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21 November 2018
RMT transport union members picketing Manchester Victoria train station on 10 November had an unusual visitor - and it wasn't Santa Claus. It was none other than David Brown, managing director of Arriva Rail North.
6 June 2018
Nationalise rail - don't delay!: Northern rail cancelled more than 250 trains entirely on 29 May. Where trains run at all they have been up to two hours late.
14 March 2018
A damning, yet unsurprising, February housing report reveals that zero affordable housing has been built in Manchester city centre in two years.
31 January 2018
In parts of London and Greater Manchester you are now more likely to grow up poor than not
13 November 2017
Mears workers have begun more action, joining others fighting back
13 September 2017
We held a Young Socialists rally on 2 September in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. It was to encourage young people to get more political and to sign up to Young Socialists, writes Seraphina Jones, school student, Salford.
29 March 2017
The roll-out of the 'Universal Credit' benefits system seems to be making an already desperate social housing situation a whole lot worse
8 March 2017
Manchester Keep Our NHS Public has responded to a report in the Financial Times that "local [NHS] leaders are offering leading drugmakers, including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Novartis, access to Greater Manchester's sophisticated electronic patient record to test the real-world outcomes of their drugs".
2 February 2017
Andy Burnham, Blairite MP for Leigh, has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Greater Manchester metropolitan mayor. The new position is part of an undemocratic devolution of powers - and austerity.
26 October 2016
Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Ched Evans case, Marmite brexit, NHS 'savings' and homelessness.
28 September 2016
Over 50 Fire Brigades Union (FBU) reps from around Greater Manchester met, along with FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack and President Alan McLean, to discuss their response to the outrageous move by Greater Manchester Fire Authority to sack its entire workforce. Now the fire authority has backed down and withdrawn the threat of mass dismissal and agreed to re-enter negotiations.
21 September 2016
The employment practises of Mike Ashley's Sports Direct are being brought to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
6 July 2016
Greater Manchester Fire Authority is planning to cut 280 firefighter jobs and 26 fire engines. Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members have been protesting these plans, including a huge lobby of the fire authority meeting which approved the cuts. To make up for the loss in staff, the firefighters that remain will be forced to work longer hours.
11 May 2016
"It's time for a public inquiry into the policing of the miners' strike, not just Orgreave and the role of the police, but also the role of politicians." Surprisingly this comment is from Sir Peter Fahy, former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police.
1 September 2015
"Fat cats 22%, workers 1.5%!" said a striker's placard on the picket line at Indesit's Old Trafford depot
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