spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Campaigns subcategories:

Anti-capitalism

Anti-fascist

Anti-racism

Anti-war

Asylum

Black and Asian

Children

CNWP

Corporate crime

Disability

Education

Election campaigns

Environment

EU

Finance

Food

Gender Recognition Act

Health and safety

Health and welfare

Housing

Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay

Migration

Nationalisation

New workers party

NHS

Pensions

Post Office

Poverty

Privatisation

Public Services

Socialism

Socialist

Sport

Stop the slaughter of Tamils

Students

The state

Transport

TUSC

Welfare rights

Women

* Workplace and TU campaigns

Youth


Workplace and TU campaigns keywords:

35-hour week (22)

AUT (7)

Aer Lingus (6)

Agency workers (51)

Airport (52)

Amicus (53)

Argos (15)

Aslef (84)

BAA (2)

BBC (169)

BMW (26)

BT (50)

Besna (18)

Bin workers (75)

Blacklisting (106)

Bloc (3)

Bosch (2)

British Airways (76)

British Airways (76)

Burslem 12 (9)

Bus workers (77)

CWU (341)

Cadbury (7)

Cadbury-Schweppes (3)

Call Centres (18)

Car workers (42)

Care worker (12)

Care workers (72)

Civil Service (222)

Classroom assistants (8)

Cleaners (127)

Clyde (6)

Coastguards (7)

Compulsory redundancy (9)

Construction (249)

Construction workers (162)

Corus (37)

Council workers (146)

Crossrail (12)

DVLA (15)

DWP (176)

Dockers (23)

Docks (8)

Drivers (206)

EPIU (4)

Electricians (70)

FBU (231)

Firefighters (226)

Ford (105)

Fujitsu (15)

GMB (250)

Gate Gourmet (7)

General Motors (11)

Glaxo Smith Kline (1)

Health and safety (80)

Heinz (6)

Honda (19)

JCB (14)

JIB (7)

JJB Sports (4)

Jaguar (16)

Jane Norman (1)

Jarvis (9)

Jobcentre (50)

Jobs (1431)

Journalists (74)

LOR (15)

Lecturers (94)

Linamar (40)

Lindsey (41)

Lindsey Oil Refinery (30)

Local government (246)

London underground (145)

Lucas Aerospace (5)

Manufacturing (56)

Metro (36)

Metronet (13)

Milford Haven (8)

Miners (173)

NASUWT (53)

NUJ (64)

NUT (358)

Natfhe (10)

Nurses (131)

Oilc (4)

Outsourcing (63)

PCS (923)

POA (87)

People's Charter (1)

Peugeot (8)

Pfizer (8)

Port workers (4)

Postal dispute (27)

Postal workers (143)

Printers (2)

Prison officers (54)

RCN (25)

RMT (738)

Railworkers (10)

Redundancies (119)

Redundancy (34)

Refinery (36)

Remploy (51)

Reps (55)

Rover (31)

Saltend (20)

Seafarers (10)

Shelter (43)

Shipyard (10)

Shop Stewards (244)

Siemens (3)

Single status (30)

Sita (6)

Social workers (16)

Sodexo (9)

Stagecoach (26)

Staythorpe (1)

Steel (92)

Strike (3117)

Sunday trading (1)

Supermarket (36)

TGWU (59)

TSSA (47)

Teachers (479)

Textile (8)

Thomas Cook (5)

Total (16)

Toyota (1)

Trade Union Freedom Bill (4)

Trade union (597)

Trade unions (400)

Train drivers (31)

Tube Lines (5)

Tube workers (49)

Tubelines (3)

Twinings (2)

UCATT (29)

UCU (217)

Unfair dismissal (15)

Unions (959)

Unison (975)

Unison witchhunt (5)

Unite (848)

Usdaw (138)

Vauxhall (48)

Vestas (26)

Visteon (92)

Volkswagen (7)

Waterford Crystal (1)

Wedgwood (1)

Whipps Cross (61)

facility time (9)

Amicus


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 483, 19 April 2007: Kick big business out of the NHS

Search site for keywords: Unions - PCS - Metronet - socialist - Socialist Party - RMT - NUT - Unison - Teachers - London underground - Bob Crow - Amicus

Editorial

Union militancy pays

London underground

London underground

THE LONDON underground system almost closed down for three days last week as Metronet tube maintenance workers, members of the RMT union, prepared to strike. They were determined that their jobs would not be outsourced to other companies resulting in worse conditions, which Metronet had originally pledged not to do.

Such was the workers' determination to fight this attack with a strike and overtime ban, led by a fighting leadership, that Metronet not only backed down but agreed to bring escalator refurbishment back in-house, to discuss bringing back cleaning contracts and lift refurbishments in-house, and discuss ending biometric clocking on and off.

This was not only a victory in stopping new attacks on underground workers - when victories are not that common at present - but this threatened action forced Metronet to reverse previous outsourcing, showing what can be achieved with a determined fight.

"Our Metronet members deserve congratulating for standing solidly together to defend their organisation, jobs and conditions and to prevent further dangerous fragmentation," RMT leader Bob Crow announced after Metronet caved in.

Such a result answers those within the trade unions who say there is no mood for action. It shows that victories can be won against outsourcing and other attacks on workers' conditions.

The civil servants' union, PCS, has also shown how a left, fighting leadership can give confidence to workers to take action where necessary to force concessions on pensions, jobs and services. Once again PCS members are striking - this time on May Day, 1 May.

While chancellor Gordon Brown has thrown down the gauntlet of a pay freeze for public-sector workers, few unions are prepared to fight back, but the PCS is a notable exception. UNISON and other public sector unions should unite with PCS against the pay freeze and other attacks.

Contrast the attitude of RMT and PCS leaders with the analysis of Derek Simpson, general secretary of Amicus, when commenting on the closure of the Peugeot car plant near Coventry, which moved to Slovakia: "We could have gone on strike, but it would not have made any difference. We could have sat in the plant, it wouldn't have made any difference." (Interview in The Times 12/03/07).

He counterposed the idea of a global union to a 'here and now' battle to save jobs. In reality an occupation of the plant could have brought about real international solidarity and a serious struggle from the union.

Give a fighting lead

In the largest teachers' union, too, the NUT, Socialist Party members reached the conclusion at the recent NUT conference that "many of the NUT tops, from both left and right, fear that members will not respond to a call for national action." Socialist Party teachers, on the other hand, called for national action over workload and new regulations that will worsen performance pay, a call that has received widespread support from classroom teachers.

Where unions give a fighting lead, as with the RMT and PCS, or with local trade union struggles such as the Whipps Cross hospital workers, Glasgow council workers over 'single status' and Visteon car parts workers (all with local Socialist Party members playing a key role) - then victories can be achieved.

This is also how the trade unions can be re-built, as more workers will join unions that are fighting their corner and achieving results.

In order to build a fighting leadership in all unions it is crucial for socialists to come together within the unions. The success of Left Unity within PCS, with Socialist Party members at its core, has shown how a union can be built to defend its members.

The NEC elections presently taking place in UNISON and PCS are an opportunity to elect fighting leaders. Six Socialist Party members are standing for the UNISON elections and ten for those in PCS, alongside other lefts. These are important elections and part of the campaign to create trade unions that will defend workers from the continuing onslaught on pay and conditions.

The Shop Stewards Network founding conference on Saturday 7 July will bring together trade union activists from around the country where all these issues can be discussed.







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999