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The Socialist issue 1043

22 May 2019

Birmingham home carersÂ’ victory - Strikers push back cuts council

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The Socialist issue 1043

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International socialist news and analysis

spotWhat lies behind the US-China trade war?

The stakes have been raised in the increasingly ill-tempered and rapidly escalating trade war between the world’s two most powerful economies.

spotSri Lanka – Ten years after the brutal end of the war

Thirty years of war in Sri Lanka came to a brutal end on 18 May 2009. In their final act of barbarity Sri Lankan government forces surrounded over 300,000 people fleeing the war, forced them into a tiny lagoon called Mullivaikal and bombarded them.

spotReject Alabama abortion ban

Alabama legislators have passed a bill that makes it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt to perform an abortion. They even denied an amendment allowing exemptions for cases of rape and incest.


spotLabour’s nationalisation plan: What policies are needed to avert climate catastrophe?

Jeremy Corbyn has announced a ‘Green Industrial Revolution.’ The plans include nationalising the gas and electricity supply – taking the National Grid into public ownership.

spotBritish Steel threatened closure

What we think

spotEuropean elections expose deepening political crisis: Workers need a party of our own

Editorial of the Socialist issue 1043: The euro-elections were never meant to happen. The fact that they are even taking place is an utter humiliation for Theresa May and the Tories. They are bringing to the forefront again the historic crisis of British capitalism and the rage of masses of working class and young people.

Workplace news

spotBirmingham home carers victory

Birmingham home care strikers are victorious! There is finally an end to the Birmingham home carers’ 20-month long dispute, with over 80 strike days, against attacks to their working patterns and pay – and indeed the service itself – by Birmingham Labour Council.

spotProbation workers celebrate case management renationalisation

Probation workers are celebrating a famous victory with the announcement that all case management in England and Wales will be renationalised from spring 2021.

spotFantastic RMT London Underground victory

The RMT transport union has scored a fantastic victory in the fight against cuts on London Underground. Members of the Fleet maintenance branch recorded a marvellous ballot result that easily met the new anti-union thresholds and announced strike action over three days from 17-19 May.

spotWoolwich ferry workers begin ten days of strike action

Unite the Union members employed by Briggs Marine – which has the contract to run the Woolwich Ferry on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) – have begun ten days of strike action.

spotMorrisons workers reject pay offer

The 17 May could be an historic moment for Morrisons workers. It is now time for our union Usdaw, the shop workers’ union, to dig deep and come out on top.

spotUnite young members’ conference

On 18-19 May myself and 60 other delegates made the journey to Eastbourne, for the national young members conference of Unite the Union. This event shone a light on the attitude of many young workers towards capitalism and building fighting trade unions.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short stories of workplace struggles including DWP and blood courier strikes and the NSSN conference.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spot4 June – Walk out against Trump! Climate criminal not welcome

The latest in the series of global youth strikes for climate is on Friday, 24 May. These monthly actions have been hugely successful with tens of thousands of students walking out of British schools, colleges and universities to join protests, coordinated with events across the entire planet.

spotDomestic abuse accommodation: Tories shift – but safety is more than a bed

The government has announced new changes to place a legal duty on local authorities to deliver ‘accommodation-based services’ to victims of domestic violence.

spotHaringey: Socialists’ stance fully vindicated

Barbara Blake was one of three right-wing Blairite Labour candidates to stand for the ward of Seven Sisters, Haringey, north London, during the 2018 council elections.

spotAnger and frustration at the establishment

The mood on the streets was reflected on our Socialist Party ‘Defend the National Health Service’ stall in Newton Abbot, Devon, on 18 May.

spotLifting the mood

spotSocialist sales boost

spotPouring cold water on the Riverside estate

spotWorcester Tories stonewall action on climate change

Over 100 climate change activists lobbied Worcestershire County Council on 16 May to demand emergency action to save the planet.

spotDay of action against cuts to special needs education

It is a measure of a society’s progress as to how it treats its most vulnerable members. Applying that measure to special educational needs funding – we are heading back to the Stone Age.


spotOpinion: socialists must link climate struggle to power of organised workers

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors.


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