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The Socialist 17 March 2021

Defend the right to protest - end violence against women

The Socialist issue 1125

Violence against women - we will not be silenced


Rich pickings for private companies - peanuts for health workers

NHS workers map out strategy to win 15% pay rise


Judas and the Black Messiah - taste of Fred Hampton's politics, with lessons for fighting oppression today


Can the capitalist media prevent socialist change?


British Gas strike at crucial stage

Electricians protest against deskilling and lower wages

Goodlord workers continue strike against 'fire and rehire'

Thousands of BT workers to ballot for strike action

Government's bus plans fall short of making up for the cuts

Reinstate Moe - stop trade union-busting at Abellio!

PCS members at Swansea DVLA to strike for safety


Council funding crisis - We need a workers' programme to restore the stolen millions

We need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC

Standing for TUSC in Worcester

Help fund the Socialist Party's election campaign as part of TUSC


Build for the Socialist Students day of action on 21 April

I couldn't just stand and watch! - Why I joined the Socialist Party

Socialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting

Selling the Socialist


Myanmar: workers brave brutal military crackdown

 
 
 
 
 

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We need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC

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Lee Trow, Doncaster Socialist Party

Last March, Doncaster Council's Labour group passed a three-year council budget which included a 'budget gap' of 17.7 million. The plans to fill this financial hole include service and job cuts as well as council tax rises.

Labour councillors generally try to justify these austerity proposals by declaring that they have 'no alternative'. It's also been reported that Sir Keir Starmer has warned all Labour councillors to vote with Tory councillors on budget caps.

But the money is there. According to the council's latest statement of accounts, its general fund balance reserve stood at 63.5 million on 31 March 2020. This reserve is considered 'usable', meaning that the council may use it to provide services.

These funds can and should be immediately reallocated to avoid cuts and tax rises. A campaign can then be launched - in collaboration with other local authorities - demanding that the Tory government reverses cuts in central government funding and provides relief funding for local authorities that have had to deplete their reserves, or adopt other temporary budget-balancing measures, to maintain vital public services.

However, rather than adopt this fighting strategy, Labour councillors choose to carry out the Tories' dirty work - all the while falsely claiming that they have 'no choice' but to carry out the cuts.

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition candidates, in contrast, will fight the cuts by whatever means necessary. Our candidates will not hide behind phoney excuses. That is why I'm standing as a candidate in Doncaster in May's elections.


In this issue


End violence against women

Violence against women - we will not be silenced


NHS

Rich pickings for private companies - peanuts for health workers

NHS workers map out strategy to win 15% pay rise


Review

Judas and the Black Messiah - taste of Fred Hampton's politics, with lessons for fighting oppression today


Media

Can the capitalist media prevent socialist change?


Workplace news

British Gas strike at crucial stage

Electricians protest against deskilling and lower wages

Goodlord workers continue strike against 'fire and rehire'

Thousands of BT workers to ballot for strike action

Government's bus plans fall short of making up for the cuts

Reinstate Moe - stop trade union-busting at Abellio!

PCS members at Swansea DVLA to strike for safety


Elections

Council funding crisis - We need a workers' programme to restore the stolen millions

We need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC

Standing for TUSC in Worcester

Help fund the Socialist Party's election campaign as part of TUSC


Campaigns news

Build for the Socialist Students day of action on 21 April

I couldn't just stand and watch! - Why I joined the Socialist Party

Socialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting

Selling the Socialist


International news

Myanmar: workers brave brutal military crackdown


 

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