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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 May 2009

Workplace news in brief

Unison witch-hunt

The next set of Unison disciplinary hearings have been postponed. The hearing against four Socialist Party members were to be held on 20 and 21 May. The lobby on 21 May is cancelled.

For more details see:

www.stopthewitchhunt.org.uk

Sold out by John Lewis

On 9 May, textile workers from Stead McAlpin took their protests about job cuts to John Lewis in Liverpool. As we have previously reported, Stead McAlpin and its sister firm JH Birtwistle were sold off by John Lewis in 2007. Now both companies are in administration and workers are being made redundant on very poor terms compared to what they were promised by John Lewis.

Birtwistle workers will be protesting in Manchester's Trafford Park shopping centre on 16 May.

Please send messages of support to: pepperami@mcdermott08.plus.com

Save linguistics at Sussex

Students and staff at Sussex University are not giving up the fight to save the linguistics programme.

The cuts have not been through any committee or consultation with those affected. Trying to distance themselves from the decision, management have said that it was a decision made by the School of Humanities. But when we met with the academics responsible, they were clear; the closure of linguistics is the result of management's funding cuts for 'unprofitable' departments.

We are now lobbying all members of the committee which will have to ratify the decision.

Socialist Students has played a key role in organising Save Linguistics. This is a battle we really can win and we won't stop fighting against what is a clear agenda to make staff and students pay for the bosses' crisis.

Sarah Wrack

London Met occupation

30 students at London Met have staged a sit-in protest in a campus canteen in opposition to management's plans for cuts and job losses. London Met staff took strike action on 8 May organised by the UCU. Staff and, trade unions and students have called a demonstration to defend education and jobs on Saturday 23 May. Socialist Students members involved have raised the need to organise a student strike.

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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.
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  • 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 13 May 2009:

Fight all job cuts


Thieving MPs

MPs live it up at our expense !


Socialist Party editorial

Sweep away the thieves and their system


Socialist Party news and analysis

Renationalise the railways

Sri Lanka's killing zone

Corus jobs slaughter - fight the closure

News in brief


Linamar and Visteon

Linamar sack Swansea trade union leader

A victory at Linamar would be a victory for all workers

Visteon workers discuss socialism


Socialist Party election campaign

No2EU - Yes to Democracy campaign news

No to the EU gravy train


Youth fight for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs Launch conference


International socialist news and analysis

Gaza: the nightmare continues

Imperialism sucked deeper into Afghan quagmire


Socialist Party workplace news

Defending jobs and conditions at the Olympics site

Defending jobs and conditions at Fiddlers Ferry

Wales TUC: For trade union democracy and for trade union rights!

Socialist methods tested

Workplace news in brief

PCS conference: A fighting union that defends its members

NSSN - fight the bosses' offensive

NSSN Conference: Saturday 27 June


Marxist analysis: history

Defeating the poll tax


Education

Save our schools Weston Favell, Northampton

Lewisham Bridge primary school

Threat of academies


 

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