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The Socialist issue 738

17 October 2012

Build a 24-hour General Strike

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The Socialist issue 738

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Fighting the cuts

spotWe want a 24-hour general strike!

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has spent the last few months helping to build for the TUC demonstrations in London, Glasgow and Belfast, writes Rob Williams, NSSN national chair.

Build a 24-hour general strike - TUC name the day, photo Socialist Party

Build a 24-hour general strike – TUC name the day, photo Socialist Party


spotSouthampton anti-cuts councillors form new council group

Coxteth councillors Keith and Don campaigning with others to save Oaklands pool, Southampton, photo Southampton SP

Coxteth councillors Keith and Don campaigning with others to save Oaklands pool, Southampton, photo Southampton SP


spotMeetings after 20th October TUC demonstration

Socialist Party feature

spotSocialism 2012

Unless we fight back, Greece will be our future: The battle against austerity has begun in earnest. Come to Socialism 2012 to discuss how this fight can be won, and how the struggle for a democratic, socialist society can be built

Socialism 2012

Socialism 2012


Socialist Party news and analysis

spotAcademies: march to defend education on 20 October

It’s rumoured that education minister Michael Gove has ‘war charts’ on the walls of his office plotting the onward march of academy schools, writes Martin Powell-Davies

16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.


spotStop the gas price hike – Nationalise the utilities!

Stop the gas price hike - graph shows that household gas prices do not mirror wholesale gas prices as claimed, photo by Sources: Office for National Statistics/Bloomberyg

Stop the gas price hike – graph shows that household gas prices do not mirror wholesale gas prices as claimed, photo by Sources: Office for National Statistics/Bloomberyg


spotOsborne’s ‘shares’ plan threatens rights

Fancy a few free shares in the company you work for? Well David Cameron’s party for the aspirational privileged announced at its conference this week a policy that apparently could make budding capitalists of us all

spotThem & Us

And the winner is: If watching Tory conference speeches brings you out in hives, you might have avoided Osborne’s speech – a further £10 billion to be cut from the welfare budget, unconvincingly veiled in the language of ‘fairness’

Socialist Party feature

spotUnions must build the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

On Saturday 22 September the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national supporters’ conference discussed the vital task of putting forward socialist candidates to fight the austerity cuts, writes Alex Gordon, RMT transport union President.

Alex Gordon, RMT president, addresses the London Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launch meeting 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Alex Gordon, RMT president, addresses the London Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launch meeting 2012, photo Paul Mattsson


Socialist history

spotWho was Malcolm X?

“By any means necessary” – Malcolm X’s expression of militant civil rights – is known worldwide by young people fighting against racism, writes Hugo Pierre, Tower Hamlets Socialist Party.

Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer

Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer


spotPoll tax: When organised mass action defeated the Tories

Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair


spotLiverpool 1983-87

Tony Mulhearn in front of one of the house built by Liverpool City Council in the 1980s, photo Harry Smith

Tony Mulhearn in front of one of the house built by Liverpool City Council in the 1980s, photo Harry Smith


Socialist Party youth and students

spotYouth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action 13-28 October

When I finished university and qualified as a social worker I expected to find a post quickly. But like many other young people across the world today I cannot find a job, writes Wyllie Hume

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson

The Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games held in Hackney Marshes 24 July 2012 highlighted the plight of young people, photo Paul Mattsson


International socialist news and analysis

spotFight for a socialist and internationalist alternative to the crisis-ridden EU

‘But the EU is at war on us’ exclaimed a number of Greek workers when reacting to the European Union (EU) being awarded a Nobel peace prize…

Striking Greek workers express their opinion of the Troika - the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (EC, ECB and IMF)

Striking Greek workers express their opinion of the Troika – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (EC, ECB and IMF)


spotSolidarity with Miners in South Africa

South African miners on strike 2012

South African miners on strike 2012


spotUS elections: And the winner is… Wall Street!

October has seen a tightening of the US presidential race. The Republican candidate Mitt Romney has gained support by exploiting the deep disappointment with Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama, photo by NASA

US President Barack Obama, photo by NASA


spotPakistan: Workers die as profit put before safety

spotTamil Solidarity

Tamil demonstration in London, photo D. Carr

Tamil demonstration in London, photo D. Carr


spotCampaign Kazakhstan

Since its launch last year, Campaign Kazakhstan has succeeded in gaining support from prominent figures and trade unions

Zhainagul and Askar Aidarkhan, wife and son of Aron Atabek, read his poems at a concert organised by Campaign Kazakhstan, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson

Zhainagul and Askar Aidarkhan, wife and son of Aron Atabek, read his poems at a concert organised by Campaign Kazakhstan, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotHands off our NHS! – Victory in Gloucestershire

The area reserved for members of the public was packed for the Board meeting of NHS Gloucestershire on 15 October, writes Sue Powell.

Save our services: Stroud against the cuts fighting against NHS cuts, photo Gloucestershire Socialist Party

Save our services: Stroud against the cuts fighting against NHS cuts, photo Gloucestershire Socialist Party


spotStop the far right from ‘uniting’ on 27 October

spotStop health robbery in Sherwood Forest

spotTough choices

spotChase the sharks out of Toon!

spotInvest in caring – we’re worth it!

Socialist Party workplace news

spotLecturers fight cuts

Gateshead College lecturers took further strike action on 10 October in response to an attack on their pay and working conditions…

UCU strikers on a picket line in Swansea on 10 May 2012 public sector workers strike , photo Socialist Party Wales

UCU strikers on a picket line in Swansea on 10 May 2012 public sector workers strike , photo Socialist Party Wales


spotAmnesty International staff take strike action

Unite members at Amnesty International take a second day of strike action, 10.10.12  , photo Judy Beishon

Unite members at Amnesty International take a second day of strike action, 10.10.12 , photo Judy Beishon


spotBus drivers: We need shorter hours!

As a new driver I remember being asked by the man behind the counter: “Are you resting tomorrow?” I answered “Yes”, writes Barry Andrews, London bus driver.

spotHospital staff in Stockton and Hartlepool threatened with worse terms and conditions

spotAttacks on Bromley workers

spotWorkplace news in brief

The Socialist Party

spotThe Socialist – Help us build it with the 20-20-20 plan!

A different kind of paper: Newspapers have been getting bad press lately. And largely deservedly so. The Leveson inquiry shone a light on the putrid relationship between the Murdoch press, pro-big business politicians and some police…

spotFight back against austerity – support the Socialist Party

spotWhy I joined

spotNew sales of the Socialist in Kenilworth

On 13 October, the first Socialist Party campaiging stall in Kenilworth for many years was held. People were more interested than we expected, as ours is a traditionally right-wing town.

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