Category: Britain

Bea Gardner, UCU Southampton branch executive (personal capacity) The University and College Union (UCU) has announced 14 days of further strike action for universities currently in dispute over pensions, pay and conditions. The action will start on Thursday 20 February and escalate each week, finishing with a week-long walkout from Monday 9 to Friday 13 […]
Paul Couchman, Surrey County Unison (personal capacity) Over 150 delegates registered for the South East regional council meeting of local government union Unison which took place on 8 February. This was the biggest meeting for many years. There was a serious mood and a clear willingness to start the fight-back against Boris Johnson’s Tory government. […]
Reading Labour council: Stop privatising our leisure services John Gillman and Terry Pearce, Reading Socialist Party If the right-wing Labour council succeeds, a private company will be given a 25-year contract to design, build, operate and maintain Reading’s sports centres. The contractor, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), is known for bad pay and terms and conditions […]
Nick Chaffey, Socialist Party national committee How hard can it be to run a train from Carlisle to Newcastle? The collapse of the Northern Rail franchise, forcing the Tories to renationalise the service, shows privatisation has not been the way. The Socialist warned that a privatised rail service would fail, be run for profit, fares […]
Kevin Parslow, Waltham Forest Socialist Party Tory cabinet minister Stephen Barclay has a “gut feeling” that the ‘HS2’ high-speed rail link between London and the north of England will go ahead. He said this in response to speculation following the general election that HS2 was in danger of being scrapped. Boris Johnson ordered an ‘independent’ […]
University and College Union: Pensions, pay and conditions dispute reach a crucial stage Bea Gardner, UCU Southampton branch executive (personal capacity) As we go to press, a crucial meeting of the University and College Union (UCU) higher education committee is set to take place to decide the future strategy in the ongoing disputes over pensions, […]
Nick Chaffey, Southampton Socialist Party Boris Johnson says austerity is over. But who believes this pathological liar? As London mayor and Tory MP, Johnson promoted cuts to council services and supported tax cuts for the super-rich. The Tory austerity axe has fallen hardest on council budgets. But shamefully, right-wing, Blairite councillors in Labour councils have […]
SWR dispute: It’s a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public Southern Region Socialist Party reporters After over 40 days of strike action during the last two years, the RMT transport union reported that a deal had been reached with South Western Railway to retain the safety-critical role of the guard. However, that […]
Firefighters in Surrey are balloting on industrial action to commence on 24 December, after exhausting all other avenues to prevent dangerous cuts to their fire and rescue service. Despite 13,000 people signing a petition opposing the cuts – which include removing seven fire engines at night-time and cutting 70 firefighter posts – they were approved […]
Over 100 parents, children, trade unionists and other supporters from the local community were on the picket line outside Moulsecoomb Primary School, Brighton on 21 November. Bill North, Brighton Socialist Party Members of the NEU and GMB unions had voted to take strike action as part of the campaign against plans to force the school […]

Read this week's #NSSN bulletin no.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.

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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