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The Socialist issue 891

2 March 2016

Socialism back on the agenda

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The Socialist issue 891

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotSocialism back on the agenda

Socialism is bursting open the straitjacket of big business politics across the planet. Politics is on course for a change – resurgent working class engagement and militancy.

spotEU referendum: ‘In’ campaigners crank up Project Fear

Project fear is back with a vengeance! Pro-European Union (EU) campaigners in the run up to the June referendum are copying the strategy of the anti-independence bloc in Scotland last year. We are told a vote to leave will mean economic catastrophe, higher prices and the loss of jobs, trade and workers’ rights.

spotSupport junior doctors’ strikes

Stop Tory attacks on NHS: Health minister Jeremy Hunt has declared war on junior doctors by imposing a contract which will remove safeguards to them working more unsocial hours, and for less pay.

spotTories propose endless austerity…We say: ‘No way!’

Tory Chancellor George Osborne is planning more cuts to achieve a budget surplus after admitting that the UK economy is faltering

spotFifa: invest in working class sport, not profits

Fifa, football’s corruption-ridden international governing body, elected its new president on 26 February.

spotRough sleeping flies up 30% in one year

The number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by 30% in the last year, according to new government figures.

spotCredit calls

Phone lines for the Tories’ new ‘Universal Credit’ reduced welfare system are not even free. Empty-handed benefit claimants must fork out between 12p and 45p every minute to discuss their cases.

spotFamily finance

spotThem & Us

It’s one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

International Women’s Day

spotInternational Women’s Day 2016: Should women support Hillary Clinton?

Confusion, soul-searching and outright horror. These words could accurately describe the response of the establishment press and political figures, world over, to the growing support for Bernie Sanders

International socialist news and analysis

spotIrish voters reject ‘two-and-a-half party system’

“Real change, not spare change” Three members of the Socialist Party have been elected to the Irish Parliament as part of the Anti-Austerity Alliance. Ruth Coppinger, who was re-elected in Dublin West, spoke to the Socialist on 29 February.

spotStop the war on the Kurds!

A horror is being perpetrated on Kurdish people in south east Turkey. Since summer 2015, the Turkish government has declared curfews in seven provinces, enforced by tanks and heavy artillery. There have been hundreds of deaths and arrests, and a massacre in the town of Cizre.

Socialist Party workplace news

spotHistoric further education strike in England

On 24 February, lecturers’ union UCU and public sector union Unison took joint strike action across England in the further education sector for the first time.

spotDetermined junior doctors fight on

Junior doctors are preparing for three 48-hour strikes to fight the imposition of a new contract. As part of that preparation 25 junior doctors presented a petition to the Department of Health with 50,000 signatures on 24 February. Sarah Sachs-Eldridge spoke to some of them.

spotA day in the life of a Women’s Aid worker in Wales

“Two women a week are murdered by a partner. My job is to prevent that.”

spotFood workers “adamant” in fight against pay cut

Workers at food manufacturer Samworth Brothers are adamant that their bosses should be forced to recognise a union in their workplace as employees in many cases stand to “lose thousands of pounds in wages.”

spotLabour council attacks trade unions

Hull Labour has just agreed measures to remove Unite and GMB convenor facility time

spotMay Day greetings with the socialist

International Workers’ Day is a time when we express solidarity with all sections of our movement. The Socialist newspaper consistently champions trade union struggle, covering the stories the mainstream press ignores.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including strike action by CCTV workers in Glasgow and British Airways workers fighting outsourcing.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotUprising against A&E closure

“If this doesn’t make them listen, I’m not sure what will!” – One protester summed up the mood of the biggest demonstration Huddersfield has seen since 1918.8,000 people marched against plans to close the A&E department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) and to downgrade the hospital.

spotSwansea: youth orchestra joins protest against cuts

Trade unionists, including representatives of Swansea Trades Council and council workers, took part in the lobby but by far the biggest contingent was of teachers, pupils and supporters of West Glamorgan Youth Music Service, who are facing devastating cuts in funding.

spotLabour rush to cut, with Tory support

No cuts need to be made this year in Warrington, as alternative budget proposals from TUSC councillor Kevin Bennett proved

spotThe Isle of Wight needs socialism!

A large group of anti-cuts protesters, including Socialist Party members, gathered outside county hall in Newport on the Isle of Wight last week. Inside, the council met to decide on where to make £12.75 million of cuts this year and further millions over the next four years.

spotWorkers’ fightback sets tone for East Mids conference

Throughout the East Midlands we have seen an upsurge in the willingness of workers to fight back against unfair conditions and low pay. On 28 February, members of the Socialist Party from across the region came together for a conference in Nottingham.

spotHelp us seize every opportunity to fight austerity

Fighting austerity is expensive. We have a fantastic opportunity to raise fighting fund at this year’s national congress on 19-21 March. If every branch approaches its supporters and members for a donation to give to the fighting fund appeal then we could confidently reach our target.

spotHousing nightmare the focus of student campaign

Amy Cousens has had one of the most visible campaigns on campus with banners calling for free education and affordable rents in Leeds.

spotYoung Labour conference: Left and right lock horns

Hundreds of young people attended Young Labour’s national conference in Scarborough on 27-28 February.


spotWhy I joined: “The same values that I believed”

Why I joined the Socialist Party by Annette Egan in Staines.


Letters to the Socialist’s editors.


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