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The Socialist issue 671

18 May 2011

Strike back at pensions robbery!

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The Socialist issue 671

Socialist Party workplace news

spotStrike back at pensions robbery!

NUT members on the half-million strong 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

NUT members on the half-million strong 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson


spotFight all the cuts – come to the NSSN conference

National Shop Stewards Network anti-cuts conference (NSSN), photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network anti-cuts conference (NSSN), photo Paul Mattsson


Socialist Party NHS campaign

spotBattle for the NHS!

David Cameron has made clearer than ever what side he’s on regarding the NHS. “It is because I love the NHS so much that I want to change it,” he said. This speech spelt out that only very minor compromises,…

March to save the NHS 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

March to save the NHS 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson


spotDerriford hospital announces huge cuts

Derriford Hospital, the major health facility in west Devon and Cornwall, has announced massive cuts, Plymouth Socialist Party members write.

Socialist Party editorial

spotCrisis deepens in the eurozone

What we think The eurozone faces its deepest crisis since the euro was launched in 1999. Failure to resolve the sharpening Greek debt emergency would have a devastating effect on the European and world economies.

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotThe Hardest Hit march and rally

I attended the disabled people’s protest in central London on Wednesday 11 May as part of a group organised by the Royal National Institute of the Blind, writes Adrian Picton.

 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


spotTeachers’ strike stops job cuts

spotIraq war: Labour’s lie machine

A former British senior intelligence officer claims that Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, ‘sexed up’ the Labour government’s ‘dodgy dossier’ in 2002 to include the bogus threat that the Saddam Hussein regime could launch weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against British interests within 45 minutes.

spotPay gap grows ever wider

‘Under capitalism the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’. Merely Marxist propaganda? Not so. A new report by the high pay commission shows that the wage gap between UK’s highest earners and the rest of workers will soon be as wide as in Victorian times.

spotNews in brief

Socialist Party feature

spotBritain now facing crisis on all fronts

If splits at the top denote opposition from below, then the character of the divisions between the alleged ‘partners’ in the Con-Dem government means that a massive social and political revolt is brewing in Britain…

March to save the NHS, 17 May 201, photo Paul Mattsson

March to save the NHS, 17 May 201, photo Paul Mattsson


International socialist news and analysis

spotNorthern Ireland: The ‘no change’ elections

On 5 May elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly and local councils saw the further consolidation of the two largest parties, the loyalist Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the republican Sinn Féin, writes Socialist Party (CWI, Northern Ireland).

Socialist Party workplace news

spotUCU at the crossroads on pensions

Lecturers in the further and higher education sectors are being attacked on all fronts by the Con-Dem government and the employers – cuts, job losses, pay and pensions…

UCU pickets at Bradford University, photo Iain Dalton

UCU pickets at Bradford University, photo Iain Dalton


spotCWU conference: Support joint union action on 30 June

Morale among postal workers has never been so low. We think things can’t get any worse but they do. One of the Brown government’s final acts was to appoint new chief executive, Moya Greene, with the job of privatising Royal Mail.

spotBA dispute: Mass meeting votes to put latest agreement to membership

On 12 May at a mass members’ meeting, Unite British Airways (BA)cabin crew voted to put the latest agreement between the union and management to a ballot of the membership, writes Neil Cafferky.

British Airways cabin crew on strike at Heathrow airport, photo Paul Mattsson

British Airways cabin crew on strike at Heathrow airport, photo Paul Mattsson


spotWorkplace news in brief

Strike at EHRC: Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members in the Cardiff office of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had solid support for their second walkout on 11 May, writes Katrine Williams PCS Wales chair.

Socialist Party youth and students

spotCon-Dems: Supporting Youth Enslavement

In an attempt to demonstrate the ‘unity’ of the coalition after the Lib Dems’ disastrous results in the local elections, Cameron and Clegg attended a series of events to launch their new plan ‘Supporting Youth Employment’.

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan

Young people march for a future: Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students on the 29 January London demonstration against education cuts, photo Senan


spotYorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs regional conference

Socialist Party feature

spotTory cuts hit children and young people

A leading think tank has estimated that the Con-Dem coalition’s spending cuts could push another 300,000 children below the poverty line, writes Sunara Begum.

Members of the teachers' union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

Members of the teachers’ union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon


spotTeachers strike and parents picket at Shorefields

spotCampaigners put pressure on Lambeth council

Comment

spotThe difference a union makes

An example of the utter inability of capitalism to answer the basic needs of society, and its young people particularly, was provided to me by my own family recently, an east London Socialist Party member writes.

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