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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 February 2022

May Day Greetings

The Socialist: 25 years of assisting workers' struggles and fighting for socialism

Birmingham bin workers on strike, supported by the Socialist newspaper, photo Corinthia Ward

Birmingham bin workers on strike, supported by the Socialist newspaper, photo Corinthia Ward   (Click to enlarge)

This month, the Socialist celebrates 25 years of being to the fore in fighting for a democratic socialist society, to end the nightmare conditions of inequality, poverty, wars, and environmental catastrophe arising from the capitalist profit system.

To that end, our reports, analysis, and programmatic articles have assisted the independent struggles of working people and the poor internationally, in order to build trade unions and left parties that can challenge the rule of capital.

The Socialist was launched at a time of 'triumphal capitalism' when US imperialism policed the globe and dominated the world economy unchallenged.

Politically, the direction of this capitalist tide during the 1990s had blunted the organisations of the workers' movement and given rise to 'Blairism' - an unashamed embrace of the capitalist market.

This 'counterrevolution' culminated in Gordon Brown's infamous boast that the New Labour governments of the early 20th century had eliminated capitalist 'boom and bust'.

The Socialist was virtually alone in predicting that this capitalist boom rested on 'fictitious capital' ie the accumulation of vast quantities of debt. The inevitable meltdown of the banks, etc, followed; and with it a new capitalist paradigm of austerity, which has been deepened by the Covid pandemic of today.

The Socialist also opposed and mobilised to stop the disastrous wars in the Middle East and elsewhere by, initially, Bush and Blair, as working and poor people in those countries, and domestically, paid a bloody price for western imperialism's geopolitical adventures.

Today, the Socialist continues to provide an unrivalled socialist alternative to capitalist misery and in assisting the working class in its day-to-day battles over the cost of living and for independent political representation.

We ask trade union branches, groups of workers, and community campaigners to join us in celebrating 25 years of the Socialist by placing a May Day greeting in our pages. This act of solidarity will also assist us in securing the resources necessary to maintain and expand the Socialist in the future.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • 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.
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In The Socialist 9 February 2022:


TUSC

No one in Westminster backs a pay rise for us...

Preparing for the council and Erdington elections


News

Cut our fuel bills - nationalise energy

'I'm dreading trying to live on a nurse's salary'

Cuts created NHS waiting list crisis

Oxfam 'Inequality Kills' report

Tories' 'levelling up' falls well short

Tories' 'partygate' crisis continues - kick them out


What we think

Catastrophic energy bill hike - a crisis made by capitalism


Workplace news

Force back Serco and Barts management!

Support the university strikes!

Tesco slashes jobs and customer service

Just Eat couriers drive chief exec out of town as strike spreads

Scunthorpe scaffs mark 100 days of strike action with protests

Perfect storm brewing in education

PCS consultative pay and conditions ballot - vote 'Yes'


Campaigns news

King's student union refuses to back staff strike and NUS walkout

A socialist voice in Stanwell North

Tamil Solidarity protest against repressive Sri Lankan regime

Socialist Party youth meeting: Mood is changing - socialist ideas growing

Swansea Trades Council pledges to fight local government cuts

The Socialist: 25 years of assisting workers' struggles and fighting for socialism


International news

Pro-market Socialist Party wins Portugal's election


Debate

Does the fight for Trans rights conflict with women's rights?


 

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May Day:

triangleMay Day Greetings in the Socialist

triangleMay Day Greetings: Back the paper that backs the working class

triangleInternational Workers' Day - struggle, solidarity, socialism

triangleHow you can amplify the Socialist's voice - Help us build subscriptions to the Socialist

triangleA CWI May Day 2020 statement

Workers:

triangleFor workers' unity against war in Ukraine

triangleWorkers and students unite and fight

triangleCanada: Prime Minister Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act to end 'Freedom Convoy'

triangleThe Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party

The Socialist:

triangle1 March: Socialist Party new website launch

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Perspectives for the fightback in England & Wales

triangleBritain's economic growth figures mask fragile false recovery

Socialist:

triangleCarlisle Socialist Party: What now for Ukraine and Russia?

triangleLondon Socialist Party women's meeting

Socialism:

triangleFund us to fight for socialism

Capitalist:

triangleUkraine: Workers' unity against capitalist warmongers and imperialist meddlers

US:

triangleDave Nellist talking with striking bin workers in Birmingham. Dave is standing for TUSC in the 3 March Erdington byelection. Click for details to help or donate.

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/2/22

Cardiff

Restore Cardiff's slashed services

23/2/22

Pay

Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

23/2/22

UCU

University workers continue strike against bosses' attacks

23/2/22

London

Tube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

23/2/22

Students

Workers and students unite and fight

23/2/22

Fees

Fighting fees and marketisation after 2 March student walkout

23/2/22

Brighton

Brighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

23/2/22

Anti-cuts

Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

23/2/22

Newham

Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation

23/2/22

Women

London Socialist Party women's meeting

23/2/22

Socialist

1 March: Socialist Party new website launch

23/2/22

Coventry

Coventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

23/2/22

Strike

Scunny scaffs action forces bosses to the table

23/2/22

Usdaw

Usdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action

23/2/22

Anti-cuts

Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

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