Richie Venton: POVERTY KILLS – £10Now! a matter of life and death!

POVERTY KILLS – £10Now! a matter of life and death! That’s the clear conclusion to be drawn from yet another damning report on health inequalities in this rich nation. And since the prime roots of poverty and inequality are rampant low pay and cruel cuts to already miserly welfare benefits, this makes the struggle for a national minimum wage of £10 Now! – and an end to benefit cuts – matters of life and death. The authoritative Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) has issued a report proving that life expectancy is a lottery, dependent on what district and income …

NEITHER COUNCIL CUTS NOR TAX HIKES – build mass defiance

As the butchery of jobs, services, community facilities, and workers‘ conditions looms large and ugly in the setting of Scotland‘s 32 council budgets, Labour and SNP politicians are knocking verbal lumps out of each other. Listening to their excuses for implementing savage cuts, and the feeble ‘alternatives’ they offer, we could be forgiven for quoting the lines from Macbeth’s famous speech: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” The noisy clash between the SNP government and the non-SNP controlled councils signifies nothing but cynical party political manoeuvres for the May elections, rather than …

A Tale of Two Societies – Scottish Socialist Party

by Sandra Webster It is ironic today when an Oxfam report tells a sorry tale of the inequalities of wealth on a global scale 1% owe 99% of the world’s resources, that we have to report the latest government attack on the most needy in our society. It is us who have to endure the cuts and now people on Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the sick and disabled are being attacked. PICTURE: OXFAM GB This is not new news like a series of other measures it was sneakily sent out before Christmas. Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work …

Shoosh 4 Indy Redux

I wrote this piece in February 2015, before the general election and it is focused on that upcoming contest. However, I think the themes are relevant now. So here’s an edited version, just removing some of my crap, nothing substantive. ————————————— February 2015 I am such a let down Apparently I am not seeing sense and I’m weakening our best chance for independence by engaging in petty political grievances. Furthermore I have been letting the “Red Tories” live instead of helping to end them in Scotland. I am being hopelessly naïve. I clearly don’t understand what’s at stake. I am being sectarian. …

Support the Vale Hospital Campaign

This week Scottish Socialist Party councillor Jim Bollan is asking West Dunbartonshire residents to get behind the petition and campaign to “Save our Services” in the Vale of Leven Hospital. Glasgow North West and Clydebank SSP fully support Jim’s call for a people’s campaign to turn back the tide of Tory cuts, many of which are being imposed via our own Scottish Government. Please endorse the sentiments of the Lennox Herald editor below by signing the petition here (and linked after the letter quote too). LETTER TO Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison Dear Ms Robison, The Save Our Services at …

RECOLLECTIONS OF GLACIER METAL FACTORY SIT-IN VICTORY

On Hogmanay 1996, the Glasgow Glacier Metal engineering workers were ringing the bells in elation at their victory, whilst Glacier bosses were wringing their hands in despair. The ‘Polmadie 103’ had scored a landmark victory for class struggle trade unionism, defeating the factory’s multinational owners, Turner & Newall, after a seven week factory sit-in. It was the first workplace occupation in ten years, and was provoked by dictatorial bosses trying to impose a 15-point change of contract, which aimed to double company profits, cut wages by £123 a week and slash sick pay, the canteen subsidy and other benefits won over …

SSP candidates standing for RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance – Scottish Socialist Party

The Scottish Socialist Party proudly welcomes the announcement by RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance of its regional list candidates for the Scottish Parliament elections this May, which include a number of leading SSP members. The SSP, a key affiliate in the RISE electoral alliance for the crucial 2016 election, has seen its members top the lists in a number of regions, where they will stand alongside other excellent RISE candidates. SSP co-spokesperson and former MSP Colin Fox topped the list in Lothian, followed by prominent SSP members Natalie Reid, Calum Martin, and Sophia Lycouris. Fox responded, inviting Scotland to “listen …

Voluntary redundancies mark capitulation to austerity, not resistance

Dundee SSP co-chair Allan Grogan writes on Dundee City Council’s announcement of voluntary redundancies. Dundee City Council has sent letters to more than 6,000 of its non-teaching staff, asking them to consider voluntary redundancy in a bid to achieve £23 million of “savings” this year. The SNP’s local finance spokesperson Willie Sawyer has admitted that public services will be cut, due in part to the 3.5 per cent cut in local authority funding (LAF) which the Scottish Government announced late last year. This comes on top of the austerity measures put into place in recent years by a Conservative Government intent on squeezing the life out …