Date for your diary – national NHS demo March 4th

Date for your diary – national NHS demo March 4th

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Save our NHS

The Tories are stepping up their attacks on the NHS, following their “declaration of war” against junior doctors by enforcing new contracts on them. Further cuts will cause even more damage to our NHS, including locally with the closure of various services at Warwick Hospital and Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital apparently due to be announced shortly.

That’s why a huge fightback is needed, and a crucial part of this is the national “It’s Our NHS” protest in London on March 4th 2017, organised by Health Campaigns Together. Tens of thousands of people have signed our petitions against NHS cuts and hospital car parking charges – we need to keep the pressure up!

Want to come on the demo or help build for it? Let us know!

 

Say No to Pfizer! Coventry Socialist Students oppose private pharmaceutical corporation

Say No to Pfizer! Coventry Socialist Students oppose private pharmaceutical corporation

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Socialist Students protest against Pfizer

Today, Wednesday 19th October, Pfizer, the multi-national pharmaceutical company, held a recruitment event at Coventry University. Pfizer are renowned for employing allegedly questionable business tactics in order to make profit, including raising the price of vital medicine for epilepsy that Pfizer held a monopoly of, as well as using children in Nigeria to test dangerous new drugs on.

Hearing that Pfizer were going to be on campus, Coventry Socialist Students quickly sprang into action. Setting up mere metres from where the event was taking place, Socialist Students protested against the presence of Pfizer.

The protest attracted a lot of attention from ordinary students who agreed with Socialist Students view that the University should not be accommodating corporations which seek to profit from our National Health Service. Further attention was drawn by the University management’s attempts to get private security to remove us, claiming we were offending Pfizer and University management by protesting. For pictures of the protest click here.

All in all, it was a brilliant protest, highlighted by the fact that a large-scale corporation such as Pfizer could be intimidated by the presence of a group of students with leaflets and a table. Furthermore, it was a great success in spotlighting the opposition to capitalism on campus and introducing the ideas of the socialist alternative to ordinary students.

  • Defend the NHS, kick out the profiteers
  • Bring all pharmaceutical companies in to the public ownership! For an end to profit hungry capitalists profiting from illness
  • Fight for socialism, join Socialist Students!

From the archives: Dave Nellist and the late Rob Windsor speak at Coventry demo against attacks to NHS and Welfare State 1988

From the archives: Dave Nellist and the late Rob Windsor speak at Coventry demo against attacks to NHS and Welfare State 1988

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Here we are posting a short video of Socialist Party members Dave Nellist and the late Rob Windsor speaking at a demonstration in Coventry in 1988. The Tories are once again attempting to dismantle the NHS and Welfare State. We urge you to join the fight to save them!

‘No wonder people are becoming more cynical’ An opinion piece by Dave Griffiths

An opinion piece by Coventry Socialist Party member Dave Griffiths

Dave Griffiths being interviewed by Channel 4

Dave Griffiths being interviewed by Channel 4

The following article is by Dave Griffiths, a longstanding member of the Socialist Party in Coventry. We welcome feedback on this article and ask that if you agree, to consider joining the Socialist Party. Please complete the form at the bottom of the page.

No wonder people are becoming more cynical.

A multi-millionaire government mouthpiece/minister only too keen to get on TV to denounce people on benefits for ‘dependency’ discovered he had ‘mistakenly” been heating his stables out of MP’s ‘expenses’!

Imagine what might befall the pensioner claiming she had mistakenly left her gas fire on over the winter but couldn’t afford to pay the bill? Or someone ‘mistakenly’ took a benefit they weren’t entitled to. But we’re meant to accept his ‘mistake’.

Meanwhile, an ex Labour minister admits in court fiddling his expenses.

Government ministers who cynically used the crisis at Stafford hospital to argue our NHS was in crisis so they could introduce more cuts and privatisation are still refusing to staff wards adequately when it is as plain as the nose on your face from the Stafford report that staffing levels affect patient care.

The Royal College of Nursing made ‘Freedom of Information’ requests that revealed that spending cuts have led to a shortage of 20,000 nurses. No wonder government refuses to adequately staff hospital wards. This hidden workforce crisis had been “missed” by government figures. For “missed” read ‘hidden’.

The other night, celebrity ‘stars’ on TV told me with their sincerest faces just how much another few of my pounds would help people. The same celebrities with tax arrangements that ensured they didn’t pay huge sums to the public purse that they should have.

In the last year my bank was almost broken by someone who seemingly knew more about drugs than banking. He nearly broke my bank the Cooperative.

Now, I don’t share the view that we get the ‘leaders’ we deserve.

We’re getting the leaders that fit the rotten system we’re in. A system based on exploitation, rip-off and short term gain is breeding exactly the rotten establishment we have, an establishment who as the News of the World ‘hacking’ trials show, from journalists, to ministers, to police and MI5 are all closely interlinked and even related.

As the rich are getting ever richer while ordinary Joe’s like us pay for the crisis, they feel they can get away with their arrogance and scandalous management of things.

The antics of ‘our’ elite disgust most of us. If we’re to stop it we need an economy and society owned by us, and democratically run by us. With no special privilege for those put in charge. That’s what a socialist society would offer.

And in a week of news laden with rotten cynicism, there was one shining light. In America a socialist won an historic election victory. Working people, offered a credible fighting socialist alternative, supported it. To build that alternative here should be the mission of us all.

Coventry and Warwick Socialist Students call for support for Higher Education Strike

Socialist Students call for support for Higher Education Strike

UCU, Unite and Unison will be taking action

UCU, Unite and Unison will be taking action

The following article was written by a member of Socialist Students, who are active at both Coventry University and Warwick University.

On Thursday 31st of October workers at universities up and down the country are out on strike. Members of UCU, Unison and Unite are taking action together to end the pay freeze which has meant incomes have not kept up with rising prices. This amounts to a real terms cut of 14% since 2009!

While ordinary staff members have been bearing the brunt of the government’s attacks, Warwick Vice Chancellor Nigel Thrift awarded himself a whopping £40,000 payrise last year!

Its one rule for those at the top while the rest of us have to suffer.

Although the dispute is officially about pay, workers all over are facing issues of increased workloads, zero hour contracts and bullying and discrimination. It isn’t just education the government is dedicated to selling off or destroying, postal workers, council workers, NHS workers, etc are all being punished by the Con-Dems for a crisis they didn’t cause.

Students need to support staff on this day. This strike action should be seen as part of the battle for a decent education system. This is the government that tripled fees and are looking for more ways to get students in debt with the sell-off of the student loan book. This strike is an important step in the fightback to save our education system.

Students should:

-Join lecturers and other staff on the picket lines to show solidarity.

-Don’t use university services or go to any lectures.

-Help Socialist Students build support for the strike – sign our message of support.

Socialist Students will be on campus on the days running up to the strike and supporting picket lines on the day. You can sign one of our petitions, or fill in the form at the end of this article to send a message of support, we will pass it on to the unions.

Email us at Warwicksocialiststudents@gmail.com for Warwick, and coventrysocialists@googlemail.com for Coventry to get involved!

Please click here to read an article on the Socialist Students website by NUS NEC member Edmund Schluessel (personal capacity)

Fill in the form to send a message of support!

Coventry trade unionists join massive protest at Tory Party conference in Manchester

Coventry trade unionists join massive protest at Tory Party conference in Manchester

Coventry Trades Council on the march

Coventry Trades Council on the march

Dozens of trade union members from Coventry and Warwickshire joined over 50,000 protestors today in Manchester against the Conservative Party conference. The annual gathering of the Tories was met by this huge protest made up of people disgusted with capitalist austerity. The start of the demonstration was delayed for some time due to the numbers arriving from all over the country. The protest was called against the privatisation of the NHS, and this was the main focus. However it was also an outlet for anger against many government policies – including the attacks on other public services and the bedroom tax.

Socialist Party trade union activists from NUT and Unite

Socialist Party trade union activists from NUT and Unite

There were huge contingents from many different unions, as well as student organisations. The march took place as teachers in the NUT and NASUWT prepare for action next week, as CWU members get ready to defeat Royal Mail privatisation, and the FBU who took action last week. This was a brilliant turnout in Manchester – now we need to link up and co-ordinate industrial action across the whole economy building for a 24 hour general strike.

Socialist Party members distributed thousands of leaflets outlining the way forward for the trade union movement and sold many copies of ‘The Socialist’ newspaper.