An activist party
The SP tries to attract the support of as many voters as possible, because this gives a more powerful voice within the institutions of parliamentary democracy. We are not, however, merely an electoral platform. If you want to change society for the better, there is a great deal of work to be done outside as well as inside parliament, provincial assembly and council chamber, on both the national and local level.
We are active in campaigns against high rents and bad working conditions, and for the protection of the environment and better health care for all; against further erosion of social security and for a reasonable income for everyone; for equivalence of opportunity, against the growing worldwide divide between rich and poor and for a more caring society.
… acting together
We are committed to be always easily accessible for all, whether through contacting our parliamentary group in The Hague, approaching the local branch, or through other sections of our party, such as our Research Bureau. The SP Help-line is there for people who are having problems with their boss or landlord,
the local council or tax collectors. We can often bring complainants together, finding a basis for common actions: acting together always makes you stronger. Many SP members are active in their works’ council and trade union, working with colleagues to demand safe working conditions and a decent wage.
For public ownership
In a society where the market is acquiring ever more power and the state and public authorities have ever less, the SP stands firmly behind the principle of public ownership. Where the free market rules, money
and might make right. Access to health care, education, cultural events, social security and transport are becoming increasingly dependent on a person’s wealth. This kind of social divide should have no place in a civilised society. Therefore we oppose the sell-off of publicly-owned enterprises, the farming out of public services and the loss of any democratic control over the direction of our society.
Young and old
Equivalence of opportunity for all children is one of the spearheads of our politics. In the SP, young people can work within our youth organisation ‘ROOD, jong in de SP’ (RED, young in the SP). ROOD campaigns for better and more accessible education for all, for fair pay and good jobs and better housing for young people. Several times a year we produce the hard-hitting paper ‘Code ROOD’ (Code RED), for distribution around universities and schools for vocational education. For our older members we publish the paper ‘Ouderen Nu’ (Older People Now), focusing on issues of relevance to their interests.
Health care is not a market
Together with workers in the health sector – united in the committee ‘Zorg geen markt’ (Health care is not a market) – the SP is leading the campaign against the growing divide in health care provision as a result of the introduction of market principles. Through ongoing research and helping patients and professionals voice their complaints, we succeed increasingly in debunking the myths about how free market health care is beneficial to all.
The SP maintains good contacts with progressive organisations throughout the world, exchanging views and co-operating across borders on issues such as war and peace, globalisation and the unfair division of wealth in the world. In 2005 the SP was the backbone of the successful ‘no’-campaign against the European Constitution in the Netherlands. In the European Parliament the SP tries to show how the drive for European unification as currently defined is above all inspired by the major multinationals and will have negative consequences for the general population. The SP has taken part in the international campaigns
against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and combats multinational corporations that undermine working conditions and pollute the environment.