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The Socialist 12 May 2010

MPs and party leaders haggle over their jobs... preparing to cut ours!

MPs and party leaders haggling over their jobs... preparing to cut ours!


Support the British Airways strikers


Greece: the struggle must continue and intensify

Fight the repression of workers in Kazakhstan


General election 2010: TUSC results and the need for working class representation

Coventry elections: Strong socialist support

Lewisham elections: socialists will be at forefront of struggle

Huddersfield elections: Forging a socialist campaigning tradition

Anti-Tory mood dominated in Stoke during 2010 election

Spelthorne campaign during the 2010 general election

Swansea: Potential new members

Scotland: Meetings show enthusiasm for socialism

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) general election results


Election deadlock


Obituary - Peter Hadden, 1950 - 2010


Gulf of Mexico disaster: nationalise the oil giants


Defend the public sector

PCS courts victory

Vote Roger Bannister

Ex-Jarvis workers protest in Leeds

Gateshead housing protest

Lecturers' union strike demo

National Shop Stewards Network conference

 
 

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Lecturers' union strike demo

A number of branches of the University and College Union (UCU) took strike action on Wednesday 5 May, and many others held protests. The action involved staff from further education (FE) colleges as well as higher education (HE), and was against funding cuts and compulsory redundancies.

FE and adult education budgets are already being cut by 190 million and more than 1 billion is being cut from HE spending over the next three years. The jobs of over 20,000 UCU members are threatened, and this estimate may become even higher when the new government gets to work on slashing the public sector further.

UCU members on strike from 11 London FE colleges and three universities were joined by others in a march from Kings College London to Westminster, where they listened to speakers who condemned the cuts. UCU leaders emphasised that the action was only the start of a "challenging period" for the union and its members and warned that it wouldn't be the last time that UCU members would be out on the streets.

Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary of the PCS civil servants' union spoke on the platform to express solidarity with the strikers, saying that solidarity isn't just a nice idea, an optional extra, but is a vital antidote to workers being forced to pay the price of the recession. He stressed that the cuts-making consensus of the three main political parties must be challenged by the public sector unions being prepared to take industrial action together.

  • London region UCU has called another one-day strike for 18 May.
  • Judy Beishon

    In this issue

    MPs and party leaders haggling over their jobs... preparing to cut ours!


    British Airways strike

    Support the British Airways strikers


    International socialist news and analysis

    Greece: the struggle must continue and intensify

    Fight the repression of workers in Kazakhstan


    Socialist Party election campaign

    General election 2010: TUSC results and the need for working class representation

    Coventry elections: Strong socialist support

    Lewisham elections: socialists will be at forefront of struggle

    Huddersfield elections: Forging a socialist campaigning tradition

    Anti-Tory mood dominated in Stoke during 2010 election

    Spelthorne campaign during the 2010 general election

    Swansea: Potential new members

    Scotland: Meetings show enthusiasm for socialism

    Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) general election results


    Socialist Party Marxist analysis

    Election deadlock


    Obituary

    Obituary - Peter Hadden, 1950 - 2010


    Environment and socialism

    Gulf of Mexico disaster: nationalise the oil giants


    Workplace news and analysis

    Defend the public sector

    PCS courts victory

    Vote Roger Bannister

    Ex-Jarvis workers protest in Leeds

    Gateshead housing protest

    Lecturers' union strike demo

    National Shop Stewards Network conference


     

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