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The Socialist issue 779

11 September 2013

Let's organise an autumn of action against austerity

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The Socialist issue 779

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotLet’s organise an autumn of action against austerity

In the last 12 months the destruction of the NHS, the proposed privatisation of Royal Mail, the disappearance of vital council services in whole swathes of the country, together with the scandals of blacklisting and zero-hour contracts, have contributed to a seething anger which is reflected even in the TUC

NSSN lobby of TUC congress September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

NSSN lobby of TUC congress September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson


spotNSSN rally calls for mass action to stop the cuts

NSSN lobby of TUC, 8.9.13, photo Alison Hill


spotDisaffiliate from pro-capitalist Labour

In a speech at the 2013 congress of the TUC, PCS president Janice Godrich set out the reality of Austerity Britain: 13 million people live in poverty, up by a million since the Coalition came to power; 1.8 million families are on housing waiting lists; half a million people are now reliant on food banks

Janice Godrich, President of PCS, speaking at the NSSN lobby of the TUC congress 2013, called Miliband to account

Janice Godrich, President of PCS, speaking at the NSSN lobby of the TUC congress 2013, called Miliband to account


spotTeaching unions prepare for campaign of autumn strikes

Martin Powell-Davies addresses the NSSN lobby of TUC congress 2013, photo by  Socialist Party

Martin Powell-Davies addresses the NSSN lobby of TUC congress 2013, photo by Socialist Party


spotTUC congress dominated by questions of joint action and links to Labour Party

spotSave our NHS!

spotThe government’s Alice in Wongaland recovery

spotZero faith in Labour on zero-hours

spotTheir homes … & Ours

27% of parents with children aged 21 to 40 still have at least one adult child living at home, according to research by the National Housing Federation (NHF).

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotBolton victory shows we can beat the bedroom tax

Last month the Bolton at Home housing association became the first in the country to introduce a policy of “no homelessness” for those tenants in arrears because of the bedroom tax, writes Matt Kilsby.

Leeds anti-bedroom tax demonstration 21 April 2013, photo Mid Shelley

Leeds anti-bedroom tax demonstration 21 April 2013, photo Mid Shelley


spotLarge counter-demo against racist EDL

Anti-EDL demo, East London, 7.9.13, photo Paul Mattsson


spotMerseyside People’s Assembly – A lost opportunity

Socialist Students

spotReinvigorate the student movement: Protest, occupy, strike for our education

This autumn’s new students will be the second batch forced to pay the Con-Dems’ extortionate £9,000 a year price tag for university education, writes Ian Pattison , Socialist Students national chair.

National Demo against Sussex University Privatisation, photo Serena Chung

National Demo against Sussex University Privatisation, photo Serena Chung


International socialist news and analysis

spotChile 1973: The other ‘9/11’

The bloody coup against the Popular Unity government – lessons for workers’ struggles today: In Chile on 11 September 1973 a bloody coup, led by general Pinochet and backed by the US administration, overthrew Allende’s government

Chile 1973 - Never Again! Cartoon by Alan Hardman

Chile 1973 – Never Again! Cartoon by Alan Hardman


spotObama’s drums of war fail to win support for Syria strike

As the G20 summit in Russia ended, the capitalist powers internationally were divided into two opposing camps on whether to launch a military attack on Syria

Socialist Party workplace news

spotHousing workers strike again

One Housing Group (OHG) workers blowing vuvuzelas and whistles and waving Unite flags and placards made sure that no-one in Chalk Farm, north London, was unaware of their latest five day strike

Candy from One Housing speaking at the NSSN lobby of TUC, 8.9.13, photo Paul Mattsson

Candy from One Housing speaking at the NSSN lobby of TUC, 8.9.13, photo Paul Mattsson


spotYorkshire Ambulance: The battle against union derecognition

Around 40 Unite members and supporters protested outside Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) headquarters near Wakefield on 3 September

spotPOA members hold meeting outside HMP Leeds

spotWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Party reviews

spotArt review: The vanity of small differences

It is rare today for an artist’s work to address the existence of class. The self-appointed arbiters of culture tell us that class is outdated and irrelevant save for the occasional, fearful, pause to shout ‘chav’ at working class youth

spotTV review: Failed by the privatising NHS

spotBook review: Capital – in Manga!

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