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The Socialist 14 September 2016

#KeepCorbyn: Fight workhouse conditions

The Socialist issue 916

Labour party needs democratic structures and socialist policies


#KeepCorbyn: Fight workhouse conditions

NHS chiefs warn cuts mean rationing or charges

Fund smaller classes - not new grammars

Benefit cap could shut 67% of women's refuges

Them & Us

What We Saw


New 'strongman' president threatens martial law - while leaning on left parties for support

International news in brief


Obesity crisis: government strategy offers no solution


Westbourne Park bus dispute continues

NSSN lobby of the TUC: an urgent time for our movement

Library workers defeat Tory cuts

Thousands of Post Office workers to strike against job losses

Southern Rail dispute update

Workplace news in brief


Why you should become a socialist student!

Students and workers unite to cut rents

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Join the Socialist Party - join the fightback


Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts

The Socialist inbox


Labour loses byelection but Corbyn isn't the problem

Protest against closure of vital heart unit

Socialist Party members join disability rights week of action

#KeepCorbyn

 
 
 
 
 

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Socialist Party members join disability rights week of action

Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) called a week of action, 4-10 of September, called 'Rights Not Games' to coincide with the beginning of the Paralympic Games.

Socialist Party member Amalia addressing the London 'Rights Not Games' DPAC protest, photo by Neil Cafferky

Socialist Party member Amalia addressing the London 'Rights Not Games' DPAC protest, photo by Neil Cafferky   (Click to enlarge)

London

Socialist Party members joined the protest in London on 6 September in solidarity with the demand for equal rights and reversal of cuts. We sent video selfies supporting the action, sold the Socialist paper and gave out a leaflet.

A Socialist Party member spoke at the protest saying: "We condemn the establishment's hypocrisy of using the Paralympics to present themselves as inclusive, when with the other hand they impose austerity that's led to over 2,000 deaths of disabled people! We also say that there is an anti-austerity mood expressed around the support for Jeremy Corbyn. It is crucial for disabled people to finally have a political party that 100% opposes austerity and fights for the workers!"

Amalia

Gateshead

On 6 September Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) North East and Cumbria assembled at the Sage Gateshead for our 'Rights Not Games' protest. Those attending were a diverse group uniting together to raise awareness in support of disabled rights and against continuing benefits cuts that disabled people are facing under this Conservative government and previous governments.

Speakers included those from DPAC, National Shop Stewards Network, Socialist Party, Peoples Assembly, Green Party with support from Unite Community, Unison, National Union of Teachers and a local community radio show, Mentally Sound. Each speaker gave a passionate message regarding the attacks on disabled people.

The introduction of the Work Capability Assessment is so derisory that thousands have died within six weeks of being assessed and told they are able to work. The scrapping of the Independent Living Fund for severely disabled people, with funds transferred to local councils, but not ring-fenced, so individuals are not getting the level of support they previously received, often ending up isolated and housebound.

These are just some of the measures that are affecting many of the most vulnerable people in society. This latest crippling round of austerity is, as Jeremy Corbyn has said, a political choice, not an economic necessity.

Claire
  • See socialistparty.org.uk for the leaflet we gave out at the protests.

In this issue


What we think

Labour party needs democratic structures and socialist policies


Socialist Party news and analysis

#KeepCorbyn: Fight workhouse conditions

NHS chiefs warn cuts mean rationing or charges

Fund smaller classes - not new grammars

Benefit cap could shut 67% of women's refuges

Them & Us

What We Saw


International socialist news and analysis

New 'strongman' president threatens martial law - while leaning on left parties for support

International news in brief


Socialist Party feature

Obesity crisis: government strategy offers no solution


Workplace news and analysis

Westbourne Park bus dispute continues

NSSN lobby of the TUC: an urgent time for our movement

Library workers defeat Tory cuts

Thousands of Post Office workers to strike against job losses

Southern Rail dispute update

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

Why you should become a socialist student!

Students and workers unite to cut rents

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Join the Socialist Party - join the fightback


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts

The Socialist inbox


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Labour loses byelection but Corbyn isn't the problem

Protest against closure of vital heart unit

Socialist Party members join disability rights week of action

#KeepCorbyn


 

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Related links:

Disabled:

triangleCall for an increase in PIP due to Covid-19

triangleStep forward for campaign to reverse mobility pass cuts in Nottingham

triangleSouth Yorkshire Freedom Riders - still battling on

triangleStop Nottingham Labour's cuts to disabled travel!

triangleMaximus profitus: disabillity profiteering scandal

Socialist Party:

triangleNorth London: Socialist Party speaks at BLM protest

triangleSocialist Party meetings: Online and in-person

triangleWhy I joined - Covid changed my outlook

triangleCampaign stalls on jobs, pay, NHS and racism

Socialist:

triangleSocialist Party & Unison NEC member Hugo Pierre (centre), alongside others, taking part in the 8 August health workers' protests for a 15% pay increase. Photo Sarah SE

triangleYoung Socialists and Socialist Students day of action

triangleUnite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

Gateshead:

triangleAdding demands to the weekly claps

triangleGateshead FC crisis: save our Heed!

London:

triangleYoung Socialist day of action

Austerity:

triangleSaving the music industry from pandemic and austerity

Protest:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Uprisings and protest in the developing world - what is the way forward?

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleLessons from the Corbyn experience

Paralympics:

triangleWe are all Daniel Blake: no more deaths from benefit cuts

Work Capability Assessment:

triangleTory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

Cumbria:

triangleCumbria: Teachers, parents and socialists fight reckless school reopening

Anti-austerity:

triangleLabour Party leadership contest: Fight for a mass anti-austerity, workers' party with a socialist programme

Benefits:

triangleTories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system