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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 June 2012
Bus bosses can't stop the Socialist!
We went to do our regular sale of the Socialist at our local bus station. With the London bus workers' strike on the back page, we sold to both passengers running to work, and to drivers who slowed down to get a copy as they left the station.
Then the station manager officiously ordered us off "private property" and summoned community support officers. We decamped to the edge of the station.
One of us then had a long chat with the community support officers, who were in the PCS union and had been on strike themselves, so were very sympathetic. The other seller stood with paper held high so the drivers could see the headline and gave the clenched fist salute as a procession of buses pulled out. The manager stood on guard between us and the buses. Every driver responded with a nod, a smile, a wave, a thumbs-up or a clenched first - and a few held up a copy of the Socialist.
We then visited a bus garage nearby. It looked small but no less than 400 drivers worked the shifts, with over 90% union membership. The branch chair and local rep were very appreciative of our support.
Martin and Linda, Walthamstow
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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.
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In The Socialist 20 June 2012:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fight their profit system
2012 earth summit
British economy: "black cloud overhead"
Leveson inquiry - The 1%: "definitely in this together"
Flight of the rats
The child poverty mirage
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Greece election - majority vote against austerity
Egypt's military instigates a 'soft coup'
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Join in the Austerity Games!
Gloucestershire: Countywide protests to stop NHS sell-off
Bus bosses can't stop the Socialist!
Support the final sprint to the fighting fund quarter finish line
Socialist Party workplace news
Striking at Fords to defend pensions
Five hundred food processing workers strike in Leicester
Packed Coryton refinery meeting backs action to win
Support the London bus strike
UCU: Time to fight on pay and pensions
Improved offer in Metro workers' pay fight
Workplace news in brief
Trade union conferences
GMB delegates question link to Labour
Unite needs strategy to step up fight against austerity
Unison conference: members show anger at pensions 'offer'
Fighting teachers' association network launched
Socialist Party review
Secret History of the Streets, Deptford High Street
The Socialist 20 June 2012 |
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