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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 April 2020

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South East London: Working-class fighters striding forward

I attended a fantastic meeting of South East London Socialist Party on 8 April - 18 attended, maybe more, can't always tell on iPad.

But much more importantly, it was full of working-class fighters - underground, buses, education, housing, and more, plus trade union organisers, experienced socialists, and a number of new people.

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

West London: Instead of rooms, we are paying for Zooms

We are meeting virtually, but still have costs. Instead of paying for rooms we are paying for Zooms!

We are producing the Socialist Party Workers' Charter and the Socialist newspaper - these say what we need to fight for and how workers can get organised.

So I've started a room money jar to pay into (see above). If you have read our newspaper or our website and want to help us keep doing going during the coronavirus crisis, visit socialistparty.org.uk/donate.

Mark Best

Swansea: Valuable donations to keep Socialist Party going and our message heard

25 members at the Socialist Party branch meeting on 9 April - an interesting discussion on the global economic situation. We had an update on the trade union response to the virus, and reports of workers taking action.

The financial appeal garnered 820. And the people there raised their membership subs by 77, which will be valuable to keep our party going and our messages being heard.

A new member joined the weekend before, and more want to do the same in this difficult period.

Gareth Bromhall

North East: We are the working class

The Socialist Party virtual meeting on 9 April was phenomenal. Our meeting underlined how the Socialist Party is rooted in the working class.

Thirty attended, including NHS workers, carers, retail, construction, and IT. A number are shop stewards in their workplaces.

Five people have just joined the Socialist Party. Our Socialist Party members are leading struggles now on health and safety issues in the workplaces and preparing for future battles.

Elaine Brunskill

Northampton: Using technology to keep going

I came away from my Socialist Party branch feeling infinitely more positive and inspired by everyone in attendance. I'm so glad we have the technology to be able to continue meeting and building throughout this crisis. Forward to socialism!

Jac

Nottingham: 'Packed!'

Nottingham Socialist Party had 51 at our Zoom public meeting on 6 April.

Clare Wilkins

Leicester: Workplace issues

We had a very good Socialist Party meeting - some really helpful discussion on workplace issues in these crazy coronavirus times.

Heather Rawling

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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.
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In The Socialist 15 April 2020:


Coronavirus news

MPs get 10k each for lockdown expenses - where's ours?

Dispatches from the front: NHS staff say give us PPE, not medals!

Johnson's hospitalisation: a tale of two treatments

Big pharma's profiteering holds back drug supply

Lockdown increases domestic violence calls - Tory money a drop in the ocean

NHS nurse: we're not wasting PPE - the Tories don't value us

Rapacious capitalism and the spread of coronavirus


What we think

Exit strategy? PPE and mass testing and workers' control of workplace safety

Fight back against the corona propaganda war


Transport

London Transport workers fighting private companies and TfL to secure health and safety


Workplace news

Unite opposes all cuts to domestic violence services

Passport workers forced back to offices as Home Office shirks its duty of care

Collectively demanding safe warehouse working conditions

Usdaw shop workers' union activists meet via Zoom

Coronavirus workplace news in brief


Labour

Sabotage - the inner workings of Labour's political machine exposed


Campaigns

Plymouth students discuss rent strike

Final push for May Day greetings

Socialist Party coronavirus crisis finance appeal

Join an online Socialist Party meeting during lockdown

The Socialist Party and socialist ideas are growing


Lessons from history

How the catastrophe of WW1 sparked revolution


Readers' opinion

Going viral: Socialist comments on the corona crisis


 

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