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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.18

Monday 18 July 2011

Report from TUSC candidates conference

60 people attended the TUSC conference on 16 July called for candidates and campaign organisers to review the local election campaign and look ahead to next year. A consultative vote was taken on a ‘framework plan for developing TUSC into 2012’ and on a motion from the Rugby branch of TUSC. Both were passed without opposition. Both can be found here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/framework.php

It was agreed that there will be ‘a conference by the end of 2011 open to local TUSC steering committees, delegates from trade union branches and other local groups who are planning to stand candidates in the 2012 local elections’ to coordinate electoral challenges and plan the campaign. There may have to be a separate conference specifically to deal with the GLA/Mayoral elections.

A lot of work has to be done to prepare well ahead of the elections. We need to develop the profile of TUSC at a national and local level. If you can help, please contact us through the bulletin.

TUSC Independent Socialist Network

It was agreed in principle to allocate a place on the TUSC national steering committee to the newly formed TUSC Independent Socialist Network (ISN). The ISN has been set up to provide an arena for all those TUSC supporters who are not members of socialist groups or parties, who want to build TUSC. A copy of the leaflet distributed at the conference can be found here http://bit.ly/q4tJoF A national meeting for ISN members is planned for the autumn. More details will follow. If you want to join the ISN or want more information about it, please see here:

From the unions

Vote to show your support for the Southampton strikers…

One thousand angry Southampton council workers descended on the city's Guildhall last week in a protest over mass pay cuts. They accused Tory council chiefs of stealing workers' pay. Video here: http://bit.ly/oKg5by Make sure you vote in the poll to show your support for the strikers – it’s a few paragraphs down the story.

Support 'solid' as BBC journalists strike

Thousands of BBC journalists have held a 24-hour strike against compulsory redundancies. A further strike is due on July 29. BBC journalists reported: 'Members on strike across the UK from Ipswich to Derry and down to Jersey. Massive support in Scotland and Wales. Solidarity from Unison, Unite and PCS in Cambridge; CWU, Unison and PCS in Coventry, and elsewhere.’ Pictures from the picket lines are here

FBU warns of 6,000 job losses and fire service reaching breaking point

One in ten firefighter jobs could go because of savage budget cuts the Fire Brigades Union is warning. New research by the union, based on Freedom of Information Act questions, confirms that over 1,000 jobs were lost in the first round of cuts to April 2011. The union says ever increasing cuts to central Government grants to fire authorities up to 2014 will lead to the loss of 6,000 firefighters and possibly a great deal more: more here »

RMT Olympic safety warning.

Public safety will be under threat says the RMT after warning over London Underground’s Olympic strategy for staffing stations as it emerged they plan to use ‘Non Licensed Volunteers’ to work throughout stations doing ‘way finding’- a coded term for crowd control - a skill and task that should only be carried out by experienced competent members of staff. See: http://bit.ly/qDmhUL

Welsh Government civil servants threaten to strike over union member’s suspension

Civil servants working for the Welsh Government are threatening to organise protests across Wales on Monday unless a suspended union member is allowed to return to work. Read more http://bit.ly/pwXj6c

Teachers at Hackney take strike action

A school is victimising a trade union representative. More here: http://bit.ly/nGBo5C

Chile’s miners walk out to demand respect and stop privatization

After a 24-hour strike has shut down production at mines owned by Codelco, the government-owned mining company. Chilean miners Workers were protesting the arrogance of the current management that workers say has not honored collective bargaining agreements and worries that management’s transformation plan includes eventually privatizing the company. More here: http://bit.ly/qK9LMn

Oh the irony…trade unions condemn deportation of Australian Tolpuddle performer
An Australian trade unionist due to perform at Tolpuddle has herself been deported. You couldn’t make it up:
http://bit.ly/q03733

Some events

Brighton rally to defend welfare state

Meet up on Saturday 23 July 2011, 12:00pm at The Level, Brighton BN1. The welfare state is under a sustained assault. Each day brings news of ever more drastic government plans – privatisation of the health service, destruction of the benefit system, public services cut to pieces.

Join us in saying No! to those who want to destroy the services we rely on. See: brightonbenefitscampaign.wordpress.com

Lobby of Cambridge City Council

On Wednesday 27 July 2011, 11:00am. Meet at Guildhall, Cambridge. The cuts haven’t stopped. There are at least another 3 years to go in the destruction of our Public Services. Over £100 million worth. Let’s remind the council that these cuts aren’t necessary, there is an alternative. www.cambridgeshireagainstthecuts.org.uk/

NSSN march on TUC conference for national action

Sunday 11 September 2011, 12:00pm at TUC Congress House, London. The National Shop Stewards Network will be organising a lobby of the TUC Congress on 11th of September to press the demand for co-ordinated strike action in the public sector in the autumn.

Website: www.shopstewards.net

Right to Work are on their way to Lib Dem and Tory conferences

The national demonstrations at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on 2 October and the Liberal Democrat conference in Birminghamon 18 September can act as major focal points for opposition to the Con-Dems in the autumn. Website: www.righttowork.org.uk

Info burst

Energy price rises put 6.3 million households in fuel poverty

The Department of Energy's fuel poverty figures are out of date and out of touch with reality says expert. You can find more information here: http://bit.ly/ruBZgX

Voice survey reveals widespread racism in schools: http://bit.ly/pOcL2V

Edinburgh people's festival

The Edinburgh People’s Festival was founded in 2002 by a small group of community activists and arts enthusiasts. Nine years later it is still going strong: http://www.edinburghpeoplesfestival.org/

Councils are failing to pinpoint dangerous and overcrowded private rented homes, new research shows: http://bit.ly/nwUils

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