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The Socialist 19 February 2020

Cuts and climate change cause floods

The Socialist issue 1074

Javid's departure foreshadows deeper Tory divisions


Cuts and climate change cause floods


'Roses are red, violets are blue, BP and Shell - we're coming for you'

Socialist Students says democratise the climate strike movement


Coronavirus crisis shakes Chinese regime

Yemen's desperate civil war fuelled by imperialism and regional powers


Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay: the battle to defeat the poll tax


UCU: Striking to fight education cuts and marketisation

CWU: Build for a massive Yes vote in Royal Mail

Unite union executive council elections

Sixth-form strikers stand firm for increased funding

Peterborough food workers picket and protest

Hackney parking wardens strike for 15 an hour

East London anti-academy strikes escalate

Support Clive Walder

London bus rep dismissal update


The Socialist: Ideas to change society

Keep the pressure on to save Royal Glam A&E

Stop Newham Labour's cuts and gentrification

Socialist sellers


Labour Party and trans rights


Brilliant Korean film exposes class inequality

 
 
 
 
 

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Socialist sellers

Waltham Forest, London: How dare they

This is going to be a hard fight. How dare the Labour council build blocks in the middle of Priory Court estate, on the grass that kids play basketball and where people can sit on hot days.

On 16 February, the Socialist Party knocked doors on Priory Court to oppose this. We gave our leaflet out - calling socialists to replace the London mayor and assembly when they're up for election in May - and sold the Socialist.

The Socialist Party fought the mass stock transfer of council estates to arms-length companies in the 1990s and 2000s.

We told the Labour council it was a betrayal. These homes were hived off on mass under a Blairite Labour government and a mixture of Lib Dem and Labour councils.

We call for them all to be brought back to the council, massively invested in and democratically run by the working class.

  • No to the 'infills' building on every scrap of public space
  • No to Sadiq Khan's gentrification London Plan
  • Socialists into City Hall
Nancy Taaffe
Selling the Socialist in Leicester, 13.2.20, photo by Leicester Socialist Party

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

Leicester: From dawn till dusk

We were out from dawn till dusk spreading socialist ideas on 13 February. At 8am we were leafletting city council employees and service users.

We are building for a lobby of the Labour council's budget-setting meeting on 19 Feb. We followed this up with a tour of the city's workplaces.

We covered 18 workplaces. We handed out leaflets for both the lobby and a Socialist Party public meeting discussing the role of trade unions.

Being bold pays off, we went in to ask for union members to give our leaflets to. The security guards take our material every time.

In the afternoon the latest edition of the Socialist was delivered, hot off the press. We took it to the Royal Mail depot.

We gave solidarity to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in their dispute against redundancy plans. We invited them to speak at our meeting.

Finally we ended up at De Montfort University. We had a Socialist Students stall and meeting, building support for the University and College Union (UCU) strike (see pages 6-7).

This will be the first strike De Montfort UCU has taken in years. Both students and union reps were at our meeting.

The students made plans to promote support for the strike. UCU invited everyone to a placard-making session.

Socialists aim to link workers and students together in action.

Leicester Socialist Party meeting - Fighting austerity and anti-trade union laws: What it the role of trade unions today? Saturday 22 February, 2pm, Brite Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Leicester LE3 1LE.

Tessa Warrington

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 19 February 2020 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


What we think

Javid's departure foreshadows deeper Tory divisions


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cuts and climate change cause floods


Climate change

'Roses are red, violets are blue, BP and Shell - we're coming for you'

Socialist Students says democratise the climate strike movement


International socialist news and analysis

Coronavirus crisis shakes Chinese regime

Yemen's desperate civil war fuelled by imperialism and regional powers


Socialist history

Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay: the battle to defeat the poll tax


Workplace news and analysis

UCU: Striking to fight education cuts and marketisation

CWU: Build for a massive Yes vote in Royal Mail

Unite union executive council elections

Sixth-form strikers stand firm for increased funding

Peterborough food workers picket and protest

Hackney parking wardens strike for 15 an hour

East London anti-academy strikes escalate

Support Clive Walder

London bus rep dismissal update


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

The Socialist: Ideas to change society

Keep the pressure on to save Royal Glam A&E

Stop Newham Labour's cuts and gentrification

Socialist sellers


Labour Party

Labour Party and trans rights


Readers' opinion

Brilliant Korean film exposes class inequality


 

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