Monday, 12 December 2011

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.26
Monday 28 November 2011
Petition against unfair pension changes has 83,448 signatures. Can we get it to 100,000? Please sign.
25,000 elderly will die from cold this winter:
Egypt's unfinished revolution
BBC N30 poll – over 60 per cent support pension strike
An opinion poll for the BBC found that nearly two thirds of people in Britain support Wednesday’s planned strike over pensions by millions of trade unionists in the public sector. The figure is even bigger among young people, with four out of five 18 to 24 year olds backing the action. See the result on the BBC website:

All out on Nov 30th!
TUSC members, supporters and branches will be out in force on Wednesday supporting the public sector workers pensions strike – on the picket lines, and on marches and Rallies all over the country showing solidarity and giving out information about TUSC – the organisation providing both a political and trade union response to the cuts
TUSC Election Campaign Conference called for Saturday 28 January 2012
TUSC National Election Conference: The TUSC Steering Committee which met on Monday 21 November agreed to call a conference on 28 January 2012 to discuss the May 2012 election campaign. It is likely to be in London. Further details will be sent out when we have a venue and agenda. The aim will be to get at least one person to attend from every area where we are standing candidates to discuss the platform and practicalities of the campaign.
Ex-Green candidate, Pip Tindall, stands against all cuts for Brighton TUSC in Westbourne by-election'
A member of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), Pip Tindall is standing in the Westbourne by-election, due to take place on 22 December. Pip, who is an NHS worker, trade unionist and welfare rights campaigner, stood as a Green Party candidate for East Brighton in the May 2011 local elections. She had signed the Brighton Stop the Cuts Coalition pledge to oppose all cuts and give a political voice to a mass campaign to have central funding reinstated for public services in Brighton and Hove. For more go here:
* Some London TUSC supporters are planning to go to Brighton one Saturday or Sunday to help with the campaign. If you would like to help, please get in touch with Nick Wrack on 07812 063 409;
Report on Southwark public meeting
21 people attended the Southwark TUSC public meeting on 24 November on ‘Fighting the cuts and the socialist alternative’ with Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the FBU. St Paul’s occupier JJ performed two of his own poems and went down very well. There were five other new young people who promised to come to December’s branch meeting. Although the turnout was small, everyone seemed to enjoy the discussion and it was an important little step forward for us in Southwark. You can visit the Southwark website here:
Greetings from the Wigan Borough Green Socialists to all TUSC supporters
We just agreed to affiliate to TUSC nationally and will be standing in the local elections next May in order to provide a pro-majority alternative to Labour who have sold our area down the river. Check out our blog at:
Support grows for TUSC and its Independent Socialist Network. The Rugby TUSC branch has joined the Wellingborough Independent Socialists in unanimously agreeing to support the initiative to establish an Independent Socialist Network within TUSC, and attend its meetings - and both agreed donations
From the Unions
See PCS case against public spending cuts - whilst we fight against the pension (and wider cuts) we are also fighting a barrage of information that accepts cuts have to be made:
London FBU: London firefighters' anger boils over, as 91% vote for industrial action:
RMT slams Cable attack on workers’ rights
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: ‘Vince Cable and the ConDems now want to drag us back to days of hire and fire where workers have to grovel to the boss for the right to earn a days’ pay. Under the proposed EU/India Trade Agreement companies would be allowed to bring in cheap labour and in return European corporations would have access to Indian retail and financial markets increasing job losses and exploitation here and in India.’ See:

UNISON: Queen Mary University bans trade union victimisation public meeting.
Queen Mary University of London UNISON is currently running a public campaign demanding the re-instatement of it’s suspended Branch Secretary Vik Chechi. On November 10th, a public meeting was convened by workers and students. However, QMUL Security were ordered by QMUL Senior Management to bar members of the public and supporters from the meeting. Not deterred, the meeting continued outside in Library square and took the opportunity to leaflet passing staff and students.
FBU expresses serious concerns about safety in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire fire crews are warning of major public safety concerns over plans to axe 10 fire stations and lose 135 frontline firefighters. The result will be longer attendance times to 999 incidents with fewer stations and crews. Every area of the 999 response will be hit including fires, road traffic crashes and flooding. The union warns of increased risk to lives and homes, businesses and workplaces. See:
NUJ condemns end of Liverpool Daily Post
After a century and a half serving up news and entertainment to the citizens of Merseyside, the Liverpool Daily Post is to cease being published as a daily and will become a weekly in the new year. Seven members of staff will be made redundant. Three weekly titles, the South Liverpool Merseymart, Bootle Times and Star series will no longer be printed separately and distributed free but will be inserted into the Liverpool Echo on a Tuesday. For more:

Southampton Unison, Unite and Ucatt members reject Councils pay cut settlement
Trade Unionists at Southampton City Tory Council have decisively rejected the Council’s latest pay cuts proposals. The Council also linked their proposals to the trade unions agreeing to withdraw a multi million pound law case against the Council for failure to consult on the mass dismissals that took place in April. The rejection of the Conservatives proposals will mean that the legal action against the Council will continue:
Biggest Portuguese general strike for 30 years
Portuguese trade unions and disaffected youth movements protesting against painful austerity measures caused widespread disruption on Thursday in what labour leaders said was the country’s biggest general strike in more than 30 years:
Greece’s main trade unions called a 24-hour strike for December 1st.
The New Zealand lamb processor, CMP, has brutally locked out 111 workers at its plant in Marton in order to force them and their union, the New Zealand Meat Workers Union, to agree pay cuts and unacceptable changes to terms and conditions. To learn more and send a message of support click here:
Information burst
Shock quote from the Daily Telegraph
'Karl Marx was right. Capitalism has been shown to contain the seeds of its destruction' See:
Occupy movements internationally have continued to develop and also faced a huge amount of police and state repression. There are some excellent trade union and community link ups. Map of occupations and some contacts:
The top one per cent of Americans now takes in nearly 25 per cent of the nation’s income every year, double the proportion 25 years ago.
New Internationalist is running an arms trade special this month. Visit their site for a video and analysis:
Spanish United Left makes significant gains
Izquierda Unida made significant electoral progress, going from 2 to 11 deputies, with a net increase of more than 700,000 votes. One view can be found here:
Details of the deaths of 23 children under supervision of YOTs revealed by Youth Justice Board
A long list of all the events happening on Nov 30 can be found here:
Protest outside Parliament on Tuesday 29 November against the cuts - which are shredding women's rights:
False Economy’s big birthday benefit
Help us celebrate one year of False Economy – and raise some dosh to keep campaigning! Thursday December 1st 8pm Star of Kings 124 York Way Kings Cross London
Disable the cuts’ by working together - Saturday 3 December 2011, 10:00am
Mechanics Centre, Major Street entrance, Manchester, North West region, Manchester M1 6DD The NW TUC Disability Forum is a network of trade union representatives from across the North West who seek to promote action on issues of concern to disabled trade union members. The Forum is holding an event focusing on the impact of reductions in public expenditure and public service reform on disabled people.
No political evictions in Battersea
Monday 5th December 7.30 pm Doddington Estate Community Centre, Charlotte Despard Avenue, Battersea Park Road SW11 5HD (behind Tesco) Called by Wandsworth Against Cuts and supported by Battersea & Wandsworth Trades Council and Defend Council Housing.
Lobby of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority
Wednesday 7 December 2011, 10:00am Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters, Stocklake, Aylesbury HP20 1BD. Members of the Fire Brigade Union, the Fire Service and Buckinghamshire Save Our Services Campaign group will be attending the Fire Authority meeting to demonstrate their opposition to plans to cut the County fire control room with the potential loss of 20 Jobs: