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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

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 for a socialist anti-austerity council

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