RMT debates the way forward
Around 120 people attended a conference in London last Saturday on the crisis in working class representation.
The RMT transport union, which is no longer affiliated to the Labour Party following its expulsion in 2004, organised the conference.
Speakers included RMT general secretary Bob Crow, John McDonnell MP and POA union general secretary Brian Caton.
Delegates discussed the need for a political alternative to New Labour and launching a “People’s Charter” against the effects of the recession.
Organisers are planning other initiatives in the future.
Workers ballot for more holidays
The RMT and TSSA rail unions are balloting around 130 retail staff at the C2C company for industrial action over the company’s attempt to retain its paid annual-leave entitlement of 22 days.
The unions are demanding a minimum of 28 days’ paid leave, in line with new European regulations.
The ballot closes on Thursday of next week. Any action will threaten to disrupt busy commuter services into London from Kent operated by National Express.
Unanimous vote backs Charter
The Barnet trades council meeting in north London last week unanimously voted to support the People Before Profit Charter.
The charter puts forward a series of ten demands to defend workers’ living standards in the face of mounting economic crisis.
For more information go to » peoplebeforeprofit.wordpress.com
Key elections for lecturers’ union
The UCU lecturers union will begin electing new national officers and members for its national executive committee at the beginning of February.
Several candidates are standing from the UCU Left.
The UCU Left fights to build a strong, campaigning union and the upcoming elections offer a chance to further strengthen the union.
Activists should seek endorsements for UCU Left candidates in their branches and associations, distribute election materials and organise hustings. Ballot papers will be sent out in early February.
For a full list of candidates and election materials go to » www.uculeft.devisland.net/
NUJ conference on resisting cuts
The NUJ is organising a special meeting on Protecting Journalism – Defending Journalists on Saturday 24 January.
The conference is free to all NUJ members and will take place at the union’s Headland House headquarters in Kings Cross, central London, from 11am to 4pm.
To reserve your place, email [email protected]