Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/879/21763

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 November 2015

Workplace news in brief

Sackings strike

Workers at the high-security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside took 24-hour strike action on 13 November in protest over the sacking of two nurses involved in a violent struggle with a patient. The Prison Officers' Association (POA) asserts that both Kevin Gregson and Peter Hilton were sacked despite following guidelines. The POA, which has over 500 members at the hospital, said it was calling for an independent inquiry into the dismissal of the two members of staff.

Rep reinstated

Sandy Nicoll, SOAS Unison branch secretary, SOAS J4C activist and a long standing trade unionist, has been reinstated after being suspended by SOAS management on grounds of alleged gross misconduct (see issue 877). The allegations were not only false but were fabricated in an attempt to victimise him and undermine the trade union support for the students' occupation of SOAS against massive cuts and course closures. The NSSN and Socialist Party send our congratulations to Sandy, his members and his union.

Posties' protest

80 Royal Mail postal workers at Bridgwater Delivery Office in Somerset defied the Tory anti-union laws on 11 November. The workers walked out without a ballot to protest at Royal Mail's refusal to reinstate Andrew Mootoo, a worker who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. Andrew has been waiting so long for Royal Mail to support his return to work that his pay has been stopped and he has to rely on benefits. Dave Chapple, CWU rep, said: "Most decent employers would do their best to try and get a disabled worker like Andrew Mootoo off benefits and back to work on a properly adjusted duty. Instead, for 18 months, since MS was diagnosed, Royal Mail, nationally and locally, has tried every dirty trick in their book to get Andrew the sack and reduce him to a lifetime of benefits dependency." Every reasonable compromise CWU offered to Royal Mail has been spurned. 80 Bridgwater trade unionists have, a day after the Tory anti-union bill passed the House of Commons, broken these vicious laws to fight for workplace justice for a severely disabled and much respected colleague.

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


In The Socialist 18 November 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

How to defend Corbyn and defeat austerity

We can defeat the Tory cuts!

Tories flog bank assets to hellhound US profiteers

Athletics doping scandal: big business profits behind global sports corruption

Councils won't spend a penny

Them & Us


Socialist Party features

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

How can young people organise to support Jeremy Corbyn?


International socialist news and analysis

Paris terror attacks


Workplace news and analysis

Junior doctors: first strikes in 40 years

Trade union action needed to fight for steel jobs

Historic London bus drivers' agreement

Reinstate sacked CWU reps

Pro-Corbyn mood among Usdaw members

Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election

Workplace news in brief


Readers' comments and reviews

All NHS unions should join junior doctors' strike

A day in the life of a Game retail worker

Why I joined: "I already feel as if I am finally home"

Robert Tressell's characters are all too real to me

My struggle for an income I can live on


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Labour bans union activist

Thousands march against India premier's bloody sectarianism

Strike to save Lambeth libraries

Gaining momentum in Lewisham

Anger at care home closure


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 November 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Royal Mail:

triangleCWU: Build for a massive Yes vote in Royal Mail

triangleWorkers to reballot for strike action

triangleRoyal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

triangleCWU's right to defend members is on the line

triangleCWU - ground laid for an almighty struggle

Union:

triangleWorkers call on Interserve bosses to recognise union

triangleTrade unions - new decade, new challenges

triangleForeign Office workers' strike

triangleBig Unison south east regional meeting votes for anti-cuts position

Protest:

trianglePeterborough food workers picket and protest

triangleLebanon - mass protests cut across sectarian division

triangleBuilding a working-class movement for Tamil rights

Workers:

triangleCardiff Socialist Party: Young workers and students fighting for their rights

triangleChesterfield Socialist Party: Is the time right for a new Scottish workers' party?

Benefits:

triangleNew BBC series - Insight or whitewash?

POA:

triangleWales is Europe's prisoner capital: capitalist cutters' crimes to blame

Strike:

triangleEast London anti-academy strikes escalate

CWU:

trianglePost Office workers - The long road to justice

Nurses:

triangleEnd health and wealth divide - Fight for our NHS

Occupation:

triangleIraq - a brutal legacy of imperialist intervention

Somerset:

triangleStop the fire service cuts

Postal workers:

trianglePosties withdraw goodwill from cruel bosses

NSSN:

triangleSupport Clive Walder

Closures:

trianglePCS union election: For a fighting democratic general secretary

Unison:

triangleLambeth Unison letter

Anti-union laws:

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: 1972 - How the Tory anti-union laws were defeated

Cuts:

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Campaigning against the cuts & for women's rights

Merseyside:

triangleTony Mulhearn - a Eulogy

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

21/2/20

Socialism

Preparing for the post-Corbyn era

19/2/20

Poll tax

Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay: the battle to defeat the poll tax

19/2/20

Environment

Cuts and climate change cause floods

19/2/20

Tories

Javid's departure foreshadows deeper Tory divisions

19/2/20

Trans

Labour Party and trans rights

12/2/20

Terrorism

Streatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

12/2/20

Cuts

How to resist Tory attacks on local communities

12/2/20

Trade unions

Trade unions - new decade, new challenges

12/2/20

London

Council houses - not private property developers

12/2/20

Councillors

Cuts councillors are the real problem

12/2/20

NHS

NHS debt so high it can't be repaid - so don't pay it!

12/2/20

NHS

Unnecessary surgery scandal shows need for democratic control of NHS

12/2/20

NHS

NHS: Fight for full funding!

12/2/20

What We Heard

What We Heard

12/2/20

Them & Us

Them & Us

triangleMore News and socialist analysis 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: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999