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Tories start to retreat on pay cap

By Steve Score The government has caved in. It has agreed to lift the 1% public sector pay cap from next year, reflecting the pressure the Tories are under and their real weakness. Police and prison officers, the last groups to have pay decided this year, will have the cap lifted immediately – although their raises are still below inflation. ...

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North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict

By Niall Mulholland   The North Korean bomb test on 3 September, the most powerful yet, and the bellicose reaction of the US, underlines the volatile and dangerous situation in the peninsula and entire region. The huge blast in the north of the country was felt in South Korea and China. The regime claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, up ...

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Fight council cuts – back the Brum bin strikers!

Birmingham’s bin workers once again have had to strike to stop job losses and pay cuts, after the Labour council reneged on a previously agreed deal. Disgracefully the council has issued 113 redundancy notices to workers and is clearly setting out to try and break the bin workers’ struggle. The council claims it has no choice but to sack bin ...

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New documentary asks women how their bodies are sexualised and policed

By Helen Pattison A new production, Tits, by Lily Levin and Tristan Bell, is a series of interviews filmed with people discussing body image, personal experiences and their feelings around their top halves. The Socialist spoke to Lily, producer and Socialist Party member, about the project. “Tits is about body image. And the way that bodies are portrayed in the ...

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Hurricane Harvey – a disaster made worse by capitalism

By Brian Harrison, Ramy Khalil and Patrick Ayers As Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean and United States we publish this article from Houston by Socialist Alternative, the voice in the United States of the Committee for a Workers International, to which the Socialist Party is affiliated. Hurricane Harvey is a historic tragedy affecting millions of people. Socialist Alternative wishes to ...

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Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?

By Tony Saunois An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the spectre of Venezuela has been held up as a warning of what a Podemos-led government would mean. The close links of Podemos ...

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How the Single Market blocks socialist policies

By Pete Watson, Nottingham Socialist Party The European Single Market is a major barrier to any incoming socialist or anti-austerity government. The capitalist establishment across Europe is wedded to privatisation and austerity. And it can rely on Single Market treaties and EU law to impede nationalisation and state investment while ramping up privatisation. The 2009 Lisbon Treaty is the legal ...

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Solidarity with McDonalds strikers

Cardiff Trades Union Council hosted a very successful rally today in solidarity with McDonalds workers striking for decent pay and against job insecurity and bullying management. Workers have taken strike action at McDonalds restaurants in London and Cambridge, but as Dave Reid from the Cardiff Trades Council pointed out the campaign for £10 an hour minimum wage is for all low ...

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Strikes Get Results

Coordinate the strikes to defeat the Tories Normally a quiet month for the trade union movement, August has seen a whole number of industrial disputes raging on – and two prominent ones have registered wins. The Birmingham bin workers have forced management to retreat after seven weeks of action while janitors in Glasgow, in a branch of public service union ...

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