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The Socialist issue 714

18 April 2012

Strike on 10 May! Vote TUSC on 3 May!

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The Socialist issue 714

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotStrike on 10 May! Vote TUSC on 3 May!

The civil service union PCS national executive has unanimously voted to call industrial action on pensions on 10 May, as part of a programme of action with other unions in the civil service, health and education sectors, writes John McInally, national vice president of the PCS.

30 June coordinated national strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, Newcastle , photo by Elaine Brunskill

30 June coordinated national strike action by the PCS civil service union and NUT, ATL and UCU teaching unions, Newcastle , photo by Elaine Brunskill


spot10 May strike will re-ignite pensions battle

The strike called for 10 May represents a new stage in the battle to defend public sector pensions. Civil service union PCS will be taking action along with Unite members in health and the civil service and possibly others

Bristol PCS on strike on 30 June 2011, photo Matt Carey

Bristol PCS on strike on 30 June 2011, photo Matt Carey


spotScrap the act! Unions must call national demo to save NHS

The private health industry has given the Tories £8.3 million since 2001 – and what do the Tories want to give them in return? Billions of pounds of profits from the destruction of our NHS, writes Paul Couchman, Surrey Unison branch secretary (personal capacity).

spotThe revolting philanthropy of the filthy rich

spotWelsh government slashes student grants

spotNUS needs a fighting leadership

spotClegg’s text message plans make us LOL!

spotThem & Us

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

spotOn 3 May use your vote to: Shake up politics and fight all cuts!

This is a government of the rich for the rich. That is the inescapable message of the Lib-Con coalition’s ultra anti-working class budget and the whole cuts agenda.

Shake up politics and fight all cuts, photo The Socialist


spotVote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) on 3 May

Alex Gordon, President, RMT and TUSC candidate, GLA elections, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon, President, RMT and TUSC candidate, GLA elections, photo Paul Mattsson


spotCome and hear TUSC candidates standing in your area

Socialist Party workplace news

spotRe-elect the PCS fighting leadership

PCS has played a vital role in countering the government’s austerity plans, particularly on pensions. This means it is vitally important that the union retains its fighting left leadership…

PCS on the 30 June public sector strike supported by the NUT and UCU, photo by  Socialist Party

PCS on the 30 June public sector strike supported by the NUT and UCU, photo by Socialist Party


spotUsdaw conference

Time to fight the attacks on pay and working conditions: From workfare to Sunday trading hours, to shop closures and redundancies, issues affecting the retail sector have featured prominently in the national news over the last few months, writes an Usdaw member.

spotHealth service pensions – reject the deal – coordinated action needed

spotChanging the trade unions into combative organisations

Socialist history

spot1932 – mass trespass won the right to roam

Battling for change: The latest crisis in capitalism has given rise to the ‘Occupy’ movement, a visible and youthful protest at the unequal ownership and distribution of wealth…

Mass Trespass won the right the roam

Mass Trespass won the right the roam


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotPro-choice action in Worthing

Abort67 is an anti-choice group that draws its name from its opposition to the 1967 Abortion Act. They claim to be ‘providing information’ to women outside family planning clinics where abortions take place

Pro choice protest in Wales against Ann Widdecombe, photo Dave Reid

Pro choice protest in Wales against Ann Widdecombe, photo Dave Reid


spotNo to cuts: make the bosses pay!

spotDisabled people fighting back

spotSuccess at Varndean College, Brighton

spotObituary: Arthur Deane

International socialist news and analysis

spotUSA: An ‘inspiring vibrant movement’

The Battle of Wisconsin by George Martin Fell Brown reviewed by Dave Gorton: Time magazine’s “Person of the year” for 2011 was simply “The Protester”. From the Maghreb in North Africa to the colder climes of Madison, USA, public places echoed to the sounds of demonstrations

The Battle of Wisconsin by George Martin Fell Brown

The Battle of Wisconsin by George Martin Fell Brown


spotTunisia: Brutal government crackdown on protesters will backfire

On Monday 9 April in central Tunis, horrific brutality was used by Tunisian police to repress peaceful protesters. This is undoubtedly the worst police crackdown for months in the country

Reviews and Comment

spotGrim toll for hidden police racism

Over Easter yet another brazen example of police corruption came to light. It was revealed that the Met police (MPS) buried a 2004 report warning of racist stop and search.

Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson


spotThe Hunger Games

Book/Film review: The ruins of North America have been transformed into the totalitarian state of Panem: twelve districts, in abject poverty, surround the utopian Capitol, a centre of glamour and decadence, writes Mary Finch.

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