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The Socialist issue 1034

20 March 2019

Youth strikes show the way - mass action can oust Tories

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The Socialist issue 1034

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What we think

spotMay’s government facing endgame

Corbyn must demand general election and fight for the socialist alternative to the bosses’ EU: With just ten days until the date of departure from the EU at the time of writing, there is unprecedented daily turmoil in parliament on what will happen.

News

spotEnd austerity. Fight for a living wage!

Despite a £30 billion windfall in the government’s coffers, Tory chancellor Philip Hammond’s spring statement signals a continued squeeze on low-income families.

spotNew Zealand mosque terror atrocity

Millions woke up on the morning of 15 March in shock to learn of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

spotTop unis threaten cuts if tuition fees

The elitist club of top universities known as the Russell Group has recently threatened that any reduction of student tuition fees will result in cuts to course numbers, as well as the arts and social mobility programmes.

spotCash-strapped schools now ‘fourth emergency service’

Increasing numbers of schools are having to provide clothing, laundry facilities and food parcels to their students due to a decade of austerity leaving many vulnerable children in poverty.

Climate walkouts

spotYouth strikes show the way – mass action can oust Tories

On 15 March, young people marched out of their schools and colleges and took to the streets for the second youth strike against climate change.

spotMassive protests over catastrophic climate change

On 15 March, in 1,000 cities and 100 countries, millions went on strike and demonstrated against the huge threat to the environment and human populations posed by rapid climate change.

Workplace news

spotVictory for Birmingham bin workers

Meeting discusses fight to win other disputes and save services in the city: The long-running Birmingham bins dispute, concerning “secret payments” and the “blacklisting” of workers, has ended after Birmingham city council today approved the agreement on 15 March that has ended the dispute.

spotPCS civil servants’ union: Vote Yes to strike for better pay

125,000 PCS union members across the civil service and related public bodies are being asked to vote Yes in the national ballot on pay. The ballot, which began on 18 March, will conclude on 29 April.

spotMidlands machine bearing makers launch all-out strike

“There’s only so much meat on the bone. NSK has taken so much off us it’s now passed the bone and is into the marrow!”

spotHackney school bus workers walk out

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotSocialist Party’s Sue Atkins wins big support for anti-cuts, socialist policies

Increased council tax bills, along with another round of cuts, fuelled voters’ anger in the Coxford ward council by-election in Southampton on 14 March.

spotUnion fightback key to movement against racism and austerity

The annual anti-racism demonstration marched through central London on 16 March. The demonstration is called to mark the United Nations day against racism.

spotTrade unionists debate the EU

An ‘EU – Should We Stay or Should We Go?’ debate was organised by Nottingham and Mansfield trade union council. Over 70 people attended the 26 February meeting.

spotSocialist Party Northern conference: Workers are sick of cuts and have the power to fight back

The stand-out contributions at the Socialist Party Northern regional conference came from trade union activists reporting their recent experiences in their workplaces.

spotStop cuts to women’s services in Leicester

23 people attended Leicester Socialist Party’s public meeting on ‘Women’s Lives Matter’ on 16 March.

spotHelp build the workers’ press: send May Day greetings to the Socialist!

The early-bird deadline for May Day greetings is fast approaching! We want full payment for as many greetings as possible by 5pm on Friday 29 March, the cut-off for the 20% advance discount.

International socialist news and analysis

spotSpanish state: Historic 8 March action

Millions were on the streets on International Women’s Day against sexist violence and capitalist oppression


Opinion

spotExhibition: Don McCullin – a life in pictures

Being a legal aid lawyer, you are subjected to audits by all kinds of people. As it is, working a weekend allows you a day off mid-week and I took the opportunity to pop down to Tate Britain. The reason for the trip was to see the retrospective on the photographer Don McCullin.

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including Ineos and cycling, Venezuela and Labour and the Socialist Party and the FBU.

spotTheatre: Banner Theatre’s Nottingham ‘Free for All’

An inspiring evening of music, video footage and commentary was sponsored and hosted by Unite Nottinghamshire Health Branch at the Nottingham Arts Theatre 28 February.

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