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The Socialist issue 1005

8 August 2018

Tories and Blairites must go

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The Socialist issue 1005

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What we think

spotCorbyn must end false unity with Labour’s right

May’s government teeters so close to the edge that – especially if it were faced with a mass movement, headed-up by Jeremy Corbyn along with the trade union and labour movement as a whole – it could be forced out within no time. Yet dominating the headlines has been a barrage of slander directed at Labour’s leadership

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotBirmingham home carers strike

Low-paid care workers are striking for 14 days against Birmingham Labour council’s cuts

spotNorthants Council in total collapse: for a citizens’ assembly to draw up a ‘needs budget’

The unprecedented financial crisis of Northamptonshire’s Tory county council continues. The first council to go technically bankrupt for many years is slashing services even further

spotRents soar 60% faster than pay – while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

Cap rents, build council homes, protect green space: A Tory cabinet minister says “the choice is building on more greenfield sites… or losing the election and ending up with Jeremy Corbyn”

spotTax-dodging tech bosses make billons … while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

Nationalise the big tech firms: Every ten seconds, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes the median salary of one of his employees: $28,000

spotNo to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks

spotThem & us

It’s one world for the super-rich, and another for the rest of us. Branson’s NHS billions v working while sick; principal’s money for nothing v massive benefits underpayment; pubs too expensive

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

spotThe fight against Labour’s Blairites and TUSC’s role now

Should the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) continue? The Socialist Party, one of its cofounders, believes TUSC could still play an important role if it is recast for the period ahead

Workplace news and analysis

spotNHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold ‘pay rise’

The unions should give a lead to NHS staff and reopen the talks to pressure this weak Tory government into real pay rises for hard-working staff.

spotGovernment fails to deliver on funding and teachers’ pay – demand action to win 5%

spotPCS union: break the pay cap – the fight continues!

The unions needs to update its mandate for action, and Socialist Party members believe a special delegate conference this autumn is the best way of doing this

spotKirklees bin workers’ strike forces management back

The deal includes ten more drivers with two new rounds and a further 30 agency staff to cover for leave and sickness. Crucially two of the hardline managers have been removed

spotMinistry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

Huge anger is being stoked up among staff in the Ministry of Justice after the ‘modernising employment proposition’ pay offer came as yet another in a long line of slaps to the face

spotTake on probation privatisation with union action

The experiment of using private companies’ for probation services has resulted in a worse service for staff and for prisoners

spotBournemouth train guards’ RMT strike

RMT guards on strike on 31 July in Bournemouth were united in their continuing action against driver-only operated trains

spotLondon cleaners’ coordinated strike

Low-paid cleaners at five different sites in London took coordinated strike action for the London Living Wage and sick pay on 7 August

International socialist news and analysis

spotIsrael – Protest rally against the Nationality Law

Up to 120,000 people in Israel protested against the state’s new Nationality Law on 4 August in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv

spotDeadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

Regardless of what is proven later, there is an undeniable reality: the deficiencies and cuts suffered by both firefighters and the Forestry Service, both in human resources and in materials

spotStriking Portuguese dockers show the way forward

National strike against union busting, precarious employment and workplace harassment: Dockers in Portugal took strike action across all ports on 27 July

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotA mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA

The far right can be defeated by a mass campaign. It is essential that trade unions and Jeremy Corbyn do all they can to lead that.

spotProtests win temporary halt to refugee evictions in Glasgow

The retreat by Serco is partly in response to legal challenges by Govan Law Centre but is also as a result of the political pressure of working class people

spotWhy I joined: “I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right”

“In the run-up to 2017’s snap general election, I found myself increasingly angry at the ineptitude and apparent contempt for working class people of the Conservative Party”

spotShropshire NHS – fight the cuts to our services!

Shropshire’s reorganisation or ‘Future Fit’ plans are to close an A&E department at one hospital and have an urgent care centre at the other.

spotTolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election

Thousands gathered at the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs festival in Dorset to remember the sacrifices of the early farmworkers who founded the trade union movement

spotTrade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester

25 or so EDL supporters were outnumbered ten to one by protesters


spotA must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

Pamphlet: If we fight, we can win! “It was with great pleasure and admiration that I recently read the pamphlet published by the East Midlands region of the Socialist Party to celebrate their successes in fighting cuts and closures within the NHS”

spotThe Socialist inbox

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