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The Socialist issue 899

27 April 2016

Bring down the Tories - fight cuts - vote TUSC

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The Socialist issue 899

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotHistoric all-out junior doctors’ strike action

Junior doctors staged their first full walkout in NHS history from 8am to 5pm on 26 and 27 April. This momentous escalation was in response to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s continued refusal to negotiate. Public support for the strike remains high, despite media attempts to unnerve doctors.

spotTata steel crisis: 100% nationalisation now!

The government’s announcement that it is prepared to take a 25% stake in a Tata Steel buyout has understandably raised the hopes of steel workers and their communities

spotHillsborough inquest victory: cops unlawfully killed 96

The inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has found that police unlawfully killed 96 fans. This decision vindicates the families and supporters of victims who have campaigned for years against an establishment cover-up.

spotNationalise BHS to save 11,000 jobs

Department store BHS is going into administration. The news on 24 April will have shocked many, not least the 11,000 staff. The company should be nationalised, and run democratically by workers and consumers.

spotRich List betrays lies of austerity

The annual publication of the Sunday Times Rich List is a chance to bask in the magnificent work of our ‘wealth creators’. We should take the wealth off the 1%.

spotQueen reaches 90: abolish the monarchy

We congratulate Mrs Windsor on reaching 90 – after travelling the world, and being waited on hand and foot, at the expense of Britain’s workers. There will be no place for the feudal institution of the monarchy in a socialist society.

spotMost diesels emit illegal levels of poison

97% of modern diesel cars break European Union rules on poisonous nitrogen oxide emissions. Testing firm Emissions Analytics found a quarter producing six times the limit or more.

spotThem & Us

It’s one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. The Sunday Times published its annual Rich List on 24 April.

spotTop tweets: TUSC

@TUSCoalition: The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is fielding candidates against cutters and privatisers of every stripe. Tory and Blairite council cuts, academies and the jobs economy are some key issues.

What we think

spotDefeats and u-turns show Tories are weak

Together we can defeat them! We are in a war against this Tory austerity government. The first task in a war is to assess the strength on both sides. On any account the Tories are weak.

EU referendum

spotTrade unions: myths of EU ‘Remain’ campaign

The ‘Remain’ campaign, including unfortunately most trade union and Labour leaders, says that workers’ rights would be more adversely affected by leaving the EU. The opposite is the case.

Elections 2016

spotAn anti-austerity alternative on the ballot paper

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: TUSC is standing candidates for elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, and sixty English local councils on 5 May.

spotWelsh Assembly elections: A working class voice to say ‘save our steel!’

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) challenge in the Welsh Assembly elections on 5 May has centred on the campaign to save Welsh steel. TUSC has campaigned for the immediate nationalisation of the industry, which is supported by a large majority.

spotScottish elections: strong mood for anti-cuts strategy continues

According to all opinion polls, the Scottish National Party looks certain to win another overall majority at Holyrood. No doubt the SNP leadership will claim the result as a confirmation of their policies. But that would not paint even half a picture of the real situation.

spotLondon elections: fight for an anti-austerity GLA

Unfortunately, Jeremy Corbyn, in another retreat in the face of the right-wing Blairites that infest the Labour Party, has not insisted on the London elections being fought on the policies that swept him to the leadership.

spotWarrington: Socialist councillor fighting cuts and hitting doorsteps

Councillor Kevin Bennett and the TUSC team have been out every day in Warrington discussing with Fairfield and Howley residents about the upcoming elections. We having been getting a tremendous response on the doors for Kevin and our other five candidates in the town.

spotWhy I’m standing: TUSC can make a real difference

I decided to stand as one of four TUSC candidates in this year’s City of Lincoln council elections for a number of reasons. I had the fantastic experience of campaigning in Dublin alongside the Anti-Austerity Alliance during the Irish general election at the end of February.

spotSouthampton Labour council faces crisis as cuts hit city

Despite growing anger at further cuts and continued austerity, Southampton Labour council’s failure to mount any resistance to the cuts has put its majority in jeopardy.

spotAnti-cuts stand wins support from students in Leeds

On a panel with the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Ukip and Conservatives, TUSC was the only anti-cuts party. While the Greens often try to put themselves forward as being anti-austerity, their candidate wrongly stated councillors’ “hands are tied” over cuts.

spotCountering the growth of Ukip in south Wales

TUSC is standing widely across Wales in these elections to present working class people with a real alternative to austerity politics and in an attempt to stop Ukip from gaining in Wales with their false anti-establishment rhetoric.

Workplace news and analysis

spotJunior doctors withdraw all labour to step up pressure

In the face of the government’s refusal to negotiate, junior doctors are again on strike today and tomorrow


spotTrade Union Bill concessions made – now fight to scrap the lot!

Removing the attack on check-off is welcome but the unions’ campaign needs to be stepped up, argues John McInally

spotHousing: Catalyst needs converting

Neighbourhood managers at Catalyst Housing have started a work-to-rule in response to restructuring proposals that include halving the number of people doing their job.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Wales museum walkout; North Sea oil stoppage; justice for janitors strike; Glasgow GMB action ballot; Southern conductors down tools.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotButterfields: campaign to stay getting results

A happy ending may be in sight for tenants of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow who have been campaigning since February to keep their homes. The Socialist Party has been campaigning with them, exploring all avenues that may keep them in their homes.

spotWomen’s Lives Matter

With the imminent closure of Doncaster Women’s Aid, some women are ‘fighting for their lives’


International socialist news and analysis

spotUSA: the un-Democratic primary

Why we need A new party of the 99%: The ‘Battle of New York’ has served only to further expose what millions of people in the US are becoming painfully aware of – the Democratic Party primary is rigged in favour of the establishment.

spotPoland: anger at abortion ban plan

A plan by the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party to introduce a total ban on abortion in Poland has angered a significant section of the population. It has sparked a series of city demonstrations and a large movement fighting for abortion rights.

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