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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 January 2015

Join the socialists to fight privatisation

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialist Party national organiser

They're everywhere! Money-grubbing, private claws - sinking talons into our public services and workers' pay and conditions.

Circle's withdrawal from Hinchingbrooke Hospital (see page 3) shows what privatisation means for the NHS. Patients' and workers' needs are trodden underfoot in the stampede towards profit. This is anathema to how working class people see the NHS and our public services.

The magnificent strike by London bus drivers, demanding one rate for the job, highlights this too. The break-up of services into different private companies is used as a weapon against hard-won workers' rights. Like in every race, the race to the bottom in wages, conditions and rights delivers winners and losers. The bosses and shareholders of the bus companies win, and workers suffer.

In poll after poll it's clear that working class people reject privatisation. Protest and strike reports in the Socialist prove workers will take action when given a lead. At every stage, the Socialist Party proposes a strategy that puts the potential strength of workers' united struggle at its centre.

When organised, the working class is a powerful social force capable of forcing concessions from employers. In 2012, a London bus workers' strike won an Olympic bonus that the bosses had no intention of paying.

The Socialist Party explains that privatisation is a logical approach for the super-rich. The capitalists grab a greater share of wealth from workers - both in the form of lower wages, and in payments from councils and governments for services.

The Socialist Party therefore fights to end privatisation through mass action by workers. We also campaign for representatives in councils and government who would reject and reverse privatisation. We fight to transform society; to end the rule of profit.

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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.
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In The Socialist 14 January 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident

Billionaires five times richer than in 2004

Circle vulture flies out of Hinchingbrooke

Stop the Tory strike ban plan

Them & Us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Help build an anti-cuts electoral alternative

Socialist Party Election Appeal 2015


International socialist news and analysis

France: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

Charlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

Sri Lankan elections: Butcher Rajapaksa defeated

Germany: what is behind Pegida?


Socialist Party workplace news

London bus drivers unite in historic strike action

Shift change exposes employer's 'family values'

Tesco: shop workers need fighting union leadership

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A new era for New Era

A strange way to protect public services

Sedgehill School besieged by privateers

Freedom Riders ride again

Join the socialists to fight privatisation

Fighting fund targets smashed


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Book review: Eleanor Marx - a life

The straightwashing of Pride


 

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