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Issue No. 2125

Demand justice for Jose Stalin

The Unison union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in central London is demanding its members are balloted for strikes over the suspension of branch chair Jose Stalin.

Jose has been a leading figure in the Justice for Cleaners campaign at the university, which has won the London Living Wage.

Sandy Nicoll, Soas Unison branch secretary, said, “We view this as a form of victimisation and are asking the national union to ballot us for action.”

Jose told Socialist Worker, “Over the last two years our campaign has won better pay for cleaners, and now management has suspended me.”

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Bolton defends public services

Around 35 people attended a rally in Bolton on 16 October to support public services.

The meeting was hosted by Bolton TUC and the Public Services Not Private Profit campaign. There were speakers from the NUT, CWU and Unison unions as well as the Bolton Anti Academies Campaign.

Discussion covered the ongoing debate about union links with Labour and the need for more political accountability.

Several people highlighted the union principle of solidarity arguing that, despite difficulties, public sector workers have enormous collective strength and must continue to campaign together.

Martin Challender, Bolton TUC

Banking on the power of strikes

Management at the State Bank of India have made a new offer to workers at British branches after a threat of strike action over pay and conditions.

The strike, planned for Friday of last week, was called off after the union received the new offer.

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite’s regional officer, told Socialist Worker, “Management have buckled because of the threat of industrial action. We are now to ballot our members on the new pay system. Management had not given us anything previously, and we are hoping that they will keep their new promise.”

Students want a fighting union

attempts to make students pay the price for policy failures in higher education and the economy are continuing apace.

The Another Education is Possible conference on Saturday 1 November at Soas in central London is the start of building a radical response.

The conference will be opened by a student from the Italian occupations in Rome alongside Paul Mackney and Alex Callinicos.

It will feature workshops and a debate on the future of the student movement with the president of the National Union of Students. To register go to »

Rob Owen, NUS NEC (pc)

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Tue 28 Oct 2008, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2125
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