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24 September 2021

New openings for militant trade unionism

Socialism Today issue 242

The victory of Sharon Graham as general secretary of Unite has struck the labour movement as a thunderbolt. This can be a pivotal moment.

22 September 2021

Workers' politics won't come from Labour

In addressing TUC Congress, Sir Keir Starmer claimed that "Labour will always stand with the unions", standing "shoulder to shoulder" with them over vicious attacks such as 'fire and rehire'. But the reality is very different.

22 September 2021

Energy market chaos makes the case for nationalisation

Millions of gas consumers face price hikes and uncertainty in supplies

22 September 2021

Tory cuts to UC: we need a union fightback

From 6 October Universal Credit will be cut by 20 per week

22 September 2021

Famine in Madagascar

The problems that climate change will pose for food production are already being felt in Madagascar. The country's south has faced four years of back-to-back droughts which have wiped out harvests. As

22 September 2021

Life expectancy falls - a condemnation of capitalism

I often think when I hear that a member of the royal family has died at the ripe old age of 101 - 'didn't they have a good innings, they mustn't grumble!'

22 September 2021

Tax fraud could be over 20 billion annually

The think tank Taxwatch estimates as much as 15.2 billion of UK tax lost in 2020 was from fraudulent activity - almost half of uncollected income.

22 September 2021

Socialists and the four-day week

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with fears of rising unemployment as the furlough scheme is wound up, and the full extent of the economic scarring from the pandemic is revealed, there are also increased demands around improved work-life balance after a year of many working from home

22 September 2021

Working class under attack

Low pay, benefit cuts, tax increases, price rises: The bosses and the Tories are putting millions of workers through even more hell. The cost of living has soared with inflation rising to 3.2% - following its highest-ever recorded monthly increase. Rent

15 September 2021

We need a new political party for workers and youth

Boris Johnson's lies about 'leveling up' working-class communities are being destroyed as the austerity is stepped up. Higher national insurance, Universal Credit cuts and a freeze on the income tax allowance will take 1,040 a year away from the average supermarket worker.

15 September 2021

Hands off the uplift

The government doesn't seem to want to budge on removing the 1,000 a year uplift

15 September 2021

What's behind the worker shortages, and what can be done about it?

'Job openings' are at 1.66 million, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation

15 September 2021

Deaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock

Health services on every continent and in practically every country have struggled to stem the rising numbers of Covid victims

15 September 2021

Take the wealth off the super-rich to fund: NHS and social care, pay and benefit rises

You couldn't make it up. As workers in health, local government and education are balloting on insulting pay offers from the government, Johnson and the Tories announce yet another pay cut: a 1.25% increase

15 September 2021

Social care plans: A sticking plaster instead of surgery

Social care has been in crisis for decades. Successive governments have deliberately diverted resources from care provision into the pockets of big business through privatisation. Despite the hype, Boris

15 September 2021

Unite young and old to defend the pensions triple lock

The UK State Pension is 179.60 a week, among the lowest in Europe. It leaves over 2 million pensioners in poverty.

15 September 2021

Climate change, capitalism, and the struggle for socialism

Recent extreme weather has claimed lives and destroyed homes and infrastructure

8 September 2021

Union action needed to make schools Covid safe

Staff, school students, and their families understandably want the new academic year to be a return to 'normality'

8 September 2021

A pivotal moment for the trade union movement

This year's TUC Congress will provide the first public platform for newly elected Unite general secretary Sharon Graham.

8 September 2021

NHS and social care - make the rich pay, not the workers

Social care is in crisis and needs fixing. There's no doubt about that. Over 40,000 died from Covid in care homes during the pandemic in an overwhelmingly privatised system that puts profit before safety.


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