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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 October 2015

Workplace news in brief

Lights out

Unite have accused the government of allowing the 'light to be snuffed out' on steelmaking in Teesside, following the announcement that the coke ovens and blast furnace at the SSI Redcar steel mill would be closed. As reported in the Socialist last week, the steelworks was set to be mothballed and stop production after nearly 100 years.

However, as Unite national officer Harish Patel said: "The hope of a buyer stepping in has been cruelly extinguished by the liquidator's haste and the government's refusal to step in. It is devastating news for all those whose livelihoods depend on steel making on Teesside and the hopes of a community who thought that an alternative solution could be found.

"Following the announcment the Socialist Party continues to call on the government to fully nationalise the plant, safeguarding the up to 9,000 jobs that rely on the production of steel in the area. We also call on the trade unions that represent workers' at the site to get behind the call for nationalisation and hold pickets and protests in support of this, to channel the anger that has swept the region since the announcement.

Kill the Bill lobby

Join the TUC and union members from all over the country coming together to lobby and rally against the trade union bill on Monday 2 November 2015, Central Hall, Westminster (rally) and the House of Commons (lobby of parliament). The rally will kick off at 1pm and the lobby at 2.30pm.

Junior doctors protest

Following the government's announcement of a brutal new contract for junior doctors, protests have taken place up and down the country. On Saturday 17 October, thousands are planning to attend a protest at Waterloo Place, London from 2pm to 6pm. For more on the contract and protests see pages 9 and 16 and also issue 872 and 873 of the Socialist.

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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 14 October 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Organise to fight endless austerity

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Workers on Tory 'living' wage can't afford Tory 'starter homes'

80 ambulance calls in two years for exhausted Sports Direct staff

Fat-cat Facebook pays less UK tax than couple earning national average wage

Them & Us

Daily Mail cake bake race hate debate


Socialist Party feature

Health service: condition critical

Doctors fight back!


Socialist Party youth and students

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Boozers of the world unite! London Marx pub crawl

Reading launches new Socialist Students group


International socialist news and analysis

Syria: Western governments' interventionist strategy in tatters

Bomb attack on Ankara peace demo


Workplace news and analysis

Should trade unions be re-affiliating to the Labour Party?

Napo at a crossroads

Junior doctors' dispute

Unison general secretary election: Roger Bannister wins place on ballot paper

Workplace news in brief

Living wage victory for Hackney traffic wardens

School support staff: Furious response to pay cut threat

Glasgow's trade unions demand 'no-cuts' budget from council

College cuts and funding chaos


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fighting Fund target smashed!

Thousands cram 'the People's Post' rally to hear Corbyn

TUSC groups writing to Labour councillors


 

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