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The Socialist 18 August 2010

Action now to defeat cuts!

The Socialist issue 635

Action now to defeat cuts!


Pakistan: Workers' solidarity urgently needed

Floods in Pakistan bring devastation - poor suffer most


Youth must fight for a future!

Student demo should be start of the fightback

No to advice service cuts

Decent pay for interns

Uni bosses say cuts will cause closures


Forecasts of fragile economic growth


Cameron sticks the boot into our council housing

Private-profit company granted 'snoopers' charter'

Private Finance Initiative: A licence to print money


Coventry Against the Cuts challenge councillors' 'legal obligation'

Northern Ireland: Belfast Stop the Cuts Alliance established

Bromley care workers fight privatisation and job cuts

Defend Our Community Services launched in Bracknell

Cuts devastate mental health services


The legacy of Leon Trotsky


Kirklees Unison strike ballot launched

CWU members accept BT pay deal

Debate how to fight back at Socialism 2010

Tube staff vote for action against cuts

Jobs under threat at Ministry of Justice

Airport workers win improved offer from BAA

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party summer camp - book now!


Russia's raging wildfires - a crisis of government policies


Bradford must organise against the EDL

Birmingham: Community says 'No' to racist spy cameras

 
 

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Kirklees Unison strike ballot launched

Kirklees Unison has launched a formal industrial action ballot, to begin strike action in September to challenge the council's headlong rush into some of the most swingeing cuts in living memory.

Huddersfield Socialist Party members

Last year, the council promised to cut £250-£400 million from the budget, with 2,000 job losses. It has tried to lure workers from their jobs with offers of redundancy and early retirement, but so far only a few hundred workers have taken up the 'offer'. Now the council, with a minority Labour leadership, it is setting out to tear up just about every local agreement in the book. So far it has:

  • Drawn up a hit-list of all temporary and casual staff to be targeted for redundancy.
  • Issued a notice of compulsory redundancy for 150 unnamed staff.
  • Planned to axe half of all admin staff, about 350 workers.
  • Listed workers aged 64 plus who will be forced to leave work on their 65th birthday.
  • Reduced the redundancy pay for all those who leave.
  • Unsuccessfully tried to reduce the pension entitlement for all those who leave.
  • Introduced a new formula for calculating sickness absence which will be used to get rid of those who have 'too much' time off sick.

The local Unison branch is organising workplace meetings across the borough to encourage a big 'yes' vote and a big turnout. Inevitably there are questions about the chances of pushing the council back and whether members can afford to strike. However there is a growing realisation that we have no choice.

The union is also organising weekly campaigning stalls to rally the public behind the action and has called a demonstration on 11 September in Huddersfield as a focal point.

  • Please send messages of support to: Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP.

In this issue

Action now to defeat cuts!


International socialist news

Pakistan: Workers' solidarity urgently needed

Floods in Pakistan bring devastation - poor suffer most


Socialist Party youth and students

Youth must fight for a future!

Student demo should be start of the fightback

No to advice service cuts

Decent pay for interns

Uni bosses say cuts will cause closures


Socialist Party editorial

Forecasts of fragile economic growth


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cameron sticks the boot into our council housing

Private-profit company granted 'snoopers' charter'

Private Finance Initiative: A licence to print money


Socialist Party campaigns

Coventry Against the Cuts challenge councillors' 'legal obligation'

Northern Ireland: Belfast Stop the Cuts Alliance established

Bromley care workers fight privatisation and job cuts

Defend Our Community Services launched in Bracknell

Cuts devastate mental health services


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

The legacy of Leon Trotsky


Socialist Party workplace news

Kirklees Unison strike ballot launched

CWU members accept BT pay deal

Debate how to fight back at Socialism 2010

Tube staff vote for action against cuts

Jobs under threat at Ministry of Justice

Airport workers win improved offer from BAA

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party events

Socialist Party summer camp - book now!


International socialist news and analysis

Russia's raging wildfires - a crisis of government policies


Socialist Party news and comment

Bradford must organise against the EDL

Birmingham: Community says 'No' to racist spy cameras


 

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