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The Socialist 4 May 2016

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

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Livingstone suspension: 'Slow coup' against Corbyn.

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

Doctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

Political censorship used against TUSC candidates

Ex-TUC chief lines up with David Cameron

2 in 5 fear rent trap

Aston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

TTIP tip-off

Them & Us


1926 general strike: when workers tasted power


Hillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude


National Union of Students conference: mood to fight education cuts must be turned into determined action


Solidarity with junior doctors: TUC call a national demonstration now!

Museum strike solid

Usdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

Civil service: fighting the pay freeze

Library assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

Society of Radiographers conference: "We may be small but we are going to fight back!"

Workplace news in brief


Eyewitness account of France protests: build a general strike movement!

Ireland: Campaigners celebrate suspension of water charges


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Joint BMA and NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo by Senan

Joint BMA and NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo by Senan   (Click to enlarge)

Doctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party

"It's fantastic!" shouted a junior doctor as she marched past Big Ben. As the first day of the 26-27 April junior doctor strike action drew to a close, thousands marched in a London joint demonstration called by the North and South Thames region of the British Medical Association (BMA) and the London region of the teachers' union NUT.

London, 26.4.16, photo Judy Beishon

London, 26.4.16, photo Judy Beishon

As well as supporting the junior doctors, teachers were keen to link up because they are themselves preparing to ballot for strike action in July on the issue of forced conversion to academies.

This trade union demonstration was supported by the London regions of several other unions, with notable contingents from the rail union RMT, civil service union PCS, lecturers' union UCU, and Unite local government workers, bus drivers and health workers, to name a few.

Piccadilly & District West RMT banner on the BMA-NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo by Judy Beishon

Piccadilly & District West RMT banner on the BMA-NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo by Judy Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Nurses fighting to save their bursaries took part.

Socialist Party placards saying "Teachers and doctors strike together" were snapped up. Socialist Party members in the trade unions and National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) worked hard to help this demonstration take place and will continue to help build up the links between doctors and teachers. For example, in Waltham Forest junior doctors have visited schools to discuss with groups of teachers.

Socialist Party placard: Doctors and teachers strike together,  London, 26.4.16, photo Senan

Socialist Party placard: Doctors and teachers strike together, London, 26.4.16, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

Also taking part in the march were Labour Party leaders Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell (see photo below), who both addressed the end rally in Whitehall.

Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell on the joint BMA and NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo Senan

Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell on the joint BMA and NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

This demo gives us a taste of the response there would be if the TUC called a national demonstration in support of the junior doctors. It certainly helped buoy up the confidence of the picket lines the next day!

Joint BMA and NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo by Senan

Joint BMA and NUT led march, London, 26.4.16, photo by Senan   (Click to enlarge)

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This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 27 April 2016 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

Livingstone suspension: 'Slow coup' against Corbyn.

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

Doctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

Political censorship used against TUSC candidates

Ex-TUC chief lines up with David Cameron

2 in 5 fear rent trap

Aston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

TTIP tip-off

Them & Us


1926 general strike

1926 general strike: when workers tasted power


Hillsborough

Hillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude


NUS conference

National Union of Students conference: mood to fight education cuts must be turned into determined action


Socialist Party workplace news

Solidarity with junior doctors: TUC call a national demonstration now!

Museum strike solid

Usdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

Civil service: fighting the pay freeze

Library assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

Society of Radiographers conference: "We may be small but we are going to fight back!"

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Eyewitness account of France protests: build a general strike movement!

Ireland: Campaigners celebrate suspension of water charges


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Letters


 

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