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1 April 2020

PPE, Tests, Full pay - for all now


The situation will "get worse before it gets better," says Boris Johnson. But let's be clear - the enormity of this will not be the fault of the individual actions of ordinary working people. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the government had acted earlier; and if we hadn't had to endure ten years of brutal austerity in the NHS, social care and other vital services.

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1 April 2020

All in this together? The 'Blitz spirit' myth

In the first of a series of articles on 'war, global crises and working-class struggle', Chris Holmes exposes the myth of class unity during the World War Two

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1 April 2020

New laws: Unions must be on guard against attacks on workers' interests

Within a few days, Tory ministers managed to get their coronavirus bill through parliament

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1 April 2020

Labour must resist 'Covid coalition'

In the early stages of a war or national emergency, there is often a mood to pull together in the 'national' interest

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31 March 2020

Coronavirus news in brief

New tests have found that 'high-pressure laminate' (HPL) cladding is almost as deadly as Grenfell's 'aluminium composite material' (ACM) cladding in a fire

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31 March 2020

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

The global coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fragility of capitalist food supply systems - whose rationale is based on maximising profits rather than meeting human needs

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31 March 2020

Councils must use resources now for emergency response

The devastating impact of coronavirus is exposing the impact that austerity has had on all of our public services, and particularly the NHS, writes We will keep up the pressure. Labour councils need to use all of the resources at their disposal now to save workers, not the capitalist system..

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30 March 2020

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

I work for one of the retail chains in Mike Ashley's empire. As more shops were closing, pressure began mounting for our chain to close too. But we were expected to lone work, rather than simply closing

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27 March 2020

The self-employed need 100% of their income, and now!

The government has relented to pressure by bringing in a support scheme for the self-employed

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25 March 2020

Coronavirus crisis: Tests, full pay and funding - for all now

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the complete inability of the capitalist market economy, based on profit and competition, to meet the needs of working-class people.

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25 March 2020

Union independence must be maintained - a reply to the TUC

There should be no blurring of class lines

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25 March 2020

State intervention shows what is possible

The Tories cut - but now they spend. They privatised - but now they nationalise.

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25 March 2020

Bosses not workers should pay for JCB shutdown

This year is the 75th anniversary of the founding of JCB. The year started with statements that the order books were the fullest for certain JCB products since their inception.

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25 March 2020

Going viral: Socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic is a world social crisis which touches every aspect of life. The iniquities and failings of the capitalist system are being exposed, and workers and communities are organising in response.

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23 March 2020

Too little too late

Johnson and Sunak responded to public anger and agreed to pay 80% of the wages of workers who are laid off because of the coronavirus. This will be welcomed by millions, but for workers already struggling to pay the bills, 80% of wages will not be enough to live on.

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19 March 2020

The new crisis and its consequences

As global markets reel in the face of the developing coronavirus pandemic it is difficult to see how these events will not be the trigger for a new world capitalist economic downturn, with all its social and political consequences

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19 March 2020

Coronavirus and school closures: what needs to be done now

The government has had to bow to the inevitable and announce the closure of all schools

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11 March 2020

Italy on lockdown: lack of resources and democracy causes panic

"That's six weeks without any money. How am I supposed to feed my kids? The government is doing nothing to help us. And the health service is on the verge of collapse.", said Jo, a teacher from Bologna

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11 March 2020

For full pay during isolation: for public health as well as workers' wallets

Government forecasts say up to 20% of workers could be off sick or in self-isolation in the UK when coronavirus reaches its peak, writes Josh Asker, Southampton Socialist Party.

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11 March 2020

South Korea shows capitalism has money to respond to coronavirus

Korea has been pretty good. Local councils are giving money to low earners to help with rent. Anyone who needs to get the test and potential treatment receives it free. And if you have to self-quarantine

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