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The Socialist issue 967

18 October 2017

Tories torn - bin them now

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The Socialist issue 967

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What we think

spotTories torn – bin them now

The Socialist editorial issue 967: This brutal, broken Tory government is limping. May’s premiership hangs by a thread

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotSchools “can’t go any further” – stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

‘Southampton Fair Funding for All Schools’ brought teachers, students, TAs, heads and parents onto the streets on 14 October to protest against the growing crisis in Southampton schools. The action took place ahead of the national lobby of MPs at Westminster on 24 October, which the campaign has built for.

spotYoung people being strangled by debts

spotTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Public sector workers have scored another victory against the Tories: the NHS pay cap will be scrapped

spotObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

At any given time nearly a billion people on the planet are hungry, and a third are malnourished. And yet a new report says the growing obesity crisis is set to cost $1.2 trillion a year worldwide from 2025.

spotWhat we saw

Depressing yearly student loan statement – paid off £106 this year, but after interest total amount owed only gone down by £25.

Socialist Party workplace news

spotRoyal Mail bosses block strike – back postal workers

It was the first national ballot for strike action since the act’s introduction. 72,877 Communication Workers Union (CWU) members voted to fight back against Royal Mail’s attack on their pension rights and refusal to engage seriously over pay, working hours, future job security and the need to improve the service.

spotPCS ballots members on the pay cap

spotNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

Arms manufacturer BAE Systems has announced that up to 2,000 jobs will be cut in locations across the UK. These job cuts will have a devastating effect on the lives of workers losing their livelihood but will also have a wider impact on the local economy.

spotStriking back against sackers’ charter at Leeds Uni

Across 16 separate picket lines with over 100 strikers and supporters attending a rally, University and College Union members gave their response to management’s provocative attempts to amend Leeds University’s charter to remove protections from dismissal.

spotNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

Porters and domestics – members of the GMB union – at the North Middlesex hospital, facing the threat of redundancies and pay cuts, organised a spirited protest with a barbecue outside the hospital on 12 October.

spotUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

spotSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

Within one week, Labour controlled Salford city council announced an increase in wages for some of the lowest paid care workers and also made a decision to cut the pay and some jobs of those working in Regulatory Services

October revolution 1917

spotRussia, October 1917: When workers took power

With monotonous predictability the centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile – not aimed in the main at the ‘acceptable’ February revolution – but at October. A cacophony of slander is attempting to drown out the real history of the October revolution.

spotOctober 1917 reviews: ‘More bright than any heaven’

spotOctober 1917 centenary pull-out and poster

Our special eight-page pullout for the hundredth anniversary of Russia’s October revolution, including a poster by Socialist Party member and artist Sofia Wiking

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotNo cuts – hands off King George A&E!

People queued up outside Ilford town hall to sign the Socialist Party’s petition to save King George A&E in east London on 14 October as campaigners marched to voice opposition to its closure.

spotCan you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

spotUprising to save the NHS!

An NHS ‘uprising’ took place in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on Saturday 14 October! A determined 800-strong demonstration wound its way through the town. People are fighting against the night time closure of Grantham A&E and the systematic downgrading of services in their local hospital.

spotHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

Haverfordwest is a small market town in south west Wales and in the marginal Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency of Tory MP and former secretary of state for Wales Stephen Crabb. On 14 October, the town centre was packed with around 300 people attending an anti-austerity rally

spotSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Two months have passed since Sheffield’s Labour council won a High Court injunction against peaceful protesters fighting the felling of thousands of street trees in the city.

spotSocialist Students ‘welcome’ Hillary Clinton to Swansea

International socialist news and analysis

spotCampaign against political repression in Hong Kong

Protesters gathered outside China’s embassies and consulates, as well as the Hong Kong government’s economic and trade offices, in 22 cities across 20 countries on 12-13 October. The protests were part of a newly launched international campaign, ‘Global Solidarity – Stop Repression in Hong Kong’.

Socialist Party comments and reviews

spotPowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers’ struggle

Theatre: We’re Still Here: Under the threat of closure, the steel workers – but not the pensioners – were forced to vote for one of two options, either of which meant a cut in pensions. ‘We’re Still Here’ dramatises the effect of this threat on the workers.

spotConference on state spies: who’s watching who?

spot‘Dazzling’ Bad Art show points to socialist future

Skipton is a quiet market town better known as the ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’ than it is for revolution. But on 6 October, socialist artists and activists, as well as the general public, from Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire gathered to view a dazzling selection of work by artists loosely grouped around the ‘Bad Art’ project.

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