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7 July 2021

Manchester death rate caused by deprivation

The Covid-19 death rate is 25% higher in Greater Manchester than in the rest of England. Average life expectancy has fallen by 1.6 years for men and 1.2 for women, an even bigger fall than the average

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27 October 2020

Working-class based campaign needed

The defiance of Tier 3 proposals by Andy Burnham took the Tory government by surprise

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21 October 2020

Health before profit - Work or full pay

Fear about catching coronavirus, being thrown out of work, being forced to stay at home without enough money ... Yet again it's working-class people who are paying the price.

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2 September 2020

Manctopia: billion pound property boom

Manctopia is a four-part documentary about housing in Manchester, filmed over the course of one year

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21 November 2018

Arriva Rail North under pressure after nineteenth Saturday strike

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.

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6 June 2018

#NorthernFail: 250 rail services cancelled

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.

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14 March 2018

Zero new homes 'affordable' in Blairite Manchester

A damning, yet unsurprising, February housing report reveals that zero affordable housing has been built in Manchester city centre in two years.

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31 January 2018

Majority of kids poor in some areas

In parts of London and Greater Manchester you are now more likely to grow up poor than not

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13 November 2017

Strike wave continues

Mears workers have begun more action, joining others fighting back

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13 September 2017

Young Socialists launched in Greater Manchester

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.

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29 March 2017

Universal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

The roll-out of the 'Universal Credit' benefits system seems to be making an already desperate social housing situation a whole lot worse

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8 March 2017

Greater Manchester: patients are people not guinea pigs!

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".

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2 February 2017

Manchester metro mayor: How will you fight cuts?

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.

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26 October 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Ched Evans case, Marmite brexit, NHS 'savings' and homelessness.

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28 September 2016

Victory for firefighters facing dismissal in Manchester

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.

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21 September 2016

All Greater Manchester firefighters face sack

The employment practises of Mike Ashley's Sports Direct are being brought to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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6 July 2016

Manchester firefighters fight cuts

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.

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11 May 2016

Independent inquiry into Orgreave now!

"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.

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1 September 2015

Indesit strikers determined to press on for acceptable deal

"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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