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The Socialist issue 980

31 January 2018

Save our NHS - kick out the privatisers

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The Socialist issue 980

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Save our NHS

spotNHS: use the 3 February protests as a launch pad for a mass movement

“If we have made history, so be it. Someone had to make a stand.” These were the words of shop steward Joan Foster to our predecessor paper, Militant, in January 1988. Joan was one of 40 nurses who walked out at North Manchester General hospital in response to an attempt to take away their unsocial hours payment.

spotNHS we’re ready to fight

spotNorthern health campaigns conference discusses the fightback

Around 150 delegates crowded into the first and very successful Health Campaigns Together northern conference held in Leeds on 20 January.

spot8,000 strong petition opposes closure of Sheffield health services

Socialist Party members took part as over 8,000 signatures on petitions were presented by Sheffield Save Our NHS, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and Labour Party members against the proposed closure of the minor injuries unit at Hallamshire hospital and the walk-in centre in Sheffield to a meeting of the clinical commissioning group (CCG).

spotLabour NHS rally reveals horrors but offers no way forward

A rally in Central Hall, Westminster, on 25 January brought home the horrors of what is happening to the NHS, after 70 years of its treasured existence.

spotLeicester NHS protest

Leicester Socialist Party hosted a determined public meeting on 27 January to discuss how to build a fightback against the escalating attacks on our NHS.


spotTrump as Nixon: urgent questions about press freedom and the state

Film: The Post: In 1971 US casualties in Vietnam were running at 500 a week, and opposition to the war was reaching boiling point.

spotCapitalism v cricket

Women’s liberation

spotFor workplace trade union organisation against sexual harassment

The scandal over the President’s Club charity dinner shows that behind closed doors the rich and powerful feel as entitled to women’s bodies as ever.

spotPresidents Club sexism scandal: what you thought

spot100 years since women won the vote

It is 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote in parliamentary elections. It took years of struggle and the largest mobilisation of women in Britain’s history to achieve this partial victory.

Socialist Party workplace news

spotVictory for Hackney school cleaners!

Unite members employed by the outsourcing company OCS working in Hackney schools have won a fantastic victory. The cleaners had voted, by 100%, to take strike action which was due to begin with five days across six schools.

spotLocal government workers’ reps reject 2% pay offer

spotUniversity workers’ walkout for decent pensions

University and College Union (UCU) members in 61 universities will be taking up to 14 days of strike action in February and March if plans to completely scrap the defined benefit element of our pensions aren’t dropped.

spotMerseyrail protest

spotSupermarket’s slash jobs – union fightback needed

Two of so-called ‘Big Four’ supermarkets – Tesco and Sainsbury’s – have announced job losses running into the thousands.

spotCammell Lairds strikers demand improved pay and conditions

Shipbuilding workers in the GMB and Unite are striking

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotLabour civil war re-erupts over Haringey regeneration project

Every attempt by the Labour Party membership to exert democratic control over MPs and councillors is met with howls of outrage by the capitalist class.

spotTory infighting escalates – workers’ action can oust them

spotFailing academy chain strips school assets – end academisation!

In businesses when cuts are made, they sell off their facilities and equipment in the interest of maintaining profits. Now that’s what’s happening with our schools.

spotCapitalists fear for their system at Davos

Representatives of the world’s ruling class again gathered for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at the Davos mountain resort in Switzerland.

spotMajority of kids poor in some areas

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotFat cat vice chancellors schooled by Brum students

Students at the University of Birmingham lambasted their fat cat vice chancellor (VC) David Eastwood during his ‘Question Time’ event on 25 January. The room was filled with students rightfully angered by Eastwood’s role at the university.

spotConfident London Socialist Party conference discusses key issues

spotYour newspaper fights with you: help fund it with May Day greetings

The Socialist is the newspaper that stands with you in your fight. May Day greetings help fund it. Help us get them in.

spotBristol anti-cuts campaigners debate alternatives to the cuts

Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance (Badaca) hosted a public debate at Unite the Union’s Bristol office on 24 January.

International socialist news and analysis

spotStop the war on the Kurds

For mass resistance!: Last month the Turkish state began a fresh military assault on Kurdish areas in Syria. Kurds and supporters demonstrated against the war in London on 27 January

spotSudan: Free Mohamed Satti

spotVienna: 50,000 march against racism and austerity

They came in their tens of thousands to protest against the new far-right coalition government formed by the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ).


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