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The Socialist issue 735

26 September 2012

Action against austerity

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The Socialist issue 735

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Fightback against austerity

spotAction against austerity

A job that pays a living wage, pleasant and affordable housing, a comfortable retirement, a secure future for our children: none of that is on offer for the majority in Austerity Britain…

NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress 2012 in Brighton, photo Socialist Party

NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress 2012 in Brighton, photo Socialist Party


spotTeachers: march together, then strike together against austerity

Martin Powell-Davies, a member of the National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) national executive and secretary of Lewisham NUT, writes on the developing action in schools and how this can be linked to national action

spotReasons to join the 20 October demo, reasons to build for a 24-hour strike

Workers in Jobcentres around the country will be trained up in the government’s new sanctions regime over the next few months, ahead of their implementation on 22 October

spotGeneral strike, the biggest weapon

spotModel resolution for a 24-hour general strike

This [body] welcomes the overwhelming vote at this year’s TUC Congress in support of the POA motion. It called for the unions to take “coordinated action where possible with far-reaching campaigns…

Socialist Party feature

spotLabour Party conference: Can Labour give a lead in the fight against austerity?

The Labour Party conference takes place at a crucial time. Working people are crying out for a lead in a mass movement which can force elections and topple the hated Con-Dem government, writes Peter Taaffe

Waltham Forest protest, one of many protests outside Labour-run councils who pass Con-Dem austerity measures. , photo Senan

Waltham Forest protest, one of many protests outside Labour-run councils who pass Con-Dem austerity measures. , photo Senan


International socialist news and analysis

spotAfghanistan war: end this ‘pointless waste of life’

The Afghanistan war has been a “pointless waste of lives and not worth the billions of pounds it has cost since it started eleven years ago” think 78% of the people in a new poll by the Mirror, writes Afghanistan war: end this ‘pointless waste of life’.

Lincoln Socialist Party against war and occupation, photo Lincoln Socialist Party

Lincoln Socialist Party against war and occupation, photo Lincoln Socialist Party


spotSpain: March on Madrid kicks off a hot autumn of struggle

spotSouth Africa: ‘Lonmin settlement a victory – struggle pays!’

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotTUSC conference: A step forward for working class political representation

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference on 22 September was a forum for real debate about political representation for working class people, writes Paula Mitchell

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration , photo by  Socialist Party

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration , photo by Socialist Party


spotMurdoch empire: a whole barrel of bad apples

spotAction needed to save NHS from privatisation

Jeremy Hunt, the new Tory health secretary, has been ridiculed for his belief in homeopathy. But when it comes to the NHS, the Tories are doing exactly the opposite. Privatisation is a cancer eating away at our health service

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party workplace news

spotWorkers strike as Argos tightens the screws

Unite union members at Argos are taking strike action against the ending of their final salary pension scheme..

Striking Argos workers, Basildon depot, 19.9.12, photo by Dave Murray


spotKnowsley council fears anti-privatisation campaign

spotSolidarity with workers sacked from Crossrail

spotWorkplace news in brief

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) working in the transport and environment departments were on strike on 21 September

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotNo excuse! Thousands protest against victim blaming on London Slutwalk

“No sexual abuse! No excuse! No domestic abuse! No excuse!” was one of the chants on the lively and colourful Slutwalk London demonstration on Saturday 22 September.

Slutwalk London 22 September 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Slutwalk London 22 September 2012, photo Paul Mattsson


spotScrap student fees

There’s a part of me that almost feels sorry for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – trapped between his own dissatisfied grassroots Lib Dem members on the one hand, and the rabid Tory back-benchers on the other, writes Chaz Lockett

spotEnthusiastic start to the year for Socialist Students

As students, we are facing one of the toughest periods in living memory, with fresh assaults on higher education announced almost every day

20 Sociaist students activists marched round Sheffield city centre against tuition fees and to restore EMA, joined by NUT rep, photo by Sheffield Socialist Students

20 Sociaist students activists marched round Sheffield city centre against tuition fees and to restore EMA, joined by NUT rep, photo by Sheffield Socialist Students


spotWhy Hull council should defy the government’s cuts to services

spotTameside library closures – “Get used to it” says councillor

spotOpportunistic speeches at Hull march against NHS cuts

spotCellist Alfia Nakipbekova speaks out about Kazakhstan

Alfia, from Kazakhstan, has become widely known as a cellist who plays both classical and innovative new

spotOpencast mining: “Protect us from Provectus”

Socialist history

spotBelfast Outdoor Relief Strike 1932

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the heroic Outdoor Relief Strike in Belfast. This battle is an important example of workers’ unity that has vital lessons on how sectarianism can be overcome

Unemployment in the UK in the 1930s, photo Wikimedia Commons.

Unemployment in the UK in the 1930s, photo Wikimedia Commons.


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