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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 September 2008

In brief

PCS strike ballot over pay

Balloting over a national civil service-wide strike over pay will run from 24 September to 17 October. 270,000 PCS members will be voting on a strike, followed by a rolling programme of targeted industrial action going into 2009.

Already low-paid civil servants are angry that 40% of workers in the DWP will get no pay rise at all this year, whilst 30% of those in the Identity and Passport service are in the same situation.

The union will be working to co-ordinate action with other public-sector unions where possible.

Trade unions demonstrate at Labour Party conference

Unite members working in local government are demonstrating over pay on Sunday 21 September, assembling at 11.30am at Castlefield Arena in Manchester and marching to the city centre.

CWU members working in Royal Mail are demonstrating over closures and privatisation, including threats to mail centres and post offices. Monday 22 September, at the same times and using the same route.

Union recognition victory

Journalists in south Wales have won trade union recognition after an 18-month long battle, in the teeth of hefty opposition from management. The NUJ members at the South Wales Evening Post, Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star, voted for union recognition against the Northcliffe-owned South Wales Media.

Sacked for exposing management's plans

A GMB member has been sacked by Marks and Spencer for making public the company's plans to reduce redundancy payments by up to 25%. The union has concluded the company is planning job cuts, in the face of falling profits.

The cuts to workers' redundancy payments contrast with those enjoyed by management - like the 500,000 given to the former director of food, who left in July.

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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.
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In The Socialist 10 September 2008:

Housing Crisis: Brown has no answers


War and occupation

End the wars and occupations

USA: Defying police, students walk out against the Republican national convention


Socialist Party editorial

US mortgage bank nationalisation - sign of deepening crisis


Scotland

Scotland council tax to be scrapped

Scotland: Council pay battle at critical stage


Socialist Party workplace news

Workers' anger surfaces at TUC

London bus workers inspired by strike

Fighting for decent pensions

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Socialism 2008

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Socialist Party campaigns

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No to post office closures

Boom to bust in Cardiff Bay

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Socialist Students

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Young workers ripped off

Bangor University students union fees referendum


Environment and socialism

Can we have 'the right to travel' - without adding to climate change?


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International socialist news and analysis

Thailand in grip of political deadlock


 

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