Solidarity 473, 22 June 2018

Tax the rich to pay for the NHS

Author

Dr Pete Campbell

As the 70th birthday of the NHS approaches the government has tried to distract from its Brexit woes by hijacking the Leave campaign′s transparently fake ″£350 million a week for the NHS after Brexit″ claim.

Wigan outsourcing strike

Author

Gemma Short

Workers in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trust will strike again for 24 hours beginning at 00.01 on Wednesday 27 June and for five days beginning at 06:00 hours on Thursday 28 June in a dispute over outsourcing plans.

Hospital caterers, cleaners, porters, and other workers, members of Unison, previously struck for 48 hours on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 May. As previously reported in Solidarity, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trusts plan to outsource workers to a new company called WWL Solutions.

400 meeting at new Unison left

Author

a conference delegate

Unison conferences met between 17-22 June in Brighton.

There was a Unison Action broad left meeting on Tuesday 19 June, which had about 400 people.

The organisation is relatively new and has little organisation so far, but the large meeting was a good start. We want a movement which can challenge the leadership for NEC positions and build a rank and file base. We don’t have it yet.

Traffic wardens strike

Author

Gemma Short

Traffic wardens in Hackney will strike for six days beginning at 00:01 on Monday 9 July.

Tube drivers in strike ballot

Author

Ollie Moore

Driver members of the RMT union on London Underground’s Piccadilly Line are currently balloting for industrial action, with the vote due to close on Thursday 21 June.

The dispute has been prompted by what the union calls a complete “breakdown in industrial relations”, with management adopting an increasingly disciplinarian and authoritarian approach, including obstructing union reps from carrying out basic trade union duties. The RMT says that Piccadilly Line management has also failed to honour agreements made in previous disputes.

DOO dispute at a crossroads

Author

By a rail worker

There have been some significant developments since we last covered the mainline railway Driver Only Operation disputes.

At Greater Anglia, RMT says the employer has made an “improved offer” good enough to be put to its members in a referendum, so it has suspended strike action there.

Students call for left unity

Author

Workers' Liberty Students

Around seventy students attended the “We Are the University National Student Left Conference”, hosted by the NCAFC in Sheffield on 16-17 June.

Activists from more than 30 different universities, some representing Labour Clubs and free education groups attended. Many became active through the occupations and other action in support of last term’s UCU strike.
There was a sense of excitement about building on the upsurge of campus organising and using the momentum around it to renew the student movement.

Grenfell campaigners united

Author

Clare Horner

Campaigners marked the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with public demonstrations and resolute promises to fight for justice.

Momentum should oppose Brexit

#StopToryBrexit — A Final Say For The Many

We are proud members of Momentum and consistent supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party and of the 2017 election manifesto. We deplore the persistent attacks of the right-wing of the Labour Party and their attempts to weaponise the issue of Brexit against our party leadership.

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