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France: One-day strike against austerity

France: One-day strike against austerity

April 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

Workers in both public and private sectors of the economy walked out in France on April 9 against austerity measures of the ‘left’ Hollande government. By Socialist Party reporters 300,000 people took part in demonstrations across the country – more than 100,000 in Paris – against austerity, for wage rises, […]

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Take the wealth off the 1%!

Take the wealth off the 1%!

April 16, 2015 at 10:10 am

While ordinary people struggle to make ends meet, the wealthy continue to get increasingly rich. The recently published Forbes Rich List showed that the combined wealth of the world’s 1,826 billionaires has reached $7.05 trillion! That’s up from $6.4 trillion the previous year. By Socialist Party reporters At the same […]

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NZ: Fight back against zero-hours contracts

NZ: Fight back against zero-hours contracts

April 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

Fast-food workers, organised in the Unite Union, have been at the forefront of a campaign against zero-hours work contracts. Such contracts lock employees into permanent employment while denying guaranteed hours of work. The Unite Union led a successful struggle in the mid-2000s for a minimum wage hike and the end […]

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Political policing in Ireland

Political policing in Ireland

April 10, 2015 at 10:12 am

As the mass opposition to government proposed water charges in Ireland gains momentum, the state has begun to crack down on protesters arresting and jailing a number of people. One of those dragged in for questioning by the police was Anti Austerity Alliance and Socialist Party TD (MP), Paul Murphy. […]

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UK: PEGIDA outnumbered in Newcastle

UK: PEGIDA outnumbered in Newcastle

April 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm

The British offshoot of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West), a far right anti-Islamic group from Germany, organised a demonstration in Newcastle on February 28. Thanks to a counter rally it was a complete flop. By Emma Linacre, Socialist Party Over 2,000 people attended the counter rally, […]

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UK: Clarkson sacked from Top Gear

UK: Clarkson sacked from Top Gear

April 1, 2015 at 9:45 am

Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from the BBC’s Top Gear program last month after he punched a producer in a row over what he considered to be inadequate catering. By Socialist Party reporters While many have been appalled at Clarkson’s brutish and bigoted behaviour, the British Tory Prime Minister David Cameron […]

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Israel: Netanyahu mobilises far right to win election

Israel: Netanyahu mobilises far right to win election

March 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

“The rule of the right-wing is in danger. Arab voters are heading to the polling stations en masse. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them in buses”. This bluntly racist statement was published during polling day by no other than Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The statement was a peak of the […]

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NZ: Dismantling of state housing

NZ: Dismantling of state housing

March 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

While working people in New Zealand face a housing crisis, with tens of thousands homeless and annual rent increases of up to 10%, the New Zealand government is continuing to push forward with plans to demolish or sell-off a third of the country’s state housing stock. By Joe Kelly, CWI […]

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Wealth inequality still on the rise

Wealth inequality still on the rise

March 20, 2015 at 11:19 am

Oxfam has recently published a research report outlining how “global wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite”. According to the research, 85 billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population. By Amy Neve, Socialist Party This has been made possible […]

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UK: TUSC provides left wing challenge

UK: TUSC provides left wing challenge

March 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference was held on January 24 in London to discuss the May 2015 local and general elections. Already it has been confirmed that over 600 council candidates and at least 51 parliamentary candidates will stand for TUSC on an anti-cuts platform. By Emma […]

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