Thanks to Corinthia Ward from Birmingham Socialist Party for this update: VICTORY FOR STANDING TOGETHER AND UNION ORGANISATION – But issues remain to be resolved Following magnificent action by Brum’s bin workers with high turnouts at picket lines, the increasingly determined workforce has forced a management retreat. It was the strength and determination, organisation and unity with effective flexible tactics that forced a ‘hard-nosed’ employer to the table. The strike has been suspended pending talks around other issues after the Council gave up their attack on Grade 3 workers. It represents a defeat for bosses and also included that a suspended union rep was re-instated.Read More →

Stoke Socialist Party members visited striking Birmingham bin workers today at the Perry Barr depot. We went to offer our backing for their five week old dispute and to ask how we could build support for their struggle against a Labour council who have made a political choice to attack their jobs, pay and safety conditions. Workers are certainly in a mood to fight against these attacks. Every bin worker we spoke to was adamant that they will continue their struggle. Many are extremely angry because they have previously gone along with some changes that have only benefited the bosses. Now they have clearly had enough.Read More →

An analysis of the current situation in Venezuela written by Socialists instead of by media hacks and assorted right-wing politicians who think they know what Socialism is and are actually terrified at the spread of real Socialist ideas across the globe. Many thanks to Izquierda Revolucionaria Venezuela and  Socialismo Revolucionario for this article. Only the working class taking power from capitalists and bureaucrats can defeat reaction On 30 July elections were held to elect members of the “National Constituent Assembly” (ANC). In the days prior to the election, US imperialism and the MUD (the coalition which unites the right and far-right in Venezuela) backed a campaignRead More →

Thurs 10 August: “Youth: fighting for a decent future” – Intro by Tom (including more info from the CWI summer school) Thurs 17 August: “The Independent Labour Party split from the Labour Party in the 1930’s. What lessons can we learn from this for today’s struggle?” Intro by Andy Bentley Socialist Party regional organiser The idea of Socialism is back on the agenda! Jeremy Corbyn’s surge has inspired millions of workers and youth across Britain and beyond that real change can be achieved. There are many lessons from history that can aid our struggle to change things. The ILP had 16,000 members when it splitRead More →

Plans to privatise “all cancer and end-of-life treatment for children and adults across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent” involving “diagnosis and treatment such as radiology, radiotherapy, breast screening, chemotherapy, nursing and surgery for patients in hospitals, hospices and at home” was front page news in the Financial Times in March 2014. With a total of £1.2 billion worth of contracts on offer to private companies it was to be the biggest single privatisation ever. The government’s plan was to have this sell-off up and running by July 2015. Stoke Socialist Party led the opposition from the start and later launched together with Unite the Union andRead More →

On Saturday 22 July a special CWI Congress voted unanimously in favour of the re-unification of the CWI with Izquierda Revolucionaria in the Spanish State, Mexico and Venezuela. This will result in the incorporation of IR organisations in the Spanish state, Mexico and Venezuela into the CWI and its structures as national sections. It will also include the fusion of IR and CWI organisations in Venezuela and the Spanish state. This is an historic and important event – at a time when the working class is readying to fight back against capitalist crisis, our forces are strengthening on the basis of common understanding of, and responseRead More →

Excellent response today in Hanley in support of the NHS. It was part of many such protests, demonstrations outside hospitals and in city centres across the country. Save Longton Cottage Hospital (SLCH) campaigners were joined by the nurses union RCN members, Stoke Socialist Party members and other local activists to give out leaflets to hundreds of people. Many people queued up to sign petitions, take away badges, leaflets etc. RCN members are carrying out a summer of nationwide protests over their pay which has fallen by a staggering 14% in real terms since 2010. The SLCH campaign is fighting to get the hospital’s beds re-openedRead More →

Opinions of some travelling on the bus from Stoke organised by Unite the Union. “This protest march wasn’t just to stand up for what we believe in. It was thousands coming together remembering the people who are affected by the Tories decisions. The fact that I made so many new friends not enemies just shows that. On the day I realised we maybe angry and shouting our heads off at Theresa May but we are all mourning as well.” Andrew Duncan – who currently works in a bar “I liked the ‘This is what democracy looks like’ chant against the backdrop of young and old,Read More →

Today the Jobstown 7 have been found NOT GUILTY. A massive victory for all those involved and a massive victory for the working class! But charges still hang over 11 others, and one has already been sentenced. Now drop ALL charges against Jobstown protesters Please sign the petition here and please share For more info checkout Jobstown Not Guilty Facebook page here      Read More →

Thanks to Paula Mitchell of London Socialist Party for this excellent article Grenfell two weeks on… As survivors, local residents and workers struggle to come to terms with what happened at Grenfell and begin the fight for justice, so many more issues are raised. So too for residents of tower blocks around the country. Rehouse survivors locally – take over empty property Most immediately for survivors, of course, is dealing with the horrific trauma itself. This is made worse by the continuing failure of Kensington and Chelsea council, shoving some survivors from pillar to post, splitting up families and evicting them from hotels. The fightRead More →