Socialism offers Scots a positive post-indy vision

24-year-old ecologist Roisin McLaren has been elected national co-spokesperson of the Scottish Socialist Party and joins Colin Fox in the role which is shared on a gender-balanced basis. Here she sets out her ideas. ‘Things can only get better”. The song echoed in my mind as the first news item...

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SNP and Tories unite to deny Public Railway bid

Photo: Craig Maclean Commenting on today’s defeated proposal in Holyrood on exercising the “break clause” in the ScotRail tendering contract, SSP Trade Union organiser, Richie Venton said: “ScotRail passengers and ScotRail workers today witnessed the grotesque spectacle of SNP MSPs lining up with Tory MSPs to defeat the modest proposal...

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SSP Executive Committee 2018/2019 election results

At the SSP National Conference 2018, after full hustings for contested posts and statements from the nominees, the party elected its office-bearers. The 2018/2019 members of the committee are as follows: Colin Fox, Paul Sheridan of The Wakes and Róisín McLaren at post-conference celebration. (Photo: Sandra Webster) Joint national spokespeople: Colin...

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Unions Pledge to Fight For Dundee Michelin Jobs

by Ken Ferguson The news that tyre company Michelin are to close their Dundee plant with the loss of 850 jobs is a tremendous blow offsetting much of the optimistic economic talk around the recent opening of the V and A in the city Commenting on the announcement STUC General...

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Teachers Union ballots members on Swinney and COSLA’s “divisive” offer

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has begun balloting its members on a ‘final’ pay offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA. Photo: Craig Maclean The SSP attended and supported Saturday’s march and rally to support teachers and support workers in their modest demand of 10%. Today, SSP workplace organiser...

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Hammond’s pre-Brexit Budget Fails 8.5 million Workers

Commenting on Philip Hammond’s budget SSP spokesman Colin Fox said; “This is a pre-Brexit giveaway budget designed to put pressure on dissident MP’s Remainers and Brexiteers alike on the spot ahead of a likely Westminster vote in December.” “Chancellor Philip Hammond promises to find £20bn more for the NHS over...

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The Biggest Ever Equal Pay Strike

by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser – reporting from the Glasgow strike This will be history. Today we are making history. There’s no exaggeration in these words from a woman who works in the language unit for kids. 8,000 members of Unison and GMB unions on strike for equal...

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Equal Pay Strike: pay up now!

by Richie Venton Over 7,500 Glasgow city council workers — overwhelmingly women — are set to strike next week for equal pay, after 12 years of brutal discrimination. Staff in education and Cordia feel they’ve had enough of being treated like second class citizens. There are 13,000 equal pay claims...

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SSP backs Unions Demand for Publicly Owned ScotRail

SSP National spokesperson Colin Fox today backed criticism of Scottish Transport Minister Michael Matheson for remarks in which he said a publicly owned ScotRail cannot happen until 2025 – at least. Mr Matheson’s predecessor – Humza Yousaf – stated that Scottish Ministers have already set up a company to step...

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Fast Food Strike – to win a living wage and union dignity

Thousands of workers are taking part in hospitality sector strikes. The Bakers union (BFAWU), War on Want and Unite Hospitality are campaigning for workers’ rights and ending poverty pay. McDonald’s, Wetherspoons and TGI Fridays workers announced renewed strike action. Striking over tips, poverty pay – for a £10 an hour...

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Glasgow South Open Day – “Celebrate the Past, Change the Future”

Glasgow South SSP held a hugely successful open day on Saturday the 29th September in the Kinning Park Complex. The loose theme was “Celebrate the past, change the future” and the day consisted of stalls, music, film and workshops all accompanied by much conversation and tea. Our initial aim for...

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Labour Conference Adopts Policy Pioneered by the SSP

Photo: Craig Maclean by Richie Venton Hot on the heels of the TUC congress unanimously adopting the pioneering new policy of a guaranteed minimum 16-hour working week – instead of the abomination of zero and short-hours contracts – so too has the Labour Party conference, in a composite Motion on...

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Voice Forum Calls For Indy Left Alternative to Growth Commission

Andrew Wilson’s Growth Commission must be urgently replaced with a progressive alternative if a majority Yes vote is to be won in a second independence referendum. That was the view of a packed Scottish Socialist Voice Forum in Edinburgh on Saturday. It roundly condemned the neoliberal Growth Commission and called...

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Remembering 9/11 – the overthrow of socialist Chile

It is the 45th anniversary of the the violent and tragic overthrow of Salvador Allende’s government in Chile. With the first Marxist elected head of state in Latin America. At the time, and even more in retrospect, it seemed to mark the end of a time when democratic socialists could...

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Pearls of a Private Banking System

Photo: Craig Maclean by Hugh Cullen, SSP Interim National Secretary “The only surprise of the Economic Crisis of 2008 was that it came as a surprise to so many”Joseph Stiglitz, Freefall. The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) takes no glee from the crises of capitalism that socialists have tirelessly exposed for...

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Edinburgh Festival: Wheel of Misfortune

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A Party On The Move

by Billy Flanagan Last Saturday, the 18th August – Dundee witnessed one of the largest demonstrations the city has seen since the 1992 Timex dispute. The appetite for self determination campaigning shows no signs of slowing, in fact, the opposite seems to be the case – contrary to the desperate...

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From Trident to Turbines

by Calum Martin Weapons Of Mass Destruction. They don’t protect us from acts of terror. They don’t shield us from infrastructural cyberattacks. Hideously expensive, morally indefensible and functionally purposeless, they are some of the most dangerous and expensive relics in the world. So what point is there in keeping them?...

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Nicaragua: beyond nostalgia

Nicaragua: beyond nostalgia

by Joyce McCracken, in Nicaragua All over the world, the left proclaims itself as the future. A future beyond exploitation, beyond perpetual wars initiated by capitalism in its neoliberal mind and body. Sounds like good stuff. The veteran Nicaraguan journalist Onofre Guevara López has a different take on some of...

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Past Time For Change: why I joined the SSP

Past Time For Change: why I joined the SSP

by Billy Flanagan By 2009, I found myself taking an interest in politics and what the various parties stand for. As Labour have always enjoyed masquerading themselves as the “party of the people” on the day of the General Election of 2010, I found myself voting Labour (for the last...

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Greek firestorm – tools for the wealthy

Greek firestorm – tools for the wealthy

by Kleanthis Antoniou It’s always awful discussing natural destruction, where dozens of lives have been lost in the most horrific ways. The strong winds, high temperatures, and the site itself, a summer resort for capital citizens – usually of average to low income. In July, the resorts are full of...

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Independence must be about Transformation not “Transition”

Independence must be about Transformation not “Transition”

Analyzing the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission Report for the Scottish Left Review, SSP national spokesman Colin Fox writes: Reading the SNP’s long awaited Sustainable Growth Commission Report reminded me why I left the Labour Party. It reads like an extract from Tony Blairs playbook. Readers of a certain age will...

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