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The Socialist issue 847

11 March 2015

Save our schools!

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The Socialist issue 847

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotSave our schools!

No such thing as a ‘free’ school: Cameron’s election campaign promises that the Tories will open hundreds of new ‘free schools’. But when did the Tories ever give away anything free, except to their friends in big business?

Lewisham teachers striking against academisation, March 2015

Lewisham teachers striking against academisation, March 2015


spotTake the wealth off the 1%

Super-rich get richer… MPs to get huge pay rise: While working class people struggle to make ends meet, the wealthy continue to get increasingly rich. The combined wealth of the world’s 1,826 billionaires has reached $7.05 trillion

spotHow can Russell Brand’s call for revolution be achieved?

Everywhere you go, if there is struggle against austerity you’ll probably find people talking about Russell Brand. His book Revolution describes itself as “the beginning of a conversation that will change the world”

spotEconomy: Reality doesn’t match Tory rhetoric

Austerity works – unemployment is falling and wages are rising: that is the pre-election mantra of the Tory Party. Of course, if it were true, millions of workers would be breathing a sigh of relief

spotWomen in the frontline of fighting austerity cuts

The United Nations says it will take 70 years to close the wage gap between women and men. However, a UK government spokesperson used International Women’s Day to claim the gender pay gap in Britain was “at its lowest ever”

spotSpied on by the state and bosses

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party workplace news

spotCamden caterers demand Living Wage

The Labour-led Camden council decided on 2 March not to implement the Camden school caterers’ claim for the London Living Wage

Camden caterers demand the Living Wage, March 2015, photo by Reel News

Camden caterers demand the Living Wage, March 2015, photo by Reel News


spotNorthern Ireland public sector general strike

A Northern Ireland public sector general strike, organised by Nipsa and other trade unions, is taking place on 13 March in opposition to austerity

spotNHS workers reluctantly accept 1% pay rise

Unison health members in NHS England have returned a two-to-one acceptance of a 1% pay rise for 2015-16 on a low ballot turnout

spotDundee hospital strike after 96% ‘yes’ vote

Porters at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee have begun a campaign of industrial action to win back a massive underpayment going back over a decade

spotOppose tax office’s ‘company union’

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotWhy we’re standing for TUSC

Stop the destruction of our communities: The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is standing over 100 candidates in the 2015 general election in opposition to all cuts and privatisation

Jacqui Berry speaking at the 2013 NSSN conference, photo Senan

Jacqui Berry speaking at the 2013 NSSN conference, photo Senan


spotGet ready for a revamp of the Socialist!

Fortnight of action on sales and fighting fund: In the next few weeks, the Socialist is moving to a new format with an exciting new design. To celebrate, we’re organising a fortnight of action

spotSocialist Students leads in Leeds

Socialist Students members organised a march for free education of around 150 in Leeds on 6 March. Students and young workers were attracted from across Yorkshire

spotInternational Women’s Day

spotSocialist Party general election appeal 2015

As the main parties squabble over election debates, Socialist Party members and TUSC supporters are building a real alternative to their sterile arguments over what to cut and in what order

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spot“It wasn’t easy, but I wanted to beat Thatcher”

30 years since the end of the miners’ strike: Neal Davis, member of Mansfield Socialist Party, spoke to former Shirebrook (north Derbyshire) miner Ronnie Rodgers

Former striking miners retrace their steps, 30 years to the day since they marched back to Shireoaks colliery, near Worksop. Former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Notts miners and supporters marked the anniversary., photo J Dale

Former striking miners retrace their steps, 30 years to the day since they marched back to Shireoaks colliery, near Worksop. Former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Notts miners and supporters marked the anniversary., photo J Dale


spotTV review: Valleys Rebellion

spotDefend the right to protest

spot“I want my voice to be heard”

spotLeicester: £3 an hour wage slavery scandal

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