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3 September 2019

spotTories out now - Corbyn in with socialist policies

In parliament this week a major showdown is taking place between parliament and the prime minister

4 September 2019

spotWorkplace victory emboldens retail workers to get organised

I work for a well-known high street retailer and recently one of my colleagues came to me, the unofficial union rep, because they were being conned out of 70 hours of holiday

4 September 2019

spotMoney doesn't make up for cuts - education unions must organise for funding and against Tory attacks

You know there's an election in the offing when the Tories say they will raise spending on education despite decimating school budgets in their previous terms of office.

4 September 2019

spotBury expelled from football league: Boot out the bosses ruining our game

After 134 years, two FA cups and three league titles, Bury Football Club has been expelled from the football league and is teetering on the edge of existence.

4 September 2019

spotAusterity anger feeds movement for Welsh independence

In the second of our series of articles exploring Brexit and the 'national question' Dave Reid secretary of the Socialist Party in Wales examines the situation there.

4 September 2019

spotWhat strategy can end the retail jobs massacre?

The last few years have seen swathes of closures of shops across the UK as whole chains have collapsed while others close considerable numbers of stores.

4 September 2019

spotNottingham college workers plan 15 days of walkouts

University and College Union (UCU) members at Nottingham College are to begin 15 days of strike action.

4 September 2019

spotScience Museum Group staff strike over pay restraint

13% over four years. That's how much workers in the Science Museum Group (SMG) have lost in pay over the last four years of below-inflation pay deals.

4 September 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors

4 September 2019

spotAt 96 I'm more convinced of socialism than ever

Approaching my 96th birthday, I thought the other day: why am I a socialist? I've been one, a revolutionary socialist, for a very long time - and do you know what? Every day that passes I am more convinced that I've chosen the right path.

4 September 2019

spotPriced out of Pride

Southampton Pride has grown year on year. The parade on 24 August was a huge spectacle, greeted by cheers and clapping from shoppers in the streets we passed.

4 September 2019

spotDozens of protests say Boris must go - Socialist Party policies heard on TV

In response to Boris Johnson's undemocratic suspension of Parliament, tens of thousands of people have protested

4 September 2019

spot20 September climate action day: Strike to save the planet!

Record temperatures; raging forest fires; accelerating species extinction; more pollution; and an ever expanding mountain of plastic waste...

4 September 2019

spotHong Kong protests: No let-up in trial of strength

After three months of unprecedented heroic mass struggle against the Lam administration, there seems no sign of an end to the conflict.

4 September 2019

spotMarches, blockades, strikes, occupations... How can protests win?

The Tories are still in office and working-class people continue to face attacks on living standards. What can be done to change all this?

4 September 2019

spotSocialist Party Youth and Student national meeting

Young Socialist Party activists from across England, Wales and Scotland met for a weekend of discussion on 31 August - 1 September, just as the capitalist political crisis in the UK was tipping into a new explosive phase.

4 September 2019

spotSouth Western Railway guards strike against DOO

Guards in the RMT transport union on the picket line at Salisbury on 2 September - the fourth day of their current strike - were angry and defiant.

4 September 2019

spotClimate action day - trade union round-up

Socialist Party members successfully tabled a motion at Cardiff Trade Union Council (TUC) to support the call for trade union meetings and stoppages on the day of climate action on 20 September

4 September 2019

spotTUC: name the day for a mass demo

Come to the NSSN rally: No hyperbole needed this year - the Trade Union Congress (TUC) conference really is taking place at a critical time.

4 September 2019

spotDVSA strike: action impacting

PCS civil servants' union members at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency are on strike for four weeks from 22 August.

4 September 2019

spotBradford demo: Self-determination for Kashmir

Up to 5,000 people attended a rally outside Bradford Town Hall on 26 August under the banner of 'Free Kashmir'.

6 September 2019

spotTories in tatters: Corbyn must seize the time


The Conservatives, once among the most successful capitalist parties on the planet, are shattering into pieces before our eyes.
Their government is left suspended in mid-air unable to govern, with a general election as Johnson's only option.

6 September 2019

spotPCS strike at BEIS - "the life we live is not liveable"

PCS union members working as cleaners and catering staff at the government's business department, BEIS, are on indefinite strike

11 September 2019

spotTory meltdown - Organise to finish them off

Tory MPs are dropping like flies. Johnson has lost control of his party, parliament, and the plot

11 September 2019

spotTUC: Lost opportunity to organise a united struggle

With the Tories in meltdown, having lost their majority, and Boris Johnson reeling and on the ropes, many workers would be hoping that Labour and the trade unions would now deliver the knockout blow and force them from office.

11 September 2019

spotEnd austerity in the civil service: General election now

Prior to the conference of the Trade Union Congress, a motion was put by Socialist Party members and others to the national executive committee (NEC) of the PCS civil servants' union.

11 September 2019

spotPCS strike at BEIS: "The life we live is not liveable"

PCS members working as cleaners and catering staff at the government's business department, BEIS, are on indefinite strike. The workers are employed by private companies Aramark and ISS.

11 September 2019

spotUnions must fight to make bus drivers and passengers safe

A major report has at last been published, following concerns over driver fatigue on London's buses. High levels of deaths and injuries involving buses have been recorded.

11 September 2019

spotAsda workers protest against worse contract

Asda workers are being threatened with the sack if they refuse to sign a new contract which will worsen their terms and conditions.

11 September 2019

spotUCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality

University staff in the University and College Union (UCU) are currently voting on strike action - this time in two ballots. The ballots close on 30 October.

11 September 2019

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports of workplace and trade union struggles

11 September 2019

spotStudents and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change

Boris Johnson and his Tory government are teetering on the edge of a precipice. Students and young workers have been hit hard by cuts and want to see the back of this pro-austerity government.

11 September 2019

spotAnother London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!

I woke up on 9 September to learn about the fire that happened at Worcester Park, south west London, exactly three months after the fire that took place in Samuel Garside House in Barking, the building where I live.

11 September 2019

spotLeeds pensioners occupy BBC to save free TV licenses

"BBC, shame on you" was the chant as around 50 pensioners from across Yorkshire, including as far away as Scarborough, occupied the reception area of the Leeds BBC offices.

11 September 2019

spotFrimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation

There was a noisy and enthusiastic demonstration outside Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey on 22 August against outsourcing NHS staff to a 'wholly owned subsidiary'. Good to see NHS staff in uniform joining the protest.

11 September 2019

spotLeicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen

Leicester Socialist Party supported the 7 September demo against attacks on the democratic rights of the Kashmiri people by the right-wing Modi government.

11 September 2019

spotSalisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners

On 7 September, Wiltshire Socialist Party held our first campaign stall in the centre of Salisbury. Considering it has always been a Conservative safe seat, we were expecting a hostile reaction.

11 September 2019

spotSocialist newspaper sales round-up

Just some of the sales of the Socialist newspaper in the past few days...

11 September 2019

spotCoventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge

The threat of a government-imposed congestion charge in Coventry led 100 people to attend the second public meeting called in opposition to it on 2 September.

11 September 2019

spotClimate strikes: trade union round-up

Campaigning for trade union action on the climate crisis

11 September 2019

spotFar right makes gains in Germany

The 1 September state elections in the eastern German states of Brandenburg and Saxony saw a continuation of the decline of Social Democrats (SPD) and Christian Democrats (Angela Merkel's CDU), currently Germany's ruling parties.

11 September 2019

spotSouth Africa: Xenophobic violence - a product of failed capitalist policies

The Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns the raging xenophobic attacks in South Africa which have affected Nigerians alongside other African migrants in South Africa.

11 September 2019

spotScotland and Brexit: Developing threat to the capitalist union

In the third of our series of articles exploring Brexit and the 'national question' Philip Stott of Socialist Party Scotland examines its effect on Scotland.

11 September 2019

spotCapitalist 'democracy' v socialist democracy

Parliament is packed with pro-capitalist politicians who neither reflect the balance of the views of the electorate on Brexit, nor the needs of the working class to overturn austerity.

11 September 2019

spotTories in tatters: Corbyn must seize the time

Socialist Party members march to say Tories out! photo Mathan Nathan, photo Mathan Nathan

The Conservatives, once among the most successful capitalist parties on the planet, are shattering into pieces before our eyes. The Tory party's weakness and splits are far from new. Now, however, under the leadership of Boris Johnson, the relatively slow inglorious decline of the Tories has become an unprecedented collapse.

11 September 2019

spotFighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing

The most pressing priority is to bring the government's austerity programme to an end

11 September 2019

spotLobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories

A packed and enthusiastic National Shop Stewards Network rally took place in Brighton

11 September 2019

spotWest Papuans demand self-determination in London

Dozens of West Papuan protesters and supporters demonstrated outside the Indonesian embassy on 7 September against state repression of the independence movement.

17 September 2019

spotEarth strike day in London

On the day of the 'earth strike' - Friday 20 September - thousands of young people are expected to descend on central London

17 September 2019

spotSouth Yorkshire FBU celebrates halt to cuts

After a successful and hard-fought campaign from Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members, the fire authority resoundingly voted to shelve the proposed plans to reduce the number of firefighters riding a fire engine from five to four, which would have seen 84 firefighter posts cut.

18 September 2019

spotDitch the Tories - and austerity

Parliament is closed but there's still open warfare in the Tory party. Meanwhile, in the real world, working-class people continue to suffer from austerity and exploitation at work

18 September 2019

spotLincolnshire health visitors strike boost

Striking Lincolnshire health visitors felt boosted after Jeremy Corbyn gave his support at the recent TUC congress

18 September 2019

spotClimate protests: which way forward after 20 September?

How can students and trade unions organise for success in the climate movement?

18 September 2019

spotHow students can fight and win

As university campuses reawaken for a new academic year, what are the major issues facing students - and how can they fight back?

18 September 2019

spotNorthern Ireland: Campaign mounts over historic sexual abuse allegations cover-up

The fight for justice is intimately linked with challenging the culture of deference to authority which has held down and separated working-class people for too long

18 September 2019

spotPCS general secretary candidate: unions must mobilise to drive out Boris

Marion Lloyd: We cannot sit back and let the Tories go unchallenged. It is time for Left union leaders to urgently make a call for mass action before 31 October to force a general election

18 September 2019

spotDVSA strike - employer asks for talks

The last day of strike action is 19 September and the union has made clear it is prepared to bring out members in other teams if there is not a satisfactory resolution

18 September 2019

spotNottingham College UCU - more strike action planned

Strikers are determined to defeat the employer's draconian contract - pay cuts for 20% of teachers and savage cuts in conditions

18 September 2019

spotViolence against women in South Africa: how should organised workers respond?

The rape and murder of a Cape Town student was the spark that lit a new wave of protests demanding an end to violence against women

18 September 2019

spotSouth Yorkshire defeats fire cuts

After months of campaigning, lobbying and petitioning by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Socialist Party and others, on 16 September the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority voted not to proceed with the chief fire officer's proposal to reduce crewing levels from five to four

18 September 2019

spotStrike back to stop bullying Royal Mail bosses

Preparations are continuing for the national strike ballot in Royal Mail against its newly installed, openly anti-union management

18 September 2019

spotWorcestershire campaigners plan march to save Bewdley Fire Station

The campaign to save Bewdley Fire Station continues to build, with a march and rally planned for Saturday 28 September, starting at 10.30am

18 September 2019

spotTrade union movement must put its stamp on swirling events

It was a serious mistake for the TUC not to call an emergency demo to demand a general election. Motions had been put forward by Socialist Party members in a number of unions.

18 September 2019

spotLondon: packed public meeting discusses political crisis

A packed public meeting discussed the turmoil in British politics and the work of the Socialist Party in London

18 September 2019

spotSelling the Socialist

Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past week..

18 September 2019

spotPeterloo - fighting for democracy and a better life

Non-Fiction - Peterloo: The English Uprising: This new work is crammed with detail on the economic, social and political circumstances behind the massacre

18 September 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Rape convictions; Jeffrey Boycott; climate change; Brexit and Yellowhammer

18 September 2019

spotPCS members at BEIS maintain just fightback

Members of the PCS union are continuing their indefinite strike at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy government department for the London Living Wage

18 September 2019

spotIlford: strike forces school management to back down

After a series of strikes and a threat of more to come, management at Ilford County High School has agreed to withdraw its unacceptable proposals

18 September 2019

spotDonate to help us move our press by October

Regular readers of the Socialist will know that the Socialist Party launched a building appeal in 2018, following our eviction from the premises we had occupied for nearly 20 years, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

18 September 2019

spotStand firm against the pro-capitalist politicians

Neither a reversal of the 2016 EU referendum result nor a capitalist Brexit - 'soft' or 'no-deal' - can meet the interests of the working classes of Britain and Europe, or resolve the political crisis for capitalism that Brexit represents.

18 September 2019

spotClimate change: what's socialism got to do with it?

Recent images of the Amazon rainforest ablaze highlighted the scale of change currently underway.

18 September 2019

spotBuilding a new left in PCS

On 12 December the ballot will close for the general secretary election of the civil servants' union, PCS

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