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The Socialist issue 1049

3 July 2019

Same old millionaire Tories - Fight to kick them out

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The Socialist issue 1049

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Workplace news

spotAngry Usdaw members strike at Sainsbury’s distribution centre over sick pay cut

Dozens of members of shop workers’ union Usdaw picketed Sainsbury’s Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex for most of their 24-hour strike against changes to sickness policy.

spotSick of your boss? Join a union! Fight for socialism

My current employer has not given its workforce a pay rise in over three years. The health and safety regulations are breached on a daily basis.

spotConstruction workers protest in defence of union rights and against anti-worker EU

70 steel construction workers from Humberside and Yorkshire gathered outside Siemans’ Turbine Factory, in Waterside, Lincoln on 28 June, to protest in defence of their trade union-agreed ‘national agreement for the engineering construction industry’ (NAECI).

spotSocialists in PCS union launch new group to fight general secretary election

A new group has been formed within civil service union PCS’s Left Unity grouping. The Broad Left Network is a campaign for a fighting, democratic union made up of socialists and supporters of PCS Left Unity.

spotSteps forward and missed opportunities at Unite rules conference

General union Unite’s 2019 rules conference made some important steps forward but missed opportunities to develop member participation. It also passed amendments that could be dangerous to the left in the future.

spotLondon Arriva bus drivers vote for strike action over bullying and workload

London bus drivers have had enough! In a consultative ballot of Unite the Union members at Arriva, drivers voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

spotBirmingham school strike for safe working environment

spotLancashire Stagecoach drivers continue their fight

spotBirmingham uni workers strike against terms and conditions attacks

Unison members working in catering, cleaning and security held a well-supported one-day strike at the University of Birmingham on 28 June. They were protesting against the removal of premium payments for weekend and anti-social hours and reduction of holiday entitlement by a week.

What we think

spotSinister moves against Corbyn can be beaten by clear socialist policies

And then there were two. The Tories are entering the final stage of their leadership contest, with the choice between Johnson, the want-to-be British Trump and Hunt, the NHS wrecker.


spotSame old millionaire Tories – Fight to kick them out

Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt offers a decent future for workers, young people and others facing hardship. Does this mean we should be despondent? Absolutely not!

spotNationalisation is answer to Southern Water cover up

An investigation into Southern Water by the industry regulator Ofwat has demanded that the company pay a £126 million penalty package, the largest it has ever imposed. The Environment Agency is now also looking into pressing criminal charges.

spotGig-economy exploitation doubles

The ‘gig economy’, formerly known as ‘casual labour’ – and much beloved of the dock employers for hundreds of years worldwide, is on the rise. Tony Blair famously called it “the flexible workforce”.

spotEven social-care bosses say cuts have gone too far

Jeremy Hunt, in a masterful understatement, said: “I think, having been responsible for health and social care, that some of the cuts in social care did go too far.”

spotThem & Us

It’s one world for the super-rich and another for us.

spotWhat we saw

Times journalist James Kirkup asked this: “Why aren’t the wannabe PMs talking about in work poverty?” on 26 June. The Tories aren’t, but the Socialist is.

Stonewall riots

spotStonewall riots’ legacy shows need for socialist struggle to win LGBT+ liberation

Pride events around the world this year are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, widely seen as the birth of modern LGBT+ rights movements.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotSocialist Party secures new offices

We are very pleased to announce that the Socialist Party has found new premises! After renting our old premises for nearly 20 years we have bought our new building which will be a big asset for our party.

spotAngry Barking residents protest outside sales office

On Saturday 29 June property sales offices at Barking Riverside, London – the site of the recent horrendous fire that consumed 20 flats in just a few minutes – were closed due to a well-attended residents’ and supporters’ protest.

spotTamil Solidarity Day: Linking up oppressed people’s struggles

This year’s Solidarity Day meeting took place on 29 June in London.

spotCoventry says no to congestion charge

Coventry’s Labour council has spent two years drawing up a plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide hotspots in two parts of the city.

spotCarlisle Labour/Lib Dem coalition cuts care home beds

A hastily organised protest by Carlisle Socialist Party spoilt a self-congratulatory publicity event by the Labour/Lib Dem coalition running Cumbria county council.

spotSell the Socialist and take out an e-subscription

Socialist Party members play an important role – in some cases leading them – in local and national fightbacks against Tory austerity and in trade union strikes.

spotLincoln Uni NUS disaffiliation: a question of on-campus democracy

At their last meeting as members of the University of Lincoln Student Union’s Board of Trustees, the elected executive committee members put a motion through removing the student union from the National Union of Students (NUS), effective from 31 December.

spotStourbridge: Keep our college!

On 29 June, around 400 education workers, parents and supporters marched through Stourbridge to protest against the looming closure of the town’s further education college.

International socialist news and analysis

spotNew opportunity to build working-class fightback after voters punish Erdogan

Voters in Istanbul on 23 June struck a big blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian leader of Turkey, amid a deepening economic crisis. This is the first time in Erdogan’s 17-year rule that his right-wing capitalist party, AKP, has been defeated in an election.

spotIrish health workers’ anger boils over into strike action

On 24 June over 10,000 workers in the Irish health service took strike action, ignoring Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar’s last minute plea to call it off. This was the first day in a campaign of escalating strike action.


spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors.

spotTV: Years and Years – Engaging family drama pushes confused, reactionary message

The six-part political and family drama Years and Years follows one family from the present day over 15 years.


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