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The Socialist issue 955

5 July 2017

Public sector wages - pay up!

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The Socialist issue 955

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotPublic sector wages – Pay up!

Strike to smash the cap: A stark new report by the government’s own advisors on public sector pay has shown that there was a 6% drop in average wages from 2005 to 2015

spotJobstown victory: protest is not a crime!


spotBlairite EU rebellion: no to the bosses’ Single Market

Jeremy Corbyn has had to sack three members of his shadow cabinet. They were among 50 Labour rebels who voted to remain in the European Single Market, against the party’s instruction to abstain.

spotFight establishment’s Grenfell insults: no to cover-up, safety for all!

Every day seems to bring a new insult to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. They are still seeking assurances of local rehousing. Their landlord has charged them rent for burnt-out homes in error.

spotHillsborough: six charged due to determination of justice campaign

More than 28 years after the Hillsborough stadium disaster, charges are finally being brought against the policeman in charge and five others

spotTories’ tuition fees wobble: fight for free education!

Readers’ comments and reviews

spot200-year miscarriage of justice exposing ruling class

Book review: Exactly 200 years ago a 17 year-old Nottinghamshire girl was murdered walking home to Papplewick village from nearby Mansfield

spotTransport strategy: London’s mayor is no visionary

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including Grenfell, Qatar, Corbyn and magic money trees.

What we think

spot1 July demo: anger and enthusiasm shows potential mass movement

All who attended the Tories Out demonstration on 1st July will have been given a huge boost of confidence that the anger and determination exists to bring down the weak and wobbly Tory government


Socialist Party workplace news

spot‘Jubilant’ hospital workers strike against poverty pay in east London

On 4-5 July domestics, porters and security staff at Barts Health Trust in east London, members of Unite the Union, began a campaign of strike action


spotSupport the Merseyrail strikes against DOO

spotRMT conference opens debate on Labour and pledges to fight anti-union laws

This year’s RMT annual general meeting (AGM) took place in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s tremendous general election result. The elation of workers and trade unionists at the result was carried into the hall and reflected by delegates to the conference which ran from 25-29 June in Exeter.

spotBin workers’ anger boils over into strike action

Bin workers across Birmingham left work to begin the first in a series of strikes


spotUnison conference: Socialist Party argues for a socialist Brexit

One of the important debates at the 2017 Unison conference was about Brexit. One year on from the referendum, there were a number of motions and amendments about what form Brexit should take and what role the union should play.

spotSurrey FBU pass no confidence motion

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Surrey has passed a motion of no confidence in the local fire authority, saying planned budget cuts will see firefighter numbers plummet.

spotBA cabin crew blacklisting strike starts

Mixed fleet cabin crew started a 16-day strike on 1 July. Up until the start of the latest strike, mixed fleet cabin crew had been on strike for 26 days

spotLeeds: Nurses’ union RCN says ‘scrap the cap’

“It’s time for all of us to take a stand, if we don’t we won’t have an NHS left” said one nurse through the megaphone at the RCN nurses’ union pay cap protest in Leeds on 30 June.

Pride 2017

spotPride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

Michael Johnson, from the Socialist Party’s LGBT group, highlights some of the issues being discussed in this year’s Pride celebrations and examines the lessons of the Russian revolution for the struggle for LGBT+ rights today

spotLessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

NI abortion u-turn

spotWeakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government

Housing

spotHaringey: stop demolition of homes and communities

The fight is stepping up a gear to stop Haringey council’s massive privatisation project

spotSouth London tower block residents plan safety campaign

spotNewcastle tenants demand answers

On 27 June I attended a meeting organised by concerned tenants of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), an arms-length management organisation (Almo) of Newcastle City Council, at Cruddas Park tower in the city’s west end.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotEast London community demands action after racist attacks

Over 100 local residents, including 20 who couldn’t get in, packed the Berner Community Centre in Tower Hamlets, east London, on 2 July, angry about a number of recent attacks on local Muslim people.

spotAnother record fighting fund quarter!

spotFrom Militant to the Socialist Party – what you thought

Like many people who eagerly pre-ordered From Militant to the Socialist Party I have enjoyed reading its 600-odd pages

spotPensioners oppose DUP deal

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