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The Socialist 13 May 2015

We can stop the Tories!

The Socialist issue 855

Organising resistance to Tory cuts starts now!

Fight against "five more damned years"

Tenacious TUSC celebrates hard-won progress

Labour annihilated as SNP sweeps in

Don't mourn - organise and join the socialists!


New Tory cuts: Hammering the poor

Housing crisis deepens

Bradford Fire: victims demand independent inquiry

Them & Us


Rage in Baltimore: aftermath of Freddie Gray's death

Disaster in Nepal - amplified by capitalism

Iran: free all political prisoners


Dundee porters enter sixth week of action

Barking bin workers' eight-day strike

Bromley Unite plans more sell-off walkouts

Check-off attack will not defeat PCS

FBU conference looks to continue fightback

Kone blocks negotiations

TNT/Whistl stops deliveries

RMT members vote for Network Rail strike

CWU telecoms oppose Openreach changes


EDL protected by huge police presence

Brixton marches against gentrification

Student occupation of Birmingham library

TUSC prominent on anti-academies demo

Left gains at NUS conference

Anti-PFI battle bus

 
 
 
 

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Check-off attack will not defeat PCS

Fran Heathcote, PCS DWP group president

The PCS civil servants' union very existence has been threatened over the past year. The politically-motivated decision by the government to withdraw check-off as the longstanding method of paying PCS subs has tested the union to its very limits.

Check-off has now been removed in the Home Office, defence sector, DWP and HMRC, with withdrawal now being faced in many other departments.

However, in the two biggest departments - DWP and HMRC - sign up to replacement Direct Debit subs payment has reached 78.5% and 73% respectively.

In DWP we were able to mount a legal challenge against the removal of check-off which bought us an extra month until the end of April but, despite our solicitors pushing for an early hearing, we still await a date for a court case.

With the election of a Tory majority, any idea of the decision to remove check-off being reversed is well and truly out of the window.

But reps are working hard to maximise the numbers signed up to Direct Debit and also recruit new members to PCS.

It is easy to feel downcast after the general election result but the left leadership of PCS has shown that we will not be beaten by this hostile Tory government.

PCS conference Socialist Party meeting: 'After the election, how do the unions fight back against the Tories?'

6pm at the end of conference, 19 May

Coffee Republic next to UMI Hotel

Speakers: Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe, PCS national vice-president John McInally, NIPSA president Padraig Mulholland (personal capacity)

Official NSSN fringe meeting: 'Stop the union busters!'

Syndicate 1, Brighton Conference Centre

Wednesday lunchtime, 12.30pm, 20 May

Speakers: PCS DWP president Fran Heathcote, BFAWU president Ian Hodson, NSSN chair Rob Williams


In this issue


Elections 2015

Organising resistance to Tory cuts starts now!

Fight against "five more damned years"

Tenacious TUSC celebrates hard-won progress

Labour annihilated as SNP sweeps in

Don't mourn - organise and join the socialists!


Socialist Party news and analysis

New Tory cuts: Hammering the poor

Housing crisis deepens

Bradford Fire: victims demand independent inquiry

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Rage in Baltimore: aftermath of Freddie Gray's death

Disaster in Nepal - amplified by capitalism

Iran: free all political prisoners


Socialist Party workplace news

Dundee porters enter sixth week of action

Barking bin workers' eight-day strike

Bromley Unite plans more sell-off walkouts

Check-off attack will not defeat PCS

FBU conference looks to continue fightback

Kone blocks negotiations

TNT/Whistl stops deliveries

RMT members vote for Network Rail strike

CWU telecoms oppose Openreach changes


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

EDL protected by huge police presence

Brixton marches against gentrification

Student occupation of Birmingham library

TUSC prominent on anti-academies demo

Left gains at NUS conference

Anti-PFI battle bus


 

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