Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.30
Monday 6 February 2012
£6.5bn debt written off; £16bn in unclaimed benefits and tax credits. Guess which one is this government's priority? http://bit.ly/zqCOxk
Greek unions plan 24-hour strike against austerity http://reut.rs/wv4b3j
TUSC Conference report
TUSC Bulletin thought the TUSC election conference was good. A mixture of politics and organisation and a very comradely debate where agreement has still to be reached. You can read a couple of independent reports here: http://bit.ly/mn4I9R one from Socialist Worker here: http://bit.ly/waJpZG and another from The Socialist here: http://bit.ly/wnsIx7
Call for candidates - give the working class in your area the chance to vote socialist.
We want the broadest possible challenge in the upcoming 3 May local elections to give those who support us a chance to vote for us. Last year many comrades left it very late to stand and still got creditable votes. Let us get ourselves organised as early as possible this year. Remember you will need a TUSC Candidate Authorisation form that you can find here: http://bit.ly/axuWPW
Are you candidate on twitter?
Alex Gordon, RMT President and list member for the TUSC Greater London Assembly campaign is. You can find him here:https://twitter.com/#!/alexgordonrmt You can find another list candidate, Nick Wrack here: https://twitter.com/#!/NickWrack . If you are going to be a TUSC candidate and have a twitter account and want us to advertise it in this bulletin then let us have it.
From the unions
Transport ministry workers stand together.
Joint industrial action possible over cuts. http://tinyurl.com/8yl4vvc
Action on pay spreads at Newsquest
NUJ members at Essex County Newspapers, based in Colchester, will join their colleagues at nearby Basildon in taking strike action on pay next week: http://bit.ly/AtP3ad
The RMT has confirmed that it is to ballot members…
…at rail freight company Freightliner for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over incorrect overtime payments for Multi-Skilled Operatives (MSO’s) working night duty http://bit.ly/zWQlmE
Unite members at Balfour Beatty vote overwhelmingly for strike action
Unite members at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) have voted overwhelmingly for a second time to strike over the termination of long-held agreements and the de-skilling of construction workers. Electricians, plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers voted by two to one for strike action which could hit high profile projects and sites such as Crossrail, Sellafield and Grangemouth. See: http://bit.ly/yf7s6N
Union warns “savage cuts” will hit response times as Kent Fire Authority considers plans to close eight fire stations
Kentfire crews are warning that response times to fires will get worse if the Fire Authority rubber-stamps plans to close eight fires stations. Kent Fire Brigades Union say station closures will increase risk to the public and to firefighters. Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority make the crucial decision on whether or not to close eight fire stations in Kent at a meeting on 15 February. http://bit.ly/zozLCj
NUT members support the union’s position on pensions
93 percent of NUT members agree that the NUT is right not to sign up to the Government's proposals to cut teachers' pensions and agree that the NUT must continue to seek further improvements. In a survey of over 11,000 NUT members, 90 per cent agreed that teachers should not have to work until they are 68 for a full pension. http://bit.ly/Whsjx
This week, Barnet council workers will take strike action in protest at the council's privatisation plans: http://bit.ly/xhvo6a
Belgium workers hold first general strike since 1993 over austerity measures…
…as EU leaders met for a summit, with public and private sector workers taking part including Volvo, Coca cola, and port terminals were closed down. http://tinyurl.com/7rhyl9q
MPs to be briefed by PCS about DVLA cuts
The PCS is asking politicians to drop in for a House of Commons briefing about job cuts and office closures at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Supporters in trade unions and the motor trade are being urged to write to their MPs to invite them to the event which is on Wednesday, 22 February between 10.30am and noon in Commons room W1 http://bit.ly/Ang6VN
Joblessness and toxic relations with police are blamed for Tottenham riot
A ‘citizens inquiry’ of 700 locals into the riots in Tottenham concludes that they were partly caused by youth unemployment and toxic relations with the police, arguing the disorder reveals the need for a major regeneration project in the area. See: http://bit.ly/xgzcYc
Research shows UK
railways 'last in Europe league'
Bob Crow, leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, which commissioned the study, said: This latest research shows that the failures of privatisation are costing the UK hundreds of billions of pounds in social value.’ See: http://bit.ly/wK9V4q
Tens of thousands of disabled will be catapulted into fuel poverty by DLA changes. See: http://bit.ly/z7qsRG
Journalist: British newspapers spread anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant propaganda http://bit.ly/zfglMj
Ending corporation tax relief for big bank bonuses could raise £1.7bn a year
Ending corporation tax relief for pay and bonuses worth more than 10 times average annual earnings (£26,200) could raise around £1.7bn a year if applied to the banking and financial services sector, according to a new TUC report: http://bit.ly/y2EdLE
Comrade Rob Windsor …rest in peace.
Rob Windsor: socialist fighter and Coventry socialist councillor 1964-2012
Rob’s funeral will be on Friday 17 February 1-2pm Coventry Cathedral (Priory St Coventry CV1 5AB). For an obituary see here: http://bit.ly/z24qac
Lobby of Birmingham City Council Meeting
7 February 5pm: Birmingham City Council House, Victoria Square. February’s council meeting will discuss the 2012/13 budget, with the council seeking to make over £100m of cuts in addition to the £212m cut last year http://bit.ly/zy54mI
Health and Social Care Bill Parliament Demonstration, London
8 February 2012 2.30 - 8pm: Old Palace Yard Westminster. This is the day the Bill is predicted to reach the “Report” stage. Organised by members of Hackney Keep Our NHS Public http://bit.ly/zCQkdd
Resisting Austerity in Europe Public Meeting, Birmingham
9 Feb 2012: 7:00pm Committee Rooms 3 and 4, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3BD Speakers:Owen Jones, author of “Chavs – the demonization of the working class”, George Barrett – rebel Labour councillor from Barking who was recently expelled for refusing to vote through cuts, Clare Solomon– former ULU President and Coalition of Resistance steering committee member Organised by Coalition of Resistance http://bit.ly/AwuSeu
Battle of Saltley Gate 40th Anniversary Commemoration ‘The workers united will never be defeated’
Friday, 10 February 11:00am Gate St near Saltley Gate roundabout opposite Alum Rock Rd Speakers from the Strike & Current Struggles & performance by Banner Theatre 7.30pm Friday 10th Feb Banner Theatre perform part of their Saltley Gate Show and Fighting the Cuts at the Library Theatre, Chamberlain Square http://bit.ly/zU82nF
Save Remploy Factories
Lobby outside DWP office Sheffield (Steel City House) Friday 10 Feb 12.30 and then march and rally at Town Hall.
What is happening to our NHS?
15 Feb: 7:00pm The Rosebowl, Leeds Metropolitan University, Portland Crescent LS1 3HE
Public Meeting about the impact of 20bn cuts in the NHS and the prospect of massively increasing privatisation and fragmentation if the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill becomes law this spring Speakers: Professor of Health Policy & Management at Durham University John Puntis; Consultant at LGI, activist in Leeds KONP & Unite http://bit.ly/yLjo2E
Barking against the cuts meeting: NO CUTS IN COUNCIL SERVICES! SAVE THE BROADWAY THEATRE!
Thursday 16 February 7:30pm Broadway Theatre, Barking town centre (5mns from Barking Station), Barking, London IG11 7LS Speakers: Councillor George Barratt, Karena Johnson, Director Broadway Theatre, Paul Mackney, UCU former General Secretary Organised by Barking Against the Cuts and the Coalition of Resistance … http://bit.ly/xg7Fyr
Punk Pussy Cats Against The Cuts, Sheffield
17 February 6pm: Plug, 14-16 Matilda St, Sheffield. We’ll be getting our claws into the cuts…
Black Cat White Cat, The Violet May, Pete David & The Payroll Union, Black Echo and other live acts … http://bit.ly/wQRUyT
Find ways to channel your anger that the UK is still arming Egypt, Bahrain and others. Come to a CAAT Campaign Day: http://j.mp/yN6UqV
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