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The Socialist issue 724

27 June 2012

Hypocrites! Tories bash benefits, rich let off the hook

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The Socialist issue 724

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotHypocrites! Tories bash benefits, rich let off the hook

Never Trust a Tory, photo by Paul Mattsson

Never Trust a Tory, photo by Paul Mattsson


spotBreadline Britain – living in poverty

Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012

Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012 “Sack bankers not teachers”, photo Paul Mattsson


spotPoverty and job worries hit mental health

spotTeachers report children going hungry

spotGovernment of rich ups war on welfare state

Cuts are now predicted to last to 2020. But Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on Monday 25 June mapped out the depth of that on-going suffering. The speech included little detail but spells out misery…

Lone parents need decent wages and benefits, photo Paul Mattsson

Lone parents need decent wages and benefits, photo Paul Mattsson


spotMiliband speech: no answer to the race to the bottom

spotProtest for affordable housing – join the Austerity Games

spotLife in a ‘forgotten’ area

spotCuts ignore immense needs

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party NHS campaign

spotEMERGENCY: Stop NHS cuts!

The Con-Dems have the National Health Service in their sights – but now we can see clearly their brutal intentions, writes Roger Shrives.

Unite workers at St Thomas' Hospital joined the public sector strike on 28 May, photo by Paul Mattsson

Unite workers at St Thomas’ Hospital joined the public sector strike on 28 May, photo by Paul Mattsson


spotStop the NHS massacre

Feature: It has been well documented that the National Health Service (NHS) is under attack and in England faces its total destruction through the Health and Social Care Act. Socialist Party health worker activists, including Terry Pearce of the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign (personal capacity) investigate.

100 health workers came out in a lunchtime protest against the potential loss of over 100 posts at St Helier hospital in south London on Wednesday 27 July , photo Chris Newby

100 health workers came out in a lunchtime protest against the potential loss of over 100 posts at St Helier hospital in south London on Wednesday 27 July , photo Chris Newby


Socialist Party workplace news

spotLondon bus workers show their strength

The sleeping giant has woken up – on 22 June 20,000 London bus workers came out on strike over payments for extra pressure during the Olympics, a London bus worker writes.

Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo by Paul Mattsson

Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo by Paul Mattsson


spotPolice wade in at Coryton protest

Croyton protest 25 June 2012: dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery, photo Ian Pattison

Croyton protest 25 June 2012: dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery, photo Ian Pattison


spotHMRC members show their opposition to another round of job cuts and privatisation

HMRC PCS members on the picket line n Shipley, Yorkshire , photo by Iain Dalton

HMRC PCS members on the picket line n Shipley, Yorkshire , photo by Iain Dalton


spotRMT conference prepares for battle

RMT delegates attending their annual conference have no illusions about the attacks they face across the industry and the fightback necessary to defeat them, writes Jared Wood, Neasden RMT political officer and conference delegate

spotSheffield recycling workers: Support their indefinite strike action

“You mean there’ll be queues like this every day?” asks a driver as 30, 40, maybe 50 cars back up from the Dump-It site onto the main road…

spotUnison conference Delegates call for effective battle on pay

Having declared that Unison has got the best public sector pension deal it could get, the union’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, is now moving on to the next campaign on “fair pay”…

spotUnison backs Tamil Solidarity

The recent Unison conference overwhelmingly supported the resolution to affiliate to the Tamil Solidarity campaign, writes Senan, Tamil Solidarity international coordinator

spotUnite conference ‘The renaissance of trade unionism’

The first day of Unite’s 2012 policy conference was dominated by general secretary Len McCluskey’s address. Speaking of the “renaissance of trade unionism”, Len highlighted key disputes for Unite over the last two years, writes Kevin Parslow Unite London and Eastern delegate, personal capacity.

spotBlock on Progress – “intolerable think tank”?

Britain’s three biggest unions, GMB, Unite and Unison, have all questioned the role of the Progress group inside the Labour Party, writes Bob Severn.

spotWales Shop Stewards Network

Conference – Saturday 30 June, 10am-3pm
Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Building the fight against all cuts

With growing numbers of people across Europe turning to anti-austerity alternatives at the ballot box, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee met in June to discuss contesting future elections here in Britain.

TUSC supports the striking tube workers working for Tube Lines at the Tube Lines HQ in Canary Wharf  25 April 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

TUSC supports the striking tube workers working for Tube Lines at the Tube Lines HQ in Canary Wharf 25 April 2012, photo Paul Mattsson


International socialist news and analysis

spotSpain: New epicentre of crisis in Europe

Spain is becoming the new epicentre of the capitalist crisis in the eurozone. The country’s massive banking crisis, has led to the right-wing Rajoy government accepting a humiliating €100 billion European…

Ten million took part in a general strike in Spain 29 September 2010 that shook Spanish capitalism , photo Sarah Wrack

General strike in Spain, photo Sarah Wrack


spotKazakh embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr


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