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World capitalist crisis leading to mass struggle


Kevin Parslow, Socialist Party (England and Wales). Posted 30th July 2013

"We stand on the eve of convulsive events, the greatest in world history, of which the mighty movements in these countries are the precursor." This was how Peter Taaffe of the CWI’s International Secretariat described the current international situation in the session at this year’s CWI summer School on the ‘Capitalist World in Turmoil – the crisis and the class struggle today’. The "mighty movements" he referred to were the huge protests in Turkey, Brazil, Egypt and South Africa over the last 12 months, which have shown the colossal power of the masses once they move into action. These have followed on from the protests against austerity in Europe of the last few years.

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Let us rise: New book on the 1913 Dublin lockout


Posted 18th July 2013

A new book commemorating the centenary of the Dublin lock-out of 1913 - the titanic struggle by the working class of the city against the employers - has just been produced by the Socialist Party Ireland. The book includes essays on role of women, the solidarity effort in Britain, the revolutionary aftershock and a response by Joe Higgins TD (MP) to Jack O'Connor's (the leader of the Irish TUC) Larkin graveside speech.

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Piper Alpha: The price of profit


By Philip Stott. Posted 27th June 2013

Twenty five years ago, on the 6th July 1988, the Piper Alpha North Sea oil platform was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire which killed 167 workers. Immediately following the catastrophe - the worst ever in the industry - oil workers and union activists inundated the press in Scotland with horror stories about the lack of safety. The OILC trade union (Offshore Industry Liaison Committee) was set-up as a direct result of Piper Alpha and the death of another worker a few weeks later on the Ocean Odyssey platform. The OILC is now part of the RMT trade union with around 2,500 members.

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30 year anniversary of election of Liverpool socialist council


By Dave Walsh, Unite Convener for Liverpool City Council, from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party. Posted 6th May 2013

Almost 500 people attended an exhibition and tumultuous public meeting at the Adelphi hotel in Liverpool on Saturday 27 April to mark the 30th anniversary of the socialist Labour council.That council confronted Thatcher’s Tory government and defied its cuts and austerity. The meeting marvellously recreated the mood and fighting spirit of the 1980s in Liverpool. Loud applause and enthusiasm greeted every platform speaker and contribution from the floor.

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Poll Tax: When a mass rebellion defeated Thatcher


By Ronnie Stevenson, then secretary Mount Florida Anti-Poll Tax Union, Glasgow. Posted 15th April 2013

She was dubbed the Iron Lady, a description she wore with pride as she ruthlessly tried to solve the difficulties British capitalism found itself in by launching brutal attack after attack on the working class. However she was not invincible as Liverpool City Council and the All-Britain Anti-Poll Tax Federation demonstrated. Some common themes unite these two struggles – a clear set of demands, a clear strategy to achieve them and the involvement of the mass of working class people in active defiance. The role of Militant, the forerunner of the Socialist Party, was crucial in these important victories over Thatcher.

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Thatcher’s Brutal Legacy in Scotland


By Philip Stott. Posted 9th April 2013

Cheers erupted from the pubs in the former mining towns and villages in Scotland when the news broke. Decades of economic decline, mass unemployment, poverty and deprivation would allow at least that when the news reported that Margaret Thatcher was dead. The legacy of brutal Thatcherism; shattered communities, generations thrown onto the scrapheap, meant there was no chance that her death would, or should, be received in any other way.

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Margaret Thatcher is dead – Now let’s bury her policies


Posted 9th April 2013. Socialist Party Press Release

It is a human response to be sad when somebody dies. But many working class people will be celebrating her death because of the absolutely destructive and long lasting effect she had on the lives of millions of working class and poor people. She is seen by many as a kind of modern day Genghis Khan. Elected into office in 1979 she unleashed a ferocious assault on the living standards and democratic rights of working class people.

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Timex: When workers fought the bosses to a standstill


By Jim McFarlane. Posted 21st January 2013

The 29th January 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the historic 1993 struggle of Timex workers in Dundee. The almost 8 month long dispute was the most significant industrial struggle in the history of the city, involving mass picketing and demonstrations, solidarity walkout’s and strike action as well as clashes with the police who acted as a private security force for the Timex corporation. The struggle of these courageous workers has important lessons for today at a time of savage attacks on workers' rights and living standards. And at a time when mass trade union struggle is back on the agenda.

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A world in turmoil


By Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary. Posted 9th Janaury 2012

In this special new year feature, Peter Taaffe looks back at 2011, a year of crisis, struggle and revolution. This article is based on a statement prepared for the Committee for a Workers' International, the world socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party Scotland is affiliated.

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The consequences of 9/11: a world turned upside down


By Peter Taaffe. Posted 7th September 2011

It is ten years since the twin towers came crashing down in New York. In the aftermath of that terrorist attack, US imperialism unleashed mass slaughter in Afghanistan and Iraq, leading some to believe that an era of total domination by the world's only superpower had arrived. But today's global economic crisis and US impotence in the face of revolution in North Africa and the Middle East has exposed the falsity of that view.

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