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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 May 2011

Showing an alternative to cuts in Dorset

Sean Clothier

Socialist Party members sold 25 copies of the Socialist and raised over 35 fighting fund on 21 May at our first stall in Poole, Dorset, for many years.

Following a successful branch launch meeting on 'what the Socialist Party stands for', members took to the streets. We wanted to discuss and offer an alternative to local people who are suffering from the effects of the capitalist crisis, cuts in services and eroding living standards in general.

We were approached by former Labour councillors, elected trade union officials, as well as many public sector workers angry over cutbacks and creeping privatisation in the NHS.

We were well informed by shoppers about the adverse effect these cutbacks are going to have on the poor and the vulnerable. One woman expressed her dismay at the way the government are targeting helpless, elderly people via cutbacks to meals on wheels programmes.

Clearly this was a positive start for Dorset Socialist Party, and we hope to build on these solid foundations in the coming months. Our next meeting will be on 18 June in Poole.

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Anti-cuts campaigning

National shop stewards conference - Unite to stop the cuts

As the cost of living soars...: 'We are going to fight back'!

An offer we must refuse

Why Liverpool needs a needs budget

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Defending the NHS

Battling to defend the NHS

NHS demo in London needs to be a step towards united national strike action

Unison leaders failing to adopt the demands of health workers

Challenging Tories' plans to kill our health service


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UCU facing battles on all fronts

Southampton city council workers strike

Three day strike to stop redundancies at Sheffield College

Firefighters discuss strategy to fight cuts

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International socialist news and analysis

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Greece: Resist bosses' agenda and the far right


 

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