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Archive for February 2021

3 February 2021

spotChildren 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

spotMultimillion-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

spotCovid 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

3 February 2021

spotUsdaw Broad Left rally brings together those campaigning for a fighting union

Members and supporters of the Usdaw Broad Left came together for a Zoom rally on 2 February in support of the Broad Left's candidates in the upcoming Usdaw shop and distribution workers' union elections for the executive committee (EC) and president

3 February 2021

spotLaunching a political alternative to cuts, poverty and job losses

TUSC conference: Councils are facing a new, Covid-driven cash crisis - a financial 'black hole' of up to £2.2 billion, along with an average 5% increase in council tax and other increased service charges.

3 February 2021

spotThe Communist Manifesto - A guide to understanding society, and how to change it

The Communist Manifesto today: "A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of communism". In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels chose these famous words as the opening line of their 'Communist Manifesto'.

3 February 2021

spotWhy I rejoined the Socialist Party

18 months ago, I left the Socialist Party following a political dispute which led to a small opposition group splitting off.

3 February 2021

spotNew members meeting in the South West - preparing for the battles to come

The Socialist Party in the South West held a very successful online meeting with new members who joined us in the last two months

3 February 2021

spotHelp us raise the funds to fuel the working-class fightback

Despite the restrictions placed on our campaigning activity, Socialist Party members and supporters have responded to the challenge by doing what they can to raise much needed fighting fund

3 February 2021

spotSouth Yorks TUSC ready for electoral fight

On 27 January South Yorkshire Socialist Party members attended a public meeting of South Yorkshire Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) - an anti-cuts and socialist electoral alliance involving the RMT transport union, the Socialist Party and others

3 February 2021

spotSave our square: we need social housing and public services

Waltham Forest Labour council in East London approved plans to build a block of unaffordable, private housing on Walthamstow town square

3 February 2021

spotStop Labour council's eviction of Stratford Circus arts centre

Newham's Labour council has evicted Stratford Circus arts centre. On 30 January members of East London Socialist Party joined a protest, socially distanced and wearing masks, against the eviction of the

3 February 2021

spotWhy I am attending the TUSC local elections online conference

I am attending the TUSC local elections conference to support the decision to once again stand candidates under the TUSC banner

3 February 2021

spotGameStop: Billionaires hurt at their own game

Recently, users of big online forum Reddit influenced the entire stock market, causing huge hedge funds to go into meltdown

3 February 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Capitalist governments turned blind eye to Holocaust: 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.

3 February 2021

spot1971: Rolls-Royce crisis - when the Tories nationalised in order to secure the interests of British capitalism

Fifty years ago, on 4 February 1971, the flagship British engineering company Rolls-Royce collapsed into receivership placing 80,000 workers' jobs at risk

3 February 2021

spotThe NEU's 'big announcement' - lessons need to be learned

Thousands of National Education Union (NEU) members tuned in on 26 January to listen for the surprise 'big announcement' that they had been told to expect from their union.

3 February 2021

spotYorkshire aerospace workers strike against pay disparity

Despite the snowy weather, members of union Unite working on a Babcock Aerospace contract in Yorkshire providing operational and engineering service at RAF Leeming were out on the picket lines on 2 February

3 February 2021

spotVote Steve Hedley for RMT general secretary

"I pledge that, when elected, to continue to put jobs, pay, conditions, safety and work-life balance at the forefront of our campaigns

3 February 2021

spotWorkplace news in brief

Workers in two separate industrial disputes affecting schools in east London will take three days of strike action in February.

3 February 2021

spotAn article from Socialism Today, issue 245, February 2021

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

3 February 2021

spotNew 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

spotHMRC: We demand a pay rise without cuts to terms and conditions

On 1 February, a multi-year pay offer was made to union members in HMRC.

3 February 2021

spotSocialist Students open letter to Rent Strike network

Building the fightback for free education

3 February 2021

spotCovid 'vaccine wars' underline failure of capitalist nation states to deal with the global pandemic

The European Commission was forced into a humiliating climbdown

3 February 2021

spotA tragically missed opportunity

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

3 February 2021

spotWorkers' 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

spotProject 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?

10 February 2021

spotBig Energy piles on the misery

Energy regulator Ofgem has raised the price cap on what gas and electricity companies can charge 15 million households by between £87 and £96 a year (£1,156 or £1,138) - a 9% increase - from 1 April

10 February 2021

spotNews 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

10 February 2021

spotHackney schools workers to strike

Members of the Unite union and the National Education Union will be taking strike action at Colvestone and Thomas Fairchild Schools in Hackney, London on 10, 11 and 12 February over job losses and reorganisation

10 February 2021

spotYork couriers call on council for protection from "fear of dismissal"

Key-working couriers are currently locked in a battle against York city council in a bid to protect our income - and jobs

10 February 2021

spotCourt workers to ballot in fight for safety

A couple of months ago the chief executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) put out on the internal web extracts from a poem about the NHS, which was meant to inspire us

10 February 2021

spotTories admit market failure - we want our NHS back!

In the middle of the Covid pandemic, a leaked government draft white paper has revealed the Tories' plans to reorganise the NHS in England

10 February 2021

spotPCS: Vote for rank-and-file socialist Broad Left Network candidates

PCS union elections: PCS, the union for civil service and public sector workers, has begun the 2021 elections for its president and national executive committee (NEC)

10 February 2021

spotCovid and pregnancy

Expecting a baby should be an exciting time for parents. However, for many the past year of the Covid pandemic has dampened what should have been a joyous occasion.

10 February 2021

spotLondon fire victims lobby Tory mayoral candidate

When Tory London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey tweeted his opposition to a levy on building firms to solve the desperate problem of flammable cladding, residents in housing with unsafe cladding, and those already victims of fires, were furious and organised a virtual lobby

10 February 2021

spotWhy you should come to Socialist Students online conference

Socialist Students in Wales initiated rent strikes in Bangor and in Swansea at the beginning of term

10 February 2021

spotEx-Labour socialists preparing to stand for TUSC in Devon

An alternative to Starmer's Labour is needed now more than ever. 28 people, including current and ex-Labour members, councillors, and a former Labour parliamentary candidate attended the online launch

10 February 2021

spotStarmer ditches Labour movement tradition for cheap trick

Readers' opinion: Keir Starmer's 'new management' Labour has just taken a further right turn away from the traditions of the labour movement

10 February 2021

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

10 February 2021

spotBook that inspired me: God's bits of wood

This is a tremendous dramatised account of the successful five-month-long strike of railway workers on the Dakar to Niger railway between 1947 and 1948

10 February 2021

spotNSSN meeting: Fight together against the Tories and bosses' Covid offensive

Come to National Shop Stewards Network Zoom public meeting: 2021 has started with a bang, with teachers and school support staff in the National Education Union and Unison forcing Boris Johnson's Tory government to retreat on the reopening of schools

10 February 2021

spotPreparing to build a working-class force for May's local elections

Over 550 attended the online conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) on 7 February in preparation for the local elections in May

10 February 2021

spotMyanmar coup - For a workers-led struggle for democracy and socialism!

Mass protests are showing the dissatisfaction and anger

10 February 2021

spotBlack Workers' Charter: A programme to fight racism

The demands needed to fight for the rights of black and Asian people, and for an end to racial discrimination.

10 February 2021

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party - a nurse

I've been a nurse in the NHS for 17 years, and have first-hand experience of privatisation, attacks on pay and working conditions, and dangerously underfunded services

10 February 2021

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party - a student

While a few years ago I would have thought it unimaginable, I recently joined the Socialist Party. The last 18 months have been an extremely transformative time. My world view has drastically changed

10 February 2021

spotTurkey: Bogaziçi university students protest appointment of government loyalist as rector

Demonstrations have been continuing at Bogziçi University since January 2021.

10 February 2021

spotQuestion mark over AstraZeneca's vaccine to protect against new Covid variant

The Johnson government's much-trumpeted Covid vaccine roll-out programme has taken a knock.

10 February 2021

spotStriking workers fighting to win

British Gas engineers were on the pickets again on 5 Feb

16 February 2021

spotSham inquiry into 'progressive extremism'

The BLM protests and school strikes on the climate have been portrayed as some kind of 'Marxist conspiracy'.

17 February 2021

spotTory consultation on home-use abortion pills

One in three women will have an abortion before the age of 45. The abortion pill is a safe and uncomplicated medical procedure carried out in the first ten weeks of pregnancy.

17 February 2021

spotTory cladding money will not make us safe

Despite the horrific scenes at Grenfell almost four years ago, around 700,000 people in the UK are still living in buildings fitted with combustible cladding

17 February 2021

spotCumbria mine: How can we fight for jobs and stop climate change?

The government and the Labour-led Cumbria County Council have finally had to take notice of the obvious contradiction between talking warm words about fighting climate change and opening a new coal mine.

17 February 2021

spotCryptocurrency bubble: Insanity of capitalism

Low interest rates and the declining profit margins of capitalist production have pushed speculators to find new areas to invest their capital. This has created a massive bubble in cryptocurrencies.

17 February 2021

spotNews in brief

Last year was dubbed 'the year from hell' as a result of two million deaths from Covid and the pandemic's huge hit on working-class living standards and livelihoods.

17 February 2021

spotHackney teaching assistants strike against cruel and unnecessary job cuts

Teaching assistants organised by general union Unite took to the streets on 10-12 February to picket against unnecessary forced redundancies.

17 February 2021

spotManchester Go North West bus drivers in all-out strike over fire and rehire dispute

Bus drivers employed by Go North West in Manchester will begin an all-out continuous strike from 28 February. The company is trying to fire and rehire its workers on vastly inferior contracts.

17 February 2021

spotLondon bus drivers set to strike over pay and conditions

Some London bus drivers are also set to walk out over pay and conditions. Members of Unite based in several parts of the city will walk out from 22 February.

17 February 2021

spotScaffolders' strike continues

Scaffolders on strike in Scunthorpe, photo: Alistair Tice, photo A. Tice

Scaffolders on strike in Scunthorpe, photo: Alistair Tice, photo A. Tice

Around 50 scaffolders, members of Unite employed by Brand Energy at Scunthorpe steelworks, are now in their fourth week of strike action

17 February 2021

spotBoot private companies out of our NHS

Despite the recently leaked government draft white paper suggesting reversing "controversial privatisation policies" introduced in 2012, private healthcare operators continue to gorge on the NHS.

17 February 2021

spotSocialist Party Black and Asian caucus

The Socialist Party Black and Asian caucus held its first meeting of the year on Saturday 13 February

17 February 2021

spotRemembering Mohamud Hassan - continuing the fight against police brutality

On a freezing-cold Tuesday evening in February, over 100 people gathered outside Cardiff Bay police station

17 February 2021

spotSwarming the London Mayor's question time

Waltham Forest community campaign 'Save Our Square' and Socialist Party members organised what can only be described as a swarm of London Mayor Sadiq Khan's virtual Question Time on Thursday 11 February

17 February 2021

spotSouthern new members meeting - a vivid illustration of the appetite for socialist ideas

Despite all the limitations of lockdown restrictions, local branches in the Southern and South East Region recruited well last year

17 February 2021

spotDoing all we can to fund the anti-cuts stand at the ballot box

Socialist Party members and supporters are doing a brilliant job raising fighting fund this quarter. This has been particularly buoyed by the donations we have received to help fund the Socialist Party's

17 February 2021

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

17 February 2021

spotFilm Review: Dear Comrades!

The film 'Dear Comrades', produced by the Russian film-maker Andrei Konchalevsky, came out last year and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

17 February 2021

spotDerby Toyota plant Covid crisis

Derby Socialist Party has compiled a report on the situation at the Toyota Car Plant in Burnaston, near Derby which employs around 2,500 staff.

17 February 2021

spotStrike back for free education

This year, students have been shafted. We've been used as scapegoats by the government, treated as the personal piggy banks of the higher education sector, and many of us have been completely isolated

17 February 2021

spotPCS: Reject the HMRC pay deal

PCS members in the HMRC are being balloted on a divisive and retrograde pay deal. The ballot period is 11-26 February.

17 February 2021

spotConference - Sunday 28 February

- discussing how a movement can be built to transform education and students' lives.

17 February 2021

spotSNP's independence referendum 2 'roadmap'

The SNP-led Scottish government's latest road map towards a second independence referendum (indyref2) has been unveiled

17 February 2021

spotCovid workplace safety

Workplace safety. Something this government knows little about nor cares about. That's why there have been over 3,500 reported Covid outbreaks in workplaces since the start of the pandemic

17 February 2021

spotHow you can amplify the Socialist's voice - Help us build subscriptions to the Socialist

We would like you to subscribe to the Socialist. And if you already subscribe, can you get your friends, family and workmates to do the same?

17 February 2021

spotOnline workers' rally: Taking fight to the bosses

The National Shop Stewards Network held its 5th meeting during the pandemic

17 February 2021

spotNHS white paper: no solution to failed Tory policies

The publication of the white paper was met with headlines about the government 'taking back control' of the NHS.

20 February 2021

spotLatest podcast - How can we fight racism and capitalism today?

Black and Asian people have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

23 February 2021

spotScunthorpe steelworks scaffolders: Fifth week of action

Back to Scunthorpe steelworks this morning to support the scaffolders in their fifth week of taking strike action to win the industry Blue Book rate for the job.

23 February 2021

spotAn article from Socialism Today, issue 246, March 2021

After the defeat of Corbynism within the Labour Party Hannah Sell looks at the vital question of the struggle for working-class political representation, and the approach currently been taken by different elements of the workers' movement and left

23 February 2021

spotThe struggle needs an electoral arm

Socialism Today issue 246

Hannah Sell looks at the vital question of the struggle for working-class political representation and the approaches currently been taken.

24 February 2021

spotGarment workers and Covid: Dying for less than minimum wage

Garment workers have among the highest rate of coronavirus deaths for working women in the UK, the Office for National Statistics has revealed

24 February 2021

spotSocial care: End privatisation and let workers decide how it's run

When Boris Johnson became prime minister in July 2019, he promised to "fix the crisis in social care once and for all"

24 February 2021

spotVaccine algorithm can't solve capitalist inequality

Eleven months after coronavirus restrictions came into force in England, another 800,000 people are being informed by the government that they need to 'shield' as they are at an increased risk of dying from the effects of the virus

24 February 2021

spotHinkley Point electricians fight 'deskilling'

Rank-and-file construction electricians have launched a struggle against what they see as 'multi-skilling' by bosses at the massive Hinkley Point site in Somerset to build a nuclear power station, estimated to cost £22.5 billion.

24 February 2021

spotUsdaw elections - right makes gains but Broad Left builds

Usdaw held elections for union President and Executive Council with results being announced on Monday 15th February

24 February 2021

spot"I'm here to fight for the future education of children in Hackney"

Teaching assistants (TAs) in Hackney, east London took strike action against redundancies on 10-12 February

24 February 2021

spotGMB members continue fight against 'fire and rehire' in British Gas

British Gas workers were back out on strike from 19 February after their strike was suspended over the previous weekend for talks.

24 February 2021

spotHow militant trade unionism defeated the 1971 Industrial Relations Act

Not since the 'Great Unrest' of 1911-14 and the period of strikes following World War One had there been anything like it.

24 February 2021

spotLiverpool Unite branch supports 'no cuts' budget strategy

On Friday 19 February, the branch meeting of Liverpool Unite union voted to refuse to endorse any of Labour's prospective Liverpool mayoral candidates

24 February 2021

spotScottish TUSC election campaign launch

On Saturday 20 February, the Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) launched our election manifesto for the Scottish elections in May.

24 February 2021

spotCoventry success building subscriptions

The latest lockdown has had an impact on raising sales and subscriptions to the Socialist across the country

24 February 2021

spotSave John Carroll Leisure Centre

John Carroll Leisure Centre, in the working-class Radford area of Nottingham, is threatened with closure in the latest £15.6m of cuts proposed by Nottingham Labour Council

24 February 2021

spotKeep the fighting fund rushing in for a TUSC stand in May

The relaunch of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition with the plan to stand widely in the forthcoming elections, has really inspired Socialist Party members and supporters

24 February 2021

spotFilm Review: The White Tiger

The White Tiger, a film based on the bestselling novel by Aravind Adiga, depicts the story of a young man's bid to overcome caste and social oppressions to become a self-made person.

24 February 2021

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

24 February 2021

spotTories target universities in free speech shakedown

The government recently announced plans to introduce a 'Free Speech Champion' to the board of the Office for Students to regulate the approach to free speech on England's university campuses

24 February 2021

spotTories tout toilet tensions

The Tory government has opened a call for evidence regarding the availability of men's and women's toilet facilities

24 February 2021

spotPride flag is about unity in struggle

'Rainbow capitalism' is the term given to the corporate bandwagon-jumping of brands using the iconic gay pride symbol - the rainbow flag - to decorate their products during 'Pride season'

24 February 2021

spotNigeria: Abbey Trotsky on trial for assisting workers' struggle

Socialist Party members protested outside the Nigerian Embassy in central London on 22 February to protest against the 'show trial' of Abbey Trotsky - a leading member of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM - CWI in Nigeria) - that was taking place that day

24 February 2021

spotW. Sussex children's centres on the chopping block

Conservative West Sussex County Council is planning to axe 32 children's centres and twelve youth centres

24 February 2021

spotSocialist Students conference - postering

On Wednesday 17 February, Socialist Students organised a postering campaign through Selly Oak in Birmingham to advertise our upcoming online conference

24 February 2021

spotHMRC: Divisive pay deal leads to expulsions

PCS members in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are voting on a pay deal. The deal is for a 13% pay increase over three years, but if agreed would put all staff onto a new contract

24 February 2021

spotLondon bus dispute against low pay, pay cuts and longer hours

Socialist Party members supported bus drivers' picket lines across London on 22 February. The drivers are fighting back against low pay, pay cuts, and longer hours being imposed by their employer

24 February 2021

spotFacebook v Australian government: nationalise the bosses' media!

In a fit of pique, tech baron Mark Zuckerberg purged all news from Australian Facebook feeds. But while Australia's right-wing Liberal government poses as defender of the little guy, this is really a battle between competing media billionaires.

24 February 2021

spotTories admit guilt for asylum seeker neglect

Today I received a letter from the Home Secretary Priti Patel. The letter is a weak and pathetic attempt by the home secretary to deflect criticism away from her government's negligent policy

24 February 2021

spotStarmer's speech a return to New Labour

Keir Starmer's speech contained virtually no policy proposals. But it hammered home his message that the Corbyn era is over.

24 February 2021

spotWhere's the road map to jobs and wages Boris?


Trade unions must fight for lives and livelihoods
Johnson's 'cautious' road map to reopen society from lockdown in England - after over 120,000 Covid deaths and a massive hit to incomes - won't lead to the needed restoration and improvement in living standards.

24 February 2021

spotJustice for Moyied Bashir

For the second time in just over a month, a young man has died at the hands of south Wales police.

24 February 2021

spotDrivers win case - they are workers

Uber drivers have won their rights case.

24 February 2021

spotJohnson's 'road map' for schools: Act together to protect safety

- For a phased return based on infection rates not politicians' dates.

25 February 2021

spotPresident of 'big four' Labour-affiliated trade union joins TUSC committee

Amy Murphy, outgoing Usdaw president, is now on the TUSC national steering committee

26 February 2021

spotLiverpool Labour meltdown

Thirty five years ago Liverpool's council was leading a mass movement against Thatcher's Tory government.

26 February 2021

spotGetting the Socialist out in lockdown

Our branch has around 20 - 30 regular paper sales in normal times. Five of the regulars are within walking distance for me, and have their papers hand delivered each week. A core of regulars are contacted

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