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5 December 2018

spotHealth bosses move goalposts on A&E waiting times: more funds for our NHS now!

It is with much anger and disbelief that I read the latest incredulous ideas from NHS England. NHS bosses plan to change their long-promised target of all A&E patients being seen within four hours of arrival

5 December 2018

spotFrance: mass demonstrations force president to back down

This movement, the expression of accumulated anger, brings together many who have voted very different ways in recent elections

5 December 2018

spotMidwives go on strike in New Zealand

Around 1,150 midwives in New Zealand have taken strike action for better pay and staffing levels

5 December 2018

spotBlairite Birmingham steps up union-busting and two workforces plan strikes

Brum's Labour council won't get an easy Christmas this year. Two of its workforces - bin workers and home carers - are balloting for strikes

5 December 2018

spotVictory for left in RMT union president election

Michelle Rodgers has been elected president of transport union RMT in a landslide victory for the left in the union

5 December 2018

spotBradford College joins #FEfightback strike for decent pay

Bradford College was one of six colleges where workers took strike action for decent pay on 28-29 November

5 December 2018

spotWorkplace news in brief

Shelter strike, Beefeater beef, Cammell Laird continues, buses bust-up

5 December 2018

spotAusterity: not one more day - Tories out now

Events have confirmed the weak and feeble position of the Tories. Now we must seize the time, mobilise around the call for an immediate general election, and drive the Tories out! Join us in this fight!

5 December 2018

spotNorthamptonshire council crisis continues

This small reprieve will not stop austerity - no-cuts budget needed: Campaigners are demanding the council resign. The Socialist Party says that it's vital that any candidates aiming to replace the Tories back a no-cuts budget.

5 December 2018

spotArrogant landlords can be beaten

Housing association bosses gave Theresa May a standing ovation after a speech on housing policy - you wouldn't find an audience of housing workers or tenants do that

5 December 2018

spotFatal bus crash - an avoidable tragedy

Stagecoach bosses have been let off the hook. They should have been jailed for corporate manslaughter.

5 December 2018

spotRacist attack in Huddersfield

The Socialist Party stands with Jamal and his family in solidarity against racist bullying. We repeat our calls on the local unions to fight education and youth service cuts.

5 December 2018

spotFight Cardiff Council's school cuts

Cardiff's Labour-run council plans to short-change Cardiff schools by another 3.5 million in real terms, as well as slash 19.4 million of funding from services

5 December 2018

spotJoin the march through Woking against austerity

The scale of local authority cuts across all services has already been disastrous yet Surrey County Council are now consulting on millions of pounds of further cuts

5 December 2018

spotFighting NHS and fire services cuts and closures in Merseyside

Five walk-in centres across Wirral are set to be closed, with another four under threat in Liverpool.

5 December 2018

spotSocialist Party argues against fire service cuts at Tyne and Wear consultation

Wallsend station, one of the most deprived wards in the country, has one fire engine - that finishes at 8pm!

5 December 2018

spotLeeds TUC conference to organise fight against austerity

Leeds Trade Union Council organised a successful anti-austerity conference on 24 November. It is part of our campaign to show the damage austerity is doing to local services, and to raise alternatives.

5 December 2018

spotWest Midlands Socialist Party women's meeting: our role in changing society

With the energy in the room fit to burst, it was clear to see how positive the day had been

5 December 2018

spotSocialist Students conference date set

Socialist Students conference is set to take place in Birmingham on 9 February 2019

5 December 2018

spotThe growth of artificial intelligence technology

AI technologies cannot be harmoniously rolled out due to the contradictions of capitalism

5 December 2018

spotPCS AGS election: Where now after the Left Unity conference?

Many Left Unity members will now expect that the incumbent AGS Chris Baugh will be confirmed as Left Unity's candidate.

5 December 2018

spotVictory! Dinner ladies' strike beats job cuts

School management has backed down and withdrawn plans to make nine dinner ladies redundant

5 December 2018

spotWHSmith: hands off our Post Offices!

Post Office management has earmarked a further 74 government-run 'Crown' Post Offices to close and franchise out

5 December 2018

spotWorkers defy brutal Iran regime

Thousands of sugar cane workers at Haft Tapeh in Khuzestan province, south Iran, have been on strike since 5 November

5 December 2018

spotFight for a general election to kick out the Tories

The clock is ticking for Theresa May and the Tories. The stakes are high for everyone - the Tories and behind them the British capitalist establishment. But also for the working class

11 December 2018

spotTory chaos reaches fever pitch

Corbyn and unions must mobilise workers to kick them out!
The government is in an unprecedented crisis. Just a day before the planned vote in parliament over Theresa May's Brexit deal proposal, she was forced to cancel it.

12 December 2018

spotLiverpool seafarers demand better conditions

Liverpool seafarers took part in a protest outside the Seatruck terminal on Liverpool docklands on the morning of Friday 30th November

12 December 2018

spot'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

The 'Stansted 15', who took non-violent direct action at Stansted airport in March 2017 to prevent the deportation of 60 people who were at risk, have been found guilty of "endangering safety at aerodromes" - a terrorism-related charge

12 December 2018

spotJohn Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class

A leader of 'Red Clydeside', John MacLean was an outstanding orator, a peerless educator in Marxist ideas, writes On the recent 95th anniversary of the death of Scottish Marxist John Maclean, Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland, looks at Maclean's contribution to the socialist and working-class movement..

12 December 2018

spotGive us a bumper Christmas cash boost!

We are appealing to all our members and supporters to help us make this year as big a success for the fighting fund as possible

12 December 2018

spotObituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter

Comrades in South Wales are mourning the loss of Beth Roper, who was suddenly taken from us in an accident on a train on 1 December at the age of just 28

12 December 2018

spotTories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS

20.5 billion extra funding isn't enough to make improvements to NHS services, is the conclusion of Simon Stevens, head of NHS England. A row has broken out between him and the government.

12 December 2018

spotInterserve debts

Shares in Interserve - one of the UK's largest private providers of public services - have collapsed after it announced it has 500 million worth of debts.

12 December 2018

spotUniversal Credit Christmas misery

The shocking effects of Universal Credit have been revealed by the ordeal faced by one mother this Christmas.

12 December 2018

spotStrike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

The planned 291 redundancies at Birkenhead's Cammell Laird shipyard have been put on hold following 13 days of strike action by workers starting on 26 November.

12 December 2018

spotSelect Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

PCS Left Unity members will be saddened to hear that Janice Godrich is suffering ill health, and therefore not able to accept the Left Unity nomination for assistant general secretary (AGS) of the civil servants' union.

12 December 2018

spotSpontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

Ferrybridge workers on construction sites and fast food factories have stuck two fingers up at the Tory Trade Union Act by striking.

12 December 2018

spotHull council workers fight to protect sick pay

Workers for Kingstown Works Ltd (KWL) in Hull have started a campaign to protect their sick pay scheme with a lobby of Hull North constituency Labour Party (CLP).

12 December 2018

spotVeolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

Waste workers in Unite the Union in Cheshire, employed by Veolia UK, have overwhelmingly voted for strike action in their dispute over unpaid shifts.

12 December 2018

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports of workers' struggles including victories for cinema reps and housing workers and a traffic wardens strike.

12 December 2018

spotSocialist Students LJMU victory

Socialist Students at Liverpool John Moores University has been successful in getting David Hitchmough reelected as a delegate to NUS conference where he will provide a socialist voice.

12 December 2018

spotNew twist in Derby TUSC election agent case

A recent ruling by the Electoral Commission has cast new light on the case of Chris Fernandez, the local election agent for eight Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates at the 2016 council elections in Derby, who earlier this year was jailed for alleged 'electoral fraud'.

12 December 2018

spotThe Socialist quiz of 2018

Brexit chaos... austerity... cataclysmic climate change... far-right populism... stop worrying and instead enjoy the Socialist quiz of 2018 - and step up the fight for socialism in 2019!

12 December 2018

spotTommy Robinson's rich backers

Far-right racist Tommy Robinson, who led a march in London on 8 December, is receiving financial support from US right-wing thinktanks and others including the David Horowitz Freedom Centre (DHFC)

12 December 2018

spotJobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

Thousands marched on Sunday 9 December to oppose Tommy Robinson and Ukip

12 December 2018

spotCuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that there were 50,100 'excess deaths' in England and Wales in the winter of 2017-18, the highest number since the mid-1970s.

12 December 2018

spotNational Union of Students faces bankruptcy

Reports have surfaced that the National Union of Students (NUS) is facing a profound financial crisis, estimated to lead the NUS to bankruptcy by April 2019.

12 December 2018

spotWorldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years

The murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi has brought into horrifying focus the dangers faced by reporters throughout the world.

12 December 2018

spotFrance in revolt

Since Saturday 17 November, a massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country.

12 December 2018

spotCorbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

Now fight the cuts! Mark Drakeford has been elected as leader of Welsh Labour and will be elected as First Minister

12 December 2018

spotWomen's Lives Matter national meeting

People from around the UK attended and brought with them a wealth of experience, ideas and proposals.

13 December 2018

spotUCU Wales suspends FE strike action

UCU members in Wales have recently won some important concessions from management and the Welsh Government

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