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The Socialist 25 August 2021

NHS pay: 3% is not enough

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Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities


Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love

 
 
 
 
 

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Liverpool university strike saves jobs

University workers at the rally. Photo: Tommy

University workers at the rally. Photo: Tommy   (Click to enlarge)

Tommy, Liverpool Socialist Party

Liverpool University and Colleges Union (UCU) is in a long running dispute with Liverpool University over plans to slash 47 jobs in the health and life sciences department. Liverpool Socialist Party members attended the picket rally at University Square on 9 August in solidarity with the workers.

As a result of previous strike action and protests, negotiations between the union and management have successfully reduced the number of compulsory redundancies to two, proving that collective action can save jobs.

The latest ten days of strike action, which finished on 14 August, were to save the remaining two jobs - victims of the university's 'shake up'.

Management had initially hoped UCU members would suspend the strike. However, they misread the strength of the workers' solidarity, and their determination to fight for every job. At a special meeting, 97% of attendees voted to continue the strike.

Among the speakers in attendance at the rally, was former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who said: "In winning this campaign to defend those jobs, you will stop a university going after the cleaners, the catering workers, the contractors and all the other workers in the university. You're showing solidarity with all of them. You will also be giving a message to the university and further education sector all across the country that where the Tory government comes after working-class jobs and living standards with a new face of austerity, we're here, we're ready and we are fighting back."

The higher education sector has been destroyed by decades of marketisation and austerity which must be fought. By saving forty-five jobs so far, this UCU dispute in Liverpool has proven the power of the organised working class.


In this issue


What we think

Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities


Afghanistan

Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


News

NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on

Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


Workplace news

NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


International

Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Campaigns

Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Readers' opinion

Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love


 

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