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The Socialist issue 1040

1 May 2019

Valentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

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The Socialist issue 1040

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News

spotBuild student unions and walkouts to fight climate change and Trump!

Donald Trump – the viciously anti-working class, sexist, racist, bigoted president of the United States – has announced that he plans to once again visit Britain this summer between 3-5 June.

spot300 NHS nurse suicides in seven years – fully fund our health service now!

The NHS crisis has reached horrifying new levels. Over 300 NHS nurses have died by suicide in seven years. In 2014, one nurse a week took their own lives.

spotPort Talbot steelworks rocked by an explosion – nationalise the plant to save jobs and lives!

In the early hours of 26 April, Port Talbot in south Wales was rocked by a large explosion that residents report sounded like a bomb which could be heard miles away.

spotBuild a universal safety net – abolish Universal Credit!

Thousands of Universal Credit claimants are not getting the money they are entitled to – and desperately need – without even knowing.

spotUniversal Credit disaster behind foodbank rise

Universal Credit is being blamed for the record rise in the use of foodbanks as families required them to provide 14 million meals in the last 12 months.

spotFracking mess

The government’s fracking tsar, ex-Labour MP Natascha Engel, has quit six months into the job.

Local elections 2019

spotLocal elections 2019: Time to stand up and fight the cuts!

One primary school in Southampton has stood up and refused to accept any more cuts. A united campaign of staff, parents and governors – including strike action – has resulted in Southampton’s Labour council agreeing to guarantee no cuts to the school for two years.

spotWirral Tories raise spectre of Militant

“Don’t let them do to Wirral what Derek Hatton and Militant did to Liverpool last time” was the warning of the Wirral Conservative Group’s outrageous and desperate front page advertising wrap, printed for the Wirral Globe on 20 March.

spotLeicester: No-cuts budget only way forward

With just five days until polling day, Leicester Socialist Party hosted a public meeting to spell out our plan to fight all austerity cuts if elected to the city council.

spotWorcester: Fightback against library cuts

The third instalment in the campaign to see off the cuts to services at St John’s library, Worcester, took place on 20 April when 30 protesters gathered outside the library itself.

spotUnion action needed to fight Tory Derbyshire Council cuts

Derbyshire’s local government unions must respond with boldness and determination in the face of the Tory-controlled county council’s latest round of austerity.

Workplace news

spotValentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

Teachers and support staff at Valentine Primary School, members of the National Education Union (NEU), are celebrating an important victory following strike action. Union members reached an agreement with Southampton’s Labour-run city council for a two-year freeze on cuts.

spotStrike ballot: huge result must launch fightback

spotUsdaw ADM 2019

As delegates arrive in Blackpool for the annual conference of Usdaw, the retail and distribution union, many shop workers are facing job losses and worse pay and conditions as the retail crisis deepens.

spotCommunication workers oppose second EU vote, and back new socialist ‘Clause IV’ for Labour

Postal and telecom workers have voted to campaign against attempts to remain in the neoliberal EU at the 2019 conference of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). Delegates also called for the Labour Party to re-commit to public ownership in its constitution.

International socialist news and analysis

spotIndia General election shows crying need for independent socialist alternative

The huge exercise of India’s 2019 general election is under way across its 29 states and seven Union territories.

spotFrance Telecom: Privatisation in the dock

As chief executive officer of the recently privatised France Telecom (now Orange), Didier Lombard was a ‘master of the universe’. And on a salary of €500,000 to boot.

spotScandinavian Airlines walkout disrupts Nordic air travel

Hundreds of flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark have been cancelled as 1,400 pilots for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) began strike action on 26 April.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotEU elections: Countering Farage’s right-wing Brexit Party

Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage has launched the Brexit Party to fill the vacuum in British politics for a political party with a definite position to leave the EU amid the Tory meltdown over Brexit and Ukip’s implosion.

spotSwansea anti-far right protest

spotWaltham Forest TUC May Day

Opinion

spotKnife crime – a product of capitalist misery

Several recent tragic deaths of teenagers in ‘knife crime’ incidents have raised concerns about the level of violence affecting young people in England and Wales.

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including the Notre Dame disaster and civil disobedience.

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