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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 October 2013

Build the fightback - sell the Socialist!

Angry about an autumn of austerity?

Sarah Wrack, The Socialist sales organiser

Sales and subscriptions of the Socialist reached 63% of the target for the July to September quarter.

On 29 September hundreds of copies of the Socialist were sold on the national NHS demonstration in Manchester, including many on coaches and trains from around the country.

Sellers of the Socialist explained to protesters that the Socialist puts forward a clear strategy that includes workers' action as the best way to defend our health service.

The four-page NHS campaign pull-out helped to show the different campaigns that Socialist Party members are involved in, the tactics we advocate and why we think a socialist alternative is ultimately necessary to ensure free and decent healthcare for all.

As we move into an autumn that looks likely to include many more protests, demonstrations and strikes, the Socialist has an important role to play in pointing to the need to link up the struggles and fight for a 24-hour general strike against austerity.

To ensure we maximise the opportunities to do this, every branch should have regular sales at workplaces - especially those where action is planned - and sellers of the Socialist should try to sell to their workmates.

Every branch should make a detailed plan on how they will reach and surpass the target this quarter.

Keep the Socialist updated on plans and experiences with the sales and subscriptions campaign - editors@socialistparty.org.uk

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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.

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In The Socialist 9 October 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories rob NHS workers

Tories condemn us to the breadline

Socialist ideas are the Mail's real target

Them & Us


Socialist Party review

TV review: Breaking Bad


International socialist news and analysis

US government: 'Sorry, we're closed'

The 1913 Dublin Lockout and its true legacy


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Workers and youth: Unite against the far right

Scotland anti-bedroom tax conference

Newport council destroys workers' mural

Hull students and workers agree: We need councils that fight all cuts!

London: Lessons of South Africa's Marikana Massacre

Socialist Party fighting fund

Build the fightback - sell the Socialist!


Socialist Party workplace news

No to Royal Mail privatisation

Future Directions: Ten-day strike lobbies council

Firefighters rally against cuts

Probation officers ballot for action

Workplace news in brief


 

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