Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/815/18779

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 June 2014

Them & Us

Austerity kills

Research in the British Journal of Psychiatry has shown that during the first two years of recession following the world capitalist financial meltdown in 2007, an additional 10,000 suicides were recorded across Europe and North America. Prior to the crash, suicide rates had been falling in Europe.

Experts point to unemployment, evictions and rising debt as the main risk factors leading to suicide during the recession.


Discount pay

Discount chain stores B&M, headed by former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy, pays 68% of its 17,000-strong workforce the paltry minimum wage. The company's stock market flotation prospectus says the raising of the minimum wage last October to a paltry £6.31 an hour from £6.19 had cost it £1.4 million. Yet the profitable company (valued at £2.8 billion) can afford to shell out £50 million in fees to City 'advisers' in its stock market listing.


Waiting lists

As the NHS continues to crumble under the hammer blows of funding cuts and privatisation the number of people waiting for treatment has hit three million for the first time in six years.


Pay revolt

While NHS workers' pay rises are either being frozen or allowed to rise by a maximum of 1% by the government health bosses' pay continues to rocket. Some health trust executives have scooped £40,000 bonuses, pay increases of up to £30,000 and perks worth up to £10,000. Little wonder then that health workers are balloting to strike for a living wage.


Child mortality

Among the advanced capitalist countries the UK has one of the highest child mortality rates. Bournemouth University research reckons that 1,827 children's lives could have been saved if the UK simply met the Western average. The researchers put the cause of such a high mortality rate as due to high income inequality and a poorly funded National Health Service (NHS).


Class sizes

The mass media's fixation with alleged religious extremism in schools has been accompanied with an under-reporting of the huge rise in primary school class sizes. One in eight primary school pupils in England are being taught in classes over 30 children - above the government's statutory maximum.

When the coalition came into office there were around 1,000 infant classes of over 31 pupils. This year the figure has soared to nearly 3,000.


Collective gains

What's the point of joining a trade union? Well, on average, a trade union member earns £4,000 a year more than a non-union worker. Non-unionised workers are more likely to suffer wage cuts, zero-hour contracts and worse terms and conditions of employment.


Stop press: One Housing Group (OHG) worker and Unite convenor Bryan Kennedy has been sacked following his suspension and a disciplinary hearing. Last week, fellow Unite members took four days of industrial action in support of Bryan. OHG has a history of harassing and sacking trade union representatives.

Messages of support to bryan.kennedy13@gmail.com

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 18 June 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Strike back for a living wage

Report shows huge support for taxing rich

Survey shows potential for new mass workers' party

Them & Us

Kshama Sawant to speak at Socialism 2014


International socialist news and analysis

Iraq: Oil war's bloody legacy

Brazil: Upsurge in struggles of workers and homeless


Socialist Party workplace news

How should the RMT maintain Bob Crow's tradition?

Unison local government members want action on pay

Bakers call for £10 minimum wage

Escalation of FBU dispute begins

Lambeth College indefinite strike

Safety Glass workers strike for a real pay rise

Trades council conference: workers won't wait for TUC

Workplace news in brief

Come to the NSSN conference on 5 July


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaign reports

Rhydyfelin library saved

Nottinghamshire fire cuts - "pushed to breaking point"

Orgreave 30th anniversary - solidarity and celebration

Birmingham: new Socialist Party branch

Socialist Party Summer Camp 2014


Readers' comments and reviews

"Self-employed" and exploited

Book review: The man who loved dogs

Letters to the Socialist


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 June 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Austerity:

triangleStreatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

triangleLeicester Socialist Party: Fighting austerity & anti-trade union laws

triangleLondon: Stop council cuts - Budget Day protest

triangleThe rich fund the Tories and Blairites, so help fund the working-class fightback

triangleSocialist Party calls anti-austerity protest on Budget Day

Pay:

triangle20 years of housing failure

triangleUniversity strikers walk out for better pay and pensions

triangleWestex workers win increased pay offer in 11th week of strike

triangleNHS debt so high it can't be repaid - so don't pay it!

Union:

triangleTrade unions - new decade, new challenges

triangleForeign Office workers' strike

triangleBig Unison south east regional meeting votes for anti-cuts position

Health:

triangleNottingham: death of vulnerable claimant

triangleUnnecessary surgery scandal shows need for democratic control of NHS

NHS:

triangleNHS: Fight for full funding!

Minimum wage:

triangle6.5 million working poor: Fight to end low pay

Bonuses:

triangleArgos Christmas bonus cut

Privatisation:

triangleChildren need intensive care? We don't care!

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

12/2/20

Terrorism

Streatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

12/2/20

Cuts

How to resist Tory attacks on local communities

12/2/20

Trade unions

Trade unions - new decade, new challenges

12/2/20

London

Council houses - not private property developers

12/2/20

Councillors

Cuts councillors are the real problem

12/2/20

NHS

NHS debt so high it can't be repaid - so don't pay it!

12/2/20

NHS

Unnecessary surgery scandal shows need for democratic control of NHS

12/2/20

NHS

NHS: Fight for full funding!

12/2/20

What We Heard

What We Heard

12/2/20

Them & Us

Them & Us

12/2/20

Windrush

Windrush deportations: end the hostile environment

5/2/20

Domestic violence

Refuges turn away 64% of women - set no-cuts budgets now!

5/2/20

Labour leadership

Labour leadership contest and public ownership

5/2/20

Healthcare

Coronavirus exposes capitalism's weaknesses in healthcare and economy

5/2/20

Rail

Expensive, overcrowded and unreliable: Renationalise the railways!

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999