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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.17

Monday 4 July 2011

Short bulletin this week as we have all been very busy. If you need details of the TUSC conference on 16 July you can find them here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/bulletin16.php

Serwotka flattens Tory Boy Maude on BBC Today programme on pension strikes. http://bbc.in/l1nY2j and Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL, gave it to Miliband at Westminster Central Hall rally. She said:

‘I am pleased we are not affiliated to Labour, the response of Ed Miliband has been a disgrace. He should be ashamed of himself. If our strike is a mistake, what has he done to oppose this devastating attack on our pensions? If the opposition will not defend our pensions, we will.’

Hundreds of thousands went on strike and demonstrated on 30 June. City and town centres across the country saw large rallies against the planned pension reforms.

The name ‘Miliband’ was met with jeers of derision whenever it was mentioned. Local newspapers up and down the country reflected a growing level of militancy and resistance. They report 5,000 on the streets of Bristol, 3,000 in Liverpool, 3.500 in Brighton, 6,000 in Newcastle and 25,000 in London. Local papers also report hundreds on the streets in towns like Luton, Bolton and Carlisle. For example, the Chelmsford Weekly News reported that in Chelmsford ‘Hundreds of teachers joined arms with public sector employees in strike action over possible pension reforms.’ Enough said, as the cuts bite and the reality of the attack on pensions sink in, these numbers will surely grow.

TUSC News

TUSC Southwark campaign

Election agent Soraya Lawrence writes ‘Thanks to everyone who came to help with the latest council by-election in Southwark. After three by-elections in five months, with over 30,000 leaflets delivered and lots of discussion with Southwark residents and workers we have taken the opportunity of the by-elections to get our name and our policies across. We have enough support to set up a borough branch. This summer we will have a social event to bring all of our supporters together to plan campaigns from September onwards and to get ready for the October strikes. We hope to bring a good delegation to the 16 July TUSC conference.’ You can visit the Southwark TUSC website here: http://southwarktusc.wordpress.com/

From the Unions

The RMT AGM sent message of ‘full and unconditional’ support to the three quarters of a million workers taking action against Government attacks on their pensions.

The union has also pledged to co-ordinate it’s campaigning and action against the McNulty assault on the railways with other workers facing similar attacks on their jobs, pay and pensions over the coming months here: http://bit.ly/j6qYkB

NUJ backs strikes and fight Murdoch

NUJ issues statement of support to J30 http://bit.ly/ipQp7g and finds a way of joining in http://bit.ly/k89hRJ

Many firefighters will consider leaving the service if pensions proposals are pushed through (link)

Nearly half the country’s firefighters and officers will consider leaving the service in the future if the Government pushes through plans which will mean paying more, working longer and getting less. The Fire Brigades Union warn that pension changes risk devastating morale and damaging the fire service. The key changes are to increase contribution rates in the main Firefighters Pensions Scheme from 1% to 14% for firefighters and to 17% for officers.

Carry on Doctors: conference backs call for strike ballot by 87 per cent to 13 per cent
The motion called on the BMA union to ballot its 140,000 members about ‘all forms of industrial action’ if ministers refuse to rethink their plans to replace doctors' final-salary scheme with a less favourable career-average one.

Some upcoming events

Central London March to defend the NHS

Tuesday 5 July 2011, 5:30pm at Savoy Street, off the Strand, WC2E, London

NHS 63rd Birthday central London demonstration. Come and join the march and rally to defend the NHS from cuts and privatisation. Route: The Strand, past Trafalgar Square, Whitehall Rally 7pm: Old Palace Yard, opposite the Houses of Parliament

Let's Welcome Andrew Lansley - the destroyer of the NHS - to Manchester

People’s Day where 30,000 people are expected. Lewisham Keep Our NHS Public, at our mega stand at the annual Lewisham Trades Union Council and many other local anti-cuts campaign groups including LewishamCome and join

Thursday, July 7 · 4:00pm - 8:00pm at the Manchester Central Conference Centre. For more details go here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101668313261415

Lewisham Anti-Cuts Campaigners at Lewisham People’s Day

Saturday 9 July 2011, 1:00pm at Mountsfield Park, Brownhill Road, Catford, London SE6 1AN. There will be 30,000 people there and Lewisham Trades Council and others will have a very big stand to help talk to as many of them as possible. Why not go and help?

Notts Uncut are planning a very special action to support Notts SOS’s NHS day of action - 9th July

We will be meeting outside Boots Parliament Street at 10am and then moving onto a secret target, however we need people to be around for this throughout the day Notts Uncut Supports Notts SOS NHS Day of Action. For more see here:www.nottsuncut.co.uk

Information burst

Fares hikes hit lower- and middle-income families disproportionately hard

Passengers on privatised UK trains are having to fork out £4.6 billion a year more than equivalent travellers in France, where railways remain publicly owned, a study undertaken for RMThas found: http://bit.ly/jaZuOL

Repossession research shows areas most at threat from unemployment and interest rate rises

New research from Shelter has revealed the places in England with the highest proportion of homeowners who are at serious risk of repossession. The analysis shows that Corby in the East Midlands is the country’s top hotspot, having the highest rate of homeowners at risk, closely followed by Barking and Dagenham and Newham in London, Knowsley in the North West and Thurrock in East of England. More here: http://bit.ly/iRYjzP

Unequal before the law?
An independent report, entitled `Unequal before the law? The future of legal aid', has been launched at Parliament from the `Commission of Inquiry into Legal Aid'. Click here to read the report.

Greece: What's burning is consent.

More from the ever-informative BBC reporter Paul Mason: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13960602

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