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The battle against the poll tax, photo by Dave Sinclair

The battle against the poll tax, photo by Dave Sinclair

14 April 2009

The battle to defeat the Poll Tax

A landmark in working class struggle TWENTY YEARS ago the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher introduced the hated poll tax, first in Scotland to be followed one year later in England and Wales...

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28 January 2009

Scotland: Step up opposition to cuts

THE IMPACT of the cuts in local government spending signalled by both the UK and Scottish governments in late 2008 is beginning to show, writes Brian Smith, branch secretary, Glasgow city Unison (personal capacity).

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28 January 2009

Solid support for Glasgow strike

Glasgow council's 21 community service supervisors remain on indefinite strike. The strike is rock solid as it enters the fourth week, writes Brian Smith.

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28 January 2009

Victory for left in Glasgow Unison

As reported in last week's issue of The Socialist, International Socialists (CWI Scotland) member, Brian Smith, has been elected to the post of branch secretary of the Glasgow City branch of Unison, writes Ronnie Stevenson, convenor Glasgow social work services (SWS) shop stewards.

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21 January 2009

Glasgow Unison

International Socialists/CWI member Brian Smith has won the election for branch secretary of Glasgow City Unison...

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17 September 2008

Scotland: Tactical questions for local government pay battle

On 20 August almost 200,000 Scottish local government workers across three trade unions took united strike action forcing the employers to move from a three-year offer to a one-year deal...

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13 August 2008

Strike threat produces Glasgow pay victory

All 900 workers in Glasgow council's homes for older people and children/young people have won wage increases after threatening to take all-out indefinite strike action without emergency cover, writes Brian Smith, secretary, social work services, Glasgow Unison.

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31 July 2008

Voters reject Labour: Build a new workers' party

Grodon Brown meltdown. Cartoon by Suz

Grodon Brown meltdown. Cartoon by Suz

New Labour suffered an electoral disaster in the Glasgow East byelection on 24 July.
A 22% swing to the Scottish National Party (SNP) resulted in the overturn of a previous 13,500 Labour majority and the SNP won with a majority of just over 300.

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31 July 2008

Glasgow East by-election: New Labour's support evaporates

LABOUR'S CAMPAIGN was a series of mistakes and blunders. The preferred Labour candidate pulled out at the last minute and their campaign launch was delayed for three days until they found a replacement...

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16 July 2008

Glasgow East by-election Socialist change needed

THE GLASGOW East byelection on 24 July could have political effects well beyond which big business party candidate gets sent down to Westminster. The byelection follows the resignation, for family and health reasons, of Labour MP David Marshall...

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21 May 2008

Glasgow: BNP not welcome here

THE FAR right British National Party (BNP) tried to stake a claim to Glasgow's streets on 17 May...

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14 May 2008

Scottish National Party: One year in power - but little for workers to celebrate

On the face of it, with a series of popular measures implemented and opinion polls showing the Scottish National Party (SNP) with an extended lead over their rivals, the first anniversary of the SNP coming to power is a momen, writes Philip Stott, International Socialists, CWI Scotland.

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7 May 2008

Grangemouth refinery: Oil strike wins concessions

ON TUESDAY 29 April, following a short meeting at Grangemouth oil refinery's gates, the early shift returned to work, ending the 48-hour stoppage that had brought the flow of oil from the North Sea to a halt, writes Ian Leech, Glasgow.

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19 March 2008

Anger and strength in the DWP workplaces

DWP members strike on 17 - 18 march 2008

DWP members strike on 17 - 18 march 2008

ON 17 and 18 March, members of the civil service union PCS in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were on strike for the second time against the imposition of a three year pay offer. Regional reports.

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20 February 2008

Stop the witch-hunt: Defend the Sheridan seven

Tommy Sheridan, photo Paul Mattsson

Tommy Sheridan, photo Paul Mattsson

The ongoing police investigation into possible perjury during the Tommy Sheridan defamation case against the News of the World has become an out-and out witch-hunt against not only Tommy Sheridan but anyone who supported him during the trial... By Philip Stott, Dundee

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23 January 2008

Defend Tommy Sheridan

Tommy Sheridan, photo Paul Mattsson

Tommy Sheridan, photo Paul Mattsson

ON 16 December, former Scottish Socialist Party MSP Tommy Sheridan was charged by Lothian and Borders police after the most expensive perjury investigation ever in Scotland... By Philip Stott

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23 January 2008

SNP 'trusts' are PFI in disguise

THE SNP-led Scottish government has published a consultation paper setting out its 'alternative' to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) schemes in Scotland... By Brian Smith, Glasgow Unison social work services secretary, personal capacity

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25 October 2007

Glasgow: On strike for a fair deal

Workers in Glasgow's Learning Disability and Physical Disability day care services have been on indefinite strike action from 16 October... By Brian Smith, Unison social work services secretary

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13 September 2007

Bosses get away with murder

On 28 August, two firms ICL Plastics and ICL tech were fined a paltry 400,000 after admitting four charges of negligence, which resulted in the deaths of nine workers... By Liam O Connolly, Glasgow

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24 August 2007

Glasgow council workers' victory: United strike action wins

Glasgow Social Workers on strike , photo Duncan Brown

Glasgow Social Workers on strike , photo Duncan Brown


After 20 days of all-out, indefinite strike action, over 600 Glasgow social care workers won a clear victory.

"Pay hike joy for striking council staff" was the headline in a recent issue of Glasgow's Evening Times..."

Brian Smith, UNISON secretary Glasgow social work services, writes in a personal capacity.

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