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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 June 2011

Workers turn up the heat in Southampton

Nick Chaffey
Photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Over 1,000 council workers, striking Medirest cleaners and their supporters marched through Southampton on 13 June, in a powerful show of solidarity against vicious council cuts and the scandalous consequence of the private sector in the NHS.

Photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Strikers were out picketing from early in the morning. For Medirest cleaners this is their sixth strike and, with action over seven days, their longest to date. Reports are circulating of Medirest using unemployed workers on benefits from the government's new slave labour initiative. If true, this is a major warning to the trade unions of the need to link up with the unemployed to fight this new legislation.

Photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Council workers have made it clear they will fight measures to impose pay cuts. Ian Woodland, Unite regional organiser, made it clear to the rally: "We will not walk into talks until the council removes the threat to sack workers." Local polls in the press give the current public support to the strikers at 66%. The heat is on the council as the rubbish piles up across the city.

Photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Southampton Socialist Party received positive support for our leaflet calling for council-wide strike action on 30 June alongside other public sector workers if the council has not backed down by then.

Text messages of support to Medirest Unison steward Jo Spear 07899 087957.

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In The Socialist 15 June 2011:


Fighting the cuts

Strike 30 June

Workers turn up the heat in Southampton

Customs & Revenue staff strike against attendance management policy

No cuts to English language classes!

Hands off our pensions!

Carmarthenshire council day club closure lobby


NHS news & campaigning

Tories make token changes - save the NHS

Con-Dem health plans ignore patients and staff

NHS "listening events" - Flip chart 'democracy'


National Shop Stewards Network

NSSN conference - serious and inspiring preparation for battles to come


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fighting anti-cuts meeting in Scotland hears socialist alternative

Child poverty increasing under the Con-Dems

Say no to government's slave labour programme

Winterbourne View - fight privatisation, end abuses

London 'Slutwalk' protest: Fight sexism, discrimination and cuts

News in brief

Dewsbury rejects racist EDL

To hell with for-profit education


Socialist Party feature

The growing housing scandal


Socialist Party workplace news

Tube drivers prepare to strike

Sheffield university strikers more determined

Unison conference - No to pension attacks

Unison NEC elections - left retakes lost ground


International socialist news and analysis

Austerity and anger in Greece


 

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Southampton:

triangleSave St Mary's Leisure Centre

triangleSouthampton West Socialist Party: The crisis in housing

triangleSouthampton West Socialist Party: British Perspectives - a report from the SP national committee

triangleHundreds protest to save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

triangleSouthampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce

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triangleBrighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

triangleRestore Cardiff's slashed services

triangleCoventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

Medirest:

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triangleEaling hospital workers fight miserly Medirest

Cleaners:

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triangleMoJ cleaners' covid outbreak

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