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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.24

Monday 31 October 2011

Blue scholars sing proletariat blues ‘We never get paid what our labour is worth’: http://bit.ly/vkhgQZ

Some physics and maths: The capitalist network that runs the world: http://bit.ly/qxqrTn

51 per cent believe that the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy London Stock Exchange protestors are right to want to call time on a system that puts profit before people: http://bit.ly/vDxF6N

TUSC News

Preparing for 30 November – order your postcards now!

We want to have the biggest possible presence for TUSC on the 30 November picket lines and protests. We will be printing tens of thousands of the TUSC Election postcard that proved so successful on the 26 March demo. We do need donations to help pay for the cost of the cards so lets call it £2 per hundred. Make cheques payable to TUSC and send your orders to: TUSC, 17 Colebert House, Colebert Avenue, London E1 4JP

Do you live or work in London? Have you used the petition to gather trade union support for the GLA election challenge?

If not, here is a link to the petition: http://www.tusc.org.uk/pdfs/GLAappealpetition.pdf Take it to work this week and sign people up and use it on November 30 to gather support for the GLA challenge. You can register your own support by completing the form online at: http://www.tusc.org.uk/supportGLA.php

Merseyside TUSC next Meeting ‘No to cuts and privatisation of our services’

Monday 14th November at 7pm The CASA, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BQ.

For more details contact: darenireland@blueyonder.co.uk

FBU leader Matt Wrack to speak at Southwark TUSC public meeting: ‘The fight against all cuts and the socialist alternative’

Speakers: Matt Wrack, (FBU general secretary); Brian Kelly (TUSC candidate and former Labour councillor); April Ashley, Southwark Unison assistant branch secretary. Thursday 24 November, 7.30pm. Venue: St Giles Centre, 81Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB. For more details contact: nick.wrack@tooks.co.uk


The first meeting of the ISN was on Saturday 19 October in London.

16 TUSC supporters attended the meeting and agreed to build TUSC and the ISN as a voice for independents who want to participate in TUSC. There was a vote to elect the ISN representative on the TUSC steering committee. Will McMahon received 8 votes, Pete McLaren received 6 votes, Steve Ballard received 1 vote, with one person not voting. Given the votes for Will and Pete it was agreed to ask the Steering Committee if both could attend meetings, otherwise they will alternate attendance. It was agreed to hold the next national ISN meeting on Saturday 14 January 2012 in London.

If you are not currently a member of a socialist group but want to work with other independent socialists and trade unionist in building TUSC and arguing for a new socialist party, contact indsocnet@yahoo.co.uk. The ISN website can be found here: http://www.independentsocialistnetwork.org/ and the Twitter feed is @TUSCIndependent.

From the Unions

Virgin West Coast Mainline cleaners in strike over pay

Cleaners on Virgin Trains' West Coast Mainline service staged a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay after a 94 per cent vote for action. Picket lines were at stations across the UK, from London to Glasgow. General secretary Bob Crow said: "Carlisle should understand that our members are not prepared to tolerate low pay and poor conditions any longer from a company that makes millions on the backs of their work.”. See: http://bbc.in/s7V2dr

NUJ to ballot BBC employees over service cuts and redundancies

NUJ to ballot BBC employees over service cuts and The National Union of Journalists has written to all of its members working at the BBC to ballot for strike action across the corporation. See: http://bit.ly/sJ2niF

Tory-led Coalition accused of pension meddling
The FBU's Matt Wrack said: “It is a vicious attack on OAPs bearing an unfair burden for the financial crisis caused by banks.” For more: http://bit.ly/v9aj2M

Tube drivers vote by four to one to strike over safety

RMT tube drivers are to refuse to follow what the union considers to be dangerous new instructions from London Underground after voting by a margin of four to one for industrial action over train safety. From Friday RMT train operators and instructors will not co-operate with aspects of LUL’s misnamed ‘Operational Effectiveness Programme’ and will continue to use the proven safe procedures for reversing trains and carrying passengers over shunt signals: http://bit.ly/uVerpo

Widespread abuse of workers' rights revealed during Commonwealth Heads meeting
More than a quarter of countries represented at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth this week have failed to allow basic industrial rights for workers, said the
Australian Council of Trade Union’s President Ged Kearney. This follows a survey by the Commonwealth Trade Union Group showing workers' rights were being ignored across the Commonwealth, with the worst abuses currently occurring in
Fiji and Swaziland. See: http://bit.ly/v1PbbY


Portuguese unions call general strike for November 24
Portugal's biggest two trade union confederations have called a general strike for November 24 to protest against the government's austerity policies. For more see: http://bit.ly/t1v89U

Information burst

Snouts in the trough - FTSE 100 directors have seen earnings increase by 49%...

…in the last financial year, and are now averaging £2,697,664 per annum, reveals the latest research by Incomes Data Services (IDS). For more: http://bit.ly/tiajpF

Over 800 participate in anti-capitalist rally in Pakistan's Punjab
The Occupy Lahore: Anti-Capitalist camp opened on Saturday 22 October with over 800 people from different social organizations and trade unions across
Lahore and Punjabparticipating in a discussion at the Nasir Bagh camp, organised following the 'Global Occupy' movement. For more: http://bit.ly/oopMA5

Legal aid cuts could force trafficking victims to seek asylum
Lawyers have warned that proposed cuts to publicly funded immigration cases could force people who have been trafficked into the
UK to seek asylum, even if this is not the best solution for them. See: http://bit.ly/sdTQUx

‘We have serious concerns that these proposed changes will have a detrimental impact on disabled children and young people and their well-being and future life chances.

A briefing from the Children’s Society can be found here: http://bit.ly/pQL5HG

Public service pension changes calculator. What do you stand to lose?

As unions prepare for the day of action on pensions justice called for 30 November, we've made an interactive calculator, to help public service workers see how what's being proposed will affect their pensions. See: http://bit.ly/pW6DQe

The Facts about Facility Time for Union Reps

This paper shows the reality of the provision of facilities and facility time for union reps; that they cannot be simply be regarded as 'costs' to employers, that on the contrary, union reps and the work that they do for members and with employers represent an important workplace resource for UK employers in both the public and private sector. Download the PDF here: http://bit.ly/qDRNex

How the 1% got richer, while the 99% got poorer

It's official: wealth inequality accelerated over the past quarter century. The American dream was never a more hollow promise. See: http://bit.ly/rHc65y

Events


Traveller solidarity meeting
11:00am,
5 November 2011 --- A meeting of in-depth debate and discussion on 'Dale Farm: Building the Traveller Solidarity Movement'. For more: http://bit.ly/sZn65T

Call Mr Robeson: A marvellous play by Tayo Aluko about black socialist singer/actor.

See it if it's in your area. See: http://bit.ly/dfdNfm

Jamming against the cuts, Sheffield

5 Nov 2011: Calling all musicians, poets, dancers and artists. As part of ‘Pandemic’, reclaiming space, reappropriating images, UKuncut. See: http://bit.ly/o1qest

National Demo - Defend Education, Fight Privatisation

9 Nov 2011: Last year the Tory-Lib Dem government scrapped EMA and raised university tuition fees to £9000, betraying election pledges. For demo details see here: http://bit.ly/oz55p7

Saturday, November 12, 2011, THE 1911 STRIKE - A Public meeting exploring the reasons behind the first national rail strike.

Speakers: Bob Crow, RMT general secretary; Alex Gordon, RMT president; historians David Howell - Professor of Politics, University of York and author 'Respectable Radicals - Studies in the Politics of Railway Trade Unionism' (1999) and Sam Davies - Professor of History, Liverpool John Moores University and author of 'History in the Making: The Liverpool Docks Dispute 1995–96...' (1996)... http://fb.me/uC9ZnEUC

Merseyside TUSC next Meeting ‘No to cuts and privatisation of our services’

Monday 14th November at 7pm The CASA, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BQ.

For more details contact: darenireland@blueyonder.co.uk

March in Defence of Women’s Rights! London

19 Nov 2011: March in defence of women’s rights! On average, women earn less, own less, and are more likely to work. Form ore details see: http://bit.ly/mRLLIP

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