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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 May 2019
Workplace news in brief
Universal Credit strike
Workers at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) dealing with Universal Credit are striking on 28-29 May. Call handlers in Wolverhampton and Walsall will walk out in protest at workloads and staff shortages.
The PCS members also took action in March with the union estimating that at least 5,000 additional staff are needed to deal with the Universal Credit workload alone! Hand-in-hand with the issues facing Universal Credit workers are the appalling problems that claimants deal with. Thousands of DWP workers have to claim tax credits and could end up on Universal Credit themselves.
Universal Credit must be scrapped. Claimants and workers must unite in fighting against all forms of Tory austerity and attacks on the working class.
Blood courier stoppage
Couriers in the IWGB union who deliver blood to some of London's biggest hospitals planned strike action on 23-24 May in a dispute over pay and conditions.
About 100 cyclists, motorcyclists and van drivers who work for the 'Doctors Laboratory', a company that provides pathology services to the NHS are still fighting for the pay and workers' rights that they are entitled to after winning a legal battle to be recognised as workers by the company last year.
National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) 2019 conference
Demonstration to save Honda plant, Swindon, 30.3.19, photo S. German (Click to enlarge)
Car workers in Swindon are reeling from the news that Honda bosses have confirmed the closure of the Wiltshire plant in 2021. Over 3,500 workers directly employed by the factory are facing redundancy. But the impressive demo of thousands at the end of March shows the potential to build the fightback. On that demo, Unite plant convenor Paddy Brennan, speaking alongside his shop stewards, said: "This is the fight of our lives."
Paddy will be speaking at the NSSN conference on Saturday 6 July 11am-4.30pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. See shopstewards.net for more
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In The Socialist 22 May 2019:
International socialist news and analysis
What lies behind the US-China trade war?
Sri Lanka - Ten years after the brutal end of the war
Reject Alabama abortion ban
Labour's nationalisation plan: What policies are needed to avert climate catastrophe?
British Steel threatened closure
What we think
European elections expose deepening political crisis: Workers need a party of our own
Birmingham home carers victory
Probation workers celebrate case management renationalisation
Fantastic RMT London Underground victory
Woolwich ferry workers begin ten days of strike action
Morrisons workers reject pay offer
Unite young members' conference
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Socialist Party reports and campaigns
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Haringey: Socialists' stance fully vindicated
Anger and frustration at the establishment
Lifting the mood
Socialist sales boost
Pouring cold water on the Riverside estate
Worcester Tories stonewall action on climate change
Day of action against cuts to special needs education
Opinion: socialists must link climate struggle to power of organised workers
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