Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/754/16227

From The Socialist newspaper, 27 February 2013

Workplace news in brief

PCS ballot

Members of the civil service union PCS are being encouraged to ensure a big 'yes' vote for action by asking them to bring their ballot paper to work on 27 February, some are exchanging them for badges saying "I've voted 'yes'". The national ballot for a campaign of industrial action against attacks on pay, pensions and terms and conditions, closes on 4 March. The vote 'yes' campaign is being backed up by workplace meetings.

Attack on union rights

Right-wing Tory ministers are campaigning for prime minister Cameron to put a clause in his manifesto for the next general election which would make a strike illegal unless at least 50% of union members take part in the strike ballot. An interesting proposal since only 15% turned out to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioners' elections last year. Were the PCC elections illegal then?

Other ideas for attacks on trade union rights include allowing agency workers to be brought in as scabs during strikes and to increase the amount of notice which has to be given to bosses before strikes are called.

There are also considerable attacks on facility time allowed for trade union reps in the civil service.

Drivers strike

Tanker drivers working for BP at Grangemouth in the east of Scotland are due to start a four-day strike on 28 February. The Unite members are threatened with a pay cut of 1,400 a year and a cut in pensions after an aviation contract was switched from BP to DHL.

They walked out in protest on 22 February. None of the workers were expecting the bosses to come back to the negotiating table any time soon and so they are resolute in their determination to take the further four-day strike action.

Construction blacklist

Two important tribunals are being held this week, concerning blacklisted construction workers. On 26 February engineer Dave Smith is going to the Employment Appeal tribunal. At Dave's test case Employment Tribunal in January 2012, companies in the Carillion group admitted in court to blacklisting him because he was a trade union health and safety rep. But he lost the case on a legal technicality because he was not directly employed by the companies but via an employment agency.

He is now taking the case to appeal, arguing that to uphold his human rights, the tribunal should extend legal protection to all workers and not just direct employees.

Carillion are also facing claims of bullying, corruption and racism by nearly 100 GMB members who work at Swindon hospital.

On 27 February Unite union rep Frank Morris is going to an Employment Tribunal against construction firms on the Crossrail project in London. Frank claims he was sacked for raising safety concerns by Crossrail and the BFK consortium.

After elections to the Northern Ireland public sector union Nipsa, the left now has 20 of the 25 executive seats - up from seven last year. Of these, nine are members of the Socialist Party in Northern Ireland.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 27 February 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Austerity... Anger... Action!

Resist all attacks on trade union facility time

The Work Programme isn't working

Will the Tories play the benefits card?

Foodbank figures reveal reality of austerity

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Big response for Workers' and Socialist Party

Italian election - Results resolve nothing


Socialist Party workplace news

Oil tanker drivers show their industrial strength

Socialists strengthened on NUT executive

London workers lobby GLA about cuts and conditions

Housing support - workers and service users under attack

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Southampton: Councillors must fight attacks on council services

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: building an anti-cuts electoral voice

Hull: build an unstoppable force

Campaigning against the cuts

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Marching against cuts in Coventry

Socialist Party 2013 congress

Socialist Party Scotland conference


Socialist history

45 years since the Ford Dagenham strike: women workers still fighting for decent pay


Readers' comments

Should socialists support GM foods?

A busy day in the life of a 'shirker'


 

Home   |   The Socialist 27 February 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

PCS:

trianglePCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

triangleVote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

trianglePCS elections: Vote for Democracy Alliance candidates!

triangleBritish Museum: Carillion workers demand to be brought back in-house

trianglePCS: Re-elect the left and fight for decent pay

Construction:

triangleHinkley workers win back unpaid wages after sit-in protest

triangleZero new homes 'affordable' in Blairite Manchester

triangleWoolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Strike:

triangleBromley library workers win strike campaign

triangleUCU members vote to end pensions dispute

triangleBromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

Union:

triangleUsdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

triangleGender pay gap figures show need for trade union action

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/4/18

Hull

College protest against job losses

22/4/18

Bromley

Bromley library workers win strike campaign

18/4/18

UCU

UCU members vote to end pensions dispute

18/4/18

Usdaw

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

18/4/18

Leeds

Victorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

18/4/18

Hull

Hull says no to war, no to austerity

18/4/18

The Socialist

The Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

18/4/18

Socialist Party

Building fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

18/4/18

Fighting Fund

Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

18/4/18

Scotland

Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

18/4/18

Newham

Avenue School strikers and parents win judicial review

18/4/18

PCS

Vote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

18/4/18

PCS

PCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

18/4/18

Bromley

Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

18/4/18

Butterfields

Butterfields tenants join TUSC campaign

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999