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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
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