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The Socialist issue 1112

2 December 2020

Better for billionaires, Worse for workers

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The Socialist issue 1112

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What we think

spotSpending Review. Unions must resist return to austerity

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review should be a wake-up call to the trade union leaders. Even from the capitalists’ point of view there was no immediate need to impose a pay cut – which is what a pay freeze means in reality – on 1.5 million public sector workers.

Spending Review

spotWhat will the spending review mean for me?

Five Socialist Party members respond to the spending review, and what it means for youth, pensioners, schools, councils and those out of work.

spotNapo kickstarts fight against pay freeze

At my first meeting on the national executive committee (NEC) of probation union Napo, I put forward an emergency motion to launch a campaign against the pay freeze.

News

spotBetter for billionaires. Worse for workers

Back in August, Boris Johnson promised a “world beating” track-and-trace system. Most people agree that didn’t happen but the government and economy are ‘world beating’ in other respects.

spotArcadia and Debenhams closures: Nationalise to save jobs and pensions

News of the collapse into administration of retail consortium Arcadia – owners of Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins – with the threat to 13,000 jobs, was followed by the announcement that Debenhams department stores will probably close, axing 12,000 jobs.

spotScotland: Campaign wins end to period poverty

In a first of its kind globally, the Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Act was enshrined into law in Scotland on 24 November, laying the foundations for eradicating period poverty for Scottish women.

spotNHS: Underfunded, understaffed, underpaid

spotNews in brief

Devolution

spotWhere is devolution heading?

Workplace News

spotDon’t let the festive season be one of misery for retail workers

spotEquity union conference calls for radical change – now lead a fight!

spotSolidarity with Brighton UCU strike – we won’t pay for Covid crisis

spotEast London teachers strike in support of victimised union rep

spotHeathrow workers strike against ‘fire and rehire’ plans

spotHackney: Stop plan to halve school support staff!

spotPay freeze protest Homerton Hospital

Around twelve NHS staff held a socially distanced protest at Homerton Hospital against Rishi Sunak’s pay freeze, on Wednesday 25 November

spotUnison general secretary ballot closes

Environment

spot‘Building back greener’ – yet more Tory greenwash

The Tories announced on 17 November their ten-point plan to tackle climate change, and reach a net-zero emissions target by 2050

International News

spotConflict in Ethiopia: ethnic-linguistic divisions are the historical product of capitalist inequality

Conflict in Ethiopia: ethnic-linguistic divisions are the historical product of capitalist inequality

Marxism

spotReview: Friedrich Engels – Condition of the working class in England

Campaigns

spotSocialism 2020 feedback

The Socialist Party hosted Socialism 2020, a series of online workshops and rallies, from 20-23 November

spotWales TUSC plans to mount an electoral challenge

spotRent strikers’ victory in Manchester student halls

spotLabour meeting lets MP get away with ‘Spycops’ abstention

spotSelling the Socialist

Young members from Devon Socialist Party ran a Friday lunch-time campaign stall outside Exeter College

spotFighting fund target smashed!

Reader’s opinion

spotTV: The Social Dilemma

spotFast fashion, big profits, low pay

spotDiego Maradona – Working-class rebel, football genius

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