Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1120/32017

From The Socialist newspaper, 10 February 2021

Why I joined the Socialist Party - It's helped me to me feel empowered to push harder and to shout louder

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, London

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, London   (Click to enlarge)

Holly Johnston, Sheffield Socialist Party

I've been a nurse in the NHS for 17 years, and have first-hand experience of privatisation, attacks on pay and working conditions, and dangerously underfunded services. As an ex-Labour member, I realised that both the Tories and the Labour Party were playing a role in undermining our NHS.

I became one of the lead campaigners for #NHSPay15 in July 2020. As soon as I'd started to publicise our protest, Alistair Tice (Socialist Party organiser in Yorkshire) got in touch with me. From that point on the Sheffield branch was unwavering in its support, advice, encouragement and mentorship.

The experience and knowledge of Socialist Party members were invaluable to our campaigning. We had many conversations, and as I discovered more about the Socialist Party, I realised that the party aligned to what I had been seeking all along.

Since joining, the party has continued to support the actions, campaigns and events that I have organised. The party has helped me develop politically, and made me feel empowered to push harder and to shout louder in order to grow the campaigns around pay and PPE.

Despite the various lockdowns of 2020, I could see the party recruiting new members from all walks of life. If you are disillusioned with the establishment, if you want to fight for decent jobs and decent services as capitalism attacks our class - then join the Socialist Party!

Donate to the Socialist Party

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 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.
  • 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.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 10 February 2021:


News

Tories admit market failure - we want our NHS back!

Question mark over AstraZeneca's vaccine to protect against new Covid variant

Big Energy piles on the misery

News in brief


Racism

Black Workers' Charter: A programme to fight racism


Grenfell

Grenfell: Are we any closer to justice?


TUSC

TUSC online conference: Preparing to build a working-class force for the local elections in May

Ex-Labour socialists preparing to stand for TUSC in Devon


Workplace news

Striking British Gas workers fighting to win

PCS: Vote for rank-and-file socialist Broad Left Network candidates

Hackney schools workers to strike

York couriers call on council for protection from "fear of dismissal"

Court workers to ballot in fight for safety

NSSN meeting: Fight together against the Tories and bosses' Covid offensive


International news

Myanmar coup - For a workers-led struggle for democracy and socialism!

Turkey: Bogaziçi university students protest appointment of government loyalist as rector


Campaigns and party news

Why I joined the Socialist Party - a nurse

Why I joined the Socialist Party - a student

London fire victims lobby Tory mayoral candidate

Why you should come to Socialist Students online conference


Readers' opinion

Covid and pregnancy

Book that inspired me: God's bits of wood

Starmer ditches Labour movement tradition for cheap trick

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 10 February 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Socialist Party:

triangleSocialist Party Scotland: Socialist change to end climate change

triangleSave the planet from capitalist climate catastrophe

triangleObituary - Tony Davison: "I work for Militant, but Laing's pay my wages"

triangle'Stop climate change' demonstrations

triangleHillingdon Socialist Party: The ideas of Leon Trotsky

The Socialist:

triangle"Are you the socialist cabby?"

triangleCynical Johnson government no friend of workers

triangleCaerphilly and RCT Socialist Party: How the Socialist Party campaigns

Socialist:

triangleFighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool

trianglePeople's Budgets - a socialist answer to cruel cuts

triangleContainer delay carnage makes the case for socialist planning

PUSH:

triangleUniversity bosses push through pension cuts proposal

triangleBig push to hit finance target

Labour:

triangleUnite union policy conference

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

20/10/21

Unemployed

I'm unemployed: For me vacancy crisis is a lie

20/10/21

Review

TV review: Squid Game

13/10/21

Football

Newcastle United takeover - no to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

13/10/21

Fascism

Ridley Road: An engaging story of fighting fascism

13/10/21

Bus

Readers' comments

6/10/21

Obituary

Obituary - Dave Hardaker, 1952-2021

6/10/21

Capitalism

Caffeine and capitalism - a symbiotic relationship

22/9/21

Covid

TV Review - Help: Heart-wrenching portrayal of Covid care home crisis

22/9/21

Miners

Gleision mine deaths: Still fighting for justice

22/9/21

Labour

Corbyn had a social care plan

15/9/21

Cuba

Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

8/9/21

Obituary

Obituary: Roger Henshaw, comrade and class fighter

8/9/21

Gloucester

The street I live on

8/9/21

Climate change

Socialist change, not climate change

8/9/21

Review

Vigil: A nuclear sub murder mystery

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999