HMRC strike gets go ahead
A strike by PCS members in HMRC tax offices is set to take place after the union’s Revenue and Customs executive held an emergency meeting on Monday of this week.
The strike is due to happen during the union’s consultative ballot for national action.
The national disputes committee had argued that the tax strike could put people off voting in the ballot.
Sharp arguments were heard in the meeting, with members agreeing that the strike should go ahead.
A strike during the ballot will build support for national action and show this is a serious campaign to win.
Hundreds attend memorial for Tony Benn
Camden Town Hall in central London was packed on Thursday of last week as hundreds attended a memorial event for Tony Benn organised by the Stop the War Coalition.
Speakers included Salma Yaqoob, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and Labour MP John McDonnell.
A film of the evening will be made available at stopwar.org.uk
Racist EDL outnumbered in Stevenage
Racists of the English Defence League (EDL) were outnumbered in Stevenage last Saturday.
Some 200 joined a protest called by the TUC and Unite Against Fascism.
Fewer than 100 racists joined the EDL demo.
Unison service group executive election results
Unison union elections saw Socialist Worker supporters take seats on the service group executives (SGE).
- For Local Government SGE, John McLoughlin (Greater London General Seat), Huw Williams (South West General Seat), David Hughes (West Midlands General Seat).
- For Health SGE, Janet Maiden (Greater London Female Seat), Karen Reissmann (North West General Seat).
- For Higher Education SGE, Sandy Nicoll (Greater London General Seat).
Protest in London over rapes in India
Several hundred people protested outside the Indian High Commission on Wednesday of last week to demand justice for two girls who were raped and hung in India.
Many of the women on the protest were from the Dalit community, classed as the “untouchable” caste. They were also demanding an end to the caste system and for women’s rights in India.
Lunchtime protests to save legal aid
The Justice Alliance have called for lunchtime protests outside courts and workplaces on Monday of next week.
The protest continues the fight against Tory justice secretary Chris Grayling’s attacks on legal aid.
Four-day strike for 3 Cosas campaign
University staff in central London were out on strike for four days from Monday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press.
The 87 workers are part of the ‘3 Cosas’ campaign calling for sick pay, holiday pay and pensions.