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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 October 2015

Hull council in aggressive attack on union convenors

Hull City Council, run by Labour, is pre-empting the Tories' trade union bill by issuing a redundancy notice known as a '188 notice' which threatens the council's five full time union convenors.

As Mike Whale, Chair of Hull City Council trade unions has said: "The proposal to halve the convenors' time is a determined attempt to behead the workforce as the council prepares to implement the Tories' brutal cuts."

Cuts

Earlier this year Hull City Council passed a budget which will mean cuts of 48 million to services over the next two years with a loss of up to 500 jobs. Sitting alongside the cuts package in Hull is the likelihood of mass privatisation of council services.

This might be to private companies or through social enterprises. Alternatively it could be to council owned 'arms-length' companies. Whichever way, the outsourced services will mean that it will be easier to cut. Privatisation will also make it easier to further attack workers' terms and conditions and pay.

Unison Hull branch has claimed that Hull City Council is even proposing to cut the trade union convenor posts based on incorrect membership figures.

It is to be expected that a Tory government would attack the unions but it should be expected that a Labour-led local authority and Labour councillors defend workers' and union rights.

The council should follow the lead of Jeremy Corbyn and fight back on behalf of one of the poorest cities in the country against the anti-trade union bill, cuts and austerity.

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In The Socialist 29 October 2015:


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Hinkley deal - no point in nuclear

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First new grammar school in 50 years bolsters elitism

Them & Us

What we saw


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli government fans the flames of conflict

CWI news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

What are the lessons of the 2010 student movement?

South African student solidarity demo

Students march in Leeds for free education


Workplace news and analysis

Steel industry and the battle for jobs

For a fighting and democratic Unison general secretary, vote Roger Bannister

Morrisons workers deserve fair pay and conditions

Hull council in aggressive attack on union convenors

Kill the Bill!

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film review: Suffragette

Teachers and 'growth mindset'

Townsend Productions presents two critically acclaimed pieces of socialist theatre


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fund the fight for socialism at home and internationally

TUSC councillor calls for local Labour to back Corbyn's anti-cuts stance

Housing crisis on the agenda for Socialist Party in Reading


 

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