Posts Tagged ‘ Anti-Cuts ’

‘Common Sense’ and Benefit Sanctions

Apr 27th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

In an extensive discussion paper, Unite Community member GERRY LAVERY considers how Antonio Gramsci’s ideas could help challenge popular attitudes towards benefit claimants and the fight to end government sanctions. Here, he provides a brief introduction.



The Housing Crisis and the Struggle for Affordable Homes

Mar 31st, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The government’s housing policies are aimed directly at people with the fewest resources and the lowest resistance, says ELLEN ROBOTTOM – which means community campaigns such as hers are more vital than ever.

In his discussion of the Housing and Planning Bill, Dr Quintin Bradley explored an increasingly familiar characteristic of ‘welfare’ policy: namely, that it functions as both an economic and ideological intervention – replacing collective values with a notion of ‘fairness’ defined as paying one’s own way in the private market.



Spain’s Election: Whither the 15-M Movement?

Nov 30th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Spaniards are facing a political moment of truth when they go to the polls on 20 December this year when even the future of the state is in question. GEORGINA BLAKELEY traces the impact of the 15-M Movement which erupted so dramatically onto the Spanish political scene four years ago.

On 15 May 2011, demonstrations took place in about 50 Spanish cities organised over the internet by Democracia Real Ya (Real Democracy Now). These were protests against the economic crisis, austerity measures imposed by the Socialist government, staggeringly high youth unemployment and an unresponsive political system.



Dark Times for the NHS

Nov 30th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Although it was called off at the last minute, the junior doctors’ strike showed just how close to the edge Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pushed the medical profession. Final-year medical student DAN SELLWOOD explains why his colleagues were prepared to put down their stethoscopes in favour of a one-day walkout.

Doctors and the British Medical Association (BMA) are hardly ‘militants’, so what drove a profession of 50,000 to vote unanimously (98%) in favour of strike action?



Challenging the Welfare Myths

Nov 18th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

GERRY LAVERY of Unite Community Leeds reports from a conference in Birmingham set up ‘to challenge the myths around welfare and build a coalition to fight for our safety net’.

The well-attended conference on Saturday 31 October was called by Unite Community (Unite the Union’s community wing) and the Public Services and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents workers in the Department of Work and Pensions, and attended by members of groups concerned with social security problems and reform.



Momentum Mobilise Against Tax Credit Cuts

Nov 17th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Momentum are gathering a series of video messages from people around the country to highlight the impact on families of George Osborne’s proposed cuts to tax credits.



Corbyn Team To Build ‘Momentum’

Oct 9th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The team behind Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour Party leader have set up a grassroots network to create “a mass movement for real progressive change” from the energy and enthusiasm generated by his campaign.

Described as “the successor entity to the Jeremy Corbyn for Leadership campaign”, Momentum is independent of the party leadership and wants to “work with everyone who supports Jeremy’s aim of creating a more fair, equal and democratic society”.



Why Mhairi Black is Right

Jul 20th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

In case anyone missed it, here is a link to “the great maiden speech” made by the SNP MP, Mhairi Black. ERNIE JACQUES is among those who believe Labour should support her call for a parliamentary coalition against the cuts.



TUC Attacks Tax Credit Reforms

Jun 25th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Trade Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady this week attacked the Conservative government for consigning millions of working families to poverty thanks to its proposed welfare reforms.



Chartist Unveils its Anti-Austerity Manifesto

Apr 6th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In a period awash with party election manifestoes, the left magazine and campaign group, Chartist, has unveiled its own manifesto for “a properly democratic socialist alternative to austerity”.

Chartist’s 2015 manifesto is a revised version of one published by its editorial board in 2007 – “the year before financial capitalism fell in on itself”. “Capitalism has re-emerged in uglier form,” explains an introduction to the new document. “This manifesto, in this election year, is a starting point for Chartist readers and friends.”