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3 November 2020

spotSpycops inquiry finally opens

Around 1,000 organisations were spied on by the SDS

3 November 2020

spotCorbyn suspended - Time to fight for a new mass workers' party

Keir Starmer is determined to annihilate the last vestiges of 'Corbynism'- as the Socialist Party warned would be the case

4 November 2020

spotTesting is failing - it's a privatised mess

Covid-19 infections are spreading fast because England's 'test and trace' reached only 60% of the contacts of confirmed Covid cases in recent weeks

4 November 2020

spotFurloughed worker speaks out: Let down by insecure contracts

I was working when lockdown was announced. We turned up the volume on the telly, put the subtitles on and everyone went quiet.

4 November 2020

spotBirmingham NHS porters' 48-hour strike against shift changes

Porters at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham struck for 48 hours on 30-31 October, in opposition to enforced shift changes where trust bosses want 'flexible working' at the expense of workers' pay, health and work/life balance.

4 November 2020

spotOptare strikers escalate their action

At a meeting held on the picket line on 30 October, workers at bus manufacturer Optare in Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds voted to escalate their ongoing strike action in their long-running pay dispute from two days a week, to four days a week, starting from 16 November.

4 November 2020

spotSave St Andrews mental health ward

The last 14 beds for inpatients at St Andrews mental health ward in Wells, Somerset are set to be moved

4 November 2020

spotLeeds protesters demand "Buhari must go!"

For the second weekend in a row, protesters gathered in Leeds in solidarity with the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria

4 November 2020

spotMaybe now they will listen - Refund the fees!

Another great Socialist Students society stall and 'refund the fees' campaigning in Birmingham, with support and sign-ups coming from students across all departments.

4 November 2020

spotDonate now to the Socialism 2020 appeal

We are urging all our members and supporters to donate and pledge to the Socialism 2020 appeal.

4 November 2020

spotChile: A defeat for the right!

Mass protests, including a general strike, in 2019 - triggered by a movement of young people in Santiago, Chile's capital city, over a metro fares hike - forced the right-wing Piñera government, despite vicious state repression, to make political and economic concessions

4 November 2020

spotPoland: Mass protests against abortion ban

Tens of thousands of women have taken to the streets of Poland in an uprising against living in a "female hell"

4 November 2020

spotSocialism 2020: Mass workers' voice needed

How did your living standards fair between April and July this year? Chances are you didn't see your wealth increase to over ten trillion dollars. But the world's billionaires did.

4 November 2020

spotCorbyn suspended: Join the fightback, join the socialists

Since Keir Starmer's suspension of Jeremy Corbyn, we have had a big influx of interest in joining the Socialist Party

4 November 2020

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's edtiors

4 November 2020

spotWhy the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary

On the 28 October, 1.4 million ballot papers will go out to Unison public sector union members to decide who should be the new general secretary and lead the union.

4 November 2020

spotTransport for London given funding stop gap

The mayor of London and the Department for Transport (DfT) have come to an agreement on a six-month funding deal for Transport for London (TfL), that will keep public transport running in London until April 2021.

4 November 2020

spotUS presidential election 2020

The result of the US presidential election, held on Tuesday 3 November, will not be known until after this issue of the Socialist has been printed

4 November 2020

spotBuilding Bangor Socialist Students

Since arriving at Bangor University in September I have been busy setting up a Socialist Students society. We now have ten other students in our society and three locals who are interested too.

4 November 2020

spotOur lives, our jobs - not safe in Tory hands

The Tories did a massive U-turn, but are too split and rotten to make it effective in protecting our health and livelihoods.

4 November 2020

spotA lockdown that doesn't include education?

Since schools re-opened, virus levels are nine times higher among primary pupils and 50 times higher among secondary pupils

4 November 2020

spotUsdaw needs a fighting leadership

It is vital now more than ever that a fighting programme be put forward in the shopworkers' union

5 November 2020

spotIndependent Socialist Group interim statement on 2020 US election

Vote counts are too close to call for the Presidential election. Anti-Trump protests began overnight.

6 November 2020

spotSocialists, including Labour MP, spied on by police and security services

Nearly six years after it was set up the Undercover Policing Inquiry has finally begun, albeit in an extremely limited and inadequate way

11 November 2020

spotTory U-turn: Free school meals

Less starvation for us, more humiliation for the government: In its latest U-turn, the government finally agreed a £170 million package to support children - children largely made vulnerable as a result of the Tories' capitalist system.

11 November 2020

spotTory U-turn: Furlough extended - not enough to save jobs

Boris Johnson's recent U-turn, to extend furlough, will give a glimmer of hope to some workers, but will come too late for many already dumped by their employers.

11 November 2020

spotCovid law used against striking workers - for workers' control of safety measures

On the very first day of the new national lockdown, police issued dispersal orders to a picket line of striking workers, on the grounds of breaching the new rules.

11 November 2020

spotCovid and poverty rising - Welsh lockdown ends with little progress

Wales emerged from a two-week lockdown on 9 November. There is little evidence that the 'firebreak' introduced by the Welsh government had much impact on the spread of the virus.

11 November 2020

spotSolidarity with Manchester students - fight for democratic control of campus safety

Socialist Students sends solidarity to students at the University of Manchester (UoM), who through their protests, have ensured the removal of two-metre high security fences designed to pen them in

11 November 2020

spotSouthampton trade unionists demand: "We won't pay for Covid"

Southampton Trades Council held a protest rally on Saturday 7 November, which in the circumstances of lockdown was small, but with a bold, positive spirit.

11 November 2020

spotSelling the Socialist

After some discussion, we decided to do a normal campaign stall at our usual time, despite lockdown and uncertainty of how police, and more importantly the public would react.

11 November 2020

spotTrump is out - our readers react

I teach US History for GCSE. I spent a chunk of the lesson yesterday trying to explain why the federal constitution uses an electoral college and not a popular vote to choose a president (because the founding

11 November 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

11 November 2020

spotTrotsky's ideas live on in the CWI

Book Review: A revolutionary whose ideas couldn't be killed: Eighty years after his assassination, the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) has published a collection of ten essays on the life and ideas of Leon Trotsky

11 November 2020

spotReaders of the Socialist react to effects of lockdown

"My hopes of secure employment killed": I was left stunned, shocked and bewildered when, on 9 October, Cineworld temporarily closed all 127 of its sites across the UK, putting 5,500 jobs at risk

11 November 2020

spotSchools need union action for safety

Socialist Party members in schools speak out: While we welcome the NEU taking the stance that schools and colleges should be part of the lockdown, what's become clear to members is that it lacked teeth

11 November 2020

spotCapitalists vs working class - not in it together

"We are really not all in this together. It is far worse for some than for others." It could be a quote from any of the millions of working-class people whose living standards have plummeted

11 November 2020

spotSpycops inquiry : why the capitalist state feared and continues to fear socialism

Of 1,000 organisations the SDS infiltrated, only three are thought to be right wing.

11 November 2020

spotLabour movement conference to defend Corbyn and discuss new party

A motion to take to your trade union meeting

11 November 2020

spotLancashire workers' strike shows the way to fight aerospace cuts and job losses

Rolls-Royce workers in Barnoldswick launched strike action to save jobs and stop closure

11 November 2020

spotSainsbury's and Argos: Closures, cuts and soaring sales

The news of over 3,000 job cuts will have been a bombshell to many Sainsbury's and Argos workers

11 November 2020

spotUnison general secretary candidate and Socialist Party member Hugo Pierre speaking during an anti-racism demo in 2017. Click here for the latest article in the Socialist on the general secretary contest.

Unison general secretary candidate and Socialist Party member Hugo Pierre speaking during an anti-racism demo in 2017.  Click here for the latest article in the Socialist on the general secretary contest

Unison general secretary candidate and Socialist Party member Hugo Pierre speaking during an anti-racism demo in 2017. Click here for the latest article in the Socialist on the general secretary contest

11 November 2020

spotThe struggle for a new mass workers' party

Socialist Party Wales moved quickly to respond to news of Corbyn's suspension, with all branches calling meetings to discuss what the working class must do next, now that it's clear that the road to transforming Labour is blocked.

11 November 2020

spotRMT union AGM votes to defend union democracy

This year's RMT transport union's annual general meeting (AGM) was like no other I have ever attended.

11 November 2020

spotAfter the polarised elections - what way forward?

In the US, and around the world, millions greeted Trump's defeat in the US elections. His probable removal from office, notwithstanding his legal claims, will be widely welcomed.

11 November 2020

spotTrump out! But mass workers' struggle needed

The nightmare of Trump's presidency and the chaos of the US presidential election represent, at root, the crisis of US capitalism - which is in decline as a world superpower - and of the capitalist system itself which cannot escape its crisis since the 2007-8 crash

12 November 2020

spotDonate to the Socialism 2020 appeal now!

All who support the Socialist Party can help make sure the best possible amount is raised

12 November 2020

spotEx-MP Chris Williamson joins TUSC

TUSC's steering committee welcomed five new members who are on the NECs of trade unions, and former Labour MP Chris Williamson.

14 November 2020

spotFight Tata Steel jobs threat - nationalise now!

Once again the jobs of thousands of Tata UK steelworkers are threatened

18 November 2020

spotTories student 'evacuation' plan won't work

The government plans to allow students in England to travel for Christmas

18 November 2020

spotCroydon Council declares bankruptcy - no cuts in Croydon or any other council

With a £66 million gap between income and expenditure, Labour-controlled Croydon Council is effectively bankrupt - politically and financially

18 November 2020

spotWales exams scrapped: What's behind the headline?

The decision by the Welsh Government to scrap 2021 end-of-year exams for A-level and GCSE students is a step in the right direction

18 November 2020

spotOvercrowded Little Ilford School strikes against more expansion

A huge picket line, 50 strong, launched the strike against forced expansion of Little Ilford School on Thursday 12 November.

18 November 2020

spotStrike action ballot at UEL over job cuts

The University and College Union (UCU) has warned the University of East London (UEL) of potential industrial action over the university's decision to push ahead with compulsory job cuts.

18 November 2020

spotHackney council parking services brought in-house

Hackney Council has been forced to bring its parking wardens in-house, ending a 16-year arrangement with private company APCOA, following a campaign and strike action by the workers, members' of union Unite.

18 November 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

18 November 2020

spotObituary: Paul Chettle

Eastern Region Socialist Party members are mourning the loss of longstanding Cambridgeshire Socialist Party member Paul Chettle, after a long and recurrent illness

18 November 2020

spotAfter Corbyn: TUSC and the fight for working-class political representation

TUSC national chairperson Dave Nellist, also a parliamentary colleague of Jeremy Corbyn when he was an MP from 1983-1992, said: "The ruthless decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn is the clearest signal yet that under Keir Starmer's Labour, the interests of Britain's capitalist establishment will be

18 November 2020

spotManchester student occupation - end rip-off rent, free education now

Socialist Party members in Manchester visited the 25 students occupying 'The Tower' at Manchester University to show our solidarity on 15 November

18 November 2020

spotStop Leicester hospital closure

Leicester's NHS bosses seem scared about the 'Save Our NHS Leicestershire' campaign's attempts to put forward alternative views on their proposals to reorganise our hospitals, including the closure of the Leicester General Hospital.

18 November 2020

spot#SpyCops inquiry - Revealing police violence against Socialists

Six years since it was first announced, the Undercover Policing inquiry finally started taking evidence from witnesses last week

18 November 2020

spotYoung Socialists organising for our future

Young Socialists fighting for jobs: As capitalism plunges into a new period of crisis, young people face a potential future of unemployment and hardship

18 November 2020

spotSystem failing thousands of children in care

The children's commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has described the residential care home system as broken, and accused the Tory government of a "deep-rooted institutional ambivalence" to the plight of vulnerable children in care

18 November 2020

spotRace disparity gets worse - fight to improve living standards for all

Disparities in racial progress are getting worse, according to a recent report 'Black people, racism and human rights', by a committee of mainly Tory MPs and unelected Lords.

18 November 2020

spotTory crisis cannot be 'reset' - workers need a new mass party

Relations at the top of the government are both putrid and precarious

18 November 2020

spotTories in turmoil... 'Reset' the whole system! Fight for socialism


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18 November 2020

spotCampaign for school Covid safety must continue

The National Education Union demands for Covid safety have again been ignored by the government

18 November 2020

spotCovid, vaccines, 'big pharma' - and the need for socialism

News that early results from a vaccine showed 90% effectiveness was greeted with relief

18 November 2020

spotSelling the Socialist

The Socialist Party has been out in Cardiff continuing the campaign for a 15% pay rise for NHS workers

18 November 2020

spotOptare: Right to strike defended

Unite members at Optare in Yorkshire returned to the picket lines on 16 November for the first day of their now escalated four-days-a-week strike at the bus manufacturers.

18 November 2020

spotHow will Socialism 2020 work?

Socialism 2020, from Friday 20 to Monday 23 November, will be like no other event you will attend this year

18 November 2020

spotWomen workers need strong trade unions to defend their jobs, pay and services

Why I am backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary: "It's bedlam at the care home", said one care worker, my neighbour and Unison member. She went on to say: "They admitted three more patients at the weekend. We have never been so full. Some residents

22 November 2020

spotPublic sector workers must not pay for the Covid crisis - press release from the campaign 'Hugo Pierre for Unison General Secretary'

Hugo Pierre speaks to the Southampton trade unionists, community campaigners, students and socialists' demonstration organised by the Southampton Shop Stewards Network, photo Southampton SP

Hugo Pierre speaks to the Southampton trade unionists, community campaigners, students and socialists' demonstration organised by the Southampton Shop Stewards Network, photo Southampton SP

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