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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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Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

Striking together could topple the Tories, photo by Senan

Striking together could topple the Tories, photo by Senan   (Click to enlarge)

Simon Carter

Despite 'Dodgy Dave' Cameron's tax affairs and the government's partial u-turns over cuts to tax credits and disability payments, the Tory austerity juggernaut rolls on.

The latest exposť shows that Treasury cuts to the much delayed and costly Universal Credit benefits system will leave millions worse off, with some families losing £3,000 a year.

Insecure work, low pay and a dire housing crisis have left millions more facing an uncertain future. Young people in particular are under the government cosh - with a lower minimum wage, reduced or no housing benefit to mitigate rip-off rents, and unaffordable tuition fees to study at university.

But these cuts and more besides, over the last eight years, have not led to a booming economy. On the contrary, even the CBI bosses' organisation and the Office for Budget Responsibility have recently downgraded growth in the UK's anaemic economy.

The only group of people to benefit in this age of austerity and capitalist crisis has been the tax-avoiding super-rich and giant corporations.

The majority have had enough. Junior doctors are standing up against Tory attempts to undermine the NHS. Teachers are preparing to fight government-imposed academisation of our schools. Steel workers are demanding nationalisation to save jobs and their industry.

The Tories may be hoping that Labour's right-wing attacks on Corbyn will save them, but the likelihood is that the Tory party will be ripped apart following the June EU referendum.

But we can't simply rely on the Tories imploding. Nor can we wait until the 2020 general election to boot them out. We need change now!

The Hillsborough victims' families showed that a determined and tenacious pursuit of justice can beat the establishment.

The trade unions, representing millions of workers and their families, have the potential - if they campaign, organise and coordinate their actions - to dump this rotten government. The unions should call a national demo in support of the junior doctors and against cuts. This should be used to build for coordinated strike action - the beginning of a serious movement to end austerity.


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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