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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 June 2014

Rapid recruitment in Plymouth

Ryan Aldred, Plymouth Socialist Party

Plymouth Socialist Party branch is set to hit its recruitment target in a matter of weeks. This is largely due to people seeing how effective our organisation can be at defending working class people from the savage effects of austerity.

One of our newest recruits, Mike, was inspired to join after socialists supported him when the DWP rejected his claim for Jobseeker's Allowance.

He was a tree surgeon but after being diagnosed with MS and losing the sight in one eye, he could no longer continue his job as it required the use of a chainsaw in precarious conditions.

Mike was justifiably angry when he was told he was entitled to nothing because he lived with his partner, Jane.

He could not get income-based JSA as Jane had two jobs, just to keep a roof over their head. He was further told he could not get contributions-based JSA as he was previously self-employed and had not contributed enough.

But the Socialist Party helped them to keep on fighting and to see that it is not an individual's problem but a problem of society.

Both Mike and Jane have now joined the Socialist Party and are keen to get more involved.

If we don't fight we will lose, but as Plymouth Socialist Party shows, if we put up a fight we can win!

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In The Socialist 4 June 2014:


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US: How Seattle won a $15 minimum wage

Ireland: Electoral surge against austerity


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"Enough is enough!" - 1.5m could strike over pay

NHS: We demand a living wage!

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Unite conference: Fighting policies needed

UCU: Members losing patience with leadership

PCS-Unite merger: Will it strengthen our fightback?

Leeds unions prepare for action

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Bakers' Union interview: "We can stop race to bottom"

Stevenage: March against the far-right, racist EDL

Rhydyfelin library occupied by protesters


Readers' comments

NHS: Night shift and a cold rage


Building the Socialist Party

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Plan now for the fundraising collectathon

'Join the socialists' week of action

Successful building in east London

Rapid recruitment in Plymouth


 

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