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13 June 2018
Measures which improved living conditions inevitably clashed with big business and the bureaucratic state. This had already led to a loss of electoral support in the last years of Chávez's presidency. After his death, and the turn to the right of Maduro, we have seen a total collapse of the economy and of the morale of the masses
3 January 2018
As an individual with mental health issues, it has been my misfortune to experience directly just how capitalist society, Britain 2017, treats such people. I can't imagine that my experience is particularly unique.
9 August 2017
The escalating civil strife and economic crisis in Venezuela is being used by western governments and the establishment media as a stick to beat socialists with. However, as Marxists in Venezuela explain in the following article, the Maduro state bureaucracy is incapable of mobilising the working class to defeat the capitalist counterrevolution.
26 July 2017
Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state
31 May 2017
The complaint that right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis's team breached the rule that forbids the use of union resources to campaign for any candidate in the election was upheld
26 April 2017
Cuts are putting at least 11,000 mental health patients each year at greater risk of suicide because they are not promptly followed up after leaving in-patient care.
15 March 2017
Unison delegates to the higher education conference on 2 March reminded the service group executive (SGE) who's in charge by defeating them on a number of questions.
11 August 2016
Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.
28 June 2016
The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure...
15 June 2016
Theatre review - The Government Inspector: A fantastic achievement - fast paced, very funny, innovative and inclusive. The closest description might be a lost episode of Fawlty Towers - from 1836.
8 June 2016
50 years ago the 'Cultural Revolution' began in China. Here we carry an edited version of article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe for Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in February 1967.
9 March 2016
German spy thriller Deutschland 83, currently available on 4OD, is very good entertainment. But it shows a very one-sided view of the standard of living of East German workers.
24 February 2016
Police violence must be condemned: Brutal policing caused a riot in the downtown district of Mong Kok on the first night of the Chinese New Year, 8 February. Socialists on the ground give an eyewitness report.
24 February 2016
Industrially and politically, Britain's largest public sector union is under siege from the Tories' relentless austerity agenda. Meanwhile, Unison's right-wing leadership and bureaucracy resort to dirty tricks to hold the struggle back.
27 May 2015
Commemorations marking the 70th anniversary 'victory in Europe' (VE) day recently took place in Britain (and throughout the world) with establishment dignitaries saluting veteran service men and women who liberated Europe from the clutches of fascism
4 February 2015
Diplomatic relations with USA restored, embargo eased: As 2014 drew to a close, 2015 was ushered in by US President Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro announcing a series of historic agreements
28 January 2015
I recently read Unison Bureaucracy Unmasked: The Defend the Four Story, a restrained account of a shameful episode in the history of Unison, writes Maurice Sheehan, Ex-staff member, Unison.
10 September 2014
At Unison's 2007 conference, the union's standing orders committee ruled out of order a third of branch motions, including ones questioning union strategies and the union's link with Labour
11 June 2014
Unison conference: While low pay and the pay freeze are a major issue for public sector workers, job cuts are increasingly a threat, writes Glenn Kelly
11 June 2014
Counter-revolution crushes democracy movement: On 3 to 4 June 1989, Deng Xiaoping and other aged leaders of China's so-called 'communist' party, ordered 200,000 troops to crush a two-month long movement of workers and students against bureaucratic rule and for workers' democracy
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