Unison ballot goes ahead for 23 March strike

Submitted by AWL on 17 February, 2005 - 1:27

The public services union Unison has issued this circular to the secretaries of its local government branches.
Dear branch secretary,

The current position is that we have not yet received an undertaking to annul the Regulations [for changes in the local government pension scheme] unconditionally, so the ballot papers are being sent out. (They go out over 3 days. ) We therefore need to make sure there is a really good branch campaign for a big turnout and a big 'yes' vote, to keep the pressure up on the Government and national employers....

Second pensions strike on 14 April?

Submitted by AWL on 15 February, 2005 - 8:39

The college lecturers' union NATFHE has announced a ballot for strike action against the Government's plan to cut back pension provision.
According to NATFHE, "Lecturers will be balloted on a recommendation to take strike action over government plans which the union says will seriously worsen the pensions of thousands of lecturers.

If members support the strike proposal, the likely date for strike action is 14 April. This may be done in conjunction with other unions with members in education, for example schoolteachers' union NUT, and UNISON".

For workers' rights in Iran

Submitted by AWL on 13 February, 2005 - 8:31

From the Worker-communist Party of Iran: The following petition is issued by a group of Iranian workers who are protesting against contract work, the ban on formation of workers’ organisations and anti-labour legislation.
So far, it has been signed by several thousand workers of different industrial centres from all over Iran and the number of signatures is growing daily. The petition is going round different factories and other workplaces. This is a broad movement that needs to receive huge support.

Iraqi oil union leader speaks in London

Submitted by AWL on 13 February, 2005 - 11:41

Hassan Juma’a, President of the General Union of Oil Employees in Basra, spoke in London on 8 February and answered questions. The meeting was organised by Iraq Occupation Focus, and the translation was by Sami Ramadani.

This is a transcript of what he said.

Greetings, my dear friends. I am very happy to meet this segment of British society, who stand with us in the ordeal we are living through in Iraq.

Anti-fascist Trade Unionist Arrested

Submitted by Janine on 9 February, 2005 - 10:48

Press release from Oldham Trades Council



The British National Party (BNP) is a fascist party, an ally of the NPD in Germany and the Front National in France. Its leader, Nick Griffin, has spoken alongside politicians from both these organisations and has represented the BNP at NPD events in Germany.

Solidarity 3/66, 3 February 2005 Anon Wed, 02/09/2005 - 08:04

The new issue of Solidarity is now online.

To read it, click here.

All out for pensions on 23 March! Anon Wed, 02/09/2005 - 08:00

The Government has announced its intention that the pension retirement age for public sector workers should be 65.

On top of that they want to replace “final salary” schemes by “career average” schemes.

They flagged up these intentions a long time ago — the change to the pension age was announced in a Green Paper more than two years ago — yet only in the last few months has the trade union movement really started to react.

The civil service union, PCS, has urged a co-ordinated response. That work is now paying off.

Anti-semitism on the rise

Submitted by Anon on 9 February, 2005 - 7:52

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer were unorthodox Marxist academics and German Jews.

In the early 1930s, like others of their sort who could, they fled Nazi Germany for the USA. And they reported that, in ordinary day-to-day life, they encountered more anti-semitism in the USA than they ever had in Germany.

In other words, the idea of anti-semitism as something far away and long ago, unfortunate but solidly dealt with by the gallant World War 2 allies, is false.

A recent report shows that anti-semitism is on the rise in Britain today.