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The Socialist issue 713

11 April 2012

Rage against austerity

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The Socialist issue 713

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spotOn 3 May, use your vote to: Rage against austerity!

Not content with attacking ordinary families from the cradle to the grave – from closing Sure Start centres to making us work longer for lower pensions – Britain’s super-rich bosses are now after our bank holidays!

Rage against austerity, photo by  Socialist Party

Rage against austerity, photo by Socialist Party


spotLondon Mayor election – Boris versus Ken

Does Livingstone offer a working class alternative?: In this year’s London mayoral election, the personalities of the self-styled mavericks – current mayor Boris Johnson and former mayor Ken Livingstone – dominate

spotPlymouth’s ‘them & us’ elections

spotA packed launch meeting for Tony4Mayor campaign in Liverpool

spotWales can’t afford to wait: fight back now!

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotIreland: Mass movement against household tax and austerity

Widespread opposition to new tax as registration deadline passes: Saturday 31 March was the deadline set by the Irish government for 1.86 million households in the south of Ireland to register for their new household tax

spotWorking Tax Credit cut

Another reason to fight the Con-Dems!: Class anger has been notched up by the brutal attack on the working tax credit, which is yet another body blow from this rotten Con-Dem government

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party feature

spotWANTED – decent affordable housing!

For generations tenants and other activists have fought to win new housing with security of tenure for working class people in Britain’s towns, cities and rural areas…

Wanted - decent affordable housing, photo by The Socialist

Wanted – decent affordable housing, photo by The Socialist


Socialist Party workplace news

spotNUT teachers’ conference

We need firm plans for action on pensions: The key debate on the pensions campaign at the NUT teachers’ union conference was held in ‘private session’, writes Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT national executive.

30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson

30 June coordinated strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, photo Paul Mattsson


spotBus workers prepare to fight for Olympic payment

More than nine out of ten London bus workers in Unite voted yes in a consultative ballot for action last month

Bus workers demonstrate over pay, photo Paul Mattsson

Bus workers demonstrate over pay, photo Paul Mattsson


spotJob cuts at Debenhams

Debenhams’ Taunton Customer Call Centre (CCC) is to be closed with the loss of at least 230 jobs. As workers arrived for work on 3 April they were instructed to attend a meeting

spotUnison Service Group Executive elections

Unison’s elections for the Service Group Executives (SGE) are being held from 10 April to 18 May.

Socialist Party youth and students

spotLiving to work, not working to live

I went on the government’s workfare scheme out of sheer desperation, having been unemployed for over two years. My dad took early retirement so I had to start bringing more money in, writes a supermarket worker.

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


spotClegg’s ‘youth contract’ won’t create real, long-term jobs

Anti-workfare protest in Bristol, 3.3.12

Anti-workfare protest in Bristol, 3.3.12


spotDWP tells young people to bail out big business

When I last visited the Jobcentre I was given two letters. I was told I should attach them to any CVs or job applications I sent out, writes a job seeker.

spotNext threat to under-25s: Housing Benefit

Chancellor George Osborne’s 2012 Budget seems to provide new sources of anger every week. Con-Dem ministers’ recent kite-flying exercise is the idea that no one under 25 should get housing benefit

spotClass Actions

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotEast London and the Olympics

2012 is the year that London hosts the Olympics, the greatest sporting event in the world. The event has been promoted as bringing great opportunity and hope to those working and living in the surrounding boroughs…

spotKill the act before it kills the NHS

Fight for our NHS, photo by Senan

Fight for our NHS, photo by Senan


Readers’ comments

spotSurviving the Titanic

My great-grandad Sidney Daniels, 1893-1983, was the last surviving crew member of the Titanic. Aged 17 he became a steward on the Olympic, but was transferred to the Titanic for its maiden voyage

spotWhen bosses say “we don’t need you today”

Too many people abusing benefits? More like the benefit system abusing us! It’s hard getting used to being unemployed: hard not to feel humiliated and broken.

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