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The Socialist issue 1022

12 December 2018

Corbyn, unions: call action now. Finish the Tories off

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The Socialist issue 1022

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What we think

spotTory chaos reaches fever pitch

Corbyn and unions must mobilise workers to kick them out!
The government is in an unprecedented crisis. Just a day before the planned vote in parliament over Theresa May’s Brexit deal proposal, she was forced to cancel it.


News

spotNational Union of Students faces bankruptcy

Reports have surfaced that the National Union of Students (NUS) is facing a profound financial crisis, estimated to lead the NUS to bankruptcy by April 2019.

spotTories’ NHS cash insult – mass action can save our NHS

£20.5 billion extra funding isn’t enough to make improvements to NHS services, is the conclusion of Simon Stevens, head of NHS England. A row has broken out between him and the government.

spotCuts and NHS crisis result in ‘excess’ elderly deaths

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that there were 50,100 ‘excess deaths’ in England and Wales in the winter of 2017-18, the highest number since the mid-1970s.

spotCorbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

Mark Drakeford, a self-described supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, has been elected as leader of Welsh Labour and will be elected as First Minister.

spotWorldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years

The murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi has brought into horrifying focus the dangers faced by reporters throughout the world.

spotInterserve debts

Shares in Interserve – one of the UK’s largest private providers of public services – have collapsed after it announced it has £500 million worth of debts.

spotUniversal Credit Christmas misery

The shocking effects of Universal Credit have been revealed by the ordeal faced by one mother this Christmas.

Workplace news

spotTommy Robinson’s rich backers

spotStrike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

The planned 291 redundancies at Birkenhead’s Cammell Laird shipyard have been put on hold following 13 days of strike action by workers starting on 26 November.

spotSelect Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

PCS Left Unity members will be saddened to hear that Janice Godrich is suffering ill health, and therefore not able to accept the Left Unity nomination for assistant general secretary (AGS) of the civil servants’ union.

spotSpontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

Ferrybridge workers on construction sites and fast food factories have stuck two fingers up at the Tory Trade Union Act by striking.

spotHull council workers fight to protect sick pay

Workers for Kingstown Works Ltd (KWL) in Hull have started a campaign to protect their sick pay scheme with a lobby of Hull North constituency Labour Party (CLP).

spotVeolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

Waste workers in Unite the Union in Cheshire, employed by Veolia UK, have overwhelmingly voted for strike action in their dispute over unpaid shifts.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports of workers’ struggles including victories for cinema reps and housing workers and a traffic wardens strike.

France

spotFrance in revolt

France has seen an apparently unstoppable revolt from below. Since Saturday 17 November, a massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country.

John Maclean

spotJohn Maclean – revolutionary fighter of the working class

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotWomen’s Lives Matter national meeting – a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services

Congratulations to Women’s Lives Matter for organising a brilliant first national meeting. People from around the UK attended and brought with them a wealth of experience, ideas and proposals.

spot‘Stansted 15’ – outrageous guilty verdict

spotSocialist Students LJMU victory

Socialist Students at Liverpool John Moores University has been successful in getting David Hitchmough reelected as a delegate to NUS conference where he will provide a socialist voice.

spotJobs and homes not racism – kick the Tories out!

Thousands marched on Sunday 9 December to oppose Tommy Robinson and Ukip marching through central London.

spotGive us a bumper Christmas cash boost!

TUSC

spotNew twist in Derby TUSC election agent case

A recent ruling by the Electoral Commission has cast new light on the case of Chris Fernandez, the local election agent for eight Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates at the 2016 council elections in Derby, who earlier this year was jailed for alleged ‘electoral fraud’.

Obituary

spotObituary – Beth Roper (1990-2018) – comrade, friend and fighter

Christmas Quiz

spotThe Socialist quiz of 2018

Brexit chaos… austerity… cataclysmic climate change… far-right populism… stop worrying and instead enjoy the Socialist quiz of 2018 – and step up the fight for socialism in 2019!

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