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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 May 2014
Workplace news in brief
University and College Union (UCU) members at Lambeth college in south London were on strike on 1 May. The college had been granted an injunction to prevent an all-out strike but the UCU responded by reballoting for strike action.
The dispute is over attempts to change contracts to increase workloads, cut pay, sick pay and holiday entitlement.
QA Hospital strike
Workers at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth are going on a 24-hour strike from midnight on 9 May. The GMB members work for Carillion and are protesting against staff shortages, grievances which Carillion and the hospital trust are not taking seriously. The strike is scheduled to take place every fortnight.
At the FBU picket line at the Western Station, in Leicester on 2 May the strikers were waiting to talk to me when I arrived to give support. They already knew I was from the Socialist Party, and one of them immediately said: "You want co-ordinated strike action from everyone don't you? Our union leadership seems reluctant to do it, but I think we need it."
This was before I had even said anything! A debate immediately broke out about the value of a one-day general strike.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
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In The Socialist 7 May 2014:
Socialist Party election campaigning
Fight cuts, Back strikes, Vote TUSC
More local news coverage for TUSC, but BBC downplays council elections
Join the TUSC Thunderclap
Defend the right to campaign
Why I'm standing for TUSC
Housing crisis: TUSC candidates demand socialist policies
Election appeal 2014 - £4,278 raised so far
Socialist Party feature
Prepare for almighty battles against austerity
International socialist news and analysis
$15: Seattle shows what a movement can achieve
Socialist Party news and analysis
Schools - Would things get better under Labour?
Private sector rents and Labour
Care homes abuse scandals
Pfizer takeover bid
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
RMT forces London Underground to back down
Striking against Land Registry cuts
Care UK workers start 14 days of strike action
CWU conference - time to build Broad Left
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
We can scrap zero-hour contracts
No support for zero-hour contracts
RMT turns out in strength for May Day march
May Day rallies in Swansea and Ipswich
Battling the cuts: when push comes to shove
Freedom riders on a storm
Leeds protest against privatisation of student loans
The Socialist 7 May 2014 |
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