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14 April 2021

1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism

Lessons from history: "Realising only by the abolition of this hideous capitalist system can the horror of unemployment be removed from our midst, I here and now take upon myself a binding oath, to never cease from active strife against this system until capitalism is abolished and our country and its resources truly be

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20 January 2021

Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier

In early 1936, a then unknown George Orwell was commissioned by the publisher Victor Gollancz to travel to the north of England to research 'the conditions of the working class'

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25 November 2020

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

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14 February 2018

Big political strike against Finnish government's attack on unemployed

Across the country, not only transport workers but construction and manufacturing unions were on strike, with a tenth of Finland's workers - 200,000 - downing tools

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12 April 2017

PCS protest

50 PCS members walked out of the DWP administrative site at Annesley, Nottinghamshire for a lunchtime protest on 7 April.

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7 December 2016

Food banks and the real Daniel Blakes

Hundreds of thousands of people are surviving and feeding themselves by using foodbanks in Britain today

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26 October 2016

Jarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

Five years ago, marking the 75th anniversary of 200 unemployed workers marching from Jarrow to London, Youth Fight for Jobs followed in their footsteps

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5 October 2016

Come to Socialism 2016!

At Socialism 2016 over 1,000 people will be discussing the socialist alternative to capitalism. Come along to discuss kicking out the Tories, organising to defeat racism, defending Corbyn's anti-austerity message, the US presidential election, and much more.

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5 October 2016

Fighting racism today

The police killing spree in the United States has unleashed a mass movement. It has also uncovered anew the ties between the profit system and endemic racism. The struggle against racism must also be the struggle for a socialist society.

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10 August 2016

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Blairite bullies, Owen Jones and Owen Smith, fighting racism and more.

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29 June 2016

United working class resistance can cut across racism

The appalling racist abuse and physical attacks reported since the EU referendum must be condemned and opposed.

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6 April 2016

Bosses' and union tops' "agenda of misery"

Steel crisis: I was a steelworker for almost 40 years. Skilled jobs, when they are gone are gone. I feel like I've jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.

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11 November 2015

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Benefit sanctions versus corporate welfare.

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2 September 2015

Youth Fight Austerity

Young and angry? Whether you are studying, working or unemployed in Britain today, you come up against the Tories' agenda.

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2 September 2015

China crisis: What will this mean for the world economy?

The contraction of the Chinese stock exchange has sparked justified fears that the world economy could be in for a repetition at a certain stage of a crisis with similar effects to the 2007/2008 catastrophe

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2 September 2015

Made-up benefit sanction quotes: Tory lies no surprise to us

Tory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been caught out totally making up quotes. Imaginary people subject to welfare sanctions - punishment by cutting benefits - say it actually helped them.

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19 August 2015

Youth 'Boot camps': We won't pay for their crisis!

Tory Cabinet minister Michael Hancock has announced punitive plans to force unemployed youth to attend military-style boot camps.

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8 July 2015

Them & Us

Short dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of the bosses and their politicians.

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8 July 2015

ESA under the cosh

The Tories intend to slash Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by almost 30 a week. ESA, which replaced incapacity benefit in 2008, is paid to disabled people or those too ill to work who have extra needs.

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3 June 2015

How the unemployed are targeted with sanctions

A Jobseeker's Allowance claimant describes how she was subjected to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) draconian sanctions regime

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