Month: July 2021

Over 50 trade unionists from unions such as Unite, RMT, PCS, Usdaw, and NEU, and reps from local trades councils in Southampton, Hull and Liverpool met with the assistance of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) to discuss what ‘Freeports’ mean for workers and how trade unions should respond. Rob Williams, chair of the NSSN, […]
Paul Couchman, TUSC candidate in Staines ward I am standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the Staines ward by-election for Spelthorne Council. Spelthorne has over 2,500 families on its housing waiting list. Many of these are living in poor, cramped and unfit conditions, desperately waiting – often for years – for […]
Deaf to the overwhelming opposition of parents, students, staff and their unions, the local community and council, Lee Mason-Ellis and the Pioneer Academy chain are intent on taking over Moulsecoomb Primary School in Brighton in September. With Gavin Williamson reasserting Tory policy to push academisation further, Lee Mason-Ellis sees rich pickings in Brighton for his […]
Saturday 15 May saw teachers, parents, pupils, trade unions and socialists march together to show that the forced academy takeover of Moulsecoomb Primary School in Brighton will not be allowed to happen. Moulsecoomb has been within the capitalists’ sights for years now. Education bosses are determined to move the school out of local authority control […]
Southampton’s lockdown easing on 12 April was met with a loud and vibrant protest in solidarity with sacked RMT bus safety rep Declan Clune. Outrageously, he was dismissed for reporting a safety issue. The rally, which included the Socialist Party, took place in front of Bluestar buses’ city centre shop, was part of the RMT […]
Moe Muhsin Manir, Unite Walworth garage rep, bus driver on the C10 London bus route and Socialist Party member, sacked by Abellio and Declan Clune, Bluestar bus driver, part of Go Ahead South Coast, and RMT rep, are still fighting their dismissals. They are both speaking at a joint National Shop Stewards Network and Southampton […]
Declan Clune, secretary of the Southampton District Bus and Coach branch of the RMT and a Socialist Party member, was sacked on 26 February by Bluestar Bus company, on the spurious grounds of “bringing the company into disrepute”. His crime? In line with health and safety regulations, as branch secretary he reported a bus collision […]
Conservative West Sussex County Council is planning to axe 32 children’s centres and twelve youth centres. The council is facing a massive budget shortfall, as much as £105 million over the next three years, according to its own figures. This is due to the devastating economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis and huge cuts in […]
Despite all the limitations of lockdown restrictions, local branches in the Southern and South East Region recruited well last year. It has been a boost to many of our branches to have a vibrant and fresh influx of new members, eager to discuss socialist politics and to get active spreading our ideas. Keen to encourage […]
Southampton Trades Council held a protest rally on Saturday 7 November, which in the circumstances of lockdown was small, but with a bold, positive spirit. We had done a risk assessment, maintained social distancing, and wore face coverings to be as safe as possible, while maintaining our right to protest. As local trade unionists, we […]

Read this week's #NSSN bulletin no.566: Workers start 2022 on the picket line!

https://shopstewards.net/2022/01/nssn-566-workers-start-2022-on-the-picket-line/

To all #TUSC supporters Best Wishes for 2022 - let’s see if together we can find hundreds of trades unionists, community campaigners and socialists to challenge austerity at the May local elections in the biggest and widest possible socialist unity.
#Solidarity

2022 and Council Cuts continue
Defend public services
Defend Jobs and Pay
Stop Cuts and Privatisation
Join the fightback in #southampton to @SaveStMarysLC #SocialistSunday #StopCouncilCuts

@VenueHorse @Callowlands Park, Watford @watfordpalace with #theDanTiendance school. Really enjoyed it, thank you everyone. This weekend @VenueHorse is @DGArtsFest Annan & Stranraer from 1 pm.

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