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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 September 2012

Workplace news in brief


NUT action

On 26 September teachers' union NUT members will be starting a programme of industrial action in defence of their pay and conditions. Teachers are being attacked, not only with a pay freeze but with 'appraisal' measures which can be used to push teachers down the pay scales.

Regular reps' meetings are essential to coordinate the action and to escalate it to strike action where schools try to impose unacceptable policies.

But national strike action, coordinated with the other public sector unions should also be built for.


Defend the Four

As part of our long-running campaign against a witch-hunt within Unison of four Socialist Party members, we launched a new petition in June this year. The Four had been accused of several breaches of the union's rules but were singled out when they argued for increased democracy within the union.

The petition opposed the fact that Unison was intending to spend up to another 100,000 appealing the previous decisions against them at an employment tribunal and employment appeals tribunal.

The petition called on Unison to stop spending money on further persecution of the Four.

The petition got massive support over the summer. We have 1,000 signatures and over 400 on an electronic petition.

This was presented to Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, before the TUC on 9 September.

Brian Debus

Argos strike

On 19 September workers at five Argos distribution centres are likely to be starting a four-day national strike. This is over the closing of the company's final salary pension scheme, which it is seeking to do without compensating the affected staff.

The centres are in Magna Park, Leicestershire, Bridgewater, Heywood, Lancashire, Castleford and Basildon.

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Finance appeal

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.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 19 September 2012:


Socialist Party news and analysis

We can beat Con-Dems' austerity

All forces to the point of attack against austerity

NHS: Condition critical

Cable launches new attack on workers' rights

Global warming: Capitalists skating on thin ice

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Marikana miners remain defiant


Education

Stop the deportation of London Met students

Interview with NUS vice-president for union development

No to Gove's counter-reforms


Socialist Party feature

Hillsborough disaster: Truth is out, now justice


Socialist Party workplace news

Sparks' picket blockades Crossrail site

Workers die on tower cranes - Con-Dems cut safety regulations

HMRC seeks to axe workers' childcare

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Save Oaklands Pool - "This is what we pay our council tax for!"

Salford: Uniting to save mental health services

Fight Tameside library cuts!

Save Hampshire residential care homes

Stop the fire service cuts in West Yorkshire

NSSN supporter invited to address RMT


Socialist Party women

Rape is no joke

Slutwalk: there's NO excuse for rape

Sexism - a product of capitalism


Socialist Party review

Review: "From dole queue to corner and back again"


 

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