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Youth Fight for Jobs outside Sports Direct, photo by Ian Pattison

Youth Fight for Jobs outside Sports Direct, photo by Ian Pattison

14 August 2013

Zero tolerance for zero-hours!

Zero-hour contracts have hit the headlines with a bang. One million workers - more than four times as many as previously thought - are on zero-hour contracts, writes Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs.

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14 August 2013

Tunisia: Mobilise to bring down the government

Since the murder of the left-leaning leader Mohamed Brahmi on 25 July a cascade of mass protests, including a general strike on 26 July, has shaken every corner of Tunisia

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The Case for Socialism

The Case for Socialism

10 August 2013

The case for socialism

Introduction: When the Sunday Times first published its annual Rich List in 1989, the combined wealth of the 200 richest people in Britain was 38 billion (80 billion in today's money).
In 2013 it had increased to 318.2 billion. Prolonged economic crisis has meant growing impoverishment for the majority but it has not halted the enrichment of a few at the top of British society...

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For a twenty-four hour general strike

For a twenty-four hour general strike

10 August 2013

For a 24-hour general strike

However, the working class is potentially the most powerful force in society. Worldwide the working class today is a larger part of the population than it has ever been, far larger than it was 160 years

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NSSN placard: 24 Hour General Strike Against Austerity

17 July 2013

'We've had enough' - All strike together!

The government has announced a stock market flotation of the majority of Royal Mail within nine months, the biggest privatisation since the dark days of Thatcher. It threatens a national service that's been in public ownership for 479 years.

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10 July 2013

Lobby the TUC for 24-hour strike!

At a well-attended July branch meeting, Bracknell Unite supported the NSSN's call for a lobby of the TUC at Bournemouth on 8 September

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10 July 2013

Portugal's government on the ropes again

For mass action to end rotten coalition and install a workers' alternative: In recent weeks Portugal has been plunged into possibly the deepest and most desperate episode of political turmoil since the onset of the economic crisis and intervention of the Troika over two years ago

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4 July 2013

Portugal - government collapsing

The Portuguese coalition government is on the brink of collapse. Following a colossal general strike on 27 June, the resignation of two high profile ministers - Vitor Gaspar, hated finance minister responsible

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3 July 2013

Model motion from the NSSN

TUC - name the day for a 24-hour general strike

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NSSN 7th annual conference June 2013, photo by Senan

NSSN 7th annual conference June 2013, photo by Senan

3 July 2013

National Shop Stewards Network seventh annual conference

There has been no pause in the Con-Dems' vicious austerity drive. The spending review included a further 11.5 billion of cuts. Councils will face a 10% budget cut from 2015. Automatic annual pay progression

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Part of the audience at NSSN conference, 29.6.13, photo Senan

1 July 2013

NSSN conference - trade unionists discuss strategy to defeat government's austerity

The NSSN conference brought together 400 activists on 29 June. A key topic for discussion was how to make the demand for a 24-hour general strike a reality.

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TUC demo 20 October 2012 with placard calling for a 24 hour general strike , photo Senan

TUC demo, 20 October 2012

19 June 2013

Cuts can be beaten!

Trade unions - call a 24-hour general strike: The People's Assembly on 22 June has attracted considerable support, which shows the widespread anger against government cuts. It should express unequivocal support for a 24-hour general strike to indicate the way to success in defeating the cuts

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19 June 2013

Wales Shop Stewards' Network conference

At the WSSN conference on 8 June, some of the trade union movement's most determined leaders discussed the austerity onslaught and what we're going to do about it

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Maidstone PCS picket, eight on the picket lines, sends fraternal greetings to the NSSN - we'll be sending delegates to the conference on June 29th. Solidarity!

5 June 2013

NSSN conference: Unite to fight all the cuts

Pay cuts, jobs cuts, pension cuts, low pay, high rents, Bedroom Tax... The National Shop Stewards Network conference on 29 June will bring together trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners to discuss action over the coming months.

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8 May 2013

CWU supports 24-hour general strike

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference on 21 and 22 April was held against the backdrop of the constant threat of wholesale postal privatisation and unprecedented attacks, union busting and sackings of CWU members across Royal Mail, BT and the communications industry

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8 May 2013

Portugal: Government in disarray... Left must seize the opportunity

The situation in Portugal is explosive. The decision of the Constitutional Court (CC) to declare four measures of the state budget illegal, amounting to a value of 1.3 billion, only confirmed what many had already said ...

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1 May 2013

IDS' 'wealthy pensioners' smoke screen

Reasons for a 24-hour general strike: Iain Duncan Smith's proposal that "wealthier pensioners" should pay back universal benefits is a cover for a full blooded attack on pensions and benefits

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Martin Powell Davies speaking at the NSSN's lobby of the TUC, Rob Williams on right,  24.4.13, photo by N Cafferky

24 April 2013

TUC: Set the date for a 24-hour general strike!

Up to 200 trade unionists, workers and campaigners lobbied the TUC general council this morning, 24th April

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24 April 2013

Scottish TUC supports 24-hour general strike against austerity

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) has passed a motion in support of a one-day general strike in Scotland in response to the savage austerity being carried out by the Con-Dem government, writes Philip Stott.

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23 April 2013

CWU continues support for a 24-hour general strike

CWU conference was held against the backdrop of unprecedented attacks

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