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10 March 2021

The 'old normal' meant poverty for young people

The budget was another nail in the coffin for the prospects of young people. Pre-Covid Britain was nothing to write home about regarding youth unemployment.

10 March 2021

NHS pay - 15% now

Trade unions must organise for strike action:
Staff are outraged. 1%, or an extra 3.50 a week for an experienced nurse, is not just a slap in the face for NHS workers, it's a pay cut compared to the cost of living.

10 March 2021

Super-deduction will help big business pay less tax

The Tories are introducing 'super-deduction' for the next two years before corporation tax marginally rises

10 March 2021

Workers respond to 'back to school'

A mockery of everything we've done: Schools opened on Monday 8 March, and we don't know if we are inhaling or exhaling. Here we go again - bubbles, disinfectant, and social distancing in tight spaces.

10 March 2021

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services

Reading the headlines about Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget, some working-class people may have let out a small sigh of relief that at least the furlough scheme and the 20 increase in Universal Credit are continuing for a few more months

10 March 2021

NHS workers say: We are ready to fight Tory pay insult

I've struggled to comment on the insulting real-term pay cut proposed by the government. I'm not naive, during clap for carers, we said: "Claps don't pay the bills."

5 March 2021

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling the pain on workers and public services

GMB placard

Sunak's 2021 budget was a budget for the bosses. The working class has no alternative but to organise and fight back.

3 March 2021

Not a budget for the working class!

A social tsunami threatens Britain. Two million workers are already on the dole and five million more on furlough, facing an uncertain future when the scheme ends. But the Tories are intent on bailing out the rich.

3 March 2021

Women's health matters

Working-class women have suffered enormously during the pandemic. We've been disproportionately hit by job losses, pay cuts, and the additional burden of home schooling and childcare.

3 March 2021

Public sector workers respond to the budget

"The financial outlook is volatile." This (under)statement, in Essex County Council's budget document for 2021, could be the strapline for the future of all local government services.

26 February 2021

Liverpool Labour meltdown

Thirty five years ago Liverpool's council was leading a mass movement against Thatcher's Tory government.

24 February 2021

Johnson's 'road map' for schools: Act together to protect safety

- For a phased return based on infection rates not politicians' dates.

24 February 2021

Drivers win case - they are workers

Uber drivers have won their rights case.

24 February 2021

Where's the road map to jobs and wages Boris?


Trade unions must fight for lives and livelihoods
Johnson's 'cautious' road map to reopen society from lockdown in England - after over 120,000 Covid deaths and a massive hit to incomes - won't lead to the needed restoration and improvement in living standards.

24 February 2021

Starmer's speech a return to New Labour

Keir Starmer's speech contained virtually no policy proposals. But it hammered home his message that the Corbyn era is over.

24 February 2021

Garment workers and Covid: Dying for less than minimum wage

Garment workers have among the highest rate of coronavirus deaths for working women in the UK, the Office for National Statistics has revealed

24 February 2021

Social care: End privatisation and let workers decide how it's run

When Boris Johnson became prime minister in July 2019, he promised to "fix the crisis in social care once and for all"

24 February 2021

Vaccine algorithm can't solve capitalist inequality

Eleven months after coronavirus restrictions came into force in England, another 800,000 people are being informed by the government that they need to 'shield' as they are at an increased risk of dying from the effects of the virus

23 February 2021

The struggle needs an electoral arm

Socialism Today issue 246

Hannah Sell looks at the vital question of the struggle for working-class political representation and the approaches currently been taken.

17 February 2021

NHS white paper: no solution to failed Tory policies

The publication of the white paper was met with headlines about the government 'taking back control' of the NHS.


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