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The Socialist issue 701

18 January 2012

Stand Up to Tory Bullies

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The Socialist issue 701

Anti-cuts campaign

spotStand up to Tory bullies

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan

Strikers marching through London on 30 November 2011, photo Senan


spotPensions attacks can still be defeated

What we think: The public sector pensions battle is at an important turning point. The decision of the Unison and GMB union leaderships to break up the united front of striking unions which saw up to two million workers taking action on 30 November is a setback and will inevitably lead to a sober reappraisal of tactics and strategy.

spotLabour leadership approves the Con-Dem cuts

Ed ‘Moribund’ and the Labour leadership have had a brainwave to boost Labour’s poll ratings – their slogan going into the next election is “Vote for us and we will freeze your pay and cut your services”! writes Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales.

spotCameron’s attack on Scottish independence referendum backfires

spotWelfare Reform Bill:- Lords compromise is no victory

On 11 January, the House of Lords rejected the Con-Dem coalition government’s proposal in its misnamed welfare reform bill to limit the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that is contribution-based for disabled and sick claimants to one year, a disabled activist writes.

spotOfsted: “requires improvement”

spotJohn Lewis economy: another fantasy from Corporal Clegg

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party NHS campaign

spotKeep private vultures out of our NHS!

Breast implant scandal exposes private healthcare: The Health and Social Care Bill, currently working its way through Parliament, is a huge threat to our NHS, writes Sue Powell.

Public Health not private wealth - protest against privatisation in the NHS 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

Public Health not private wealth – protest against privatisation in the NHS 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson


Youth fight for jobs

spotEnd the slave labour culture of workfare

The clocks are being turned back. The future for young people is looking like it has been ripped from the pages of Dickens’ novels – with the Con-Dem government and local governments playing the role…

Youth Fight for Jobs on the Jarrow march, in London marching past Parliament, photo by Sarah Wrack

Youth Fight for Jobs on the Jarrow march, in London marching past Parliament, photo by Sarah Wrack


Socialist Party workplace news

spotElectricians’ national meeting plans next steps in battle against pay cut

Electricians from across England, Scotland and Wales gathered in Birmingham on 14 January to plan the next steps for the fight in defence of pay rates and their skilled trade, writes Hugh Caffrey, Socialist Party.

Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill

Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill


spotUnilever workers say hands off our pensions

spotSouth Yorkshire Stagecoach bus drivers take eighth day of strike action

spotJobs massacre at La Senza

spotDoctors support call for action

Obituary

spotRob Windsor: socialist fighter and Coventry Socialist Party councillor 1964-2012

On 14 January Rob Windsor, socialist fighter and previous Socialist Party councillor in Coventry, lost his long struggle against liver disease and died at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital.

Rob Windsor

Rob Windsor


Socialist Party feature

spot1972 Derry – “this was murder”

Forty years ago, on Sunday 30 January 1972, members of the Parachute Regiment (the Paras) shot 27 unarmed civilians, (14 of whom died) on a protest through the barricaded Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland…

Socialist Party campaigns

spotEDL intimidation fails in Barking

Protected by a large wedge of police, roughly 100 supporters of the racist and divisive English Defence League (EDL) marched through Barking town centre in east London on Saturday 14 January…

EDL in Barking

EDL in Barking


spotSave community schools – no to academies

Six hundred parents, teachers, governors and other local residents were at a meeting at Downhills primary school in Haringey, north London, to build the campaign to stop the school from becoming a ‘forced academy’, writes a Haringey Socialist Party member.

spotProtect women’s rights – oppose the abstinence bill

In May 2011, Tory MP Nadine Dorries made an attack on sex education via a private member’s bill. Dorries proposed that girls be given “information and advice” on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity…

International socialist news and analysis

spotGreece: Non-payment movement against new housing tax

In October 2011 the Greek Pasok government of George Papandreou (just before being forced out of office), announced the implementation of a new housing tax through people’s electricity bills, writes Christina Ziakka, Xekinima (CWI in Greece).

Massive general strike in Greece on 15 June 2011, photo Stephan Kimmerle

Massive general strike in Greece on 15 June 2011, photo Stephan Kimmerle


spotIrish ‘poll tax’ battle has begun

A massive campaign against a new ‘Household Charge’ has begun in Ireland. The new flat tax affects 1.6 million households across the country, including the overwhelming majority of ordinary workers…

spotNigeria: Fuel strike suspended

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