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The Socialist issue 1082

15 April 2020

Exit strategy? PPE and mass testing. WorkersÂ’ control of workplace safety.

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The Socialist issue 1082

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Coronavirus news

spotMPs get £10k each for lockdown expenses – where’s ours?

MPs can claim up to £10,000 – on top of their salaries and other expenses – for remote working costs under lockdown. This is on top of the £26,000 a year MPs already get for office expenses!, writes Lindsey Morgan, Leicester Socialist Party.

spotDispatches from the front: NHS staff say give us PPE, not medals!

The situation in London hospitals is dire, much worse than comes across in the news. At my hospital, for a few weeks already, every ward except one is a Covid-19 ward

spotJohnson’s hospitalisation: a tale of two treatments

Tory prime minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital on 12 April following treatment for Covid-19

spotBig pharma’s profiteering holds back drug supply

All over the world, intensive research is taking place to find drugs to treat Covid-19.

spotLockdown increases domestic violence calls – Tory money a drop in the ocean

Home secretary Priti Patel, has announced a ‘you are not alone’ campaign to support domestic violence victims who are more at risk than ever under lockdown, writes Amy Cousens, Women’s Lives Matter.

spotNHS nurse: we’re not wasting PPE – the Tories don’t value us

Tory health secretary Matt Hancock is blundering from one calamity to the next. It’s a disgrace that he accuses us of wasting personal protective equipment (PPE), writes An NHS nurse.

spotRapacious capitalism and the spread of coronavirus

Donald Trump continually refers to the coronavirus pandemic as the “Chinese virus”. He believes this demonisation of China plays to the isolationist, racist and xenophobic sections of his domestic support

What we think

spotExit strategy? PPE and mass testing and workers’ control of workplace safety

The coronavirus pandemic in the UK has not yet passed its peak. Hundreds are still dying every day, and yet the pressure is mounting for the Tories to announce an ‘exit strategy’

spotFight back against the corona propaganda war


spotLondon Transport workers fighting private companies and TfL to secure health and safety

A life and death battle on the buses: 21 transport workers in London have died from coronavirus, 15 of them bus drivers.

Workplace news

spotUnite opposes all cuts to domestic violence services

Tension is growing in many locked-down homes. It’s no surprise domestic violence is increasing too. Calls to Refuge’s helpline, the domestic abuse charity, are up 120% since the lockdown began, writes Jon Dale, secretary, Unite union EM/NG32 Nottinghamshire Health branch (personal capacity).

spotPassport workers forced back to offices as Home Office shirks its duty of care

spotCollectively demanding safe warehouse working conditions

spotUsdaw shop workers’ union activists meet via Zoom

spotCoronavirus workplace news in brief


spotSabotage – the inner workings of Labour’s political machine exposed


spotPlymouth students discuss rent strike

spotFinal push for May Day greetings

spotSocialist Party coronavirus crisis finance appeal

spotJoin an online Socialist Party meeting during lockdown

spotThe Socialist Party and socialist ideas are growing

Lessons from history

spotHow the catastrophe of WW1 sparked revolution

Readers’ opinion

spotGoing viral: Socialist comments on the corona crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic is a world social crisis which touches every aspect of life. The iniquities and failings of the capitalist system are being exposed, and workers and communities are organising in


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