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The Bakers Union Launches Important Campaign at Amazon.com to Fight for Workers Rights

The Bakers Union Launches Important Campaign at Amazon.com to Fight for Workers Rights

Working for mammoth corporations like Amazon is an unfortunate necessity of life for many workers. Profits and working conditions for the bosses are generous to say the least, while the opposite is true for Amazon’s countless thousands of employees. Business is booming, and an article in the Financial Times made this absolutely clear: “In 1996, […]

Posted in: BFAWU, Organising
Leicestershire Police Have Just Demanded an End to Further Funding Cuts

Leicestershire Police Have Just Demanded an End to Further Funding Cuts

Our current Tory “government” is weak and divided and so now is the perfect time for us all to unite and fight back against yet more proposed cuts to our public services. Given that the police force has already seen massive funding cuts under Tory rule, with a loss of around 20,000 police officers since […]

Posted in: Cuts, Leicester, Organising
Death by a Thousand Cuts: Disability in the Age of Austerity and Why Corbyn Must Win

Death by a Thousand Cuts: Disability in the Age of Austerity and Why Corbyn Must Win

This article has been written by an anonymous Socialist Party member It isn’t news to anyone that the Tory government, and the previous coalition, have ruthlessly attacked the disabled in this country. The Tories continue to put the ‘n’ in cuts as support structures and welfare are stripped away from the most vulnerable in our […]

Overflowing Corbyn Rally in Leicester

Overflowing Corbyn Rally in Leicester

Sofia Wiking, Leicester Socialist Party On 6 May Jeremy Corbyn held a rally in Leicester. Labour had booked a large meeting room at the Tigers Stadium, holding 800 people. The room was packed full, with people standing at the back. Outside, people who didn’t get in started chanting: “Let us in! Let us in!” Inside, […]

Posted in: Elections, Leicester
Unison Calls Upon Leicester’s Labour Council to Set a Legal “No Cuts” Budget

Unison Calls Upon Leicester’s Labour Council to Set a Legal “No Cuts” Budget

Leicester is a city dominated by Labour, with a Lib-Dem/Tory opposition group composed of just two councillors. However, like all other Labour Council’s up and down the country our city has been busy passing on Tory cuts with gusto (and crocodile tears). In the latest phase of cuts (“savings”) the axe is being swung down […]

Posted in: Cuts, Leicester, TUC, Unison
Rushey Mead Are Not Taking Library Cuts Laying Down!

Rushey Mead Are Not Taking Library Cuts Laying Down!

Interrupted only by an enthusiastic jump in the air, one small child explained why she had joined yesterday’s protest: “I want to save our library, because otherwise nobody can read books and get knowledge.” But she wasn’t alone, young and old alike took to the streets on Saturday afternoon to protest against ongoing attacks on […]

Posted in: Cuts, Leicester, Unison
Leicester Defies Trump’s Racism

Leicester Defies Trump’s Racism

Solidarity is a critical weapon in these tumultuous times, as was demonstrated in Leicester earlier tonight when over 350 people gathered in the city centre to protest Trump’s bigoted policies. Similar and much larger protests in the US have forced Trump onto the back foot, as airports were literally shut-down by enraged citizens. Industrial action […]

Black Lives Matter Activist Darletta Scruggs On Building Resistance Against Trump

Black Lives Matter Activist Darletta Scruggs On Building Resistance Against Trump

Donald Trump’s election is a massive setback for working-class people the whole world over, but at the same time his election reflects the growing anger of the 99% at the 1% who make up the ruling class. U.S. Socialist Alternative’s Darletta Scruggs spoke at the Socialist Party’s annual conference in London over the weekend, and […]

Supporters of Leicester’s Adventure Playgrounds Say No To Funding Cuts

Supporters of Leicester’s Adventure Playgrounds Say No To Funding Cuts

Hundreds of frustrated people were forced to march around Leicester Town Hall earlier this afternoon shouting loudly that they refuse to let our Labour Council effectively close our city’s ten adventure playgrounds. Sarah Russell, who is Labour’s Assistant City Mayor for Children, Young People & Schools, spoke to ITV News and said: “We are really […]

Posted in: Cuts, Leicester, Students, Youth
Heart Unit Protestors Take to Belgrave Road in Pouring Rain

Heart Unit Protestors Take to Belgrave Road in Pouring Rain

The NHS is in crisis, and there can be little doubt that it is all because our government refuses to fund it properly. Estimates suggest there will be a £22 billion funding gap by 2020, while current proposed cuts already mean that local hospitals face losing £451 million from their annual budget, with the threatened […]

Posted in: Cuts, Leicester, NHS