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We need decisive action to halt devastation by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser · Nearly 500 workers and their families at the last major manufacturing site in Glasgow’s East End, McVitie’s biscuits, are facing the devastation of outright closure by the owners, Turkish giant, Pladis. This is the company who enjoyed rocketing sales, production and profits during the...
by Simon Whittle · Wullie McGartland, one of Scottish socialism’s brightest shining stars and former Voice deputy editor, has died at the cruelly young age of 52 in Malaga, Spain, where he lived with his soulmate and wife, former Voice editor Jo Harvie. Legions of adoring friends, comrades and family will also miss him dearly. Revealing on social media that he was suffering from throat cancer...
by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser · Lecturers in Scotland’s Further Education colleges have won an important victory that should boost the fighting morale of all workers, as we square up to the worst assault on pay, conditions and jobs for many years. Overpaid FE college bosses were hell-bent on bypassing hard-won national terms and conditions produced by previous strike...
by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser  · Workers in both the NHS and local authorities are balloting on pay offers from the Scottish Government and COSLA, the local government employers. SSP members in the unions are joining with others in the call to reject both deals and fight on for fair pay. The hundreds of thousands in these two public services have been through the living hell...
Demand industrial action to reinstate workers and their contracts – nationalise under workers’ control! by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser · Within 3 short months of being appointed as the new chief executive of Centrica last April, Chris O’Shea launched the missile of fire and rehire at the dedicated, loyal British Gas workforce. Since July 2020, engineers and office staff...
As the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union RMT holds elections for its new General Secretary, SSP national workplace organiser Richie Venton spoke to one of the candidates, socialist Gordon Martin What’s your background in the industry? I was an infrastructure worker with First Engineering from 2002, working on the overhead lines West Coast maintenance upgrade. I was sacked by...
by Ken Ferguson · The soothing slogan of last summer of “we’re all in it together” is an increasingly fading memory as the bosses offensive of fire and rehire, pay cuts, inferior conditions all at the point of the “sign or sack” threats, gathers pace. As we have reported in previous editions and again in this Voice this is not some aberration by some back street sweat shops but the...
by Magdalena Grzymkowska · An objectionable near-total ban on abortion in Poland has taken effect, after a judicial government-controlled body’s decision came into force on 27 January, 2021. This is a result of almost 30 years of campaigning by far-right activists and politicians as well as the Catholic Church. According to the decision of the Constitutional Court, a 1993 law allowing abortion...
Scottish Socilalist Party national co-spokesperson Róisín McLaren spoke to care worker Trish McLaughlin ahead of the SSP’s forum ‘When is a National Care Service not a National Care Service?’ discussing the Feeley Report into adult social care · (Róisín:) You first got in contact with us when we met on Princes Street at the SSP stall. You mentioned that you’d worked 20 years in the...
by Ken Ferguson · Despite the combined efforts of a tame mass media and government ministers to harness the stunning success of the Covid vaccines and spin it into a silver bullet the sombre toll of death and misery moves ever upwards. Indeed by the time you read this edition of the Voice it is highly likely that the toll of UK Covid deaths will have crossed the symbolic 100,000 tally with its...
SSP national co-spokesperson Roisin McLaren takes a look · The science and tech news are full of hopeful stories about hydrogen being the new climate friendly future fuel. With Shell proudly Tweeting about ‘kick starting the hydrogen economy’. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and it can store much more energy than conventional fuels. A fuel whose by-product is water...
by Ken Ferguson · As we confront the brutal impact of the out of control Covid crisis with rising death tolls, thousands in hospital and temporary morgues in the secluded woods of Surrey the news of the scandalous “food parcels” replacing free school meals burst like a star shell in the gloom. Panicked government ministers desperately labouring to blame the public and threaten them with...
by Ken Ferguson · As we confront the brutal impact of the out of control Covid crisis with rising death tolls, thousands in hospital and temporary morgues in the secluded woods of Surrey the news of the scandalous “food parcels” replacing free school meals burst like a star shell in the gloom. Panicked government ministers desperately labouring to blame the public and threaten them with...
by David Webb, chair of UK CND and convenor of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space · Boris Johnson’s recent announcement of a £16.5billion boost to the UK’s defence budget, at the expense of the foreign aid contribution, will do nothing to keep us safe and will take resources that could help ease the strain on the NHS at this critical time. However, it will be music...
by Bill Bonnar · The election for the National Assembly in Venezuela produced the expected landslide victory for the Socialist Party; expected because the right-wing opposition boycotted the poll. Their excuse was that the election would not be free or fair yet offered no evidence as to why this would be the case. The reality is that the opposition were on course for big losses and decided on a...
by Ken Ferguson · Was it just a short year ago that the master huckster Boris Johnson achieved what was flagged at the time as the quasi-revolutionary prelude to new global free market, union jack-wrapped Britain? Then we were treated to reams of copy penned by breathless “insiders” on how the popular touch of Johnson blended with tactical genius of Cummings put the feckless Corbyn to the...
by Colin Fox and Richie Venton · We feel enormous sorrow and a huge void at the death of our dear friend and comrade, Jim McVicar, taken from us far too young. Some people would have you believe Jim was a Celtic supporter who loved the ‘Hoops’ more than life itself. But we, his comrades, we knew better. Whilst he was unquestionably passionate about his football team and its fortunes, his...
by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser · As the RMT union ballots 2,500 ScotRail workers for action in pursuit of an extremely reasonable pay claim, ScotRail bosses have come out all guns blazing with bloodcurdling threats to their staff if they dare pass comment on the issue. RMT reps are angry and frustrated at the complete lack of movement by the bosses during extremely prolonged...
by Councillor Mary Lockhart · On 5 October 2020, pilots of aircraft approaching Edinburgh Airport radioed Air Traffic Control to ask if it was safe to land. Their flight decks appeared to be full of flickering, flaming orange light from a massive conflagration just north of Edinburgh, and visible from as far south as the Lake District. They were assured that it was indeed safe to land, and that...
by Ken Ferguson · The euphoria that erupted with the Covid vaccine breakthroughs is entirely understandable as people across the planet cross their fingers and sigh with relief. Of course despite some over hyped comments about “back to normal by spring” serious voices are carfule to suggest that the main impact of the vaccine is unlikely to felt for around a year and all agree a hard winter...
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