Reports and campaigns

20 February 2019

Birmingham Uni: Standing up to racism is not harassment!

On 1 February, the Guild of the University of Birmingham formally de-recognised the University of Birmingham Socialist Students society in an attack on democracy and free speech on campus, writes Socialist Student Statement on de-recognition.

20 February 2019

Leeds TUC presents a no-cuts alternative budget

The anti-austerity committee of Leeds Trade Union Council (TUC) - which brings together the city's unions - presented its alternative city budget at a special public meeting on 12 February.

20 February 2019

Conference shows potential for fighting leadership

Around 90 delegates and visitors from Socialist Students groups debated the student movement and its socialist potential

20 February 2019

Bin strike against 'blacklisting'

Hundreds of Birmingham bin workers took strike action to protest against secret payments to workers who did not take part in the 2017 bin strike.

20 February 2019

Socialists stand against Blairite mayor

Leicester Socialist Party has announced it has selected Steve Score, local campaigner, to stand in May's mayoral elections

20 February 2019

Unite GLL pay campaign

Unite the Union has launched a pay campaign targeting GLL. The company, operating under brand name 'Better', competes for leisure and library contracts around the country.

20 February 2019

TV: Les MisÚrables - Hugo's novel and this adaptation both offer a message of hope

Les MisÚrables started life as a three-volume novel by Victor Hugo written during his political exile from France.

20 February 2019

Energy retail firm collapse hits Tyneside

Already reeling from numerous national and local collapses of businesses today fresh blows were rained down on Tyneside's struggling workforce.

20 February 2019

Claimants and union slam Universal Credit

On 24 January, a public meeting by Haringey Against Universal Credit was attended by about 100 people.

20 February 2019

Lincoln students back UCU ballot

On the evening of the 28 January, Lincoln Socialist Students organised a meeting on the University and College Union ballot currently underway.

20 February 2019

"There's no planet B": Thousands of youth strike against climate change - we need socialist change!

On 15 February, tens of thousands of school and college students walked out of their lessons to join protests across the country to demand action over climate change and environmental destruction.

20 February 2019

Annoyed?! I'm annoyed to be on poverty wages

There was another lively picket outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London on 13 February. The staff, PCS members, are outsourced on contracts that pay poverty wages. They want to be brought back in-house and paid a living wage.

20 February 2019

Universal Credit staff ballot for action

The possibility of strike action on 11-12 March is on the cards at Walsall and Wolverhampton Universal Credit service centres. The ballot finishes on 25 February.

20 February 2019

PCS Left Unity must unite on pay and elections

Forty years of union activists' work, building the broad left of the civil servants' union PCS Left Unity - and democratising the union, is being put at risk by the divisive and sectarian antics of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and Socialist View group.

20 February 2019

Harrowing accounts of austerity at Unison women's conference

Delegates at the women's conference of public sector union Unison gave harrowing accounts of living their lives in debt, and how they have been reduced to choosing between eating and heating while trying to put food on the table for their families.

20 February 2019

Leicester college pay strike goes on

After their successful one-day strike on 6 February, staff from both sites at WQE college in Leicester struck again on 13-14 February.

20 February 2019

Nationalise to save jobs at Honda!

Car manufacturer Honda has said it will close its Swindon plant in 2021. If the closure goes ahead it will devastate the town as 3,500 jobs will be destroyed

20 February 2019

Cardiff Uni: urgent action needed to stop job cuts

Cardiff University plans to cut 380 posts over five years

20 February 2019

Hackney: Unite fights racism and victimisation

Hackney Council Unite the Union is preparing to consult members on industrial action following the dismissal of the branch equalities officer, Natasha Johnson

20 February 2019

Leicestershire needs NHS beds

Local NHS bosses plan to reorganise acute hospital services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), costing around ú370 million


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