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StudentInnen und ArbeiterInnen gemeinsam gegen das Sparpaket?!

Posted by entdinglichung - 6. Dezember 2010

eine unterstützenswerte Initiative, gefunden auf der Webseite der NCA£C

Students and London Underground workers: statement of mutual solidarity

We the undersigned representatives of student campaigners and London Underground workers wish to publicly state our support for each other’s current struggles against funding cuts, tuition fees and Tube staffing cuts. (Sign this statement by emailing janine.booth@btopenworld.com)

We are fighting to defend two essential public services – education and transport – which we believe should be publicly-provided, fully funded and accessible to all. Both services face intense attack under a government hellbent on vicious public sector cuts.

Students, together with other public transport users, believe that Tube stations should have enough staff for us to travel easily and safely around the capital. London Underground workers support the principle of access for all to further and higher education, and know that many working-class people – including our own kids – will be unable to attend university or college if to do so means taking on a massive debt.

London Underground workers have now taken four days of strike action against the loss of 800 jobs, mainly on stations, as well as other industrial action. Students have repeatedly protested against cuts and fees, walking out of schools and colleges, demonstrating in huge numbers, and occupying universities. Both groups know that if we do not defeat this round of attacks, there will be more to come.

As we fight these cuts, we take inspiration from knowing we are not the only ones taking action. We encourage students and Underground workers to send each other messages of support, and to visit and support each others’ pickets and protests.

In particular, we encourage everyone to attend:
* protest against cuts and fees, Thursday 9 December (the day of the vote in Parliament), assemble 10:00 at ULU, Malet Street – rally at 15:00, Victoria Embankment
* protest against London Underground job cuts, Wednesday 15 December, 09:30, City Hall (as Mayor’s Question Time takes place)

Initial signatories:
Janine Booth, Secretary, RMT London Transport Regional Council
Steve Hedley, RMT London Transport Regional Organiser
Simon Hardy, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
Joana Pinto, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
Ed Maltby, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

Posted in Bildung, Britannien, Gewerkschaft, Klassenkampf, RMT, Sozialpolitik, Streik, StudentInnenbewegung, Verkehrspolitik | Leave a Comment »

Londoner Bullen kündigen mehrstündigen Kessel an

Posted by entdinglichung - 30. November 2010

aus dem Liveticker des aktuellen Guardians zu den heutigen SchülerInnen- und Studiprotesten in Britannien:

„I’ve just arrived into Charing Cross with a number of students. We were approached by police officers who asked if we were attending the protest. They then warned that the protest might go on longer than expected. Even if we wanted to leave, we might not be able to. I asked them if this meant there was going to be a kettle and they replied that „they knew what that meant, they couldn’t be explicit, but this was one of the tactics that the police had in consideration for the day.
They then wished us good luck.“


„They had agreed with police that the demonstration would finish at 3pm but interestingly some of the shopkeepers around Parliament Square say they have been told by the police that the students will be „held“ there until 6pm.“

ansonsten streikte gestern auch die Londoner U-Bahn

Posted in Bildung, Britannien, Gewerkschaft, Klassenkampf, Repression, RMT, Sozialpolitik, Streik, StudentInnenbewegung | 1 Comment »

Streikrundschau Britannien

Posted by entdinglichung - 30. August 2010

gefunden auf LibCom:

UK workplace news roundup, August 2010

Recent industrial news from the UK, including transport strikes in Liverpool, walkouts at West Lothian Council and Southampton libraries, and strike ballots for London firefighters, ambulance drivers, and tube staff.

Bin workers strike at West Lothian council

Refuse workers at West Lothian Council have taken strike action over a pay cut being imposed as part of the downgrading of their jobs.

All refuse workers face a job downgrade which will amount to a cut of at least £2,800 a year. The first 24-hour strike took place on Friday the 27th of August, and was sanctioned by the GMB union.

The action, which involved 93 workers, follows the council implementing what it says are its legal obligations to equalise pay for similar skill levels in order to close the pay gap between men and women in the public sector – traditionally ‚female‘ jobs have historically been less well paid than ‚male‘ jobs of a similar skill level. Strikes have followed similar moves at other councils around the UK, as councils attempt to ’solve‘ the problem of low pay for female workers being cutting the pay for traditionally ‚male‘ jobs, rather than raising those of ‚female‘ jobs.

Bus strikes in Liverpool

Bus workers have begun a four-day strike in Liverpool over pay.

Workers at Stagecoach Liverpool have been offered a 2% pay offer by management, which represents a real-terms pay cut when inflation is running at 4.5%. The action, backed by the Unite union, involves hundreds of staff and stands to hit one in five buses in the Liverpool area. The strike began on Friday, and is running until Tuesday.

London Underground Strikes Announced

200 Alstom-Metro maintenance workers on the London underground have voted for strike action over a management pay offer.

According to the RMT union, which organised the strike ballot, the offer on the table is significantly lower than comparable pay offers for other parts of the London Underground workforce. The first strike will take place on the 5th of September, with further 24-hour strikes to follow in October and November.

The announcement follows an overwhelming strike vote from RMT and TSSA union members over plans to close ticket offices around the capital with the loss of around 800 jobs. 10,000 workers including drivers and station staff stand to take part in the strike action. The first of four one-day strikes is due to start on September the 6th. An indefinite overtime ban will also apply as part of the action.

Southampton Librarians Strike

Library workers in Southampton struck for two days on the 12th and 16th of August in protest against the council’s scrapping of two libraries and the replacement of staff with unpaid volunteers.

The strikes follow earlier action in June, after the council announced the closure of Millbrook and Thornhill libraries last year. Millbrook library remains one of the last remaining public services in that area of the city.

The attacks on public services and public sector workers under Southampton’s Tory council are a foretaste of what is looming on a national scale, with the “big society” of volunteers being the pretext for job cuts and rolling back vital services.

London hospital drivers and firefighters balloted

The Fire Brigades Union has launched a ballot of its members in London after management scuppered negotiations and moved to cancel existing contracts and impose new ones on staff, which would involve different shift times and working hours. Ballot papers are due to be issued at the end of the month, with action possible from September onwards.

Meanwhile, members of the GMB union employed by the London Ambulance Service are being balloted at the time of writing over the privatisation of key services. The staff are employed to transport patients across the capital to sites and take them to and from hospital. The South London Healthcare NHS Trust has put the service out to tender.

The contract covers London Ambulance employees in Greenwich, Barnhurst and Bromley, who transport patients to Kings College, Lewisham, Royal Marsden and Guys & St Thomas hospitals, and has been awarded to Savoy Ventures Ltd. At a meeting where Savoy representatives were invited to discuss the takeover with GMB members, they made clear their intention to ignore Transfer of undertakings (TUPE) legislation, flouting employment law, cutting the outer-london weighting allowance and threatening “downward harmonisation” from current pay levels to those of Savoy’s lowest-paid workers. Such flouting of the law would be in keeping with the transfer of the contract, as public procurement laws stating that contracts should not be awarded to companies whose directors preciously oversaw insolvent companies were ignored. Robert Lawrence Adams, who runs Savoy, was previously involved in companies still owing money to HM Revenue and Customs.

BAA: Strike threat forces management’s hand

Contrary to the claims of millionaire prime minister David Cameron, who attacked BAA workers resisting a real-terms pay cut by claiming strikes “never work”, the threat alone of a walkout at many of Britain’s airports has forced management to increase their offer by a third.

The strike by security staff, firefighters, and over vital airport workers would have led to the closure of some of Britain’s busiest airports.

The new offer, which the Unite union is recommending to its members, sees the 1.5% offer increased to 2% and the offer of a bonus of at least £500 should certain targets be met. However, whether workers will accept this is another issue – 2% is still a pay cut with inflation running at 4.5%, and it seems the union may be taking the criticism of right-wing papers to heart following its high-profile involvement in the BA cabin crew walkouts. That dispute remains ongoing, with no new strike dates announced despite cabin crew rejecting BA’s latest offer. It is a possibility that the union is worried about gaining a “militant” reputation, and has similarly been playing down the chances ofs trike action against the government’s austerity measures.

Posted in Britannien, Gewerkschaft, GMB, Klassenkampf, RMT, Streik, UNITE | Leave a Comment »

RMT: Unterstützung der Vestas-BesetzerInnen per Hubschrauber!?

Posted by entdinglichung - 24. Juli 2009

Neues von der Vestas-Besetzung, die als klassenkämpferisch bekannte Gewerkschaft National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) und ihr Generalsekretär Bob Crow erklären sich nicht nur solidarisch sondern kündigen auch an, im Zweifelsfall mit unkonventionellen Methoden die von den Bullen belagerten BesetzerInnen mit Lebensmitteln versorgen zu wollen:

„At a rally at the factory last night, RMT general secretary Bob Crow confirmed that the union was making contingency arrangements to get food, water and other supplies into the factory, including the possible use of a helicopter, to prevent the workers from being starved into submission.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said today:

“The whole of the trade union and environmental movement should be proud of the courage and determination being shown by the workers at Vestas in the teeth of threats and intimidation. We all have a duty to ensure that they are not beaten into submission.

“This dispute brings together two crucial issues – the right to protection from companies who abuse the law to hire and fire and the right to live in a world where the environment and sustainability are absolute priorities.

“We are demanding an urgent intervention from Ed Milliband today. The government stand accused of sheer hypocrisy over their public announcements on climate change while our only wind turbine factory faces the axe. If the government can nationalise the banks at the drop of a hat there is no reason whatsoever why they can’t nationalise Vestas.”“

Posted in Britannien, Gewerkschaft, Klassenkampf, Repression, RMT, Streik, Umwelt, Vestas | Leave a Comment »

Wieder im Trend: Streiks in Britannien

Posted by entdinglichung - 10. Juli 2008

Streiks in Britannien: Leider noch nicht so häufig wie vor 30-40 Jahren aber im Aufschwung begriffen (so gerade in den letzten Tagen bei der Müllabfuhr in Peterborough, dem Reinigungspersonal bei der Londoner U-Bahn, den Postboten in York und den Mülldeponien in Cardiff), der folgende Artikel fand sich auf der Webseite von Workers‘ Liberty:

New strike figures show increase

Author: Martin Thomas

According to the latest official figures, just released, in the 12 months up to and including April 2008 there were 189 strikes, involving 959,000 workers, and totalling 1,121,000 striker-days.

The figures are still low compared to the late 1980s or 1996, let alone the 1970s, but better than those for the corresponding periods in recent years.

In the 12 months up to and including April 2007, there were 198 strikes, involving 253,000 workers, and a total of 324,000 striker-days. To April 2006: 184 strikes, 716,000 workers, 715,000 striker-days. To April 2005: 156 strikes, 217,000 strikers, 341,000 striker-days. To April 2004: 215 strikes, 354,000 strikers, 955,000 striker-days.

The new figure for the total number of workers involved in strikes is the highest for a comparable 12-month period since the stretch from May 2002 to April 2003, which included the firefighters‘ dispute.

Ansonsten werden am 16. und 17. Juli einige hunderttausend Beschäftigte im öffentlichen Dienst streiken.

Posted in Britannien, CWU, Gewerkschaft, GMB, Klassenkampf, PCS, RMT, Streik, UNISON, UNITE | Leave a Comment »

Greg Tucker (1953-2008)

Posted by entdinglichung - 8. April 2008

Vorgestern starb – viel zu früh – Greg Tucker, klassenkämpferischer Gewerkschafter (RMT) und revolutionärer Marxist (ISG, Redaktion des International Viewpoint). Nachrufe auf ihn können u.a. auf der Seite der RMT Bristol, auf Shiraz Socialist, auf Stroppyblog und auf Dave’s Part gefunden werden. Eine deutsche Übersetzung eines Artikels von Greg Tucker (Die Socialist Workers Party wacht auf) kann in der Inprekorr Nr. 356 vom Juni 2001 gefunden werden (S. 8-11, leider nicht mehr online).

greg tucker

¡Greg Presente!

Posted in Britannien, Gewerkschaft, Klassenkampf, Kommunismus, Nachrufe, RMT, Sozialismus, Trotzkismus | Leave a Comment »

BusfahrerInnen-Streik in Dorset und Wiltshire

Posted by entdinglichung - 7. Januar 2008

Zirka 400 in der traditionell klassenkämpferisch orientierten TransportarbeiterInnengewerkschaft RMT organisierte BusfahrerInnen im Südwesten Englands haben, beginnend mit dem 3. Januar 2008, eine Serie von Streikaktionen, welche am 8., 16. und 21. Januar fortgesetzt werden soll, eingeleitet. Der Streik richtet sich gegen die Weigerung der lokalen Busgesellschaft, Fahrtzeiten für die Beschäftigten auf viereinhalb Stunden zu begrenzen. Weitere Informationen zu den vergangenen Aktionen und den kommenden Streiktagen gibt es auf LibCom, der Nachrichtenseite der RMT, PersonalToday und auf einer lokalen RMT-Seite.


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