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22 March 2017
Battle Hill walk-in centre in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, is one of two walk-ins the clinical commissioning group chair and Richard Branson-admirer Dr John Matthews has slated for closure, following a sham consultation
16 November 2016
Struggle, internationalism and socialism, these ideas - and how powerful they can be in action - electrified the magnificent rallies and workshops at Socialism 2016
11 November 2015
Gateshead's Labour council plans the closure of Grove House, a respite centre for mentally and physically disabled children between eight and 18 years of age, among the most vulnerable members of society.
14 October 2015
Socialist Party members worked tirelessly to raise over £15,000 in September to smash our quarterly fighting fund target, reaching 110%.
28 May 2014
The vote tally for the 560 local election and mayoral Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition no-cuts candidates in the 22 May elections is 68,031
9 August 2013
Churchill Cleaners working on the Tyne and Wear Metro system have secured a major victory at an Employment Tribunal after the RMT union took up their case
17 July 2013
Churchill cleaners for the Tyne and Wear Metro have mounted a serious escalation in their industrial action
25 January 2013
Churchill cleaners are still battling against poverty pay
30 December 2012
Churchill cleaners working on Tyne and Wear Metro have taken a further 72 hours of strike action over the Christmas holiday
20 June 2012
Following a successful 24-hour strike on 7 June, drivers, ticket inspectors and engineering workers covered by the Red Book Agreement were offered an improved pay award along with travel concessions on other train operating companies
12 June 2012
Striking Churchill cleaners on Tyne and Wear Metro lobbied the public body which oversees the maintenance and operations on the Metro
23 May 2012
A worker and trade unionist who was sacked at AEI Cables in Birtley, Tyne and Wear in 2011 sent us this report on what happened last year...
22 February 2012
No choice but more action: Transport union RMT member Richie Veitch recently wrote a letter to his local paper about the cleaners on the Tyne and Wear Metro, whose pay and conditions have been severely undermined since the Metro was privatised...
14 February 2012
Note: update added on 18.2.12. When health workers are gagged from speaking out at public consultation meetings, being told they can only intervene as residents, alarm bells begin to sound
27 January 2012
"If Bernard gets up your nose - picket!", was the slogan on the leaflet handed out by cleaners from Churchill Contract Services who work on Tyne and Wear Metro.
23 August 2011
From the onset Churchill has reneged on the TUPE transfer agreement, which should have guaranteed working conditions...
24 June 2011
'AEI - You owe us' chanted sacked workers on a demonstration outside the factory gates of AEI cables in Birtley, in Tyne and Wear
9 December 2009
On 4 December it was announced that DB Regio is the preferred bidder, over the in-house bid, to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro from April next year, writes Norman Hall, Keep Metro Public (KMP) steering committee and Socialist Party member and Stan Herschel, RMT regional organiser and Socialist Party Member.
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