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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 October 2009
North Wales shop stewards network
On 29 September, trade union reps and activists from across North Wales gathered in Wrexham to found a North Wales Shop Stewards Network. There were trade unionists there from UCU, NUJ, GMB, Usdaw and from several branches of PCS.
Iain Dalton, Bangor
The national chair of the shop stewards network (NSSN), Dave Chapple introduced the meeting and there was a wide-ranging discussion where reps outlined their experiences. This ranged from discussing industrial disputes in colleges and the postal service to the problems of organising shop workers. It was clear there is a need for an organisation that can share these experiences as well as helping rebuild the trade union movement and increasing the participation of young workers.
Plans were made to organise further meetings, particularly in solidarity with the expected national postal strike, as well as to extend the layer of reps attending meetings.
Anyone interested can find our facebook group at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=2644665156&ref=ts (North Wales Shop Stewards Network) or contact the local network co-ordinator Eileen O'Reilly (PCS) at email@example.com
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In The Socialist 7 October 2009:
Needed a party for workers, not bosses
War and occupation
Afghanistan stop the war
Afghanistan - Bring the troops home now
Youth fight for jobs
Youth Fight for Jobs
University accommodation scandal: Students must defend rights
University freshers fairs: Students seek out socialism
Socialist Party news and analysis
Wirral anti-cuts victory: 'If you fight, you can win'
Young parents need support, not attacks
Fight for a living wage
Not to Darling's pay freeze
Campaign forces health Trust to save Crowlin House
Workplace news and analysis
An autumn of discontent in South Yorkshire
Leeds council calls for talks with unions
Fighting against outsourcing, defending working conditions at British Telecom
NUT vice president: Elect Martin Powell-Davies
Cambridge post workers strike
North Wales shop stewards network
Socialist Party feature
Social care in crisis
International socialist news and analysis
Ireland: Lisbon Treaty vote is not an endorsement for hated government
Portugal: Voters turn to the left
Foreign aid - chaining the world to capitalism
Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold
I speak Fula by Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba
The Socialist 7 October 2009 |
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