Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1041/29077

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 May 2019

Newham gas workers to strike against Labour's pay and safety attacks


Stop press!

The threat of strike action has forced the council back! The gas workers have won! More to follow...


Newham gas safety and housing maintenance workers protesting ahead of threatened strike action, 3.5.19, photo by Ian Pattison

Newham gas safety and housing maintenance workers protesting ahead of threatened strike action, 3.5.19, photo by Ian Pattison   (Click to enlarge)

Ian Pattison, East London Socialist Party

In October, Newham's Labour council promised a "closer working relationship" with general union Unite, and said it "values its staff and the unions they are members of."

But on 3 May, 40 of the east London borough's housing maintenance workers had to protest outside their workplace - the Bridge Road depot in Stratford - against pay cuts and other issues.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said the council's proposed new rota could leave "up to 42 weeks of the year without a manager having gas knowledge to deal with potential gas emergencies and issues involving some of our most vulnerable residents."

On the protest, we heard horror stories caused by cuts. Gas safety managers will strike on 9 and 10 May.

Housing repair and refuse workers are also balloting for strikes. Unite estimates bin workers could have lost up to 20,000 each.

East London Socialist Party calls on Newham's Labour council to immediately agree to the union's demands and stop all these attacks.

In 2018, the council dragged its feet when campaigners urged it to help block local schools becoming privately run 'academies'.

It was only strike action by school workers, led by Socialist Party member and National Education Union branch secretary Louise Cuffaro, that stopped academisation.

Unite will have to do the same now. We back the striking workers 100%.

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


In The Socialist 8 May 2019:


Socialist Party election analysis

Local elections: Tory meltdown but Labour loses ground

England council elections: socialist anti-cuts message chimes with voters

Leicester elections: "We planted a marker for the future"

Bolsover elections: Labour's cuts councillors punished by voters

Halton Brook election: support for our policies on doorstep


International socialist news and analysis

Spanish elections - new upheavals underline need for a revolutionary socialist alternative


Socialist Party news and analysis

Climate catastrophe looms: we need socialist change

Young and old, unite and fight!

Water bosses plan to undermine nationalisation: no compensation for fat cats!

Northern Ireland: Socialist wins council seat

Them & Us


Workplace news and analysis

Unions must back a general election and oppose bosses' EU

Doncaster NHS pay win shows: strikes can get results!

PCS union: listen to members, link the campaigns - we can win fight on pay

Usdaw union conference demands action on pay, jobs and the right

UCU general secretary election: fight for a left leadership!

Newham gas workers to strike

Hull dinner ladies protest against loss of week's pay

Asda workers protest against attacks on paid breaks and bank holiday working

Woolwich Ferry staff to strike over pay and safety

Radiographers' union slams professional costs


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Labour launches homelessness campaign

Socialist vision at Leeds May Day rally

Alternative housing awards shames bosses


Opinion

Sequel to 'A Very British Coup' - workers' struggle, not bosses' EU and media, is route to socialism

'Line of Duty' - twists and turns as organised crime meets police corruption

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 8 May 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Newham:

triangleOppose big business's sphere of influence!

triangleEast London bin workers call 12-day strike over wage grades

triangleNeglected Newham tenants demand action

triangleNewham gas workers' strike threat

triangleNewham bin workers ballot for strikes

Strike:

triangle35th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave

triangleThem & Us

triangleColloids workers strike to support sacked rep

triangleNotts college contract dispute

Pay:

triangleUnion action can tackle 58% working poverty rate

triangleStriking workers defy the race to the bottom at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports

triangleBluestar bus drivers' strike over pay

Labour:

triangleNorth Shields: second march and rally to #SaveOurBridge

triangleFord Bridgend workers vote to fight to save threatened plant

Gas:

triangleBritish Gas workers need rank-and-file leadership

Unite:

triangleStagecoach drivers continue their fight

East London:

triangleAngry residents' meeting demands answers and action following fire

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

26/6/19

NSSN

Come to the 2019 NSSN conference

26/6/19

Lancashire

Stagecoach drivers continue their fight

26/6/19

Bridgend

NSSN meeting determined to fight for Ford workers

26/6/19

Devon

Stop the Devon and Somerset fire service cuts

26/6/19

Hull

Hull trade union festival a great success

26/6/19

Barking

Angry Barking fire victims demand action from landlords and authorities

26/6/19

Harrogate

Harrogate academy workers strike against cuts

26/6/19

Unite

Colloids workers strike to support sacked rep

26/6/19

Nottingham

Notts college contract dispute

26/6/19

Midlands

Midlands mental health workers walk out against privatisation

26/6/19

RMT

Salisbury South Western Rail strikers determined

26/6/19

Unison

Unison conference: Socialist Party members call for anti-cuts fight and build left challenge

26/6/19

Glasgow

Striking workers defy the race to the bottom at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports

26/6/19

Education

Unions and campaigners discuss fight to end education crisis

19/6/19

South Western Railway

South Western Railway staff strike for safety

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999