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 Hardest Hit Protest: Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Hardest Hit Protest: Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

22 May 2013

Cuts kill: Con-Dem benefit 'reforms', mental health and suicide

Steven Bottrill, whose disabled mum Stephanie killed herself because of the bedroom tax, said: "Hopefully now someone will listen. Someone will realise what has gone on and change things"

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15 May 2013

Give us jobs, not Tory lies

We've been hearing this rubbish for years - British workers are lazy - and now Eton-educated Tory London mayor Boris 'the bankers' friend' Johnson has stepped in, accusing British workers of sloth

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17 April 2013

Thatcher... and us

Unemployment: We're told that Thatcher 'saved the country'. But unemployment skyrocketed under her governments - from 1.09 million in May 1979 to 3.13 million in July 1986. And these figures were probably an underestimate...

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27 March 2013

The 'workfare bill' and sanctions targets

Con-Dems have no solutions to unemployment: On budget day, the latest unemployment figures were published and showed yet another increase in the number of people out of work, writes Dan Crowter, Coventry Socialist Party.

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20 February 2013

Getting organised can change things for low-paid workers

After months of illegal shift patterns and being expected to work without breaks under a bullying management at my workplace (as previously reported in the Socialist), things are looking up, writes Hannah Parker.

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20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

1 January 2013

2013: Prepare for a mighty battle against deeper cuts

The coming year, like 2012, will be one of intense working class struggles, writes Peter Taaffe

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12 December 2012

Them & Us

United Socialists of America: A recent poll by Gallup in the US has shown that 39% of Americans now view socialism positively.

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26 September 2012

Opencast mining: "Protect us from Provectus"

"Protect us from Provectus!" chanted a 200-strong march in North Derbyshire on Saturday 22 September...

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12 September 2012

Global youth unemployment rises

Since the end of the Youth Fight for Jobs 2011 Jarrow March, youth unemployment figures have continued to rise internationally, currently standing at 13% overall; the highest rate in Europe is Spain at 52%, writes Lizi Gray, 2011 Jarrow marcher.

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8 August 2012

End the insane cycle of youth joblessness

In a dazzling display of talent a new generation of Olympians is breaking records. By brutal contrast, 75 million 16 - 24 year olds globally have been thrown on the scrapheap of unemployment

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13 June 2012

My workfare nightmare

240 hours' work for no pay - then back on the unemployment scrapheap: After being unemployed for over eight months in Hull, one of the worst areas for unemployment in the country, I was put onto a 'voluntary' work experience scheme

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17 May 2012

Work programme not reducing long-term unemployment

Unemployment statistics published yesterday show that the number of people who have been unemployed for more than one year is up 27,000 in the last three months, reaching a total of 887,000...

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25 April 2012

The ugly truth behind the latest unemployment figures

A slight fall in the most recent set of unemployment figures hides the reality facing millions. The fall has only occurred because of an increase in part-time work. And the number of people claiming unemployment...

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18 April 2012

Clegg's text message plans make us LOL!

Unemployment continues to plague austerity Britain. Over 2.6 million people are out of work. And we're disproportionately aged under 25, writes James Ivens.

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11 April 2012

DWP tells young people to bail out big business

When I last visited the Jobcentre I was given two letters. I was told I should attach them to any CVs or job applications I sent out, writes a job seeker.

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Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances , photo by Paul Mattsson

Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances , photo by Paul Mattsson

4 April 2012

After the Riots

Britain in 2012 is a ruthless 'them and us' society. Millionaire ministers dish out life-destroying cuts to working class and young people while doing the bidding of their super-rich pals in big business...

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Anti-workfare protest in Bristol, 3.3.12

Anti-workfare protest in Bristol, 3.3.12

2 April 2012

Clegg's 'youth contract' won't create real, long-term jobs

Nick Clegg launched his long touted Youth Contract today, offering "incentives" to bosses who take a young person on

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21 March 2012

No to workfare - fight for a genuine alternative

Cait Reilly, one of the young people forced to work for free under the existing schemes is in the process of a judicial review of the government's workfare policies, writes Paul Callanan

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Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party

Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party

7 March 2012

A4e - The inside story

The welfare state is now a lucrative business - Emma Harrison's contract as A4e chief was worth around £200 million

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1 March 2012

Youth Fight for Jobs says escalate protests for the scrapping of 'workfare' and the creation of decent jobs!

Following retreats by the government on its flagship ‘work experience’ schemes, YFJ has called a 'day of action' on Budget Day and is calling for trade unions and anti-workfare campaigns to jointly discuss organising a mass demo against slave labour in the summer

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