Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party

spotAnti-capitalism

spotAnti-privatisation

spotAnti-war

spotElection campaigns

spotEnvironment

spotHealth

spotSocialist women

spotWorkplace

spotYouth and Students

All keywords


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

Workplace and TU campaigns keywords:

35-hour week (19)

Aer Lingus (6)

Agency workers (46)

Airport (44)

Amicus (53)

Anti-union laws (63)

Argos (13)

Aslef (76)

AUT (7)

Axiom (3)

BAA (3)

BBC (158)

Besna (17)

Bin workers (56)

Blacklisting (94)

Bloc (3)

BMW (26)

Bosch (2)

British Airways (75)

BT (46)

Burslem 12 (9)

Bus workers (69)

Cadbury (6)

Cadbury-Schweppes (3)

Call Centres (16)

Car workers (40)

Care worker (11)

Care workers (63)

Civil Service (178)

Classroom assistants (8)

Cleaners (114)

Clyde (1)

Coastguards (7)

Compulsory redundancy (8)

Construction (222)

Construction workers (151)

Corus (37)

Council workers (131)

Crossrail (10)

CWU (309)

Dockers (22)

Docks (8)

Drivers (173)

DVLA (16)

DWP (152)

Electricians (65)

EPIU (3)

facility time (9)

FBU (214)

Fiddlers Ferry (9)

Firefighters (201)

Ford (94)

Fujitsu (14)

Gate Gourmet (7)

General Motors (11)

Glaxo Smith Kline (1)

GMB (204)

Health and safety (73)

Heinz (6)

Honda (8)

Jaguar (16)

Jane Norman (1)

Jarvis (9)

JCB (15)

JIB (7)

JJB Sports (4)

Jobcentre (49)

Jobs (1327)

Journalists (69)

Lecturers (78)

Linamar (40)

Lindsey (39)

Lindsey Oil Refinery (26)

Local government (213)

London underground (140)

LOR (12)

Lucas Aerospace (2)

Manufacturing (47)

Metro (36)

Metronet (13)

Milford Haven (8)

Miners (156)

Ministry of Justice (12)

NASUWT (47)

Natfhe (10)

National Grid (2)

NUJ (59)

Nurses (118)

NUT (343)

Oilc (4)

Outsourcing (39)

PCS (791)

People's Charter (1)

Peugeot (8)

Pfizer (7)

POA (79)

Port workers (4)

Postal dispute (25)

Postal workers (136)

Printers (1)

Prison officers (46)

Railworkers (9)

RCN (23)

Redundancies (105)

Redundancy (26)

Refinery (36)

Refuse workers (16)

Remploy (49)

Reps (45)

RMT (642)

Rover (31)

Saltend (18)

Seafarers (8)

Shelter (34)

Shipyard (3)

Shop Stewards (219)

Siemens (3)

Single status (29)

Sita (6)

Social workers (13)

Sodexo (7)

Stagecoach (15)

Staythorpe (1)

Steel (83)

Strike (2676)

Sunday trading (1)

Superdrug (3)

Supermarket (27)

Teachers (430)

Textile (7)

TGWU (56)

Thomas Cook (3)

Total (15)

Toyota (1)

Trade union (502)

Trade Union Freedom Bill (4)

Trade unions (345)

Train drivers (28)

TSSA (45)

Tube Lines (5)

Tube workers (46)

Tubelines (3)

Twinings (2)

UCATT (29)

UCU (153)

Unfair dismissal (14)

Unions (852)

Unison (903)

Unison witchhunt (5)

Unite (722)

Usdaw (90)

Vauxhall (42)

Vestas (24)

Visteon (90)

Volkswagen (7)

Waterford Crystal (1)

Wedgwood (1)

Whipps Cross (61)

Zero-hour contracts (146)


Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1235)

Anti-fascist (561)

Anti-racism (701)

Anti-war (1487)

Asylum (209)

Black and Asian (391)

Children (372)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (200)

Education (3889)

Election campaigns (2440)

Environment (603)

EU (449)

Finance (99)

Food (270)

Health and safety (33)

Health and welfare (311)

Housing (1025)

Human Rights (379)

LGBT Pride (141)

Local government (2169)

Local services (3643)

Low pay (506)

Migration (56)

Nationalisation (145)

New workers party (467)

NHS (1832)

Pensions (700)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (571)

Privatisation (1014)

Public Services (1125)

Socialism (867)

Socialist (43)

Sport (195)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (89)

Students (1813)

The state (1366)

Transport (547)

TUSC (997)

Welfare rights (710)

Women (758)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8233)

Youth (1957)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity


13 February 2017

Search site for keywords: Sheffield - Union - Trade union - Labour - Council - Police - South Yorkshire - Privatisation - PFI - Cuts - Environment - Anti-union laws

Sheffield - Trees  court protest , photo by A Tice

Sheffield - Trees court protest , photo by A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Anti-trade union laws used against 'Sheffield Trees Action' protesters

Alistair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party

What happens when a Labour council signs a 2 billion Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract with a multinational corporation to manage its streets for the next 25 years? It ends up with local residents being arrested by South Yorkshire Police for peacefully protesting to save mature roadside trees being felled by Amey plc.

This is what has been happening in Sheffield over the last few months. It's cheaper for Amey to cut trees down than it is to maintain them and the pavements. Amey has a clear profit motive - if it blitzes the city's trees in the first five years of its 25-year contract, it can spend the next 20 years with much lower maintenance costs.

Because of the furore caused by this, the council set up an 'Independent Trees Panel' to assess whether trees were "dying, diseased, decaying or dangerous" but then ignored its advice and cut the trees down anyway!

Dawn raid on trees

In November the Labour council colluded with Amey and South Yorkshire Police in a dawn raid to cut trees down on Rustlings Road. This resulted in two pensioners and a passer-by being arrested on charges subsequently thrown out at court.

After that public relations disaster the council said that there wouldn't be any more 5am operations. But the tree felling has continued with over 4,000 axed so far and another 14,000 planned.

This has led to huge and well organised opposition of local campaign groups coordinated by Sheffield Trees Action Group (STAG). Sheffield's Labour council leaders have dismissed this as being "a middle-class issue". While it's true that most protests have been in 'leafier' areas, the future of the environment is not just a 'middle class issue', as nature and pollution affect us all. In any case, many of the tree protesters are being politicised as they connect together austerity cuts and privatisation with the role of the council, Amey and the police.

Divisions in Labour

The issue has split the local Labour Party and Momentum. One Labour councillor was suspended from the Labour group for abstaining on a motion critical of the council's handling of Rustlings Road. Resolutions critical of the council leaders have been discussed at Labour ward meetings. And a "Labour Against PFI" banner is now often seen on protests.

Last week, nine more protesters, including a Green Party councillor, were arrested under 1992 anti-trade union laws for "preventing lawful work". Police appear in big numbers before every felling to facilitate Amey contractors. Two residents were even arrested who were standing under a tree with the property owner's consent. South Yorkshire Police are acting as Amey's private security firm!

This is what happens when Labour councils refuse to fight the Tory government cuts; they end up down the privatisation road, backing corporations against local residents and sending police to use Thatcher's anti-union laws to arrest people.

The first two protesters arrested under anti-union legislation back in November go to trial on 9th March in what will be a big test case given the increasing number of arrests.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 13 February 2017 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

Sheffield:

triangleSheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

triangleSheffield trees campaigner sentenced to prison

triangleOrgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

triangleSheffield South Socialist Party: Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution

triangleSheffield North Socialist Party: The causes of capitalist crisis

Union:

triangleUsdaw general secretary coronation

triangleWarrington Socialist Party: The battle of Winwick Quay

triangleVirgin train workers ballot for strike action

triangleHuge support for strikes of bus drivers and train guards

Trade union:

triangleObituary: Derek Robinson, car workers' leader, 1927-2017

triangleNew play celebrates Grunwick strike

triangleAslef members must reject poor Southern Rail offer

Labour:

triangleLeft comic's take on politics will have you in tears

triangleSouthampton: Corbynista success but cuts continue

Council:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Police:

triangleThe "club no-one wants to be part of" - march by families of those killed in police custody

South Yorkshire:

triangle'Freedom riders' lobby against violent policing

Privatisation:

triangleCorbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will

PFI:

trianglePFI privateers dodge tax

Cuts:

triangleNHS cuts kill!

Environment:

triangleCarbon dioxide hits 800,000-year high: end profit-driven pollution

Anti-union laws:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers