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Strike action scores a victory for Scottish college lecturers

Scottish lecturers have won a major victory in their battle for fair and equal pay and nationally recognised terms and conditions in the college sector. Up to 5,000 members of the EIS – Further Education Lecturers Association (FELA) took national ...

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Trade unions should lead the EU referendum debate

Clive Heemskerk, Socialist Party England and Wales Although the majority of trade unions support the idea of a so-called ‘social Europe’ they have often opposed, at least on paper, the reality of European Union (EU) policies and not all of ...

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EU referendum: Vote No to the bosses’ EU and defeat the Tories

Editorial statement from the Socialist Party England and Wales   The referendum on 23 June is not just about the EU but is also an opportunity to pass verdict on Cameron and his rotten government. An ‘out’ vote would strike ...

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Global capitalist elite fear a new economic crisis

By Lynn Walsh. From the Socialist - the paper of the Socialist Party England and Wales Every year the global capitalist elite meet at the World Economic Forum held at Davos, a posh Swiss ski resort. This year, the prevailing ...

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Tax increases on workers are no answer to brutal austerity

Statement from Socialist Party Scotland  Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has proposed raising the Scottish Rate of Income Tax by a penny from April. Under Labour’s plan, £430 million a year would be available to compensate for the savage cuts facing ...

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Demands for inquiry into police spying in Scotland

Harvey Duke reports (This article appears in the new issue of the Socialist - the paper of Socialist Party Scotland) This article was written just before further revelations were reported by the BBC and the Guardian on January 18 2016, that an ...

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Politicians have a choice: Implement Tory austerity or set no-cuts budgets

By Brian Smith and Jim McFarlane, Glasgow City Unison and Dundee City Unison branch secretaries (in a personal capacity) and Socialist Party Scotland   Over the next few weeks, Scottish local authorities will be drawing up budgets that threaten devastating ...

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Steel: public ownership needed as private buyers threaten pay and pensions

Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland According to press reports, the SNP Scottish government will provide a £195,000 short term subsidy package in early 2016 to threatened Lanarkshire Tata steel plants in Motherwell and Clydebridge. This will pay short time working ...

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John Swinney wields the Tory axe against jobs and public services

Philip Stott reports John Swinney’s budget for 2016 /17 has exploded the myth of an “anti-austerity” SNP-led Scottish government prepared to take on and confront Tory spending cuts. The Scottish government budget for next year and announced today has underlined ...

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