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The Socialist 13 June 2018

Grenfell: still waiting for justice

The Socialist issue 999

Grenfell: still waiting for justice


Civil service pay strike ballot: vote yes! Smash the cap!

PCS members in DWP say: Pay up now!


How can we fight for trade unions that fight for women?


Five reasons to walk out on 13 July

City vultures make millions from Carillion chaos

Retail crunch: more giants on their knees - nationalise them now

Pay rises of 283% needed for most to afford London homes

Them & us


Health unions accept divisive NHS pay deal

NHS workers plan coordinated strikes across West Yorks against outsourcing

4,000 Rolls-Royce jobs at risk

Transport for London to lose central grant: bus workers must prep for action

Housing strike against individualised pay enters week two

Vote Mike Rolfe for Napo general secretary


Venezuela: Neither the capitalists nor regime can solve the crisis

Eyewitness report from Gaza: "Razan was killed in front of my eyes"


Build an anti-racist workers' movement

Help to sell the Socialist

Don't delay, buy issue 1000 today

Sheffield Labour council "happy" to jail trees protesters

In the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"

 
 
 
 
 

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Vote Mike Rolfe for Napo general secretary

Napo members striking against privatisation in 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

Napo members striking against privatisation in 2013, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Chas Berry, Napo national executive committee (personal capacity)

As the ballot for general secretary of probation and family court union Napo gets underway, members will recognise that change is needed at the top to restore confidence and lead the fightback.

Taking up the challenge is Mike Rolfe, former chair of the POA, the prison, correctional and secure psychiatric workers' union.

Mike made headlines during the 2016 prisons crisis by risking imprisonment himself by threatening strike action in defence of his members whose safety was at risk. His stand helped secure a reversal of staff cuts and a pay deal that broke the Tory government's pay cap.

Probation and family court workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have suffered four years of crippling workloads, staff shortages and deteriorating conditions.

The chaotic part-privatisation of probation services has taken what was once a highly motivated profession and transformed it into a demoralised and de-skilled workforce, spread across 24 separate companies.

Our union, Napo, has survived. But it is struggling to make a significant difference to the working lives of members who have had pay frozen for nine years, and are now expected to pay more and work longer for pensions that are worth less.

Mike is a Corbyn supporter and stood for Labour in last year's general election. He has previously stood for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). His election would undoubtedly give confidence to activists who have been battered relentlessly as they struggle to represent members with dwindling resources.

Mike promises to defend the primary role of the branch as the democratic lifeblood of the union against an increasingly corporate model of organisation. In five years, the incumbent, Ian Lawrence, has been unable to stop a decline in membership, and it is time for him to step aside.

Ballot papers must be returned by Thursday 28 June.


In this issue


Grenfell Tower

Grenfell: still waiting for justice


PCS union

Civil service pay strike ballot: vote yes! Smash the cap!

PCS members in DWP say: Pay up now!


Fighting sexism

How can we fight for trade unions that fight for women?


Socialist Party news and analysis

Five reasons to walk out on 13 July

City vultures make millions from Carillion chaos

Retail crunch: more giants on their knees - nationalise them now

Pay rises of 283% needed for most to afford London homes

Them & us


Workplace news and analysis

Health unions accept divisive NHS pay deal

NHS workers plan coordinated strikes across West Yorks against outsourcing

4,000 Rolls-Royce jobs at risk

Transport for London to lose central grant: bus workers must prep for action

Housing strike against individualised pay enters week two

Vote Mike Rolfe for Napo general secretary


International socialist news and analysis

Venezuela: Neither the capitalists nor regime can solve the crisis

Eyewitness report from Gaza: "Razan was killed in front of my eyes"


Socialist Party campaigns

Build an anti-racist workers' movement

Help to sell the Socialist

Don't delay, buy issue 1000 today

Sheffield Labour council "happy" to jail trees protesters

In the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"


 

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