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The Socialist issue 700

11 January 2012

We say: NO WAY! Strike to defend pensions

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The Socialist issue 700

Pensions battle

spotWe say: NO WAY! Strike to defend pensions

On Saturday 7 January Left Unity in the PCS civil service union hosted an emergency open organising meeting because our movement in defence of public sector pensions is at a critical point, writes Janice Godrich, PCS President and national chair of PCS Left Unity.

PCS left Unity meeting: Organising to step up the pensions struggle

PCS left Unity meeting: Organising to step up the pensions struggle


spotPensions dispute: Everything is still to fight for

What we think The open organising conference on Saturday 7 January, hosted by PCS Left Unity, the left in the largest civil service union, could prove to be a very significant moment in the public sector pension struggle…

PCS left Unity meeting: Organising to step up the pensions struggle , photo by Senan

PCS left Unity meeting: Organising to step up the pensions struggle , photo by Senan


spotWorkers need an electoral alternative that fights for them

ust days after hundreds of trade unionists met to plan how to continue to fight the Con-Dems’ attacks on public sector pensions, Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged that a Labour government would have to ‘face the reality of the deficit’ and make cuts, writes Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party

spotUnison member: no pensions sell-out

Unison placard - we won't pay for the financial crisis on 30 November 2011 strike, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison placard – we won’t pay for the financial crisis on 30 November 2011 strike, photo Paul Mattsson


Socialist Party Interview

spotFighting the pensions battle: An interview with Mark Serwotka

Rob Williams, the Socialist Party’s industrial organiser, interviewed PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka in the run-up to the PCS Left Unity meeting on 7 January.

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary, speaking at the PCS Left Unity, photo by  Socialist Party

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary, speaking at the PCS Left Unity, photo by Socialist Party


Them and Us

spotFat cat pay: empty words from Cameron

Prime minister David Cameron now tells us that he is determined to announce action in this spring’s Queen’s speech on the phenomenally high pay of ‘fat cat’ company executives, writes Roger Shrives.

spotClock turned back on housing

spotThem & Us

Youth fight for jobs

spotReject slave labour for young unemployed

“Thanks but no thanks”: In October, Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) activists, marched over 300 miles from Jarrow to London to hand a petition into Downing Street demanding job creation instead of workfare, bringing back EMA student payments, scrapping tuition fees, saving youth services and building affordable housing…

The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth


Socialist Party workplace news

spot1,200 jobs threatened by DVLA closures

spotWe need more railway jobs

spotCuts councillors dishonoured

spotWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Party features

spotStephen Lawrence murder – the untold story

On 3 January 2012 Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of the horrific murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence and sentenced to life imprisonment…

Youth Against Racism in Europe (YRE) and Panther platform in Welling as part of the campaign to drive the racists out after the murder of Stephen Lawrence, photo R. Newton

Youth Against Racism in Europe (YRE) and Panther platform in Welling as part of the campaign to drive the racists out after the murder of Stephen Lawrence, photo R. Newton


spotHeseltine continued Liverpool’s decline

 Liverpool struggle in the 1980s.  pic: Philip Gordon

Liverpool struggle in the 1980s. pic: Philip Gordon


International socialist news and analysis

spotNigeria shut down at start of indefinite general strike

Nigeria has been gripped by widespread anger and protest since the sudden New Year’s Day announcement of a more than doubling in the price of fuel; something which hits not just transport of people and goods but also fuel for the generators people need for electricity and fuel for cooking…

Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) in Nigeria, sister party of the Socialist Party in the UK, , photo by DSM

Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) in Nigeria, sister party of the Socialist Party in the UK, , photo by DSM


Socialist Party women

spotSocialist Women: At the frontline of the resistance

Socialist Party members from eight regions were represented at an excellent national women’s meeting on 8 January, writes Sarah Wrack.

Socialist Party news

spotSocialist Party 2011 fighting fund target smashed!

Help support the fightback in 2012: Socialist Party members raised a magnificent £33,322 fighting fund in the last three months of 2011, surpassing the target of £25,000 for the quarter and reaching 133%, writes Ken Douglas Socialist Party national treasurer.

spotRaffle – Ken Loach at the BBC

Socialist Party reviews and comments

spotFilm review :The Iron Lady in meltdown

The widely hyped film ‘The Iron Lady’ is not intended to cover all the political events of Thatcher’s life. It deals with the political issues through the incoherent rambling recollections of an old and demented Thatcher…

Thatcher: The Iron Lady, still from movie

Thatcher: The Iron Lady, still from movie


spotReader’s comment: The right wing media and Diane Abbott

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