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2 August 2013

spotStop real-terms pay cuts demand local government Unison reps

On 24th July, Unison's northwest local government service group executive met for the first time since Unison's national acceptance of a 1% pay increase

5 August 2013

spotBedroom Tax: Neighbours form ring of steel

Mirror article reports how local community tries to stop eviction of foster care mum in Kirkby, Merseyside.

5 August 2013

spotThousands march at Leeds Pride

15,000 people march in Leeds to celebrate Pride and oppose cuts

5 August 2013

spotDefend Stafford Hospital against administrator's plans

Hundreds of Stafford shoppers queued to sign the Socialist Party's petition on 3 August in opposition to the administrator's decision to butcher parts of the town's hospital

5 August 2013

spotReflections and sycophancy - Kinnock versus the socialist Liverpool council

Present day Labour councillors are bedevilled by calls to emulate the 1980s Liverpool 47 surcharged councillors who refused to carry out Thatcher’s cuts

5 August 2013

spot'Sports Direct hear us say, zero-hours - no way!'

Youth Fight for Jobs protesting outside Sports Direct against zero-hour contracts on 3 August 2013, photo Ian Pattison

Fifty protesters gathered outside the Oxford Street branch of Sports Direct in central London on Saturday 3 August to demand an end to zero-hour contracts.

7 August 2013

spotSolidarity with Dublin bus strike

Socialist Party (Ireland) TD Joe Higgins and MEP Paul Murphy support the strike action being taken by SIPTU, NBRU and TSSA Dublin Bus workers. See report on socialistparty.net

8 August 2013

spotZero-hour workers speak - protests continue

"Zero-hour contracts leave you at the mercy of your employer. No guaranteed hours, no sick pay, no holidays." Join the protests!

9 August 2013

spotRMT bike workers announce 48-hour strike

Transport union RMT yesterday confirmed a 48-hour strike by Serco Barclays bike workers after a 100% vote for action

9 August 2013

spotChurchill Cleaners' landmark victory

Churchill Cleaners working on the Tyne and Wear Metro system have secured a major victory at an Employment Tribunal after the RMT union took up their case

10 August 2013

spotCapitalism - a system in crisis

The Case for Socialism

The Case for Socialism

We say there is an alternative to endless misery. Today, more than ever before in human history, enormous wealth, science and technique exists which could, if properly harnessed, easily provide all of

10 August 2013

spotNo to austerity - for a party for the majority, not a tiny elite

No to Austerity

No to Austerity

The great recession was not caused by a bloated public sector but by the worst crisis of capitalism in 70 years

10 August 2013

spotCan the unions 'reclaim' Labour for the working class?

Reclaim the unions

Reclaim the unions

There are others who think that the road to solving the crisis of working class representation is to reclaim the Labour Party

10 August 2013

spotFor councillors who fight cuts

Labour councils across the country are graphically demonstrating the pro-capitalist character of Labour

10 August 2013

spotFor workers' representatives on a worker's wage

Socialist Party members who stand for public positions, such as MPs and councillors, including for TUSC, are committed to taking only the average wage of a skilled worker in the area they represent

10 August 2013

spotWhat is the socialist alternative?

The Case for Socialism

The Case for Socialism

If the uncollected taxes of the super-rich and big corporations were collected, the deficit would be virtually wiped out at a stroke

10 August 2013

spotNationalisation under democratic workers' control

We support taxing the rich and big corporations, but we also recognise that the 'markets' - that is capitalism - will never meekly accept dramatically increased taxation and regulation

10 August 2013

spotSocialism - the answer for humanity and our environment

The policies outlined above are only a few of the first steps towards constructing a new type of society

10 August 2013

spotFor a 24-hour general strike

For a twenty-four hour general strike

For a twenty-four hour general strike

However, the working class is potentially the most powerful force in society. Worldwide the working class today is a larger part of the population than it has ever been, far larger than it was 160 years

10 August 2013

spotWinning young people

A million young people in Britain are unemployed. Millions more are under-employed, stuck in insecure, zero-hour, minimum wage jobs

10 August 2013

spotIs a democratic socialist transformation of society possible?

The capitalists try to argue that a socialist government could only come to power by force. This is a red herring

10 August 2013

spotWhat went wrong in Russia?

What went wrong in Russia?

What went wrong in Russia?

The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure

10 August 2013

spotSocialism would extend democracy

A genuine socialist government would not be dictatorial. On the contrary, it would extend and deepen democracy enormously

10 August 2013

spotJoin us!

If you agree with this short pamphlet, then join the fight for socialism - join the Socialist Party. The struggle for socialism needs your talents and abilities

10 August 2013

spotThe Socialist newspaper

Socialism Today: The Socialist, the weekly paper of the Socialist Party, is a vital tool for all activists, trade unionists, workers and young people, writes www.thesocialist.co.uk.

10 August 2013

spotThe case for socialism

The Case for Socialism

The Case for Socialism

Introduction: When the Sunday Times first published its annual Rich List in 1989, the combined wealth of the 200 richest people in Britain was £38 billion (£80 billion in today's money).
In 2013 it had increased to £318.2 billion. Prolonged economic crisis has meant growing impoverishment for the majority but it has not halted the enrichment of a few at the top of British society...

12 August 2013

spotCourt awards £49,000 to Defend the Four

Employment tribunal dealing with the Unison leadership’s illegal banning of the ‘Socialist Party Four’ from office issues judgement on what compensation Unison has to pay

14 August 2013

spotWinning a reprieve from the bedroom tax

Newcastle anti-bedroom tax demo, photo Paul Phillips

After a long and stressful process, I have finally received a letter from North Tyneside Council giving me a short "reprieve" from paying the bedroom tax for the remaining year of my student daughter's course, writes Lynne Sample

14 August 2013

spotSeattle: Socialist challenge to corporate Democrats

Kshama Sawant, photo Socialist Alternative

Kshama Sawant

On 6 August, Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant won 35% (42,908 votes) of the vote in the primary election to contest a seat on the city council in Seattle, north west USA, Socialist Alternative reports from the USA.

14 August 2013

spotEnd zero-hour contracts now!

At Sports Direct, Boots, Buckingham Palace, Wetherspoons, even for the government, zero-hour contracts are becoming widely used, writes Helen Pattison, London Socialist Party.

14 August 2013

spotTunisia: Mobilise to bring down the government

Since the murder of the left-leaning leader Mohamed Brahmi on 25 July a cascade of mass protests, including a general strike on 26 July, has shaken every corner of Tunisia

14 August 2013

spotDefend the Four: Tribunal compensation award to Unison activists

‘The Unison Four’ (from r to l) Onay Kasab, Glenn Kelly, Brian Debus, Suzanne Muna , photo by A Hill

‘The Unison Four’ (from r to l) Onay Kasab, Glenn Kelly, Brian Debus, Suzanne Muna , photo by A Hill

On 9 August, after six tortuous years, an employment tribunal dealing with the Unison leadership's illegal banning of the 'Socialist Party Four' from office issued its judgement as to what compensation Unison would have to pay, writes Glenn Kelly, Unison (personal capacity).

14 August 2013

spotPostal workers ballot for action

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has decisively rejected government plans to privatise Royal Mail

14 August 2013

spotOn your bike, Serco

RMT members working for Serco, which operates the London bicycle hire scheme ('Boris Bikes') started 48-hour strike action on 12 August, writes Rob Williams.

14 August 2013

spotSwansea council pay attacks angers workers

Swansea's Labour-run council has angered workers represented by the Unison union after it decided to press ahead with imposed pay cuts

14 August 2013

spotFootball and big business: time to reclaim the game

At the start of the new football season, the same old robbers are wrecking the game. Since the outset of the Premier League, over 50 clubs have gone into receivership, writes John Reid.

14 August 2013

spotSocialist Party subs appeal

Stepping up the fight against austerity: The Socialist Party is asking every member if they can increase their subs (membership dues) to help improve our resources to fight for an end to the cuts, a new workers' party and a socialist solution to the economic crisis, writes Naomi Byron, Socialist Party finance department.

14 August 2013

spotBuilding TUSC in Caerphilly

When a byelection came up in the Penyrheol ward of Caerphilly we knew we had to stand and give local people a working class alternative to Tory austerity policies and the failure of Labour and Plaid Cymru to mount any sort of resistance to Westminster's cuts agenda, writes Jaime Davies, Caerphilly TUSC byelection candidate.

14 August 2013

spotThem & Us

Families in poverty: New research commissioned by the TUC shows:

14 August 2013

spotThe Mill: A change from the usual TV

Channel 4's The Mill makes a change from the usual TV. Here we have a glimpse into the lives of working class teenagers forced to work in the cotton mills of the north west, writes Pete Watson, Nottingham.

14 August 2013

spotHunt attacks NHS staff and patients

Unison staff at Pinderfields hospital strike, photo Iain Dalton

Unison staff at Pinderfields hospital strike, photo Iain Dalton

Patient groups and health workers' organisations are shocked by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's recent statement that to set minimum staffing levels for hospitals would be 'artificial' and may jeopardise the need to 'protect NHS budgets', writes Jackie Grunsell.

14 August 2013

spotProtest at the Tory Conference in Manchester

March and Rally - Sunday 29 September

Assemble at Liverpool Road, M3 4FP, 11am

Marching to a rally in Whitworth Park

14 August 2013

spotReflections and sycophancy: Kinnock versus the socialist Liverpool council

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

Present day Labour councillors who are carrying out Tory government cuts are still haunted by calls to emulate the example of the Liverpool 47 councillors who refused to carry out Margaret Thatcher's cuts in the 1980s, writes Tony Mulhearn, Former Liverpool 47 councillor.

14 August 2013

spotBeware a recovery!

What recovey? Pawnbrokers and loan sharks proliferate , photo by Photomontage The Socialist

What recovey? Pawnbrokers and loan sharks proliferate , photo by Photomontage The Socialist

The media is lauding an economic recovery. Whether there is one and whether it has substance is discussed in the articles below.

14 August 2013

spotSuccesses, failures and stalemates: A week in the life of a trade union rep

Glynn Doherty represents one of the large trade unions working mostly in the public sector. He recently gave the Socialist an insight into a week in his working life

14 August 2013

spotCome to the Socialist Party Summer Camp

Programme of events and activities, including: World in turmoil - a Saturday evening report from the discussions at the European school of the Committee for a Workers' International by the Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.

14 August 2013

spotA tale of two Britains

What We think: For a tiny few at the top Britain is really booming. When the Sunday Times first published its Rich List in 1989, the combined wealth of Britain's 200 richest people was £38 billion (£80 billion today). By 2013 it had increased to £318.2 billion

14 August 2013

spotSave Our Hospital!

Shut down the town! Self-appointed administrators have announced plans to reduce services at Stafford District General Hospital (DGH) and facilities in surrounding towns

14 August 2013

spotSouth Africa: Limpopo WASP launch

On Wednesday 3 August the Sefateng Stadium in Atok was filled with revolutionary workers' songs. More than 700 people had come to the stadium to launch the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) in Limpopo, writes Meschak Komani, DSM, South Africa.

14 August 2013

spotLondon Olympics legacy - one year on

Who can forget the tremendous excitement of last year when Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, David Weir and Jessica Ennis scorched around the track, of Michael Phelps and Ellie Simmonds in the pool and Bradley Wiggins winning gold in the cycling time trial? Chris Newby, London Socialist Party, writes.

14 August 2013

spotZero tolerance for zero-hours!

Youth Fight for Jobs outside Sports Direct, photo by Ian Pattison

Youth Fight for Jobs outside Sports Direct, photo by Ian Pattison

Zero-hour contracts have hit the headlines with a bang. One million workers - more than four times as many as previously thought - are on zero-hour contracts, writes Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs.

14 August 2013

spotMet finally apologise for G20 death

The London Met police were recently forced to make a grovelling apology over the killing of Ian Tomlinson, writes Paul Callanan.

16 August 2013

spotZero-hour contract protests in Leeds and York this Saturday

Youth Fight for Jobs (YF) activists in Yorkshire will be holding protests against zero-hour contracts this Saturday, 17th August, with protests outside Sports Direct in Leeds and York at 12 noon

16 August 2013

spotZero-hours protest at Sports Direct HQ

Youth Fight for Jobs protested in Shirebrook, a North Derbyshire, home to Sports Direct's headquarters and distribution centre

19 August 2013

spotEgypt: Hundreds dead as military tries to consolidate power in blood

Millions across the world have been shocked by the killing of hundreds of mainly unarmed people in the Egyptian military’s brutal clearance of the two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo.

19 August 2013

spotPeterloo remembered in verse

On 16 August 1819, 20 workers were killed and 500 injured at St Peter's field in Manchester.

19 August 2013

spotWhat is behind new tensions over Gibraltar?

Rajoy and Cameron governments distract attention from domestic crisis with new flaring up of tensions over Gibraltar

19 August 2013

spotOne year after the Marikana massacre

On 16 August 2012, at Marikana, a bloody line was drawn in South Africa's political sand when police shot dead 34 workers and wounded 78

19 August 2013

spotZero-hour contract protests at Sports Direct and Primark

24-hour delivery, zero-hour contracts, photo Ian Pattison

Youth Fight for Jobs campaigners target zero-hour employers in Plymouth city centre

19 August 2013

spotDebating zero-hour contracts on Radio Five

I cannot even plan to go to the pub, so I cannot even start to imagine having responsibility for children while holding a zero-hours contract

19 August 2013

spotSupport the FBU - end scab recruitment

Stop the fire cuts!, photo  Socialist Party

Fire authorities have been trying to recruit a scab labour force to undermine potential strike action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU)

20 August 2013

spotFighting mood at meeting to defend Whipps Cross Hospital

Over 100 people attended the meeting to defend Whipps Cross, photo Neil Cafferky

Over 100 people attended the meeting to defend Whipps Cross, photo Neil Cafferky

Standing room only as over 100 people attend packed public meeting, called by Waltham Forest Unison Health branch, to defend Whipps Cross Hospital

22 August 2013

spotTUSC to stand in Fleetwood byelection

Ray Smith will stand for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalitionin the town council byelection in the Rossall ward of Fleetwood, Lancashire on 26 September

26 August 2013

spotCoventry postal workers set to strike

Strike action at Royal Mail's Coventry North Delivery Office 27.8.13

Postal workers at Royal Mail's Coventry North Delivery Office will be taking 24-hours of strike action on Tuesday 27 August

27 August 2013

spotBank holiday weekend strike by London Overground workers

Transport for London (TfL) is threatening the safety of 70 million London Overground rail passengers a year

28 August 2013

spotNo one crosses Royal Mail picket line - except managers

Royal Mail's Coventry North Delivery Office  taking 24-hours of strike action on Tuesday 27 August., photo Dave Nellist

Workers at Royal Mail's Coventry North delivery office took strike action on Tuesday, over the way management treats them

28 August 2013

spotManic Street Preachers take legal action against EDL

Last month news emerged that the Manic Street Preachers are taking legal action against the English Defence League (EDL) for using one of their songs to promote an upcoming demonstration

28 August 2013

spotWorkplace In Brief

Helicopter disaster: Four North Sea oil workers were killed on 23 August when a Super Puma helicopter ditched onto the sea off Shetland

28 August 2013

spotUnison: Tiny margin against Scottish local government strike

Unison members in Scottish local government have voted by a very narrow margin not to strike over pay

28 August 2013

spotCoventry postal workers fight bullying management

Postal workers at Royal Mail's Coventry North Delivery Office went on 24-hour strike on 27 August, writes a postal worker.

28 August 2013

spotFilm review: Elysium - an 'allegory for class warfare'

Elysium - an 'allegory for class warfare',  Co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures

Elysium - an 'allegory for class warfare', Co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures

Elysium is a dystopian sci-fi action film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. It follows the story of Max da Costa, a factory worker living in the ruins of Los Angeles in the year 2154, writes Brettros, CWI Austria.

28 August 2013

spotExhibition review: Lowry's one track vision

The exhibition "Lowry and the painting of Modern Life" at Tate Britain (until 20 October) has quite a rich collection of Lowry's work depicting industrialised Britain, writes Amalia Loizidou.

28 August 2013

spotThe role of a workers' rep

The excellent interview with Glynn Doherty (Socialist 776) showed a week of activity representing members, whether at employment tribunals, directly with the employer or running a "drop in centre" for members

28 August 2013

spotLobbying bill: don't let this Tory dream come true

The economy seems to be falling apart, yet nothing seems to have dented the upper-class arrogance and air of confidence that pervades the Tories, writes Sue Powell.

28 August 2013

spotThe trial of Chelsea Manning

The final days of the trial revealed the disgusting new depths to which the US military is sinking in an effort to persecute Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, writes Manus Lenihan.

28 August 2013

spotThem & Us

Working poor: The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that nearly one million (987,607) working people are now claiming housing benefit

28 August 2013

spotWales' Mid-Staffs crisis

Welsh NHS cuts have forced 13,000 operations to be cancelled in the last three years, a whopping 4,000 of which were at the University of Wales Hospital in the Heath, Cardiff

28 August 2013

spotSupport the DPAC week of action

Between 29 August and 4 September, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is organising a 'Reclaiming Our Futures' week of direct action to oppose Con-Dem austerity and attacks on benefits, public services and disability rights

28 August 2013

spotSocialist Party camp

New Publication - 1913 Dublin Lockout: Sixty people attended the Socialist Party (SP) summer camp in Ware, Hertfordshire, on the August bank holiday weekend, organised by Eastern region SP, writes Special offer for readers of the Socialist: £5 including postage and packing.

28 August 2013

spotUnionise to fight zero-hour contracts!

I started working for the fast food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken nine months ago. I had left my job in a supermarket, to find a full-time job

28 August 2013

spotNothing new at Sports Direct

As a former employee of Sports Soccer which was the predecessor of Sports Direct it came as little surprise to me to learn that this company is one of the worst culprits for using zero-hour contracts, writes an ex-Sports Soccer worker.

28 August 2013

spotCarlisle - Building the anti-bedroom tax fightback

Carlisle campaigners have really got the message out in the last two months

28 August 2013

spotEgypt: al-Sisi's military tightens its grip on power

Millions across the world, and especially in the Middle East, have been shocked by the killing of hundreds of mainly unarmed people in the Egyptian military's brutal clearance of the two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo.

28 August 2013

spotNo to imperialist intervention in Syria

No Attack on Syria

A flood of bloody images and reports of the unbearable suffering inflicted on the Syrian masses has been broadcast around the world

28 August 2013

spotArrest Cuadrilla bosses - not fracking protesters!

Hundreds of protesters have set up camp in Balcombe, West Sussex, to stop environmentally dangerous fracking

28 August 2013

spotOne Housing Group workers go into battle again

One Housing Group workers, members of Unite, on a second three-day strike against massive pay cuts, photo Naomi Byron

One Housing Group workers, members of Unite, on a second three-day strike against massive pay cuts, photo Naomi Byron

Unite members at OHG will strike for five days starting on 5 September

28 August 2013

spotStop cuts - Demand united action

NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress, Brighton, 2012, photo Arti

NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress, Brighton, 2012, photo Arti

Lobby the TUC for a 24-hour general strike! I might be a physics teacher but it doesn't take rocket science to work out why the trade union movement needs to start taking united strike action, writes Martin Powell-Davies

28 August 2013

spot"I have a dream" - 50th anniversary of march

March on Washington for jobs and freedom, 28 August 1963, 250,000-strong march which Martin Luther King addressed, photo US Library of Congress

March on Washington for jobs and freedom, photo US Library of Congress

The mass movements for civil rights before and after the 1963 250,000-strong march on Washington for jobs and freedom, won victories against the brutal racist system in the US

29 August 2013

spotHovis bakers on 7-day strike against massive pay cuts and casualisation

Wigan Hovis bakers on seven-day strike against massive pay cuts and casualisation, photo Hugh Caffrey

Wigan Hovis bakers on seven-day strike against massive pay cuts and casualisation, photo Hugh Caffrey

Hundreds of bakers at Hovis in Wigan are strikiing against zero-hour contracts and casualisation

29 August 2013

spotCoventry Unison protest

Members of Coventry Unison handed in petitions containing hundreds of signatures against Coventry City Council's decision to cut neighbourhood wardens, which will result in nearly 40 jobs being lost

29 August 2013

spotFirefighters vote to strike

Firefighters have voted to strike against the government's pension scheme proposals that could lead to thousands facing the sack simply for getting older

30 August 2013

spotCouncil leader announces 'no bedroom tax evictions this year'

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

North Lanarkshire, a Labour run council, that sent out letters threatening to begin eviction proceedings, has been forced into a big retreat

30 August 2013

spotCon-Dems in crisis - Now bring them down - For a 24-hour general strike

The Con-Dem government has suffered a huge defeat over Syria and its plan for UK involvement in a US-led attack.
After being humiliated in the House of Commons vote, Cameron has conceded that there will be no British military participation in Syria.
This debacle has consequences way beyond Britain's imperialist military adventures

30 August 2013

spotSyria: Con-Dems in crisis - Now bring them down - For a 24-hour general strike

Stop the War demonstration in London, 31.8.13, photo J Beishon

The Con-Dem government has suffered a huge defeat over Syria and its plan for UK involvement in a US-led attack. After being humiliated in the House of Commons vote, Cameron conceded that there will be no British military participation in Syria.

31 August 2013

spotCarers at Future Directions continue their fight

Future Directions care workers on strike, August 2013, photo Hugh Caffrey

Future Directions care workers on strike, August 2013, photo Hugh Caffrey

Over 150 care workers marched through the town centre on Thursday to mark their 19th day of strike action

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