Author Archives: Socialist Party

How sacked Debenhams workers fought back

By Ruth Coppinger, pamphlet published August 2020 Introduction — an inspiring struggle by workers The struggle by Debenhams workers over the last four months has been inspiring. The way in which the workers reacted to their mistreatment, organised themselves despite so many obstacles and sustained a battle against a global corporation has been an example for workers not only in ...

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80 years after his assassination: The life & ideas of Leon Trotsky

By Daniel Waldron This year, 21st August marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky in Mexico following an assault at the hands of a Stalinist agent. Alongside Lenin, Trotsky was the central Bolshevik leader of the October revolution in Russia which created the world’s first workers’ state. He would wage a lifelong struggle against both capitalism and ...

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The U.S.-China Cold War: Towards a bipolar global economy

Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info “There’s no floor under the U.S.-China relationship. We keep finding new lows,” says author and China expert Richard McGregor. The conflict between the two biggest imperialist powers is escalating at dizzying speed. In July, the U.S. ordered the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, which was followed immediately by the closure of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu. ...

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Capitalist crises 2020: Young people organising for system change

By Haritha Olaganathan Contrary to the period of stillness and silent obedience the establishment would have desired quarantine to be, the last few months have seen explosions of struggle, demonstrating the deep-seated and determined will of working-class people to see change in society. From the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement in the US and internationally, to the Debenhams strikes in ...

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Homelessness: Another deadly epidemic

By Conor Burke The recent spate of homeless deaths has once again highlighted the plight faced by so many people who find themselves without a home in the South. A total of 11 people living in emergency accommodation or sleeping rough on the streets died in the month of July, this bring the total number of homeless deaths to approximately ...

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USA: Kamala Harris’ real record

With the announcement that Kamala Harris is to be the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, many people are wondering who Harris is and what she represents. We publish here an article by Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US), written during Harris’ unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign. By Erin Brightwell Following the explosion in ...

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Belarus: Election fraud spills out onto the streets

By Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa — ISA in Russia At the time of writing, protests in Belarus against the obvious falsification of the results of yesterday’s Presidential election seem to be spreading, and are meeting with increasing repression. In Minsk, Brest, Grodno and a dozen other cities thousands have come out onto the streets and in many places have been ...

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Workers must not pay for Covid crisis: Building fighting trade unionism today

By Sean Burns The Stormont Department for the Economy is warning that the jobs market is “heading back to the 1980s”, with an estimation that unemployment in the months ahead could well exceed 100,000. A similar situation is reported in the South, with unemployment figures of 28% being recorded for April. This mirrors what is happening throughout the world, as ...

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Government’s shambolic first month shows what we can expect to come

By Katia Hancke New governments often experience a “honeymoon period”: when they are given a chance to get their bearings and they are so new they can still blame the last administration for the problems in society. This government’s honeymoon period lasted a few hours, which is probably because it’s a government that nobody wanted, and because it looks so ...

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Debenhams workers show the way

By Michael O’Brien Four months into their fight for a decent settlement from their former employer the Debenhams strike will likely go down as the stand out workers struggle of 2020. The duration and the conditions in which the workers have had to pursue their fight for a decent settlement has won them widespread admiration and support among working class ...

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