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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Bulletin No.43

Thursday 31 May 2012


National TUSC supporters' conference called for 22 September 2012

After due consideration the 22nd has been chosen over the 8th September because the TUC conference opens on Monday 10thSeptember (in Brighton) with delegations arriving over the weekend – when there will be a pre-conference general council and also, the National Shop Stewards Network and other campaigning organisations will want to make their presence felt. So all in all the best date is 22 September for the TUSC supporetr's conference– put it in your diaries now.

Where will the TUSC conference be held?

Good question. The TUSC National Steering Committee to be held on 13 June will make a decision. With the privilege of hosting the conference, comes a role in helping to organise it. London? Manchester?Rugby? Birmingham? Being on a main rail line will help. If you want to put a bid in before 13 June then e-mail [email protected]

Rugby TUSC members appearing on Question Time tonight Thursday 31 May– and gain further press publicity for it http://bit.ly/HqaK3E

TUSC to stand in council by-elections in Merseyside

Merseyside TUSC will be standing Chris McDermott and Lynne Wild in the Riverside Allerton and Hunts Cross ward council by-elections which have been called in Liverpool for July 5th. The Riverside seat is the one previously held by the new mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, who had to vacate it when he was elected. The second seat, also held by Labour, is vacant because the former councillor is no longer resident in the city. The by-elections were discussed at a meeting of Merseyside TUSC supporters convened by RMT executive council member Daren Ireland on Monday night, where it was agreed to contest both seats.

The Independent Socialist Network held a meeting on 19 May. Report here: http://bit.ly/KBwXMM Another national meeting has been called for 21 July 2012 in central London. For more details keep an eye on the ISN website:http://bit.ly/mn4I9R . If you are an independent socialist you are welcome to attend.

From the Unions

GMB NHS members vote overwhelmingly to reject proposals on changes to NHS pensions scheme

This means the ‘deal’ has now been rejected by health workers in Unite, Unison and the GMB http://bit.ly/LyuYed

RMT to ballot “Boris Bike’s” operational staff for action over Olympics reward and working conditions http://bit.ly/L2G7md

Unite in fight to save up to 1,600 UK jobs at Hewlett-Packard http://bit.ly/JLopDQ

Historic Joint Agreement Launched between NUT and NASUWT The UK’s two biggest teaching unions have agreed to work together to protect teachers from attacks on working conditions, pensions, pay, conditions of service, and threats to jobs- with the threat of industrial action, including jointly coordinated strike action in the autumn http://bit.ly/LBaFXi

Essex fire crews call on Chair of Essex Fire Authority, to step in and break the deadlock -in a bitter fire dispute over unnecessary frontline cuts and changes imposed without agreement http://bit.ly/KfY017

Walkout in DVLA to kick start rolling transport strikes

A walkout on Friday by staff in 39 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices threatened with closure will kick start a month of rolling strikes among PCS's 8,000 Department for Transport members


RMT declares progamme of industrial action on Tyne and Wear Metro in disputes over pay and victimization http://bit.ly/KLtxoY

GMB strike at Sheffield recycle centres with 3 days of action over cuts by a Labour Council! http://bit.ly/N10MaZ


Ireland - VITA CORTEX workers 5 month sit in ended last week after a compromise agreement http://bit.ly/JPxTio

Quebec: Mass student strike passes 100th day http://bit.ly/LJIYvX

UGANDAN workers get ready to strike on 4th June over minimum wage and increase in teachers’ wages http://bit.ly/Khg3Ed

Information burst

The government’s rebranding of the UK Border Agency (UKBA)’s operational arm from immigration service to Border Force encapsulates the approach which treats migrants as criminals: http://bit.ly/Lsyb9o

United Left Alliance call for a NO Vote on May 31st

The United Left Alliance at its final No Campaign press conference on 29 May said that the result of the fiscal treaty referendum is too close to call:http://bit.ly/Kad9BT

Tackling violence early
TUC Women's Conference hosted a panel of speakers discussing the action needed to prevent violence before it begins, including work in schools, public campaigns, action to tackle sexualisation and objectification in the media. You can watch the webcast:http://bit.ly/L6bLiU

At the sharp end of the cuts
The Independent reports that high unemployment rates and rising living costs have lead to a surge in calls to mental health charity Mind:http://ind.pn/K9tXGj . The Daily Mail reports on figures revealing that the number of people hospitalised because they are malnourished has increased by 50 per cent in the past five years amid cuts to care:

US professor explains why suicide rates go up under right-wing governments. Audio clip:http://bit.ly/MSX9Bl


Hardest Hit North East: Conference on impact of the cuts on disabled people Friday 1 June 2012, 9:00am Banqueting Suite & Pandon Room, Newcastle Civic Centre, , Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8PP http://on.fb.me/KN6gTv

Benefit Gig for sacked MMP workers

RAW BONES ALUN PARRY OUR MORALS dominic dunn socialist singers

Saturday 2 June The Picket, Jordan Street Liverpool L1 OBW fun starts 7pm ● £7 on door unity deejays with northern soul & reggae til late http://bit.ly/NjfS9D

Cuts Conversations Saturday 2 June, 12:00pm

Outside Library. 2 Stocks Hill, Armley , Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 1UQ http://bit.ly/vxNg07

The Great Brighton Street Party! Saturday 2 June, 12:00pm

The clock tower, Brighton, BN1 3FE http://on.fb.me/KNzBxc

Occupy Democracy Jubilee Event at St Pauls

Sunday 3 June at 12 noon from St Pauls to the South Bank OCCUPY DEMOCRACY invites you to participate, listen, discuss, debate and dance for democracy http://on.fb.me/KMvUrP

Diamond Jubilee: Sunday protest at Queen's flotilla

Time for elected head of state - Let Queen stand for election - Monarchy is incompatible with democracy Sunday June 3rd The protest takes place from 1pm to 5pm at the side City Hall, London SE1 2AA. It is timed to coincide with the Queen's flotilla sailing down the River Thames Organised by the pressure group Republic: http://bit.ly/4mf1D

NSSN 6th Annual Conference - Fighting the Cuts

Saturday 9 June11am – 4pm Friends Meeting House, Euston Road,, London http://bit.ly/l1QIP

Defend pay, pensions and public services - Newcastle rally with Mark Serwotka Thursday 14 June, 6:30pm Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street , Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DH Organised by Coalition of Resistance http://bit.ly/95BIFX

NUT Local Associations for National Action on Pensions Conference Sat June 16 The Quaker Meeting House 22 School Lane Liverpool. Registration 10:30am. Conference 11:00 am - 3:30 pm. http://bit.ly/JC9pYw

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