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6 May 2020

Further protests in Ireland against Debenhams closures - UK fightback needed

Among the slew of retail companies entering administration, Debenhams has the highest profile, not least for only recently coming out of administration after closures, write Socialist Party members in Usdaw.

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6 May 2020

Homeless left on streets during pandemic

On 29 March, the government told local councils and outreach teams to bring all rough sleepers into accommodation, writes Andrea Gilbert, homelessness worker.

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6 May 2020

US: Trump's public health cuts have condemned thousands worldwide

More people in the US died from Covid-19 in three months than in nine years of the US armed forces' Vietnam War. The US private healthcare system has been shockingly exposed, writes Jon Dale, secretary, Unite union Nottinghamshire NHS Branch (personal capacity).

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22 April 2020

Bromley Libraries 'restructure' in middle of pandemic!

Bromley Library workers are facing a restructure, including moving to new work locations, in the middle of this health emergency

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22 April 2020

Going viral: Socialist comments and letters

The Covid-19 pandemic is a world social crisis which touches every aspect of life.

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21 April 2020

Care homes coronavirus scandal: blood on their hands

There is growing anger at the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis. 400,000 people living in care homes have been abandoned - surrendered to the virus.

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20 April 2020

Shocking increase in domestic violence killings

Domestic abuse killings have more than doubled during the coronavirus lockdown, according to Counting Dead Women (CDW), the organisation that monitors the killing of women by men

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14 April 2020

Unite opposes all cuts to domestic violence services

Tension is growing in many locked-down homes. It's no surprise domestic violence is increasing too. Calls to Refuge's helpline, the domestic abuse charity, are up 120% since the lockdown began, writes Jon Dale, secretary, Unite union EM/NG32 Nottinghamshire Health branch (personal capacity).

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25 March 2020

Social care: "Not good enough by miles"

Boris Johnson has said that non-urgent operations will be cancelled, and people already in hospital sent home, to free up 30,000 general and acute beds in the NHS to accommodate coronavirus patients. According to Johnson, they will be released into the care of "community health providers".

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24 March 2020

Newham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

Back in the mists of time, on 6 March, in the days before Coronavirus was dominating everything, local residents in Newham came together to organise opposition to the budget that had just been agreed by the Labour council

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20 March 2020

'Worst crisis in housing since World War Two' - Barking Riverside inquiry into fire

A residents-led inquiry into the Samuel Garside house fire on the Barking Riverside estate in east London met for an interim review of its findings

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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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18 March 2020

Councils must break austerity rules

Labour councils must lead a fight for the immediate resources needed, linked to reversing all cuts and privatisation

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11 March 2020

Swansea: Ask anyone about state of services, you will hear the real story

Ask any Swansea resident about the state of social care, education and refuse collection and they will tell you the real story, writes Gareth Bromhall, acting secretary of Swansea Trade Union Council.

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11 March 2020

Camarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

Plaid Cymru councillors voting for the cuts had to walk the 'walk of shame' past us to get into the council meeting, writes Mark Evans, Carmarthenshire County Unison branch secretary (personal capacity).

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11 March 2020

Book: Why you should be a trade unionist by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

Len McCluskey's book 'Why you should be a trade unionist' is a lively and accessible account of the role trade unionism has played in the past, and the hope which workers' organisations provide for the future, writes Derek McMillan, East Grinstead.

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11 March 2020

Salford 'no-cuts' budget includes cuts and tax rises

Salford council has cut 211 million from spending since 2010, writes Nick Chaffey, Socialist Party national committee.

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11 March 2020

Stoke council unions beat pay cuts - now let's stop all cuts

Protests and the threat of strike action by council worker unions - GMB, Unite and Unison - have forced Stoke-on-Trent city council to scrap their plans to cut some workers' wages by up to 5,000 a year, writes Andy Bentley, Stoke Socialist Party.

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11 March 2020

Is there an anti-cuts rebellion in Scotland?

In Scotland, both Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour councillors continue to be complicit in implementing cuts, writes Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland.

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4 March 2020

Labour councils miss opportunity to stop Tory cuts

In the same week at the end of February, three Labour councils in the south - Brighton, Reading and Southampton - had an opportunity to use Labour's strongholds in southern England to rally opposition to further Tory austerity and set no-cuts budgets to defend jobs and services.

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