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The Socialist issue 722

13 June 2012

Turn anger into action

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The Socialist issue 722

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotNo to austerity! – Turn anger into action

Build for a 24-hour general strike: No amount of jubilees and sporting events will hide the fact that a burning anger is growing… Over the summer we can expect to see workers taking action in a number of sectors

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson


spotNSSN conference agrees call for one-day general strike against austerity

The sixth annual National Shop Stewards Network conference saw around 500 activists come together from across the trade union movement, writes Helen Ridett, Lewisham Socialist Party.

Kevin Armitage, Ratcliffe power station shop steward, addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon

Kevin Armitage, Ratcliffe power station shop steward, addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon


spotLeveson: contradictions and a crisis of credibility

Since the Leveson inquiry began in November politicians have taken turns to take the stand, profess a desire to defend press freedom and lament the power of the media tycoons they once courted, before being given the opportunity to re-write history, writes Ben Norman.

spotNo to local government pensions deal

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


spotThe class divide in elderly care

spotFast news

Turkey: Lift strike ban: Preparations for a strike by the Civil Aviation Union (Hava-İş) after the breakdown in collective bargaining talks at Turkish Airlines (THY), have been attacked by the AKP government through the inclusion of aviation services in a strike ban

spotThem & Us

Top pay still on the rise: Yet another survey has shown that executive pay continues to soar. In 25% of FTSE 100 companies, executive pay has gone up by more than 41% in the last year.

Socialist Party youth and students

spotYouth Fight for Jobs national meeting

Organising the ‘lost generation’: On 10 June 50 young trade unionists, unemployed people and students from all over the UK attended a national meeting of Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ), writes Helen Pattison.

Youth Fight for Jobs national meeting 10 June 2012, photo Socialist Party

Youth Fight for Jobs national meeting 10 June 2012, photo Socialist Party


spotMy workfare nightmare

240 hours’ work for no pay – then back on the unemployment scrapheap: After being unemployed for over eight months in Hull, one of the worst areas for unemployment in the country, I was put onto a ‘voluntary’ work experience scheme

spotFrom pillar to post: reassessment for ESA

spotSuper-rich Beecroft targets workers’ rights

International socialist news and analysis

spotSpain: bank bailout can’t stop Euro death-spiral

As on a rickety rollercoaster, the euro train could shoot off the rails at any moment. Will it be triggered by the soaring loop of the Spanish banking crisis? Or the crazy corkscrew of the Greek crisis…

Madrid: Spain’s town squares filled with tens of thousands of indignados (angry people), mainly youth, in protest at the anti-social consensus of both PSOE and the PP , photo Sarah Wrack

Madrid: Spain’s town squares filled with tens of thousands of indignados (angry people), mainly youth, in protest at the anti-social consensus of both PSOE and the PP , photo Sarah Wrack


spotWisconsin Recall: Democrats paved the way for Walker’s victory

A mass party of the working class is urgently needed in the USA: A little over a year ago, the working people of Wisconsin made history when they took to the streets in protest against the union-busting agenda of the right-wing Republican governor Scott Walker

spotKazakhstan: Oil workers jailed by rotten regime

spotInternational day of support for political prisoners in Iran

spotThreat from far-right in Greece: Time to build defence committees

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotTamil protest scores victory as Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement

‘Rajapaksa can’t attend the meeting because the police can’t guarantee his safety’. That was the attempt to explain away the Sri Lankan president’s no-show at the Mansion House

Tamil Solidarity protest scores victory as Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement, photo by Sarah Sachs Eldridge

Tamil Solidarity protest scores victory as Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement, photo by Sarah Sachs Eldridge


spotBolton Uni: Reinstate Shana Begum!

spotGreece comes to Southampton

Southampton University saw 30-plus people cram into the Nuffield Theatre on Thursday 7 June. Students, trade unionists and unemployed people came to hear speeches from Nick Sakellaropoulos

spotOlympic’s sponsor exploits workers

spotWest Lancs Against Cuts

Socialist Party workplace news

spotSheffield recycling centre strikers supported by 90% of public

The Sova workers at the five Dump-It sites have now taken ten days of strike action, with another three days of strikes planned this week

Pickets at Beighton recycling centre, Sheffield, photo by Alistair Tice


spotCouncil admin workers in Kirklees strike against cuts

spotOlympics – a fair deal for transport workers

London bus workers strike together: Bus workers across London have voted overwhelmingly for strike action. Dates are to be announced

spotCoryton refinery closure protests

spotStriking against academies

On 31 May NUT members at Alperton Community school in Brent went on strike against proposals to turn their school into an academy. Hank Roberts spoke from the picket line

spotWorkplace news in brief

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