Tag: Southampton

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 […]
Like many workplaces, university bosses have come under fire for their slow and inadequate response to the coronavirus crisis. In Southampton, all three campus trade unions wrote to the vice-chancellor outlining our concerns about insufficient information and advice, including on home working and pay for casual staff. We pushed for an urgent meeting, but initially, […]
Over 70 trade unionists packed Southampton Friends Meeting House on 7 March committing to resist any attempts made by the Tory government to remove workers’ right to strike. The meeting brought together trade unionists from the RMT transport union, Communication Workers Union and University and College Union, all currently in dispute in the area. Rob […]
RMT transport union guards on South Western Railway (SWR) will be on strike again, 9-10 March and 12-13 March, in their fight to maintain ‘safety critical’ guards on the railways. SWR publicly state: “We have guaranteed to keep a guard on every train, but it is vital that we use the most efficient means of […]
Academic staff in the University and College Union (UCU) are striking at 60 universities for eight days until 4 December.  If the university bosses don’t immediately back down, the pressure needs to be kept up, with more strike action in the New Year. And university UCU branches that didn’t meet the Tory’s anti-democratic 50% threshold […]
Security staff at Southampton General Hospital, who have been attacked in the A&E department, have voted to accept a new offer covering pay, sick pay and new protective equipment. Unite the Unite lead officer for health in the south east Scott Kemp said: “Unite is pleased to announce that our security staff at Southampton General […]
With local council elections today Thursday, 2ndMay, Coxford anti-cuts councillor Don Thomas has decided to stand down and we should pay tribute to the contribution he has made. The fight to save Oaklands swimming pool with the support of the local community and council trade unions, taking up all issues of importance to local people, […]
Increased council tax bills, along with another round of cuts, fuelled voters’ anger in the Coxford ward council by-election in Southampton on 14 March. Socialist Party candidate Sue Atkins, standing as Socialist Alternative, won an excellent 368 votes and 14% of the vote. The short six-week campaign followed the retirement of anti-cuts councillor Keith Morrell. […]
Defend all council jobs and services How can we build a fighting, democratic UNISON branch in Southampton? Public Meeting Monday 11 March 7.30pm Stop All Council Cuts Speaker: Sue Atkins, Coxford Bi-Election Candidate for Socialist Alternative – Putting People First Lordshill Community Centre,Cromarty Road, Southampton SO16 8LX Southampton and District UNISON members will be shocked and angered at the […]
Almost one in three council-maintained English secondary schools were in budget deficit in 2017-18, according to damning new figures from the Education Policy Institute (EPI). It is urgent that unions and councils mount a fightbackagainst Tory vandalism of state education. Bea Gardner, Southampton Socialist Party Cutbacks led to over 15,000 less staff in English secondary […]

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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