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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 April 2021

News in brief

Protesting outside Scotland Yard against police spying , photo  Socialist Party

Protesting outside Scotland Yard against police spying , photo Socialist Party

Spycops inquiry - end political policing

The Undercover Policing Inquiry is set to resume between 21 April and 14 May. It is set to further expose police spying on left-wing political activists. This second round of hearings will cover the activity of the Special Demonstration Squad between 1973 and 1982.

The Socialist Party participates in the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) campaign. Several of our members are participants in the inquiry after being spied on in the past. COPS will protest outside the hearing on 26 April.

NEU election success

Sean McCauley has been elected in a by-election to sit on the National Education Union's national executive from April to August. Sean's fighting programme, for a campaigning, socialist leadership that leads a national campaign on workload, pay and education funding, won him 1,012 votes to his opponent's 931.

Sean is one of the Socialist Party members standing in the main election to the NEC which is deciding the national leadership from September. That election runs until 29 April and it is essential that everyone who voted for Sean in the by-election votes again in the main election.

Vote for Sean 'number 1' if you are in district 8: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

If you are in district 12, the South West, vote for Sheila Caffrey and Alex Moore.

In London's district 16 (Newham, Waltham Forest, Haringey, Croydon, Bromley, Bexley, Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham) vote 'number 1' for Louise Cuffaro.

Unionising the unorganised

Unite the Union and the DayMer community organisation in North London held the first public activity of a campaign aimed at organising Turkish and Kurdish speaking workers into a trade union.

The campaign is targeting catering, hospitality, retail and factory workers in particular, with a view to setting up a new branch of Unite. Key campaign aims include winning the London Living Wage, improved sick pay and safety at work.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: "This crucially important campaign can be summed up by our central campaign slogan 'Organising the Unorganised'. This will be a hard, long-term campaign, dealing with what are likely to be some of the most anti-trade union employers. But we are determined. We are confident. We will organise!"

The National Shop Stewards Network and Socialist Party also attended the public event in Wood Green to offer full support to the campaign.

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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.

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Protests continue against proposed anti-protest laws


 

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triangleJob losses, low pay, cuts to services, police violence: For the right to protest

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Undercover policing in the UK

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NEU:

triangleFour Socialist Party members elected to NEU executive

triangleElect a socialist leadership to fight for national action and a united campaign

triangleBeal academy strikers demand equal sick pay

triangle'Martin Powell-Davies for NEU DGS' - NEU conference fringe meeting

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trianglePost-election meetings

triangleSocialist Party Scotland: What is socialism and why should you fight for it

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Union:

triangleFor a fighting, democratic, member-led union to stop the austerity attacks

London:

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: After the elections - the fight for socialism

COPS:

triangleUS cops shoot dead another black man

Police:

trianglePolice attempt to intimidate Newcastle protesters

Onay Kasab:

triangleHackney schools workers to strike

National Education Union:

triangleBeal High School strike against sick policy resumes

Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance:

triangleUsdaw's virtual annual conference - a mockery of union democracy

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