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Archive for March 2021

2 March 2021

spotReinstate victimised bus driver Declan Clune

Declan was sacked on spurious grounds of "bringing the company into disrepute"

2 March 2021

spotInternational Women's Day rally, Sunday 7th March, 3pm. Click here for Facebook and Zoom links.

International Women's Day rally

International Women's Day rally, Sunday 7th March, 3pm. Click here for Facebook and Zoom links.

International Women's Day rally, Sunday 7th March, 3pm. Click here for Facebook and Zoom links.

3 March 2021

spotPublic sector workers respond to the budget

"The financial outlook is volatile." This (under)statement, in Essex County Council's budget document for 2021, could be the strapline for the future of all local government services.

3 March 2021

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

Amy Murphy, the outgoing president of the fourth-biggest Labour Party-affiliated trade union, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), has been welcomed as a new member of the national steering committee of the left-wing Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

3 March 2021

spotBritish Gas strike

Around 7,000 British Gas engineers, members of the GMB trade union, are continuing their strike action because the company bosses have refused to withdraw their 'fire and rehire' contract which would leave workers on worse pay and conditions

3 March 2021

spotRAF Leeming strike escalates

Over 50 workers on a Babcock Aerospace contract for operational and engineering services at RAF Leeming, north Yorkshire, have been taking discontinuous action since 20 January, escalating to two days of strike action at a time

3 March 2021

spotVictory for Judith, defend Moe

Socialist Party member Moe Muhsin Manir, a Unite bus driver rep, is in a disciplinary on a gross misconduct charge at the Abellio Walworth garage in South London.

3 March 2021

spotWhy we need socialists in London city hall

London was put into 'major incident' status on 8 January, with Covid-19 infection rates and hospital admissions soaring

3 March 2021

spotStop domestic abuse service closures in Brighton

Protesting against domestic abuse service closures in Brighton. Photo Brighton SP

Protesting against domestic abuse service closures in Brighton. Photo Brighton SP

Brighton and Hove council is removing funding from domestic abuse services at a time they are most needed

3 March 2021

spotDetermined to smash the fighting fund target to fuel election challenge in May

Congratulations to our members in East Midlands, who along with Wales and the South West have now exceeded their fighting fund target

3 March 2021

spotUnion fight to save musicians' livelihoods

The Covid-19 crisis has forced society to shut down, and music venues, which have not opened at all since last March, are no exception

3 March 2021

spot1981: New Cross Massacre

On 2 March 1981, 20,000 young black people demonstrated in London against police and Tory government failures over the deadly New Cross fire which occurred on 18 January of that year.

3 March 2021

spotA history of International Women's Day

8 March this year marks the 110th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD). Over the years there's been a sustained attempt to remove the socialist origin of the day

3 March 2021

spotWomen's health matters

Working-class women have suffered enormously during the pandemic. We've been disproportionately hit by job losses, pay cuts, and the additional burden of home schooling and childcare.

3 March 2021

spot'Casino capitalism' - driving another potential financial Armageddon

Across the globe at least 2.4 million people have now died from contracting Covid-19. Livelihoods have been wrecked and economies have crashed, with the world economy shrinking by over 4%

3 March 2021

spotHMRC: Pay deal agreed but at what cost?

On 26 February the PCS union HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) pay ballot closed. The turnout was 82.4% with 79.6% for and 20.4% against the deal.

3 March 2021

spotLabour surrenders to Tories in Devon

Devon County Council majority Tory group has passed a budget with a 4.99% rise in the council tax. This is the maximum allowed under government rules, and is a tax that hits those on low incomes.

3 March 2021

spotSwansea BLM protest against racist police brutality

Eleven members of the Socialist Party and Socialist Students from Swansea and the surrounding area attended a Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstration, wearing masks and socially distancing, on 27 February

3 March 2021

spotManchester indefinite bus strike against 'fire and rehire'

Socialist Party members supported the hundreds of bus drivers in Manchester who are on strike over proposed changes by private company Go North West

3 March 2021

spotA fighting programme for women's rights and socialism

Women have been especially hit by the economic and social consequences of the pandemic.

3 March 2021

spotSocialist Students conference

Socialist Students has remained the most organised student group across the country.

3 March 2021

spotUnder attack and fighting back

After being told they are key workers, bus workers are increasingly having to strike back against the bosses' attacks.

3 March 2021

spotNot a budget for the working class!

A social tsunami threatens Britain. Two million workers are already on the dole and five million more on furlough, facing an uncertain future when the scheme ends. But the Tories are intent on bailing out the rich.

3 March 2021

spotTech workers walk out against 'fire and rehire'

Tenant-referencing workers at the tech company Goodlord in east London were out on strike on 1 March against the company's fire-and-rehire scheme.

4 March 2021

spotTeachers demand fighting union strategy

Socialist candidate for NEU deputy general secretary lays out clear programme

5 March 2021

spotTories keep bailing out bosses, while piling the pain on workers and public services

GMB placard

Sunak's 2021 budget was a budget for the bosses. The working class has no alternative but to organise and fight back.

9 March 2021

spotStop union-busting: Reinstate Declan Clune and Moe Muhsin Manir

Two bus driver union reps have been sacked

10 March 2021

spotTories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services

Reading the headlines about Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget, some working-class people may have let out a small sigh of relief that at least the furlough scheme and the 20 increase in Universal Credit are continuing for a few more months

10 March 2021

spotNHS workers say: We are ready to fight Tory pay insult

I've struggled to comment on the insulting real-term pay cut proposed by the government. I'm not naive, during clap for carers, we said: "Claps don't pay the bills."

10 March 2021

spotSuper-deduction will help big business pay less tax

The Tories are introducing 'super-deduction' for the next two years before corporation tax marginally rises

10 March 2021

spotPolice disgracefully stop NHS pay protest

An NHS pay rally was organised quickly and urgently in Manchester on 7 March. As soon as the government announcement was made, trade union branches were inundated and work WhatsApp groups were buzzing.

10 March 2021

spotWorkers respond to 'back to school'

A mockery of everything we've done: Schools opened on Monday 8 March, and we don't know if we are inhaling or exhaling. Here we go again - bubbles, disinfectant, and social distancing in tight spaces.

10 March 2021

spotLeicester university workers ballot for action against redundancies

Sarah Seaton, chair of the University of Leicester University and College Union branch, has spoken to the Socialist about fighting proposed redundancies and the impact the pandemic has had.

10 March 2021

spotSainsbury's pay offer shows future will only be 'great pay' if we fight

In September 2018, Sainsbury's 'Band 2' workers were offered a contract that claimed "the future is great pay" as one of its "destinations"

10 March 2021

spotGoodlord striker speaks out: 'workers have to fight for our skills to be appreciated'

Tenant referencing workers at tech company Goodlord, organised by general union Unite, are on all-out strike against 'fire and rehire' wage cuts

10 March 2021

spotStop union busting on the buses: Reinstate Declan Clune and Moe Muhsin Manir

In the space of a couple of weeks, two bus driver union reps have been sacked - Declan Clune, RMT, at Bluestar in Hampshire (see below) and Moe Muhsin Manir, Unite, at Abellio in South London.

10 March 2021

spotManchester bus drivers' indefinite strikers fight on

Bus drivers in Manchester at Go North West have been on the picket lines, on indefinite strike over the deplorable actions being taken by the employer.

10 March 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

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10 March 2021

spotConstruction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Pr

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

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10 March 2021

spotHistoric union battle at Alabama warehouse

Solidarity with Amazon workers!: Deep in the heart of the American South, through the mire of anti-union repression, nearly 6,000 Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are making a historic push to successfully organise the first Amazon warehouse in the United States

10 March 2021

spotBuild subscriptions to the Socialist

For the Socialist Party, selling our paper - with all the ideas it contains - is a vital part of what we do

10 March 2021

spotFighting fund target achieved - keep up the momentum

Congratulations to Socialist Party members and supporters across England and Wales who have helped us smash through our fighting fund target

10 March 2021

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party - to fight for the future of the working class

As an Asda worker I have seen first-hand the capitalist drive to pursue profits before the wellbeing of people, reflected in more work piled upon shop-floor colleagues

10 March 2021

spot150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth

A revolutionary life, exuding passion and determination: Rosa Luxemburg was born in Poland on 5 March 1871 - the year of the Paris Commune. In her short lifetime she experienced three major revolutions and participated in the most important debates among socialists

10 March 2021

spot10 years ago - the Fukushima nuclear disaster: "We came close to losing northern Japan"

On 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake hit north eastern Japan. It was followed 50 minutes later by a 14-metre tsunami, devastating coastal areas.

10 March 2021

spotConstruction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Pr

Construction electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya electricians protesting against de-skilling, outside Balfour Beatty, Canary Wharf, London, on 10.3.21. Photo by Isai Priya

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10 March 2021

spotNHS pay - 15% now

Trade unions must organise for strike action:
Staff are outraged. 1%, or an extra 3.50 a week for an experienced nurse, is not just a slap in the face for NHS workers, it's a pay cut compared to the cost of living.

10 March 2021

spotThe 'old normal' meant poverty for young people

The budget was another nail in the coffin for the prospects of young people. Pre-Covid Britain was nothing to write home about regarding youth unemployment.

10 March 2021

spotPCS leadership failures lead to concession bargaining on pay

The HM Revenue and Customs group is the second largest in the PCS. Its Left Unity leadership has just balloted members on a three-year pay deal.

10 March 2021

spotLondon bus drivers continue walkout

Bus workers in Unite, striking at private company RATP in London continued on 5 March.

10 March 2021

spotWhy I'm standing for TUSC

Reports from Enfield and Rotherham

10 March 2021

spotStrikers reject deal and carry on fighting

"We've told O'Shea to stick it!" - was the message to the British Gas CEO from the British Gas engineers' picket line in Leicester

10 March 2021

spotInspirational International Women's Day online rally

Thousands have viewed the rally hosted by the Socialist Party and the CWI

10 March 2021

spotWould a wealth tax end poverty and inequality?

Who will pay for the pandemic spending - the working class or the billionaires?

12 March 2021

spotEnd violence against women

Grief, shock and an outpouring of anger have been unleashed by the appalling abduction and murder of Sarah Everard

12 March 2021

spotMeeting discussing how to end violence and abuse against women

The abduction from a street in south London of Sarah Everard and her subsequent killing has shone a spotlight on the extent of violence, abuse and harassment that so many women face on a regular basis.

13 March 2021

spotOppose bans on vigils - Defend the right to protest

The high court upheld the Met police's ban on a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard

16 March 2021

spotJustice for victims of gender violence

There was understandable outrage at the appalling scenes of police brutality against women peacefully taking part in the vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common.

17 March 2021

spotGoodlord workers continue strike against 'fire and rehire'

Tenant-referencing workers at the tech company Goodlord in east London were again out on strike on 12 March against the company's attempts at 'fire and rehire'.

17 March 2021

spotThousands of BT workers to ballot for strike action

The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) announced during a Facebook Live event on 10 March, attended by over 7,000 members, that it will shortly hold an industrial action ballot.

17 March 2021

spotGovernment's bus plans fall short of making up for the cuts

The government's new plans for much of England's bus network, including a pledge to invest 3 billion doesn't go anywhere near compensating for the cuts that have taken place.

17 March 2021

spotPCS members at Swansea DVLA to strike for safety

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) branch of PCS has voted for industrial action against management's failure to provide a safe working environment.

17 March 2021

spotSocialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting

The Socialist Party LGBTQ+ group met on 14 March to discuss our programme on LGBTQ+ rights, and how we can intervene in the upcoming Pride season for these rights

17 March 2021

spotSelling the Socialist

Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past week...

17 March 2021

spotJudas and the Black Messiah - taste of Fred Hampton's politics, with lessons for fighting oppression today

Film Review: Before watching the movie, my expectations were set low by Hollywood's history of diluting radical politics, but also by the movie's soundtrack which included track names like "Rich N*gga Problems"

17 March 2021

spotWe need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC

Last March, Doncaster Council's Labour group passed a three-year council budget which included a 'budget gap' of 17.7 million

17 March 2021

spotHelp fund the Socialist Party's election campaign as part of TUSC

In the pages of the Socialist, you will see the number of campaigns and workers' strikes that we are involved in

17 March 2021

spotMyanmar: workers brave brutal military crackdown

The call on 8 March for a second general strike in Myanmar was met with a brutal clampdown by the military

17 March 2021

spotViolence against women - we will not be silenced

Defend the right to protest: Saturday 13 March. They came in their thousands, defying the undemocratic establishment ban on peaceful vigils. Women and men in towns and cities up and down the country were determined to remember Sarah Everard

17 March 2021

spotRich pickings for private companies - peanuts for health workers

The problem with soundbites is that people have a habit of remembering them. Like Boris Johnson promising us a 'world beating' test, track and trace system.

17 March 2021

spotStanding for TUSC in Worcester

Worcester council is Tory run, and its underfunding of services has been appalling. Also, over the last few years we have seen our hospital, The Worcestershire, in the headlines.

17 March 2021

spotI couldn't just stand and watch! - Why I joined the Socialist Party

If my memory serves me well, I recall the One Show doing a 'vox pop'. The public were asked a number of questions such as: "Do you agree with free education for all? Do you like that we have the NHS?"

17 March 2021

spotReinstate Moe - stop trade union-busting at Abellio!

Moe Muhsin Manir, Unite Walworth garage rep, has been sacked by Abellio

17 March 2021

spotCan the capitalist media prevent socialist change?

The first in an occasional series of socialist answers to the big questions.

17 March 2021

spotNHS workers map out strategy to win 15% pay rise

Nurses have lost close to 20% of pay in the last ten years. More...

17 March 2021

spotStrike at crucial stage

Following the rejection of the latest British Gas offer, there was a more sombre mood on the pickets

17 March 2021

spotProtests against deskilling and lower wages

Reports from Cardiff and London

17 March 2021

spotRestore the stolen millions from councils - Workers' programme needed

Many councils face near financial implosion

17 March 2021

spotBuild for the day of action on 21 April

Many students have been radicalised by the blatant exploitation that has been taking place.

19 March 2021

spot'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights

The Supreme Court ruled that care workers on 'sleep-ins' won't receive the minimum wage

24 March 2021

spotPolice attempt to silence mothers

Following a vigil in Liverpool, a mother has been issued with a 200 fine and been threatened by police to have social services called because she brought her son along

24 March 2021

spotPolice invade student homes

As if we students did not have enough to deal with - facing a lack of university support, and paying extortionate rent for rooms we haven't been able to live in - we now might get a midnight visit from our local bobby

24 March 2021

spotHelp fund the Socialist Party's stand as part of TUSC

Socialist Party members are already out campaigning for Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates ahead of May's elections

24 March 2021

spotStop evictions and drop the debts

Tenants and housing workers in London are fighting back on Saturday 17 April. A day of action on housing will demand: "Stop the evictions! Drop the debts!"

24 March 2021

spotSave John Carroll - fight is far from over!

Over 50 people gathered for an online rally on Saturday 20 March for the 'Save John Carroll Leisure Centre' campaign (savejohncarroll.co.uk), showing our defiance to the council

24 March 2021

spotFighting NHS privatisation

York hospital is partially privatising it's emergency department to Vocare. Vocare already runs out-of-hours GP services in York.

24 March 2021

spotHaringey: Hands off our GP practices

Socialist Party and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters joined Keep Our NHS Public, and other local campaigners, including Unite the Union and the local trades union council, for a flash picket event outside the Laurels GP practice in Haringey, north London on 19 March.

24 March 2021

spotFighting sexual harassment and gender violence on campus

Given the appalling rates of sexual harassment and violence on university, college and school campuses, it is no surprise that young women and students have been at the forefront of recent protests and vigils called in response to the murder of Sarah Everard.

24 March 2021

spotJustice for Blessing Olusegun

Following the vigils for Sarah Everard, the chairs of Southwark and Lewisham trades councils issued a joint statement

24 March 2021

spotFilm Review: Moxie

A springboard for discussion about sexism in schools: Netflix's new film Moxie, based upon a book of the same name, might provide a springboard for further discussions around sexism in schools but does not, as one reviewer put it "offer a blueprint for a revolution."

24 March 2021

spot150th anniversary of the Paris Commune

The birth of the Paris Commune marked the first time in history when the working class took political power directly into its own hands

24 March 2021

spotPreparing to organise workers in Enfield

The National Shop Stewards Network in Enfield hosted an online meeting on 22 March. It brought together 24 trade unionists to discuss how to organise workers in the London borough.

24 March 2021

spotPCS elections: increased support for Broad Left Network

Nominations for the PCS union president and national executive elections closed on 11 March. Details of branch nominations have now been published and these show increased support for the Broad Left Network

24 March 2021

spotBeal High school strike as management refuse to negotiate over fair sick pay scheme

Beal High school in Redbridge east London faces a six-day shutdown just two weeks after reopening. Members of the National Education Union (NEU) have overwhelmingly voted to strike following the school's

24 March 2021

spotSupport victimised bus driver reps and Socialist Party members Declan and Moe

Moe Muhsin Manir, Unite Walworth garage rep, bus driver on the C10 London bus route and Socialist Party member, sacked by Abellio and Declan Clune, Bluestar bus driver, part of Go Ahead South Coast, and RMT rep, are still fighting their dismissals

24 March 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 March 2021

spotSocialist Party regional conferences meet online

75 people attended the inspirational Yorkshire Socialist Party regional conference on 21 March. Mick Whale welcomed members and congratulated them on the work undertaken that had seen the party recruit

24 March 2021

spotEngineering workers strike against 'fire and rehire' in Leicester

Workers at SPS Technologies in Leicester have taken strike action against the company's 'fire and rehire' assault on their terms and conditions

24 March 2021

spotOnline meeting - Ending violence against women, the socialist approach

Women's rights, and our oppression under the capitalist system, have been thrust into the spotlight by the events of the last few weeks.

24 March 2021

spotGoodlord workers continue all-out strike

Tenant-referencing workers at the tech firm Goodlord were out on strike again on 18 and 19 March against the company's attempts at slashing wages using fire and rehire.

24 March 2021

spotWhy I am standing for TUSC

Working-class people need a voice in the council chamber. When the Labour Party was formed a hundred years ago, it did that job. It pulled together workers and fighting trade unionists

24 March 2021

spotShrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned

The Shrewsbury Pickets have had their convictions overturned. Ancient 'conspiracy' legislation was used to convict them for picketing during the national building strike in 1972.

24 March 2021

spotDefying the anti-protest restrictions

On 21 March angry protests broke out against the new draconian police and crime sentencing bill

24 March 2021

spotBattle for a fighting, anti-austerity mayor

Liverpool has a rich history of councillors being prepared to fight

24 March 2021

spotLessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power

In 2011, trade unionists demonstrated in their hundreds of thousands and then took strike action in defence of their pensions and against public service cuts

24 March 2021

spotSparks continue protests against deskilling

The protest campaign is building

24 March 2021

spotNHS pay: 15% now

NHS staff are seething about the Tories 1% pay 'rise'.

24 March 2021

spotProtesting is not a crime

Defending the right to protest

More cuts are coming - maybe to a local A&E, to street lighting, bus routes disappearing - and greater destitution.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill means the more effective your protest, the more you face the threat of fines or even jail.

31 March 2021

spotDefending the right to protest

All over the country young people have taken to the streets in their thousands to defend the right to protest and voice their opposition to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

31 March 2021

spotDeskilling protests by sparks electricians continue

Sparks were outside the north east England headquarters of NG Bailey in Newcastle, which, alongside Balfour Beatty, is attempting to lead the way among the giant companies deskilling electricians.

31 March 2021

spotBeal academy strikers demand equal sick pay

"What do we want? Justice! When do want it? Now!" Strikers at Beal High School in Redbridge, east London, are demanding an end to two-tier sick pay.

31 March 2021

spotGoodlord strike starts to bite

The all-out action at lettings platform Goodlord is making headway. Strikers remain firm while pressure is rising on bosses at the tech firm in Spitalfields, east London.

31 March 2021

spotCumberland hospital workers fight for stolen pay

Cleaners, caterers, porters and switchboard staff at the Cumberland Infirmary are fighting for a decade of unsocial hours' payments that have been stolen from them.

31 March 2021

spotBT Openreach engineers step up the pressure with five-day strike action

Engineers working for BT's Openreach have taken five days of strike action against the imposed regrading of their jobs.

31 March 2021

spotAsda equal pay ruling victory - now fight for equal pay for all

Shopworkers in Asda have won the latest stage in their fight for equal pay in a ruling that could lead to a 500 million compensation claim.

31 March 2021

spotSPS Technologies workers strike against potential pay loss of 3,000 a year

Unite members at SPS Technologies in Leicester have taken four one-day strikes against management's 'fire and rehire' attempts to destroy their terms and conditions

31 March 2021

spot'Chingford skinhead' spills the beans over government surveillance of union activists

A recent meeting was held in parliament giving non-state, non-police, core participants (NSNPCPs) in the 'spycops' Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) the opportunity to explain to MPs the shortcomings of the inquiry

31 March 2021

spotSelling the Socialist

In the last few weeks, since the partial relaxing of lockdown restrictions, I have put on my mask and resumed regular sales of the Socialist in Waltham Forest, east London

31 March 2021

spotDonate now to fuel our election campaigns

Across England and Wales, Socialist Party members are already busy campaigning and getting the anti-austerity socialist message out to as wide an audience as possible through the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition election campaigns

31 March 2021

spotFootball abuse scandal: Reclaim the game for justice and democracy

Four years after the explosive and powerful testimony of ex-footballer Andy Woodward, an independent review into child sexual abuse in football between 1970-2005 has been published by the Football Association (FA).

31 March 2021

spotWomen, violence and defiance

In the wake of Sarah Everard's kidnap and murder by a serving policeman, the shock, grief and anger that followed was the final straw for many young women who took to the streets to demand an end to violence against women

31 March 2021

spotFreeports spell deregulation, low pay and a new race to the bottom

Eight new freeports in England covering Felixstowe and Harwich, East Midlands Airport, Humber, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth, Solent, Thames and Teesside, each potentially up to 27 miles across, were launched in Sunak's latest budget

31 March 2021

spotNationalise Liberty Steel to save jobs

Liberty Steel, employing 5,000 workers, mainly located in Rotherham, has gone bust. The government has rejected a 170 million bailout demand from its tycoon boss Sanjeev Gupta.

31 March 2021

spotSocialist Liverpool City Council inspired me

I come from a Labour-voting family, and grew up on a Cheshire council estate in the 1960s' boom. The working class benefited from the many reforms of the 1945 Labour landslide.

31 March 2021

spotNHS pay: 15% now!

Despite government ministers dishing out billions of pounds in dodgy PPE contracts to their chums, loans to bosses, and 37 billion on a largely failed test-and-trace system, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has offered a measly 1% pay rise to overworked health workers

31 March 2021

spotThe Socialist Inbox

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

31 March 2021

spotBritish Gas workers strike ahead of 'fire and rehire' deadline

Thousands of British Gas engineers in the GMB union took strike action against before the deadline for the signing of new contracts, imposed through 'fire and rehire'.

31 March 2021

spotDomestic Abuse Bill: So much still to fight for

The Bill is in its final stages of debate

31 March 2021

spotJob losses, low pay, cuts to services, police violence: For the right to protest

Unite and fight: The Tories' Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill has sparked determined 'Kill the Bill' demonstrations across the country

31 March 2021

spotLondon - We need socialists into City Hall

The government is hellbent on making working-class people pay the bill for Covid

31 March 2021

spotPickets exonerated after almost 50 years

Solicitor Paul Heron explains about the quashing of the convictions

31 March 2021

spotOnline rally - 150 years since the Paris Commune

Members of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) from five continents took part in an online rally on Sunday 28 March

31 March 2021

spotWe will not be the lost generation

The under-25s have accounted for two-thirds of all job losses over the last year.

31 March 2021

spotMobilise workers to defy Tory commissioners and austerity

Liverpool faces imposition of unelected commissioners

31 March 2021

spotWarning: Labour Party cutters - careful who you phone!

There I was, browsing my computer, as you do... when the landline rings. That is not something that happens very often in our house, especially as we have a call-barring service on our phone.

31 March 2021

spotNo start for life

Tory MP Andrea Leadsom announced her 'Start for Life' proposal last week. Her plan to establish a 'new service' for children up to age two is being trumpeted as an innovative service

31 March 2021

spotTrade union fighters rally to support victimised workers

The RMT, National Shop Stewards Network and Southampton Trades Council came together to hold a very successful Zoom rally in defence of victimised trade unionists, RMT reps Declan Clune and Gary Carney, Unite bus shop steward Moe Muhsin Manir and National Education Union rep Kirstie Paton

31 March 2021

spotPreparing for the revolts to come

While the Covid pandemic continues to ravage the globe, the capitalist classes are - if anything - even more frightened of what they will face as the virus's grip lessens. The pandemic has revealed the failings of their system to billions of people.

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