Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/637/10173

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2010

We can stop the Con-Dem cuts

For a national trade union led demo

Seven Sisters London Underground RMT and TSSA members strike, photo Paul Mattsson

Seven Sisters London Underground RMT and TSSA members strike, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

The massive cuts threatened by the Con-Dem coalition can be beaten! The reports below show that determination and militancy can make employers back off from cuts proposals. The Trades Union Congress, meeting from 12 September, should give a clear lead to this vital struggle


Lobby the TUC conference

Sunday 12 September 12 noon

Central Convention Centre, Manchester

Organised by the National Shop Stewards Network

See www.shopstewards.net for transport details


THE UNISON union branch in Kirklees, Yorkshire is balloting for industrial action against cuts in services and jobs with a strike likely in October. Workplace meetings have become angrier and angrier as members hear about the savage cuts imposed by the council.

Mike Forster, Kevin Crowe, Angie Waller and Bradley Chambers

Compulsory council redundancies aim to halve the number of admin workers - about 350 staff, mainly women! The council chiefs spent up to 30 million paying off their mates in high places, who were offered secret deals to go. After the middle and higher managers, it will be our turn but we won't get the payoffs, just the boot!

Managers were given lists of those they can dismiss... temporary staff; workers over 64; people with too much sickness absence... It's a bullies' charter and union members see they can only stand up to bullies by sticking together.

Workers are dismayed that a so-called Labour council is pushing through these cuts with no consultation. They are no friend of the unions or their workforce. Yet they shell out over 1 million on eight chief officers. One rule for them, another for us.

Local unions are backing the demo in Huddersfield called by Save Our Services (SOS) on 11 September. This will probably be the town's biggest demo since over 2,000 marched in protest around NHS cuts in 2006 to stop hospital closures.

Joint campaigning

This demo is also supported by the Unison health branch which is campaigning alongside Unison local government branch to stop privatisation of district nursing services among others.

Unison held about 15 campaign stalls over the summer to build public support and there are almost daily local press headlines about the looming strike ballot and the unions' demo.

Young people organised by Youth Fight for Jobs, joining the march to stop the appalling cuts in young peoples' services, will be given pride of place on the demo and the platform of speakers.

The council is beginning to realise these cuts will not be taken lying down - they are now asking to speak to the unions!

Our ballot will confirm a growing confidence amongst the membership that now is the time to fight. Despite the recession, we know we can get a 'yes' vote and push back this council's offensive against public services.


Come on the demo: Saturday 11 September. Assemble outside Huddersfield railway station, St Georges Square, 12.30pm


See also Health workers' victory

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 September 2010:

We can stop the Con-Dem cuts

Health workers' victory

National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC


Socialist Students

We won't be a lost generation!

No to slave labour apprenticeships!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tony Blair - a journey to Thatcherism

Blair admits he was wrong...

Academies will lead to a two-tier education system

Jobs and services are facing axe in Cornwall


Socialist Party youth and students

Far right not welcome in Brighton

Con-Dems threaten EMA


Socialist Party workplace news

Solid strike on London Underground

London bus workers fight cuts

London: Unite members to strike against NHS privatisation

Corus Redcar - the real story

New Royal Mail boss sharpens her axe


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Fighting for the health service

The callous cutting of NHS Direct


Socialism 2010

Against cuts? Come to Socialism 2010


International socialist news and analysis

Russia: Motorway construction through Khimkinsky forest halted

Global food crisis reveals failure of capitalism


Socialist Party feature

No to Trident nuclear weapons


Socialist Party review

Zola's Germinal: still relevant today


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 September 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Council:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

Unison:

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

Unions:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

Huddersfield:

triangleHuddersfield A&E closure goes to judicial review

National Shop Stewards Network:

triangleBirmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2