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Archive for June 2012

1 June 2012

spotSupport Churchill cleaners on Tyne & Wear Metro

Churchill cleaners working on Tyne & Wear Metro have returned a 100% vote for strike action against their stingy bosses who had the gall to describe a zero per cent pay offer as generous

1 June 2012

spotBolton university managers remove elected student president

University managers at the University of Bolton have deposed the democratically-elected President of the Students' Union, Shana Begum.

6 June 2012

spotYFJ condemns use of slave labour during Jubilee weekend

30 unpaid workers and another 50 on just £2.80 an hour were forced to work 14-hour shifts in illegal conditions on the day of the Jubilee Thames flotilla

6 June 2012

spotEnergy bill puts profits before the planet

Profit at all cost, cartoon by Alan Hardman

Profit at all cost, cartoon by Alan Hardman

Socialist planning needed: A recent poll has shown 68% support - 80% among 18-44 year olds - for building wind farms across Britain...

6 June 2012

spotSolid strikes show that Veolia privatisation is rubbish

Private waste management contractor Veolia have met with solid resistance in their attacks on workers' pay and conditions in Sheffield, writes Chaz Lockett.

6 June 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Victory at Ratcliffe: After the walkout of over 600 construction workers at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station near Nottingham, Unite health and safety rep Jason Poulter has been reinstated...

6 June 2012

spotPrivateers not welcome at Sussex University

On 10 May 2012 University of Sussex management announced plans to sell off huge swathes of support services on campus by August 2013, privatising over 10% of jobs, writes Shona McCulloch, Sussex University Unison (personal capacity).

6 June 2012

spotTory leader chauffeur driven while slashing services

Imagine how angry I felt when I read in our local paper that the Leicestershire Tory council leader, David Parsons, had cost taxpayers more than £1 million in expenses and allowances over the past five years, writes Heather Rawling, Leicestershire NUT (personal capacity).

6 June 2012

spotWe won't be a lost generation - Fight for jobs and education!

Jubilee exploitation: Driven 100 miles from home, told to sleep under a bridge and get changed in public at 5.30am, then work a 14 hour shift for no pay...

6 June 2012

spotCampaigning for EMA and youth services

Recently complaints have been made to local police about young people hanging around outside shops on King Street, Kidsgrove, near Stoke...

6 June 2012

spotLiverpool TUSC: Standing against Labour's cuts

Following Tony Mulhearn's campaign for mayor, activists in Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) are continuing to push their anti-cuts policies in Liverpool, standing in two 5 July council byelections, writes Alec Price.

6 June 2012

spotA royal debate in Lincoln

On the Saturday of the Jubilee weekend, while the BBC might have us believe that everyone was hanging up bunting or baking cupcakes for street parties, members of Lincolnshire Socialist Party held a stall with "abolish the monarchy" proudly emblazoned on the front, writes Dave Tompkins.

6 June 2012

spotLeeds university Unison - Save our pensions!

University of Leeds Unison members held a day of action on 31 May over attacks on the PAS pension scheme, a final salary scheme for non-academic staff

6 June 2012

spotChildren still getting raw deal

The Con-Dems' cuts in child services have become a hotly debated topic. On 30 May Nick Clegg proudly announced that: "Every child should have a fair crack at the whip from the start"

6 June 2012

spotThem & Us

Wonga windfall: £1 billion. That's the estimated value of pay-day loan company Wonga if it decides to go ahead with floating on the stock market.

6 June 2012

spotBritain's hidden homeless

On 28 May, BBC3 broadcast Britain's Hidden Homeless, presented by rap artist Speech Debelle. The programme follows "sofa surfers", who aren't included on homeless counts

6 June 2012

spotDVLA workers strike to defend services

DVLA strike, Leeds, photo by Iain Dalton

PCS members took strike action on 1 June against closure of all 39 DVLA local offices, ten enforcement centres and three processing centres

6 June 2012

spotIreland: Austerity Treaty

Pyrrhic victory for the political establishment will rebound: The 31 May referendum on the Fiscal Treaty in Ireland was passed by a 60/40 margin on the basis of a turnout of 51%...

6 June 2012

spotWhy I joined the Socialist Party

Scrap Welfare 'Counter-Reform'!: I feel like I've lost everything - day services, home help and back to work support. I have severe sight impairment. For 12 years I was a regular user of the Sembal House Resource Centre

6 June 2012

spotHeathrow protest against warmonger Rajapaksa

Tamil Solidarity meeting: "War criminal", "terrorist", "go home" - a cacophony of angry chants reverberated around the arrivals hall at Heathrow airport as over 500 Tamils protested on Sunday 3 June, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

6 June 2012

spotFighting cuts and sexism at Newcastle's Slutwalk

Second annual Newcastle SlutWalk , photo by Elaine Brunskill

Seventy men and women of all ages took part in the second annual Newcastle SlutWalk on 2 June, writes Lizi Gray

6 June 2012

spotThree-day strike in DWP Merseyside

Across Merseyside, PCS members employed in job centres took strike action between 6th and 8th June. PCS branch secretary Steve Bramwell explained: "Management want to reduce staffing levels in job centres...

6 June 2012

spotSocialist Movement Kazakhstan leader found dead

On 5 June, friends and colleagues of Takhir Mukhamedzyanov, who were worried that he had not turned up for work after the previous weekend, went to his flat in Karaganda, where they found his body

6 June 2012

spotNHS cuts... Pension cuts... RESIST CUTS!

Protesting in London, May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Build for a 24-hour general strike: The coalition government is looking increasingly lonely in its insistence on austerity. Doctors are the latest section of workers voting to strike

6 June 2012

spotTamil protest scores victory as Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement

Tamil Solidarity protest scores victory as Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement, photo by Sarah Sachs Eldridge

Tamil Solidarity protest scores victory as Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa cancels speaking engagement, photo by Sarah Sachs Eldridge

'Rajapaksa can't attend the meeting because the police can't guarantee his safety'. That was the attempt to explain away the Sri Lankan president's no-show at the Mansion House

6 June 2012

spotNSSN meets on Sat 9th June

30 November public sector strike (N30) , photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

The "hot breath on the back of the trade union leaders' necks": Come to the sixth National Shop Stewards Network conference to discuss building for further coordinated strikes against austerity, and for the autumn TUC demo

6 June 2012

spotSyria: Is there a way to avoid a bloody civil war?

The killing of 108 people near the Syrian town of Houla shocked and appalled people everywhere. Particularly abhorrent was the cold blooded murder of 49 children, many of them shot at close range.

7 June 2012

spotHundreds losing jobs at Coryton oil refinery

Coryton oil refinery in Essex is closing, which will involve the loss of 800 jobs. This is a profit-making concern which has provided 20% of the supply of petrol and diesel in London and the south east...

7 June 2012

spotDriving examiners and coastguard staff striking tomorrow

Driving examiners and coastguard staff in the PCS union will hold lightning strikes tomorrow (8 June) in the latest phase of a month of action by transport workers...

7 June 2012

spotTyne & Wear Metro strike for improved pay

Tyne & Wear Metro strike, 7.6.12

"Today there's not a single train running on the Metro", one of the striking workers commented as they staged a 24-hour strike

8 June 2012

spotExiled Kazakhstan leader comes to London

On Saturday 9 June, Esenbek Ukteshbayev from Kazakhstan will be one of the international speakers to the sixth annual National Shop Stewards Network conference

9 June 2012

spotNSSN calls for one-day general strike against austerity

National Shop Stewards Network conference 2012, photo by Suzanne Beishon

Around 500 workplace reps assembled in Friends Meeting House in London Euston on 9 June for an excellent sixth annual National Shop Stewards Network conference

11 June 2012

spotCouncil admin workers in Kirklees strike against cuts

Admin workers in Kirklees had a successful one day strike on 30 May and plan further action on 12th, 13th and 14th June

11 June 2012

spotDefend the Unison Four - sign petition online

Unison is once again wasting its members' money by appealing against a court's decision that upheld members' rights. Sign the online petition: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/general-secretary-unison-stop-the-witch-hunts-in-unison.

11 June 2012

spotSheffield recycling centre strikers supported by 90% of public

Pickets at Beighton recycling centre, Sheffield, photo by Alistair Tice

The Sova workers at the five Dump-It sites have now taken ten days of strike action, with another three days of strikes planned this week

12 June 2012

spotCoryton refinery closure protests

If the government and the liquidators get their way, over 800 workers at Coryton oil refinery in Essex will be sacked as the plant is shut down on 19 June, writes Dave Murray.

12 June 2012

spotUCU conference debates strategy

Last weekend saw hundreds of delegates attend the 2012 congress of the University and College Union, and vote to fight the Con-Dems' austerity programme

12 June 2012

spotStanding ovation for Tony Mulhearn at GMB sector conference

Tony Mulhearn, from the Liverpool 47 councillors who stood up to the Tory government in the 1980s, spoke today as an invited guest at the GMB manufacturing conference and received a standing ovation...

12 June 2012

spotMetro cleaners' campaign - "Dump privateer rubbish company"

Striking Churchill cleaners on Tyne and Wear Metro, photo Elaine Brunskill

Striking Churchill cleaners on Tyne and Wear Metro lobbied the public body which oversees the maintenance and operations on the Metro

13 June 2012

spotConstruction walkout at Runcorn power station

Hundreds of workers on the Runcorn thermal power station construction site have protested and walked out in support of laggers who are demanding that more local workers are hired

13 June 2012

spot'Austerity Games' to highlight young people's plight

Young people and trade unionists from across the country will be sending teams to Hackney Marshes to compete in the 'Austerity Games' in the week before the Olympics

13 June 2012

spotKazakhstan: Oil workers jailed by rotten regime

Last December armed police fired on and killed up to 70 striking oil workers who were peacefully protesting in the Kazakhstan city of Zhanaozen...

13 June 2012

spotOlympic's sponsor exploits workers

Multinational sportswear corporation and Olympics sponsor Adidas owes its workers in Indonesia, who it paid as little as 45 pence an hour, $1.8 million (£1.2 million) in unpaid wages...

13 June 2012

spotInternational day of support for political prisoners in Iran

On 20 June protests will be held across the world to demand an end to the imprisonment, torture and execution of innocent trade unionists, students and youth in Iran, writes Paul Gerrard.

13 June 2012

spotBolton Uni: Reinstate Shana Begum!

"Minta Minta Minta, Out Out Out!" and "V-C V-C V-C, Out Out Out!" echoed around the University of Bolton (UoB) on Monday as students denounced those responsible for undemocratically banning student union president Shana Begum, writes Hugh Caffrey , North West Socialist Party secretary.

13 June 2012

spotWest Lancs Against Cuts

Socialist Party members in West Lancashire have teamed up with others in their local community, in order to fight back against the savage austerity attacks implemented by a ruthless Tory-controlled council, writes Phil Rawsthorne, Socialist Party and West Lancs Against the Cuts.

13 June 2012

spotThe class divide in elderly care

Tory communities minister, Eric Pickles, has called for an "end to the blame game", announcing his new tough approach towards problem families: apparently, its time for people to stop blaming others and accept responsibility for any difficulties they face, writes Sue Powell.

13 June 2012

spotFrom pillar to post: reassessment for ESA

Last September I found myself on incapacity benefit. But just weeks later, the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) told me I had to re-apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)...

13 June 2012

spotSuper-rich Beecroft targets workers' rights

While YFJ calls for investment in job creation to solve unemployment others have different solutions, seeing the crisis as an opportunity to push their anti-worker agenda, writes Jeff Allen.

13 June 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

PCS political ballot: Members of the Public and Commercial Services union have started voting in a ballot on the union's political campaigning strategy, writes Rachel Potter Merseyside Socialist Party.

13 June 2012

spotNo to local government pensions deal

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson

Not a penny more off our pensions and not a day longer at work!: It's been seven months since the magnificent strike on 30 November in defence of public sector pensions...

13 June 2012

spotThreat from far-right in Greece: Time to build defence committees

'While the economy is going down the pan, Greek politicians are fighting'. That's how the British media presented the attack on two female left-wing MPs by a MP from the neo-nazi group Golden Dawn...

13 June 2012

spotNSSN conference agrees call for one-day general strike against austerity

Kevin Armitage, Ratcliffe power station shop steward, addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon

Kevin Armitage, Ratcliffe power station shop steward, addresses National Shop Stewards Network conference, 9 June 2012, photo Suzanne Beishon

The sixth annual National Shop Stewards Network conference saw around 500 activists come together from across the trade union movement, writes Helen Ridett, Lewisham Socialist Party.

13 June 2012

spotWisconsin Recall: Democrats paved the way for Walker's victory

A mass party of the working class is urgently needed in the USA: A little over a year ago, the working people of Wisconsin made history when they took to the streets in protest against the union-busting agenda of the right-wing Republican governor Scott Walker

13 June 2012

spotFast news

Turkey: Lift strike ban: Preparations for a strike by the Civil Aviation Union (Hava-İş) after the breakdown in collective bargaining talks at Turkish Airlines (THY), have been attacked by the AKP government through the inclusion of aviation services in a strike ban

13 June 2012

spotGreece comes to Southampton

Southampton University saw 30-plus people cram into the Nuffield Theatre on Thursday 7 June. Students, trade unionists and unemployed people came to hear speeches from Nick Sakellaropoulos

13 June 2012

spotLeveson: contradictions and a crisis of credibility

Since the Leveson inquiry began in November politicians have taken turns to take the stand, profess a desire to defend press freedom and lament the power of the media tycoons they once courted, before being given the opportunity to re-write history, writes Ben Norman.

13 June 2012

spotThem & Us

Top pay still on the rise: Yet another survey has shown that executive pay continues to soar. In 25% of FTSE 100 companies, executive pay has gone up by more than 41% in the last year.

13 June 2012

spotMy workfare nightmare

240 hours' work for no pay - then back on the unemployment scrapheap: After being unemployed for over eight months in Hull, one of the worst areas for unemployment in the country, I was put onto a 'voluntary' work experience scheme

13 June 2012

spotYouth Fight for Jobs national meeting

Youth Fight for Jobs national meeting 10 June 2012, photo Socialist Party

Youth Fight for Jobs national meeting 10 June 2012, photo Socialist Party

Organising the 'lost generation': On 10 June 50 young trade unionists, unemployed people and students from all over the UK attended a national meeting of Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ), writes Helen Pattison.

13 June 2012

spotOlympics - a fair deal for transport workers

London bus workers strike together: Bus workers across London have voted overwhelmingly for strike action. Dates are to be announced

13 June 2012

spotStriking against academies

On 31 May NUT members at Alperton Community school in Brent went on strike against proposals to turn their school into an academy. Hank Roberts spoke from the picket line

13 June 2012

spotNo to austerity! - Turn anger into action

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson

Build for a 24-hour general strike: No amount of jubilees and sporting events will hide the fact that a burning anger is growing... Over the summer we can expect to see workers taking action in a number of sectors

13 June 2012

spotSpain: bank bailout can't stop Euro death-spiral

Madrid: Spain’s town squares filled with tens of thousands of indignados (angry people), mainly youth, in protest at the anti-social consensus of both PSOE and the PP , photo Sarah Wrack

Madrid: Spain’s town squares filled with tens of thousands of indignados (angry people), mainly youth, in protest at the anti-social consensus of both PSOE and the PP , photo Sarah Wrack

As on a rickety rollercoaster, the euro train could shoot off the rails at any moment. Will it be triggered by the soaring loop of the Spanish banking crisis? Or the crazy corkscrew of the Greek crisis...

14 June 2012

spotLenin's April Theses, 1917

The April Theses, from Leveller reprints, June 2011, cover by Kavita Graphics

In February 1917 in Russia, women textile workers in Petrograd went on strike and during subsequent days were joined by industrial workers across the city, small business people, students and many soldiers...

15 June 2012

spotSheffield Labour council lambasted by GMB strikers

Sheffield recycling workers lobby council, 13th June 2012, photo Alistair Tice

Striking recycling centre workers lobbied Sheffield council against cuts and job losses at Dump-It sites in the city

15 June 2012

spotSolidarity action escalates Kirklees strike

Kirklees council admin workers' strike, 12-14 June 2012, photo by Huddersfield SP

On 12-14 June, around 400 Kirklees admin workers took strike action against attacks on their pay and conditions of service

16 June 2012

spotLondon bus strike on Friday over Olympic award

London buses will come to a standstill on Friday 22 June as bus workers from every London bus operator will take strike action across the capital for the first time in a generation, writes Unite the union

18 June 2012

spotStriking at Fords to defend pensions

Picketing at Fords Dagenham, 18 June 2012, photo by Pete Mason

Salaried workers at Fords staged a 24-hour strike across the UK on Monday against Ford tying pay negotiations to closing the final salary pension scheme to new entrants

18 June 2012

spotSheffield recycling workers vote for indefinite action

Today, Monday 18th June, sees the 15th day of strike action in the last month taken by the thirty-odd Sheffield recycling site workers...

18 June 2012

spotFive hundred food processing workers strike in Leicester

BFAWU picket line at RF Brookes bakery in South Wigston, Leicester, 18.6.12, photo by Steve Score

Workers at RF Brookes in Leicester took a third day of strike action to defend their redundancy pay

19 June 2012

spotLondon: Emergency lobby of Kazakhstan embassy

Condemn the latest clampdown on individuals opposed to the Kazakh regime and demand their release.
Thurs 21 June, 12noon, outside 33 Thurloe Square, London SW7

19 June 2012

spotPacked Coryton refinery meeting backs action to win

It was standing room only at the NSSN public meeting in support of Coryton oil refinery workers on Monday 18 June

19 June 2012

spotCivil service reform plan built on sand

The civil service reform plan published today is "built on sand" because it is impossible to cut more than 100,000 jobs and improve services to the public, points out the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS).

20 June 2012

spotTUSC discusses next elections

At a time when growing numbers of people across Europe are turning to anti-austerity alternatives at the ballot box, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee met on June 13th to discuss its plans for contesting future elections here in Britain

20 June 2012

spotThem & Us

Strike scare: The government will stop at no dirty trick to scare people away from taking strike action. The lowest paid workers are having yet another safety net stripped away - under the new Universal Credit system...

20 June 2012

spotFlight of the rats

Wealthy rats are leaping from the sinking ships. As the eurozone lurches from crisis to crisis, the rich and the super-rich in Greece, Spain, Italy and even France and Germany are transferring their wealth...

20 June 2012

spotThe child poverty mirage

Many people may have been pleasantly surprised recently to see in newspaper headlines that "child poverty is down"...

20 June 2012

spotGloucestershire: Countywide protests to stop NHS sell-off

Over 100 protesters rallied outside Stroud General Hospital on 16 June before marching into the town centre, writes Chris Moore, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

20 June 2012

spotFighting teachers' association network launched

Martin Powell-Davies, NUT NEC, addresses National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Martin Powell-Davies, NUT NEC, addresses National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

Over 100 NUT teaching union delegates gathered in Liverpool on 16 June for the Local Associations Network (LAN) founding conference, called in response to the failure of the NUT executive majority to call further national action on pensions since November, writes Martin Powell-Davies, Lewisham NUT delegate.

20 June 2012

spotBus bosses can't stop the Socialist!

We went to do our regular sale of the Socialist at our local bus station. With the London bus workers' strike on the back page, we sold to both passengers running to work, and to drivers who slowed down...

20 June 2012

spotSupport the final sprint to the fighting fund quarter finish line

With one week to go, Socialist Party members are going all out to ensure that we reach the target of £25,000 by 29 June, writes Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer.

20 June 2012

spotUnison conference: members show anger at pensions 'offer'

Unison members join the 30 November N30 public sector strike in Leeds, photo Iain Dalton

Unison members join the 30 November N30 public sector strike in Leeds, photo Iain Dalton

At the first day of Unison's 2012 local government conference on Sunday 17 June, the service group executive (SGE) gave an outline of the government's pensions offer, writes Jane James.

20 June 2012

spotWorkplace news in brief

Runcorn walkout: Hundreds of workers on the Runcorn thermal power station construction site walked out in support of laggers - workers doing insulation work - demanding that more local workers are hired by one of the contractors...

20 June 2012

spotSecret History of the Streets, Deptford High Street

TV review: A previous BBC TV programme, The Tower, about Deptford in south London, said that the area was full of drunks and criminals and the 'cure' was to move in rich yuppies, writes Pete Redfarn.

20 June 2012

spotLeveson inquiry - The 1%: "definitely in this together"

As the prime minister faced questioning at the Leveson inquiry, lead counsel Robert Jay QC read out a text message that Cameron had received from former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, writes Ben Norman.

20 June 2012

spotBritish economy: "black cloud overhead"

The government is desperate. Its economic policies have failed, and worse than that, it is clear they are compounding the economic malaise. Austerity is destroying demand in the economy

20 June 2012

spotGMB delegates question link to Labour

N30 - GMB members joined the 2 million striking against Con-Dem government austerity on 30 November 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

N30 - GMB members joined the 2 million striking against Con-Dem government austerity on 30 November 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

The 2012 congress for the GMB general union, one of Britain's fastest growing unions, showed some successes in the private sector but also frustration from rank and file delegates over pensions and the union's relationship with New Labour

20 June 2012

spotUnite needs strategy to step up fight against austerity

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions , photo Paul Mattsson

Unite's 2012 policy conference, on 25-28 June, meets as the struggle against the Con-Dem government and the capitalist system it defends is intensifying in Britain and Ireland, writes Kevin Parslow

20 June 2012

spotUCU: Time to fight on pay and pensions

The University and College Union (UCU), representing over 120,000 workers in universities and colleges, is currently consulting members over whether to accept a fourth consecutive year of real-terms pay cuts

20 June 2012

spotImproved offer in Metro workers' pay fight

Following a successful 24-hour strike on 7 June, drivers, ticket inspectors and engineering workers covered by the Red Book Agreement were offered an improved pay award along with travel concessions on other train operating companies

20 June 2012

spotEgypt's military instigates a 'soft coup'

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood stated the revolution is facing 'a life and death moment' after it claimed victory in presidential elections but now faces an attempt by the ruling military junta to impose a 'constitutional coup'

20 June 2012

spotCoryton refinery workers protesting on Monday

Coryton refinery workers to spread protests , photo by  Socialist Party

Coryton refinery workers to spread protests , photo by Socialist Party

The fight to keep Coryton refinery open will intensify Monday 25 June. Protests against the closure have been called at Vopak oil terminal in Purfleet, Essex, Lindsey oil refinery, North Lincolnshire and...

20 June 2012

spotFight their profit system

30 November 2011 public sector strike, photo by Paul Mattsson

30 November 2011 public sector strike, photo by Paul Mattsson

World in crisis - make the super-rich pay: As the G20 leaders meet in Mexico, once again it's clear that none of them has a clue about how to end the spiralling crisis of capitalism.

20 June 2012

spotGreece election - majority vote against austerity

Greece: protests during general election 18 June 2012, photo RT free video

Greece: protests during general election 18 June 2012, photo RT free video

Clear socialist programme for struggle needed: The outcome of the elections in Greece has left the majority of the population with mixed feelings. On the one hand, there is the victory of the right-wing New Democracy...

20 June 2012

spot2012 earth summit

National Snow and Ice Data Center daily image 20 June 2012, photo National Snow and Ice Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center daily image 20 June 2012, photo National Snow and Ice Data Center

Why Rio+20 will cut no ice: Every day an update of the extent of the ice in the arctic sea is posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Centre website, writes Pete Mason.

20 June 2012

spotJoin in the Austerity Games!

Austerity Games, artwork by Suzanne Beishon

This summer London will host the costly Olympic Games; while many look forward to a 'summer of sport', in its shadow, workers and young people in London and around the country face poverty and homelessness

20 June 2012

spotSupport the London bus strike

East London bus workers strike 2009, photo Pete Mason

The regional secretary of Unite has told reps from London bus garages that, after a 94% vote for action, an official 24-hour strike would start across the capital from 3am on Friday 22 June

21 June 2012

spotRevenue staff to strike on Monday

More than 55,000 revenue staff are set to strike on Monday 25 June over massive cuts that will seriously undermine any efforts to clamp down on the kind of tax avoidance schemes used by comedian Jimmy Carr, the Public and Commercial Services union says...

22 June 2012

spotLondon bus workers strike

Drivers at the Longbridge Road bus garage in Barking out on the picket line, photo Hannah Sell

Drivers at the Longbridge Road bus garage in Barking out on the picket line, photo Hannah Sell

Reports: (last updated Sat 6pm) At 6 am an impressive 100 of the 400 workers at Longbridge Road bus garage in Barking were out on the picket line.

23 June 2012

spotKazakh embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr

Campaign Kazakhstan held a demonstration outside the London Kazakhstan embassy on 21 June to demand the immediate freeing of Bolat Atabayev...

25 June 2012

spotNo to job losses at Coryton

Croyton protest 25 June 2012: dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery, pic Ian Pattison

Croyton protest

Solidarity needed: Release arrested protesters without charge Today, 25 June, dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery...

26 June 2012

spotHMRC members show their opposition to another round of job cuts and privatisation

HMRC PCS members on the picket line n Shipley, Yorkshire , photo by Iain Dalton

HMRC PCS members on the picket line n Shipley, Yorkshire , photo by Iain Dalton

(Updated 27 June) Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members have again supported action to defend jobs and services in Revenue and Customs with a day's strike on 25 June

27 June 2012

spotLife in a 'forgotten' area

Radio review: A recent 'Thinking Allowed' programme on BBC Radio 4 interviewed Lisa McKenzie, a Nottingham University sociologist, on the alienation felt by working class people in St Ann's, a Nottingham council estate, writes Becci Heagney.

27 June 2012

spotCuts ignore immense needs

After the 1950s, a network of child and adolescent services, staffed by highly trained, skilful social workers, specialist teachers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychologists, was gradually established in specialist centres, writes Jane Ellwood.

27 June 2012

spotMiliband speech: no answer to the race to the bottom

"I have heard stories from my Doncaster constituency where East European migrants arrived to work in a local chicken factory for long hours at less than the minimum wage while sleeping 19 to 20 to a house...

27 June 2012

spotPolice wade in at Coryton protest

Croyton protest 25 June 2012: dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery, photo Ian Pattison

Croyton protest 25 June 2012: dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery, photo Ian Pattison

Unite the union stepped up its campaign to save 850 jobs at Coryton oil refinery by calling a protest at the Vopak fuel terminal in Grays on 25 June, writes Dave Murray.

27 June 2012

spotBreadline Britain - living in poverty

Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012

Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012 "Sack bankers not teachers", photo Paul Mattsson

A series in the Guardian, Breadline Britain, has outlined some shocking statistics about poverty. These figures have smashed apart the Tory propaganda about 'scroungers' and 'the job-shy'...

27 June 2012

spotPoverty and job worries hit mental health

A leaked memo from senior Jobcentre executives to staff warns of an increased risk of benefit claimants attempting suicide as a result of changes to sickness benefit...

27 June 2012

spotTeachers report children going hungry

"The Guardian revealed some quite shocking figures about teachers having to feed children. But this has been going on for a long time - it isn't anything new. Certainly in my school we are feeding the...

27 June 2012

spotProtest for affordable housing - join the Austerity Games

Claire Laker-Mansfield, Youth Fight for Jobs, said: "Cameron's latest comments on housing benefit for under 25s represent a cruel and vicious attack on young people...

27 June 2012

spotThem & Us

Olympic bonuses...: The Financial Times expressed outrage at its calculation that transport workers in London could receive a cumulative £35 million in bonuses for working during the Olympics...

27 June 2012

spotTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Building the fight against all cuts

TUSC supports the striking tube workers working for Tube Lines at the Tube Lines HQ in Canary Wharf  25 April 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

TUSC supports the striking tube workers working for Tube Lines at the Tube Lines HQ in Canary Wharf 25 April 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

With growing numbers of people across Europe turning to anti-austerity alternatives at the ballot box, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee met in June to discuss contesting future elections here in Britain.

27 June 2012

spotStop the NHS massacre

100 health workers came out in a lunchtime protest against the potential loss of over 100 posts at St Helier hospital in south London on Wednesday 27 July , photo Chris Newby

100 health workers came out in a lunchtime protest against the potential loss of over 100 posts at St Helier hospital in south London on Wednesday 27 July , photo Chris Newby

Feature: It has been well documented that the National Health Service (NHS) is under attack and in England faces its total destruction through the Health and Social Care Act. Socialist Party health worker activists, including Terry Pearce of the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign (personal capacity) investigate.

27 June 2012

spotUnite conference 'The renaissance of trade unionism'

The first day of Unite's 2012 policy conference was dominated by general secretary Len McCluskey's address. Speaking of the "renaissance of trade unionism", Len highlighted key disputes for Unite over the last two years, writes Kevin Parslow Unite London and Eastern delegate, personal capacity.

27 June 2012

spotBlock on Progress - "intolerable think tank"?

Britain's three biggest unions, GMB, Unite and Unison, have all questioned the role of the Progress group inside the Labour Party, writes Bob Severn.

27 June 2012

spotWales Shop Stewards Network

Conference - Saturday 30 June, 10am-3pm
Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff

27 June 2012

spotRMT conference prepares for battle

RMT delegates attending their annual conference have no illusions about the attacks they face across the industry and the fightback necessary to defeat them, writes Jared Wood, Neasden RMT political officer and conference delegate

27 June 2012

spotUnison backs Tamil Solidarity

The recent Unison conference overwhelmingly supported the resolution to affiliate to the Tamil Solidarity campaign, writes Senan, Tamil Solidarity international coordinator

27 June 2012

spotLondon bus workers show their strength

Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo by Paul Mattsson

Hackney bus workers stopped the busses on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike , photo by Paul Mattsson

The sleeping giant has woken up - on 22 June 20,000 London bus workers came out on strike over payments for extra pressure during the Olympics, a London bus worker writes.

27 June 2012

spotUnison conference Delegates call for effective battle on pay

Having declared that Unison has got the best public sector pension deal it could get, the union's general secretary, Dave Prentis, is now moving on to the next campaign on "fair pay"...

27 June 2012

spotGovernment of rich ups war on welfare state

Lone parents need decent wages and benefits, photo Paul Mattsson

Lone parents need decent wages and benefits, photo Paul Mattsson

Cuts are now predicted to last to 2020. But Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on Monday 25 June mapped out the depth of that on-going suffering. The speech included little detail but spells out misery...

27 June 2012

spotSheffield recycling workers: Support their indefinite strike action

"You mean there'll be queues like this every day?" asks a driver as 30, 40, maybe 50 cars back up from the Dump-It site onto the main road...

27 June 2012

spotHypocrites! Tories bash benefits, rich let off the hook

Never Trust a Tory, photo by Paul Mattsson

Never Trust a Tory, photo by Paul Mattsson

David Cameron launched a scathing attack on comedian Jimmy Carr's million pound tax-dodging while leaving unscathed the billions of taxes avoided by his posh friends in big business, writes Dave Reid.

27 June 2012

spotEMERGENCY: Stop NHS cuts!

Unite members at St Thomas' Hospital on strike 10 May 2012 as part of the nationwide strike of workers in the public sector against attacks on pensions, photo Paul Mattsson

St Thomas' Hospital workers on strike

The Con-Dems have the National Health Service in their sights - but now we can see clearly their brutal intentions, writes Roger Shrives.

27 June 2012

spotSpain: New epicentre of crisis in Europe

Ten million took part in a general strike in Spain 29 September 2010 that shook Spanish capitalism , photo Sarah Wrack

General strike in Spain, photo Sarah Wrack

Spain is becoming the new epicentre of the capitalist crisis in the eurozone. The country's massive banking crisis, has led to the right-wing Rajoy government accepting a humiliating €100 billion European...

28 June 2012

spotOil Refinery workers protest

There was a huge tail back of traffic outside the Esso Oil Refinery at Fawley in Hampshire this morning (27 June) where Unite staged a protest in defence of the NAECI/Blue Book agreement on wages and conditions

29 June 2012

spot'The drivers united cannot be defeated'

Leyton bus workers on the 22 June 2012 London-wide bus strike, photo by Paul Mattsson

Following the fantastic pickets on the London bus strike on Friday 22 June, flexing the mighty muscle of the workforce, further protest, backed up by trade unionists and campaigners' action, has followed this up, writes Paula Mitchell

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