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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 February 2015
Fighting for a £10 minimum wage
This month I attended the Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) national executive, representing Youth Fight for Jobs.
I spoke about the tremendous victory when Seattle became the first major US city to pass a $15 an hour minimum wage, sending shockwaves nationwide and internationally. This couldn't have been achieved without both Socialist Alternative (US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) councillor Kshama Sawant and the trade unions.
We then discussed repeating that feat here in Britain. BFAWU has already successfully campaigned to make fighting for a £10 an hour minimum wage TUC policy.
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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 18 February 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Workers' pay down £2,500... Bosses' pay up £700,000
HSBC tax dodging scandal
How the super-rich get away with it
Them & Us
Socialist Party congress
Preparing the forces to fight capitalist austerity
International socialist news and analysis
Greece: If the Troika does not back down?
"Dogs of war" unleashed against water tax movement
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
"Vote for hope and an alternative"
"I want to tell the truth about the crime of austerity"
Socialist Party election appeal
Socialist Party workplace news
Support the firefighters
Lewisham: striking against 'academisation'
London bus strike suspended - prepare for more action
Protest wins reinstatement of Crossrail worker
Tories' probation disaster
Fighting for a £10 minimum wage
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fighting racism with Solidarity Street
Labour council to deal 'savage blow' to Coventry
Campaign news in brief
May Day greetings with the Socialist
Socialist Party comments and reviews
"Driver, why are you late?"
Decades of disastrous and bloody interventions
Shallow look at racist far right
Individual registration excludes voters...
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