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The Socialist issue 718

16 May 2012

Solidarity with Greek workers

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The Socialist issue 718

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International socialist news and analysis

spotSolidarity with Greek workers

Voters – not only in Greece but also in the recent French presidential elections, the German regional elections, in Italy’s local elections and indeed in the UK – have punished the ruling parties for making the working and middle classes pay for the failure of the capitalist profit system

Unite members at St Thomas's Hospital on strike 10 May 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Unite members at St Thomas’s Hospital on strike 10 May 2012, photo Paul Mattsson


spotMullivaikal 2012: Workers’ unity against Rajapaksa regime

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotThe Queen’s Speech – What readers thought

More attacks on workers and their rights: This year’s Queen’s Speech has been dismissed by press commentators as ‘lacking in substance’. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain some more poison for workers.

spotRebekah Brooks reveals Murdoch’s reach into the heart of government

spotJP Morgan: banksters at it again

spotThem & Us

10 May strike and demonstrations

spotThe battle to defend pensions continues

No matter how much Con-Dem ministers tried to play down the public sector pension strike on 10 May, they know that this dispute is not over – and neither are the crises faced by their increasingly unstable government

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson

Unite members at St Thomas’ Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson


spotWhy prison officers joined the protests

Interview: On 10 May, members of the POA prison workers’ union took part in protest meetings outside prisons against pension cuts. POA assistant general secretary Joe Simpson speaks about the action.

Joe Simpson, POA assistant general secretary, addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan

Joe Simpson, POA assistant general secretary, addresses Socialism 2011, photo Senan


spotM10: Angry workers walk out across the country

In London, Westminster was a sea of pickets. 400 Unite health strikers and supporters marched across Westminster Bridge from St Thomas’s hospital to attend a lunchtime rally. 700 strikers heard Mark Serwotka…

PCS members on strike 10 May 2012 outside Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS members on strike 10 May 2012 outside Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson


spotWorkers demand pensions battle is stepped up

spot10 May sees united strike – but teacher unions shirk their responsibilities

spotPolice demo shows that opposition to cuts is growing

35,000 off-duty police demonstrate against privatisation and cuts 10 May 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

35,000 off-duty police demonstrate against privatisation and cuts 10 May 2012, photo Paul Mattsson


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotIt’s our NHS – Let’s fight for it!

Austerity is hitting the NHS. 26,000 nursing posts have already been reduced, with a further 34,000 to be sacrificed – balancing budgets at the expense of patient care…

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson

Unite members at St Thomas’ Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson


spotVictory for Greenwich Unite library campaign

Greenwich library workers strike against privatisation, 27.4.12 , photo Paul Mattsson

Greenwich library workers strike against privatisation, 27.4.12 , photo Paul Mattsson


spotWales TUC – Oppose all cuts!

spotSolidarity against far-right thugs

Over 50 trade unionists and anti-racists rallied in Lewisham High Street on 12 May to show solidarity with the member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) who had been assaulted and hospitalised by far-right thugs

spotTesco imposes two year increase in pension age

spotNational Committee

Reviews and comments

spotThe boss exploiting China (and Britain)

Tony Caldeira is a businessman in the textiles industry, manufacturing cushions in China and the UK. A two-part BBC documentary The Town Taking on China, follows Caldeira’s plan to move jobs back from China

The Town Taking On China 1/2 - BBC documentary, photo by BBC

The Town Taking On China 1/2 – BBC documentary, photo by BBC


spotA short walk down Whitehall…

On the day of the Queen’s speech, I was on my way to a London demo of Remploy workers. But in Whitehall there was a phalanx of police officers armed with Heckler-Koch assault weapons.

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

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