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Dozens of members of shop workers’ union Usdaw picketed Sainsbury’s Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex for most of their 24-hour strike against changes to sickness policy.
My current employer has not given its workforce a pay rise in over three years. The health and safety regulations are breached on a daily basis.
70 steel construction workers from Humberside and Yorkshire gathered outside Siemans’ Turbine Factory, in Waterside, Lincoln on 28 June, to protest in defence of their trade union-agreed ‘national agreement for the engineering construction industry’ (NAECI).
A new group has been formed within civil service union PCS’s Left Unity grouping. The Broad Left Network is a campaign for a fighting, democratic union made up of socialists and supporters of PCS Left Unity.
General union Unite’s 2019 rules conference made some important steps forward but missed opportunities to develop member participation. It also passed amendments that could be dangerous to the left in the future.
London bus drivers have had enough! In a consultative ballot of Unite the Union members at Arriva, drivers voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.
Unison members working in catering, cleaning and security held a well-supported one-day strike at the University of Birmingham on 28 June. They were protesting against the removal of premium payments for weekend and anti-social hours and reduction of holiday entitlement by a week.
And then there were two. The Tories are entering the final stage of their leadership contest, with the choice between Johnson, the want-to-be British Trump and Hunt, the NHS wrecker.
Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt offers a decent future for workers, young people and others facing hardship. Does this mean we should be despondent? Absolutely not!
An investigation into Southern Water by the industry regulator Ofwat has demanded that the company pay a £126 million penalty package, the largest it has ever imposed. The Environment Agency is now also looking into pressing criminal charges.
The ‘gig economy’, formerly known as ‘casual labour’ – and much beloved of the dock employers for hundreds of years worldwide, is on the rise. Tony Blair famously called it “the flexible workforce”.
Jeremy Hunt, in a masterful understatement, said: “I think, having been responsible for health and social care, that some of the cuts in social care did go too far.”
It’s one world for the super-rich and another for us.
Times journalist James Kirkup asked this: “Why aren’t the wannabe PMs talking about in work poverty?” on 26 June. The Tories aren’t, but the Socialist is.
Pride events around the world this year are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, widely seen as the birth of modern LGBT+ rights movements.
We are very pleased to announce that the Socialist Party has found new premises! After renting our old premises for nearly 20 years we have bought our new building which will be a big asset for our party.
On Saturday 29 June property sales offices at Barking Riverside, London – the site of the recent horrendous fire that consumed 20 flats in just a few minutes – were closed due to a well-attended residents’ and supporters’ protest.
This year’s Solidarity Day meeting took place on 29 June in London.
Coventry’s Labour council has spent two years drawing up a plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide hotspots in two parts of the city.
A hastily organised protest by Carlisle Socialist Party spoilt a self-congratulatory publicity event by the Labour/Lib Dem coalition running Cumbria county council.
Socialist Party members play an important role – in some cases leading them – in local and national fightbacks against Tory austerity and in trade union strikes.
At their last meeting as members of the University of Lincoln Student Union’s Board of Trustees, the elected executive committee members put a motion through removing the student union from the National Union of Students (NUS), effective from 31 December.
On 29 June, around 400 education workers, parents and supporters marched through Stourbridge to protest against the looming closure of the town’s further education college.
Voters in Istanbul on 23 June struck a big blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian leader of Turkey, amid a deepening economic crisis. This is the first time in Erdogan’s 17-year rule that his right-wing capitalist party, AKP, has been defeated in an election.
On 24 June over 10,000 workers in the Irish health service took strike action, ignoring Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar’s last minute plea to call it off. This was the first day in a campaign of escalating strike action.
Letters to the Socialist’s editors.
The six-part political and family drama Years and Years follows one family from the present day over 15 years.