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The Socialist issue 773

10 July 2013

Miliband dances to Tory tune

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The Socialist issue 773

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotMiliband dances to Tory tune

The press roared their approval – “Labour takes on the unions” was typical – as Ed Miliband announced a fundamental review in the party’s relationship with its affiliated trade unions. And first out of the box, describing the change as “transformational”, was warmonger Tony Blair!

Ed Miliband confronted by anti-bedroom tax protestors demanding that Labour councils refuse to collect the tax, photo Chris Moore

Ed Miliband confronted by anti-bedroom tax protestors demanding that Labour councils refuse to collect the tax, photo Chris Moore


spotUnite meets roadblock in New Labour


spotStop Gove’s school profits plans

The Independent has reported on leaked plans that only confirm what we already knew – that Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to allow big business to make a profit out of running schools

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party workplace news

spotStrong support for fighting socialist alternative in CWU

Gary Clark, CWU assistant branch secretary, Scotland No.2 branch, recently stood for election as Scottish regional secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)

The CWU protest February 2009 against Post Office privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

The CWU protest February 2009 against Post Office privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson


spotLobby the TUC for 24-hour strike!

At a well-attended July branch meeting, Bracknell Unite supported the NSSN’s call for a lobby of the TUC at Bournemouth on 8 September

spotPCS Young Members Network forum

PCS Young members network lobby the TUC, photo by Paul Mattsson

PCS Young members network lobby the TUC, photo by Paul Mattsson


spotWerrington Royal Mail dispute

spotThe costs of privatisation – to the workforce

Buses were deregulated and privatised in 1986 across the UK apart from London and Northern Ireland. Thatcher and her ministers were concerned about London for two reasons, writes a London bus driver…

spotWorkplace news in brief

The chief executive of the salary-slashing firm Equinox Care, Bill Puddicombe, verbally abused Unite members leafleting a conference in Lewisham, south London on 2 July

International socialist news and analysis

spotEgypt: Morsi removed – polarisation grows

For independent action by workers and poor: The stormy and bloody developments since the removal and arrest of President Morsi by the military mark a new, challenging and dangerous stage in the unfolding Egyptian revolution

spotPortugal’s government on the ropes again

For mass action to end rotten coalition and install a workers’ alternative: In recent weeks Portugal has been plunged into possibly the deepest and most desperate episode of political turmoil since the onset of the economic crisis and intervention of the Troika over two years ago

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotAre you sick of… Low pay?… Zero hour contracts?… Job insecurity?… bullying bosses?…

Join the protests!
Young workers are fed up with poor working conditions, poverty pay, zero-hour contracts and the lack of security at work.

Sick of Your Boss

Sick of Your Boss


spotLifting the lid on the bedroom tax horror

spotBirmingham Labour councillors’ promises

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Waltham Forest – Giving the working class a voice: Tea and sandwiches, pizza and fairy cakes with the letters “TUSC” iced on them were offered to people as they arrived for the Waltham Forest TUSC 2014 local election campaign press launch

Waltham Forest trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition meeting , photo Senan

Waltham Forest trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition meeting , photo Senan


spotRebel councillor faces further suspension

‘Rebel’ anti-cuts Labour councillor Kevin Bennett in Warrington has been suspended from the Labour group for a further six months, writes Hugh Caffrey

spotFund the fight for a socialist alternative to capitalist austerity

The Socialist Party is asking all its members to consider increasing their membership subs. We need more resources to step up our campaigning work to defeat this vicious government

Readers’ comments

spotPrivileged perks for Kate and Wills… Maternity cuts for us!

The Finland government has generously sent Kate and Wills one of the maternity ‘boxes’ given to all expectant mothers in Finland since the 1930s, writes Suzanne Beishon

spotUnite and Labour – it’s time for a rethink!

spotInside the banking system

Socialist Party feature

spotPiper Alpha: The price of profit -167 workers’ lives

Twenty five years ago, on 6 July 1988, the Piper Alpha North Sea oil platform was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire which killed 167 workers, writes Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland.

Piper-Alpha disaster - cartoon by Alan Hardman

Piper-Alpha disaster – cartoon by Alan Hardman


Socialist Party review

spotReview – The Pitmen Painters

Class struggle, humour and more: The Pitmen Painters written by the creator of Billy Elliot, Lee Hall, is showing at five venues – Darlington, Harrogate, Oxford, Outer London and Swansea between July and August, writes Chris Fernandez.

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