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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 August 2020

Why I joined the Socialist Party - Covid changed my outlook

Protesting against unsafe returns to schools and work

Protesting against unsafe returns to schools and work   (Click to enlarge)

George Holman, South Tyne and Wear Socialist Party

I joined the Socialist Party a month into the lockdown. Previously, I had always avoided politics and tried to remain neutral. Covid made me change my entire outlook.

I work as a recruitment consultant. The business I work for has a typical cut-throat approach.

In my role, I have seen staff, temporary and permanent, abused and exploited by bosses. Everything we did was purely in the interest of profit and in utter disregard of the health and wellbeing of workers and their families.

I even saw a cleaner sacked because they were so hungry they ate out of a bin. All because they didn't have the money to feed their family and themselves.

To me it's clear as day that this is the result of capitalism.

Money means power and in today's society the rich have proven they don't deserve power. How can they when a handful of billionaires own most of the wealth, but millions live in poverty?

Seeing all this, and feeling like I couldn't help, had me awake till 3am during lockdown. That was when I found the Socialist Party website - socialistparty.org.uk.

Since joining I have really felt welcome and learnt a lot. It has provided a support network and allowed me to feel like I am really helping to support others.

I would urge anyone to attend a meeting and see what it is like. There is no hierarchy, no judgement and everyone gets their say. Something hard to find these days.

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In The Socialist 5 August 2020:


News

NHS pay: 15% for all now

From first wave to second? Capitalism's Covid failures

Capitalism's 'vaccine war' shows need for socialist cooperation

Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system


What we think

Labour payouts: unions must discuss political representation


Workplace news

Wales: GE Aviation workers march to save jobs

PCS union: Reject longer DWP opening hours

'First you clap us then you slap us': hundreds march for NHS pay rise

Sick pay victory at Homerton hospital!

Unite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

Oppose BT site closures - national strike ballot needed

Workplace news in brief


No going back

What would socialist universities look like?


International

Cuba: Covid-19 and the 60-year-old embargo

Anniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

80 years since the murder of Leon Trotsky rally


Campaigns

A-level results day 2020: Fight for our future!

Fighting to end racism and capitalism

North London: Socialist Party speaks at BLM protest

Young Socialist day of action

Doncaster: Vigil for murdered women

Engage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online

Campaign stalls on jobs, pay, NHS and racism

Why I joined - Covid changed my outlook

Socialist Party meetings: Online and in-person

The Socialist summer schedule


 

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