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The Socialist issue 1051

31 July 2019

Force a general election

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The Socialist issue 1051

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What we think

spotBoris, Brexit and British capitalism

Editorial of the Socialist: Boris Johnson’s victory in the Tory leadership election will probably turn out to be the most predictable political event of 2019

spotCWI refounded with determination and confidence

Special feature

spot“The longest, darkest days of my life”: fighting Universal Credit

How councils can stop Universal Credit: “I tried to explain that there is no way £12 a week would cover food shopping, travel and childcare fees”

Socialist Party news and analysis

spotBuild a working-class movement to force an election

Johnson is keen to present himself as a representative of ordinary people – but his policy announcements are anti-worker through and through

spotLabour promises to end council privatisation: councils must do that now!

Labour needs to send a clear message to the working class, because that is not what we see in our workplaces and communities

spotTories look in wrong place for climate solutions

Extreme heat caused misery for those stuck in blisteringly hot workplaces as well as thousands of stranded passengers, as our poorly funded infrastructure ground to a halt

spotLib Dems: little bosses’ party elects eager pro-austerity leader

Jo Swinson has eagerly put her hand up for austerity, privatisation, fracking, war and the bosses’ European Union

spotAristocrats are rich after all… and getting richer

Economic ‘liberalisation’ and deregulation of the City, ushered in by Margaret Thatcher, turbo-charged aristocrats’ wealth

International socialist news and analysis

spotMass movement topples governor of Puerto Rico

Two weeks of almost continuous mass protests have forced the resignation of the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló

spotHong Kong: the struggle for democratic rights escalates

Workplace news and analysis

spotLobby the TUC for workers’ action to defeat Johnson

TUC congress should be a council of war to bring together all the increasing number of disputes – join the lobby on 8 September

spotNorthern Ireland: Harland and Wolff shipyard workers enter occupation

Demand government renationalise to save jobs and skills: Attempts to find a buyer for the shipyard ran into difficulties, leaving workers an uncertain future

spot“Enough is enough”: 20,000 Northern Ireland civil servants strike against pay restraint

The strike has been provoked by the imposition of another below-inflation pay award for 2018-19

spotPlymouth posties deliver defiant message to bullying bosses

Postal workers at the West Park delivery office in Plymouth took unofficial strike action from 24-26 July after Royal Mail’s refusal to deal with bullying and harassment

spot“BEIS: stop pISSing about and give outsourcing the boot!”

Catering workers and cleaners, members of civil service union PCS, walked out on indefinite strike action on 15 July at the government’s business department,

spotHackney transport strike – blockade foils employers

spotSainsbury’s distribution workers’ second 24-hour strike against cuts to sick pay

Workers at Sainbury’s Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex took a second 24-hour strike action against cuts to sick pay on 25 July

spotNottingham Deliveroo riders strike against unfair algorithm

“The algorithm is pushing out cyclists and favouring motors – pushing us to the back of the queue and damaging the environment”

spotBromley library workers strike against running down

The long-running strike against the running down of Bromley libraries has not lost its enthusiasm

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotEnfield: 100% council homes at Meridian Water!

A big meeting of residents and trade unionists in Edmonton, North London, set up a campaign to fight for 100% council homes at Meridian Water, the biggest redevelopment project in London

spotWalthamstow shopping centre fire: people’s plan – not disaster capitalism

Phenomena like floods or fire can be an excuse to rush through plans to privatise land, buildings and space

spotTolpuddle festival 2019: socialist policies to end Tory rule and austerity

Thousands of activists and trade unionists attended the Tolpuddle festival over the weekend of 20-21 July

spotBarking: campaigning over housing safety

Following a shocking, preventable fire on its housing estate a few weeks ago, Barking Reach Residents’ Association met to discuss the next steps of its campaign

spotJuly climate strikes: link up with the workers’ movement

On 19 July, members of the Socialist Party and Socialist Students braved the rain outside parliament to support school students striking against climate change

spotIlford: parents and teachers unite against school cuts

Ilford County High School, which has a deficit, should force the council to allow a moratorium on repayments

spotBoris Johnson ‘coronation’ – demos say: boot him out!

In the aftermath of Boris Johnson’s ‘election’ there were two lively and angry protests in central London

spotThe Socialist Party has moved!

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spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist’s editors. Victimised TUSC agent writes; climate travel chaos; education pensions attack; water privatisation scandal; ‘Labour peers’?

spotHuge workload, low pay and unpaid hours – a day in the life of a teaching assistant

The role has changed unrecognisably in the last few years, but the wages do not reflect the level of commitment and professionalism the position now demands or the extra pressures it brings


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