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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 April 2020

Building the Socialist Party

Finding new ways to meet, sell the Socialist and distribute our campaign leaflets

London

Socialist Party coronavirus material displayed outside a building site, March 2020, photo Paula Mitchell

Socialist Party coronavirus material displayed outside a building site, March 2020, photo Paula Mitchell   (Click to enlarge)

All our online branch meetings have been brilliant. Lots of people are attending - members new and old, people at their first meetings, and those taking part to find out more about the Socialist Party.

Our Socialist Party day schools, aimed at newer members, are happening fortnightly. Three times a week we Lunchtime Link-up so our members stuck at home can still meet, discuss and plan.

Many of our members are on the frontline and fighting alongside their fellow workers for PPE, pay and against job losses. Already the new public Facebook group for the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), to share examples of battling the bosses, is proving vital.

The Socialist Party joined #ClapforourCarers, adding the essential demands for PPE, full pay and funding.

Where possible our members are giving out and sticking up our Workers' Charter (see back page), selling the Socialist and collecting donations. And, of course, our members are warriors of the working class and for socialism on social media.

It's a tough and unprecedented time for workers and young people, but the ideas and work of the Socialist Party is more vital than ever.

Paula Mitchell

Leeds

I dropped off the Socialist for someone who normally buys it regularly at meetings. She said: 'Wait, I will get the money'. I was handed coins still a bit damp from the sanitiser, very safe.

Kevin Pattison

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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 1 April 2020:


Coronavirus news

NHS workers speak out: austerity has left us unprepared

Schools: union oversight needed to end chaos in provision under coronavirus

Councils must use resources now for emergency response

NHS supply chain worker: privatisation has cut equipment quantity and quality

Self-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!

Fully fund hospices to care for vulnerable children

Scandalous conditions in food distribution centre

Coronavirus news in brief


World War Two

All in this together? The 'Blitz spirit' myth


What we think

PPE, tests, full pay - for all now

Labour must resist 'Covid coalition': Workers need their own voice and party

Emergency legislation: Trade unions must be on guard against attacks on workers' interests


Food supply and the coronavirus crisis

Capitalism means empty shelves, food insecurity, and soaring profits - the case for a socialist alternative


Workplace news

Key workers should make bold demands

Essential workers deserve more

Working in Mike Ashley's empire: After lockdown we won't forget how we've been treated

Hull construction workers force bosses to shut down site over health and safety fears

Bosses concede to walkouts in Northern Ireland

Bus drivers halt sackings - now restore our pay

Postal workers walk out over health, safety and junk mail

Working from home during the pandemic

Leicester: Nylacast worker exposes truth

Refuse collection workers strike


Benefits

Fight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants

More than ever, we need accountable union leaders


Campaigns

Help us continue to fight for workers and socialism

Building the Socialist Party


Readers' opinion

Going viral - Socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis


 

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