Organising against fascism in Scotland
Over 60 trade unionists and activists attended the Unite Against Fascism Scotland conference at the Unison union’s Glasgow headquarters last Saturday.
They discussed how to defeat the racist English and Scottish Defence Leagues and fascists in Europe, as well as the attitude of the police.
A new committee was elected. It has three MSPs, one from each of the Green, Labour and Scottish National parties, and former FBU union president Ken Cameron as honorary president.
Wales hosts Unite the Resistance
Unite the Resistance held a conference in Wales last Saturday. It brought together around 40 trade unionists and campaigners to discuss fighting government attacks on workers’ rights, as well as the cuts to benefits and public services.
There were workshops on issues such as building the rank and file trade union movement and fighting racism and fascism.
Unions together against unfair laws
Over 250 people came to central London on Saturday of last week for the launch rally of the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom.
Backed by a coalition of trade unions, the campaign aims to overturn Thatcher’s anti-union laws and extend collective bargaining rights.
“Without collective bargaining we’re reduced to serfdom,” said campaigning lawyer John Hendy.
Fresh strikes for train cleaners
Train cleaners working for ISS East Coast were set to strike this week over pay.
Bosses at ISS made a new offer last week but it offered workers on the East Coast lines less than those in London. It didn’t mention sick pay or free travel.
The workers are in the RMT union. They were set to strike on Friday and Saturday, starting at midnight.
Cleaners employed by contractors Churchill on Arriva Wales trains are also set to strike on Wednesday.
Housing workers join budget action
More than 100 workers in the Unite union at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) joined their colleagues in the PCS union on Wednesday of last week.
They struck in central London and central Manchester against an “insulting” pay offer that sees some workers get nothing at all.