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The Socialist issue 1057

25 September 2019

Another blow for Boris. Johnson and Tories must go. General election now!

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The Socialist issue 1057

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News

spotAnother blow for Boris. Johnson and Tories must go. General election now!

spotLabour votes to abolish academies and private schools

Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary, announced at her party’s conference that a Labour government will abolish tuition fees, provide free nursery education for all two to four year olds, cap the cost of school uniforms and end the hated Ofsted inspection regime.

spotNationalise Thomas Cook to save jobs and protect passengers

Thousands of Thomas Cook workers and hundreds of thousands of its customers were devastated by the collapse of the firm on 23 September.

spotFar right pose increasing terrorism threat

The far right pose the fastest growing threat of terrorism in the UK. The shocking trend was revealed in a recent briefing by the Met assistant commissioner in charge of counter-terrorism.

What we think

spotCapitalist political crisis: Central task is to force general election and elect Corbyn-led Labour government on socialist policies

Climate change

spotClimate Crisis: Socialist Green New Deal needed

On 20 September four million young people and workers around the world took to the streets to strike and protest against climate change. A few days later Greta Thunberg berated the “empty words” of the world’s leaders at the UN climate summit who are “failing” young people.

spot4m on climate strikes as workers join students

Up to four million took part in ‘Earth strike’ protests across the planet on 20 September. The movement reached every continent – even a group of researchers stationed in Antarctica took part. Thousands of cities across 150 countries held protests, in some cases numbering hundreds of thousands.

Workplace news

spotPCS NEC bypasses members on backing Labour candidates

Last week’s decision by the leadership of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union to recommend to members in England and Wales that they vote for all Labour candidates without qualification in a future general election could prove to be a damaging mistake, coming hard on the heels of further moves against Jeremy Corbyn by the right-wing Blairites at this week’s Labour Party conference.

spotHull construction workers strike against blacklisting

Workers building a wood chip acetylation (processing) plant in Hull walked off the job in defence of trade union agreements and against blacklisting on 24 September.

spotCWU reps determined to stop bosses’ attacks

Over 70 Communication Workers Union (CWU) members – workplace and divisional reps from South Wales and south west England – recently met to discuss the plans that the Royal Mail board has to drive a coach and horses through the ‘Four Pillars’ agreement.

spotBromley strikers – fighting on to save our libraries

Greenwich Leisure Limited, which has a contract to run public libraries in Bromley, will be meeting with the Unite union to discuss what is the longest running indefinite strike in the country.

spotAsda protests

Housing

spotHousing – bold, socialist measures necessary

Labour’s housing policies: a welcome beginning: Walking through the streets of Britain’s cities, homeless people sleeping rough are hard to miss.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotStanding up for the needs of working-class people

London’s biggest regeneration project, Meridian Water in Enfield, is being opposed by a growing local campaign.

International socialist news and analysis

spotDrone attacks on Saudi Arabia: Tensions ratcheted up

The drone missile attacks on two oil installations in Saudi Arabia on 14 September threw more incendiary material into the volatility and instability of the Middle East.

Opinion

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist’s editors including dentists, John Maclean and Behemoth.

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