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The Socialist issue 785

23 October 2013

It's a robbery, not a 'recovery'

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The Socialist issue 785

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotIt’s a robbery not a ‘recovery’

Time for a socialist alternative: Tory Chancellor Osborne won’t be coming to Socialism 2013. He doesn’t need to attend the ‘Are we naturally too greedy for socialism?’ workshop because he knows he definitely is, with an estimated fortune of £4.3 million.

Socialism 2013

Socialism 2013


spotBuild a no-cuts political alternative

Deep-seated anger at the seeming endless misery facing workers in Britain is growing with every passing day

spotHypocritical Hunt blames families for care scandal

Tories’ real goal is yet more welfare spending cuts: A report that one million elderly people in the UK feel neglected and lonely is a “scandal”.

spotGovernment policies – ‘deeply divisive’

The government’s social mobility Tsar – former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn – appeared to be off message when his Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission published its first ‘state of the nation’ report

spotBig business lines its pockets from nuclear power

You want generous, guaranteed energy prices, fixed for 35 years? No problem if you own a French or Chinese multinational company. Bad luck if you’re an ordinary consumer, writes Pete Mason.

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party feature

spotEnergy for the millions …not the millionaires

People ask what on earth is going on in the energy industry? Kate Jones of Llanelli and West Wales Socialist Party investigates.

Energy bills - Dividend payout rate - percentage of profits paid in dividends as a proportion of net income, photo The Socialist

Energy bills – Dividend payout rate – percentage of profits paid in dividends as a proportion of net income, photo The Socialist


International socialist news and analysis

spotFrance: Deep malaise marks ‘la rentrée’

The return to work after the summer holidays in France, as in other southern European countries, is often seen as a time when the struggle of workers and students will be renewed

2010 Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon

2010 Demonstrations in France against attacks on pension rights, photo Judy Beishon


spotTunisia: Left-wing rapper, Klay BBJ, acquitted on appeal

The left-wing Tunisian rapper, Ahmed Ben Ahmed, alias Klay BBJ – who was initially condemned, in absentia, to 21 months imprisonment for songs allegedly “insulting officials and public morals” – was acquitted by an appeal court

Socialist Party workplace news

spotOverwhelming support for teachers’ strike in the south and north

Across London, the South of England and the North-East, tens of thousands of striking teachers took to the streets on 17 October

Teachers strike and march in Bristol 17 October 2013 as part of selective action by the NUT and NASUWT, photo Matt Carey

Teachers strike and march in Bristol 17 October 2013 as part of selective action by the NUT and NASUWT, photo Matt Carey


spotPostal workers go into battle

By a massive four to one majority CWU members in Royal Mail voted to take strike action in defence of their terms and conditions after the privatisation of the company

spotGrangemouth: a fight we can’t afford to lose

spotPCS strike in DWP and DEFRA Shared Services

spotProbation officers vote for strike action

NAPO AGM, October 2013, photo C Berry


spotWhat role can trade unions play in fighting welfare attacks?

The PCS civil service trade union, a key supporter of Youth Fight for Jobs, has come under severe criticism on Twitter for not organising its members to refuse to implement the government’s attacks

spotWorkplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotCampaign victory for rebel councillors as local pool to be re-opened

Under intense pressure, Southampton Labour council has been forced to agree to refurbish and re-open the Oaklands swimming pool

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


spotWe need action against zero-hour contracts

How do you make a fortune worth £1.7 billion? It’s perhaps not a question most of us have spent too much time pondering.

spotTUSC candidates stand up against austerity

Nottingham: Grant Shapps said at the 2013 Conservative Party conference: “When we said [in 2010] we would reduce their budgets by 26% over four years, we were told councils would be going bust by this stage but they haven’t, I think they can do another 10%.”

spot200 say ‘Tequila’s got to go!’

spotSwansea socialists oppose National Front

Fight racism with unity against cuts: Swansea’s Labour council will make £45 million of cuts to services and jobs over the next three years, under the name ‘Sustainable Swansea’!, writes Claire Job, Swansea Socialist Party Branch Secretary.

spotTurn anger into action: join the socialists

From 19 to 25 October Socialist Party branches are organising a recruitment week to put special emphasis on building our party. Here members report on the campaign stall which started the week.

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