Socialist Party Scotland
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2008)|
|Socialist Party Scotland|
|Student wing||Socialist Students|
|International affiliation||Committee for a Workers' International|
|Politics of the United Kingdom
The Socialist Party Scotland (formerly International Socialists) is the Scottish platform of the Committee for a Workers' International in Solidarity (Scotland). The group is descended from the Scottish Militant Labour which formed the Scottish Socialist Alliance in 1996 after a debate amongst CWI members in Scotland on what sort of organization to form. The SSA was launced as a broad left formation that itself was not affiliated with the CWI but within which Scottish Militant Labour, renamed the International Socialist Movement took a leading role.
In 1998, the SSA became the Scottish Socialist Party. The ISM's majority increasingly became estranged from the CWI and ultimately voted to disaffiliate from it in 2002. This resulted in pro-CWI members of the ISM leaving to form the International Socialists.
In August 2006, the International Socialists declared their intention to leave the SSP, and join forces with a new grouping, led by Tommy Sheridan, and involving also the Socialist Workers Party, called Solidarity – Scotland's Socialist Movement (more commonly, just 'Solidarity'). In June 2010, the group changed its name to the Socialist Party Scotland.
In August 2007, members of the International Socialists played a leading role in the strike of over 600 Glasgow Social Workers in support of their claim for higher grading which they won. Socialist Party Scotland members play a leading role in campaigns such as Youth Fight for Jobs. The Party fully backs the campaign against the bedroom tax.
Scottish independence referendum, 2014
The party's campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, 2014 has a two-fold character: firstly, to defend and articulate the democratic demands of currently around 1 million people, overwhelmingly working class, in Scotland who support independence; secondly, to build a campaign that raises the need to break with capitalism. The party seeks to distance itself from the nationalist and capitalist interests of the Scottish National Party (SNP), while promoting the following policies for an independent Scotland:
- The nationalisation under democratic workers' control of the oil and gas industry and the renewable energy sector, in order to release billions to invest in a massive programme of job creation and apprenticeships.
- The rebuilding of Scotland's public services, and investment in a major housing programme.
- The bringing of the banks and finance sector into public ownership under democratic working class control.
- The renationalisation of gas, electricity, transport, and other privatised sectors of the economy.
- Taxation of the rich and big business. No cuts in corporation tax.
- Increase the minimum wage and end the attacks on welfare.
- No to Nato. Trident and all weapons of mass destruction out of Scotland. Invest in socially useful jobs.
- Abolition of all anti-union laws.
- Reversal of cuts. A Scottish government that represents working people, the unemployed, and the poor, must defend jobs, wages, public services, and pensions and refuse to make cuts to pay for the crisis.
- The introduction of a socialist plan of production in an independent socialist Scotland, as part of a voluntary confederation with England, Wales, and Ireland as a step to a socialist Europe.
- Support Glasgow's social work strikers - The Socialist 497
- Glasgow Care Workers Stand Firm - The Socialist 498
- Major victory for striking social care workers - Retrieved 14/08/07