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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 February 2015

Campaign news in brief

Reading

Four new, young recruits joined Reading Socialist Party's ranks after a recent meeting on Syriza's election in Greece. A total of half a dozen enthusiastic new young people attended the lively discussion alongside current members. We paid particular attention to the mass strike movements that paved the way for this anti-austerity breakthrough. Our new members aim to form Socialist Students group at Reading University.

John Gillman, Reading Socialist Party

Derby

Public pressure has saved Derby's Moorways swimming pools for another year (see previous issues or www.socialistparty.org.uk). After 6,000 residents signed an online petition, Derby council has found the 340,000 needed to keep the centre open. Apparently the funds come from senior management restructuring.

The Save Moorways Campaign and Derby TUSC have been central to pressuring the Labour council. We need to keep the pressure up to make sure it doesn't close in a year's time. Derby TUSC will be standing for election in May to fight for Moorways, and against all cuts in the city.

Chris Fernandez, Derby TUSC

Worcester

Socialist Party members from Hereford and Worcester sold out of the Socialist on 7 February. Enthusiasm for the Greek election victory meant our campaign stall in Kidderminster had people queueing four deep at times! We shifted 50 copies of the Socialist and raised 20 fighting fund. We also met a number of new volunteers who want to help with our TUSC campaign. We're hoping to hold weekly stalls there in future.

Worcester members also raised 35 towards fighting fund at the recent West Midlands Socialist Party regional conference by selling vegan food.

Ruthie McNally, Worcester Socialist Party

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 18 February 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Workers' pay down 2,500... Bosses' pay up 700,000

HSBC tax dodging scandal

How the super-rich get away with it

Them & Us


Socialist Party congress

Preparing the forces to fight capitalist austerity


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: If the Troika does not back down?

"Dogs of war" unleashed against water tax movement


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

"Vote for hope and an alternative"

"I want to tell the truth about the crime of austerity"

Socialist Party election appeal


Socialist Party workplace news

Support the firefighters

Lewisham: striking against 'academisation'

London bus strike suspended - prepare for more action

Protest wins reinstatement of Crossrail worker

Tories' probation disaster

Fighting for a 10 minimum wage


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fighting racism with Solidarity Street

Labour council to deal 'savage blow' to Coventry

Campaign news in brief

May Day greetings with the Socialist


Socialist Party comments and reviews

"Driver, why are you late?"

Decades of disastrous and bloody interventions

Shallow look at racist far right

Individual registration excludes voters...


 

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