• No Fare Is Fair: A Campaign for Free Public Transit in Toronto

    Public transit should be a right for everyone in Toronto. Using subways, buses, and streetcars shouldn’t require paying fares, or user fees, that penalize riders with lower incomes. Keep reading »

  • Turkey’s Privatization of Sugar Factories

    On February 21, a notice was released in Turkey’s Official Gazette stating that bids will be collected for Turkey’s state-owned fourteen sugar plants. According to Directorate of Privatization Administration’s (OIB) announcement, sugar plants will be privatized. The AKP government, which has looted and made benefits of public-enterprises available to both national and international capital, seeks new privatization opportunities. Keep reading »

  • The Case for Free Public Transport

    The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is a proud advocate of a world-class, fare-free public transport system for Scotland. Transport has undergone enormous changes in recent decades, both in Scotland and across the world. Some have been cyclical: in Scotland’s capital, trams were built, dismantled, and then reintroduced. In other areas, we have seen consistent trends … Keep reading »

  • After Carillion: The Struggle to Democratize Social Services

    Carillion’s failure has been compared to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, but what the Lehman case shows is that you can engage in behaviour that puts millions out of work, and destroys the hopes of a generation, and not pay any price, or significantly change your behaviour. Keep reading »

  • P3 Corporate Collapse Highlights Risks of Privatization

    The collapse of Carillion, a global privatization corporation, illustrates the risky nature of public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Carillion is involved in 10 P3s across Canada, primarily in hospitals in Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Two hospitals are still in development. Keep reading »

  • Carillion and the Latest Privatisation Scandal

    This week 20,000 Carillion workers and many more in the supply chain have had their livelihoods put at risk. The responsibility lies with this shambolic Tory government and mismanagement by Carillion’s fat-cat bosses. The collapse of Carillion, embarrassing for a government that had championed the company and awarded it contract after contract, represents another significant … Keep reading »

  • Healthcare Funding Falls, Again

    Real provincial government healthcare funding per-person has fallen again this year in Ontario, the third year in a row. Since 2009 real funding per-person has fallen 2.6% – $63 per person. Across Canada real per person funding is in its fourth consecutive year of increase. Since 2009, real provincial funding across Canada is up $89 … Keep reading »

  • On the Rails: A Case for Renewed Leftist Infatuation with Transport

    A few weeks ago, at 3:30 in the morning, the Manitoba government froze public transit funding to Winnipeg, equivalent to a $10-million cut. It was a quiet affair. The bill that it was contained in wasn’t ever brought to committee, meaning the public weren’t able to formally comment on it. But we’ve already started to … Keep reading »

  • Free Transit for a Sustainable Future

    [click on ‘switch camera’ to change language] In principle, free transit advocacy can also be an element in a broader vision to reorganize urban life and restructure the social order along red (working class-based, working toward socialism) and green (environmental) lines. This requires working through a host of open questions that go far beyond lowering … Watch video »

  • UK Unions Call for Energy to be Returned to Public Ownership

    The annual congress of the UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) has passed a historic composite resolution on climate change that supports the energy sector being returned to public ownership and democratic control. The resolution – carried unanimously – calls upon the 5.7-million-member national federation to work with the Labour Party to achieve this goal, as … Keep reading »

  • How New York Subways Got Broke, On Purpose

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for a tax on the rich to fund desperately needed improvements to the crumbling subway system run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). De Blasio’s plan would raise city income taxes on individuals making over $500,000 a year and couples making over $1-million by about half … Keep reading »

  • The Summer of Fear for New York Subway Riders

    After months of increasing delays at all times of the day and night, a series of incidents have now raised an even more urgent question: about the daily safety for those who ride and work on New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). On July 17, the Monday morning commute ground to a halt for … Keep reading »