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22 May 2019

Lifting the mood

After a week of sunshine on Tyneside it was grizzly rain on Saturday 18 May. It was tempting to just call off our regular public sale of the Socialist and go for a coffee. Fortunately we didn't... and

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5 December 2018

Socialist Party argues against fire service cuts at Tyne and Wear consultation

Wallsend station, one of the most deprived wards in the country, has one fire engine - that finishes at 8pm!

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4 September 2018

Obituary: Stan Herschel

Prior to his early retirement due to ill health Stan was the RMT union's regional organiser. He was a towering figure in the labour movement.

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27 June 2018

Support growing against incinerator in Washington

One resident said: "I can't understand how a Labour council can even consider allowing a company to build this type of plant only hundreds of metres from people's homes!"

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22 March 2017

Battle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service

Battle Hill walk-in centre in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, is one of two walk-ins the clinical commissioning group chair and Richard Branson-admirer Dr John Matthews has slated for closure, following a sham consultation

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16 November 2016

Socialism 2016: Putting socialism on the agenda

Struggle, internationalism and socialism, these ideas - and how powerful they can be in action - electrified the magnificent rallies and workshops at Socialism 2016

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11 November 2015

Fight now on to save disabled respite centre

Gateshead's Labour council plans the closure of Grove House, a respite centre for mentally and physically disabled children between eight and 18 years of age, among the most vulnerable members of society.

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14 October 2015

Fighting Fund target smashed!

Socialist Party members worked tirelessly to raise over 15,000 in September to smash our quarterly fighting fund target, reaching 110%.

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28 May 2014

Local elections 2014: A good base for TUSC to build on

The vote tally for the 560 local election and mayoral Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition no-cuts candidates in the 22 May elections is 68,031

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9 August 2013

Churchill Cleaners' landmark victory

Churchill Cleaners working on the Tyne and Wear Metro system have secured a major victory at an Employment Tribunal after the RMT union took up their case

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Churchill cleaners' strike, July 2013

17 July 2013

Two weeks of strike action by Churchill cleaners

Churchill cleaners for the Tyne and Wear Metro have mounted a serious escalation in their industrial action

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25 January 2013

Twelfth day of strike action by Tyne and Wear metro cleaners

Churchill cleaners are still battling against poverty pay

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30 December 2012

Tyne and Wear Metro strikers tell bosses to end poverty pay

Churchill cleaners working on Tyne and Wear Metro have taken a further 72 hours of strike action over the Christmas holiday

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20 June 2012

Improved offer in Metro workers' pay fight

Following a successful 24-hour strike on 7 June, drivers, ticket inspectors and engineering workers covered by the Red Book Agreement were offered an improved pay award along with travel concessions on other train operating companies

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Striking Churchill cleaners on Tyne and Wear Metro, photo Elaine Brunskill

12 June 2012

Metro cleaners' campaign - "Dump privateer rubbish company"

Striking Churchill cleaners on Tyne and Wear Metro lobbied the public body which oversees the maintenance and operations on the Metro

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23 May 2012

AEI Cables: "Thrown out in disgraceful circumstances"

A worker and trade unionist who was sacked at AEI Cables in Birtley, Tyne and Wear in 2011 sent us this report on what happened last year...

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22 February 2012

Tyne and Wear Metro cleaners

No choice but more action: Transport union RMT member Richie Veitch recently wrote a letter to his local paper about the cleaners on the Tyne and Wear Metro, whose pay and conditions have been severely undermined since the Metro was privatised...

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14 February 2012

Health workers gagged in Gateshead

Note: update added on 18.2.12. When health workers are gagged from speaking out at public consultation meetings, being told they can only intervene as residents, alarm bells begin to sound

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Tyne & Wear Metro, protest of cleaners, 26.1.12, photo by Elaine Brunskill

27 January 2012

Low-paid Tyne and Wear Metro cleaners fight for free travel

"If Bernard gets up your nose - picket!", was the slogan on the leaflet handed out by cleaners from Churchill Contract Services who work on Tyne and Wear Metro.

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23 August 2011

Tyne and Wear: Churchill Metro workers begin fightback

From the onset Churchill has reneged on the TUPE transfer agreement, which should have guaranteed working conditions...

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