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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 March 2009

Tubeworkers ballot

As we reported last week nearly 10,000 RMT members are balloting for strike action over jobs and pay. 3,000 jobs are under threat across London Underground (LUL) and Transport for London, which is trying to implement a 2.4 billion cuts package. LUL has tabled a five-year pay freeze.

The ballot ends on 8 April.

Newham school strike

On 19 March members of the teaching unions NUT and NASUWT went on strike against the proposal to change the Royal Docks community school into an Ark academy.

The strike was successful and the strikers leafleted parents at seven feeder primary schools.

The academy proposal would threaten facilities for children with learning difficulties, reduce the number of pupils from the local community who could attend and undermine the local sixth-form college.

The battle will continue over the next four months.

Councillors want pay rise

Greenwich Unison reacted angrily to news that at the full council meeting on 25 March, councillors were voting themselves a 2.75% pay increase.

Unison branch secretary Onay Kasab told The Socialist: "As there is no local government pay settlement of 2.75% for 2009/10, the council need to explain themselves.

"If 2.75% is good enough for councillors then this is the minimum that homecarers, teaching assistants and street sweepers should also expect.

"Why is it that when the council cannot find the money to fill vacant posts, when workers face redundancy and schools face closure, that they can find the money to increase their own salaries?"

Airwave workers win jobs concession

After a well-supported strike, negotiations between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Airwave Solutions have resulted in an agreement to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Airwave Solutions provides communications for the emergency services in the UK and was intending to make redundancies before the workers took strike action.

After the negotiations, the CWU is now recommending that their members end the industrial action.

The trade unions will now be consulted if changes are made to shift patterns and other working conditions.

As The Socialist has pointed out already, Airwave Solutions should be in the public sector anyway and not allowed to maximise its profits at the expense of workers' living standards and public safety.

CWU election victory

Socialist Party members Bernard Roome and Gary Jones have been re-elected to the CWU national executive unopposed.

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

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In The Socialist 25 March 2009:

Capitalist crisis: Make the bosses pay!

March for jobs!

Map of Youth March for Jobs route

Socialist Party editorial

Tide of job losses must be fought

Socialist Party election campaign

Rail union launches euro election challenge

An appeal from Bob Crow

No2EU Financial Appeal pdf

NO2EU Supporter appeal pdf

Socialist Party campaigns

Students need a mass fighting organisation

Credit crunch hits home

Campaign for a new workers' party

MPs - an honourable profession!

Fast News

Socialist Party feature

The uncaring care sector

Pay for your own vetting

Socialist Party marxist analysis

State repression in Britain

Keeping (illegal) tabs on us

International socialist news and analysis

France: Three million take to the streets in national strike

Canada: "Fighting back makes a difference"

Mass demo in New York against budget cuts

Scotland: International Socialists conference a big step forward

Dundee Prisme occupation: Workers remain defiant

Stop the slaughter of Tamils: London campaign meeting

Socialist Party workplace news

Nom-dom jobs slasher

New allegations hit Unison's right wing

Unison Four to face further hearings

Wales: United battle needed to stop college cuts

Fighting for justice for cleaners!

PCS Land Registry jobs and pay campaign

Workplace news in brief


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