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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Bulletin No.45

Thursday 26 July 2012

 

 

Top 10 per cent now more than 500 times wealthier than bottom 10% http://t.co/wOJBzzbe

 

TUSC News

 

RMT union conference sees big step forward for TUSC: http://bit.ly/MFSxTb

 

Good luck to TUSC candidates standing in the Stoke council election on July 26 (today) and Lincolnshire County Council election on Thursday, August 2. bit.ly/M0HTpS

 

TUSC gets 6 per cent in Liverpool council by-election: http://bit.ly/MML4Qu

 

Huntingdon Socialists to become a TUSC branch: http://bit.ly/O2nRXY

 

Register for the TUSC National Conference on 22 September here: http://bit.ly/lzMPYr

 

 

July Steering Committee drafts the TUSC Conference Agenda for September 22nd

 

There will be three Sessions. Speakers will be restricted so that there is ample time for discussion

 

Session One: Building working class political representation against the austerity consensus. Speakers to be invited from the RMT executive, PCS and one speaker each from the affiliated socialist organisations, the SP, SWP and ISN

Session Two:For councillors who will stand up to the Con-Dems! This session will also be an opportunity for proposals to update the TUSC local elections policy platform to be discussed.

Session Three: ‘Reviewing TUSC’s structures’: Introducing the ‘Reviewing TUSC’s Structures’ commission initial report and plans for how to continue the discussion

 

The ‘Reviewing TUSC’s Structures’ discussion

 

SUBMISSIONS ARE starting to come in to the ‘Reviewing TUSC’s Structures’ commission, established by the TUSC national steering committee meeting as part of an ongoing discussion on how TUSC should develop in the period ahead. As previously reported the commission is aiming to produce a preliminary report for the TUSC conference on September 22nd, where there will be an afternoon session to discuss the report and plans for how to continue the process after the conference. This is the chance for TUSC supporters to say what they think the lessons are from the current experiences of TUSC ‘on the ground’. In its two and a half years of existence TUSC has had a greater level of trade union leadership and involvement than any other ‘comparator’ organisation. How can we ensure that the leading role that trade unionists have played up to now can continue, locally as well as nationally? How can individual supporters of TUSC who are not leading trade unionists (locally or nationally) or members of the participating socialist organisations, be fully involved? There are legal issues too, from TUSC’s registered status with the Electoral Commission, that need to be considered. The TUSC Commission’s terms of reference are set out at: http://www.tusc.org.uk/docs/2012/CommissionRemit.doc Submissions are welcome from supportive individuals and organisations, to be sent to cliveheemskerk@socialistparty.org.uk and pete.mclaren@virgin.net by Monday 3rd September. Ideally they should start from the current structure of TUSC (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/docs/2012/FrameworkPlan2012.doc) which would make it easier to ensure that the debate moves forward from where TUSC is today… to where it could be tomorrow.

 

It was also agreed to accept resolutions for the local elections policy platform, and the future structure of TUSC, from individual supporters and TUSC branches/affiliated parties by Monday 3 September – send to Clive Heemskerk cliveheemskerk@socialistparty.org.uk or Will McMahon wsmcmahon@yahoo.co.uk.

 

Conference fee and pooled fare

It was agreed to set a registration fee of £5 waged and £2 unwaged, with a capped pooled fare for waged attendees of £10.

 

Report of Independent Socialist Network Meeting 21 July 2012: http://bit.ly/LQoFlP

 

From the Unions

 

PCS votes for anti-austerity candidates in the next elections is.gd/cc8DqC and Mark Serwotka: Why the PCS union could run its own election candidates: http://bit.ly/Oq5Z9T

 

Brent School Sacks Dinner Ladies, replacing school meals staff with sandwiches and sacking catering staff

GMB Union is fighting to save the jobs of seven catering staff at Our Lady of Grace RC Junior School Dollis Hill Lane, London, NW2 as a result of the school’s decision to move from a full school meals service to a sandwiches only service which will be available only to pupils entitled to free school meals. The school will provide nothing at all for other pupils. http://bit.ly/NNvOmr

 

RMT confirms Olympics payments action on SW Trains

The RMT has confirmed industrial action on South West Trains, Serco "Boris Bikes" and TFL in continuing disputes over Olympics recognition and reward.On South West Trains, where no Olympics payments offer has been made and where staff voted last week for action short of a strike, action will take place on Friday 27th July and on Sunday 12th August http://bit.ly/Qee4Uy

 

Sainsbury’s workers ‘struggle to live’ on low pay - ‘Live well for less’ must not mean ‘Pay your staff less’ says Unite

Sainsbury’s workers are using payday loans, struggling to pay for their children’s school uniforms, and haven’t had a holiday in years, Unite, the largest union in the country, has revealed. http://bit.ly/OjfWnR

 

Control members’ consultative ballot on pensions

The FBU is holding a consultative ballot for their control members in England and Wales who belong to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). The union’s executive council believes government proposals are still unacceptable – especially on working to 68 and the way pensions are accrued and revalued for inflation. http://bit.ly/O1pl3g

 

Staff protest at Salford

UCU members at Salford University have held lunchtime protests against the University’s plans to cut jobs http://bit.ly/PiLnQa

 

 

RMT demands renationalisation of Great Western franchise as it slides into tax-payer sponsored chaos

The RMT has demanded the renationalisation of the Great Western franchise as it emerged that the government will handing an extension to FirstGroup, underwritten by a multimillion-pound taxpayer subsidy, on the bogus grounds of “delays with issuing tender documents.” http://bit.ly/Oj1axe

 

International

 

Turkish authorities target trade unions

Early on the morning of 25 June, trade union activists were targeted in a police operation which swept through 18 Turkish cities. All those who were questioned, arrested or had their houses searched are members of unions affiliated to the Confederation of Public Sector Unions (KESK), one of the country’s main trade union confederations. Those arrested included general secretaries and presidents of affiliated unions, as well as lay officials. http://bit.ly/OjYi5a

 

Thousands stage strike at Egypt textile giant

More than 23,000 workers angered by low wages at Egypt's biggest textile company staged a strike last Sunday, bringing production to a halt and adding to the challenges facing the new president. http://reut.rs/NuLc5Y

 

Information burst

 

Southampton: two Labour councillors vote against Labour council cuts http://t.co/jA4NqCQN

 

Is crime rational?At the moment, it seems, some corporate crimes pay handsomely http://econ.st/MI5a00

 

An e-book just out,on the continuing disaster that is Bhopal, it is timely as Dow Chemical, which bought Union Carbide yet refuses to clean up the site or 'compensate' local residents, is a main sponsor of the Olympics. It is £3.95 and can be bought at: http://bit.ly/N67x6W

 

How can you find a ‘troubled family’ when you need to?: http://bit.ly/Pyim65

 

BBC radio sports presenter Garry Richardson does a fine impression of Brian Coleman: http://t.co/T5i3xK8R

 

Events

 

Demonstrate against the corporate Olympics

Saturday 28 July 2012, 12:00pm Mile end park, Grove Road/Burdett Road London E3, E3

Whose Games? Whose City? ASSEMBLE: 12 noon, Saturday Mile End Park, East London (nearest tube Mile End) March to Victoria Park for a Peoples Games For All. No Limos! No Logos! No Launchers! http://on.fb.me/P4WtuU

 

Action for Rail Campaign

The Action for Rail campaign will be holding events, public meetings and leafletting sessions across all parts of the country, covering every rail franchise over coming months.

London Midland Day of Action – Thursday 26th July

Protest against London Midland’s plans to shut down or reduce opening hours at over 80 of its stations. Support the Action for Rail day of action, leafletting sessions at:

Birmingham New Street, 8am

Birmingham Snow Hill, 8am

Worcester Foregate Street, 8am

Stourbridge Junction, 8am http://bit.ly/LL9hs7

 

Pentonville 5 & dock dispute of 1972-73 celebration

Sat July 28 Isle of Dogs & POPLAR BLACKWALL & DISTRICT ROWING CLUB, The Boat House, Ferry Street, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3DT, opposite Island Gardens DLR station http://bit.ly/MEDw3V

 

Greater Manchester open meeting to organise and build for TUC 20 October demonstration

Tuesday 31 July 2012, 6:00pm Central methodist hall, Manchester, http://on.fb.me/NIFkWX

 

Sheffield Save Our NHS - protest against Virgin Care

Saturday 11 August 12 noon on Fargate - protest against the increasing activity of Virgin Health Care http://bit.ly/OXmg4q

 

Action for Rail Day of Action Tuesday August 14th

On 14 August, the RPI inflation figure for July will be announced, which will be used to set the rise in regulated train fares for next year. The government has indicated that regulated fares will be increased by 3% above RPI in January 2013 and again in January 2014. This could mean some passengers paying 11% more from next year.At the same time, the government’s Rail Command Paper sets the agenda for train operating companies to shed thousands of station staff, guards, catering staff and booking offices in order to slash costs.Passengers are being asked to pay more to get less. Action for Rail and Campaign for Better Transport will be staging a range of activity on 14th August to protest against fare rises and cuts to staffing and booking offices. http://bit.ly/Nsj1r7

 

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