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3 October 2018

spotCamden - Unison members in pay fight

Unison members in Camden, north London are on strike on 2 October against parking contractor NSL, fighting for an 11.15-an-hour wage

3 October 2018

spotMore party than protest, but great response to socialist ideas at Leicester Pride

With over 10,000 attendees including 3,000 people in the parade, Leicester Pride was the largest the city has seen

3 October 2018

spot1,000 head teachers march on parliament

Head teachers are starting to take up the methods of struggle of the workers' movement

3 October 2018

spotBlood transfusion scandal

Over 25,000 people have been infected with contaminated blood products the NHS bought from profit-making pharmaceutical companies. Nearly 3,000 have died so far

3 October 2018

spotShocking new data on declining life expectancy

Life expectancy has stalled in England. However, for the first time in 35 years, babies born in Scotland and Wales will live shorter lives

3 October 2018

spotAnti-fracking protesters jailed

Three anti-fracking activists became the first environmental protesters to be imprisoned since 1932

3 October 2018

spotIs this generation socialist?

The crisis of capitalism, and its increased inability to offer young people a fulfilling future, is driving the search for an alternative

3 October 2018

spotLabour conference shows: Blairites must be ousted

If the popular policies put forward at Labour Party conference are to be enacted, it will entail struggle

3 October 2018

spotCoordinated catering and courier strikes prove potential for mass union mobilisation

A massive step up in the battle to unionise workers in fast food and hospitality

3 October 2018

spotSocialist Party campaigns against the Blairites at Labour conference

We got a very friendly response from the majority of delegates

3 October 2018

spotZombie Tory government: general election now

Tory conference was a picture of a party in crisis. Rows and rows of empty seats highlighted the dire state of what was once the most successful capitalist party in the world

3 October 2018

spotNHS pay discrimination - militant union action can achieve fair pay for all

The recent report on the pay gap between black and white NHS medical workers also highlighted the appalling disparity when it came to pay across all NHS occupational groups

3 October 2018

spotMaximus profitus: disabillity profiteering scandal

While extracting huge profit from disabled-worker employer Remploy, Maximus made a further 100 employees redundant

3 October 2018

spotTory Brexit Blues festival

The Tories are planning a 'Festival of Brexit Britain' in 2022

3 October 2018

spotCatering and courier workers strike together

"I work for the pub chain Wetherspoon where it's possible to work 6am-3pm one day and 3pm-12am the next - with only sporadic days off"

3 October 2018

spotYork NHS workers strike against privatisation

Pickets made their voices heard on the first day of strike action against York Hospital transferring ancillary staff into a 'wholly owned subsidiary'

3 October 2018

spotTube workers walk out

"It's about agreements that we've had in place for years - 20 or 30 years - that management are not abiding by"

3 October 2018

spotUSA: crisis follows Supreme Court justice nomination

Build a mass movement to stop the Republicans: Even before Kavanaugh's alleged history of sexual assault was revealed, he was a serious threat to women's rights

3 October 2018

spotIndonesia tsunami - a disaster compounded by capitalism

This horrific catastrophe also poses urgent questions over the failure of the Indonesian authorities to warn the population, and not to have a disaster relief plan in place

3 October 2018

spot'Tories must go' demonstration in Birmingham

On the eve of the Tory party conference in Birmingham, people gathered in Victoria Square to protest Tory and Blairite austerity, say enough is enough, and demand an urgent snap election

3 October 2018

spotSave Wirral NHS walk-in centres

Only months since Eastham NHS walk-in centre was restored to full opening hours after the tremendous successful local campaign against the previous threat to close it, five centres across the Wirral face closure under new plans

3 October 2018

spotThe Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists: one-man show's new take on lively socialist classic

Theatre: We interview socialist theatre company Townsend Productions about a brand new version of The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

3 October 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Nationalisation; Trotsky crosswords; pensioners' homes; driver-only operation; Labour affiliation

3 October 2018

spotEnthusiasm for Socialist ideas at the freshers fairs

Students have been keen to get involved in campaigning and discussion

10 October 2018

spotFight the right - fight for socialism

After ten years of capitalist crisis, socialist ideas are making a comeback.

10 October 2018

spot12 years to halt irreversible climate disaster. Capitalism's time is up

Real and immediate horrors face humanity even if the world limits global warming to the current target of 2C.

10 October 2018

spotSuper-rich flee to Monaco to evade Corbyn

Britain's very wealthiest are already moving their trusts and setting up more offshore accounts in tax havens

10 October 2018

spot8,000 Glasgow workers plan historic mass strike

A historic mass strike for equal pay by 8,000 council workers in Glasgow, 90% of whom are women, will take place on 23 and 24 October

10 October 2018

spotWorkers in UK do 1.2trn of unpaid housework and care

People in the UK do unpaid domestic labour equivalent to almost half of GDP - and the growing burden still falls mainly on women

10 October 2018

spotWorkers' action wins Amazon pay rise

Nationalise Amazon! 10 an hour now! Collective workers' action has forced billionaire boss Jeff Bezos to concede pay rises - 9.50 an hour in the UK and $15 in the US

10 October 2018

spotThe murky world of the 'Big Four' accountancy firms

The murky world of accounting is not easy to follow but it certainly reveals a lot about big business

10 October 2018

spotMexico: socialists violently attacked by gangs - urgent solidarity needed

Socialists in Mexico have been attacked by fascistic gangs

10 October 2018

spotStudents demanding an end to Tory cuts and austerity in education. London, 17.10.18. photo by Isai Priya

Precarious workers marched in London against the gig economy, 30.10.18, photo by Paula Mitchell

Precarious workers marched in London against the gig economy, 30.10.18, photo by Paula Mitchell

10 October 2018

spotTories' crisis conference - Corbyn must fight for general election

Dancing distractions, Brexit boos, Johnson leadership bids: The Tories are afraid. Of the Brexit negotiations, and of a general election

10 October 2018

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another for the rest of us. Brett Kavanaugh, wage depression, deaths

10 October 2018

spotFight racism: fight for jobs, homes and services for all

Today, racism at work, racist attacks, racist immigration laws, deportations and police racism, are facts of life for millions of workers and young people

10 October 2018

spot25 years since 50,000 marched against the far-right threat

In 1993 a mass protest demanded the HQ of the far-right BNP be shut down - with Militant, predecessot of the Socialist Party, playing a central role

10 October 2018

spotWe need democratic, rank-and-file leadership to win national UCU disputes

Big battles loom in post-16 education - the best way to win is to put UCU members in democratic control of our union

10 October 2018

spotFirst coordinated catering and courier strike whets workers' appetite for action

Workers at several branches of McDonald's, Wetherspoon and TGI Fridays have struck together, joined by couriers for Uber Eats and other gig economy workers #FFS410

10 October 2018

spotAnother first: pub strike victory in south London!

Striking workers at the Ivy House pub in Nunhead, south London, have won all their demands after three days of stoppage

10 October 2018

spotCable makers strike against real-terms pay cut

At midnight on 26 September, staff at cable manufacturer Prysmian in Eastleigh downed tools, with more strikes and a demo planned

10 October 2018

spotSouth Western rail guards hit 18 strike days

Guards at South Western Railway struck for 48 hours on 5 October - their 17th and 18th strike days - in their ongoing battle to maintain their safety-critical role

10 October 2018

spotPolarisation, risks and resistance in Brazilian elections

Brazil's most polarised and unpredictable election campaign in recent history has ushered in a new era for the country, with the far-right candidate coming within inches of victory

10 October 2018

spotUS: #CancelKavanaugh

Socialist Alternative (Socialist Party co-thinkers in the US) helped to call dozens of protests before and after Brett Kavanaugh was brought onto the Supreme Court

10 October 2018

spotLiverpool 47 plaque: "Better to break the law, than break the poor"

Standing ovations in a packed room as the Liverpool councillors who beat Thatcher called for fighting councils again today

10 October 2018

spotPalestinian solidarity: "We are not victims. We are freedom fighters."

Ahed Tamimi addressed a meeting in Coventry via Skype

10 October 2018

spotIreland: 10,000 march for homes in Dublin

"Inspired by the successful campaigns for marriage equality, repeal of the anti-abortion laws and abortion rights, young people from the 'locked-out generation' are turning their attention to housing"

10 October 2018

spotStrike raises pay at Liverpool airport

Striking workers at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport who run essential safety-related services have settled for an improved pay offer

10 October 2018

spotLeicestershire: stop the cuts to our hospital services

Ninety people gathered for a public meeting on Saturday called by Save Our NHS Leicestershire to oppose plans to remove, without consultation, intensive care beds from Leicester general hospital

10 October 2018

spotSave Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - the fight goes on

Hundreds of onlookers pledged their support when they heard the fight for all Huddersfield hospital services still has to be won

10 October 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Varoufakis wrong on far right; GDPR at uni; street fighting; rail safety

10 October 2018

spotFinance - a crucial component of socialist campaigns

Socialist Party members and supporters raised 27,483 in the July to September fighting fund quarter

12 October 2018

spotNew anti-poll tax type revolt needed today

A letter sent to the Guardian by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.

12 October 2018

spotPeterloo film exposes bloody nature of capitalism

Director-scriptwriter Mike Leigh has created an excellent feature length film of the 1819 Peterloo massacre

15 October 2018

spotSocialism - the podcast of the Socialist Party

A weekly Marxist podcast analysing the big issues of the moment for politics and society.

16 October 2018

spot'Corbyn-council' faces a choice: Implement or fight the cuts

Deselecting the worst of the old Blairite councillors opened a chance

17 October 2018

spotHomeless driven from Windsor streets for royal wedding: abolish the monarchy and end homelessness now!

Quick, look rich - the royals are coming! Yet again the homeless of Windsor were moved on in preparation for another royal wedding on 12 October.

17 October 2018

spotToxic fracking gets the go-ahead while protesters jailed

After seven years of an England-wide ban on fracking, high court judge Justice Supperstone has overturned a request for an injunction on the soon to be opened fracking site in Lancashire run by Cuadrilla.

17 October 2018

spotNo to fat-cat top judges' 59k pay hike - fight for decent pay for criminal justice workers

The Senior Salaries Review Body recommends that salaries for High Court judges be increased by 32%, taking them from 181,500 to 240,000 a year. The establishment pay board says this is needed to recruit future judges.

17 October 2018

spotTory and Trump hypocrisy over murder of Saudi Arabian journalist

The disappearance and presumed death of US-based, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has provoked a worldwide reaction.

17 October 2018

spotFully fund mental health services now

Stigma around mental health is decreasing, and that's definitely a good thing. But it's not nearly enough when services are being cut to the bone and most of us have been left without crucial lifelines.

17 October 2018

spotStriking Brum home carers reject 'final' pay cut offer

At a mass members' meeting on 5 October, Birmingham Council home carers unanimously voted by show of hands to reject the council's 'final' offer and continue striking.

17 October 2018

spotSouth Western rail workers launch five-day safety strike to save guards

Workers on South Western Railway are striking for five days from 23 to 27 October against management plans to remove the safety-critical role of the guard.

17 October 2018

spotUber drivers strike against unfair 'deactivation' and low pay

"We want our rights! We want our rights!" Uber drivers struck across the country on 9 October against unjust disciplinary sanctions and poverty pay.

17 October 2018

spotCable makers' pay strike bites as production falls 33%

Production at Prysmian Cables and Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire has dropped by a third since workers launched industrial action in September.

17 October 2018

spotNewham finance staff fight pay and grading insult

Workers for Newham's Labour-led council who are responsible for processing payments to suppliers are hacked off at bosses for grading their important jobs in a way that gets them less pay.

17 October 2018

spotLibres y Combativas: striking for women's rights in the Spanish state

On 8 March 2018 - International Women's Day - an unprecedented strike against sexism and women's oppression took place across the Spanish state. Libres y Combativas played a central role. Now, the campaign is building for a new student strike on 14 November. The Socialist spoke to Ana Garcia, an activist in Libres y Combativas

17 October 2018

spotThe renewed relevance of Engels' classic Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

This short pamphlet by Friedrich Engels is, along with the Communist Manifesto, one of the best and most significant introductions to Marxism. It greatly adds to our understanding of the roots of socialism and the tasks of the working class to fundamentally change society.

17 October 2018

spotSocialism - the podcast offering Marxist analysis for the movement against capitalism

The Socialist Party has launched a podcast! The first three episodes of 'Socialism' are out now, with a new episode to be released every Monday.

17 October 2018

spotDevon foster carers fight 30% cut in allowances

If austerity is over, no-one told the Tory councillors of Devon County Council. Foster carers are to have their allowances cut by 30%.

17 October 2018

spotDe Montfort freshers stall

The Socialist Students stall outside this year's freshers fair at De Montfort University, Leicester - demanding 'Tories out - Corbyn in' - got a very good response with over 30 sign-ups.

17 October 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Brazil's climate threat, NHS bullying and cuts and rats.

17 October 2018

spotDemo against far-right DFLA

Up to 2,000 marched in London against the far-right Democratic Football Lads Alliance

17 October 2018

spotTories' Brexit bust-up - general election now

Editorial of the Socialist issue 1014: Before this week's EU summit Tory ministers were once again desperately trying to square the circle on their Brexit proposals

17 October 2018

spotNominate Chris Baugh as Left Unity candidate for AGS

The left in the PCS will be agreeing its programme and election candidates

17 October 2018

spotUniversal credit = universal misery

Theresa May said 'the end of austerity is in sight'

17 October 2018

spotGrimethorpe dinner ladies stage all-out strike against redundancy

"No ifs, no buts, no dinner lady cuts," is the song from the picket line. Nine dinner ladies at Ladywood Primary School in Grimethorpe, Yorkshire are now on indefinite strike against being made redundant.

17 October 2018

spotBolton hospital workers strike

Cleaners, catering staff and porters at Royal Bolton Hospital struck for 48 hours on 11 and 12 October over pay. The strikers are organised by public service union Unison.

22 October 2018

spotCorbynism three years on

Widespread desperation and anger at seemingly endless austerity could erupt at any moment. There's still time, argues Peter Taaffe, for Jeremy Corbyn to act decisively in Labour's drawn out civil war - to develop a socialist alternative to capitalist crisis and misery.

23 October 2018

spotLadywood Primary school strike

On 22 October teaching assistants (TAs) in Unison joined the 18-day strike by nine dinner ladies at Ladywood Primary School in Grimethorpe, Yorkshire - who are fighting against being made redundant

24 October 2018

spotPCS legal win - build further pressure from below to defeat the Tories

The PCS civil service union has won 3 million in damages following the union's challenge to the attempts by the Tory government to cut off its financial support from the DWP

24 October 2018

spotUniversal Credit could trap women in violent relationships

The introduction of Universal Credit, under which families can lose 200 a month, has rightly provoked outrage

24 October 2018

spotBlairites plan to expand their very own academy chain

You would think that Labour politicians would be in favour of running schools that meet children's needs, unpolluted by the pursuit of profit and accountable to the communities that uses them. Well, these values are not held by Blairites who are at odds with Corbyn's plans to scrap the semi-privatised academy schools system.

24 October 2018

spotTories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

The story of the catastrophic collapse of Carillion took an even more shocking turn recently

24 October 2018

spotMPs revel in 2m worth of free foreign trips

Over the last two years, 340 UK MPs have benefitted from more than 2 million worth of free overseas trips, a recent BBC report reveals

24 October 2018

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including pay cuts for nurses, a new job for Nick Clegg and racist policing in Britol.

24 October 2018

spotWelsh Labour leadership election: 'Corbyn candidate' must pledge end to austerity

The volatility of the political situation is obvious in Wales: by the time this year ends, every political party in the Welsh Assembly will have replaced its leader at least once.

24 October 2018

spot3aaa collapses - 4,500 apprentices left guessing their futures

For the last two years I've been working as an apprentice through the training provider Aspire Achieve Advance or 3aaa.

24 October 2018

spotCan you donate to the Socialism 2018 appeal?

We are asking all our members and supporters to donate to the Socialism 2018 finance appeal. We set ourselves a target last year of 30,000, which was surpassed with a record collection of 42,000.

24 October 2018

spotEnthusiastic response to new podcast

As we go to press episode four of 'Socialism: the podcast of the Socialist Party' has just been published. Many were pleased to hear that the Socialist Party's publications are expanding to this new media.

24 October 2018

spotStudents and workers march for increased college funding

Over 1,000 teachers, lecturers and college students marched through central London on 17 October to demand the end to Tory cuts and austerity in education.

24 October 2018

spotJoining the Socialist Party has helped me understand the world and how we can change it

I started going to Socialist Party meetings out of curiosity. In all honesty I wasn't entirely sure whether any of the ideas I heard could be achieved. Surely political change is made by 'politicians', not people on the streets?

24 October 2018

spotHealth services in meltdown - fight to save our NHS

In the last two years, infant mortality rates in England and Wales have risen for the first time in over a century.

24 October 2018

spotNewcastle Utd fans' campaign against owner Mike Ashley continues

The second public meeting of the anti-Mike Ashley Magpie Newcastle United fans group was held on 3 October with hundreds of Newcastle United supporters again turning out to discuss the way forward for the Ashley Out campaign.

24 October 2018

spotGermany: Bavarian elections and huge anti-racist demonstration mark an historic weekend

According to the German media, an "historical event" took place on 14 October: the regional elections in Bavaria.

24 October 2018

spot1821 Cinderloo uprising: "The crowd thought it had nothing else to lose"

Recently, a group in Telford, Shropshire has highlighted events that took place in the county in 1821, known as the Cinderloo uprising. The very name indicates the national effects of the growing Chartist movement and the events of Peterloo two years earlier.

24 October 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Labour Party re-admittance and crime and cuts in Liverpool.

24 October 2018

spotCouncil workers - historic strike for equal pay

Glasgow council workers made history by striking for equal pay

24 October 2018

spot'People's vote' should be a general election

On 20 October hundreds of thousands marched through the streets of London demanding a 'peoples' vote' on Brexit.

24 October 2018

spotSupport RMT strikes against the elimination of guards on trains

Rail companies have undermined the safety of passengers

24 October 2018

spotJoin the fight for refugee rights

The unprecedented refugee crisis continues to affect millions of innocent people across the globe. One person is displaced every two seconds.

29 October 2018

spotRally will call for international movement against the right after Brazilian election result

On Saturday 10 November 1,000 socialists from around the country plus international guests will gather in London for a 'Fight the Right' rally

30 October 2018

spotCrisis Tory Budget brings no relief from austerity

Philip Hammond attempted to give the impression that his budget represented a major turning point for the economy and for Tory policy

31 October 2018

spotSave Our Schools

Build for national strike action: An insultingly low figure: that's the reality of Phillip Hammond's budget announcement of 400 million in capital spending for schools.

31 October 2018

spotOnly a socialist alternative can end austerity

This week's budget shows again the urgent need to kick out the Tories. The Chancellor Philip Hammond says "the era of austerity is finally coming to an end."

31 October 2018

spotPhilip Green scandal - bring him down like BHS

Billionaire boss Philip Green has spent millions of pounds attempting to hide multiple allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and racism towards his employees.

31 October 2018

spot60% of wildlife wiped out - urgent action needed to save planet

Since 1970, 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been wiped out due to deforestation, farming techniques and other human activity.

31 October 2018

spotCWU conference: Sharpen up our act? Yes. But weaken our democracy? No

On 3 November a special conference of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) will take place to debate proposals for a redesign of the structure and finances of the union.

31 October 2018

spotWelsh college staff set to strike on pay and workload

College lecturers in Wales have voted by an overwhelming majority to strike, busting the undemocratic Tory strike threshold.

31 October 2018

spotUCU: General secretary censured but anti-union laws frustrate strike ballot

June's University and College Union (UCU) congress was shut down when staff walked out in response to motions criticising the general secretary Sally Hunt. The annual democratic congress reconvened on 18 October.

31 October 2018

spotDriving London's buses - a laser in the eye and a boot up the bum!

Why are drivers involved in road traffic incidents often tired? Transport for London (TfL) could ask the real bus experts - the drivers!

31 October 2018

spotPCS Left Unity election: ballot opens

PCS civil service union Assistant General Secretary (AGS) Chris Baugh, elected three times since 2004, has won at least eight nomination meetings in his campaign to be the Left Unity AGS candidate for a fourth term.

31 October 2018

spotNational Gallery reps endorse Chris Baugh

We are PCS union reps at the National Gallery. We include our branch executive positions but are writing in a personal capacity. Chris Baugh has been an outstanding source of support to the branch for many years.

31 October 2018

spotParliamentary coup in Sri Lanka

Workers and oppressed must fight both rotten capitalist camps: Sri Lanka is experiencing a dramatic constitutional crisis - an unprecedented parliamentary coup.

31 October 2018

spotCall to arms by Southampton council unions

Unite and Unison unions representing Southampton City Council staff have declared that they will oppose and campaign against budget cuts announced by the Labour administration.

31 October 2018

spotCampaign building to save Scarborough and district hospitals

The campaign against York NHS Trust transferring non-medical staff into a 'wholly owned subsidiary' - a step towards privatisation - has exploded into a mass campaign to save the Scarborough and district hospitals from cuts.

31 October 2018

spotThe Socialist sales successes in Leeds

Starting with issue 1000 of the Socialist, Socialist Party members in Leeds have been selling the newspaper every week outside the new Leeds City Council building in the city centre.

31 October 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Labour Party double standards, Universal Credit, The Apprentice and Brexit.

31 October 2018

spotEqual pay uprising shows power of working class

Around 8,500 working class women in Glasgow made history through their strike.

31 October 2018

spotHomelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

Housing in Britain is in crisis. Bailiffs were called to a house in Hove on 26 October after the tenant - struggling to get by on Universal Credit - fell into rent arrears.

31 October 2018

spot'Lucas Plan' film tells story of workers who set out alternative to job losses

Film review: The plan that came from the bottom up: 'The plan that came from the bottom up' is a new film about the 'Lucas Plan', developed by shop stewards at Lucas Aerospace in the Midlands in 1976, to make socially useful products rather than armaments used to kill people.

31 October 2018

spotBolsonaro - a threat to Brazil's workers and all oppressed people

Jair Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil's presidential election is a setback for the Brazilian working class and opens a new chapter

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