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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.22

Monday 3 October 2011

As benefit changes and economic crisis mean a sharp rise in people depending on charity to eat http://bit.ly/pkF5VT and new research showing that one in four earn less than a living wage http://gu.com/p/32atc/tw...

Leading London RMT and FBU reps call for anti-cuts candidates in 2012 GLA elections

'Dear Sister/Brother, We believe that in next year’s Greater London Assembly elections there must be trade union and socialist candidates who oppose all the cuts being forced through by the Con-Dem government. We cannot support Labour’s policy that some cuts are necessary but should be implemented more slowly. We deplore Ed Miliband’s criticism of millions of trade union members who are ready to strike over pensions...' For the full letter see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/GLALetter.php If your live or work in Greater London download the petition and add your name.

Getting ready for the nationwide local elections in 2012

A new TUSC contact Chris Simpson from Grantham writes: ’I have spent a while looking round the TUSC website and local government elections for 2012. It appears that there are not local elections in my area next year.. There is a lot of activity in Lincoln and Nottingham so I would love to get active with them. I liked the launch of the party recording on the website, and I remember one of them as a Labour M.P. as well as Bob Crow. I keep reading the bulletins that you send me as it is a fresh air in this TORY area of Grantham. All the best, Chris Simpson.’

We think that there are lots of people out there who will want to break the three party consensus on the cuts if they are given the opportunity to campaign for trade union and socialist candidates in May 2012. Help TUSC to stand the widest number of candidates possible by doing the following: 1) Check now if there are local elections in your area 2) Talk to anti-cuts and other campaigners about the possibility of standing and encourage them to launch a petition like the GLA petition above 3) Let us know at [email protected] so that we can have the most comprehensive list possible. We want TUSC candidates to be able to share campaigning ideas and tactics and we also want to develop a campaign strategy across the country to build the biggest possible profile for TUSC. So get started as soon as possible and let us know what you are up to.

From the unions

State pensions: Union members prepare for mass walkout

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), which was part of the coalition of unions that staged the walkout in June, is expecting a big response to the mass industrial action scheduled to take place unless the government concedes to compromise over pension reforms. Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, calls the impending strikes “significantly bigger” than the June walkouts, as more than 10 unions could potentially become involved from November and continuing into 2012. See: http://bit.ly/o6ZuDn

Fire control project wasted £469m
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said government ministers were to be blamed for the failure of the Fire Control project, as they completely ignored the voices of the control staff and their representatives. Matt said, ‘Now the present Government is leaving it to local fire and rescue services to clear up the mess, making ad hoc arrangements without an overall view of national resilience. There needs to be proper oversight, not the closure and merger of control rooms. For the second time, we urge ministers to consult with professionals in the service and in particular the representatives of the control staff who work in it.’ See: http://bit.ly/oRmOsd

Nationalised rail 'may save £1.2bn'
Renationalising the railways could save the taxpayer £1.2 billion a year, according to a union-commissioned study. The report - for Aslef, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association and Unite - said savings could be achieved through cheaper borrowing costs. For more: http://bit.ly/q5V8BL

RMT begins balloting Virgin West Coast cleaners for strike action

The RMT has confirmed that it has begun balloting all Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services members on the Virgin West Coast Main Line for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay and the de-recognition of the union by the company. The cleaners, who maintain the quality of passenger service and environment on the busy and prestigious West Coast route, have had a derisory 1% increase in pay imposed on them - equivalent to an extra six pence per hour. See: http://bit.ly/obX6Fz

NUJ response to media debate at Labour Party conference

Following the Labour Party Conference debate on media ownership and press regulation, NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: ‘It’s depressing to hear a Labour Party shadow minister call for the blacklisting of journalists...’ Read more here: http://www.nuj.org.uk/

Empowering Egyptian women at work and in their unions
‘Women in Egypt sorely need a voice in their workplaces; to demand the right to decent work and to insist on a place in their unions,’ said Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, at the
TUC Congress fringe on Egypt. See: http://bit.ly/rbJRXq

Struggling for workers' rights in Sri Lanka: Behind the scenes

Every day, about five workers, who may be members or non-members of the union, come to see me at the office...Most workers don't know about their workplace rights and fear their employer. For more: http://bit.ly/nd0asM

Information burst

Reasons to be cheerful?

The national minimum wage will by 15p an hour to £6.08 this month. The rate for 16- to 17-year-olds will increase by 4p to £3.68 an hour and the rate for apprentices will increase by 10p to £2.60 an hour. Bet you’re all cheering now: http://bit.ly/fwG4Ch

Speeches from Statewatching Europe: Civil Liberties, the State and the EU European conference marking Statewatch's 20th anniversary
For speeches from Gareth Peirce and Aidan White and others see here:

New independent pensions report for firefighters You can find it here: http://www.fbu.org.uk/?p=4156

Denmark: Right-wing government defeated, Red-Green Alliance triples seats

Here is one view of the recent election result whwre the Red_green Alliance got 6.2 per cent of the vote across the country: http://links.org.au/node/2501

Labour Market Report – record increases in unemployment
A look at September's employment figures, reviewing record increases in unemployment, high unemployment - to - vacancy ratios and a significant increase in the number of women saying they are economically inactive because of home responsibilities. For more see here:

Custody deaths to be included in the homicide law
Congratulations to INQUEST on the implementation of the deaths in custody provisions in the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act. For more click here: http://www.inquest.org.uk/

Follow the money: behind the European debt crisis lie more bank bailouts

'While I was cursing the inane mainstream commentary on the global economy recently, I was reminded of a pivotal scene in the 1976 movie All The President’s Men' writes Dave McNally: http://bit.ly/ne1QRB


Exhibition tells truth about Broadwater Farm
An exhibition on the history of the Broadwater Farm estate should be compulsory viewing for all Londoners, young and old. For more details go here: http://bit.ly/oh4xI2

Anti-deportation training in Sheffield

A training workshop on starting an anti-deportation campaign. Monday 10 October 2011, 7pm Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW Guest speaker: Michael Collins - National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns. This event is free.

TUC poverty conference: Challenging myths and stereotypes: Monday 17 October 2011
This conference will discuss how to respond to common myths and stereotypes about claimants and the social security system. Organised by a coalition of organisations, including the
TUC, Unemployed Workers' Centres, PCS, Oxfam, Save the Children and ATD 4th World; trades unionists, claimants and anti-poverty campaigners are all welcome. http://www.tuc.org.uk/social/tuc-20087-f0.cfm

Save our railways: Rally and lobby of Parliament

12.30 on 25 October 2011 Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London. For more details go here: http://bit.ly/qABisY

`I can't always remember their names, but in my nightmares I can see their faces'.
Ex-Georgia prisons head on executions he oversaw. For the speech in full:

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