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The Socialist issue 749

23 January 2013

Action can stop cuts

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The Socialist issue 749

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotAction can stop cuts

Fight for every job: The civil service union PCS has just scored an important victory in the fight against cuts. 43 of its members working in the Department for Work and Pensions were threatened with compulsory redundancy

For a 24 hour public sector general strike now, photo by Paul Mattsson

For a 24 hour public sector general strike now, photo by Paul Mattsson


spotLondon copter crash ‘accident waiting to happen’

spotChanges to ESA: more attacks on disabled people

On 28 January changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) come into force that will see hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people at risk of losing vital benefits, writes Matt Gordon, Bristol Socialist Party.

 Hardest Hit Protest: Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Hardest Hit Protest:, photo Paul Mattsson


spotFight the unfair bedroom tax!

The Con-Dems’ bedroom tax, due to be introduced this spring, is not just another attack on the unemployed but also on working people who, like 93% of new claimants in 2010 and 2011, are forced through low pay and massive private rent costs to rely on housing benefit

spotThem … & Us

Socialist Party reviews

spotBook review: Planning for the Planet

How socialism could save the environment. The cover bears a striking image of a polar bear marooned on an iceberg: summing up the devastation of global warming, writes Paul Moorhouse.

Flooding in Gloucester in 2007, photo Chris Moore

Flooding in Gloucester in 2007, photo Chris Moore


spotFilm review: Les Miserables

International socialist news and analysis

spotUSA – Workers start to demand change

In November 2012 Kshama Sawant, a member of Socialist Alternative, the Socialist Party’s counterpart in the USA, stood in Seattle in the election for a seat in the Washington state house.

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative


spotSahel: No to the war in Mali

The four-day hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas facility in south east Algeria and its bloody outcome have sent shockwaves internationally

Imperialism carved up the planet

Imperialism carved up the planet


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotYstrad Mynach: Give us back our A&E!

Stop all hospital cuts: Many people have been turned away from Ystrad Mynach hospital. One man took his child to the hospital, only to be told that nobody was qualified to administer treatment

Stop all hospital cuts

Stop all hospital cuts


spot‘You won’t see an investment banker with a hose’

London lobby of fire authority, 21 January 2013, photo Neil Cafferky


spotSave London’s fire service

Matt Wrack, FBU geneal secretary,London lobby of fire authority, 21 January 2013, photo Neil Cafferky

Matt Wrack, FBU geneal secretary,London lobby of fire authority, 21 January 2013, photo Neil Cafferky


spotSouthampton: Give youth a future!

Opposition is growing to the destruction of youth services in Southampton. If the cuts go ahead the council will provide nothing

Save Southampton City Youth Services held a lively protest outside the civic centre supported by anti-cuts councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Socialist Party

Save Southampton City Youth Services held a lively protest outside the civic centre supported by anti-cuts councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Socialist Party


spotBuilding an anti-cuts voice in council elections

New Labour-led Lambeth council called the Brixton Hill byelection for 17 January, minimising scrutiny of their cuts programme with a short election campaign period.

spotEast London school rejects ‘academisation’

Parents, governors and teachers have all proclaimed a definite “No” to converting their school, Thomas Gamuel Primary in Walthamstow, East London, to an academy, writes Linda Taaffe

spotCampaigning against the cuts

Hannah Mainstone speaking on the Cardiff Against the Cuts protest (with Ross Saunders), photo Becky Davis

Hannah Mainstone speaking on the Cardiff Against the Cuts protest (with Ross Saunders), photo Becky Davis


spotManchester: fightback needed in city of extreme poverty

More than half of Greater Manchester’s population – 1.6 million – could soon be struggling below the poverty line, according to the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission, with 600,000 people already living in “extreme poverty”

Demonstration at start of Tory Party conference, 2.10.11 , photo Paul Mattsson

Demonstration at start of Tory Party conference, 2.10.11 , photo Paul Mattsson


spotBristol mayor says ‘out with the new, in with the cuts’

When Bristol businessman and former Liberal Democrat George Ferguson reinvented himself as an ‘independent’ and won the mayoral election in November, he claimed his success signified: “a new way of doing things”

spotLeicester: Build a united campaign for community resources

Over a year ago an Islamic charity, As-Salaam, tried to buy a disused scout hut on Thurnby Lodge estate in Leicester, intending to use it as a prayer room and community resource, for Muslims and non-Muslims

Socialist Party workplace news

spotLondon teachers call for strike action against Performance Related Pay

Nearly 300 NUT reps from across London made it clear they want their union executive to vote for strike action

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012 , photo Neil Cafferky

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012 , photo Neil Cafferky


spotVictory at Runcorn Thermal Power Station

spotBolton hospital – fighting mass redundancies

spotWorkplace In Brief

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