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11 March 2020
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.
28 February 2018
People are amazingly generous, especially when you consider Stoke is an area where the manufacturing industry has been destroyed over the last 30 years, first the pits, then the pottery and steel industry
26 January 2017
Gareth Snell, architect of council cuts by Newcastle-under-Lyme borough council, former bag-carrier for Tristram Hunt and backer of the right-wing's Owen Smith in the second Labour leadership election has effectively been bureaucratically maneuvered into becoming the Labour candidate in the Stoke Central byelection.
20 January 2017
Many in Stoke-on-Trent will be glad to see the back of Hunt
7 December 2016
We sold 100 copies of the Socialist on our campaign stall in Hanley in just three hours on 26 November. We were building support for the 4 March 2017 national march to defend our NHS from privatisation.
20 April 2016
A parish council in Gloucestershire has voted to start asking for 'donations' from runners at free weekly 'Parkrun' events.
4 December 2013
Npower have now announced that its call centre in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, will close next June as part of a total of 1,400 workers being thrown on the scrap heap nationally
26 January 2013
"I cannot, nor will not support an administration that seeks to target the very people they claim to represent" said a resigning Labour councillor
22 August 2012
Tommy Walker, who has died aged 91, was a working class hero. This Communist Party member inspired many trade union activists in Stoke-on-Trent and beyond, writes Andy Bentley.
9 May 2011
Reflecting the current mood to punish the Con-Dem government for their savage cuts, New Labour increased its grip on Stoke-on-Trent city council in the local elections on 5 May
24 August 2010
Despite the holiday period, around 100 community campaigners and trade union activists attended a North Staffs TUC (NSTUC) public meeting on 18 August to launch an anti-cuts alliance...
12 May 2010
"Tonight I thought I was coming to an academic debate about the miners' strike. I didn't realise the burning hatred that is still felt in this area for what Thatcher and the Tories did". These were...
9 December 2009
The strike action being taken by Axiom Rail workers in Stoke for a pay increase has rocked the management, writes Andy Bentley, Stoke Socialist Party.
2 December 2009
Despite six days of strike action by Axiom Rail workers in Stoke, management have refused to carry out any meaningful negotiations over the pay increase workers are asking for, writes Andy Bentley.
24 September 2008
ON 20 September, the far-right racist BNP held a national rally in Stoke-on-Trent despite opposition from community organisations, anti-racist groups and thousands of people across the city, writes Andy Bentley.
14 June 2007
Defend the postal service: ON 4 June the fight to save Hanley post office was taken into WH Smith in the Potteries Shopping Centre, Stoke-on-Trent...
30 March 2006
ISSUE 430 of The Socialist explained how Socialist Party councillors Dave and Paul Sutton proposed an alternative budget at Stoke city council's budget-setting meeting...
9 March 2006
AT STOKE City Council's budget-setting meeting on 6 March, Blairite elected mayor Mark Meredith tried to pass on government cuts of £21 million over the next three years through cutting jobs and services, increasing council tax and more privatisation...
2 March 2006
Why we're standing for socialism: We are printing the text of a letter written by two ex-Labour councillors in Stoke-on-Trent, Paul and Dave Sutton. In it they explain to their constituents their reasons for leaving New Labour and joining the Socialist Party...
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