Socialist Worker

Sheffield


Two years fighting a bitter struggle

14 June 2003
TRADE UNIONISTS joined a march and rally in Sheffield on Saturday in support of the Cook's workers who have been involved in a two-year dispute. The foundry workers were sacked in 2001 while the 90-strong workforce was taking official strike action over pay.

Right route to win better pay

14 June 2003
OVER 1,000 bus workers began an angry strike in Sheffield and South Yorkshire last Saturday over a pay deal from the First Group bus and rail company. The solid strike by members of the TGWU union continued on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and was due to escalate to three days next week. "The company conned us, that's what's behind this strike," one of the strikers told Socialist Worker.

Stop the war round-up

30 November 2002
A STOP the war demonstration drew around 1,000 people on to the streets of Sheffield last Saturday. The march was led by a delegation from South Yorkshire FBU and addressed by CND, trade unionists, socialists and students. Later the same night a massive Stop the War Coalition benefit raised £1,800 as DJs from across Sheffield's club scene attracted hundreds of people. Greg Challis

Council housing

16 November 2002
THE GOVERNMENT is on the back foot over privatisation of council housing. Sheffield council has just announced it is officially calling off its transfer, and ministers now acknowledge that stock transfer will be rejected by tenants in most areas.

Rallying our union

13 July 2002
HUNDREDS OF civil servants have packed PCS union democracy campaign meetings around the country. They are furious that discredited general secretary Barry Reamsbottom is trying to oust elected general secretary Mark Serwotka. Over 150 people met in Sheffield on Tuesday of last week, and 140 met in Manchester the next day.

Palestine solidarity

11 May 2002
HUNDREDS OF people across Britain demonstrated in solidarity with the Palestinians over bank holiday weekend. The "Justice for Palestine-hands off Iraq" demonstration filled Sheffield city centre last Saturday. It was 2, 000-strong at its height, with lots of people joining in the march as it went along.

Liberals show their true face

27 March 2002
THREE YEARS ago the Lib Dems won control of Sheffield council following a backlash against New Labour's plans to privatise housing benefit. The Lib Dems went ahead with privatising housing benefit and are now keen to privatise council housing. They are also attacking education, with plans to close or merge a number of special and inner city schools.

A great response on the picket lines

02 February 2002
Socialist Worker went down a storm with striking Arriva rail workers. At the mass picket in York 27 copies were sold, while 6 were sold to pickets in Cleethorpes, 7 to pickets at Leeds Central station, and 4 in Bradford. Last Friday, in the build-up to the civil service strike, 11 were sold at Albert Bridge House in Manchester, 8 at the Employment Service head office in Sheffield, 4 at Ravenshurst benefits office in Birmingham, and 3 at each of Finsbury Park job centre, Tottenham job centre and Tottenham Benefits Agency.

Strong roots can feed mass protest

03 November 2001
Some 1,700 people marching through Sheffield, 2,000 demonstrating in Glasgow, 500 on a Preston march, around 1,600 at a public meeting in Birmingham. Those are just a few of the anti-war protests that have taken place in the last week.

Allan Swan

22 September 2001
COMRADES IN Sheffield are mourning the loss of Allan Swan. He was a respected teacher, thinker and fighter for socialist ideas who died aged 53 on 13 September.

William Cook

11 August 2001
STRIKING engineering workers hope to win their employment tribunal claims against the William Cook firm in Sheffield. The 60 strikers have stood up to lockouts, closures and redundancies in the long running dispute over union-busting.

Gap protest

10 March 2001
Two hundred of us protested outside the new Gap store in Sheffield last Saturday. A group of under 16 year olds went into Gap to demand jobs, as Gap employs children their age in other countries. We blockaded the road through the town centre before the police dragged us off the road.

Rob Dawber

03 March 2001
Trade unionists and socialists in Sheffield will be sad to learn of the death of Rob Dawber. Rob was an active socialist and trade unionist since the mid-1970s. Rob was local RMT branch secretary at the time of rail privatisation. He and thousands of track workers were made redundant. Rob turned his hand to film writing and wrote a prophetic script about the effects of privatisation on rail safety.

What is Eminem standing up for?

24 February 2001
The media recently turned its attention upon Eminem, the US rap singer, during his British tour. Eminem's sexist and anti-gay lyrics led Sheffield University Student Union to ban his songs and image from campus. His concerts attract angry protests from gay rights activists. Socialist Worker spoke to people in the age group 14-17, Eminem's main fan base, about the rap star.

Turn heat on buses tyrant

18 December 1999
"SCROOGE" AND "despot" was how bus workers on strike at Yorkshire Traction buses described their boss, Frank Carter, last week. Around 700 bus drivers, engineers and clerical workers, members of the TGWU union, were holding their third one day strike in three weeks to demand a decent pay rise from Carter. The solid strike is already costing Carter £120,000 for each strike day as services across west and south Yorkshire are hit. Pickets were out at the Sheffield Road depot in a lively show of force last week.

Haringey high

18 December 1999
Altogether 62 copies of Socialist Worker were sold on the Haringey council picket lines in north London on Tuesday last week while on Saturday 108 papers were sold in Wood Green campaigning in support of the strikers. Elsewhere on Saturday 196 papers were sold at the Monument in Newcastle, 140 in Birmingham High Street, 100 in Sheffield, 36 in Sunderland and 26 in Port Talbot. In Manchester 205 papers were sold in Market Street, 44 in Gorton and 31 in Cheetham Hill.

UNISON

11 December 1999
Sheffield A SHEFFIELD council worker has won his industrial tribunal case over disciplinary measures taken against him for his trade union activities. Paul Page works for private company CSL in Sheffield council's financial services section. The workers had been privatised by the Labour council, which lost office to the Liberals in last May's elections.

New deal or a raw deal?

27 November 1999
Used to replace others RAY IS 19 years old. He was homeless for a year but now has his own flat in Sheffield. He was offered a placement on the New Deal. Ray signed onto a computing skills course. He hoped that would enable him to get a job. But the reality did not match the hype:

Picket success

27 November 1999
ON WEDNESDAY of last week 24 copies of Socialist Worker were sold on the picket line at Westbourne Park bus garage in west London. On Monday morning this week 9 papers were sold to striking BT call centre workers in Manchester, 8 in Cardiff, 6 in Glasgow and Sheffield, 5 in Liverpool and 3 in Brighton. 25 papers were sold at the PTA plant at Ford Dagenham with 9 more sold at the engine plant. And 62 were sold on workplace sales across Hackney in east London last week. They included 7 papers sold at Homerton Hospital, 4 at Upper Clapton post office, 3 at Shoreditch fire station, 3 at Paragon Road post office, 2 at Andrews Road council depot and 8 at Homerton School. Thanet's first industr

'People power' gets results

20 November 1999
ENVIRONMENTAL protesters have scored a success against a huge multinational company. The ex-mining village of Killamarsh, on the edge of Sheffield, has been plagued by chemical leaks from a SARP chemical plant since last May. A 150 foot high incinerator chimney has been belching out gas over nearby houses, schools and a nature reserve. Residents set up an opposition group, RASP (Residents Against SARP Pollution), which has campaigned 24 hours a day. They have picketed the plant and demonstrated in Paris, Brussels, and in Derbyshire County Council meetings.

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