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6 March 2019

spotInternational Women's Day 2019: End oppression with fight for socialism

On Friday 8 March, women and many men across the globe are striking, marching, protesting and celebrating International Women's Day in unprecedented numbers.

6 March 2019

spotBoot out failing Grayling and the other Tory wreckers

What does it take before one of the most incompetent government ministers in modern times is sacked? I am of course talking about transport minister Chris Grayling.

6 March 2019

spotSolidarity with Chris Williamson

An open letter from two Socialist Party branches (edited extract): We send Chris Williamson our solidarity against the unfounded attack on his reputation and unwarranted suspension.

6 March 2019

spotTrade union action to end low pay now!

Poverty pay for 1.2 million public sector workers. 2.7% pay rise for MPs: More than one million public sector workers are paid less than the minimum amount needed to make ends meet, as set by the Living Wage Foundation. They calculate this as £9 an hour, or £10.55 in London.

6 March 2019

spotA&E 4-hour waiting targets scrapped - Save our NHS!

NHS England is backing a plan to scrap four-hour A&E waiting time targets 'within a year'.

6 March 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich and another for us including billions in profit for housebuilders and homelessness for thousands of children.

6 March 2019

spotStop post-16 education cuts

University and College Union (UCU) general secretary Sally Hunt has resigned her position on health grounds.

6 March 2019

spotWorkplace news in brief

Workplace and trade union news in brief including Birmingham bin workers' dispute, cleaners' action against outsourcing and a school strike.

6 March 2019

spotLeon Trotsky's struggle against Stalinism

Ninety years ago this January, Leon Trotsky was exiled from the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin and his increasingly powerful bureaucracy gave the command.

6 March 2019

spotCuts must stop - boot the Tories out

As the clock ticks down on Brexit, hapless prime minister Theresa May is desperately trying to resurrect her deal with EU ministers, which was heavily defeated by MPs in January.

6 March 2019

spotHull: support for anti-cuts policies at Corbyn solidarity rally

80 people gathered in Victoria Square at the Hull Trade Union Council (TUC) anti-austerity rally to show their backing for Jeremy Corbyn.

6 March 2019

spotHundreds of Tamils protest against death-threat brigadier

The case against Sri Lankan brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the war criminal who made death threats against Tamil protesters, has been adjourned to 15 March. Tamil Solidarity members organised a protest outside Westminster Magistrates' Court on 1 March.

6 March 2019

spotWomen workers' militancy during the 'great unrest'

Townsend Productions' new folk ballad "Rouse Ye Women" follows events in the 1910 chainmakers' ten-week strike in Cradley Heath, the Black Country.

6 March 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Grenfell and firefighters, Blairite traitors and hostile Tories.

6 March 2019

spotA socialist programme to end women's oppression

In the era of austerity and capitalist crisis, women are struggling against their oppression - marching, striking, getting organised.

6 March 2019

spotInterview with a shop worker

The Socialist spoke with a shop worker and union member, Olivia, about her conditions at work.

6 March 2019

spotMPs boost their own pay

MPs have given themselves a 2.7% pay increase. It doesn't sound much, but for them it means a rise of over £2,000 a year - more than many members of civil servants' union PCS take home in a month.

6 March 2019

spotNo retreats: Corbyn must stand firm against Blairites

With Jeremy Corbyn now in his fourth year of leadership of the Labour Party and the Tory government deep in crisis, no time can be lost by Corbyn and his allies in Labour's leadership in preparation for winning a general election.

6 March 2019

spotSouthampton: Fight council cuts

On Wednesday 20 February, protesters gathered outside the Civic Centre in Southampton to demonstrate against another round of council cuts, and to appeal to councillors to take steps to protect school budgets.

6 March 2019

spotWildfires hit Europe - build for 15 March student climate strikes

Fire crews were battling gorse and grass fires on 26 February.

9 March 2019

spotLiverpool Women's Hospital

Outsourced workers at Liverpool Women's Hospital were on strike on 25 February because they're paid less by their private company OCS than staff working directly for the NHS

12 March 2019

spotProtests say stop cuts to save domestic violence services

To mark International Women's Day, the Socialist Party organised protests and meetings

13 March 2019

spotAnger after violent youth deaths - Communities need public services not cuts

So far this year, ten teenagers have already lost their lives in London as a result of knife crime. In response to these tragedies, people are rightly demanding action to keep communities safe.

13 March 2019

spotWeak Tories must go. General election now!

Yet again, another outsourcing company faces collapse. The latest one is Interserve.

13 March 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for us and another for the super-rich especially billionaire tax avoiders!

13 March 2019

spotNeither Tories or EU - only fighting trade unions and a Corbyn-led government can deliver workers' rights

The government's last ditch attempt to bribe enough Labour MPs to back Theresa May's Brexit deal has seemingly backfired - with only a few Blairites prepared to back her.

13 March 2019

spotNewark NSK strike: "Even Victorian workers got a day off each week. We're expected to have just one weekend off every three weeks"

24 Unite members in the G2 Finish and Grind department of Japanese company NSK have been on strike since 4 March. Pickets at the Newark factory, making super-precision machine bearings.

13 March 2019

spotBreaking news: Birmingham bin workers' strike suspended pending new deal

Birmingham bin workers in Unite and Unison local government unions have agreed a deal to end the ongoing dispute which is to be ratified by Birmingham council's cabinet on 15 March.

13 March 2019

spotWorkplace news in brief

Workplace news in brief including strikes in on the Woolwich ferry, at Liverpool Women's Hospital and in Hackney.

13 March 2019

spotTories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!

Universal Credit is hardly out of the news. The suffering and anxiety it has caused is immeasurable - so much so that even some Tory MPs have been forced to highlight problems with its implementation.

13 March 2019

spotFor socialist change, not climate change!

Last month, tens of thousands of young people took to the streets to protest against climate change. With more walkouts set for Friday 15 March, this could be the beginning of a new mass youth and student movement.

13 March 2019

spotHistory: Alice Wheeldon - an anti-war socialist persecuted by the state

One hundred years ago, Alice Wheeldon, from Derby in the east Midlands, died in the great influenza epidemic, aged 53. The events of Alice's life were not only important then, but are still relevant today. Alice's story ranks among the most shocking (and political) miscarriages of justice.

13 March 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Derek Hatton and the Independent Group of MPs.

13 March 2019

spotBrazil: The Threats, attacks and contradictions of Bolsonaro's regime

Only two months since coming to power, President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed all the worst expectations in relation to his government. During the recent annual Brazil Carnival many revellers protested against his right-wing agenda.

13 March 2019

spotObituary Joan Beale - Labour women's activist and Militant supporter

An active supporter of Militant (forerunner of the Socialist Party) in Lancashire in the 1970s and 80s, Joan Beale sadly passed away last month. Although her health had not been good in recent years, her death was sudden and unexpected.

13 March 2019

spotOnly socialist planning can save the planet

Build a mass working-class struggle to achieve it!
On Friday 15 March, tens of thousands of school and college students are expected to once again walk out of their classrooms

13 March 2019

spotPCS union elections: Huge support for Chris Baugh

The PCS civil servants' union elects its assistant general secretary (AGS) every five years and its national executive committee annually. The ballot for these positions takes place 16 April to 19 May.

13 March 2019

spotSouthampton: Socialist stand against cuts

"If you mobilise your community to fight, then you can win!" These were the words of Socialist Party candidate Sue Atkins, standing as Socialist Alternative, at a public meeting on the eve of the Coxford council by-election in Southampton.

13 March 2019

spotNo to racism - Fight for socialism

Almost a year since the exposure of the Windrush scandal, the Windrush generation continue to suffer from the 'hostile environment'. They suffer abuse, benefit sanctions, sacking and deportation.

13 March 2019

spotMemorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism

During the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War in 2016, the International Brigades Memorial Trust asked that areas which have a memorial or plaque to commemorate it by laying a flower or a wreath.

27 March 2019

spotHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Reform or Revolution

Speaker: Angel, writes Cafe Z-Bar, 58 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PB.

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