Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/846/20215

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2015

Campaigns news in brief

Northern conference

It is clear the Socialist Party Northern region is taking important steps forward in party building.

At our conference on 28 February we had a number of shop stewards from various unions. This included Steve Nevin, who likened the party to a small stone pushed from a mountain top that causes an avalanche. He commented: "Woe betide anyone who gets in the way of that avalanche!"

The conference raised 180 fighting fund appeal and sold 50 of books.

Elaine Brunskill

Bradford lobby

Walking through Bradford at times, it is palpable the amount of people begging on the streets. The latest cuts will further impoverish this city. If you are a Whitehall minister with no actual clue where Bradford is, job done I suspect.

About 30 lobbied the town council on 26 February to protest 170 million in cuts. The city will have seven TUSC candidates in May's local elections.

Peter Robson

Leeds students protest

Youth work students from Leeds Beckett University joined the lobby of the council's budget-setting meeting organised by Leeds trades council.

This year sees an extra 50 million cut, on top of around 200m passed in recent years. The council will have lost 2,000 staff, as well as countless services including day centres and care homes.

Council home rents are due to go up by an inflation-busting 5.9%.

Iain Dalton

Flagship at half mast

Labour-run Birmingham council has cut the opening time of its flagship Central Library (only opened in September 2013) from 73 hours a week to 40. To add insult to injury, the Institute of Directors is opening an office in the premises.

Clive Walder

Notts care cuts

Labour-run Nottinghamshire council has agreed to close three of its last six council-run care homes.

Over 10,000 signed petitions opposing the closure of all six - the original proposal. The campaign saved three.

Our fight goes on, but closures will probably mean 50 long-term residents moving to private homes and 100 job losses.

Pete Watson, Nottinghamshire Unison (personal capacity)

Carmarthenshire cuts

A 45 million cuts budget was passed by Carmarthenshire council thanks to the backing of Labour and independent councillors.

But, as stated at the meeting, the council has 73.5 million in reserves which have doubled in the last five years. They should implement Carmarthenshire Unison's no-cuts budget.

The council will find it a lot easier to vote for cuts than implement them. They have already backed down repeatedly when pressure is put on them. This pressure will build. If Labour councillors won't oppose cuts then we need councillors that will.

Mark Evans, Carmarthenshire Unison (personal capacity)

Donate to the Socialist Party

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.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 4 March 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Housing crisis: Build Homes - Cap Rents

Socialist change to remedy climate change

Man of straw - is cut to size

Forbes list gives the lie to austerity - join the Socialists!

Them & Us


International Women's Day

Women and new unionism: lessons for today


International socialist news and analysis

50,000 march in Moscow after shooting of Nemtsov


2015 elections

TUSC councillors table 'no-cuts' budgets

The Green Party has no answers

Brighton council stuck in budget stalemate

Discussion in United Left on stance in general election

Donate to fight the 'grand coalition'


Socialist Party workplace news

Firefighters march though Westminster

Stop the Crossrail sackings!

More unions join Lewisham anti-academies strike

ICO staff on strike for fair pay

Build the left in CWU elections


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Newcastle united against far-right bigots

Campaign victory saves ten children's centres

Campaigns news in brief

May Day greetings in the Socialist


 

Home   |   The Socialist 4 March 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Council:

triangleHull Trades Council debates workers' political representation

triangleCrisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

triangleSafe social-distancing car-cavalcade protests

triangleHomes needed to end overcrowding

triangleWaltham Forest trade unions discuss the fight for PPE and workplace safety

Cuts:

triangleStrong union response needed against job cuts

triangleSafe protests against Tory corona chaos continue

triangleJohnson's plan terrifies me - readers react to lifting lockdown

triangleHomeless left on streets during pandemic

Students:

trianglePay full fees for virtual courses? - No way!

triangleCoronavirus: Students' charter

triangleCoronavirus - a students' charter

Bradford:

triangleBradford Socialist Party: Trotskyism and the Second World War

triangleBradford Socialist Party: 'The State and Revolution'

Carmarthenshire:

triangleCamarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

Protest:

triangleCommunities condemn Tory handling of crisis - with safe protests

Leeds:

triangle130 Years of May Day in Britain: Fight for workers' rights more relevant than ever

Labour:

triangleTrades council debates workers' political representation

Unison:

triangleTrade union activists from across the south of England discuss the battle for safety on the frontline

Budget:

triangleNewham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

Councillors:

triangleIs there an anti-cuts rebellion in Scotland?

Homes:

triangleLeicester care workers face pay cut and worse conditions

Care Homes:

triangleCare home workers suffer PPE shortage and job loss fears

Nottinghamshire:

triangleCallous Tory cuts to children's speech therapy in Nottinghamshire

Birmingham:

triangleSE Birmingham Socialist Party: Role of the community and voluntary sector

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

27/5/20

Fighting Fund

We need readers' support to fight capitalist crisis

27/5/20

Ferries

Fight P&O's billionaire bosses' jobs cut plan

27/5/20

Schools

Schools aren't safe

27/5/20

Energy

Energy firm plans to make 2,600 redundant

27/5/20

Hull

Hull Trades Council debates workers' political representation

27/5/20

Covid

Eerily quiet before second wave - don't reopen schools!

25/5/20

Coronavirus

No return to unsafe construction sites

22/5/20

Obituary

Mick Cotter 21-9-57 to 20-5-20

22/5/20

Rolls Royce

Strong union response needed against job cuts

20/5/20

CWU

Postal workers' action results in double victory for union

20/5/20

NSSN

Organising to fight for workplace safety

20/5/20

Peterborough

Posties walk out in Peterborough after manager tests positive

20/5/20

Covid

Johnson claims workplaces safe but HSE cancels inspections

20/5/20

Protest

Safe protests against Tory corona chaos continue

19/5/20

Hull

Trades council debates workers' political representation

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999