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Socialism in the 21st Century
The way forward for
Jobs and work
A range of policies to achieve full
employment, including the introduction of a maximum 35-hour week
without loss of pay, a massive increase in public spending in
healthcare, housing, education, childcare, leisure and community
Implementing the trade union demand for a £5
an hour minimum wage as a step towards £7.50 an hour or £300 a week
minimum income (based on the European Decency Threshold). No
exemptions. For an annual increase in the minimum wage, linked to
For the right to decent benefits, training or
a job without compulsion.
Employment protection rights for all from day
one of employment.
Scrapping the anti-trade union laws. Trade
unions to be democratically controlled by their members. Full-time
officials should be regularly elected and receive the wage of an
Abolish big-business secrets. Open the books.
Let the workers know where all the massive profits, tax rebates and
subsidies have gone. No transfers of jobs or production without the
agreement of the workers.
All factories and plant threatened with
closure to be brought into public ownership and used for
socially-useful production, with compensation only on the basis of
No to the fat cats. Renationalise the
privatised utilities under democratic working-class control.
An immediate £50 a week increase in the
pension as a step towards a living pension for all pensioners. Annual
increases to be linked to average earnings.
Free, good-quality education from the nursery
to university. A living grant for all students. Abolish the fees now!
Rebuild the National Health Service, free at
the point of use and under democratic control.
Decent housing with affordable rents. End the
Major investment into a cheap, accessible,
integrated public transport system that meets the needs of the people
and the environment.
The environment and food
A socialist plan for energy production,
designed to guarantee cheap and safe energy for all whilst protecting
the environment. Such a plan should be worked out by representatives
from workers in the energy sector, scientists, community and
environmental organisations. The aim would be to replace fossil fuels
and nuclear power with massive investment into renewable energy –
such as wind, solar and geothermal (extracting heat from the earth’s
interior) – sources.
Agribusiness, including the pharmaceutical
companies, to be taken into public ownership. For a food processing
and retail industry under workers’ control to ensure that standards
are set by consumers, farm workers and small farmers.
The scrapping of the Asylum and Immigration
Act and all other racist laws.
Defend abortion rights. For a woman's right
to choose when and whether to have children.
An end to police harassment. For the
abolition of the Criminal Justice Act. Scrap Jack Straw’s so-called
'Terrorism' Act. No curtailment of jury trials.
An end to discrimination on the grounds of
race, sex, sexuality, disability and all forms of prejudice.
International and the military
Abolish third world debt. For the
neo-colonial countries to refuse to pay.
Abolish the IMF and the World Bank.
Scrap all nuclear weapons. For an immediate
and drastic cut in military spending worldwide. A global campaign
against chemical and biological weapons.
Total opposition to Nato. No to a European
Fight for socialist change
For a socialist confederation of England,
Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
For solidarity of the European working class.
Oppose the bosses' European Union. No to the euro. For a socialist
Take into public ownership the top 150
companies, banks and building societies that dominate the economy,
under democratic working-class control and management. Compensation to
be paid on the basis of proven need.
Campaign to form a new mass party of the
An end to the rule of profit. For a socialist
plan of production. For a socialist society and economy run to meet
the needs of all whilst protecting our environment.
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