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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 January 2020
Socialist Party national committee meeting
The Socialist Party held a very important National Committee on 11-12 January, the first since the general election.
The meeting was against the background of an increasingly unstable world situation and global workers' uprisings.
We discussed the reasons behind the Tory victory in the election, the Labour leadership contest and what is likely to happen under a Johnson government.
We need to be battle-ready for the attacks on the working class coming from the Tories. And so we had a special session on our work in the trade unions.
There was a session on building the Socialist Party. There has been an upturn in people joining the party since Johnson's victory.
And we agreed campaigns to increase the sales and subscriptions of the Socialist, the fighting fund and membership subs too, so we have the resources to put forward a fighting socialist strategy.
Socialist Party branches should arrange now to get a report from national committee members.
We also made a plan for the Socialist Party's national congress on 29 February and 1 March.
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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.
- 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 Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 15 January 2020:
What we think
Labour Party leadership contest: Fight for a mass anti-austerity, workers' party with a socialist programme
Labour leadership race: Reverse Unison's undemocratic nomination of Blairite Starmer
Low Pay, Long Hours. Bosses rip us off. Organise the fightback now!
Build for strikes to save NHS
No free ride for the airline bosses - nationalise Flybe now!
Them & Us
Hackney school bus workers win pay increase following strikes
PCS: Time to rebuild the left
Northern Ireland: Thousands of nurses continue to strike for better pay
Westex Carpet strike reaches two month mark
London bus drivers ballot to strike
Union lawyer arrested on security guards' picket line
We need socialists in London's City Hall
Stop gentrification in Newham: "We are here, you have consulted us and we're not going anywhere!"
Massive Scottish independence demo marks new stage in struggle
Young people who voted for Corbyn's manifesto will now ask... How can we win those ideas?
London: Protesters return to oppose Middle East war
Cladding scandal: Government steps up defence of landlords
Nottingham: Youth protest against Barclays £64 million fossil-fuel investments
Socialist Party national committee meeting
International socialist news and analysis
Renewed protests shake Iranian leaders
France: Strike wave over pensions - Macron government in retreat
Sustainable food production and the need for socialism
TV Review: Apocalypse Cow
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