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Socialism Today 156 - March 2012

Socialism Today 156 - March 2012

Striking back in austerity Britain

Arrogant, out-of-touch Con-Dem politicians actually believed they had defeated trade union opposition to their savage austerity measures after last year’s strikes. Yet a number of key unions are poised to strike-back on 28 March – and significant private-sector struggles continue. PETER TAAFFE writes.

Sparks vs the Dirty Seven: round one victory

THE TREMENDOUS victory of the construction electricians against the multi-national contractor Balfour Beatty is a hugely significant moment for these workers but also for the rest of the union movement, particularly in the private sector. ROB WILLIAMS reports.

Scotland’s referendum on independence

The direct interference of Britain’s Tory prime minister, David Cameron, into plans for an independence referendum in Scotland, sparked anger and outrage. It was seen as an arrogant attempt to dictate policy – and rekindled painful memories of the savage anti-working class policies of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. The tactic immediately backfired, however, with polls showing increased support for independence or enhanced devolution. PHILIP STOTT assesses the situation.

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Welfare 'reform'
A vile and brutal act

The Phulbari opencast mine - Bangladesh
Outsourcing environmental destruction

International women's day 2012
Jane James on the impact of austerity. Eleanor Donne on a pioneer of women's rights

Reasons for revolt
Sarah Sachs-Eldridge examines the studies produced since last August's riots

Where was Malcolm X going?
Hugo Pierre reviews Manning Marable's biography of Malcolm X

Dickens bicentenary
The early life and times of the celebrated author

Cover cartoon: Suzanne Muna