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4 September 2018

spotObituary: Stan Herschel

Prior to his early retirement due to ill health Stan was the RMT union's regional organiser. He was a towering figure in the labour movement.

4 September 2018

spotPOA members at HMP Leeds participating in a national walk out on Health & Safety issues, 14.9.18, photo Iain Dalton

POA members at HMP Leeds participating in a national walk out on Health & Safety issues, 14.9.18, photo Iain Dalton

POA members at HMP Leeds participating in a national walk out on Health & Safety issues, 14.9.18, photo Iain Dalton

5 September 2018

spotHousing workers walkout forces improved pay deal

Unite the Union members at Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing have voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised set of options on pay following industrial action in July and a sustained campaign over the last few months

5 September 2018

spotSelf-harm soars among young: fight the mental health crisis

22% of 14-year-old girls are self-harming. They are more than twice as likely as boys - themselves at an unacceptable 9%

5 September 2018

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another for the rest of us. Lehman Brothers blow-out v workers' debt pile-up; golden chicken wings v McDonald's ads for kids

5 September 2018

spotTory and Blairite racist policy is behind Windrush fatality

Unions must lead fight against racism: The inquest into the death of Dexter Bristol, a victim of the Windrush generation scandal, has revealed another sorry face of the 'hostile environment' that faces migrant workers

5 September 2018

spotCapitalism in crisis: news in brief

Short news reports. Bezos wants workers "terrified"; Izzard booted off Labour NEC.

5 September 2018

spotWhat we heard

Hark at this! May's Mandela mess; farewell, Frank Field!

5 September 2018

spotDWP: PCS union builds fightback on pay

Management didn't even write to the Treasury to make a case for much-needed extra money to fund a pay rise

5 September 2018

spotPCS members in Land Registry demand 6% pay rise

PCS union members in HM Land Registry have lodged a 6% pay increase claim with management

5 September 2018

spotGermany: violent attacks in Chemnitz - how can the far right be stopped?

The trade unions and Left Party must finally take an active part in the struggle against the far right

5 September 2018

spotShop workers hungry for 10 an hour now and an end to zero-hour contracts

I work as an assistant manager in a high street retail chain and one of the most regular complaints I get from my staff is that they are hungry

5 September 2018

spotHigher education ballot: vote Yes and strike for pay and equality!

The University and College Union demands a pay increase of 7.5% and action to tackle casualisation, the gender pay gap and excessive workloads

5 September 2018

spotLiebherr Sunderland strike continues

Managers have clearly been attempting to intimidate the workers on the picket line by taking photos of the strikers

5 September 2018

spotLabour: Blairite wreckers must be given the boot


The Tory government is back from its holidays and once again in meltdown. The millions suffering pay restraint, benefit cuts and poverty will be hoping that we are about to see the back of it. Meanwhile the Blairite saboteurs in the Labour Party have spent the summer cranking up their false allegations of antisemitism

5 September 2018

spotUnions must lead in fight to kick Tories out

TUC congress 2018: It's vital the unions mobilise their members now to lead the fight against the Tories

5 September 2018

spotTheresa May's 'Chequers deal' mauled by Johnson and EU

Not even Theresa May's 'dancing' on her African travels could distract from the crisis her government faces

5 September 2018

spotFight racism, fight capitalism!

For a united movement to demand jobs, homes and services for all: More and more young people are getting involved in campaigns to fight against racism. Why does racism exist and how we can fight it?

5 September 2018

spotPCS union: build the fight for a pay rise and against austerity - re-elect Chris Baugh

Chris, assistant general secretary of the PCS, speaks (pc) about the challenges currently facing the union and the wider labour movement

5 September 2018

spotLegal Costs Fund Appeal launched for former Derby TUSC election agent

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has launched an appeal to help meet the legal costs of Chris Fernandez

5 September 2018

spotBirmingham Socialist sales success

The sales drive for the 1000th issue of the Socialist encouraged our members to go out onto the streets every week to sell the paper and talk to the people in our community

5 September 2018

spotA day in the life of a carer: "I am having trouble feeding my children on my wages"

There is only so much neglect or trauma that one person can witness before it becomes demoralising and depression sets in.

5 September 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the editors: Do you have something to say? Unions work; workers' rights; shareholder revolts.

5 September 2018

spotGDPR data laws: Punishing workers for human mistakes

"My fear that many workers will be disciplined for making ordinary mistakes with no malice is beginning to be borne out"

5 September 2018

spotGuards continue fight against driver-only operation

The struggle goes on to keep the safety-critical role of train guards.

7 September 2018

spotEnfield North Labour Party votes 'no confidence' in its right-wing Labour MP

Labour members in Enfield North have given a stinging rebuke to Blairite MP Joan Ryan

12 September 2018

spotTories in chaos - general election now!

Corbyn and unions must call mass action: The divide in the Tory party over Brexit is now wider than the Grand Canyon.

12 September 2018

spot4m children in UK in homes that can't afford fruit and veg

10 an hour now Scrap benefit cuts: Four million children in the UK live in households unable to afford enough fruit, vegetables, fish and other essential food groups to meet government nutrition guidelines, says the Food Foundation.

12 September 2018

spotFearful bosses call for 'fairer capitalism'... we say: fight for socialism!

City banker Dame Helena Morrissey has called for "a more responsible and fairer form of capitalism" as part of a new report by the Blairite IPPR thinktank.

12 September 2018

spotSchool students in solitary: for full funding, not exclusion!

'Isolation booths' - solitary confinement in all but name - are an increasingly common feature of 'zero-tolerance' school behaviour policies.

12 September 2018

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

12 September 2018

spotNSSN rally: militant trade unionists share ideas to win for workers

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) rally at the Trade Union Congress was a meeting of over 200 working class militants sharing their experiences to best fight the Tories, the bosses and their austerity.

12 September 2018

spotCardiff Uber Eats couriers strike back against bosses

Uber Eats courier riders staged their second action in Cardiff on 3 September against low pay and insecure work.

12 September 2018

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Liebherr latest and Nottingham bus strike.

12 September 2018

spotNicaragua: With the people against the Ortega government and imperialism

Since April this year, Nicaragua has become a bloodbath, with over 400 dead and thousands injured, arrested and disappeared.

12 September 2018

spotSupport for Putin's regime dips over major attacks on state pensions

The day Russia unexpectedly won its first game in the football World Cup tournament the government announced a major attack on the pension age, first established decades ago - currently 55 years for women and 60 years for men.

12 September 2018

spotSweden: left and far right gain as establishment parties falter

As expected, the racist, far-right 'Sweden Democrats' increased their share of the vote from 12.9% to 17.6% in the country's recent general election.

12 September 2018

spotIreland housing occupations

The Guardian newspaper reported: "A backlash is brewing. Using the hashtags #homes4all and #TakeBackTheCity a coalition of housing activists last month occupied a four-storey property in the heart of Dublin which has been vacant for three years.

12 September 2018

spotCatford campaign against regeneration

Lewisham in south London has a big problem with a lack of council and social housing. Not enough has been built and existing homes are being lost to housing associations, right-to-buy schemes and 'regeneration', social cleansing schemes.

12 September 2018

spotReading council plans privatisation - set a no-cuts budget instead!

Reading Borough Council plans to privatise many of its key services. Bins, parks, road maintenance, housing benefit payments and council tax support are all at risk.

12 September 2018

spotEDL outnumbered and confronted in Worcester

The Socialist Party was involved in organising a counter-demonstration against another visit of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) to Worcester on 1 September.

12 September 2018

spotFight against billionaire Newcastle boss Mike Ashley continues

Socialist Party members stood alongside a group of Newcastle United supporters on 26 August, as part of our continuing campaign against billionaire boss Mike Ashley for his despicable treatment of Sports Direct workers and mismanagement of Newcastle United.

12 September 2018

spotWhen working class women dominated football

One hundred years ago the 'beautiful game' came to be dominated by women.

12 September 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including education under capitalism, party splits and benefit problems.

12 September 2018

spotTUC congress Brexit debate: unions must lead fight for a general election

Brexit dominated the debate at the congress of Britain's trade union federation, the TUC.

12 September 2018

spot10 years since the financial crash - the socialist answer to capitalist crisis

On 15 September at a secret London venue top bankers who were part of Lehman Brothers will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their bank's 2008 collapse with "cocktails and canapes".

12 September 2018

spotGuards move closer to beating driver-only operation

Attempts to move to driver-only operation have been pushed back

12 September 2018

spotStudents unite and fight - free education now!

In 2017 the total student debt in the UK rose to over 100 billion

12 September 2018

spotCorbyn must lead in fight against the Blairites

After the Labour right's summer of slander, as parliament reopens and the party's conference approaches, the Blairites are preparing the next phase in their anti-Corbyn campaign.

13 September 2018

spotPCS: the real issues at stake - a reply to Socialist View

Socialist View published an article on their support for Janice Godrich's campaign to be elected PCS assistant general secretary

18 September 2018

spotBig drugs companies dodge three billion pounds in tax - nationalise them to fund our health services

Big pharmaceutical companies may be dodging up to 3 billon in tax, contributing to crises in health systems worldwide, including our NHS according to a report released by Oxfam today

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