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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 June 2021
Young Socialists march in London
Young Socialists on the March 26 June 2021 (Click to enlarge)
"You can't trust Starmer's Labour Party - we need a new mass workers' party". Young members of the Socialist Party in London led a loud and colourful contingent at the People's Assembly demo on Saturday 26 June.
We called for jobs and homes for young people, industrial action for a 15% rise in the NHS, and a new party of the working class to draw all the struggles together. Young people on the protest left their contact details with the Socialist Party, and some joined our end-of-protest discussion in St James's Park.
Called on a myriad of issues, the central London march lacked a unifying slogan and next steps. Placards and rally speakers demanding a 'new normal' and 'Tories out' left mostly open what is needed and how to win it.
Unfortunately, this, and a lack of union mobilisation, led to a modest turnout for a national event - perhaps a few thousand. This underlines the point we took part to make.
Workers and young people need fighting trade union leaderships, and clear demands for a working-class political alternative. Our members campaigned energetically for those ideas on the march. If you agree and want to help - join the Socialist Party.
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In The Socialist 30 June 2021:
What we think
NHS after 3 July protests Trade unions must organise serious action
Fight to save our NHS
Royal London Hospital
Fight the health and care bill
Keep private hands off NHS patient data
We don't want a USA-style healthcare system
Post-pandemic railway battles loom
East Mids train guards strike
Stop the Channel 4 sell-off!
Hopeless Hancock replaced
Millionaires multiply during pandemic
Dalian Atkinson - police found guilty of killing ex-footballer
Biden police reform
Can Biden reform the police?
Socialist candidate wins NIPSA general secretary election
Gateshead: Sacked electricians reinstated
Support Gary Clark for CWU executive
Support Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary
End bullying and victimisation at Oaks Park school
Unite members step up action against bullying Mungo's managers
Sandwell Leisure workers: No to 'fire and rehire'
The Israeli working class
German Greens: The image and reality
Protesters halt Nadia's eviction
Brighton: Moulsecoomb strike against academisation
York residents demand land for local community needs
Young Socialists march in London
Pride is a campaign, not a business opportunity
TV Review: GB News
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