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The Socialist issue 1055

11 September 2019

Tory meltdown - Organise to finish them off

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The Socialist issue 1055

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International socialist news and analysis

spotFar right makes gains in Germany

The 1 September state elections in the eastern German states of Brandenburg and Saxony saw a continuation of the decline of Social Democrats (SPD) and Christian Democrats (Angela Merkel’s CDU), currently Germany’s ruling parties.

spotSouth Africa: Xenophobic violence – a product of failed capitalist policies

The Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns the raging xenophobic attacks in South Africa which have affected Nigerians alongside other African migrants in South Africa.

spotWest Papuans demand self-determination in London

Dozens of West Papuan protesters and supporters demonstrated outside the Indonesian embassy on 7 September against state repression of the independence movement.

What we think

spotTories in tatters: Corbyn must seize the time

Opinion

spotCapitalist ‘democracy’ v socialist democracy

Parliament is packed with pro-capitalist politicians who neither reflect the balance of the views of the electorate on Brexit, nor the needs of the working class to overturn austerity.

Workplace news

spotTUC: Lost opportunity to organise a united struggle

With the Tories in meltdown, having lost their majority, and Boris Johnson reeling and on the ropes, many workers would be hoping that Labour and the trade unions would now deliver the knockout blow and force them from office.

spotNSSN lobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories

A packed and enthusiastic National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) rally took place at Trade Union Congress (TUC) conference in Brighton on 8 September, the tenth year that the rally has taken place.

spotFighting PCS general secretary needed – Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing

spotEnd austerity in the civil service: General election now

Prior to the conference of the Trade Union Congress, a motion was put by Socialist Party members and others to the national executive committee (NEC) of the PCS civil servants’ union.

spotPCS strike at BEIS: “The life we live is not liveable”

PCS members working as cleaners and catering staff at the government’s business department, BEIS, are on indefinite strike. The workers are employed by private companies Aramark and ISS.

spotUnions must fight to make bus drivers and passengers safe

A major report has at last been published, following concerns over driver fatigue on London’s buses. High levels of deaths and injuries involving buses have been recorded.

spotAsda workers protest against worse contract

Asda workers are being threatened with the sack if they refuse to sign a new contract which will worsen their terms and conditions.

spotUCU ballots – yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality

University staff in the University and College Union (UCU) are currently voting on strike action – this time in two ballots. The ballots close on 30 October.

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports of workplace and trade union struggles

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotStudents and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change

Boris Johnson and his Tory government are teetering on the edge of a precipice. Students and young workers have been hit hard by cuts and want to see the back of this pro-austerity government.

spotTory meltdown – Organise to finish them off

spotAnother London block of flats destroyed by fire – remove unsafe cladding now!

I woke up on 9 September to learn about the fire that happened at Worcester Park, south west London, exactly three months after the fire that took place in Samuel Garside House in Barking, the building where I live.

spotLeeds pensioners occupy BBC to save free TV licenses

“BBC, shame on you” was the chant as around 50 pensioners from across Yorkshire, including as far away as Scarborough, occupied the reception area of the Leeds BBC offices.

spotFrimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation

There was a noisy and enthusiastic demonstration outside Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey on 22 August against outsourcing NHS staff to a ‘wholly owned subsidiary’. Good to see NHS staff in uniform joining the protest.

spotLeicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen

Leicester Socialist Party supported the 7 September demo against attacks on the democratic rights of the Kashmiri people by the right-wing Modi government.

spotSalisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners

On 7 September, Wiltshire Socialist Party held our first campaign stall in the centre of Salisbury. Considering it has always been a Conservative safe seat, we were expecting a hostile reaction.

spotSocialist newspaper sales round-up

Just some of the sales of the Socialist newspaper in the past few days…

spotCoventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge

The threat of a government-imposed congestion charge in Coventry led 100 people to attend the second public meeting called in opposition to it on 2 September.

spotClimate strikes: trade union round-up

Campaigning for trade union action on the climate crisis

Scotland

spotScotland and Brexit: Developing threat to the capitalist union

In the third of our series of articles exploring Brexit and the ‘national question’ Philip Stott of Socialist Party Scotland examines its effect on Scotland.

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