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The Socialist issue 964

27 September 2017

Tories out! Corbyn in! - with socialist policies

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The Socialist issue 964

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What we think

spotAnti-austerity opposition needed to seize on Tories’ weakness

Editorial of the Socialist, issue 964: Many will have been pleased to see some of the policy announcements coming out of Labour Party conference

Socialist Party youth and students

spotFight for free education

Scrap tuition fees: Tuition fees can be beaten. Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s announcement that he will consider lowering them in the next Tory budget is an indication of his government’s enormous weakness

spotFreshers week campaigning reports


spotWomen’s football – Sampson allegations

At the start of the summer women’s football was riding high. In the build up to the European Championships, England, for the first time in a very long time (in men’s or women’s football), were one of the favourites.

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotGig economy exploiter Uber loses London licence

Transport unions Unite, RMT and GMB are celebrating a victory against ‘gig economy’ taxi company Uber after forcing London Mayor Sadiq Khan to refuse to renew its operating licence

spotTravel chaos for Ryanair customers as airline cancels thousands of flights

spotOne in four teenage girls depressed – crisis made worse by cuts

We are more familiar with depression than ever. What was considered uncommon 20 years ago is now increasingly prevalent, particularly among young people, with new studies indicating that one in four girls have depression by age 14

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotBristol: demand for no-cuts budget grows

In a bitter twist to the pantomime tale of Dick Whittington, a poor man who went to London and ended up becoming Lord Mayor, Bristol Labour Mayor Marvin Rees travelled there on 12 September to seek an audience with the Tories and bring back extra money for the city and ended up with… nothing.

spotSalford: Labour mayor needs to stop all cuts

spotLedbury tenants fight for decent homes

Danielle Gregory, Ledbury tenant and leading figure in the Ledbury action group spoke to Southwark Socialist Party activist Bill Mullins.

spotHundreds march against Labour council’s development plan

Around 600 people marched through the streets of Haringey, north London, on 23 September to oppose the council’s Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV).

spotStop the cuts – save our vital services

“They cut, we bleed – Save Women’s Aid” was chanted outside Doncaster council chamber by approximately 30 trade unionists, socialists and community activists, on 21 September.

spotLessons of October new edition out now!

Socialist Party workplace news

spotEscalate summer strike wave into coordinated action to defeat the pay cap

The demonstration outside the Tory party conference in Manchester on 1 October is the first main mobilisation since the TUC congress in mid-September. At the TUC, unions agreed to launch a campaign of demonstrations and industrial action to break the Tory public sector pay cap. Workers will be hoping that the Manchester protest is the launch pad for such a fight.

spotBirmingham bin strike: council humiliated in court battle – but war isn’t over yet

spotFood processing workers vote for action against miserly bosses

Leicester Socialist Party and the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) attended an emergency branch meeting for workers from Tulip, a food processing plant in Coalville. The members present on 24 September voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action due to a series of abuses by their employers.

spotUsdaw elections announced – fight for a left leadership, vote for Amy Murphy

Usdaw general secretary John Hannett’s retirement, announced at the shop workers’ union’s annual summer school, has been a long time in the offing

spotSurrey County Council staff on collision course over pay freeze

Surrey County Council employees in public sector union Unison are being balloted over an offer from the local authority which has been described by lead Unison negotiator Paul Couchman as a ‘slap in the face’ for long-standing members of staff.

spotCWU strike ballot to win ‘Four Pillars’

International socialist news and analysis

spotStrike against Madrid’s ‘state of emergency’!

Catalan independence referendum: The Spanish state’s minority government, led by the right-wing Partido Popular (People’s Party – PP), and propped up by Psoe (the social-democrats), has ruthlessly enforced its ban on the Catalan government holding a referendum on 1 October on Catalonian independence

spotGerman elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

spotFrench Labour reform protests


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