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The Socialist issue 851

8 April 2015

NHS fees warning - vote TUSC

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The Socialist issue 851

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotNHS fees warning: Vote TUSC

Hands off our NHS! photo Paul Mattsson

Hands off our NHS! photo Paul Mattsson

spotNHS: Anti-union blacklisting threat

Just before Parliament closed for the general election, a select committee revealed that the Consulting Association (which provided names of thousands of trade unionists to construction industry bosses, who then blacklisted them) had discussed with companies working in the NHS

spotImmigration: Workers’ unity needed

spotNo end to austerity from ‘The Magnificent Seven’

They called the leaders’ debate last Thursday the meeting of “The Magnificent Seven”, but Disney’s ‘Seven Dwarfs’ could have done better – with Dopey surpassing Farage any day!

spotWill SNP deliver on “anti-austerity” promises?

According to media commentators the SNP’s leader Nicola Sturgeon emerged as the ‘victor’ in the Leaders’ debate

spotLooking after the millionaires, not the millions

On 1 April the Tory-supporting Daily Telegraph splashed its front page with the names of 103 senior business leaders, issuing a dire warning that deviating from the Tories’ economic plan would spell an end to Britain’s ‘recovery’ and threaten thousands of jobs

spotHillsborough inquests: Heartbreak, disbelief and anger

The 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in Sheffield, when 96 Liverpool football supporters were crushed to death, takes place on 15 April

spotThem & Us

Socialist Party review

spotArt review: Adventures of the black square

Niall Mulholland reviews Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015

spotArt review: Searching for the marvellous

Currently on display in Skipton (North Yorkshire) is a wonderful collection of surrealist art by Peter Harris

Elections 2015

spotManchester says: End cuts – tax the rich

The Manchester Evening News’s front page on Tues 31 March read “End cuts and tax the rich”, two of the demands of the newspaper’s own “Manchester Manifesto”

TUC demonstration in Manchester demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

TUC demonstration in Manchester demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

spotSpeaking up for public services and young people

West Midlands Fire Brigades Union member and TUSC Dudley North parliamentary candidate Dave Pitt spoke to the Socialist

spotLobbying for affordable housing

TUSC supporters lobbied Leeds city council on 1 April, calling for affordable housing for all

spotElection hustings: we shall be heard!

TUSC can beat most of the parties in a fair vote – if we are given a chance to be heard. This was the lesson from the hustings organised by the YMCA in Cardiff Central

spotEDL would be stopped again in Walthamstow

spotRenationalise rail

Socialist Party workplace news

spotLow pay? No way!

Employers around the country – large and small, including the public sector – have created a culture of despair. Poverty pay means millions cannot afford the basics they need for a decent life

Fast Food Rights protest in demand of decent pay, photo YFJ

Fast Food Rights protest in demand of decent pay, photo YFJ

spotNUT: teachers want action on cuts and workload

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference in Harrogate over the Easter weekend have voted to ballot for strike action over 12% school funding cuts and workload if the next government doesn’t tackle them

spotStop Sodexo’s probation jobs cull

With the ink barely dry on the probation privatisation contracts, the giant security firm Sodexo has announced sweeping redundancies amounting to one third of the staff it took on when work was outsourced to them at the end of February

spotWhipps Cross hospital trade union activist reinstated

Workers at Whipps Cross hospital and campaigners in east London are celebrating the victory of Unison health activist Charlotte Monro at an employment tribunal hearing last week

spotWorkplace news in brief

Smurfit Kappa: Unite the Union members working for Smurfit Kappa packaging in Northampton, took 48 hours of strike action from 1 April in support of two sacked senior shop stewards who have stood up to the company over ‘race to the bottom’ contracts

International socialist news and analysis

spotNigeria: Ruling party crumbles in historic election

Without doubt the 28 March presidential election was a major turning point for Nigeria. For the first time in the country’s 55 year existence as an independent country, a ruling party was roundly defeated in an election

spotIsrael/Palestine: Palestinian Land Day

spotAustralia: marching against racism

spotIreland: supporting striking Dunnes workers

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotElection fundraising

So far, 119 members in Yorkshire have pledged £12,414 to the Socialist Party’s election appeal, of which £8,570 has been paid

spotFighting Fund success

Socialist Party members raised £29,255 in the first three months of 2015 – 117% of the target


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