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The Socialist issue 708

7 March 2012

28 March: Strike back against the Con-Dems

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The Socialist issue 708

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Fighting the government’s attacks

spotOn 28 March: Strike back against the Con-Dems

Mass united trade union action can stop cuts: We have the strength to defeat the coalition’s multi-billion pound pensions robbery; just look at recent victories achieved with much smaller forces than the alliance of trade unions who are preparing strike action on 28 March, writes Martin Powell-Davies

Strike back against the con-dems

Strike back against the con-dems


spotTrade unions must build mass party

In January Labour leader Ed Miliband announced that a Labour government could not guarantee to reverse any cuts and would maintain the public sector pay freeze

spotNHS: Axe Lansley’s bill!

A Guardian/ICM poll has shown that most people don’t want it. The Royal College of Nursing, other health colleges, health sections of unions Unison, Unite and GMB, academics and nine out of ten hospital doctors all oppose it

International Women’s Day

spotInternational Women’s Day 2012

Women, capitalism and the cuts: International Women’s Day 2012 falls against the backdrop of ever more cuts being imposed by the coalition, writes Alicia Blackett.

N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

N30 – Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson


spotSocialist Party International Women’s Day schools

Socialist Party youth and students

spotWorkfare

“Give us jobs NOT slave labour”: On 3 March, Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) organised and took part in anti-workfare demos up and down the country, writes Iain Dalton, Leeds.

Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan

Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan


spotNo cuts, No fees, Bring back EMA

Walkout 14 March: Students arriving at university in September will be the first to pay the new £9,000 tuition fees and by that time, EMA student payments could be a thing of the past. What can students do to change things

spotNUS elections – Vote Socialist Students for a fighting student leadership

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotKirklees marches to save child centres

Around 100 angry parents and their children demonstrated through the streets of Huddersfield on Saturday 3 March against Kirklees council’s proposals to mothball half of the 32 children’s centres, writes Mike Forster.

Kirklees Sure Start children centres lobby Kirklees council's budget meeting, photo Huddersfield Socialist Party

Kirklees Sure Start children centres lobby Kirklees council’s budget meeting, photo Huddersfield Socialist Party


spotLeeds Tenants Federation opposes Welfare Reform Bill

spotBecome Coventry deputy mayor? Thanks, but no thanks!

Coventry council’s Labour leader John Mutton invited Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist to become the city’s deputy Lord Mayor in May, which would normally lead on to the position of Lord Mayor in 2013

spotAttack on pay defeated at Manchester’s NHS Trust

spotStop prison guards housing asylum seekers – stop G4S!

SYMAAG rally in Sheffield against G4S taking over asylum seeker housing, 1.3.12, photo by Alistair Tice


spotParty/campaigns news in brief

Torquay NHS campaign: Over 40 activists from Bracknell, Reading, Ascot and Windsor attended a Bracknell public meeting on 29 February organised by Defend Our Community Services to save Heatherwood Hospital from closure, writes Terry Pearce

Socialist Party workplace news

spotMMP workers step up action

Locked out Mayr-Melnhof Packaging (MMP) workers in Merseyside have voted decisively for continued action in their dispute, writes Harry Smith.

spotUnison: Delegates gagged

The Unison Higher Education sectional conference took place in Brighton on 2 March… You’d have thought that defending pensions would have been the key debate of the day.

spotAnti-blacklisting battle continues on building sites

Huge pay cuts were beaten by construction electricians’ mass protests and actions, but blacklisting remains

Manchester library construction site, protest against blacklisting, Feb 2012, photo by Hugh Caffrey


spotLondon election candidate named in employers’ blacklist

The Trades Unionist and Socialist Coalition has called for firms that used information to blacklist trade unionists and academics, to be banned from public sector contracts.

spotWorkplace news in brief

International socialist news and analysis

spotQuebec: Students engage in ‘indefinite’ general strike action

Tens of thousands in battle against massive rise in tuition fees: A powerful students’ struggle is sweeping over Quebec, the French speaking province of Canada. Over 65,000 university and high school students are currently engaged in an indefinite general strike

spotSpain: Thousands in student protests against education cuts

spotRevolution through Arab eyes – the Factory

Film review: David Johnson reviews a new documentary showing the history of struggle in the Middle East’s largest factory…

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotA4e – The inside story

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

Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party

Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party


spotCops and big business robbers

G4S has controversially been given a £200 million deal to build and run a police station in Lincolnshire. But what are its credentials for this contract? asks Derek McMillan.

spotThem & Us

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