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31 March 2021

NHS pay: 15% now!

Despite government ministers dishing out billions of pounds in dodgy PPE contracts to their chums, loans to bosses, and 37 billion on a largely failed test-and-trace system, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has offered a measly 1% pay rise to overworked health workers

31 March 2021

Football abuse scandal: Reclaim the game for justice and democracy

Four years after the explosive and powerful testimony of ex-footballer Andy Woodward, an independent review into child sexual abuse in football between 1970-2005 has been published by the Football Association (FA).

24 March 2021

Protesting is not a crime

Defending the right to protest

More cuts are coming - maybe to a local A&E, to street lighting, bus routes disappearing - and greater destitution.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill means the more effective your protest, the more you face the threat of fines or even jail.

24 March 2021

NHS pay: 15% now

NHS staff are seething about the Tories 1% pay 'rise'.

24 March 2021

Shrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned

The Shrewsbury Pickets have had their convictions overturned. Ancient 'conspiracy' legislation was used to convict them for picketing during the national building strike in 1972.

24 March 2021

Online meeting - Ending violence against women, the socialist approach

Women's rights, and our oppression under the capitalist system, have been thrust into the spotlight by the events of the last few weeks.

24 March 2021

Fighting sexual harassment and gender violence on campus

Given the appalling rates of sexual harassment and violence on university, college and school campuses, it is no surprise that young women and students have been at the forefront of recent protests and vigils called in response to the murder of Sarah Everard.

17 March 2021

Can the capitalist media prevent socialist change?

The first in an occasional series of socialist answers to the big questions.

17 March 2021

Violence against women - we will not be silenced

Defend the right to protest: Saturday 13 March. They came in their thousands, defying the undemocratic establishment ban on peaceful vigils. Women and men in towns and cities up and down the country were determined to remember Sarah Everard

16 March 2021

Justice for victims of gender violence

There was understandable outrage at the appalling scenes of police brutality against women peacefully taking part in the vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common.

13 March 2021

Oppose bans on vigils - Defend the right to protest

The high court upheld the Met police's ban on a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard

10 March 2021

The 'old normal' meant poverty for young people

The budget was another nail in the coffin for the prospects of young people. Pre-Covid Britain was nothing to write home about regarding youth unemployment.

10 March 2021

NHS pay - 15% now

Trade unions must organise for strike action:
Staff are outraged. 1%, or an extra 3.50 a week for an experienced nurse, is not just a slap in the face for NHS workers, it's a pay cut compared to the cost of living.

10 March 2021

Super-deduction will help big business pay less tax

The Tories are introducing 'super-deduction' for the next two years before corporation tax marginally rises

10 March 2021

Workers respond to 'back to school'

A mockery of everything we've done: Schools opened on Monday 8 March, and we don't know if we are inhaling or exhaling. Here we go again - bubbles, disinfectant, and social distancing in tight spaces.

10 March 2021

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services

Reading the headlines about Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget, some working-class people may have let out a small sigh of relief that at least the furlough scheme and the 20 increase in Universal Credit are continuing for a few more months

10 March 2021

NHS workers say: We are ready to fight Tory pay insult

I've struggled to comment on the insulting real-term pay cut proposed by the government. I'm not naive, during clap for carers, we said: "Claps don't pay the bills."

5 March 2021

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling the pain on workers and public services

GMB placard

Sunak's 2021 budget was a budget for the bosses. The working class has no alternative but to organise and fight back.

3 March 2021

Not a budget for the working class!

A social tsunami threatens Britain. Two million workers are already on the dole and five million more on furlough, facing an uncertain future when the scheme ends. But the Tories are intent on bailing out the rich.

3 March 2021

Women's health matters

Working-class women have suffered enormously during the pandemic. We've been disproportionately hit by job losses, pay cuts, and the additional burden of home schooling and childcare.


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