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11 May 2020

Dispatches from the front: bosses prepare fresh attacks on NHS

As an NHS nurse I was asked by the Socialist to provide a note from the 'front line'

7 May 2020

Social partnership is an attempt to shackle trade unions and prevent industrial action

Rank-and-file trade unionists and the public in Wales will question this 'partnership'

6 May 2020

Homeless left on streets during pandemic

On 29 March, the government told local councils and outreach teams to bring all rough sleepers into accommodation, writes Andrea Gilbert, homelessness worker.

6 May 2020

Bail out the real wealth creators, not the rich

Remember the bank bailout after the 2007-08 crisis? The banks went cap in hand to the taxpayer while their executives continued to receive multimillion-pound bonuses.

6 May 2020

Bosses push to lift lockdown - they only care about profits

This week will mark seven weeks since Britain entered lockdown. It appears that the death rate from Covid-19 is finally starting to fall. Nonetheless, the official number of deaths is now higher than every other European country

6 May 2020

Homes needed to end overcrowding

The revelation that people living in poorer areas of the country are twice as likely to die from Covid-19 as those in affluent areas, according to the Office for National Statistics, will not be a surprise to readers of the Socialist, writes Dave Carr, East London Socialist Party.

6 May 2020

Test and trace: workers need a real plan

Only a national plan and workers' control can guarantee a safe exit from lockdown: There is a growing scientific consensus that successful management of the coronavirus crisis requires a comprehensive plan - combining mass testing, contact tracing and supported isolation of potentially infected individuals, writes Martin Powell-Davies, Socialist Party national committee.

6 May 2020

Them&Us

The vice-president of Amazon has resigned over the sacking of workers who had organised against the company's unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic

5 May 2020

Tories using pandemic to shift lab testing out of NHS

The Tories have set up a parallel structure to the existing NHS laboratories network, involving big private companies, and a mixture of unidentified and unqualified staff, writes a NHS laboratory worker.

5 May 2020

Dispatches from the NHS front

I've spent most of this week in the 'cold' emergency department, still wearing mask and apron, X-raying patients with broken bones, serious gastric issues, cancer and so on

5 May 2020

Pay full fees for virtual courses? - No way!

The HE sector faces a massive funding 'black hole' which could see thousands of job losses

29 April 2020

Workers' safety before bosses' profits


In the space of one week, the trade union movement is marking two of its most important annual days - International Workers' Memorial Day on 28 April, and May Day on 1 May

28 April 2020

Dispatches from the front: PPE chaos goes on

"I just found out that the 'FFP3' mask I've been wearing expired in 2012."

27 April 2020

Should the Socialist still be produced during the Corona crisis? An exchange with Mark Serwotka about sales of the Socialist

On 7 April Mark Serwotka wrote to Hannah Sell, general secretary of the Socialist Party, asking for an assurance that the Socialist would not be sold outside PCS-organised workplaces during the coronavirus emergency

26 April 2020

Private firm causes weeks of delay to free school meal vouchers: bring it back in-house!

I rely on free school meal vouchers to feed my daughter. They were due Monday 20 April and didn't arrive until that Thursday, writes Lindsey Morgan, Leicester Socialist Party.

22 April 2020

The history of struggle to make the workplace safe

Every year workers who have been killed at work are commemorated on 28 April

22 April 2020

World economic crisis: A Marxist approach to the coronavirus crunch

How badly could the economy be affected by the coronavirus crisis?

22 April 2020

Where's our PPE? Where's our testing? Where's our money?

"We want the equipment we need to be safe doing our jobs".

22 April 2020

The special Covid crisis of British capitalism

Socialism Today issue 238

While no government has taken the necessary measures to fully defend the working class from the pandemic's effects, Britain has had one of the most ineffectual responses of the major capitalist powers.


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