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Protest Outside of the Leicester Royal Infirmary Demands an End to the Tories NHS Crisis

Protest Outside of the Leicester Royal Infirmary Demands an End to the Tories NHS Crisis

Defending the NHS is not a choice, it is a necessity. That was the consensus at the demonstration held earlier today outside the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Defying the chilling wind and icy rain, around 150 people from across Leicestershire gathered together to demand a better future for all — whether that be NHS workers slaving […]

Posted in: Leicester, NHS, Organising
NHS in Crisis: Leicester Campaigners Aim to Fix it Now!

NHS in Crisis: Leicester Campaigners Aim to Fix it Now!

Earlier today, Leicester Socialist Party hosted a determined public meeting to discuss how to build a fight-back against the escalating attacks upon our National Health Service. Addressing the gathering of around 40 people, the chair of the Save Glenfield Heart Unit campaign, Steve Score, emphasized the importance of “taking the momentum from the successful Glenfield […]

Posted in: Leicester, NHS
Why Leicester Doesn’t Need to Continue With the Tories’ Cuts Agenda

Why Leicester Doesn’t Need to Continue With the Tories’ Cuts Agenda

With the Tories stumbling in the wake of Theresa’s Mayhem, Labour-run Councils now have yet another opportunity to organise a campaign of mass resistance to further Tory cuts to local services. But it seems that the leaders of many such Councils are deliberately blocking attempts to resist austerity. This week Leicester’s Labour-run City Council announced, […]

The Dark Depths of Amazon’s Warehouses: How the Baker’s Union are Organising the Fightback

The Dark Depths of Amazon’s Warehouses: How the Baker’s Union are Organising the Fightback

If anyone could be described a modern-day robber baron it would be Amazon founder Jeff Bezos whose personal “wealth shot into newfound stratospheres” this week to make him the world’s newest and only $100bn billionaire. The secret to Bezos’ wealth is simple: instead of treating his workers as fellow humans he considers them to be […]

Posted in: Amazon, BFAWU, Organising
The Need for a United Fight-back Against Tory Austerity

The Need for a United Fight-back Against Tory Austerity

“Huge issues are facing the trade union movement today,” explained Linda Taaffe earlier today in Birmingham in her role as the Secretary of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN); at a gathering of activist trade unionists coming together in a city playing host to an important industrial faceoff between their bin workers and their Labour-run […]

Leicester Socialists Join the Fight Back Against the Tories

Leicester Socialists Join the Fight Back Against the Tories

On Sunday 1st October, socialists from Leicester joined other anti-austerity, anti-racist and anti-war campaigners and trade unionists in a massive march through the centre of Manchester – as the Tory Party conference was assembling – under the demands: No more austerity Scrap the pay cap For decent health, homes, jobs and education  

Posted in: Organising
Leicester Protest Supports Historic Strike at McDonald’s

Leicester Protest Supports Historic Strike at McDonald’s

Workers at two McDonald’s restaurants based in South East London and Cambridge undertook a successful strike action on 4 September. This strike represents the first action of its kind within the British branches of the fast-food chain. Following similar protests that have taken place last year, on Monday around thirty people joined the Bakers Union […]

McDonald’s Protest in Leicester on Monday

McDonald’s Protest in Leicester on Monday

Workers at two McDonald’s restaurants in South East London and Cambridge are taking strike action on Monday 4 September. This strike represents the first action of its kind within the British branches of the fast-food chain. The date has been called to coincide with Labor Day in the US, where workers in hundreds of cities […]

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: Amazon, 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