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The Socialist issue 864

15 July 2015

Living wage lie

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The Socialist issue 864

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotLiving wage lie

When Iain Duncan Smith cheers the budget speech, we know it’s bad news for working class people. Their headline promise of a new ‘living wage’ is no such thing.

spotFightback essential following Osborne’s hatchet budget

For the millionaire Tory cabinet ministers sitting in their ivory towers the plight of working class people is off their radar and concern.

spotLabour’s austerity ‘me too-ism’ continues

The Tories have lined up stinging attacks on the working class in their latest budget. But Labour leader Harriet Harman stepped forward and said ‘me too’ on behalf of her party.

spotThem & Us

Short dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of the bosses and their politicians.

International socialist news and analysis

spotEU revenge against Greek workers

In effect, Greece will come under the neo-colonial rule of the EU and Germany, its strongest economy. EU officials will dictate policy and expect the Greek parliament to rubber stamp draconian austerity measures.

spotGreece: Tsipras crosses the Rubicon

Xekinima (CWI Greece) on the march

Xekinima (CWI Greece) on the march


spotThe Marikana report – a whitewash

In August 2012, 34 striking miners were shot dead by South African police. Not unexpectedly, the newly released report completely exonerates the government.

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories on workers’ struggles around the world.

Socialist history

spot2005: Jean Charles de Menezes shooting

On 22 July 2005 an innocent man was brutally shot to death by police at Stockwell tube station in south London. Ten years later and his family, and the Socialist Party, are still fighting for justice.

Workplace news and analysis

spotLabour council axes union facility time

Coventry council, a Labour-controlled authority, is planning draconian cuts to facility time – union reps’ time for trade union duties.

spotCardiff teachers strike against ‘death wish’ workload

Teachers at Fitzalan High School in Cardiff struck on 9 July against new timetables. The dispute could be a test case for the council’s attempts to force more from workers.

spotTransport workers shut down tube and railway

Workers on London Underground and First Great Western railway caused widespread transport shutdowns to fight attacks on jobs, pay and conditions.

spotBiggest union clings to Labour, but considers law-busting strikes

The leadership of general union Unite won a stay of execution for the Labour link, but lost on other proposals. Conference also approved the union’s right to take action outside the law, and political autonomy for Scottish members.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

Socialist Party feature

spotReverse social care sell-offs

As people live longer, more and more are likely to need care services when they get older, writes Jean Thorpe, Nottingham Socialist Party.

Socialist Party review

spotOrphan Black – refreshing take on sci-fi story

TV review: Orphan Black is brilliantly written television. It’s a refreshing, intelligent, feminist take on the sci-fi genre.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotAngry coordinated protests and solidarity

Four disabled activists were arrested on budget day as protesters were manhandled by police


spotOsborne attacks youth… we take to the streets!

The budget saw vicious attacks on huge sections of society. But one group particularly hard hit was young people. Read reports of protests as we hit the streets to fight back.

spotRecord attendance at Durham Miners’ Gala

A record number of around 150,000 people attended this year’s Durham Miners’ gala.

spot200 march against closure of Longton Cottage Hospital

Bosses are planning to slose Longton Cottage hospital in Stoke. 200 workers and community supporters marched against the plans.

spotBromley Unite members stop council tax bailiffs

On 13 July around 30 activists from the Unite trade union and local residents in Bromley, south London, stopped bailiffs evicting Paul Rooney and his 14 year-old daughter Roisin.

spotRoad accident highlights need to save school crossings

On the same day as Save Derbyshire School Crossing Campaigners put questions about cuts to a meeting at Derbyshire County Council, a Lollypop Lady at their local school in Chesterfield was hit by a car.

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