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Hundreds of thousands took to the streets on the recent anti-austerity demonstrations across Britain. However, the Tories are now planning further cuts of £13 billion over the next two years. This is on top of the previously announced £12 billion in welfare cuts, including the slashing of Child Tax Credits.

Harrogate Socialists campaigned in the town centre today against austerity and Tory cuts to jobs and services.

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We distributed leaflets calling for a minimum wage of £10 an hour and organised a petition containing the following demands:

  • For secure jobs with guaranteed hours – Scrap zero-hour contracts
  • For a minimum wage we can live on – £10 an hour minimum wage with no youth exemptions
  • Stop welfare cuts – no compulsory workfare for 18-21 year olds; defend housing benefit
  • Trade union rights for all – repeal the anti-trade union laws

Five million workers in Britain are now classified as low-paid, earning less than £7.71 an hour. A minimum wage of £10 an hour would lift millions out of poverty, reducing the need to claim tax credits and housing benefit. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is also committed to campaigning for a £10 an hour minimum wage, following a resolution last year that was moved by the Bakers’ Union (BFAWU).

For further analysis on how we can defeat austerity and fight for a genuine living wage and secure employment, see the following articles from The Socialist, the weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party:

How can we stop austerity? http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/20918

Low pay? No way! – http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/851/20448/08-04-2015/low-pay-no-way

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Save our fire service: the fight against the Fire Cover Review

Over 50 firefighters and supporters demonstrated in Easingwold, North Yorkshire on Wednesday 24th June against proposed cuts of £1.3 million to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

For a report on the demonstration, see the following article from the Socialist Party website:

http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/20986

The demonstration is the beginning of a campaign across North Yorkshire against the proposed cuts. If you would like to get involved in the campaign and support the Fire Brigades Union in the region, then contact: harrogatesocialists[at]gmail.com 

Harrogate Socialist Party – Branch meeting, Tuesday 7th July

Our next branch meeting will be on Tuesday 7th July where we will be discussing the recent growth of socialism in the United States. The meeting starts at 7.45 pm. All welcome! 

Note that we now have a new venue for meetings: St. Robert’s Club, Robert Street (opposite Waitrose), Harrogate, HG1 1HP

Socialist Alternative (our sister party in the U.S.) organised a grassroots campaign in 2013 which resulted in the election of the first socialist in 100 years. Kshama Sawant was elected with almost 100,000 votes to the Seattle City Council. At the same time, another Socialist Alternative candidate, Ty Moore, came within 229 votes of being elected to the Minneapolis City Council. Once Kshama was elected, the momentum from her victory was used to build “$15 Now”, a grassroots organisation which helped to secure the highest minimum wage in the country at that time.

For further information about the growth of Socialist Alternative in the United States, see the following websites:

http://www.socialistalternative.org/

http://kshamasawant.org/

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