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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 May 2011
Showing an alternative to cuts in Dorset
Socialist Party members sold 25 copies of the Socialist and raised over £35 fighting fund on 21 May at our first stall in Poole, Dorset, for many years.
Following a successful branch launch meeting on 'what the Socialist Party stands for', members took to the streets. We wanted to discuss and offer an alternative to local people who are suffering from the effects of the capitalist crisis, cuts in services and eroding living standards in general.
We were approached by former Labour councillors, elected trade union officials, as well as many public sector workers angry over cutbacks and creeping privatisation in the NHS.
We were well informed by shoppers about the adverse effect these cutbacks are going to have on the poor and the vulnerable. One woman expressed her dismay at the way the government are targeting helpless, elderly people via cutbacks to meals on wheels programmes.
Clearly this was a positive start for Dorset Socialist Party, and we hope to build on these solid foundations in the coming months. Our next meeting will be on 18 June in Poole.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 25 May 2011:
What we think
Weak and unpopular coalition can be defeated
National shop stewards conference - Unite to stop the cuts
As the cost of living soars...: 'We are going to fight back'!
An offer we must refuse
Why Liverpool needs a needs budget
Showing an alternative to cuts in Dorset
Defending the NHS
Battling to defend the NHS
NHS demo in London needs to be a step towards united national strike action
Unison leaders failing to adopt the demands of health workers
Challenging Tories' plans to kill our health service
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS conference: developing strategies for struggle
UCU facing battles on all fronts
Southampton city council workers strike
Three day strike to stop redundancies at Sheffield College
Firefighters discuss strategy to fight cuts
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
"We are London Met Uni, not EasyMet"
Atos Origin - profiting from pain
'Slutwalk' protests: Women reject sexism
Slave labour schemes must be resisted
Reviews and comments
Leadership failed print workers in vital battle
Review: The street that cut everything
Socialist Party news and analysis
McNulty's railway report: not 'value for money'!
Care homes privatisation hits the elderly
News in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Eyewitness report: Mass youth protests in Spain
Ireland: 'Reclaim the unions'
Greece: Resist bosses' agenda and the far right
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