Prescription and dental charges to rise again – fight for a free NHS!

Bea Gardner, Southampton Socialist Party   From April 2017 NHS charges for prescriptions and dental treatment in England are set to rise yet again. Tory health minister Philip Dunne announced that standard prescription charges will rise by 20p, and some dental...
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Socialist Party Congress 2017

Socialist Party Congress 2017 reports The Socialist Party's national congress 2017 took place in London from 11 to 13 March, attended by delegates and visitors from Socialist Party branches all over England and Wales, as well as international guests. Delegates...
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Oxford bus drivers’ strike: Huge anger at bosses’ attacks

Over 4oo bus drivers at the Oxford Bus Company, owned by Go Ahead, have started strike action in a dispute over pay and attacks on terms and conditions. This is the first Oxford bus strike in 40 years and came to a head when management refused to pay agreed rates for...
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Obituary: John Pickett – 1954-2017

Alison Hill John Pickett, Socialist Party comrade and postal worker, has died very suddenly at the age of 63. I first met John in the early 1980s, just after he returned to Portsmouth after being at college in Stoke. He and his brother Chris played a vital role in...
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Southampton: Ripe for a fightback, no-cuts budget needed

Starved of cash by continued Tory funding cuts, Labour councils are facing another round of budget cuts. Local campaigners in Southampton have been horrified at the news that notorious privateer Capita has been under instructions from the Labour council to pressure...
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Socialism 2017: weekend of discussion and debate

November 11, 2017, 1:00pm - November 12, 2017, 5:00pm

SOCIALISM 2017 – IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD #1917Socialism2017 #Socialism17 #1917Revolution2017 #socialism1917-2017 Socialism 2017 is a weekend of political discussion and debate on ideas - socialist ideas to build a wall of resistance against Trump and the 1% and change the world. It is proudly hosted by the Socialist Party and open to everyone who wants to see change to this unequal crisis-ridden world. Socialism 2017 will bring together working class fighters, trade unionists and youth and student activists, anti-cuts campaigners, those who are curious about socialism and Marxism, and people who want to change the world. Over the years our fantastic line-ups of keynote speakers have included Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary and former editor of Militant; Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary and author of Socialism in the 21st Century; Kshama Sawant, outspoken socialist councillor in Seattle and a leader in the fight for $15/hr min wage and now in the movement against Trump; Juan Ignacio Ramos, general secretary of Izquierda Revolucionaria; Anna Palumbo, leading tenant activist in the successful campaign to stop evictions in Butterfields, east London and many trade union leaders, anti-cuts campaigners and many more. Before his untimely death Bob Crow, former general secretary of the RMT was a frequent speaker. One theme of the weekend will be the question of uniting the workers’ and socialist movement internationally to build a powerful force that is capable of changing the world. International speakers and visitors from the Socialist Party’s sister parties in the Committee for a Workers’ international will attend. The CWI is in the process of unifying with Izquierda Revolucionaria on the basis of Marxist ideas. At Socialism 2017 we will discuss the Russian Revolution 100 years ago. 1917 provides a powerful example of how it is possible for the working class and poor to take their destiny into their own hands and transform the world. We will be discussing the impact of the revolution, including on women’s rights, on art and technology, on people’s lives all across the world and also why the Soviet Union degenerated into dictatorship. But Socialism 2017 will not be a history lesson! It is focused on the burning questions our movements face. How can we kick out the Tories? Can Jeremy Corbyn win? What role can workers and young people play in changing the world? Do we need parties? What about terrorism? How can we defeat racism, sexism, homophobia? Protectionism and free trade; What do socialists say about Brexit? Building solidarity, defending refugees, fighting deportations; The working class, the gig economy and technology; The NHS and the battle against privatisation; Crisis in trade unionism – can they turn left? Environmental crisis in the age of Trump; and more! There will be a special course of bitesize meetings for school students if they wish to attend. If you would like to get a ticket for Socialism 2017, or for more info, you can call our office on 020 8988 9777 or go to our website You can book a ‘Golden’ ticket which includes accommodation at a hostel nearby or free accommodation which may be on a floor/sofa. We offer a free crèche. Get in touch if you have any questions. Online booking is available for 2017 now – there is a 20% discount currently available and special offers for students and school students

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New firm hints at de-skilling guards

A great event in #NorthTyneside to save #WhitleyBay Job Centre, led by @pcs_union rank-and-file, and supported by the whole labour movement.


#NSSN supporting @MFUnite on their 66th strike day - protesting outside Sheraton Skyline hotel at #Heathrow #BAlowpaynoway @unitetheunion


Latest copy of @Socialistpaper on sale now @OctoberBooks. Last edition sold out! #socialism2017 @Socialist_party @SocialistSouth

BREAKING NEWS!! Len McCluskey to speak at #NSSN 'Smash the #PayCap' rally at #TUC Congress Sept10 @unitetheunion

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