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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 October 2015

Workplace news in brief

Diagnosis: angry

5,000 junior doctors descended on Newcastle from across the North East on 24 October. They were quite rightfully angry at the attacks on their terms and conditions by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt. For many, this was the first demonstration they have attended, but what was noticeable was their eagerness to fight this injustice. Some commented that they were "surrounded by socialists" but they were more than happy for us to join them in their struggle and the public applauded the march as it entered the city centre.

A speech at the beginning giving solidarity from the National Shop Stewards Network received cheers and a round of applause. This will hopefully be a stepping stone in building the resistance against these attacks in Newcastle and across the country.

Ballot papers for industrial action over the proposed new contract for junior doctors in England will be sent out on 5 November.
Paul Phillips

DLR dispute

The RMT has confirmed that over 300 staff across all grades on Keolis Amey Docklands Light Railway in London have voted by massive majorities for both strike action and action short of a strike. The dispute is over a range of serious unresolved issues that are wrecking industrial relations. Over 92% voted to strike with an even larger majority for action short of a strike. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members on DLR are furious at the way that Keolis/Amey are trying to bulldoze in some of the worst working practices and conditions in the transport sector and that anger is reflected in these ballot results. We will not sit back and allow this aggressive and bullying culture to develop on this key part of London's transport network."


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In The Socialist 29 October 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Unite to fight divided Tories

'Momentum' must mobilise for real and lasting change

Hinkley deal - no point in nuclear

Sugar tax debate misses real causes of poor diet

First new grammar school in 50 years bolsters elitism

Them & Us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli government fans the flames of conflict

CWI news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

What are the lessons of the 2010 student movement?

South African student solidarity demo

Students march in Leeds for free education


Workplace news and analysis

Steel industry and the battle for jobs

For a fighting and democratic Unison general secretary, vote Roger Bannister

Morrisons workers deserve fair pay and conditions

Hull council in aggressive attack on union convenors

Kill the Bill!

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Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film review: Suffragette

Teachers and 'growth mindset'

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fund the fight for socialism at home and internationally

TUSC councillor calls for local Labour to back Corbyn's anti-cuts stance

Housing crisis on the agenda for Socialist Party in Reading


 

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