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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 November 2015

International news in brief

USA: Socialist Alternative step up campaigning

As the Socialist goes to press, elections to Seattle City Council are taking place. Socialist Alternative (SA, co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) members and supporters have been campaigning, all-out, to re-elect Kshama Sawant.

Kshama and SA have championed the introduction of a $15 an hour minimum wage in the city as well as fighting for affordable housing for the working class.

This has meant organising alongside workers and tenants to take on the city's entrenched Democratic Party machine with its corporate and landlord backing.

Election results will be published after 3 November on www.socialistworld.net


Russia: Kremlin enters the Syrian quagmire

Rob Jones writes from Moscow on how the effects of the wars and armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine pursued by Putin, along with Russia's economic crisis, are merging to deepen the country's worsening poverty, corruption and despair.

However, if the working class was to move into action to prevent wage cuts, jobs losses and budget cuts, it would also inevitably lead to opposing the authoritarian policies of the ruling elite.

See article on www.socialistworld.net


Polish ruling party loses election amid workers' anger

Poland's recent general election resulted in defeat for the eight-year rule of the neoliberal Civic Platform and victory for the conservative opposition Law and Justice party.

As Kacper Pluta, Alternatywa Socjalistyczna (CWI, Poland) explains, despite receiving huge funds from the European Union, the government failed to solve the deep crisis in infrastructure and public service delivery.

However, notwithstanding months of workers' struggles before the election, the trade union leaders left the electoral field clear for Law and Justice to capitalise on the discontent.

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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.

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In The Socialist 4 November 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

10 an hour now!

Unions must capitalise on mass anger at austerity and anti-union laws

The 'tampon tax' is a tax on being a woman

Long hours ruining health without lifting productivity

Transgender woman locked up in male prison

Tory bid to turn co-op tenants against one another

Them & Us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

US: #blacklivesmatter movement challenges racism

Turkey: Erdogan's victory based on fear and intimidation

International news in brief


Socialist Party features

The Socialist: A fighting antidote to the mainstream media's lies

The socialist case for nationalisation of the steel industry

Struggle for solidarity with refugees must be anti-austerity

Where did the unions' money go?


Workplace news and analysis

Strike together to Kill the Bill

Determined DLR strikers to "fight all the way"

Unison general secretary election - vote Roger Bannister

London Underground rep targeted for trade union activity

Fire service cuts put people at risk

Solidarity action for victimised Unison rep

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Wrong: Owen Jones tells Labour "abandon anti-austerity"

Cycle cheat Armstrong's hypocrisy and bullying


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

The Socialist campaign: buy it, sell it - read it, write it

Socialist Party joins campaign against NHS bullying

Super Southampton fighting fund campaign


 

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