Reports and campaigns

29 August 2018

Fracking companies backed by government and courts

A lot has happened on the fracking front in recent months. Notably, fracking companies Cuadrilla and Ineos have been awarded High Court injunctions which, in effect, restrict many forms of legitimate protest.

29 August 2018

Huddersfield Socialist Party organise counter-protest against EDL

As the capitalist media focuses on the release of far-right leader Tommy Robinson, who is awaiting a retrial, we have seen an increase in action taken by far-right groups.

29 August 2018

EDL sent packing in Worcester

In mid-July the far-right English Defence League (EDL) announced its plan to come to Worcester on 21 July.

29 August 2018

Socialist sales success in Cardiff

The Socialist sales drive we launched to mark the 1000th issue of the paper smashed through the target we set ourselves of 1,000 extra sales. We want to build on the success of this campaign by launching a new sales drive for issue 1011 at the end of September. Beth Webster, of Cardiff West Socialist Party, reports on success selling the Socialist in her branch

29 August 2018

Leicester lobby calls for consultation on NHS closure plans

Leicester City Council's health scrutiny commission meeting was met by a lobby of up to 60 demonstrators on 23 August, concerned about proposals that could lead to the loss of acute services from Leicester General Hospital without a public consultation.

29 August 2018

East Dunbartonshire council workers back further strikes

Unison, GMB and Unite members in East Dunbartonshire council took four days of coordinated strike action at the end of June against the Tory and Lib Dem administration's cuts programme - including a major assault on workers' terms and conditions.

29 August 2018

Battle growing against Loch Lomond area big business sell-off

A major battle has broken out over the 30 million privatisation of land in Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire in Scotland, which has given rise to fresh resistance against the for-profit model of big business.

29 August 2018

Northern Rail guards continue fight against driver-only operation

Train guards in Newcastle, members of the RMT union, are participating in the ongoing battle against driver-only operation.

29 August 2018

Merseyside fire authority forced to postpone night closures

The Labour-controlled Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority planned to close four stations in Merseyside during nighttimes. But they have now backed down on the closure of two.

29 August 2018

Sunderland: Resolute Liebherr workers in pay strike

Liebherr strikers on their Sunderland picket line on 24 August were resolute. Talking about the importance of their picket line one of the strikers commented: "Even if it's thunder and lightning, we'll be standing here."

28 August 2018

Why we support Chris Baugh for re-election as assistant general secretary

The SWP has issued a statement supporting Janice Godrich for the PCS LU election process for AGS.

24 August 2018

Earth Overshoot Day

'Earth Overshoot Day' - the day when every natural resource has been overconsumed to the point it could not recover within that year - has jumped forward almost three months in a decade

23 August 2018

Pay campaign: Important discussions needed on way forward

The Socialist Party rejects the view of the new group 'Socialist View', that all that is required for success in 2019 is to do the same as 2018 but be better organised.

22 August 2018

Strategic discussion needed after pay ballot

PCS activists have been shocked by the launch of a new group set up to campaign for Janice Godrich against incumbent and Socialist Party member Chris Baugh as the union's AGS.

22 August 2018

Revolt and Rebellion West London walk success

18 people met on a slightly rainy Sunday afternoon for a political walk - 'Revolt and Rebellion' - through west London. It started at Turnham Green with a speech on the English civil war, and ended at the venue of the Putney debates.

22 August 2018

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I was searching for an alternative to this system"

All of us are part of something greater than ourselves. But there are huge inconsistencies among humanity - the rich next to the poor, the powerful next to the powerless.

22 August 2018

Building Fund boost

When meeting the funeral directors to discuss my mother's funeral, my sister suggested that the 'charity collection' should go towards a dementia charity.

22 August 2018

Huge but chaotic Brighton Pride needs to be politicised

Members of Brighton Socialist Party attended Brighton Pride on 4 August. Although it is the UK's biggest Pride event, drawing in more than 400,000 people this year, in recent years it has been largely depoliticised.


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