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The Socialist issue 885

20 January 2016

Unite the fightback

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The Socialist issue 885

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotUnite the fightback: Coordinated strikes needed

“We never dreamt of being on a picket line,” said a junior doctor addressing a meeting of trade unionists after an exhausting day of strike activities

spotUnited workers’ action can save NHS

spotWater firms’ £1.2bn in profit off human need

spotPolitical policing: Met spy targeted socialists

spotTrident debate: socialist programme needed

spotHousing crisis reaches level of 1960s

Imagine that you live in a terraced house on a street that has, at one end, an airport and, at the other, a large factory, writes Bob Severn, private tenant, Birmingham.

spotCivil service: £1bn on consultants

A National Audit Office report contains further proof that austerity is working out fine for the bosses, writes Dave Semple

spotOutrageous attacks on Corbyn for ‘sexism’

spotThem & Us

Socialist history

spot1986 Wapping strike – Defeat of the print unions

Workers’ struggle undermined by bankrupt union leadership: Although it was a battle fought a generation ago, its lessons are just as relevant for our movement today

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotPeople’s Budget meeting success

A buzzing meeting voted to oppose cuts to council services

spotCarmarthenshire Unison campaigns against council cuts

Carmarthenshire County Unison members lobbied the Plaid-led council on 12 January along with other campaigners such as Save Our Parks and Playgrounds

spotUnite the Union local government committee votes for no-cuts budgets

The national committee for local government (Nisc) of Unite the Union has called on Labour councils to set ‘no-cuts’ budgets

spotPreparing a no-cuts people’s budget

The new TUSC briefing pack on preparing a ‘people’s budget’ is unquestionably the most important document available for all those who genuinely wish to fight against local government cuts

spotMomentum and democracy in Hackney and beyond

In Hackney, around 50 people – from left organisations, the Labour Party and some individuals – attended the first two meetings of the local Momentum group

spotAngry Labour meeting puts councillors under fire

My friend phoned me recently to say that he’d been to a Labour Party constituency meeting. There were about 200 people there.

spotGateshead carers oppose respite centre closures

For years Gateshead’s Labour councillors have boasted they would always protect frontline services for the most vulnerable, writes Elaine Brunskill

spotCelebrating Eleanor Marx’s birthday

Socialist Party workplace news

spotNationalise Tata to save steel jobs!

Wales is now feeling the wind of the ongoing butchering of jobs from Tata Steel UK

spotTube workers to strike again to defend jobs and conditions

Members of LU unions the RMT, Aslef and TSSA will take strike action on 26-27 January and again on 16-17 February and 18-19 February

spotReinstatement victory for John Vasey

When I was dismissed over the issue of not completing my delivery I was taken by surprise, writes John Vasey

spotShop workers lobby council against Sunday opening

On 13 January, a deputation from the Leeds private trades branch of the shop workers’ union Usdaw lobbied Leeds City Council

spotWorkplace news in brief

Prison cuts: On 14 January, prison officers’ union the POA held a special delegate conference in Daventry called for by the Wormwood Scrubs branch

International socialist news and analysis

spotUSA: Fight the billionaire class!

An edited version of Seattle socialist councillor Kshama Sawant’s alternative ‘State of the Union’ speech, following Barack Obama’s address to Congress.

spotChina: Financial turmoil spreads fear across global markets

Global financial markets started 2016 with a bang! A reprise of last summer’s chaotic falls on China’s stock markets triggered panic selling of shares, commodities and currencies around the world

spotNorthern Ireland: Defy anti-abortion laws

Campaign group Fight4Equality has described the prosecution of a young women for accessing abortion pills as “ludicrous”

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotLetters to the Socialist

Cologne sex attacks show need to fight sexism and racism: An article in the last Socialist responded to the mass and seemingly coordinated sexual assaults on women in Cologne


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