Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/864/21095

From The Socialist newspaper, 15 July 2015

Labour council axes union facility time

Photo by Alexandre Duret-Lutz (Creative Commons)

Union reps' workloads will become overwhelming. Photo by Alexandre Duret-Lutz (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Jane Nellist, National Union of Teachers (NUT) Coventry (personal capacity)

Coventry council, a Labour-controlled authority, is planning draconian cuts to facility time - union reps' time for trade union duties.

The Socialist has already reported on Tory-led Bromley council's huge attacks on facility time, to prepare for mass privatisation. But attacks from a Labour council are an absolute disgrace. What's worse, the council is trying to railroad through changes without negotiation or regard to agreements with the unions.

Ignored

The council has ignored a dispute lodged by teachers' unions NUT, NASUWT and ATL, public service union Unison and general union Unite. It defends its proposals by referencing right-wing pressure group the Taxpayers' Alliance, widely believed to be a Tory front organisation.

Unison would lose 45% of facilities time, Unite 21% - and the NUT 70%.

Unite and Unison are affiliated to the Labour Party. Local Labour leaders have ignored pressure to withdraw the proposals. Labour's open preparations to do the Tories' dirty work show why workers need political representatives who support them - like the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

The unions have had some success in staving off the council's worst excesses. Now the council wants to prepare the ground for still more attacks on services, pay, conditions and jobs - on top of the thousand already cut.

If Labour gets away with it in Coventry, then your council services and workplace will be next.

Our trade union movement has made great advances over the decades. But what we are seeing now challenges all of those gains. We must not allow this to happen.

Support Coventry council workers by signing the petition: http://tinyurl.com/q4tp625

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - 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.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • 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.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 15 July 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Living wage lie

Fightback essential following Osborne's hatchet budget

Labour's austerity 'me too-ism' continues

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

EU revenge against Greek workers

Greece: Tsipras crosses the Rubicon

The Marikana report - a whitewash

International news in brief


Socialist history

2005: Jean Charles de Menezes shooting


Workplace news and analysis

Labour council axes union facility time

Cardiff teachers strike against 'death wish' workload

Transport workers shut down tube and railway

Biggest union clings to Labour, but considers law-busting strikes

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party feature

Reverse social care sell-offs


Socialist Party review

Orphan Black - refreshing take on sci-fi story


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Angry coordinated protests and solidarity

Osborne attacks youth... we take to the streets!

Record attendance at Durham Miners' Gala

200 march against closure of Longton Cottage Hospital

Bromley Unite members stop council tax bailiffs

Road accident highlights need to save school crossings


 

Home   |   The Socialist 15 July 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Facility time:

trianglePCS election: Vote Democracy Alliance

triangleHull council in aggressive attack on trade unions

triangleJoin the NSSN lobby of TUC Congress

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleEscalate strikes to fight council's 90% sell-off

Union:

trianglePCS pay claim: Vital work unrecognised

triangleCoordinated union struggle needed to save jobs and nationalise JCB

triangleEquity union general secretary election

triangleReject the university employers' offer on pay, workload and casualisation

Labour:

triangleSocialism Today special issue: Lessons from the Corbyn experience

triangleBlairite general secretary elected - Starmer's takeover of Labour Party consolidated

triangleCouncil finance disaster: set emergency no-cuts budgets and fight for funds!

Council:

triangleHull Trades Council debates workers' political representation

triangleCrisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

Coventry:

triangleSchools... no going back until it's safe

Unite:

triangleFight continues for safety on London buses

Unison:

triangleTrade union activists from across the south of England discuss the battle for safety on the frontline

NUT:

triangleMoney doesn't make up for cuts - education unions must organise for funding and against Tory attacks

Trade union:

triangleWest Midlands trade union activists discuss the battle for safety on the front line

Teachers:

triangleSchools: union oversight needed to end chaos in provision under coronavirus

NASUWT:

triangleAcademy strike - standing up to 'bullying' management forces climbdown

Labour Party:

triangleLessons from the Corbyn experience

Cuts:

triangleStrong union response needed against job cuts

Council workers:

triangleEnd council cuts now, to end Tory austerity!

Jobs:

triangleThe 'Lucas Plan'

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

5/6/20

Obituary

Ken Douglas

4/6/20

Black Lives Matter

3rd June anti-racist demonstrations across Britain

3/6/20

Equity

Equity union general secretary election

3/6/20

Socialist

Pandemic doesn't stop Socialist Party educating organisers: northern meeting

3/6/20

Labour Party

Blairite general secretary elected - Starmer's takeover of Labour Party consolidated

3/6/20

Racism

Fight racism and class inequality, fight capitalism!

3/6/20

Covid

Hospital closed following rampant spread of Covid-19

3/6/20

JCB

Coordinated union struggle needed to save jobs and nationalise JCB

3/6/20

PCS

PCS pay claim: Vital work unrecognised

3/6/20

Schools

Schools... no going back until it's safe

3/6/20

UCU

Reject the university employers' offer on pay, workload and casualisation

3/6/20

Buses

Fight continues for safety on London buses

27/5/20

Fighting Fund

We need readers' support to fight capitalist crisis

27/5/20

Ferries

Fight P&O's billionaire bosses' jobs cut plan

27/5/20

Schools

Schools aren't safe

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999