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The Socialist issue 1067

4 December 2019

Vote to... End austerity. Save the NHS. Tories out, Corbyn in.

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The Socialist issue 1067

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What we think

spotPrepare now for the struggles after 12 December

While the week before, a You Gov poll pointed towards a 68-majority for the Tories, on 2 December an ICM poll put them on 42% and Labour on 35%, just seven points behind.

International socialist news and analysis

spotHong Kong’s uprising

Legislation was recently passed in the US that could involve sanctions against China over human rights violations in Hong Kong.

spotSouth African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action

The outcome of the South African Airways (SAA) strike is a victory. The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Cabin Crew Association of South Africa deserve the applause of all aviation workers, and the working class, as a whole.

Big Pharma

spotEnd profiteering from health – nationalise big pharma

The issue of allowing US corporations access to the NHS and the affect this could have on the cost of drugs has featured prominently during the election campaign.


spotUnite against terrorism, racism, war and austerity

Another terrible attack in London. Two people stabbed to death, three more injured. The Socialist Party completely condemns this horrific attack

Tories Out! The NSSN lobbies the TUC, Sept 2019, photo Mary Finch

spotHillsborough justice eluded

In a second trial against David Duckenfield, after the first jury failed to reach a verdict, the former match commander stood accused of gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in 1989.

spotNews in brief

Short stories on some of the news this week.

spotKeep up to date with our election coverage

Workplace news

spotSWR dispute: It’s a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public

After over 40 days of strike action during the last two years, the RMT transport union reported that a deal had been reached with South Western Railway to retain the safety-critical role of the guard.

spotSolid support for guards on West Midlands Trains

There was an upbeat mood on the RMT picket line at Worcester Shrub Hill in the continuing dispute with West Midlands Trains over retaining the safety-critical role of train guards.

spotUCU strikes: more determined than ever

At Cardiff University, every strike day UCU members have picketed over a dozen university buildings and held strike rallies of hundreds. Students have been involved on the strike committee

spotRoyal Mail court ruling – national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

spotJared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive

spotPCS union general secretary election

spotNorthern Ireland: Health workers take action

25,000 hard-pressed healthcare workers in Northern Ireland – including nurses, social care staff and support services – took action at NHS sites on 25 November, demanding that their longstanding concerns over safe staffing levels and pay parity be addressed

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotFight for your future – join the socialists

Whatever the result on 12 December, we know one thing for certain – for working-class and young people the fight will not be over.

spotSelling the Socialist

spotClimate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

On Friday 29 November Parliament Square filled with striking school students. They marched off around central London before meeting up with the University and College Union (UCU) strikers as the latter’s march was ending.

spotWhy I joined: “Proud to be a socialist”

As a foreign national in the UK I felt disenfranchised and, many times, completely impotent about the country’s convoluted political scenario. After years of frustration, I came to realise I had two choices; to remain a passive spectator or, somehow, to take action.

spotSocialist Students conference: Students and workers united in struggle

Students from across England and Wales came together in Birmingham for the 2019 Socialist Students national conference in Birmingham on Saturday 30 November.

spotClimate change election debate

Friday 29 November saw the broadcast of the first ever election debate over climate change – no doubt arranged in response to the global mobilisation of young people protesting for immediate action to be taken to save the planet.

spotCarlisle election meeting: Education – time to make the mega-rich and corporations pay

The Labour candidate for Carlisle, Ruth Alcroft, spoke at a Socialist Party public election meeting in the city on 2 December. It followed the handing over of a petition to her from 500 local parents and teachers against the Tory cuts to school funding.


spotThe Great Big Socialist Party Quiz 2019


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