We need a rank and file movement in the UCU, not a political "front"

Submitted by Pete on 25 June, 2006 - 2:31

This is a longer version of a leaflet given out at the UCU left conference in London on June 24th 2006.
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The chaos at the head of the UCU over the last two weeks shows that a rank and file movement is essential in the UCU. The old maxim says that ‘when the leaders won't lead then the rank and file must’. And we have just seen how our leadership is paralysed by division and irresolution.

Anti-union, Stingy, Deceitful, Anti-worker

Submitted by Anon on 24 June, 2006 - 2:02

By Gerry Bates

Members of the GMB union working in Asda Wal-Mart depots have voted by three to one to take strike action to win collective bargaining rights at all 20 distribution depots, to ensure the payment of the 2005 bonus and to have safe working practices.

Earlier this year Asda Wal-Mart said 70% of its workers would get no bonus in 2005, despite making £770m profits for the company! This was because the firm did not meet its profit target of £850 million! The GMB estimate a “saving” of £12 million for the company.

Defend the SSP! Oppose a split!

Submitted by AWL on 22 June, 2006 - 12:03

Click here for other stuff on the SSP crisis.

Tommy Sheridan's denunciation of "an unsavoury cabal of comrades at the core of the leadership, their hands on the apparatus, who are more interested in pursuing personal vendettas, through vile lies and slander, than conducting the class struggle... alien to the socialist and trade union movement and more akin to the dark days of Stalinism" is no less than a signal for a split in the Scottish Socialist Party.

Another view on the SSP crisis

Submitted by AWL on 15 June, 2006 - 11:55

By Stan Crooke.

The crisis is the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) continues.

Its origins date back to a meeting of the SSP Executive Committee held on 9th November 2004, which voted unanimously to ask Tommy Sheridan to stand down as SSP convenor.

"It is believed" – to use the same expression as everyone else – that the Executive Committee was unhappy about how Sheridan intended responding to allegations about his private life which the News of the World was about to publish.