Category: Trade Unions

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 […]
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 […]
An overwhelming victory for rank-and-file activists is the result of the first contested branch elections in years for Southampton University and College Union (UCU). The new rank and file convincingly won the majority of positions, including president, vice-president, health and safety officer, anti-casualisation officer, and communications officer. The victory cements a process of transformation underway […]
On 11 May, P&O Ferries announced plans to cut 734 jobs in Dover and 122 jobs in Hull, after reporting a severe downturn in demand. The cuts, affecting more than a quarter of the group’s workforce, come after the firm’s owner, the Dubai-based DP World, had asked for £150 million of government handouts. This was […]
P&O Ferries has announced plans to cut 734 jobs in Dover and 122 jobs in Hull after it reported a severe downturn in demand. The cuts, affecting more than a quarter of the group’s workforce, come after the firm’s owner, the Dubai-based DP World, had been seeking about £150 million in UK government aid. It […]
A £10 billion financial black hole faces councils, according to a Labour Party report. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a big rise in the demands on social care – for which local authorities are responsible. This, a decade of unchallenged austerity, and a big drop in revenue have created a perfect storm. To avoid whole […]
Trade union activists from across the south of England came together for a Socialist Party meeting on Zoom on 18 April. Members of the Fire Brigades Union, RMT transport union, PCS civil servants’ union, public sector union Unison and general union Unite were among the reps attending, from the health service, social care, and from […]
Unite the Union reps are pleased to announce that we have won in our dispute at Medway Norse and have ensured a safe environment for staff and the local community (see ‘Refuse collection workers strike’ at socialistpartyorg.uk). Thanks to the strength of workers who stood together and the support of people who signed our petition, […]

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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