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The Socialist issue 1075

26 February 2020

Austerity kills

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The Socialist issue 1075

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spotAusterity kills

spotAverage wages recover to pre-crisis levels – but we’re still over a decade behind

Average wage levels in the UK have, for the first time, recovered to the level they were at before the financial crisis.

spotBezos gives $10bn for climate – nationalise the rest!

A $10 billion ‘Bezos Earth Fund’ is the biggest ‘giveaway’ yet by owner of Amazon and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos.

spotWeinstein found guilty

A jury in New York City found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault on 24 February. More trials are ahead for the multimillionaire film producer.

What we think

spotImmigration: For a system that meets the needs of the majority, not a rich elite

Universities strike

spotSolidarity with striking university staff

It is time for students to coordinate action with striking staff, as our struggles against casualisation, the commodification of education, and attacks on trade unions are a struggle against the same enemy – the Tories, the bosses and their system.

spotUniversity workers’ strike over pay, pensions and workload escalates

Workers at over 70 universities have been taking strike action against pay inequality, casualisation and workload, and in defence of pensions. The University and College Union (UCU) is out for 14 days throughout February and March.

Council cuts

spotCoventry: A socialist councillor who will vote against cuts

Socialist Party member Jane Nellist is standing as a candidate for Coventry council in the Upper Stoke by-election on 19 March. We print extracts from her leaflet

spotNumber of women killed by current or ex-partner rises

spotLeicester: We can’t take any more cuts, any more misery, and we are fighting back

In one of the poorest cities in the country, the cuts will disproportionately affect those on low incomes, particularly women and the disabled – as stated in the council’s own budget report!

spotStudents and workers out together on Budget Day, 11 March

spotStop the council cuts

150-200 angry council workers met outside Stoke Town Hall on 19 February to protest against cuts that will leave some workers £5,000 a year worse off.

spotCouncil cuts could cost Labour another general election

150 people tuned out in Birmingham to hear Rebecca Long-Bailey’s pitch for the Labour leadership.

Workplace news

spotPacked meeting of workplace militants, strikers, socialists and trade union leaders

A packed London meeting of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) on 18 February brought together 80 workplace militants, strikers, socialists and leading left-wing trade unionists to discuss some of the most pressing questions facing the working class since Boris Johnson’s victory.

spotAll out to win Royal Mail strike reballot

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is about to reballot its 110,000 postal members for industrial action.

spotPCS union relaunches pay campaign

A meeting of the PCS union national executive committee on 19 February agreed to relaunch the union’s national pay campaign.

spotWorkers call on Interserve bosses to recognise union

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union protested outside Interserve’s London headquarters

spotAnti-academy strikes growing

The anti-academy strikes in east London are growing. St Bede’s in Redbridge is joining St Michael’s and St Bon’s already on strike.

International news

spotGermany: Right-wing terror attacks – fight racism, fight capitalism!

The murder of nine people in two shisha bars in the German town of Hanau by a fascist gunman is the third fatal right-wing terrorist attack in the country in just nine months. But as Sasha Staničić (Sol – CWI, Germany – national spokesperson) explains, the laments of establishment politicians over such attacks will not eradicate the far-right threat.

spotNorthern Ireland’s strike wave

Northern Ireland’s government was suspended between 2017 and 2020 after the sectarian parties refused to reach a power-sharing agreement following the ‘cash for ash’ scandal. Now a strike wave has forced them and the bosses to give ground.


spotThis is the BBC: fight the cuts – and the capitalist media

The UK’s public broadcaster, the BBC, is facing renewed threats to funding and jobs. James Ivens looks at how the workers’ movement can defend employment – and overcome the establishment media’s anti-worker propaganda.


spotCongress 2020 appeal: Donate to help us renew vital resources

We are asking all our members to donate to the Congress 2020 appeal. Delegates and visitors from across England and Wales and internationally will be coming together on 29 February and 1 March for the Socialist Party congress.

spotHousing cuts cost lives

We gathered outside Peabody Head Office on the evening of 19 February to make the point that cuts to the community and neighbourhood services cost lives, and are counter-productive.

spotSocialist sellers

Readers’ opinion

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letter’s to the Socialist’s editors.


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