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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2020
Hull: Defend Tony Smith!
Tony Smith, photo Phil Culshaw (Click to enlarge)
Trade unionists will be outraged by the dismissal of Tony Smith at an FCC company disciplinary hearing. His appeal hearing is on 15 September.
Tony is a Unison union activist and was sacked for 'gross misconduct', but in reality he has been victimised for trade union activities.
All of Tony's fellow drivers at the FCC waste disposal plant at Wilmington agreed that Tony made a correct health and safety call, but this was ignored in a blatant stitch up by management. Tony led the successful strike two years ago which won sick pay rights for 2,500 FCC workers up and down the country.
Hull Trade Union Council will be protesting outside the site and we will be trying to organise more extensive action to coincide with Tony's appeal.
Please send messages of support to Tony Smith c/o Hull City Unison, Town Hall Chambers, 39 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AG or email via [email protected]
Mike Whale, chair, Hull Trade Union Council
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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 9 September 2020:
Fight the schools Covid crisis
Safety overridden in drive to bolster the economy
Caerphilly lockdown puts profits before safety
Under the microscope
Campaigns and party news
Jobs, training, pay, we want a future!
Dover: Solidarity with refugees - applause and cheers for socialist ideas to unite working class
BLM: Socialist alternative to racist capitalism
Big push to hit finance target
15% now - unions must fight for NHS pay rise
Callous Tories threaten not to uprate the minimum wage
XR blockade: Don't let the Tories criminalise protest
Grenfell fire inquiry stops victims attending
Video game developer attacks Black Lives Matter
What we think
U-turn Tories' splits are growing
Fight Amazon's anti-union spies
NSSN rally: Workers must not pay the price of Covid
Nottingham City Council: The (mis)adventures of Robin Hood Energy
Covid-19 pandemic increases financial pressures on Welsh local government
Ireland: Debenham's workers occupy stores
Hull: Defend Tony Smith!
Reinstate Richie Venton
A critical election for Unison general secretary
Back at work! TUSC to stand in elections again against pro-austerity politicians
Belarus: Mass opposition continues to defy repression by Lukashenko's regime
Strike wave marks new stage in revival of Iranian workers' movement
The Socialist 9 September 2020 |
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