Solidarity 399, 6 April 2016

Start campaign now to save schools!

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2016 - 2:19 Author: Patrick Murphy

The conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) on 25-29 March voted to ballot for discontinuous strikes in response to the Government's Education White Paper published on 17 March.

The first of what should be a series of strikes is to take place in the week beginning 4 July. The objective is to win a national system of pay and conditions for all state-funded schools regardless of status.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2016 - 2:10 Author: Peggy Carter, Hugh Duncan and Ollie Moore

Workers at museums across Wales struck over the Easter weekend as part of a two-year dispute over weekend working.

The workers, part of the PCS union, plan to strike every weekend from 9 April-1 May, at Big Pit in Blaenavon, St Fagans and the National Museum in Cardiff, the National Wool Museum in Llandysul, the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, and the Swansea Waterfront Museum.

Lift Tony Greenstein's suspension

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2016 - 1:48 Author: Ira Berkovic

Tony Greenstein, a socialist based in Brighton, was unilaterally suspended from holding office or representing the Labour Party on 18 March.

His suspension letter alleged a breach of Labour Party rules, citing "comments you are alleged to have made", which will be investigated internally. The letter does not state what the comments actually were.

Junior doctors plan escalated strikes

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2016 - 1:15 Author: By a junior doctor and a medical student

On 6-7 April junior doctors will take 48 hours of emergency-care-only action; and on 26-27 April there will be a full walk-out of junior doctors between 8am and 5pm.

So far hospitals have adapted very quickly to junior doctors strikes. They have prioritised elective work over discharges, and kept elective procedures going. The impact has mainly been via bed-blocking and increased pressure in A&E.

Save the jobs. Nationalise steel!

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2016 - 1:02 Author: Ralph Peters

At the end of March Tata Steel announced it was pulling out of all or part of its UK operations, threatening nearly 14,000 jobs and many thousands more in related industries.

It said its UK steel operations were losing money despite rising demand due to lower global steel prices. The biggest potential losses, unless buyers can be found for the plants, are in Scunthorpe (3,381 jobs) and Port Talbot (4,104 jobs). And right now the Tories are going to stand back and allow what might be the near destruction of steel making in the UK.

Vote UKIP, get Corbyn?

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2016 - 12:51 Author: A London teacher

I have been on the far left for over thirty years, and I've seen and heard some pretty strange things.

I have watched women members of a revolutionary socialist group join the back of a segregated Muslim march against Israel. I've argued with left-wing British trade unionists who backed the jailing of independent trade unionists in the old USSR. I've seen socialists carry "We are Hizbollah" placards, and listened to leftists who refused to condemn 9/11.

"The EU referendum is about migration, basically"

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2016 - 12:44

Michael Chessum from Another Europe is Possible spoke to Solidarity.


Another Europe is Possible (AEIP) was set up to be the radical "In" campaign in the referendum, going public in October last year.

People initially involved were left NGOs, like Global Justice Now, a lot of Green Party support, and a lot of activists who'd been around in social movements in the past few years. We wanted to shift the whole debate to the left as well as persuade the left to go for "in".