Poverty and inequality

Socialism is not Cuba

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 11:50 Author: Rhodri Evans
poverty in cuba

Fidel Castro’s 26 July Movement overthrew the corrupt Batista regime, and took power in Cuba sixty years ago, at the start of January 1959. The early period of the Castro regime improved social provision and living standards for the poorest in Cuba. Increasingly it did that while also suppressing the independent trade unions and political pluralism which existed, even though harassed and weak, under Batista.

Labour and housing markets breed insecurity

Submitted by AWL on 12 December, 2018 - 10:41 Author: Peter Kenway

When the Minimum Wage was introduced, the bottom scale of local government pay was well above it. Now each time the Minimum Wage is increased, a couple of points at the bottom of the local government pay scales have to be removed because they’re now below that Minimum Wage.

"Social calamity and economic disaster"

Submitted by martin on 20 November, 2018 - 12:43 Author: Martin Thomas
Food banks

"14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials...

"Various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40% by 2022...

"Homelessness is up 60% since 2010, rough sleeping is up 134%.... Food bank use is up almost four-fold since 2012, and there are now about 2,000 food banks in the UK, up from just 29 at the height of the financial crisis".

The spikes of austerity

Submitted by AWL on 31 October, 2018 - 11:58 Author: Matt Cooper
stop precarious work

Pay volatility is much greater than has previously been assumed, with the vast majority of workers in stable jobs experiencing significant month-to-month changes in pay.

Low pay comes with spikes.

A recent report by the Resolution Foundation looks at month-to-month changes for workers in stable employment. Previous research has only looked at how workers’ pay varies year-to-year.

The Tory Scissors

Submitted by AWL on 10 October, 2018 - 11:13 Author: Editorial
Infographic highlighting the amount produced per worker each year in products and services

Theresa May suggests an “end to austerity” if she gets a workable Brexit deal. First get your deal.

Then even the deftest negotiation is going to do no better than limit the damage from Brexit. And by decisions already made by the Tory government, large further cuts in benefits and social spending are pre-programmed for the coming years.

Stop Brexit! Fight Poverty!

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 12:15 Author: Editorial
Labour campaigning

At its conference on 22-26 September Labour has the chance to galvanise its new and enthused activist layer into becoming a serious force against the Tories, their disastrous policies for working-class people pushed through over eight years.

To do that Labour needs to overhaul its democracy and commit itself to a radical programme. Top of the kind of political shift Labour needs to make is on Brexit.

What is socialism?

Submitted by martin on 25 August, 2018 - 7:30 Author: Sean Matgamna
The cause of labour is the hope of the world

From Socialism Makes Sense

B. Socialists are good at criticising and rubbishing the society we live in. You are less forthcoming about your own positive alternative to it.

A. The elaboration of a detailed picture of a future socialist society would be arbitrary and pointless, because we can’t know in detail how things will evolve.

Expropriate the landowners!

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:03 Author: Editorial
Rough sleeper in Oxford

The number of people sleeping rough in the UK is at a record high, after a 73 per cent rise in numbers over the last three years.

According to the latest snapshot analysis by UK local councils, there were 4,751 people sleeping rough on a given night in the autumn of last year. That represents a 169% increase on 2010 figures. In the course of last year 8,108 slept rough in London, a 121% increase on 2010 figures.

For a workers' audit!

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 7:52 Author: Chris Reynolds

Two Parliamentary committees, both headed by right-wing Labour MPs (Frank Field and Rachel Reeves) have called the UK’s big four accountancy firms to be referred to competition authorities for potential break-up.

Investigating the collapse of Carillion, which made its bosses millions from taking on outsourced contracts, the MPs found that the firms supposed to audit (check) the firm’s figures were a “cosy club incapable of providing the degree of independent challenge needed”.

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