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The Socialist issue 858

3 June 2015

Strikes get results

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The Socialist issue 858

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotStrikes get results

Strike action gets results – as shown by victories in Lewisham and at Kone engineering – no wonder the Tories want to virtually ban it!

Kone strikers in Gateshead celebrate their victory, photo Elaine Brunskill

Kone strikers in Gateshead celebrate their victory, photo Elaine Brunskill

spotTories deepen housing crisis

As private landlords and super-rich cash in: One hundred million pounds of central London property was sold in the 24 hours after the Tory victory in the general election, as rich buyers breathed a sigh of relief that Labour’s timid mansion tax was dead and the tax loopholes for super-rich ‘non-doms’ would continue

spotLabour leadership ‘choice’ confirms need for new party

spotBruised and Blattered – Fifa’s boss eventually resigns

Reclaim football from corrupting big business: Fifa president Sepp Blatter has finally succumbed to widespread pressure and resigned

spotFinance capital – taking Liborties

The ongoing trial of former UBS and Citigroup trader, Tom Hayes, has revealed the huge scale of the 2012 Libor rate fixing scandal perpetrated by the major banks

spotSetting the anti-war record straight

spotFilipino nurses fight Daily Mail smears

The Daily Mail has a habit of blanket scapegoating of the blameless. It was recently the turn of Filipino health workers. On 19 May, the Mail screeched: “NHS STILL hiring Filipino nurses” after the trial of Victorino Chua.

spotThem & Us

Socialist history

spotThe lessons of Labour’s 1945 victory

This summer will see the 70th anniversary of the election of the 1945 Labour government, which carried out massive improvements for the working class

spotHeysel: How socialist councillors built bridges

Tony Mulhearn, former Liverpool city councillor from 1983-87 and past President of Liverpool Labour Party writes in reply to a Guardian article on the 1985 Heysel stadium disaster

Socialist Party youth and students

spotBudget Day: Smash Tory austerity!

Solidarity, struggle, hope, renewal and determination: None of these words would be readily brought to mind when contemplating our new Tory government’s back-to-the-1930’s Queen’s Speech

Queen's Speech protesters in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Queen’s Speech protesters in London, photo Paul Mattsson

spotQueen’s Speech protests: determination to fight back

London: “Tory scum, here we come”. This chant, which echoed through Westminster’s streets on 27 May, was a declaration of war

spotSri Lankan students protest

End violence against women: On 20 May, Jaffna in Sri Lanka came to a standstill, with shops being shut and black flags raised in memory of Vidya Sivaloganathan, the 17-year-old A-level student brutally gang raped and murdered

Socialist Party workplace news

spotLewisham academy schools plans dropped

Teachers, school students and parents in Lewisham, south London, have won a great victory! They beat off plans to turn three schools into ‘academies’ which would have been a step towards privatisation

Striking teachers and students lobby a Prendergast governors' meeting in Lewisham

Striking teachers and students lobby a Prendergast governors’ meeting in Lewisham

spotVictory for Kone strikers!

spotGlasgow council concedes over pay grading

The all-out indefinite strike by Glasgow’s homelessness caseworkers for fair pay – now in its tenth week – has pushed an anti-union Labour council management to concede the principle that the caseworkers should be on pay grade six

spotNetwork Rail forced to make new offer

spotPCS members rally in Trafalgar Square

spotBromley anti-privatisation action continues

spotWorkplace news in brief

Tube ballot: The RMT, Aslef, Tssa and Unite unions are to ballot London Underground workers who face a two year pay cut and imposed night working

International socialist news and analysis

spotSpain: left ‘popular unity’ lists win key victories

On 24 May, Spain held local elections throughout the state, as well as elections to 13 of its 17 regional parliaments. The results represent a further step in Spanish capitalism’s political crisis

spotBritain: end deportations – solidarity needed

spotChile: 200,000 protest in Santiago

spotHong Kong: refugee campaign victory

Readers’ comment

spotMental health services gutted by Labour cuts

spotHow the unemployed are targeted with sanctions

A Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant describes how she was subjected to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) draconian sanctions regime

spotHuman rights hypocrisy

When attending a rally in Westminster on 30 May to defend the Human Rights Act (HRA), Socialist Party members found ourselves in an unexpected and unprecedented situation. We were on a Liberal Democrat protest!


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