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The Socialist 26 April 2017

Kick out the Tories! Fight the bosses' establishment

The Socialist issue 946

A bold socialist campaign could get rid of the Tories


40% of GPs plan to quit - reverse all NHS cuts and sell-offs!

Cuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

Benefit bullies

Refugee rescue

Tory trouble

What we saw


The real origins of May Day


Mélenchon result shows potential for building a mass left force


Strikes can end nurses' poverty pay

Len McCluskey re-election - a defeat for the right

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

PCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

BMW strikers determined to win pensions dispute

Forest Hill School demonstration

Workplace news in brief


How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party


Jobstown trial begins - call on Corbyn to support the defendants!

Health Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

Protests in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing persecution in Chechnya

Doncaster TUSC: TUSC's programme for local jobs and Services

Peter Taaffe speaks in Birkenhead

East London tenants fight 40% rent hike


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PCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

PCS strikers, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS strikers, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Marion Lloyd, Left Unity chair and PCS executive committee member (personal capacity)

Theresa May's calling of a snap general election on the pretext of needing a mandate on Brexit is a sham. However, the election campaign gives an opportunity to expose and oppose her government's austerity programme and to get rid of the Tories.

Under the Tories, PCS members have suffered unparalleled attacks on pay, jobs and conditions. Services have been cut and privatised and offices closed. More attacks are planned if the Tories get back in.

PCS members and their families are also suffering from the Tories' attacks on workers. Benefit cuts are leaving millions unable to feed themselves. The NHS is facing life-threatening cuts and large-scale privatisation. The housing and education crises in working class communities are acute.

The Tories' draconian anti-trade union laws make it illegal for the likes of PCS members, teachers, nurses and railworkers who work in essential services to strike unless 40% of union members vote in favour with at least a 50% turnout - even though the Tories were elected by only 24% of the electorate.

They are doing this to try to neutralise opposition to the further attacks they are planning to both the welfare state and workers' rights.

The election will raise many issues, including the possibility of a further referendum on Scottish independence and the political situation in Northern Ireland. Immigration will be an issue exploited by the Tories and the right-wing press. PCS Left Unity is opposed to all forms of racism and will continue to campaign for workers' unity.

Left Unity welcomed the election and reelection of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader on an anti-austerity programme. We also welcomed his commitment to end cuts in the public sector to pay, jobs, pensions and services. Labour must campaign in this election on the basis of socialist policies, rebuilding the welfare state and the public sector and against austerity.

Jeremy Corbyn

Left Unity believes PCS members should support candidates prepared to commit to our union's policies, and would welcome the election of Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister with a Labour government committed to an anti-austerity agenda.

As socialists in PCS, we believe this election gives an opportunity to get rid of this vicious Tory government in the interests of our members and class. Whatever the outcome of the general election it is important that we have a PCS leadership capable of dealing with the challenges that face our union and its members.

It is vital to secure a Democracy Alliance victory in the PCS elections, which is necessary to defend pay, jobs and services. Left Unity urges everyone to work hard to achieve this.


In this issue


What we think

A bold socialist campaign could get rid of the Tories


Socialist Party news and analysis

40% of GPs plan to quit - reverse all NHS cuts and sell-offs!

Cuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

Benefit bullies

Refugee rescue

Tory trouble

What we saw


May Day

The real origins of May Day


International socialist news and analysis

Mélenchon result shows potential for building a mass left force


Socialist Party workplace news

Strikes can end nurses' poverty pay

Len McCluskey re-election - a defeat for the right

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

PCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

BMW strikers determined to win pensions dispute

Forest Hill School demonstration

Workplace news in brief


20 years since Blair's election

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Jobstown trial begins - call on Corbyn to support the defendants!

Health Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

Protests in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing persecution in Chechnya

Doncaster TUSC: TUSC's programme for local jobs and Services

Peter Taaffe speaks in Birkenhead

East London tenants fight 40% rent hike


Socialist Party comments and reviews

The Socialist inbox


May Day greetings


Solidarity greetings in the Socialist for International Workers' Day 2017


 

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