must also be the struggle for a socialist society.

5 October 2016

spotReview: where you live can kill you

Non-fiction - Health Divides: Clare Bambra provides a good, easy-to-understand introduction to the major causes of health inequality in rich countries. One shocking example is Stockton-on-Tees, where life expectancy varies by 17 years between rich and poor parts of the town.

5 October 2016

spotCorbyn's praise for Cardiff Labour is mistaken

Corbyn needs allies to take on the Tories and big business, but he's making a big mistake if he thinks he can count on most Labour councillors. At Labour Party conference he applauded Cardiff's Labour-run council for not outsourcing Cardiff Bus. But it was less than a year ago Cardiff Bus workers forced to into prolonged strike action against poverty pay.

5 October 2016

spotReview: international jazz protest storytelling

Music - Radio International (Kefaya): They say that you can tell a lot about a band by its name. Kefaya is an Arabic word meaning 'enough'. It was the cry of the grassroots revolutionary movement in Egypt, a powerful symbol of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

5 October 2016

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Excluded from Momentum; Sports Direct workhouse; Blairite councillor defects to Tories; Merton Blairite councillors are self-selecting; Sheffield byelection report.

5 October 2016

spotPoland: Fighting back against anti-abortion law

A mass movement is developing in Poland against the Law and Justice-led government's reactionary bill which bans abortions. This has included demonstarions of hundreds of thousands and a women's strike on 3 October.

5 October 2016

spotIreland: repeal the 8th Amendment!

Ruth Coppinger, Anti Austerity Alliance TD (MP) and Socialist Party (CWI, Ireland) member, gave a widely publicised speech in the Irish parliament on a woman's right to choose. This follows a recent historic mass demonstration in favour of abortion rights.

5 October 2016

spotJoint declaration by Izquierda Revolucionaria and the CWI

Following extensive discussions, a joint declaration was agreed between the CWI and Izquierda Revolucionaria. The degree of agreement means there is sufficient basis to work towards wider and deeper collaboration on a principled political basis.

5 October 2016

spotThousands march against Tory conference

Thousands took to the streets to 'take back Brum'

5 October 2016

spotDurham teaching assistants ballot for strike

Teaching assistants in Durham are furious at the Labour council's plans to 'chop and drop' them. If these proposals go ahead 2,700 TAs will be sacked, then rehired on 23% less pay as they will only be paid during term time.

5 October 2016

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

I'm a new Socialist Party member at the grand old age of 67. I was a member of local government union Unison for years as an activist and branch secretary. I may be an old joiner but my only regret is I didn't do it years ago.

5 October 2016

spotWinning a new generation of students

Campaigning in the new term at colleges and universities has generated renewed interest

5 October 2016

spotCome to Socialism 2016!

At Socialism 2016 over 1,000 people will be discussing the socialist alternative to capitalism. Come along to discuss kicking out the Tories, organising to defeat racism, defending Corbyn's anti-austerity message, the US presidential election, and much more.

5 October 2016

spotCombative, vibrant unions should be central to the Corbyn movement

The debate about the correct approach for the Corbyn movement is manifesting itself within the trade union movement too.

5 October 2016

spotSupport the Spanish students' strike

The Spanish students' union Sindicato de Estudiantes has called a general strike of students for 26 October, which has won the support of parents' associations and teachers' unions

7 October 2016

spotSupport the Rotherham 12

Twelve Asian men are in court on charges relating to an incident during a far-right demonstration in 2015

7 October 2016

spotLobby to keep vital day centre funding

Sheffield Mental Health Action Group faces withdrawal of its council funding

7 October 2016

spotBradford: Save Edmund Street day centre

The 'Save Edmund Street Day Centre' campaign has been initiated recently by Bradford Socialist Party members, receiving significant coverage in local print and radio media

8 October 2016

spotVictory for 'We will not move' Butterfields tenants

Tenants on the Butterfields estate have secured a victory

10 October 2016

spotAMEY = A Massive Empty Yard

"A Massive Empty Yard" was how one electrician described the effect of the GMB strike at the Amey depot

12 October 2016

spotSay no to fracking!

Tory minister Sajid Javid is permitting Caudrilla to drill wells to frack for gas at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton

12 October 2016

spotButterfields victory: housing crisis can be beaten

When we organise and fight back, we can win. That's the lesson of the Butterfields Won't Budge campaign.

12 October 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the latest Southern Rail strike and a Unite the Union day of action against William Hill pay cuts.

12 October 2016

spotSuicidal phone calls: fight to reverse tax credit cuts

Concentrix, a private US firm used by HM Revenue and Customs to cut tax credit payments, has been receiving suicidal calls from claimants - as a result of losing their payments thrusting them deeper into poverty.

12 October 2016

spotAttack on young people's health and social care: urgent fightback needed

Youth mental health crisis: unions must strike to fight cuts: Record numbers of children are ringing helpline Childline with suicidal thoughts.

12 October 2016

spotSouth Africa: The battle for free education

University students have resumed their battle from last year against tuition fees hikes and for free education. In doing so, they have taken on South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) political establishment. Workers and Socialist Party (Wasp, CWI South Africa) activists explain what's at stake.

12 October 2016

spotShimon Peres - a wolf in sheep's clothing

Most mainstream media obituaries described Shimon Peres, the recently deceased former president of Israel, as a 'peacemaker statesman' who constrained the settlerist, nationalist policy of prime minister Netanyahu's rule. In reality, Peres was a wolf in sheep's clothing.

12 October 2016

spotLambeth working class demo against cuts and gentrification

Working class campaigners glitter-bombed council steps and marched against Blairite gentrification and austerity in Lambeth, south London, on 8 October.

12 October 2016

spotAppeal: Don't let the banks wreck our finances!

HSBC shut down the main Yorkshire Socialist Party membership subs account on 12 September without notice and without telling any of the signatories! We only found out the account was shut when members contacted us asking why their subs had been paid back into their account!

12 October 2016

spotMomentum should show Blairites the door, not Socialist Party members!

The Socialist Party sold the Socialist and leafleted outside a Momentum (or Welsh Labour Grassroots as they're known in Wales) meeting in Swansea Council chambers on 8 October.

12 October 2016

spotBradford day centre campaigners meet to fight closure

"This is about the council trying to move the poor out of the city centre to create an image of prosperity and recovery in Bradford. But it's an illusion, the council are trying to make us believe that poverty doesn't exist here".

12 October 2016

spotFight to save care homes in Carlisle

Cumbria County Council is planning to close three care homes and replace them with another building which only has 60 beds instead of the current 117. Another four homes will be closed in West Cumbria. Only those suffering from dementia and the most complex needs will get a place. But what about respite care? What about family carers?

12 October 2016

spotCable Street 80th anniversary demo

The Socialist Party joined thousands of others at the Battle of Cable Street 80th anniversary commemorative march and rally on 9 October in east London, selling over 50 copies of the Socialist paper.

12 October 2016

spotTories’ £5bn for housing not enough

The Tory party conference made its play for our support by appearing to announce £5 billion for a mass house building programme. They gleefully pledged they will be the party to alleviate the huge burden of crippling housing costs on working people.

12 October 2016

spotMalcolm X: hero of black liberation

Reader's comment: After reading 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' I am left in awe. This book is essential reading for the black activist and any socialist. Never have I read words more radicalising, or that have changed my perception of the world around me so much.

12 October 2016

spotRitzy strikers walk-out and rally

Ritzy strikers followed their picket line on 7 October with a rally outside the British Film (BFI) Institute festival and march to Leicester Square

12 October 2016

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Liverpool FC and the fight against racism; Guardian's hypocrisy over Corbyn.

12 October 2016

spotTories whip up division over Brexit

Fight for a socialist, internationalist exit: The Brexit vote was a democratic uprising - a rejection by millions of working class people of the establishment.

12 October 2016

spotPoland: Mass movement stops total ban on abortion

On 6 October women in Poland won a crucial victory against proposed legislation to impose a near-total ban on abortion

12 October 2016

spotUnion library campaign strikes blow against Tories

Unite the Union members are celebrating another victory against privatisation

12 October 2016

spotWhere next for the BMA junior doctors' dispute

Having called off the strike action and lost the court case, many will be wondering if it's all over for the junior doctors. Will they now be forced onto the new contracts with all that entails for their pay, working lives and the threat to NHS services?

17 October 2016

spotReview: BBC2's Poetry Night

BBC2's Poetry Night - a collection of poetry programmes - got off to an inauspicious start with eulogising over John Betjeman. The highlight, though, was the live performance of Kate Tempest's new work 'Let Them Eat Chaos'. It truly is an amazing work.

17 October 2016

spotHealth campaigns demonstrate together in 'one fight'

The sense of solidarity and unity was electric, with over 300 of us marching together. This was on a midweek protest organised by local activists. The campaign to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, took its case to Westminster, alongside groups from Chorley, Grantham, St Heliers and Lewisham, and many others.

18 October 2016

spotFilm review: Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon is a disaster pic for real. The film dramatises the BP-leased oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing eleven crew members. Only by nationalising these corporate giants safe and sustainable energy be possible.

19 October 2016

spotSuez 1956: the decline of British imperialism and rise of the colonial revolution

Sixty years ago Egyptian president Colonel Nasser's proclamation of the nationalisation of the Suez Canal was an electrifying rallying call for the country's working class and poor and throughout the Middle East

19 October 2016

spotLondon Underground cleaners protest pay cut

London Underground (LU) cleaners protested outside the London mayor's office on 13 October. Our pay and conditions are being attacked by the private contractors employed by London Underground. The RMT

19 October 2016

spotSupport the 'Kinsley 3' cleaners in pay fight

Socialist Party members and other trade unionists took part in a march and rally in Barnsley on 15 October in support of school cleaners, the 'Kinsley 3', who have been on strike for over six weeks, writes Jon Sibbald, Wakefield and Pontefract Socialist Party.

19 October 2016

spotTeaching assistant pledges ongoing fight against pay cuts

Durham City Council is proposing to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then rehire them on 23% less pay. At an event in Durham City centre, which was to raise awareness of the attack on them, teaching assistant Lisa Turnbull talked to the Socialist.

19 October 2016

spotFour Leeds councillors oppose care home closure

The Green, in Seacroft, Leeds, is among a number of Leeds council care homes faced with the threat of closure as a result of the council's programme of cuts. The Green provides vital specialist support to sufferers of dementia.

19 October 2016

spotBristol: Millions of pounds of "horrifically unpalatable" cuts

Bristol is facing massive attacks on its jobs and services, under a rapidly capitulating newly elected Labour mayor, Marvin Rees. The mayor, when challenged on television that he was elected on an anti-austerity platform, surprised the interviewer by saying "no".

19 October 2016

spotCheshire and Merseyside: Huge NHS cuts and privatisation planned

Huge cuts to hospitals and healthcare across Cheshire and Merseyside are in the pipeline, proposed in the very secretive 'Sustainability and Transformation Plan'.

19 October 2016

spotDevon: Campaigning against community hospitals closures

'Once you lose them - you will never get them back', this was the stark warning in a letter published in a local Devon paper. The letter refers to the current consultation period taking place on the closures of community hospitals with the loss of hundreds of beds.

19 October 2016

spotNewsquest strike: Bosses realise 'contraints' of scab labour

National Union of Journalists members at local daily papers published by Newsquest in the south of England have taken five days of industrial action against the company, beginning on 13 October. The source of the dispute is cuts to staffing, which have already prompted seven reporters to resign.

19 October 2016

spotSyria: horror deepens in Aleppo

No solution on basis of imperialism and capitalism: Having promoted a bloody sectarian war in their efforts to dislodge the Russian and Iranian-backed Syrian regime of President Assad, the Western powers are hypercritically bemoaning the plight of Syrian civilians caught in the deadly crossfire.

19 October 2016

spotElderly care at crisis point

Councils and unions must combat the cuts: Over the past six years, the number of care homes has fallen by 1,500 to 16,600. Home care providers are not renewing council contracts. The number of elderly people receiving social care from their local council declined by a staggering 26% between 2010 and 2015.

19 October 2016

spotNHS cancer and dementia drugs 'unaffordable'

Nationalise the drugs companies! The unrestrained profiteering of drugs companies means the NHS could start rejecting groundbreaking treatments for cancer and dementia as "unaffordable".

19 October 2016

spotTeachers working 60 hours need strikes, not studies

Teachers work an average of 48 hours a week, and some work more than 60, says a new study. Teachers know they work long hours. What teachers don't want is another report telling us that. We want action to reduce workload.

19 October 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Water and chocolate bosses make big money while dodging tax, hiking prices and cutting jobs.

19 October 2016

spotThe radical life of Paul Robeson

Fighting racism and capitalism with solidarity, socialism and song: An actor who starred on Broadway, a talented college American football player, a brilliant singer - and a socialist and civil rights campaigner at a time when Malcom X and Martin Luther King were just children.

19 October 2016

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Stop racist 'Prevent' sureveillance; praise for John Pilger; posh dress price hypocrisy.

19 October 2016

spotMoving, funny and inspiring tribute to working class heroism

Theatre - Dare Devil Rides to Jarama: "Adelante!" A moving, funny and inspiring account of the life of Clem 'Dare Devil' Beckett. A great feat considering the cast is just two people, but it portrays with realism dirt track races, mass protests and war.

19 October 2016

spotCome to Socialism 2016

Get organised to win the battle both inside and outside Labour: Socialist ideas are increasingly being searched for and on 12-13 November in central London these ideas will be discussed and debated at Socialism 2016 - an inspirational weekend, with packed sessions on a wide range of issues.

19 October 2016

spotCan you donate to the Socialism 2016 appeal?

We have set an ambitious target to raise £30,000 at the Socialism 2016 rally so we have the finance we need to help build the developing movement against austerity - for example to defend Jeremy Corbyn in the fight to reclaim the Labour Party.

19 October 2016

spotNHS at breaking Point

What's the Tory answer to the NHS crisis? More cuts! Theresa May says there'll be no additional NHS funding and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is demanding £22 billion in 'efficiency savings' (ie cuts)

19 October 2016

spotNo backtracks, no compromises: we must fight for real democracy in Labour

Mandatory reselection is not about intimidation as those seeking to smear Corbyn and his supporters attempt to claim. It is basic democracy.

19 October 2016

spotButterfields housing victory

We had worked on an absolutely fantastic and ferocious campaign. Now we have won far more than we could have imagined.

19 October 2016

spotAberfan: a disaster that should never have happened

50th anniversary: It's a name as resonant with tragedy for working class people in South Wales as Hillsborough is for Liverpool.

19 October 2016

spotTUSC discusses new tasks after Corbyn victory

TUSC is again appealing to Labour councillors to join the resistance to the Tories' austerity

19 October 2016

spotSheffield bin striker slams privatised refuse bosses

It was a proud day to be a bin man in Sheffield on 17 October as a hundred or more of my GMB union colleagues and I protested about the greedy corporate giant Veolia's refusal to agree our request for a 2% pay rise. They say they can't meet our demand while paying thousands to ship in scab labour and accommodate them in hotels.

23 October 2016

spotCorbynism and the rise of left populism

Jeremy Corbyn, through mass support, fought off the attempted coup by Blairite MPs and their supporters; even increasing his majority in the second Labour leadership contest in 12 months. But the Labour right and behind them the strategists of British capitalism remain unreconciled to his victory

26 October 2016

spotHealth campaigners announce national NHS demo

A national demo has been called under the banner 'It's our NHS'

26 October 2016

spotReadmit expelled socialists

Dave Nellist and Jeremy Corbyn at the Burston school rally, 4.9.16, photo by Teresa Mackay

Dave Nellist and Jeremy Corbyn

More than 60 socialists with over 800 years of Labour Party membership between them, have signed a letter calling for their re-admittance to the Labour Party

26 October 2016

spotHousing campaigners meet to plan resistance to the Housing Act

The new housing act will destroy social housing and smash up working class communities while doing nothing to help the desperate housing crisis if fully implemented. Over two hundred people attended the Axe the Housing Act 'summit' on 22 October to discuss how to fight back.

26 October 2016

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party: "I really can't wait for Socialism 2016"

I'm a new Socialist Party member, joining in July of this year, but I started attending Worcestershire Socialist Party weekly branch meetings in May.

26 October 2016

spot"We are all Daniel Blake!"

The new Ken Loach film "I, Daniel Blake" premiered at a cinema at Leicester Square, London, on 18 October. The film is about the hard life the main character, Daniel Blake, faces when he needs to access the benefit system after his health deteriorates.

26 October 2016

spotUS presidential election: The disastrous failure of 'lesser evilism'

According to one opinion poll, 25% of young Americans would prefer a meteor to destroy Earth than see Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House! As Patrick Ayers and Ty Moore of Socialist Alternative (US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) argue, if ever there was a case for a new political party to represent the 99% then this presidential election is it.

26 October 2016

spotCrossrail sparks get organised

Hundreds of construction electricians crowded into the main conference room at Unite's national headquarters on 19 October to hammer out an action plan on the massive Crossrail project - the biggest publicly-financed scheme in Western Europe.

26 October 2016

spotA day in the life of a midwife

"Midwives really are expected to look after 15 women plus their babies": The Royal College of Midwives recently published a survey that highlighted why a growing number of midwives were choosing to leave the profession.

26 October 2016

spotStriking Sheffield bin workers picket scabs

About 50 bin workers and supporters protested on 22 October against management's use of scab drivers and loaders to undermine the GMB union's industrial action.

26 October 2016

spotUnison higher education seminar points no way forward over pay

The Unison higher education sector seminar took place in Brighton 20-22 October. The key issue for union members was the decision by the service group executive (SGE), by the narrowest of margins, not to call strike action over the 2016 pay claim, despite the fact that 55% of those voting were in favour.

26 October 2016

spotBook review: Fighting racism in football

Non-fiction: Pitch Black: Raph Parkinson's letter in the Socialist issue 920 on racism in football highlights an issue which has sadly been long present in the game. A recent book by Emy Onuora - 'Pitch Black: the story of black British footballers' - looks at the history of racism in football, and the effect this has had on the footballers themselves.

26 October 2016

spotSocialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Ched Evans case, Marmite brexit, NHS 'savings' and homelessness.

26 October 2016

spotTV: No Place to Call Home

"We're all three pay cheques away from being homeless": "We can't facilitate" the "wellbeing of the most vulnerable," says Barking and Dagenham council leader Daren Rodwell. This was a frank admission to 'No Place to Call Home', the BBC's distressing account of homelessness in the east London borough.

26 October 2016

spotAcademies mired in debt and corruption

Fight for publicly run schooling: The new Tory government under Theresa May will continue converting state schools to 'academy' status and setting up new 'free schools'.

26 October 2016

spotFour in five self-employed workers living in poverty

Almost 80% of self-employed workers are living in poverty, according to Tax Research UK.

26 October 2016

spotWallasey whitewash must be condemned

Continued CLP suspension requires labour movement response: Wirral Socialist Party totally condemns the continued suspension of Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) and the whitewash of a so-called investigation into alleged homophobic abuse, bullying and intimidation in Wallasey.

26 October 2016

spotBattle in Leeds council over care home closure

The Green, in Seacroft, is among a number of council care homes faced with the threat of closure as a result of Leeds City Council's programme of cuts. The Green provides vital specialist support to sufferers of dementia.

26 October 2016

spotWelsh Labour government makes Tory cuts

The Welsh government's budget inflicts cuts on some of the most deprived communities in W Europe

26 October 2016

spotJarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

Five years ago, marking the 75th anniversary of 200 unemployed workers marching from Jarrow to London, Youth Fight for Jobs followed in their footsteps

26 October 2016

spotHomeless sleeping rough: councils must build housing

Homeless charity St Mungo's has released a report detailing that many of its clients had been advised by councils to sleep rough before they could access services.

26 October 2016

spot'Jungle' camp destruction: Defend the right to asylum

Demolition of the 'Jungle' camp in Calais began on Monday.

26 October 2016

spotHundreds march to defend South Tyneside hospital

South Tyneside hospital is threatened with downgrading

26 October 2016

spotProtest and strike to save our NHS

Glenfield congenital heart centre in Leicester is the only such service in the East Midlands

26 October 2016

spotIreland: Jobstown protester found guilty

Outrageously, a student who peacefully protested against water charges in 2014 has been found guilty of falsely imprisoning the then deputy PM.

27 October 2016

spotSheffield bin workers' action strengthens in numbers and mood

Despite Veolia bringing in scabs and agency workers from all around the country, thousands of Sheffield's rubbish bins have not been emptied because of the city's bin workers' industrial action.

27 October 2016

spotSpain: Historic student general strike

A magnificent general strike of school students throughout the Spanish state took place on 26 October

31 October 2016

spotPost office strike: photos

Post Office members of the CWU are on strike in defence of jobs, pensions and the Post Office service

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