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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2020
London Socialist Party hits the streets
Socialist Party members in London took part in a socially distanced campaign day on 5 December. Our aim was to get as many of our members out campaigning to demand that the working class should not pay for the coronavirus crisis. We invited our new members to take part in their first activity and advertised the event to our supporters who may not yet have had the chance to meet us in person. Each branch got members to one location, determined to try to meet as many people interested in joining the Socialist Party as possible, we had a Zoom meeting scheduled for later that day to chat to new people who we met.
South East London
South East London (Click to enlarge)
We had ten members take part in our campaign stall and managed to meet five people interested in finding out more about the Socialist Party. I spoke to a bus worker angry about the lack of Covid safety measures and someone else met a Tate worker who had been on strike with their union PCS.
Eight members in Enfield Town sold 24 copies of the Socialist. We had a new member join us in our campaigning and met another person interested in joining.
People are angry, and rightly so. The billionaires are getting richer at our expense. We had lots of support for our call to give NHS workers the 15% pay rise they deserve, and to stop handing billions over to the private profiteers in our health service.
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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.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 9 December 2020:
Fund NHS, not Tory crony contracts
Covid vaccines only first step - fight job losses, austerity and 'virus' of capitalism
High street jobs, safety and pay: We have to fight
Super-rich tax evasion costs 34 million nurses worldwide
Luxury for some, poverty for the rest of us
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RMT gen sec election - vote for Steve Hedley
Further education workers win pay rise in Wales
HMRC pay talks - PCS needs to organise members now
Reinstate sacked Unite London bus rep Judith Katera
South London council workers vote to strike
Right populism after Trump
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