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Archive for January 2018

1 January 2018

spot2018: more upheavals loom



The capitalist press regales us daily with a blizzard of facts which unconsciously indict their profit-driven system and their callous political representatives, the Tory government of Theresa May.

3 January 2018

spotWidening wealth gap, increase in poverty...make the fat cats pay

Don't put the party poppers away just yet. There's one last thing to celebrate. Fat Cat Thursday! Well, it's not exactly a celebration if you're working class. In fact its only the super-rich who actually enjoy the event.

3 January 2018

spotHeart unit rescued by campaigning saves baby with pioneering surgery

The heroic victory was vindicated straight away.

3 January 2018

spotThousands live in tents and sheds - seize empty homes

Over 60,000 homes in England and Wales have been vacant for more than two years. At the same time, 9,100 people live in tents. And in London alone around 9,000 'beds in sheds' fill secret slums.

3 January 2018

spotNHS in winter crisis as Branson creams off 1bn

The NHS winter crisis has become an established part of the calendar, both predictable and predicted.

3 January 2018

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference

Saturday 10 February: Main session: 'Building support for Jeremy Corbyn's anti-cuts policies in the 2018 local elections - should socialist anti-austerity candidates stand in May?'

3 January 2018

spotEqual sick pay rights for staff at Charlton Park Academy

After months of action including six days of strikes at Charlton Park Academy in south east London, members of general union GMB and the National Education Union (NEU) have gained a well-deserved victory.

3 January 2018

spotMobilise against rip-off executive pay

Higher education: In the new year honours, five 'fat cat' current and former vice-chancellors were rewarded for their 'services to education'

3 January 2018

spotRail: fares up, bosses' pay up - delays and cancellations up

Nationalise rail now!: Rail companies are ringing in the new year by inflicting yet more misery on long-suffering commuters.

3 January 2018

spotFire service victory

At the North Yorkshire Fire Authority meeting on 13 December, the decision was taken unanimously to reverse the decision made three years ago to reduce crewing of 'tactical response vehicles' (TRVs) to just three firefighters.

3 January 2018

spotLeeds college pay protests

Following successful pay protests in November at Leeds City College further education unions UCU and Unison decided to keep the momentum going in December and planned repeat action

3 January 2018

spotBradford protest against children's service cuts

Demonstrators gathered ahead of Bradford council's monthly meeting to protest proposals in the consultation of an 'early help service', part of the children's services directorate of the council.

3 January 2018

spotCatalan elections: PP humiliated

Movement mobilises once more for the Catalan republic: The Catalan election on 21 December was a massive defeat for the Spanish nationalist 'bloc of article 155' - the imposition of direct rule in Catalonia - and an even bigger blow to this bloc's main force, the right-wing People's Party (PP) of prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

3 January 2018

spotTory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

As an individual with mental health issues, it has been my misfortune to experience directly just how capitalist society, Britain 2017, treats such people. I can't imagine that my experience is particularly unique.

3 January 2018

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including pensions, benefits and Palestine.

3 January 2018

spotUCU members balloting for action on pension cuts

Anger is approaching boiling point at plans to do away with guaranteed benefits

4 January 2018

spotStrike against driver-only operation on five rail networks

Train guards are taking strike action in defence of railway safety

8 January 2018

spotRMT rail members buoyed by coordinated action

RMT members across five train companies are striking

10 January 2018

spotTeacher recruitment falls by a third - cut workload, not funding

Teachers throughout the country reacted with shock to the news that the number applying to train as teachers has dropped by 33%, according to Ucas figures. This is the fifth year the government has failed to meet its recruitment targets, and the largest drop for many years.

10 January 2018

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

10 January 2018

spotNewham academy strikes spread to Cumberland school

"Why would we want more privatisation?!" This is how the National Education Union (NEU) rep at Cumberland school in Newham, East London, closed the picket line meeting to stop the school becoming an academy.

10 January 2018

spotHoxton: "Stop this unwanted development"

'We don't want luxury tower blocks built in Hoxton' was the verdict of every contributor in a public meeting called by the 'Save Britannia Leisure Centre' campaign in east London.

10 January 2018

spotClosure of Nottingham unit shows dismantling of NHS

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust is planning to shut down a unit for people suffering from serious alcohol and drug addiction issues.

10 January 2018

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including bailiffs, billionaires and snow.

10 January 2018

spotBigot Toby Young quits - now scrap the new uni regulator driving privatisation

Bigoted Tory journalist Toby Young has resigned from the board of the government's new universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS).

10 January 2018

spotSweden: School strike against deportations

Before the seasonal holidays began in Sweden, an historic strike against the deportation of refugees was organised. On 12 December, at 12noon, school students across the country - from Boden in the north to Ystad in the south - took part.

10 January 2018

spot2017 was the best fighting fund total this century!

In the last three months of 2017 Socialist Party members raised over 40,000 for the first time in the 21st century!

10 January 2018

spotSocialist sales highest in years as mistrust in capitalist media hits record levels

More people bought the Socialist in 2017 than 2016, and 2016 beat 2015 too. Well done to all the sellers of the Socialist for achieving this.

10 January 2018

spotArt can help expose sexual harassment

Photography: No Fear: I've been trying to capture experiences - of the endemic, systematic sexual harassment and assault of women - in a photography project titled No Fear.

10 January 2018

spotDebate: should tower blocks form part of socialist housing policy?

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower atrocity, Salford Socialist Party began discussing whether there is a role for tower blocks in a socialist housing policy. There were differing views so we organised a debate.

10 January 2018

spotSustained mass movement needed to stop Tories wrecking our NHS

The winter NHS crisis has provoked fury from patients and health workers alike, with many taking to social media to share candid photos of the situation.

10 January 2018

spotAmy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

Elections for the new president of Usdaw, the shop and distribution workers' union, take place from 15 January with Socialist Party member Amy Murphy running to give the union a fighting leadership.

10 January 2018

spotCabinet chaos as shambolic reshuffle underlines Theresa May's impotence

There was more excitement in the media before May's cabinet reshuffle than among working class people. And in the event, the reaction of workers turned out to be more realistic.

10 January 2018

spotStrike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

Strike action in two areas has won McDonald's workers across the UK a significant rise.

10 January 2018

spotMovement challenges Iranian regime

Sudden large scale nationwide protests have shaken Iran. Sections of the population have shown utter defiance of the regime. Young people in particular, facing unemployment estimated at between 25% and 40%, have been to the fore.

12 January 2018

spotMini-strike wave continues and intensifies

The new year hasn't put an end to the disputes taking place across Manchester

12 January 2018

spotOutrage against 'monster block' plan

140 people crammed into a Waltham Forest Trades Council Housing Action Network meeting

15 January 2018

spotCarillion crisis: demand action to save jobs and services

Tens of thousands of Carillion employees fear for their jobs and pensions after the company announced liquidation - it must be taken into public ownership

16 January 2018

spotHome care workers to strike

Birmingham home care staff will be striking against a Labour council against working three split shifts during the day

17 January 2018

spotSouthern Socialist Party conference

Since 2015 referendums and elections have gone the wrong way for the Tories and the ruling class

17 January 2018

spotWe must fight all council cuts!

There are many council budget-setting meetings during January and February that are slashing millions more pounds off vital services - and many of these councils are run by Labour

17 January 2018

spotNHS crisis: under pressure from all angles - end cuts and sell-offs!

"Staff are desperate for change" says a nurse. "They were literally overrun" says an A&E patient. But strikes and mass campaigning can save our NHS.

17 January 2018

spotFerrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages

Construction workers on the Ferrybridge multi-fuel project in West Yorkshire stopped work on 12 January because workers' reported that wages had not been paid into their bank accounts

17 January 2018

spotVictory! Trump's UK visit cancelled by fear of protests

Both Trump and Theresa May feared the visit would spark mass demonstrations against his racist and bigoted views and policy agenda

17 January 2018

spotCorbyn's Labour needs 100% anti-cuts strategy and fight for democracy

Left NEC victories, Williamson resignation, council tax debate... What strategy can defeat Tory and Blairite austerity?

17 January 2018

spotTunisia: explosion of protests against government austerity

Hundreds detained in indiscriminate arrests: The explosion of protests against the new Finance Act has again put into perspective the liberal commentators' fairytale about Tunisia's 'successful democratic transition'

17 January 2018

spotStop repression in Hong Kong and China

'Article 23' would make it a criminal offence to oppose the Chinese dictatorship, and could outlaw socialists in Hong Kong

17 January 2018

spotRMT strikes against driver-only operation continue

"Everyone passing understands that this strike is about rail safety"

17 January 2018

spotHackney school cleaners strike

Unite the Union members working in six schools in Hackney will be striking to defend wages and year-round contracts

17 January 2018

spotPCS union 2018 elections - nominate the left slate for a continued fighting leadership

PCS members can nominate candidates for the national executive committee at their branch annual general meeting in February or March - the Socialist Party supports the Democracy Alliance

17 January 2018

spotWorkplace news in brief

Woolwich ferry workers vote to strike against job and pay cuts; vote Amy Murphy for a fighting democratic Usdaw union president

17 January 2018

spotNo to the Woolwich monster block

If Greenwich council and property developers get their way Woolwich's skyline will soon be unrecognisable

17 January 2018

spotUndercover policing legal challenge

The government has failed to inquire into undercover policing operations in Scotland

17 January 2018

spotHeating scandal on east London estate

The heating and hot water supply to 200 residents on the private Barking Riverside estate in east London was threatened by asset strippers in the middle of winter

17 January 2018

spotLobby pushes Liverpool council to oppose privatisation

Around 70 people lobbied Liverpool council to protest against 'accountable care organisation' privatisation proposals

17 January 2018

spotPacked Newham meeting against academies

If a new round of pro-academy Blairite councillors are selected, then campaigners may feel there is no choice but to stand against them in May

17 January 2018

spotSocialist Party women's meeting brings together members to share experiences

A great opportunity for socialist women from all over the country to share views and experiences, build political confidence and explore issues of particular relevance to women

17 January 2018

spotOpinion: foster care is work - carers deserve workers' rights

Many foster carers cannot maintain a day job if they have a challenging young person to care for, and so rely wholly on their council allowance

17 January 2018

spotOpinion: British imperialism can take no credit in fight against Isis

Even if we ignore the "collateral damage," British imperialism's role in Iraq can hardly be considered positive

17 January 2018

spotTheatre: 'Young Marx' shows growth in great platform for his ideas

If any work of art has a progressive impact on political attitudes and understanding, it's done a good thing

19 January 2018

spotCarillion and the construction industry

The following letter by Socialist Party member and construction worker Jimmy Tyson was published in the Liverpool Echo earlier this week

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