Solidarity 018, 28 November 2002

Build for Industrial Solidarity with the Firefighters

An open letter to John Monks from Billy Carruthers, Station Commander and FBU member, Euston fire station, London


John,

I welcome your recent statement where you said, and rightly so, that this is a "seminal" dispute. You, like most trade unionists, are absolutely appalled by the Government's attitude.

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

a public sector pay fightback

Many other groups of public sector workers are in a similar position to the fire fighters. They have suffered years of very low pay increases. Their unions are beginning to fight for pay increases and pay deals which will enable them to "catch up". Solidarity will look at different areas of the public sector in each issue to analyse the potential contours of a public sector fight back on pay. Bringing forward the disputes on pay will help maximise solidarity with the fire fighters. This issue: the health service.

  • Unequal pay in the NHS
  • Action in the ambulance service
  • Glasgow hospital workers still defiant

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

London weighting strike

Thousands of teachers were joined by council workers who are members of Unison - both fighting for a flat rate of £4,000 for London Weighting - on a march in central London. Fire fighters also joined the demo. While police officers get over £6,000 in London Weighting, teachers get only £3,105 in inner London and £2,043 in the outer boroughs.

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Royal Mail backs down on sell-off

By a postal worker

Royal Mail has been forced to back off from its attempt to sell off the Post Office's Cash Handling and Distribution (CHD) section to Securicor, after the workers under threat delivered a resounding 95% "yes" vote for industrial action.

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Scientists join the pay revolt

Hundreds of Government scientists are to stage a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay parity with other workers. Staff at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science will walk out next Wednesday. They believe their pay has fallen behind other staff at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by 10% since the department was established last year.

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Solidarity with the fire fighters

  • Sent home without pay for standing up for safety
    By a Tube worker
  • Tube: bring forward the PPP dispute!
  • Solidarity around the country
  • Socialist Alliance day of action
  • London Labour backs firefighters

Trade Unions: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Three words NUS doesn't want you to say (tax the rich)

Student Campaign Forum

By Faz Velmi
For years the leadership of the National Union of Students argued that free education was an impossible, or even undesirable, goal. Now they oppose tuition fees and call for the restoration of student grants (albeit means-tested ones - oh, and three years too late).

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

After the Bradford riots, injustice persists

On the night of 7 July 2001 the Manningham area of Bradford experienced what has been described as the worst rioting in the city for 20 years. The riots were stoked up by the activities of the National Front and the BNP - an organisation which continues to win large votes in council elections, and recently won a council by-election in Blackburn. Tim Hales looks at the aftermath of the Bradford riot and argues that very little has been learnt

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

Sectarianism of the small against the sectarianism of the big?

Debate

Peter Burton is going to have to be a lot more accurate about the Socialist Alliance than he was in "Two roads to Nowhere" if he hopes to get beyond sectarian griping (Solidarity 16).

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Lessons from history: Larkin's labour war 1913-14

When the TUC betrayed Dublin workers

In last week's issue of Solidarity, we printed articles by the Irish socialist James Connolly about the struggle of workers in Dublin to unionise and fight for better pay in the years before the First World War. Led by Jim Larkin, they built the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union, using the solidarity strike as their weapon.

Marxist Theory and History: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Pages