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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 August 2020
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Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, Manchester, photo Sally G (Click to enlarge)
Pete Mason, Socialist Party finance organiser
Your donations help us campaign on the vital issues facing working people. On 8 August, NHS workers were protesting all around the country, infuriated that many are not receiving decent pay increases this year.
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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.
- 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 19 August 2020:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Students 2 : 0 Tories - Protests work!
Student protests force government retreat
"As a working-class student, I already faced struggles"
Tory track and trace failure
Tory planning deregulation: a charter for building profitable slums
NHS workers demand improved pay - 15% for all now!
International socialist news and analysis
Revolutionary mood in Lebanon following horrific explosion
Mass protests and strikes rock Belarus
80th anniversary of Leon Trotsky's assassination
Yorkshire: Celebrating the life and ideas of Leon Trotsky
September school return must be safe for all workers and students
NHS pay: unions must take fight to U-turn Tories
75 years since the publication of Animal Farm: From 'two legs bad' to 'two legs better'
Workplace news and analysis
300 Covid cases at Northampton food plant - management to blame, not the workers!
PCS union: Vote Yes in DWP ballot! Reject longer opening hours
Support the Tower Hamlets council workers, vote for Hugo Pierre!
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Black Lives Matter: this generation is willing to stand up and fight
We can't take any more cuts
Nottingham: oppose the far right and attempts to divide us
Your donations help us campaign
Leeds: Little London residents are celebrating
To push change we need to be organised - why we joined the Socialist Party
Sheffield: Support Sue
Brighton: Another luxury development
The Socialist: back to weekly soon
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