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Archive for December 2020

2 December 2020

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Equity union conference calls for radical change - now lead a fight!

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2 December 2020

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Unison general secretary ballot closes

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2 December 2020

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Heathrow workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

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2 December 2020

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Solidarity with Brighton UCU strike - we won't pay for Covid crisis

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2 December 2020

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News in brief

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2 December 2020

spotWhat will the spending review mean for me?

Five Socialist Party members respond to the spending review, and what it means for youth, pensioners, schools, councils and those out of work.

2 December 2020

spotNapo kickstarts fight against pay freeze

At my first meeting on the national executive committee (NEC) of probation union Napo, I put forward an emergency motion to launch a campaign against the pay freeze.

2 December 2020

spotDon't let the festive season be one of misery for retail workers

The three days leading up to the England-wide lockdown were a taste of things to come, with shoppers flooding to the high street to squeeze in Christmas shopping.

2 December 2020

spotHackney: Stop plan to halve school support staff!

Parents listened intently as trade unionists told them what management has not: it intends to cut the support staff in half.

2 December 2020

spotWhere is devolution heading?

"Devolution is a disaster" were the reported words of Boris Johnson, referring to the Scottish government and "Tony Blair's biggest mistake".

2 December 2020

spotPay freeze protest Homerton Hospital

Around twelve NHS staff held a socially distanced protest at Homerton Hospital against Rishi Sunak's pay freeze, on Wednesday 25 November

2 December 2020

spotSocialism 2020 feedback

The Socialist Party hosted Socialism 2020, a series of online workshops and rallies, from 20-23 November

2 December 2020

spotSelling the Socialist

Young members from Devon Socialist Party ran a Friday lunch-time campaign stall outside Exeter College

2 December 2020

spotFighting fund target smashed!

Our financial appeal at Socialism 2020 raised a fantastic 50,145.80. Much of the money pledged has now been paid, we would like pledges to be redeemed by 20 December.

2 December 2020

spotLabour meeting lets MP get away with 'Spycops' abstention

63 people attended a public meeting on the Spycops undercover policing scandal, organised by Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party in protest at the abstention of right-wing Labour MPs on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) bill.

2 December 2020

spotSocialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

2 December 2020

spotDiego Maradona - Working-class rebel, football genius

Diego Maradona, the greatest footballer the world has ever seen, sadly passed away aged 60 last week.

2 December 2020

spotTV: The Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma is a film recently produced by Netflix, exploring the impact of social media on society

2 December 2020

spotFast fashion, big profits, low pay

It's estimated that the fashion industry is worth 2 trillion globally and brings 30 billion a year in revenue to the UK

2 December 2020

spotConflict in Ethiopia: ethnic-linguistic divisions are the historical product of capitalist inequality

Conflict in Ethiopia: ethnic-linguistic divisions are the historical product of capitalist inequality

2 December 2020

spotReview: Friedrich Engels - Condition of the working class in England

The second in our series on socialist pioneer Friedrich Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Socialist Party national committee member Helen Pattison reviews one of the first books he wrote.

2 December 2020

spotNHS: Underfunded, understaffed, underpaid

Everyone on shift feels the Tories have been an unmitigated disaster in their handling of the pandemic, whatever they voted in the general election.

2 December 2020

spotScotland: Campaign wins end to period poverty

In a first of its kind globally, the Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Act was enshrined into law in Scotland on 24 November, laying the foundations for eradicating period poverty for Scottish women.

2 December 2020

spot'Building back greener' - yet more Tory greenwash

The Tories announced on 17 November their ten-point plan to tackle climate change, and reach a net-zero emissions target by 2050

2 December 2020

spotBetter for billionaires. Worse for workers

Back in August, Boris Johnson promised a "world beating" track-and-trace system. Most people agree that didn't happen but the government and economy are 'world beating' in other respects.

2 December 2020

spotUnions must resist return to austerity

Chancellor Sunak's spending review should be a wake-up call to the trade union leaders. Even from the capitalists' point of view there was no immediate need to impose a pay freeze on 1.5 million public sector workers.

2 December 2020

spotRent strikers' victory in student halls

Students at the University of Manchester won a 30% refund of their rent for the term

2 December 2020

spotWales TUSC plans to mount an electoral challenge

A well-attended Zoom meeting relaunched TUSC in Wales

2 December 2020

spotArcadia and Debenhams closures: Nationalise to save jobs and pensions

Arcadia's insolvency is not simply another Covid-affected collapse. Its problems predate the pandemic. Likewise Debenhams.

7 December 2020

spotHow far can the Starmer counter-revolution go?

Socialism Today, December 2020

And what are all those who have supported Jeremy Corbyn proposing can be done to reverse the tide? Read the editorials of Socialism Today

9 December 2020

spotSuper-rich tax evasion costs 34 million nurses worldwide

320 billion is lost annually to corporate tax abuse and private tax evasion, the equivalent of nearly 34 million nurses' salaries, according to the Tax Justice Network.

9 December 2020

spotHMRC pay talks - PCS needs to organise members now

Revenue and Customs (HMRC) management's business case for pay linked to contract changes has been agreed by the Treasury

9 December 2020

spotReinstate sacked Unite London bus rep Judith Katera

Judith, a longstanding Unite union rep and activist in Battersea bus garage in south London, has been dismissed by employer Abellio

9 December 2020

spotSouth London council workers vote to strike

Greenwich Council housing maintenance staff have returned a thumping 97% 'yes' vote for strike action in a ballot over plans to slash wages by up to 20,000

9 December 2020

spotLondon Socialist Party hits the streets

Socialist Party members in London took part in a socially distanced campaign day on 5 December. Our aim was to get as many of our members out campaigning to demand that the working class should not pay

9 December 2020

spotTenants and workers unite to take on landlords

Unite members, together with tenants and housing activists, gathered outside the HQ of 'One Housing' last Friday to protest against the unfair treatment this anti-social housing association gives out to its workers and tenants

9 December 2020

spotYork students determined to build for rent refunds and free education

Students held a protest in York city centre against their ongoing treatment by the government and university management

9 December 2020

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

9 December 2020

spotTV review: Red, White and Blue

More than just diversity - we need democratic, working-class control of the police: The BBC recently aired the film 'Red, White and Blue' from the Steve McQueen mini-series 'Small Axe'

9 December 2020

spotEngels and the answer to the housing question

Engels published The Housing Question in 1872 as a contribution to debates about the appalling housing conditions facing the working class in Germany, Britain and elsewhere, and what should be done about it

9 December 2020

spotMalaysia: Massive capitalist exploitation of migrant workers exposed by Covid pandemic

News of the spread of Covid-19 in factory hostels across Malaysia has come at a time when Malaysians are facing the highest number of infections since the start of the pandemic in early March this year

9 December 2020

spotInternational news in brief

Mass protests against Macron's repressive draft law Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated across the streets of France, on 28 November against President Macron's latest repressive measures, in particular, his draft security bill

9 December 2020

spotShould Corbyn stand for London Mayor?

Working-class people need better than Dodd's 'austerity later' policies.

9 December 2020

spotFund NHS, not Tory crony contracts

The Tories clapped for the NHS. Heroes, they said. The NHS is safe in our hands, they said. Liars! Instead, Johnson and co have given lucrative contracts to their friends and family.

9 December 2020

spotHigh street jobs, safety and pay: We have to fight

Hospitality: Understaffed and underpaid, now it's got worse: Bar worker John Williams, a Socialist Party member in Cardiff, spoke at a protest to oppose the pay freeze in the public and private sector on 5 December.

9 December 2020

spotLuxury for some, poverty for the rest of us

Many of us won't have much to cheer about this Christmas. In 2020 we've lost people to a pandemic which is still hurting us. One-in-twenty young people are currently unemployed.

9 December 2020

spotObituary: Roger Priest

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and comrade Roger Priest.

9 December 2020

spotRight populism after Trump

Trump's election defeat has sharply posed the question: What happens next?

9 December 2020

spotCovid vaccines only first step - fight job losses, austerity and 'virus' of capitalism

Covid-19 vaccines in record-breaking times have raised hopes that life will return to normal

9 December 2020

spot'Cut the Rent!' campaign kicks off

Students at the University of Oxford launched a rent strike campaign amid growing anger towards the university management

9 December 2020

spotWelsh trades councils rally against the pay-freeze

Speakers from several unions called for an end to the public sector pay freeze.

9 December 2020

spotFurther education workers win pay rise in Wales

Workers in further education in Wales have won a long overdue pay increase. This will mean we are not left behind by the pay rise that was announced for school teachers in the summer.

9 December 2020

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

Like many new Socialist Party members, I was formerly a Labour Party member during the Corbyn years.

9 December 2020

spotRMT gen sec election - vote for Steve Hedley

The upcoming general secretary election is an opportunity for RMT transport union members to change the direction of our trade union.

16 December 2020

spotWelsh schools close for safety after union pressure

Belatedly, the Welsh government announced the closure of secondary schools in Wales, moving to online teaching one week before the end of term.

16 December 2020

spotMet police investigate British mercenary war crimes against Tamils

The Metropolitan Police are investigating British mercenaries' hand in the massacre of over 100,000 civilians and the brutal defeat of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers), who fought an armed struggle for an independent Tamil Eelam nation.

16 December 2020

spotNo surprise, poverty is rising

A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that 2.4 million, including half a million children, experienced "destitution" in 2019 - before coronavirus reached the UK

16 December 2020

spotRich countries hoarding vaccine is danger to us all

The Covid-19 pandemic has been truly global in character, with every nation reporting cases. Why is it then, that as the first vaccine shipments leave the factories, your ability to access it will depend

16 December 2020

spotCancel exams for class of Covid

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has refused to follow Scotland and Wales in cancelling exams, justifying his decision with: "Exams are the best form of assessment we have".

16 December 2020

spotStop 'fire and rehire' at British Gas

As a loyal employee of over 20 years I am disgusted with the way senior management at British Gas are treating their staff.

16 December 2020

spotDetermined strikers at Leaways school

NEU members at Leaways school in Clapton, East London, are taking part in a six-day strike spread over three weeks

16 December 2020

spotCan green technology and AI save capitalism?

The following article is an edited transcript of the speech by Mark Best in a workshop at the Socialism 2020 event organised online by the Socialist Party from 20-23 November (see 'Socialism 2020: Growing search for ideas to change the world' at socialistparty.org.uk)

16 December 2020

spotTUSC relaunch in the north west

Socialists, community activists and trade unionists were all represented at an online meeting held on 12 December to relaunch the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in north west England

16 December 2020

spotProtests in solidarity with Indian farmers

Around 300 people from the city's Indian Sikh community turned out in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 12 December to protest in solidarity with farmers in Punjab, India, taking action against the brutal right-wing regime

16 December 2020

spotProtest against immigration enforcement centre in Newham

The Tory government is trying to build an 'immigration enforcement centre' in Docklands, east London

16 December 2020

spotQuiz 2020

What a year! The Covid pandemic, the worst recession in living memory, the Black Lives Matter movement, the US presidential election, the Brexit debacle, growing class inequalities...

16 December 2020

spotFight for NHS pay and funding

On 2 March 2020, as coronavirus cases rose to four in a day, Boris Johnson told us that Britain was "well-prepared with a fantastic NHS"

16 December 2020

spotStrikes are how to fight for state education

Two London strikes have the future of publicly owned and run education at their heart

16 December 2020

spot'Socialism - Utopian and Scientific' by Engels

In the fourth article in our series marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Engels, Ross Saunders looks at one of Engels' best known works.

16 December 2020

spotEffective testing and properly funded safety plan needed

The health secretary hopes mobile testing units can stop the Covid tide

16 December 2020

spotSchool boy assaulted by police in Tottenham

People woke up to a horrific video on Friday 11 December. It was of a 16 year old black boy in his school uniform, being assaulted by a police officer in Tottenham, north London. A protest was quickly

16 December 2020

spotMaternity unit deaths - democratic, public ownership needed

The recently published Ockenden report into the deaths and serious injuries of mothers and babies at the maternity units in Shropshire and Telford Hospital NHS Trust exposes a very dark side of the lack of accountability in the NHS

16 December 2020

spotOpenreach and EE: Massive vote for action

Openreach and EE (now owned by BT) CWU members have retuned a massive 97.9% 'yes' vote on a 74% turnout in a consultative ballot on whether they wish to take industrial action against compulsory redundancies, site closures, reduction of terms and conditions, and a race to the bottom.

16 December 2020

spotUnite launch ballot over sacked London bus rep

Unite the union is running a consultative ballot on 16-17 December to launch the campaign to get Judith Katera reinstated

16 December 2020

spotBook: The national question - a Marxist approach

90 socialists from Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland, and even from as far afield as the US, attended an online book launch public meeting organised by Socialist Party Scotland on 10 December.

16 December 2020

spotTremendous fighting fund reflects confidence

Socialist Party members and supporters have done brilliant work over the whole of 2020 in making sure we smashed through our fighting fund target for the year

16 December 2020

spotChristmas redundancy shock at L&Q housing association

Workers at highly profitable housing association L&Q were shocked to be told of major restructuring and the threat of large-scale redundancies.

16 December 2020

spotFight for jobs and safety

Unemployment and Covid rising
The beginning of a mass vaccination programme has raised hopes of an end to the Covid crisis. But putting profits first, the Tories have mismanaged the health and jobs crisis from day one.

16 December 2020

spotUnion conference stripped of powers by NEC

The NEC of the PCS union decided to remove key powers from the 2021 annual delegate conference

16 December 2020

spotNo to Tories' new anti-protest law

The Tories are looking at more ways to restrict the right to protest.

16 December 2020

spotMass testing - we need trade union oversight and full pay for all

How effective are the resources being put into testing?

30 December 2020

spot2020 - a year which drove home the catastrophic failures of capitalism

Tower Hamlets council workers struck against contract downgrades in July 2020, photo Hugo Pierre

Too many deaths from the pandemic, job losses, pay cuts and poverty were the experience across the planet.

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