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The Socialist issue 996

23 May 2018

CapitalismÂ’s Grenfell shame - Tories must go

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The Socialist issue 996

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What we think

spotTories prepare for possible snap election

Editorial of the Socialist issue 996: As the deadlock at the top of the Tory Party continues, Tory MPs are reported to be telling their constituency parties to prepare for another snap general election

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotCapitalism’s Grenfell shame – Tories must go

The Grenfell inquiry has opened with heart-rending tributes to the people who perished from their loved ones

spotHomeless charity colluding to deport homeless!

spotYouthful enthusiasm to break with repression of past

The historic referendum to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution, which equates to an almost complete ban on abortion, takes place on 25 May

spotNew Ebola threat

A new outbreak of Ebola has begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2014-16 some 28,000 people were infected in West Africa. 11,600 of them died.

spotGovernment continues to back failed private rail

The companies running the East Coast Main Line (ECML) rail franchise from London to Scotland – Virgin and Stagecoach – are to lose it because they “got their sums wrong” according to Chris Grayling, the transport secretary

spotSupport refugees rights

France ’68

spotMay 1968: ‘Communist’ leaders hand power back to defeated bosses

France, May 1968: week four: By Friday 24 May 1968, ten million workers were on strike. The greatest general strike in history. On the same day, the president of France, General Charles de Gaulle, tried to address the nation. Nobody saw it. It was a victim of the TV workers’ strike.

Socialist Party workplace news

spotVictory: how school strike beat ‘academy’ privatisers

School workers in Newham, east London, stopped Avenue Primary School becoming a privately run ‘academy’ earlier this month

spotThreat to unity of PCS left

spotPCS conference votes for strike action

At its conference in Brighton on 22 May the PCS civil servants’ union voted decisively for a statutory strike ballot against the Tories 1% pay cap. The ballot date is not fixed but is expected to start in June.

spotSolid strike at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre forces pay talks

Heavy security presence and a profusion of steel fencing didn’t deter angry, vocal pickets striking for decent pay at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre on 17-18 May.

spotServices disappearing from Harrogate

Staff at Harrogate College were back out on strike for two further days on 17-18 May. This is part of action across the Hull College Group.

spotCollege staff caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

In November 2016 workers at the Vine, a specialist education service, were transferred from Leeds City Council into Leeds City College.

spotFirst ever strike at TGI Fridays

International socialist news and analysis

spotYes to the struggle to lift the siege

Yes to the struggle to lift the siege: While in Jerusalem a messianic inauguration ceremony was held for the American embassy, in the Gaza Strip, the day of the embassy’s transfer was the deadliest day since the war in 2014

spotTax Amazon movement wins in Seattle

On 14 May, Seattle City Council passed a historic tax on Amazon and other big corporations to fund permanently affordable, publicly owned housing. The driving force behind this victory was the strength of our #TaxAmazon movement.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotStop Trump! Build for 13 July student walkouts

The world was rocked on 18 May by yet another school shooting in the USA. This time it was in Santa Fe, Texas, when eight students and two teachers were killed. It is the 22nd school shooting this year

spotStudent leaders claim one million on the streets against Brexit – fight for a workers’ exit

spotLet’s sell 1,000 extra copies of issue 1000!

The Socialist will reach a milestone next month. The 1,000th issue of our paper.

spotLeicester socialists fight poverty-paying sweatshops

The full effects of Tory policies, both economic and social, are being felt in Leicester, as sweatshop conditions and shocking illegal levels of pay persist in 2018.

spotSheffield Pride organisers defeated in attempt to ban politics

Organisers of Sheffield Pride have sparked criticism of the event after calling Pride a “celebration, not a protest.”

spot40 attend Socialist Party housing campaign launch in Windsor

There was a successful launch of our new housing campaign in Windsor on 15 May. The meeting was attended by 40 people, with speakers and lively discussion from the floor.

Section 28

spot30 years on from Section 28: the legacy of fighting LGBT+ attacks must continue

On 24 May 1988 Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was enacted in England, Scotland and Wales by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

Opinion

spotHow ‘Prevent’ training fosters racist paranoia

Recently work required me to complete online ‘Prevent’ training, supposed to help those who work with young people spot signs of “radicalisation.”

spotAds won’t fix it: fight mental health cuts as well as stigma

spotWe can learn about struggle from the mass trespass of Kinder Scout

The story of the mass trespass by hundreds of young working people from Manchester and Sheffield on Kinder Scout, to establish the ‘right to roam’, is remembered with pride.

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including witch hunts and private police.

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