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10 February 2021

News in brief

UK companies still operating final salary (or 'defined-benefit') pension schemes are anticipated to receive a 60 billion windfall as pension liabilities are expected to fall due to the impact of the pandemic on life expectancy

3 February 2021

Project or Party?

Socialism Today issue 245

Jeremy Corbyn, just a year ago the left Labour leader and now suspended from sitting as a Labour MP, has launched a new Peace and Justice Project. Does it match up to the tasks facing the workers' movement?

3 February 2021

Workers' rights and safety: Trade union mobilisation could force more Tory U-turns

The Tories U-turned over their proposed review of employment laws and regulations

3 February 2021

A tragically missed opportunity

Peter Taaffe reviews the book by Owen Jones: 'This Land - the Story of a Movement'

3 February 2021

Socialist Students open letter to Rent Strike network

Building the fightback for free education

3 February 2021

New anti-protest law: State forces want more power to crush the protests that are coming

The Tories are widening their attack on our democratic right to protest.

3 February 2021

Children in care: Privatisation is not working

Many people would think that children, who are in the care of a local authority, would be safe, well cared for and free from the risks of sexual or criminal exploitation

3 February 2021

Multimillion-pound rental firm demands thousands from homeless asylum seeker

A property firm with turnover in the millions is pursuing a campaigning asylum seeker for thousands through the courts. We say: Defend Lawanya - fight for tenants' rights!

3 February 2021

Covid outbreak at Kent asylum detention centre: Napier is not fit for purpose

The dilapidated Napier army barracks in Folkestone became the home of 400 asylum seekers five months ago

27 January 2021

Schools: 'We have to fight for everything'

Two teachers explain the ongoing struggles.

27 January 2021

Overwhelmed, underfunded, underpaid, and still fighting for safe PPE

On the front line we're seeing whole wards being wiped out with staff sickness. In my own trust, at the start of January, there was approximately 9% staff absence.

27 January 2021

Biden, Labour, and the need for a new mass workers' party

There is undoubtedly widespread relief among workers and young people that Trump has gone. However, the lavish praise Starmer and co. are heaping on Biden is yet another indication of their desperation to show they can be relied on to defend the interests of the elite.

27 January 2021

Jaguar Land Rover: West Midlands superspreader

Despite Covid infections rising, many workers in non-essential jobs are being forced to work

27 January 2021

Covid spreading, poverty rising, rich get richer, fight for socialism!

There are many crises facing workers and young people. The health crisis, with our NHS stretched to breaking point, pay cuts, job losses, and poverty.

27 January 2021

Health, Covid and the vaccine: It's a class issue

It turns out that having a National Health Service comes in useful during a major pandemic.

27 January 2021

Poverty wages: When workers can't afford to self-isolate

The Tories are now floating the idea that maybe if they paid 500 to desperate workers in the gig economy, they might be inclined to self-isolate for two weeks if they contract Covid

27 January 2021

Fees frozen at 9,250 a year, fight for free education

The Conservative government has announced that it will freeze tuition fees for another year at the current 9,250 per annum level, stating it delivers "better value for students"

27 January 2021

Health worker cooperation in the face of the pandemic

It was with mixed feelings that I read my thank you letter from the hospital trust this week. Inside was a badge of honour, a lunch break voucher and a one-off extra day's leave.

20 January 2021

May elections: Tories and Labour's Khan both vying to slash public services

Transport investment has been on the basis of vanity projects and expensive outsourcing

20 January 2021

Peace and Justice Project - no way forward for socialism

Corbyn raised that he wants to build on ideas in Labour's 2019 manifesto.


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