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Austerity has left Brighton without vital services, a housing crisis and rising poverty as wages are cut, with bills, council tax and charges on the rise. Over £170 million a year has been cut from the annual council budget by Tory central government since 2010. Failing to resist Tory cuts, Brighton Green and Labour councils […]
Save SMLC press release Closed before Xmas, the Tory council in Southampton locked out hundreds of users from St Mary’s Leisure Centre (SMLC) halfway through a council consultation on its future. 86% of the 1,758 of people who responded oppose the closure. Yet council leader Daniel Fitzhenry said the result would be ignored, the centre […]
West Sussex Tory council will not cut adult services in 2022 or 2023. Our campaign has certainly made an impact. But cuts could come in 2024, so we have to keep fighting. In the meantime, we are campaigning against the care charge or, as we call it, the disability tax. The council says £132 a […]
Southampton Tory council closed St Marys Leisure Centre on 22 December, locking out hundreds of users. They falsely claim that the building requires “millions” to maintain. The decision has been met with widespread anger. Campaigners gained coverage for the fight to keep the centre open, with interviews on local TV, radio and in the local […]
Boscombe is supposedly not fertile ground for socialist values, but at our first Bournemouth Socialist Party campaign stall of the year on 15 January, we talked to many disaffected people on a range of topics – including union rights, issues effecting LGBTQ+ people, housing and homelessness. There are many angry and desperate people living in […]
University management was forced to meet the student union after 95% of the over 7,000 people that participated in an all-student vote favoured moving exams from in-person to online because of the latest Covid crisis. But the outcome of the meeting was not what we wanted. Our demands were rejected. We have now been sent […]
Covid cases are surging across university campuses. I’ve never known this many people who have tested positive. We expected the university to move the in-person January exams to online assessments. The university has not organised any in-person exams since the begining of the pandemic in early 2020. But there has been no such announcement. This […]
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 […]

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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