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The Socialist issue 958

9 August 2017

Striking back against poverty pay

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The Socialist issue 958

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What we think

spotVenezuela shows battle Corbyn would face

The Tories and the capitalist media are trying to conduct a scare campaign, rehearsing the shop-worn theme of ‘chaos’, linking Jeremy Corbyn to the current turmoil in Venezuela.

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotStriking back against poverty pay

What’s summer about? Sun, sea and… strike action! Fat cats and their Tory MP mates might be lounging on private beaches on private islands, but a big wave is going to hit them – a strike wave!

spotRashan Charles death: End police racism and austerity

spotCoventry: march following racist police killing

Over 200 came to the launch meeting of the #Justice4Daz campaign, set up after Coventry man Darren Cumberbatch died on 19 July following “contact” with the police. Hundreds also joined a march in Nuneaton on 29 July.

spotGovernment’s tribunal fees defeat

Unison’s successful Supreme Court challenge to the government’s tribunal fees policy on 26 July is an important victory for workers and the trade union movement.

spot40% of England’s psychiatric wards are ‘unsafe’

Fight for mental health funding: Nearly half of England’s mental health units are out of date or unsafe according to healthcare regulator CQC. Thousands were “inadequate” or marked “requires improvement.”

Marx’s Capital at 150

spotMarx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis

The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was a “great economist.”

Socialist Party workplace news

spotAngry Birmingham bin workers enter fifth week of strike action

Birmingham bin workers, members of Unite the Union, feel angry that the Labour council has forced them into a fifth week of industrial action to defend jobs, pay and the safety-critical member of the bin wagon crew.

spotBarts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

spotSteel workers at Rom Ltd strike for a pay rise

No pay rise for ten years! That’s why 18 steel fabricators in Sheffield are on strike

spotCoordinated action needed to break pay restraint

The misery of austerity for millions of workers is set to continue under the Tories. Chancellor Phillip Hammond has defended the 1% pay cap and claimed that public sector workers are overpaid

spotEnd poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

Since the NHS began outsourcing care services to private companies and charities, wages and conditions for carers, support workers and healthcare assistants have been squeezed.

spotRMT condemns Welsh government rail privatisation

Rail union RMT has condemned plans by the Welsh Labour government to further privatise the Welsh rail network

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotYoung, angry and fighting back

Join the Young Socialists!: Despite the arrival of Siemen’s wind farm factory, unemployment and underemployment in Hull, particularly for young people, is unacceptably high

spotYoung Socialists off to a flying start in Cardiff

spotCampaign fights closure of Chatsworth rehab ward

35 concerned patients, ex-patients and staff attended a passionate public meeting called by the Socialist Party on 3 August to discuss plans to fight the closure of the Chatsworth rehabilitation ward at Mansfield Community Hospital

spotSupport for Socialist Party campaigns at biggest ever Leeds Pride

Socialist Party members joined an excellent Leeds Pride on 5 August. It was the biggest ever Pride parade in Leeds, with over 40,000 attending

spotNorthern Pride’s a success

Socialist Party members attended the tenth annual Northern Pride event on Saturday 22nd July to celebrate LGBT+ culture, history and societal diversity

spotHousing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

spotFar-right thrown out of Newcastle

On 29 July Socialist Party members found out that remnants of the north east’s divided far-right organisations were planning a demonstration in Newcastle city centre

spotPostie paper sale

Colin John, a new member and retired trade union convenor, turns up regularly on our Saturday campaign stall in Swansea despite his mobility problems

International socialist news and analysis

spotVenezuela: Capitalist offensive sharpens after assembly elections

The escalating civil strife and economic crisis in Venezuela is being used by western governments and the establishment media as a stick to beat socialists with. However, as Marxists in Venezuela explain in the following article, the Maduro state bureaucracy is incapable of mobilising the working class to defeat the capitalist counterrevolution.

spotWorkers’ struggles in Peru: eyewitness report

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

spotHow much reserves have councils got?

New TUSC report shows potential for councils to end cuts: The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has launched a new report on the level of reserves held by Labour-led councils

Global finance

spotGlobal finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

Is capitalism reproducing the same conditions that led to the 2007-08 financial crash? In two introductory articles, Ross Saunders looks at the rickety global financial order and Ian Groeber points to the recent Italian bank bailouts to show how the working class continues to pick up the tab for the capitalists’ failures.

Music review

spotCrunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners

Combining music, sampling, spoken word and audio clips, Public Service Broadcasting’s ‘Every Valley’ is a poignant, angry exploration of mining, pit closures and the legacy of industrial decline in south Wales


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