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The Socialist issue 940

15 March 2017

NHS: strikes and protests can stop cuts

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The Socialist issue 940

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotScotland ‘indyref2’ for socialist independence not the capitalist EU

The Scottish parliament will vote next week in favour of triggering a second independence referendum. With a pro-independence majority in the parliament, the vote itself is a formality.

spotState surveillance of unions: PCS assistant head demands inquiry

Secret government files released under the 30-year rule show that Margaret Thatcher’s government directly meddled in the internal affairs of civil servants’ union CPSA, the predecessor of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.


spotTUSC: SWP suspends participation in England/Wales

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has announced that it is suspending its participation in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in England and Wales.

Save our NHS!

spotNHS: strikes and protests can stop cuts

The NHS, our vital public health service, is under relentless attack. The latest spending cuts in England – £22 billion under the Tory government’s misnamed ‘sustainability and transformation plans’ (STPs) – will mean further A&E and ward closures, fewer GPs and unfilled staff posts.

spotGlenfield heart unit: “Children will die” angry parents tell NHS England

“Can you imagine how we feel knowing that our precious daughter could have to travel for hours in an emergency situation to get to life saving surgery when she may not have hours? If you go ahead with your proposal children will die, it’s a simple as that. How can that ever be an acceptable outcome?”

Socialist Party congress 2017

spotSocialist Party Congress 2017 reports

The Socialist Party’s national congress 2017 took place in London from 11 to 13 March, attended by delegates and visitors from Socialist Party branches all over England and Wales, as well as international guests

Socialist Party workplace news

spot2,000 workers on three rail networks strike against driver-only operated trains

Over 2,000 workers across three rail networks took strike action on 13 March against driver-only operated (DOO) trains. The long-running dispute against the removal of guards on Southern Rail has spread to Northern Rail and Merseyrail.

spotDerby teaching assistants’ all-out strike against Labour council

Teaching assistants and school support staff in Derby are now on all-out strike against massive pay cuts imposed by the Labour-led city council. In a recent survey 74% of Derby people said they supported the action by these workers.

spotUnison HE conference: Delegates give the bureaucracy a lesson in democracy

Unison delegates to the higher education conference on 2 March reminded the service group executive (SGE) who’s in charge by defeating them on a number of questions.

Fighting racism

spotFight racism and austerity

Trump’s vile racist ban on people travelling to the US from six Muslim-majority countries and his ban on refugees has been met with a mighty movement of opposition from US workers and young people.

International Women’s Day

spotInternational Women’s Day: taking action against capitalist oppression

International Women’s Day (8 March) was celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), including the Socialist Party in England and Wales.

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotDisabled workers deserve a living wage

Rosa Monckton, one of the trustees of Team Domenica, a ‘charity’ which claims to help disabled people get into work, has said that businesses should be allowed to pay disabled people less than the minimum wage.

spot‘Nurses are angry and we are ready for action’

Up to 250,000 people descended on London to defend the NHS on 4 March. This was an overwhelming show of solidarity for healthcare workers across the UK, struggling daily under the weight of staff shortages and underfunding.

spotWomen’s struggles reduced to perfume sales and career ladder

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