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The Socialist issue 776

14 August 2013

Zero tolerance for zero-hours!

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The Socialist issue 776

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Socialist Party campaigns

spotZero tolerance for zero-hours!

Zero-hour contracts have hit the headlines with a bang. One million workers – more than four times as many as previously thought – are on zero-hour contracts, writes Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs.

Youth Fight for Jobs outside Sports Direct, photo by Ian Pattison

Youth Fight for Jobs outside Sports Direct, photo by Ian Pattison


spotEnd zero-hour contracts now!

Socialist Party editorial

spotA tale of two Britains

What We think: For a tiny few at the top Britain is really booming. When the Sunday Times first published its Rich List in 1989, the combined wealth of Britain’s 200 richest people was £38 billion (£80 billion today). By 2013 it had increased to £318.2 billion.

A tale of two Britains - A government of the rich imposing austerity on the poor

Photo Paul Mattsson


Socialist Party news and analysis

spotBeware a recovery!

The media is lauding an economic recovery. Whether there is one and whether it has substance is discussed in the articles below.

What recovey? Pawnbrokers and loan sharks proliferate , photo by Photomontage The Socialist

What recovey? Pawnbrokers and loan sharks proliferate , photo by Photomontage The Socialist


spotMet finally apologise for G20 death

The London Met police were recently forced to make a grovelling apology over the killing of Ian Tomlinson, writes Paul Callanan.

spotLondon Olympics legacy – one year on

spotFootball and big business: time to reclaim the game

spotSocialist Party subs appeal

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party events

spotCome to the Socialist Party Summer Camp

Programme of events and activities, including: World in turmoil – a Saturday evening report from the discussions at the European school of the Committee for a Workers’ International by the Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.

Socialist Party NHS campaign

spotHunt attacks NHS staff and patients

Patient groups and health workers’ organisations are shocked by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s recent statement that to set minimum staffing levels for hospitals would be ‘artificial’ and may jeopardise the need to ‘protect NHS budgets’, writes Jackie Grunsell.

Unison staff at Pinderfields hospital strike, photo Iain Dalton

Unison staff at Pinderfields hospital strike, photo Iain Dalton


spotSave Our Hospital!

spotProtest at the Tory Conference in Manchester

March and Rally – Sunday 29 September

Assemble at Liverpool Road, M3 4FP, 11am

Marching to a rally in Whitworth Park

International socialist news and analysis

spotTunisia: Mobilise to bring down the government

Since the murder of the left-leaning leader Mohamed Brahmi on 25 July a cascade of mass protests, including a general strike on 26 July, has shaken every corner of Tunisia

spotSouth Africa: Limpopo WASP launch

On Wednesday 3 August the Sefateng Stadium in Atok was filled with revolutionary workers’ songs. More than 700 people had come to the stadium to launch the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) in Limpopo, writes Meschak Komani, DSM, South Africa.

spotSeattle: Socialist challenge to corporate Democrats

On 6 August, Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant won 35% (42,908 votes) of the vote in the primary election to contest a seat on the city council in Seattle, north west USA, Socialist Alternative reports from the USA.

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative


Socialist Party workplace news

spotDefend the Four: Tribunal compensation award to Unison activists

On 9 August, after six tortuous years, an employment tribunal dealing with the Unison leadership’s illegal banning of the ‘Socialist Party Four’ from office issued its judgement as to what compensation Unison would have to pay, writes Glenn Kelly, Unison (personal capacity).

‘The Unison Four’ (from r to l) Onay Kasab, Glenn Kelly, Brian Debus, Suzanne Muna , photo by A Hill

‘The Unison Four’ (from r to l) Onay Kasab, Glenn Kelly, Brian Debus, Suzanne Muna , photo by A Hill


spotPostal workers ballot for action

spotOn your bike, Serco

spotSwansea council pay attacks angers workers

Anti-Bedroom Tax

spotWinning a reprieve from the bedroom tax

After a long and stressful process, I have finally received a letter from North Tyneside Council giving me a short “reprieve” from paying the bedroom tax for the remaining year of my student daughter’s course, writes Lynne Sample, Newcastle Socialist Party.

Newcastle anti-bedroom tax demo, photo Paul Phillips

Newcastle anti-bedroom tax demo, photo Paul Phillips


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

spotBuilding TUSC in Caerphilly

When a byelection came up in the Penyrheol ward of Caerphilly we knew we had to stand and give local people a working class alternative to Tory austerity policies and the failure of Labour and Plaid Cymru to mount any sort of resistance to Westminster’s cuts agenda, writes Jaime Davies, Caerphilly TUSC byelection candidate.

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotReflections and sycophancy: Kinnock versus the socialist Liverpool council

Present day Labour councillors who are carrying out Tory government cuts are still haunted by calls to emulate the example of the Liverpool 47 councillors who refused to carry out Margaret Thatcher’s cuts in the 1980s, writes Tony Mulhearn, Former Liverpool 47 councillor.

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

Liverpool city council’s struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair


spotThe Mill: A change from the usual TV

spotSuccesses, failures and stalemates: A week in the life of a trade union rep

Glynn Doherty represents one of the large trade unions working mostly in the public sector. He recently gave the Socialist an insight into a week in his working life

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