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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 March 2020

Selling the Socialist

Selling the Socialist in Leicester, 13.2.20, photo Leicester Socialist Party

Selling the Socialist in Leicester, 13.2.20, photo Leicester Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past week...

Carlisle: Restore NHS beds and staff

The Socialist Party was the first organisation in Carlisle to have a public information stall on this most important issue.

Many people came over to get a leaflet, buy a copy of the Socialist, and sign our new petition.

Our petition 'Combat corona - restore NHS beds and staff' demanded that the government fill 100,000 NHS and 122,000 social care vacancies, full pay for all affected workers and nationalisation of the drug companies to put vaccines before profit.

This government of millionaires has decided to break World Health Organisation guidelines on tracing, testing and treating victims of Covid-19 to allow at least 60-70% of the population to become infected.

As always, they put big business interests above the safety and wellbeing of the people.

Martin Powell-Davies

Budget day protest

London Socialist Party protested outside Downing Street - along with civil servants union PCS - and Parliament when the budget was being read out in the House of Commons.

Our meeting after - how cuts can be beaten - included strikers from the University and College Union (UCU).

Read our response to Boris Johnson's coronavirus budget for the bosses in other articles.

Wood Green, north London: No work, no pay

We had one of best campaign stalls for a long time in Wood Green, north London. Campaigning for more funding for the NHS to combat coronavirus, and for workers to receive full pay if they have to self-isolate or cannot go into work, we sold 34 copies of the Socialist.

One carer on a zero-hour contract, told us that because of coronavirus she is no longer able to accompany a disabled person as she normally does, so is not getting paid.

Another young person said his mother, also on a zero-hour contract, worked on events in hotels but had no work because of cancellations.

These workers should be entitled to emergency benefits at full pay for the equivalent of the average national working week.

John Dolan

Mansfield: It's always us

Our Socialist Party stall was busy, campaigning to save children's speech and language therapy and mental health support for pregnant women from cuts.

People say: "It's always us (the working class) that have cuts to our services, we're fedup with it."

We reply: "The only way to stop the cuts, is to build a campaign to fightback. Have you heard of Chatsworth Ward? It was saved because people fought to save it. If you fight you can win, if you don't fight you will always lose."

We sold 17 copies of the Socialist at our campaign stall, at West Notts College, and at a film showing of Sorry We Missed You.

Paul Tooley-Okonkwo

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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.
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.

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In The Socialist 18 March 2020:


Workplace news and analysis

Stop Press: postal workers deliver massive strike vote and offer to become additional 'emergency service'

East London bin workers strike to get back unpaid holiday pay

Determined St Mungo's homelessness workers strike for three days


International socialist news and analysis

French local elections: CWI candidate elected

New pamphlet: constituent assemblies and the revolutionary programme


Socialist history

South Africa: 60 years marking the Sharpeville Massacre


Coronavirus

Coronavirus: workers must not pay the price!

Capitalist crisis and corona: Johnson's budget for the bosses

Coronavirus - a workers charter 2020

Coronavirus: socialist planning, not capitalist chaos!

Coronavirus housing emergency - suspend rent and mortgage payments, seize empty homes

PCS union demands better deal for benefits claimants

Councils must break austerity rules

Action needed to protect shop workers and access to essential goods

Coronavirus hospital worker: amazing response from staff - but worst still to come

'Health not profit' strike wave sweeps Italy

United States: private healthcare exposed as Trump throws money at markets

Workers at Lewisham coronavirus hospital walk out after not being paid

Coronavirus - waste processing employers putting us at risk

Bexley bin workers strike over lack of hand sanitiser

Going viral: socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis

Under the microscope: socialist coronavirus news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Help us fund the Socialist

Stop gentrification of Lea Bridge

Tory student plot defeated at Cardiff uni

Nottingham uni occupation ends

Socialist Students speaking tour

Selling the Socialist


Readers' opinion

TV: Noughts and Crosses


 

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