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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 October 2015
Workplace news in brief
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.
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!
Workplace news in brief
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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