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People’s Budget Conference

People’s Budget Conference

On Saturday 25th October, Leicester’s famed rebel Councillors Barbara Potter and Wayne Naylor will be hosting the TUSC People’s Budget Conference in Leicester. Having just launched Leicester Independent Councillors Against Cuts’ (LICAC) brand-spanking-new web site on Monday, both Wayne and Barbara are steadfast in their opposition to all cuts to public services, and are keen […]

Leicester Council Hits Homeless Hostel

Leicester Council Hits Homeless Hostel

By Mark Gawthorpe, Leicester Socialist Party Wordsworth House, a Leicester homeless hostel which I was a resident of for just over a year, has lost its council funding and the right to house council homeless clients. This is because of new council funding rules supposedly designed to combat discrimination. To continue receiving funding Wordsworth House […]

A Freudian Slip? ‘We demand a better future for disabled people’

A Freudian Slip? ‘We demand a better future for disabled people’

“You make a really good point about the disabled… There is a group – and I know exactly who you mean – where actually, as you say, they’re not worth the full wage…” – Lord Freud at a Tory conference fringe meeting How much is a disabled person worth? According to Tory welfare minister Lord Freud […]

Radiographers Reveal Anger at Pay-Freeze

Radiographers Reveal Anger at Pay-Freeze

Today radiographers from Leicester hospitals came together for a 30 strong picket outside Leicester Royal Infirmary, taking industrial action for the first time in over thirty years. Following a ballot in which 53.7% of members voted for strike action, work was stopped between 9am and 1pm. In addition to this the Society of Radiography members […]

Demonstrating for Strikes

Demonstrating for Strikes

National demos provide an excellent opportunity to meet up with local activists who are united in seeing the need to join the fight back against the cuts. Thus rising very very early this morning, the Leicester contingent joined tens of thousands of others in London on the “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” national rally. Marching in […]

Fair Pay for All!

Fair Pay for All!

Following the joint public sector strike on 10 July, yesterday almost quarter million civil servants in the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) took strike action in a dispute concerning everyone’s fight for fair pay. Since 2010, taking into account pay cuts, the increase in monthly pension contributions and the cost of living, many civil […]

Keep Hospital Services in the NHS

Keep Hospital Services in the NHS

The five board members in charge of Interserve, a private company which has taken charge of estates and facilities cleaning at three hospitals in Leicester, take home just under £3 million a year between them. The company took over the contract in January 2013, when 2,000 NHS staff transferred under a TUPE agreement – which […]

Striking For Health!

Striking For Health!

Today marked a great start to NHS workers efforts to prevent the ongoing running into the ground of our country’s vital and unique health services. After 30 years of refusing to take strike action, workers across the country took a momentous step this morning by striking for four hours in their campaign for fair pay. […]

Solidarity With Kobane

Solidarity With Kobane

Following massive protests in London, more than hundred people gathered in Leicester city centre earlier this afternoon to call for an end to imperialist violence. Organized by the local Kurdish community, today’s rally aimed to call attention to the nightmare being inflicted upon Syrian Kurds, most particularly in the town of Kobane, which for some […]

Fighting Disability Discrimination

Fighting Disability Discrimination

On October 1st I was invited by pupils of Jame’Ah Girls Academy in Leicester to talk about disability rights and discrimination at an event called “Years Of Struggle.” Seventy pupils aged from eleven to sixteen were in attendance. Firstly we talked about people’s perceptions and stereotypes- the things that come to mind upon hearing the […]