We need system change. Capitalism means poverty, war, climate breakdown, exploitation and oppression. Worldwide, just eight individuals are estimated to own wealth equivalent to that of half the world’s population.
Socialists stand for the alternative – a society run by and for working-class people. A society in which the vast wealth currently concentrated in the hands of a privileged elite, the capitalist class, is taken out of their hands through public ownership of the major banks and monopolies. A society in which, in place of the chaos of the market, ordinary people democratically plan the economy in order to meet the needs of all – without destroying the planet.
Socialist Alternative in England, Wales and Scotland was founded to help build a movement that can transform our society.
And we don’t stand alone. We are proud to be part of a vibrant international organisation of dedicated socialist fighters, which has sections in 30 countries across the globe: International Socialist Alternative.
Secure jobs paid a real living wage – scrap zero-hour contracts. For a £15-an-hour minimum wage now, and further increases at least in line with inflation. For fully paid sick leave, pensions and holiday pay for all
Workers need a pay rise – Tory attacks have brought a decade of lost wage rises for workers. For decent, above-inflation pay rises for all workers which make up for the lost ground
For the right to organise. Fight plans for new, even more draconian, anti-trade union legislation. Defend and restore collective bargaining
For fighting trade unions – with leaders willing to call struggle. For the election of all trade union officials and for them to receive only the average wage of a skilled worker
End bullying and harassment at work – organise against all forms of oppression in the workplace
Immediately reinstate the Universal Credit uplift, as part of a united struggle for benefits that reflect the real cost of living. Scrap benefit sanctions. For job creation and the right to work for all who can
Save our NHS – stop the sell off – stop all NHS cuts! Build a mass, national campaign to stop cuts and closures and demand full funding for our health service. Stop and reverse all privatisation and cancel PFI debts
Nationalise the pharmaceutical companies under democratic workers’ control and management
End the social care crisis – stop council cuts
Mental health matters – fully fund services to help treat mental illness, as well as to help address its causes
Scrap tuition fees – for fully funded free education and living grants for all students. Cancel student debt
End the schools funding crisis – save our schools!
Stop academisation – it’s privatisation by stealth. Invest in high quality, comprehensive education for all. For all schools to be run by democratically elected education authorities. All colleges to be returned to democratic control