Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/916/23555
From The Socialist newspaper, 14 September 2016
Workplace news in brief
Congress House, headquarters of the Trade Union Congress, photo by Kaihsu (Creative Commons) (Click to enlarge)
TUC Congress update
TUC Congress has unanimously passed an RMT motion calling for an emergency conference to discuss resistance to the government's Trade Union Act. In moving the motion, RMT President Sean Hoyle said one of his first acts as RMT president was to go on a lobby of Parliament against the bill, noting it was the same place that passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. But now the Trade Union Act will be used by bosses to hinder workers' democratic rights. Sean pointed out that some concessions were won by the trade union movement when the bill became an act but we shouldn't "be happy with crumbs". He also called for the emergency conference to discuss general strike action to resist the act. The motion was amended and seconded by the Fire Brigades Union, National Union of Teachers and Unite.
For a report of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of the TUC see pages 8&9 and see next week's issue of the Socialist for a report of TUC Congress 2016.
Police staff walkout
Guards working at Met Police control centres in Bow, east London and Hendon, north London, took strike action on 9 September in response to worsening pay, with real terms rates falling year on year and starting salaries now less than £22,000, including working nights for no extra pay. Night shift walked out from 1am and 7am, with the day shift out between 7am and 1pm. PCS reps at the control centre at Hendon reported 100% of members took strike action both on the night shift and day shift. The strike action coincided with the passing out parade for over 1,000 new police recruits and the pickets reported that they ran out of leaflets. Similarly, at Bow there was 100% turnout, with ten people on the picket line. PCS Met Police branch and Unite joined the picket line to show their support.
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.
In The Socialist 14 September 2016:
What we think
Labour party needs democratic structures and socialist policies
Socialist Party news and analysis
#KeepCorbyn: Fight workhouse conditions
NHS chiefs warn cuts mean rationing or charges
Fund smaller classes - not new grammars
Benefit cap could shut 67% of women's refuges
Them & Us
What We Saw
International socialist news and analysis
New 'strongman' president threatens martial law - while leaning on left parties for support
International news in brief
Socialist Party feature
Obesity crisis: government strategy offers no solution
Workplace news and analysis
Westbourne Park bus dispute continues
NSSN lobby of the TUC: an urgent time for our movement
Library workers defeat Tory cuts
Thousands of Post Office workers to strike against job losses
Southern Rail dispute update
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party youth and students
Why you should become a socialist student!
Students and workers unite to cut rents
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Join the Socialist Party - join the fightback
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts
The Socialist inbox
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Labour loses byelection but Corbyn isn't the problem
Protest against closure of vital heart unit
Socialist Party members join disability rights week of action
The Socialist 14 September 2016 |
Join the Socialist
| Audio | PDF | ebook
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
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