Solidarity 202, 4 May 2011

Teachers, lecturers, civil servants to strike together

Unions representing over 800,000 teachers, lecturers and civil servants are set to take national strike action on 30 June against Government plans to radically attack their pensions.

The government has already switched the measure for annual increases for public sector pensions from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the generally lower rate, the Consumer Price Index (CPI). A pension currently worth £10,000 a year will, by 2016, be worth £800 less than it would be on RPI.

Unions representing over 800,000 teachers, lecturers and civil servants are set to take national strike action on 30 June against Government plans to radically attack their pensions.

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RMT will strike to defend Tube reps

RMT London Underground drivers will strike for two days over a period of a week in the week beginning Monday 16 May, and again in the week beginning Monday 13 June.

We demand the reinstatement of Bakerloo line drivers’ health and safety representative Eamonn Lynch and long-standing RMT activist and Northern Line driver Arwyn Thomas.

We have named both sets of action at once, letting management know they won’t be able to just ride out the first strike and have drivers back at work. The strategy was formulated in exhaustive meetings by a rank-and-file strike committee.

RMT London Underground drivers will strike in the week beginning 16 May and the week beginning 13 June over the victimisation of activists.

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PCS: don't leave jobs as a makeweight issue

The national executive of the civil service union PCS will put an emergency motion to its conference on 18-20 May, seeking permission to ballot members over pensions, jobs and pay.

Delegates to the PCS conference are used to the Executive using the device of an emergency motion (on non-emergency matters) to dominate conference proceedings and to bypass and ignore normal branch motions put up in the normal manner.

That said, it is correct that members should be balloted on pensions, jobs and pay, particularly when we can co-ordinate such action with other unions.

A fight over pensions, jobs, services and pay can be won but it requires a better campaign than that envisaged by the PCS Executive.

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Tindle strike

Tindle Newspapers journalists are back at work after six days’ successful strike. They hope the unity and determination they showed will force their employer to concede an additional member of staff.

The workforce has halved in the past few years, and the reporters, subs and photographers are struggling to keep up with their workload.

The nine members of the Herts and North London NUJ chapel decided to strike after a year of negotiation had produced no shift by their boss. Ray Tindle owns more than 220 titles and his company made £3 million profit last year.

Tindle Newspapers journalists are back at work after a successful six day strike.

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Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising and the Gombeen-men in power

This year, again, on the 95th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 which triggered a series of events leading to Ireland’s war of independence, official celebrations in Dublin and elsewhere were low-key.

The scaling-down dates back to the 1980s. Sean Matgamna commented in Socialist Organiser (a forerunner of Solidarity), no. 482, 11 April 1991.


By their heroes shall ye know them

From Pearse and Connolly to the modern Irish bourgeoisie is a long way down. This Easter’s commemoration service sums it up nicely.

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George Galloway: a fighter for Celtic fans?

George Galloway, standing for election to the Scottish Parliament, has pitched himself as the champion of Celtic fans. Shamefully, some of the Scottish left are backing him.

In his first electoral outing after being expelled from the Labour Party (Respect, 2004) George Galloway promoted himself as “a fighter for Muslims”.

Trying again in Scotland on 5 May, he now pitches himself as the champion of... Celtic fans. Shamefully, some of the Scottish left are backing him.

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Remembering Grunwick

Having seen a link on Facebook, and knowing nothing about either the Grunwick dispute or Jayaben Desai, I went to the Tricycle Cinema in Kilburn last Sunday to learn all about them. The Brent TUC produced ‘The Great Grunwick Strike 1976-1978: A History’ and held a special screening of it, in tribute to the late Jayaben Desai, leader of the strike.

Brent TUC produced ‘The Great Grunwick Strike 1976-1978: A History’ and held a special screening of it in tribute to the late Jayaben Desai, leader of the strike.

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The isolation of Dublin

We continue our series of articles by James Connolly about the 1913-14 Labour War in Dublin, and the power of the solidarity strike.

On 9 December 1913, a special TUC conference considered a militant motion in favour of solidarity action with Dublin; union leaders opposed it, and won. As Connolly wrote afterwards, Dublin was isolated.

On 9 December 1913, a special TUC conference considered a militant motion in favour of solidarity action with Dublin; union leaders opposed it, and won.

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Stop ethnic cleansing in Essex

Dale Farm, the UK’s largest traveller site, home to 1,000 people, is under imminent threat of eviction, by Tory-run Basildon council. The people facing eviction have not been offered suitable alternative space or accommodation.

Get in touch to help resist this: http://dalefarm.wordpress.com savedalefarm@gmail.com

Dale Farm, home to 1,000 travellers, is under imminent threat of eviction by Tory-run Basildon council,

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