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Archive for September 2020

1 September 2020

spotNo Covid penalty on our future

With youth unemployment expected to skyrocket, Young Socialists and Youth Fight for Jobs will be out once again on Saturday 12 September

2 September 2020

spotDon't blame asylum seekers for Tory cuts

The plight of refugees was grimly highlighted by the Channel death of a Sudanese migrant

2 September 2020

spotDemand a fightback from the TUC and unions

Come to NSSN 2020 Trades Union Congress online rally!: If thousands of students can force the Tories into a U-turn... think what 6.4 million workers organised in unions can do!

2 September 2020

spotNews in brief

Even before Covid-19, poorer secondary school students were the equivalent of 18 months' learning behind better-off students

2 September 2020

spotEviction ban extension not enough: make it longer, forgive the arrears!

At the last minute, on 22 August, the government announced the eviction ban would continue for another four weeks, along with a temporary extension of the notice period to six months

2 September 2020

spotCapitalism cause of disproportionate disabled deaths and isolation

Covid-19 has disproportionately hit disabled people. This is one of the effects of capitalist society, which is disabling, and puts profit before lives, including of the people it disables.

2 September 2020

spotManctopia: billion pound property boom

Manctopia is a four-part documentary about housing in Manchester, filmed over the course of one year

2 September 2020

spotWest Midlands journalists strike against pay and job cuts

It's "nepotism not journalism" said one picket. The Bullivant Media National Union of Journalists (NUJ) chapel (branch) were out on their first ever strike on 25-26 August, opposing compulsory redundancies,

2 September 2020

spotNottingham: Socialists and anti-racists oppose right-wing march

Around 300 trade unionists, socialists, anti-racists and anti-fascists mobilised for the local trade union council counter-protest to oppose a right-wing march into Nottingham city centre on 22 August

2 September 2020

spotB&Q worker reinstated: Organised response successfully challenges unfair dismissal

After months of struggling with Covid-19, a worker at B&Q was greeted upon her return to work with a disciplinary, followed by dismissal, for failing to follow absence procedures

2 September 2020

spotSupport Ikea workers - reinstate Richie Venton

Glasgow Ikea worker, trade union rep and Usdaw executive committee member Richie Venton has been sacked for opposing the company's sick pay policy of removing wages from those forced to self-isolate with Covid-19, putting them on the measly £95 a week statutory sick pay instead

2 September 2020

spotLondon bus drivers poised for strike action

The Unite union is in the process of preparing to formally ballot all its bus drivers employed by Singapore-owned Metroline in a dispute over 'remote signing on'.

2 September 2020

spotSocialism on the rise

Staines Socialist Party members are seen by many as the 'go to' people on issues like fighting cuts in local services, and campaigns against racism and discrimination, such as Black Lives Matter (BLM)

2 September 2020

spotScrap hospital parking charges

When Coventry Socialist Party was campaigning to scrap hospital parking charges, NHS workers told us how much they had to pay - £40 a month to park at their own workplace, with no guarantee of a space

2 September 2020

spotNo to polluting incinerator, dumped in working-class Edmonton

A plan to build a giant new waste incinerator in Edmonton Green would produce health-threatening air pollution across north London and Essex. The current incinerator is coming to the end of its life

2 September 2020

spotTrotsky online rally - watched across the world

Over 6,000 people have watched our rally - Leon Trotsky: Why couldn't his idea be killed? - commemorating the 80th anniversary of his assassination. It was organised by the Committee for a Workers' International

2 September 2020

spotLiverpool: Support 15% pay rise for NHS

There was a bold, lively demo in front of Aintree hospital on 26 August. It's great that NHS staff have taken a bold step and are continuing with action for a 15% pay rise.

2 September 2020

spotBlack Lives Matter: Fighting injustice, fighting for our rights

Protesters marched in Cardiff on 30 August, part of the wave of international solidarity for Jacob Blake after he was shot in the back by police in Wisconsin.

2 September 2020

spotFundraising: An example to follow

I just collected the latest membership subs payment off Vi John from Maesteg, south Wales. £447 raised in four months during lockdown.

2 September 2020

spotLincoln: Save Drill Hall

The Socialist Party condemns the decision by Lincoln council to cut support for Drill Hall. The Labour-controlled council voted to fully end funding, after years of cuts, placing the service in jeopardy

2 September 2020

spotTV: Once Upon a Time in Iraq

No one could watch this five-part documentary series about the Iraq war and come away with the feeling that the war was anything but a catastrophe for the people of Iraq, the Middle East and humanity as a whole.

2 September 2020

spotMass protests in Israel demand Netanyahu's resignation

Every weekend evening, in Israel's biggest protest movement since 2011, angry protesters have besieged the official residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding his resignation

2 September 2020

spotTory schools chaos - Unions must fight for safety

Schools and colleges have returned with bulging classrooms of over 30 and packed corridors of 100 students, just separated with yellow tape.

2 September 2020

spotFight racism, Trump and capitalism

Angry young people poured onto the streets of US cities following the police shooting of unarmed black man Jacob Blake in Wisconsin

2 September 2020

spotTate strike: "Coronavirus - no reason to fire us!"

Striking Tate workers in the PCS union have moved into indefinite action

2 September 2020

spotWelfare after Covid-19

Between February and June 2020 the number of claims for Universal Credit doubled

8 September 2020

spotFight the schools Covid crisis

Schools have gone back overcrowded and under-resourced, with more infections reported daily.

8 September 2020

spotCovid testing the TUC

The NSSN lobbying the TUC, 2019, photo by Mary Finch

The 2020 TUC congress takes place at perhaps the most critical time facing workers since the second world war, meeting six months after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the UK into lockdown

9 September 2020

spotJobs, training, pay, we want a future!

Covid has had a devastating impact on global capitalism and exposed the system's flaws

9 September 2020

spotNSSN rally: Workers must not pay the price of Covid

"TUC congress has never been more important. Workers are fighting for our lives and livelihoods. We need workers' control over workplaces to make sure that they are safe. And increasingly, we are fighting

9 September 2020

spotCallous Tories threaten not to uprate the minimum wage

'We're all in it together' chirped Boris Johnson at the start of lockdown - which is presumably why he's considering not uprating the paltry minimum wage next April, because the bosses say they can't afford it

9 September 2020

spotUnder the microscope

As the Tory government opens up schools and workplaces to benefit employers, Covid-19 infections are spiralling upwards.

9 September 2020

spotCaerphilly lockdown puts profits before safety

The Welsh government has imposed a lockdown on Caerphilly county as the number of confirmed cases of cases of Covid-19 has risen above 50 per 100,000

9 September 2020

spotXR blockade: Don't let the Tories criminalise protest

The billionaire-owned UK newspapers, along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, decried the blockade by Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activists outside a number of printing presses last weekend

9 September 2020

spotVideo game developer attacks Black Lives Matter

Just two months ago, French video game giant Ubisoft joined the hollow chorus of corporations exclaiming that black lives matter

9 September 2020

spotGrenfell fire inquiry stops victims attending

Grenfell Tower residents have been denied the right to attend the restarting inquiry into the causes of the June 2017 fire which resulted in 72 deaths

9 September 2020

spotNottingham City Council: The (mis)adventures of Robin Hood Energy

The 'not-for-profit' energy company set up by Nottingham's Labour council has collapsed with the loss of 250 jobs

9 September 2020

spotCovid-19 pandemic increases financial pressures on Welsh local government

A report from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) finance subgroup paints a bleak picture for the future of local government and the important services it provides in Wales.

9 September 2020

spotHull: Defend Tony Smith!

Trade unionists will be outraged by the dismissal of Tony Smith at an FCC company disciplinary hearing. His appeal hearing is on 15 September.

9 September 2020

spotFight Amazon's anti-union spies

Amazon is spying on its 'flex' drivers in dozens of Facebook groups in the US, the UK, and Spain, according to the Vice Media Group. Flex drivers are the workers who deliver the items to your door.

9 September 2020

spotIreland: Debenham's workers occupy stores

Debenham's workers in Ireland occupied the Dublin (above) and Cork stores in protest at the derisory redundancy settlement offered.

9 September 2020

spotReinstate Richie Venton

Trade unionists held a solidarity demo outside of Ikea Braehead in Glasgow, demanding the reinstatement of sacked Usdaw rep Richie Venton, and the reinstatement of sick workers' wages.

9 September 2020

spotA critical election for Unison general secretary

The Covid pandemic has exposed what decades of underfunding, cuts and privatisation have done to our public services

9 September 2020

spotDover: Solidarity with refugees - applause and cheers for socialist ideas to unite working class

Trade unionists, anti-racism and refugee rights campaigners rallied in Market Square on 5 September in Dover to show solidarity with refugees, fleeing war and persecution, who have faced vile racist abuse from Tories and the far right in recent weeks

9 September 2020

spotBig push to hit finance target

Socialist Party campaigns on the streets of England and Wales, on safety in schools, welfare payments after coronavirus, and defending the NHS, have met with enthusiastic support.

9 September 2020

spotStrike wave marks new stage in revival of Iranian workers' movement

Since the beginning of August, Iran has seen more and more workers from different sectors follow the example of the Haft Tappeh sugar cane workers who went on strike on 14 June

9 September 2020

spotBelarus: Mass opposition continues to defy repression by Lukashenko's regime

For the fourth Sunday in succession there were mass protests. Up to 100,000 people poured onto the streets of Minsk

9 September 2020

spotU-turn Tories' splits are growing

Fissures have reopened between the Tory party's wings and could quickly become chasms

9 September 2020

spotSafety overridden in drive to bolster the economy

Even as cases of Covid-19 infections are rising dramatically, the Tories are desperately trying to get workers back to their workplaces and spending money in city centres.

9 September 2020

spotBLM: Socialist alternative to racist capitalism

Black Lives Matter (BLM) held a demo in Newport calling for justice for Jacob Blake, shot seven times in the back by police in Wisconsin, and Mercy Baguma, a Ugandan asylum seeker who was found dead in her Glasgow flat alongside her one-year-old malnourished son.

9 September 2020

spotTUSC to stand in elections again against pro-austerity politicians

Starting in the contests scheduled for next May.

16 September 2020

spotTwo weeks to donate: we need your help

We need to raise £2,750 a week to hit our new target by 1 October. With government credibility crumbling, a socialist voice is needed.

16 September 2020

spotNigerian police repress peaceful anti-government protest

On 10 September, Nigerian police arrested members of the Socialist Party of Nigeria and journalists.

16 September 2020

spotOur lives and livelihoods at stake

Covid testing chaos, mass job losses: Fight for safety, and 'work or full pay'!

16 September 2020

spotSketch: The rule of six - some guidance from your government

"As a guideline, if you aren't at school or work, then any breach of the rule will kill your gran"

16 September 2020

spotJohnson's brinkmanship over EU deal deepens capitalist splits

Johnson is under pressure from the two wings of his own party as well as the capitalist class

16 September 2020

spotBlame politicians, not workers and young people

Covid-19 lockdown in Birmingham: Low-paid workers are forced into work and overcrowded housing

16 September 2020

spot'Covid marshalls' must be accountable to communities

They could be used to harass socially distanced protests and campaigns

16 September 2020

spotUnder the microscope

Coronavirus news in brief: bosses' pandemic profit bonanza, privatised testing and treatment fiasco

16 September 2020

spotPCS members in DWP reject unsafe extension of hours

77% of PCS union members have voted in favour of industrial action in a consultative ballot

16 September 2020

spotIreland: Debenham's occupier speaks out

We were arrested, held in individual cells, and then released

16 September 2020

spotLondon bus drivers begin strike ballot over remote sign-on dispute

There is no benefit to passengers, and remote sign-on could well disrupt services

16 September 2020

spotTate workers on indefinite strike hold march and rally

PCS union members marched alongside other arts and culture workers against job losses in the sector

16 September 2020

spotReinstate Tony Smith

Sacked Unison rep Tony Smith in Hull has attended his appeal hearing, accompanied by supporters

16 September 2020

spotReinstate Richie Venton

Hundreds of trade unionists have signed an open letter to Ikea demanding sacked Usdaw union rep Richie Venton be reinstated

16 September 2020

spotAngry health workers demand 15% now!

'Mobilise the members for national industrial action': Furiours NHS workers organised local demos for a pay rise

16 September 2020

spotCovid and the third sector: for public planning, not charity stopgaps

The government has shown the potential for a coordinated, fully funded, public effort - but refused to deliver it

16 September 2020

spotCapitalist profit and the race to develop a vaccine

The pharmaceutical industry needs to be in public ownership and democratically planned to meet the needs of the world's population

16 September 2020

spotNHS workers: "We deserve a fair wage" - 15% now!

"Claps don't pay the bills and our pay deal is a farce. Stand with us and fight for 15%."

16 September 2020

spotEgypt: Support for al-Sisi dwindles as his regime increases repression

Popular support for Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's dictatorial regime is vanishing

16 September 2020

spotNon-fiction: Left Out - the inside story of Labour under Corbyn

Retreat and hesitation could not beat the relentless right wing

16 September 2020

spotLobbying for a lead from the TUC

This year's TUC needs to be "a council of war".

16 September 2020

spotCoventry: scrap 'profit before people' hospital parking charges

The Coventry Socialist Party campaign to scrap hospital parking charges continues

16 September 2020

spotCovid generation says 'fund our future'

As part of the Young Socialists national day of action, we brought an open letter onto the streets

16 September 2020

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party: Tories and Blairites only care about corporate greed

I joined the Socialist Party following the class battle in Labour between left and right

16 September 2020

spotSelling the Socialist

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

17 September 2020

spotBritain's fragile Covid equilibrium is coming to an end

Socialism Today issue 242

It is now over six months since the World Health Organisation declared the Covid-19 outbreak to be a global pandemic, and two weeks later, that Britain went into lockdown.

23 September 2020

spotJohnson's schools social-distancing lie

In a big PR exercise designed to reassure us that it was safe for schools to reopen, Boris Johnson visited Castle Rock High School in Coalville, Leicestershire

23 September 2020

spot'FinCEN Files' expose rampant financial corruption: nationalise the banks!

The intimate connections between organised crime, high finance and the capitalist state have been exposed

23 September 2020

spotNews in brief

The Times and the Mail report the prime minister is "subdued" and "moody," due to struggling for money

23 September 2020

spotWorkplace news in brief

Cardiff's council-owned bus operator is threatening to axe 20% of workers. Cardiff Bus has told staff it "will need to dismiss as redundant at least 130 members of staff across the entire workforce"

23 September 2020

spotDispatches from the front - chaotic schools are not safe!

Two weeks in and we are already down from seven year groups to four because of whole year groups having to isolate after confirmed cases

23 September 2020

spotLiverpool Council must save care homes

Politicians, speaking at the protest to stop the closure of two care homes in Liverpool, made false promises to silence families and lessen anger on 21 September.

23 September 2020

spotSussex: Hands off Peacehaven schools

Parents in the town of Peacehaven, on the Sussex coast, have relaunched their campaign to save their primary schools from academy privatisation.

23 September 2020

spotFighting fund: One week to raise £3,444

"Thank you for your articles - the voice of sanity in all this chaos" writes an anonymous donor, sending the Socialist Party £20 after reading the Socialist newspaper.

23 September 2020

spotWhy we joined the Socialist Party

Why I became and remain a socialist: In the early 1950s, I joined a trade union. Although I didn't realise it, like a lot of youth today, I was thinking along socialist lines before that.

23 September 2020

spotTV: The English Game - how the working class made football the people's game

The English Game tells the story of how football was transformed in the 19th century. It was revolutionised from the Southern-dominated amateur, public school sport, dominated by individualistic, dribbling

23 September 2020

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

23 September 2020

spotThailand: Youth rising against hated junta

Protest leaders call for general strike on 14 October: Since the beginning of this year, Thailand has witnessed the rising up of young people and students, who have launched massive pro-democracy protests in several major cities, colleges, and universities.

23 September 2020

spotTory Covid chaos


To the surprise of absolutely no one, given the disastrous Tory record so far, we face a new Covid peak this autumn. And Johnson's amendments to the Covid laws solve none of the threats to our lives and livelihoods.

23 September 2020

spotFund NHS and pay rise now

As we head into a second Covid wave, NHS workers need a pay rise and more resources to cope.

23 September 2020

spotNorth East lockdown: simmering anger at Tory incompetence

Around two million people have coronavirus restrictions imposed.

23 September 2020

spotCovid and the campuses

University workers and students must unite in a fight for safety

23 September 2020

spotTesting shambles: unions must fight back

The government claims that testing for key workers in the NHS, care and schools is provided.

23 September 2020

spotA day in the life of a salon worker

I work in a salon in Cardiff. It was bad before the pandemic began, and some employers are using the crisis to either drag more work out of their staff for little to no more rewards, or to cut hours, cut

23 September 2020

spotCoventry: Socialist Students is back

At Coventry University, we talked to students angry about the crisis gripping universities.

23 September 2020

spotThe Socialist: More than a newspaper

I was delivering copies of our paper to subscribers on 17 September. I share bits from the Socialist a lot on Facebook, but with good reason.

23 September 2020

spotExtend eviction ban! Cap rents! Build council homes!

The six-month eviction ban has come to an end. Hundreds of thousands of people could now be threatened with eviction. The Social Housing Action Campaign (Shac) participated in a protest in London on 16

30 September 2020

spot£71,522 raised: We've smashed our target again

A big thanks to all our readers for the marvellous £71,522 raised in our six-month campaign. That's another target smashed thanks to some magnificent large donations, and many thousands of small ones.

30 September 2020

spotCovid restrictions expose Tory splits


For democratic working-class control of health and safety

While government ministers warn of an exponential rise of the coronavirus, the same magnitude of rise could be applied to the level of anger against them over their handling of the pandemic.

30 September 2020

spotTrade unions must fight to put their stamp on events

'We need a call to arms. That's why I call on everyone to write to the press and lobby their MPs. This was the 'clarion call' of TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

30 September 2020

spotTory scheme won't halt mass unemployment: mobilise the unions!

It should be renamed the 'job scrapping scheme'.

30 September 2020

spotNHS workers need 15% rise and full funding

NHS staff are also preparing another round of protests on 17 October

30 September 2020

spotUsdaw elections: Defend members' right to participate

During the Covid-19 pandemic, members of Usdaw have been hit hard

30 September 2020

spotJob Support Scheme - too little, too late

I was working with an agency. I started in April. I was doing about 30 hours a week with them, so regular work. As soon as Covid hit, I was let go with immediate effect.

30 September 2020

spotStudents trapped on Covid campuses speak out

Going to university right now feels like walking into a trap made of fire

30 September 2020

spotStill crawling at 60: Capitalism has failed Nigeria

It will be 60 years on 1 October since Nigeria got its flag independence from Britain during the decolonisation process of Africa

30 September 2020

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

30 September 2020

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party: Labour moved right and left me behind

I considered myself a socialist long before I joined the Socialist Party. Socialism embodies my values - equality, compassion and justice.

30 September 2020

spotSelling the Socialist

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

30 September 2020

spotNewham: Closed and evicted

Disgracefully, Coolfin Road community centre Newham, east London was closed and allowed to fall into a state of disrepair

30 September 2020

spotCampaign for new King George Hospital wing gets boost

Labour-led Redbridge council now supports the call for a new wing for King George Hospital. A petition for the new wing, organised by campaigners, got the necessary 1,500 signatures to bring it before

30 September 2020

spotSolidarity not charity

Hull Trades Union Council launched its Unity Shop food bank initiative on 26 September. The trades council coordinates the unions in Hull.

30 September 2020

spotFight BT redundancies

Workers who are employed by BT's Technology division face 190 compulsory redundancies in the biggest programme of compulsory redundancies ever proposed.

30 September 2020

spotPeterborough CWU have massively voted for strike action

Postal workers in Peterborough have voted by 87.8% for strike action to win the reinstatement of a sacked colleague.

30 September 2020

spotNews in brief

A self-declared dollar billionaire US president pays $750 in federal income tax a year, whereas the average US worker pays $8,196 a year in income taxes. Who says capitalism is unfair?

30 September 2020

spotUS: Police escape justice over Breonna Taylor killing

The failure of a grand jury to charge police with the murder of Louisville black medical worker Breonna Taylor has reignited anti-racist protests in the USA and throughout the world.

30 September 2020

spotSouth Africa: Working class unity to stop violence against women

Marxist Workers Party and [email protected] members marched through eMbalenhle, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on 23 September calling for working-class unity to stop violence against women.

30 September 2020

spotApprehension about Covid - anger at fees, costs and exploitation

The first street meeting of Socialist Students at the University of Birmingham was great. Students came together to discuss, plan and organise to fight the mountain of issues facing them and young workers

30 September 2020

spotUnison: Hugo Pierre is on the ballot - vote for a fighting socialist!

Hugo Pierre, a Socialist Party member and candidate for Unison general secretary, is on the ballot paper for the election after receiving the nomination of 31 branches across the country and the different sectors Unison organises.

30 September 2020

spotPCS: No to DWP management's plans - Yes to action

PCS union members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are reacting furiously to management's rush to book appointments in all the Jobcentres, a move especially targeted at 18-to-24 year olds

30 September 2020

spotUnder the microscope

Low-paid workers can claim a pitiful £500 for compulsory two-week self-isolation from 28 September. Four million will be eligible - but who can afford to self-isolate for £200 less than the minimum wage?

30 September 2020

spotTrump's failure over western US wildfires

On 24 July, lightning sparked the first fires of what would become one of the worst wildfire seasons in US history

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