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The Socialist issue 702

25 January 2012

Hard times - but not for the 1%

2012 Back issues


The Socialist issue 702

Anti-cuts campaign

spotHard Times – but not for the 1%

Defend pensions, fight the cuts in jobs and pay: As the clouds of recession grow darker, practically every section of society feels the grim effects. Apart from one group – there are few signs of recession for the super-rich! writes Roger Shrives.

On the London demonstration during the 30 June public sector pensions strike, photo Paul Mattsson

On the London demonstration during the 30 June public sector pensions strike, photo Paul Mattsson


Socialist Party editorial

spotThe trade unions and Labour

What we think: Labour lords voted against the introduction of the benefit cap which threatens 67,000 families with poverty and homelessness. Yet Liam Byrne, shadow Work and Pensions secretary, made it abundantly clear Labour supports the cap.

Unions like Unite have donated millions to Labour but Labour promises nothing in return to union members, photo Paul Mattsson

Unions like Unite have donated millions to Labour but Labour promises nothing in return to union members, photo Paul Mattsson


spotAdd your name to the TUSC petition

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition election conference

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotPublic sector pensions: ‘Coalition of the willing’ gathering strength

In the immediate aftermath of the TUC-led retreat over pensions, the ‘coalition of the willing’, those unions still determined to fight on, have needed time to regroup, writes Martin Powell-Davies, NUT executive, personal capacity.

30 November 2011 public sector strike, photo Paul Mattsson

30 November 2011 public sector strike, photo Paul Mattsson


spotFinancial vultures kill Peacocks

spotCon-Demned to unemployment

spotFight the Tories’ Welfare Reform Bill

spotVictory against Dorries’ abstinence education bill

spotKeep the racist EDL out of Leicester

The ‘English Defence League’ (EDL) is threatening to visit Leicester on Saturday 4 February. The last time they came, in October 2010, they attacked shoppers and smashed city centre shops.

spotThem & Us

What a banker: Cameron’s rhetoric about clamping down on bankers’ bonuses is becoming more and more farcical. RBS chief executive, Stephen Hester, looks set to receive a bonus of up to £1.6 million.

Education

spotHaringey parents say: No to academies!

Primary school parents in Haringey, north London, are in the front line of the battle against the Con-Dems’ destruction of our education, writes Paul Gerrard, National Union of Teachers.

16 February teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London


spotNUS calls national student walkout

Socialist Party feature

spotBalfour Beatty re-ballot: Vote to strike again

The next two weeks are absolutely vital in the construction electricians’ struggle against the employers’ imposition of the Besna contract, writes Rob Williams, National Shop Stewards Network chair.

'All power to the Sparks' - Electrician construction workers: protest at Cannon Street, London, photo by Paul Mattsson

‘All power to the Sparks’ – Electrician construction workers: protest at Cannon Street, London, photo by Paul Mattsson


spotSweetheart stitch-ups in the electrical industry: A spark’s history of the Joint Industry Board

Electricians are currently fighting a 35% pay cut and the deskilling of their trade, being imposed by seven companies using the new “Besna” contracts, writes Eddy Current.

spotExposed – the dirty world of the construction blacklist

International socialist news and analysis

spotEgypt – A year of revolution and counter-revolution

The 2011 revolutionary movements of young people, workers and the most downtrodden swept through north Africa and the Middle East and inspired social movements across the world…

Egyptian revolution: 'Lenin said of revolutions that they demonstrate two things. The first is that the people cannot go on being ruled in the old way. The second is that the rulers cannot go on ruling in the old way '  (Guardian Editori

Egyptian revolution: Lenin said of revolutions that they demonstrate two things. The first is that the people cannot go on being ruled in the old way. The second is that the rulers cannot go on ruling in the old way (Guardian Editorial, 4 February 2011).


Socialist Party workplace news

spotStepping up the action to defend pensions at Unilever

Workers at multinational company Unilever are making a stand to defend pensions. Following a strike of 2,500 workers last month, from 17 January thousands of Unite, Usdaw and GMB members at Unilever are taking strike action…

Unilever strikersat Ewloe, north Wales, 18 January 2012, photo by Stillshooter

Unilever strikersat Ewloe, north Wales, 18 January 2012, photo by Stillshooter


spotDefend Len Hockey: Outrageous attack on Whipps Cross hospital workers

Shock and outrage by porters, domestics and switchboard staff at Whipps Cross hospital east London, greeted the news of the threat by Initial Facilities to discipline Unison joint branch secretary Len Hockey, a Unison member writes.

spotPontefract hospital: Army withdrawn – now kick out PFI!

spotSave Vine services

Vine in Leeds provides specialist education provision for young adults with severe and complex learning difficulties, a Unison steward writes.

spotLlanelli: Save Prince Philip’s A&E

spotStop the Salford day centre closures

spotKirklees parents say ‘save our children’s centres!’

spotGreenwich Unite members oppose cuts, privatisation and racism

spotWorkplace news in brief

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