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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 March 2020

Selling the Socialist

Wolves - Read the paper the bosses don't want you to

Selling the Socialist outside a DWP office, management send out a security guard to get rid of us. But just at that moment, one of the union reps walking past recognises us from coming down to support previous strikes.

The union rep tells the security guard to leave off and that the 'gaffers' can talk to him if there's a problem. Subscribe to read the paper that the bosses don't want you to read.

Nick Hart

Swansea - the stalemate is breaking

The Socialist Party campaign stall was the most successful this year. The Young Socialists stall built for the climate strike.

Our regular Socialist Party stall featured petitions and posters around the socialist response to coronavirus and the need to defend the NHS.

Both had a steady stream of locals wanting to talk to us about our ideas, response and plans to tackle these crises. We sold over 20 copies of the Socialist and raised 20 fighting fund.

One young mum donated 5. She bought copies of the Socialist for her and her 12-year-old daughter. She commented that it was great to see young people making a stand.

An older man, a lifelong Labour voter, stopped to ask our young members what our views are on the future of the Labour Party. A woman bought a copy of the Socialist after asking if we'd made good on challenging the local council's latest cuts budget. She was proud to see people taking them on.

Hopefully, this week's surge in interest is an indication of a shift in the consciousness of the working class in our city, who seem to have been in a state of frustration since the election in December.

Gareth Bromhall

Stoke - worried about cuts, angry at council

As we were setting up a couple approached asking if they could sign the petitions. He bought a copy of the Socialist, while she signed all four of our petitions - on NHS, young workers, council cuts and coronavirus.

She said the Government must start prioritising the NHS and protecting young workers. For the first time, she had voted for the Tories because of Labour politicians regarding Brexit.

She was worried her age and health conditions made her vulnerable to coronavirus and it was impossible to keep safe after years of austerity forcing down their standard of living.

She was angry with Stoke Council for cutting services. She thanked us for standing up against injustice and gave us a 2 donation to the fighting fund.

Andy Butcher

Barnstaple, North Devon - 'climate' councillors cut buses

Young people in North Devon are looking for socialist answers to the problems of education, housing, jobs and pay. The Socialist Party held a campaign stall and raised our programme at a climate forum on 7 March in Barnstaple.

We have two new young Socialist Party members in Barnstaple. And we met more young people interested in joining on the day.

On the stall we called for a workers' charter to tackle the coronavirus crisis - an immediate provision of more hospital beds, protection for health staff, and full pay for all workers, including those in precarious zero-hour jobs and the self-employed.

At the climate forum I quoted Greta Thunberg: "nothing is being done to halt the climate crisis, despite the beautiful words and promises from our elected officials", demonstrated by Devon councillors cutting buses.

Richard Worth

Newcastle - Do we need a fightback? Yes!

Newcastle Socialist Party campaign stall 7 March

Newcastle Socialist Party campaign stall 7 March   (Click to enlarge)

One young fella told us that all his family were fed up with the Tories and angry about attacks on the NHS. But there was a feeling there's nothing they can do.

We in the Socialist Party think there can, and must be, a fightback. The people we spoke to liked our workers' charter to tackle coronavirus, and that we were defending the NHS

Hopefully coronavirus won't become a full-blown epidemic, because if it does it'll be the poorest that are hardest hit.

We demand that workers on zero-hour contracts - many of whom work in the food industry and are saying they won't be able to afford to stay off work and self-isolate - receive sick pay. Failure to do this could endanger many more.

Anyone on benefits who is unable to sign on must not be sanctioned. Self-employed workers should also receive sickness benefit.

An attack on any working-class person is an attack on all!

Elaine Brunskill

Derby - How can I join?

On our campaign stall, we met someone who was looking to join a political party, but just didn't know how. After a discussion about low pay and the NHS, I explained how she could join one - ours of course! She gave us her contact details and she's coming to our next meeting.

Charlie Taylor

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Finance appeal

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.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
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In The Socialist 11 March 2020:


Coronavirus: Full NHS funding now

Coronavirus infects the world economy

Flybe collapse: nationalise to save jobs threatened by Covid-19 and downturn

Coronavirus: international cooperation needed, not capitalist competition

Supermarkets are ruled by profit - unions should control supply limits

For full pay during isolation: for public health as well as workers' wallets

Self-isolation patients speak: NHS facilities and advice not up to it

Italy on lockdown: lack of resources and democracy causes panic

South Korea shows capitalism has money to respond to coronavirus

Coronavirus news in brief


Domestic Violence bill: We still need to fight to save our services

News in brief

Workplace news

Postal workers mobilise to win strike reballot

Homerton Hospital workers fight for sick pay

Fighting to transform the union in my warehouse

Argos workers in Sainsbury's stores threatened with losing collective bargaining

Homeless charity workers to strike against intransigent management

Southampton trade unionists say "defend the right to strike!"

Strong support for PCS Broad Left Network

East London uni and bin worker strikes

US election

How can Trump be ousted from the White House?

Campaigns and party news

Salford 'no-cuts' budget includes cuts and tax rises

Stoke council unions beat pay cuts - now let's stop all cuts

Is there an anti-cuts rebellion in Scotland?

Socialist Party joins International Women's Day protests

Housing workers explain reality to idiot Boris Johnson

Swansea: Ask anyone about state of services, you will hear the real story

Camarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

Student occupation in support of striking workers

Selling the Socialist

Socialist Party executive committee positions

International news

Greece-Turkey border refugee crisis

Women's and trans rights

Women's rights, trans rights and the labour movement

Readers' opinion

Film: Greed directed by Michael Winterbottom

Childcare - costly, inadequate and hard work

Book: Why you should be a trade unionist by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

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