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3 July 2019

spotSame old millionaire Tories - Fight to kick them out

Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt offers a decent future for workers, young people and others facing hardship. Does this mean we should be despondent? Absolutely not!

3 July 2019

spotGig-economy exploitation doubles

The 'gig economy', formerly known as 'casual labour' - and much beloved of the dock employers for hundreds of years worldwide, is on the rise. Tony Blair famously called it "the flexible workforce".

3 July 2019

spotEven social-care bosses say cuts have gone too far

Jeremy Hunt, in a masterful understatement, said: "I think, having been responsible for health and social care, that some of the cuts in social care did go too far."

3 July 2019

spotThem & Us

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

3 July 2019

spotWhat we saw

Times journalist James Kirkup asked this: "Why aren't the wannabe PMs talking about in work poverty?" on 26 June. The Tories aren't, but the Socialist is.

3 July 2019

spotAngry Usdaw members strike at Sainsbury's distribution centre over sick pay cut

Dozens of members of shop workers' union Usdaw picketed Sainsbury's Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex for most of their 24-hour strike against changes to sickness policy.

3 July 2019

spotSteps forward and missed opportunities at Unite rules conference

General union Unite's 2019 rules conference made some important steps forward but missed opportunities to develop member participation. It also passed amendments that could be dangerous to the left in the future.

3 July 2019

spotLondon Arriva bus drivers vote for strike action over bullying and workload

London bus drivers have had enough! In a consultative ballot of Unite the Union members at Arriva, drivers voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

3 July 2019

spotBirmingham uni workers strike against terms and conditions attacks

Unison members working in catering, cleaning and security held a well-supported one-day strike at the University of Birmingham on 28 June. They were protesting against the removal of premium payments for weekend and anti-social hours and reduction of holiday entitlement by a week.

3 July 2019

spotAngry Barking residents protest outside sales office

On Saturday 29 June property sales offices at Barking Riverside, London - the site of the recent horrendous fire that consumed 20 flats in just a few minutes - were closed due to a well-attended residents' and supporters' protest.

3 July 2019

spotTamil Solidarity Day: Linking up oppressed people's struggles

This year's Solidarity Day meeting took place on 29 June in London.

3 July 2019

spotCoventry says no to congestion charge

Coventry's Labour council has spent two years drawing up a plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide hotspots in two parts of the city.

3 July 2019

spotSell the Socialist and take out an e-subscription

Socialist Party members play an important role - in some cases leading them - in local and national fightbacks against Tory austerity and in trade union strikes.

3 July 2019

spotStourbridge: Keep our college!

On 29 June, around 400 education workers, parents and supporters marched through Stourbridge to protest against the looming closure of the town's further education college.

3 July 2019

spotNew opportunity to build working-class fightback after voters punish Erdogan

Voters in Istanbul on 23 June struck a big blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian leader of Turkey, amid a deepening economic crisis. This is the first time in Erdogan's 17-year rule that his right-wing capitalist party, AKP, has been defeated in an election.

3 July 2019

spotIrish health workers' anger boils over into strike action

On 24 June over 10,000 workers in the Irish health service took strike action, ignoring Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar's last minute plea to call it off. This was the first day in a campaign of escalating strike action.

3 July 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

3 July 2019

spotTV: Years and Years - Engaging family drama pushes confused, reactionary message

The six-part political and family drama Years and Years follows one family from the present day over 15 years.

3 July 2019

spotSinister moves against Corbyn can be beaten by clear socialist policies

The Tories are entering the final stage of their leadership contest

3 July 2019

spotNew group launched to fight general secretary election

A new group has been formed within the PCS's Left Unity grouping.

3 July 2019

spotStonewall riots' legacy shows need for socialist struggle to win LGBT+ liberation

The Stonewall riots 50 years ago have been widely seen as the birth of modern LGBT+ rights movements.

3 July 2019

spotSick of your boss? Join a union! Come to NSSN conference

Meet other activists to share experiences and ideas

3 July 2019

spotCarlisle Labour/Lib Dem coalition cuts care home beds

A hastily organised protest by Carlisle Socialist Party spoilt a self-congratulatory publicity event by the Labour/Lib Dem coalition running Cumbria county council.

3 July 2019

spotLincoln Uni NUS disaffiliation: a question of on-campus democracy

At their last meeting as members of the University of Lincoln Student Union's Board of Trustees, the elected executive committee members put a motion through removing the student union from the National Union of Students (NUS), effective from 31 December.

3 July 2019

spotNationalisation is answer to Southern Water cover up

An investigation into Southern Water by the industry regulator Ofwat has demanded that the company pay a £126 million penalty package, the largest it has ever imposed. The Environment Agency is now also looking into pressing criminal charges.

3 July 2019

spotSocialist Party secures new offices

We are very pleased to announce that the Socialist Party has found new premises! After renting our old premises for nearly 20 years we have bought our new building which will be a big asset for our party.

9 July 2019

spotResidents, housing activists and pensioners mobilise to stop eviction

Irene has lived in Liverpool's Kensington area for years

9 July 2019

spotAcademy strike - standing up to 'bullying' management forces climbdown

Teachers and support staff at the Martin's Gate ACE Multi Academy Trust went on strike on 2 July

9 July 2019

spotBradford: Unison members strike to stay 100% NHS

Around 300 Unison members at Bradford Royal Infirmary are on strike for a week against the transfer of estates and facilities staff to a 'wholly-owned' subsidiary

10 July 2019

spotVictory for Stagecoach bus strikers!

Stagecoach workers in Central Lancashire have successfully fought for a pay increase

12 July 2019

spotThe landowning establishment

Land privatisation, the largest neoliberal grab in Britain since Margaret Thatcher came to office in 1979, has scarcely been debated

17 July 2019

spotWales: chronic NHS underfunding exposed

The terrible conditions faced by patients and staff at the A&E at the University Hospital of Wales, the biggest in Wales, have been exposed

17 July 2019

spotFraudsters thrive and claimants suffer in despicable Universal Credit scam

Thousands of people on Universal Credit have been left up to £1,500 worse off following a criminal scam where fraudsters obtain personal details of vulnerable claimants.

17 July 2019

spotThem & Us

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

17 July 2019

spotHealth visitors strike for the first time ever

Health visitors in Lincolnshire believe theirs is the first health visitors' strike anywhere in the country. The 58 specialist nurses, members of Unite the Union, voted for action by an 84% majority.

17 July 2019

spotBradford NHS workers strike against privatisation

Seven unbroken days of strike action by estates and facilities staff at Bradford hospitals have blown the lid off the simmering pot of workers' struggle in the NHS.

17 July 2019

spotNewham housing repairs workers announce strike dates

Unite the Union members employed by Newham Council in its housing repairs service have agreed dates for the start of strike action. This follows a 100% yes vote in the ballot.

17 July 2019

spotCouncil seeks to take budget deficit out on school staff and pupils

"You can't keep cutting jobs and simply expect teachers and support staff to pick up the extra work. We are not prepared to see our members driven into the ground nor see the children's education suffer", said Venda Premkumar, Redbridge National Education Union (NEU) branch secretary.

17 July 2019

spot50 years since Apollo 11 - 'One giant leap': how political conflict launched the moon landing

On 20 July 1969, for the first time in history, humans walked on the moon. Since 1972, we haven't been back.

17 July 2019

spotStop the fire service cuts

Proposals by our fire authority to cut eight fully staffed fire stations and axe 30 fire engines were described by one councillor as "turbo-charging austerity", putting lives at risk.

17 July 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

17 July 2019

spotSudan masses mobilise against state repression

Harrowing scenes are now coming out of Sudan of the 3 June massacre, where doctors report well over 100 people were murdered by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and general 'Hemeti' Dagola's brutal Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia.

17 July 2019

spotSocialist Party Fighting Fund

Socialist Party members and supporters made a tremendous effort to get to nearly 90% of the target for the May to July fighting fund quarter.

17 July 2019

spotLeicestershire - No more austerity!

'We will pay you £60 to attend a consultation session with Leicestershire County Council.' I couldn't believe that I had heard the man correctly. £60 to tell them what I think of them. Count me in!

17 July 2019

spotCampaigners force U-turn over NHS privatisation

Working-class people in Halton are celebrating after NHS bosses were forced to abandon plans to hand the local urgent care contract to a private company. This followed a rapid and determined response by campaigners including local Socialist Party members.

17 July 2019

spotResidents mobilise to stop eviction

Irene is a pensioner living in a small terraced house in Liverpool's Kensington area, where she has lived for years.

17 July 2019

spotDurham Miners' Gala

An estimated 200,000 people attended the 135th Durham Miners' Gala on 13 July, one of Europe's biggest celebrations of trade unionism and the labour movement.

17 July 2019

spotExcellent response to building fund appeal

Our members and supporters have responded magnificently to our appeal following the purchase of our new premises. We will be moving shortly and are currently in the process of fitting out our new headquarters.

17 July 2019

spotInterview: protests over killing in Israel

Mass protests blocked roads across Israel after the 30 June killing of 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Tekah by an off-duty cop in the Kiryat Haim area of Haifa, an Israeli port town on the Mediterranean Sea. The Socialist spoke to Eli Yossef, a shop steward in the ancillary section of a hospital in central Israel

17 July 2019

spotThe 45th anniversary of the strike

How oppressed workers fought back against racist 'divide and rule': This year marks the 45th anniversary of the 14-week Imperial Typewriters strike which had national repercussions.

17 July 2019

spotStop Boris - General election now

Boris Johnson, the Eton-educated millionaire and Trump wannabe, seems to be heading to Number 10, put there by around a hundred thousand members of the Tory Party, less than 0.35% of the electorate.

17 July 2019

spotSocialist change to end climate change

The climate change advisers for the government have exposed the Tories as being all talk and no action.

17 July 2019

spotGreece elections: Syriza ousted amid voter disillusionment

The recent general election in Greece saw a victory for the right-wing New Democracy.

17 July 2019

spotNSSN conference 2019: at the heart of trade union struggle

The hall was again packed for the 2019 annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network, the rank-and-file trade union organisation set up in 2006

17 July 2019

spotTransport strike - blockade foils employers

Unite union drivers and passenger assistants at Hackney council have been on strike

18 July 2019

spotTories prepare to attack education workers' pensions

The government has issued a consultation document on proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

21 July 2019

spotSocialist Party conference reaffirms the CWI's historic approach

On Sunday 21 July a special conference of the Socialist Party voted overwhelmingly to sponsor an international conference to reconstitute the Committee for a Workers' International

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