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The Socialist issue 875

21 October 2015

Strike to save the NHS

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The Socialist issue 875

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotStrike to save the NHS

Twenty thousand doctors and health workers marched against vicious Tory attacks on pay and conditions in London on 17 October.

spotHands off tax credits

David Cameron announced at the Tory Party conference his “all-out war on poverty”. It’s clear that what he meant was an “all-out war on the poor”.

spot1% owns more than half the world’s wealth

We now live in a world where the richest 1% of the population owns more than half the wealth. And the poorest half owns less than 1% – according to the latest Credit Suisse Wealth Report.

spotDamning report on NHS staffing levels delayed by Tories

Inspectors at two-thirds of NHS hospitals have identified low staffing as a problem.

spotLabour MP refuses to back strike

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Limehouse and Poplar, refused to back striking cleaners. His reason? In 1968, some dockers walked out against the sacking of racist Tory minister Enoch Powell.

spotThem & Us

It’s one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Housing crisis versus landlords’ profits, extortionate cost of football.

spotWhat we saw

Political thriller Homeland was targeted by graffiti artists hired to help with set dressing, subversively daubing “Homeland is racist” in Arabic on the walls.

Socialist Party features

spotCorbyn campaign: Opportunity for raising socialist ideas

The Socialist Party was recently approached by New Statesman magazine to respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Unfortunately our answers were not used in the resulting article.

spotHow can workers resist capitalist cuts and closures?

A stuttering capitalist world economy has jeopardised steel making in the UK. But workers do not have to accept the inevitability of closures and unemployment.

International socialist news and analysis

spotWorld economy: ‘biggest danger to capitalism is capitalism’

Redcar steel plant to close after a century of production, raw material prices collapsing, China’s economy slowing, the ongoing euro crisis…

spotGermany: refugee crisis and the fight against the racist right

More than 800,000 refugees are officially expected to come to Germany this year. The government has announced budget cuts ‘because of the refugees’ and commentators demand scrapping the minimum wage of €8.50 an hour for refugees.

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories on workers’ struggles around the world. Iberian political school, Hong Kong socialist election campaign, Kshama Sawant’s birthday.

Workplace news and analysis

spotFor a fighting, socialist Unison general secretary, back Roger Bannister

Unison members need a general secretary with a proven record of fighting for them, who is prepared to put their interests first.

spotHull’s Labour council in aggressive bid to remove all union convenors

Hull council, run by Labour, is pre-empting the Tories’ trade union bill. It is issuing redundancy notices to all five full-time council union organisers.

spotWelsh Government should think outside ‘the Box’

250 workers at Crown Packaging in South Wales face redundancy. The plant – known locally as ‘the Box’ – is to close due to alleged ‘overcapacity’.

spotDetermined mood at Napo conference

Probation and family court workers organised in Napo left their AGM last week with a new mood of determination to rebuild their union.

spotSports Direct action over sacking

As a Sports Direct employee you not only slave in workhouse conditions, you can also be illegally sacked with 15 minutes notice.

spotRally opposes the Tory trade union bill

The Trade Union Co-ordinating Group hosted a rally at parliament on 12 October to oppose the Tories’ new anti-union bill.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Unison Scotland calls for no-cuts budgets, London DLR cleaners dispute, Arriva Wales train strikes, Alfreton Grange Arts College walkout.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotOrganising to defend Corbyn’s anti-cuts mandate

Around the country campaigns are establishing networks to defend Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity politics. Socialist Party members are enthusiastically taking part.

spotHelp fund the fight for socialism

Can you increase your membership subs (regular donation)? This is the question the Socialist Party is asking all our members.

spotHuge support for the Wales March for Homes

A major event in the Cardiff Housing Action campaign took place on 17 October: the ‘Wales March for Homes’.

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotFormer war hero fighting for the future: a pensioner speaks out

Older people are hard hit by the bosses’ cuts and sell-offs. Sue Powell spoke to Claude Mickleson, National Pensioners Convention activist and member of Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

spot‘Britain First’ – tiny and violent

TV review: We Want Our Country Back. Tiny far-right group ‘Britain First’ has attracted disproportionate levels of media coverage over the last year.


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