Union and workplace bulletins

NUT Conference - The Case for Solidarity

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007 For many years the ‘International Section’ of conference has been dominated by motions and amendments offering various interpretations of the world situation. Most of these have focussed exclusively on the crimes of Western imperialism or the actions of Israel alone. Little to no comment has been offered on the brutality of regimes such as Iran or movements like Hamas and Hezbollah. Oppression is not a one-way street. Murders are not the sole prerogative of US or Israeli guns and bombs. The world is not divided into ‘good’ and ‘bad’...

‘union sell-out on Metroline’. I beg to disagree.

The 12 December issue of Busworkers Punch headlined the wage settlement at Metroline which drivers accepted on 13 December as ‘union sell-out on Metroline’. I beg to disagree. The hourly rate at Metroline going into the dispute was £10.33 an hour; the union asked for £11.00, 6.5%, and achieved 5.75%, £10.93, just 7p short of their claim. That can only be seen as a victory, and it is rightly seen as this in the London bus unions and the wider Labour movement. The strike was called off on Monday 20 November was because there was a real possibility that Metroline would be successful in getting a...

The Alternative Busworkers Charter

The RMT took the initiative in launching a National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) at a meeting on 28th October supported by a raft of TU General Secretaries, including out own Tony Woodley. Its founding conference is pencilled in for 5 May 2007. Sympathetic convenors and officials should call a founding meeting for a London busworkers shop stewards and union activists’ network which would affiliate to the NSSN. Only grass roots involvement by the membership at large will begin to reverse the defeats of the last fourteen years. We must oppose completive tendering which maintains a constant...

NHS Pensions: Vote No to the proposals!

Pensions, Pay and Privatisation Why healthworkers should reject the NHS Pension proposals With accusations still flying around that it was overly generous pay deals that led to the current financial crisis in the NHS it might seem a little selfish for staff to be worrying about their pensions when the future of the NHS itself now seems to be at stake. But the issues of pensions and pay for NHS staff are closely tied to the privatisation agenda. One thing the big corporations are fearful off when taking on NHS staff is liability for ongoing terms and conditions, wages and pension payments....

NHS Logistics: All out to save our health service

In a magnificent show of defiance this week, hundreds of NHS workers in the supply service NHS Logistics will take the first national strike action in the NHS for 18 years. The one-day strike starting at 10pm tonight will mark an end to the 'phony war' between the unions and the Government over NHS privatisation, and could spark a national fightback against the selling off of the NHS to the private sector. NHS Logistics workers are at the sharp end of the Government's agenda for the NHS, but what is happening to them now could be happening to every NHS worker sooner or later. That's why it is...

"Major Change" means job cuts and worse service

The Postalworker bulletin of 26 March 2004 surveys the results so far of the "Major Change" plan agreed by the CWU nationally with Royal Mail. Where implemented, it has meant job cuts, increased workloads, and worse service. The bulletin argues for resistance to implementation, and a positive fight for a 35 hour week. Download pdf here .

PCS pay dispute bulletin for 16/02/04

AWL bulletin for PCS pay dispute, 16 February 2004 Unite across departments Form a national strike committee Download as pdf . Without any doubt the magnificent response from branches up and down the country, on hearing of the suspension of strike action on 29th and 30th January, pressurised the DWP Group Executive Committee into calling the two days of strike action on 16th and 17th February. This demonstrates the need for the active involvement of branches and members in the day-to-day running of the dispute and holding the GEC to account. The Union has called a meeting of one delegate from...

New Labour moves to expel railworkers

Put Blair on trial, not the RMT! For pdf of AWL bulletin for the RMT special conference on 06/02/04, click here . The Labour Party will expel the RMT (the rail, Underground workers and seafarers' union) on 7 February unless revokes the union's decision to allow Scottish RMT branches to affiliate to the Scottish Socialist Party. The clash arises from a decision at the RMT's Annual General Meeting last year to let the Executive authorise branches to affiliate to organisations outside the Labour Party. At Labour's National Executive on 27 January all but three delegates - Mark Seddon, Christine...

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