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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 September 2018

Bezos housing hypocrisy

Billionaire Bezos would be nothing without his workers, photo reynermedia, Steve Jurvetson, Scott Lewis, all CC

Billionaire Bezos would be nothing without his workers, photo reynermedia, Steve Jurvetson, Scott Lewis, all CC   (Click to enlarge)

Billionaire Amazon boss Jeff Bezos claims his new philanthropy fund will help the homeless. The richest man in the world has announced that he would give $2 billion of his fortune to tackle homelessness in the US.

The same Jeff Bezos fought to overturn the tax proposed by Socialist Alternative city councillor Kshama Sawant on his corporate headquarters - which was supposed to fund affordable housing.

We say nationalise Amazon and take Bezos's billions. That would pay for hundreds of thousands of homes - as well as a living wage for his workers.

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Rail rip-off reversal

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South Africa: new workers' formations herald fightback against Ramaphosa's capitalist agenda

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Socialist Students

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Socialist Students campaigns at Hull freshers fair


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POA walkout over government failure to make prisons safe

RMT strikers ready to up the ante over rail safety

University pay ballot: vote yes for strike action!

Birmingham home carers' protest demo

York health workers say no to privatisation

Liverpool airport workers demand decent pay

Leicester UCU fights redundancies


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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March to save threatened Liverpool Women's Hospital

Socialists and campaigners protest Leicester NHS cuts

Hundreds of Newcastle United fans attend Mike Ashley Out meeting

Huddersfield Socialist Party opposes racist EDL

Lewisham: binning the rates rise


Opinion

How Irish strikers fought apartheid - and establishment anti-apartheid leadership

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