Resisting Austerity, Edinburgh Style

Mar 27th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

MIKE CORMACK, of Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, describes some of the direct action being taken in the Scottish capital to resist the coalition’s attacks on welfare.

In Edinburgh claimants and low-paid workers are organising through Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty to support each other and take action to resist workfare, benefit cuts and austerity attacks.

Labour Calls on Members to ‘Keep It Co-op’

Mar 27th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The Labour Party has called on its members to support the Co-operative Party’s ‘Keep it Co-op’ campaign, warning that its historic relationship with the co-op movement is under threat due to Co-operative Group proposals to break the political links.

Condition Critical

Mar 24th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

The Socialist Health Association has highlighted five ways the government’s health reforms have failed to improve patient care, the criteria used by former health secretary Andrew Lansley to defend his policies against a damning King’s Fund report last month.

The King’s Fund health think tank described Lansley’s reforms as “damaging and distracting” for introducing even more markets to the NHS, for making it too complex to govern properly and for lacking effective leadership.

Democracy, Media and the Miners’ Strike

Mar 24th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Past and present struggles for pluralism in the media will be under the spotlight at the Red Shed in Wakefield next month when the Wakefield Socialist History Group hold their next pre-election public meeting in conjunction with the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

Unbalanced Britain: The Living Wage and Labour’s Future

Mar 24th, 2015 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The Rose Bowl at Leeds Beckett University was the venue for the ILP’s second Unbalanced Britain seminar on 14 March, examining the campaign for a living wage and Labour’s response.

The recession and its lop-sided recovery have left millions of working people in poverty, claimed Tom Chigbo of Leeds Citizens. Addressing the latest ILP seminar on ‘Unbalanced Britain’, Tom argued that there is an urgent need to address gross inequalities in the UK labour market.

Reasons for Hope?

Mar 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

HARRY BARNES picks apart the Labour Party’s policy process and finds a raft of positive proposals. He just wishes they were being delivered in a less piecemeal way.

Unions at the Heart of the Welfare State

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

GERRY LAVERY, JOE ROLLIN and CALLUM STANLAND report from ‘Unions at the heart of the welfare state’, a national conference called by the TUC National Consultative Committee for Unemployed Workers’ Centres.

Red Flag Over Bermondsey

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead

A new play about the remarkable London ILPer, Ada Salter, will be performed live in Birmingham for the first time next Saturday, 21 March, before it sets out on a tour of venues across the country over the next few months.

Weekend of Action to Expose the Real UKIP

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Anti-extremist organisation Hope not Hate have called a national weekend of action to campaign against the UK Independence Party and expose what it calls ‘the real UKIP’, revealing the truth about its policies and views.

Unbalanced Britain: Nearly 700,000 on Zero-Hours Contracts

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The GMB has pointed out that nearly 700,000 workers are on zero-hours contracts despite working on average 25 hours per week, and called on the Labour Party “to deal with exploitation and harassment of workers which it has ignored for too long”.