Happy Christmas from Coventry Socialist Party

Happy Christmas from Coventry Socialist Party

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Coventry Socialist Party would like to extend greetings to all members and supporters and a warm thank you for your support in 2013. The last year has been another busy one for the party in the local area and 2014 promises to be no different. As the Tory cuts continue to bite and Labour offer no real alternative, the role of the Socialist Party in opposing all cuts and putting forward a socialist alternative to the capitalist system will become ever more important.

Our members have been involved in a wide range of campaigns and activities in the trade unions, local communities and amongst youth and students on a whole number of issues.

In 2014 there will be Local and European elections where as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition we will be the only party firmly opposed to capitalist cuts and austerity.

We urge all of those who support us to think about how you can help build the socialist opposition to capitalism in 2014. Could you make a regular donation to the party, or take out a subscription to our newspaper ‘The Socialist’? If you are at a school or college, would you like help in setting up a Marxist discussion group? We would also urge all those who agree with what we are doing to consider taking the step of applying to join the Socialist Party.

If you can do any of the above or want more information, please fill in the form below

And lastly, please remember to support the FBU who are on strike this evening!

Support Coventry firefighters!

Support Coventry firefighters!

FBU members on the picket line at Radford

FBU members on the picket line at Radford

Members of the FBU took strike today across the country from 6pm-10pm in the ongoing dispute over pensions. The strike took place during the same week it was announced that MP’s would receive a 11 per cent increase in their pay which will also increase their pension entitlement. Who do we value more? Snouts in the trough MP’s or firefighters who do a vital job for our society? Most people will say it should be firefighters!

Members of the Socialist Party and Coventry TUC visited the picket line at Radford to show support. There is a further strike tomorrow evening 6pm-10pm and we urge the maximum support and solidarity for those taking action.

Coventry TUC hosts anti-cuts meeting

Coventry TUC hosts anti-cuts meeting

Coventry against the Cuts

Coventry against the Cuts

Last night saw Coventry TUC host a public meeting on the issue of the cuts and austerity. Around 45 people turned out to hear a wide variety of speakers from many different unions and campaigns.

Dan Crowter of Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax

Dan Crowter of Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax

The main speaker was Kindy Sandhu, author of ‘Layers of Inequality’ which examines the effects of the cuts on minorities. Many good platform speakers followed from Unison, CYWU / Unite and the FBU. Also speaking from the front were members of NAPO and an activist from the Coventry against the Bedroom Tax campaign.

Judy Griffiths of the CWU

Judy Griffiths of the CWU

There was a wealth of figures used which showed graphically how  working class people are being hit by the cuts. The key question now is what to do about it? Many speakers, including Socialist Party members active in the trade unions, pointed out that we need co-ordinated industrial action. It is 2 years since the huge N30 2011 pension strike, which saw up to 2 million workers take industrial action. This serious momentum was squandered by many of the TU leaders and now the task is to rebuild confidence in the workplace and amongst people more widely that these cuts can be challenged and beaten.

Dave Nellist

Dave Nellist

However as Dave Nellist pointed out, there has to be a political strategy linked to an industrial one. Earlier this year every single councillor in Coventry, including every Labour councillor, voted to implement the cuts and pass on Tory brutality to the people of the city. In this context it is necessary to build an alternative to the main establishment parties which can begin to popularise the ideas of socialism, in opposition to capitalism which forces us time and time again to pay for a crisis not of our making.

Firefighters take strike action – report from Coventry

Firefighters take strike action – Radford picket

FBU members on the picket line at Radford Fire Station

FBU members on the picket line at Radford Fire Station

Firefighters took industrial action today across the country over the government’s proposals on pensions. Members of the FBU walked out at 6.30pm and will take further action on Monday morning, from 6am – 8am. There was a solid response at Radford Fire Station with a good picket despite the pouring rain. Many motorists beeped their horns in support.

The FBU action follows on from the university strike yesterday, with probation officers due to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Once again the question of co-ordinating the action needs to be put on the agenda.

FBU members

FBU members

To read what the Socialist Party is putting forward regarding the need for a united fightback please click here

If you would like to send a message of support to the FBU, please fill in the form below and we will send it on to local FBU reps