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The Socialist issue 908

29 June 2016

Defend anti-austerity struggle

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The Socialist issue 908

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotDefend anti-austerity struggle

The civil war within Labour – which has existed since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader – has now broken out into the open. The ‘mass’ resignations of the shadow cabinet indicate a determined push by the right-wing Parliamentary Labour Party to remove Corbyn.


spotTories Out! General election now

“The referendum result may well go down in history as the pitchfork moment“, declared the Financial Times, wailing the anger and despair of Britain’s elite at the decision by the majority of voters to leave the EU


spotUnited working class resistance can cut across racism

The reports of appalling racist abuse, including signs saying “Leave the EU, no more Polish vermin” being posted through the letter boxes of Polish families, and of physical attacks since the EU referendum must be condemned and opposed.

spotScotland: Towards a second indyref?

While not committing to a indyref immediately or even definitely proposing to have one, the SNP are using the threat of a second referendum to try and extract from the UK government and the EU an agreement that Scotland can negotiate access to the European single market and for Scotland to continue having a relationship with the EU.

spotThousands rally in support of Corbyn

As Labour MPs met and attacked Corbyn, calling for him to resign, thousands of people gathered outside parliament on 27 June to demonstrate against the Blairites intent on removing Jeremy Corbyn from the head of the Labour Party.

spotJune – July meetings on the EU referendum result

A list of some of the Socialist Party and TUSC meetings in June and July on ‘Britain after the referendum’. All welcome!

International socialist news and analysis

spotSanders’ strategy runs up against the buffers

US presidential election: Despite left-wing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders saying he will work with his rival Hillary Clinton to “stop Trump” and “transform the Democratic Party”, millions of his supporters are looking for a way to continue the “political revolution”.

spotItaly: Prime Minister Renzi’s party routed

Five Star mayors elected in Rome and Turin: The local and mayoral elections in Italy have exploded the myth of “Renzi the invincible”.

Workplace news and analysis

spotStand up for education!

Teachers strike: With a massive 91.7% ‘Yes’ vote in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) ballot for strike action in England, teachers have given a resounding message that ‘enough is enough!’

spotUnison conference 2016: Major turning point in the union

This year’s Unison national delegate conference marked a major turning point in the union. On its final day the conference was rocked by the Brexit result and subsequent resignation of Cameron. Many delegates entering the conference on 24 June were either jubilant or confused, but that mood was not matched by the right-wing leadership of Unison.

spotRMT conference 2016: EU and Corbyn coup on the agenda

Delegates welcomed the vote to leave the European Union – the RMT has always opposed the EU. Outside many delegates were clear that it is even more important the union retain its support for TUSC now that the Blairites are attempting to remove Corbyn as leader.

spotNational Museum workers accept deal

PCS members at the National Museum of Wales have voted by 78% to accept an improved offer


spotProtest to demand reinstatement of sacked bakers’ union rep

Over a hundred campaigners and trade union activists paid a defiant visit to the headquarters of Samworth Brothers, a bullying penny-pinching company that has sacked BFAWU bakers’ union rep Kumaran Bose.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Lecturers, train workers and cleaners on strike.

Socialist readers’ comments and reviews

spotOld v young is a phoney war – the enemy is the 1%

Contrary to the exertions of many commentators when courting the young, pensioners are not gaining any advantages over other sections of the population.

spotBlacklisting victory donation dedicated to workers’ struggle

“Let’s not forget the numerous activists who have been on the more secretive blacklist other than the recent case.”

spotTheatre review: Bread & Roses

Heavyweight commentary plus satire: If you’re looking for a comedy that’s whimsical and light-hearted, then maybe going to see the Nottingham-based ‘Bread & Roses’ theatre collective isn’t for you.

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the editors: Reactions from some working class communities after Brexit.

Socialist Party campaigns

spotSocialist Party joins London Pride to march against LGBT-phobia

Annual Pride marches used to be radical, angry protests, aimed at normalising being openly LGBT. While there is still much further to go in reinvigorating and uniting LGBT struggle, this year’s Pride march was a small but significant step closer to achieving that.

spotLeeds holds vigil in solidarity with Orlando LGBT massacre

While the crowd gathered in remembrance, it was clear that people wanted more than a vigil and were passionate about fighting both LGBT-phobia and the Islamophobia the attack had kicked up.

spot‘We Won’t Move’ meeting organises opposition to Housing Act attacks

This Housing Act could be unleashed by housing associations in some places quite quickly. We have to prepare in the next nine months for every eventuality and we have to get organised now.

spotTargets raised after two record-breaking fighting fund quarters

The political earthquake caused by the Brexit vote means the Socialist Party has to be prepared for anything, including a general election. We have to step up our fundraising to make sure we have the funds to reach as many people as possible over the coming months.

spotNorth West regional week of action smashes fighting fund target again

Extra stalls in the North West as part of a fortnight of action raised around £1,000 fighting fund in early June on top of regular branch activities. We sold around 50 copies of the Socialist and a number of people asked for more information about joining the Socialist Party.

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