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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 June 2013

Wage cuts... bedroom tax... racist attacks...

Build for mass anti-cuts action

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011 , photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) annual conference is only two weeks away! On Saturday 29 June, trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners will come together in a vital meeting which will discuss and plan for action against cuts and austerity attacks. This event will provide a focus for the campaign for a 24-hour general strike.

Workers in struggle will be key delegates to the conference. A Unison steward from the East Midlands who is involved in a dispute with support organisation Thera told us: "I was transferred over under the Tupe scheme from the NHS to the Thera Trust charity.

"This year, they started attacking care and support staff's conditions, including cutting wages drastically.

"We have been building a united fight of transferred workers and the existing workers. Our strikes have already forced some concessions.

"We want national action by the unions to safeguard their members' rights. Coming to NSSN conference and meeting other workers, many in similar struggles, is a vital step in building that process."

Other battles against austerity will be represented. Helen Pattison from the 'No Bedroom Tax in Newham' (NBTN) campaign explains: "Campaigning against the bedroom tax brought together local trade unionists with those affected, students and others angered by cuts.

"NBTN members will be attending NSSN conference, to organise with those in other areas fighting cuts to jobs and taking strike action against austerity and the government.

"Many workers facing cuts at work will also be hit by the bedroom tax. At NSSN conference we can carry on the fight together."

Glenn Kelly, Unison branch secretary in Bromley, condemned the atrocious arson attack on the Islamic school in Chislehurst in Bromley at the weekend that threatened the lives of staff and pupils: "It is hard not to link this attack with other anti-Muslim attacks after the terrible attack in Woolwich.

"Unison condemns the killing of Lee Rigby. However the BNP and EDL are trying to exploit the killing for their own ends. The trade unions cannot afford to ignore attempts to whip up racism.

"The trade unions have a key role to play... When our communities, our jobs and our services are under attack, we need the maximum unity of working people.

"We need to offer an alternative to the politics of racial hatred by building a mass campaign against the politics of austerity.

"Working class people need to be brought together by the trade unions, not ripped apart by the racists.

"We should unite the local community in protests, marches and where necessary strike action and even occupations to ensure that our hospitals, schools and fire stations are not allowed to be closed with the resultant loss of jobs."

The NSSN conference will be a chance to build that alternative. Don't miss out, book now!

Come to the National Shop Stewards Network conference 29 June

The 7th annual conference of the NSSN will take place on 29 June, 11am - 5pm in the Camden Centre, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE

Speakers include union general secretaries: Mark Serwotka, PCS, Billy Hayes, CWU and Steve Gillan, POA and Tommy Sheridan, Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation chair

For more information contact: or send your fee of 6 per person to: PO Box 54498, London E10 9DE.

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In The Socialist 12 June 2013:

G8 Summit protest

No to G8 austerity

Big brother is watching you

National Shop Stewards Network

Build for mass anti-cuts action

Socialist Party editorial

Labour crosses the Rubicon - again

Socialist Party news and analysis

How students beat unfair attendance policy

Far-right EDL march in Sheffield: class-based response needed

After Woolwich killing: Time for unions to lead anti-racist fight

Them & Us

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Falkirk West: Labour bureaucracy blocks left Unite union candidate

Brighton: Green council continues to carry out Con-Dem cuts

Southamption byelection: On the TUSC Against Cuts campaign trail

Historic event as Tamils and trade unions forge vital links

Socialist Party workplace news

Mid Yorks health workers win important concessions

College lecturers strike against redundancies

MoJ privatisation victory + rolling strikes across civil service

Scotland: Council workers strike ballot

Teachers vote for action on workload and pensions

Workplace news in brief

International socialist news and analysis

Syria threatens sectarian middle east war

Fightback continues in Turkey

Unison conference

Unison conference - time to reclaim the union

Unison NEC elections - Socialist Party position strengthened

Socialist Party review

Panorama: Blacklist Britain


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