"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

Strikes, Ballots & 22nd Jan Conference

Coalition MPs on their very handsome salaries sat securely in the hallowed Palace of Westminster cobbling together a vote to trap young people in a future of eternal debt or low wages, whilst students and workers were raging in their anger up and down the country. Thousands upon thousands took part with rough and ready placards pulling no punches; endless chants and homemade shields to protect themselves from the police.

Many people are now making complaints above police behaviour to the IPCC, however a workers independent inquiry could expose more and propose appropriate punishments to those who gave orders to brutalise a new generation whose futures are being stolen from them.

As the first phase of the campaign draws to a close many students will be mulling over what to do next. An important place to debate this issue will be at the National Shop Stewards Network Anti-Cuts Conference on January 22nd in central London. Hundreds of rank and file trades unionists with local anti-cuts campaigns across the country will be there. Activists and leaders from trade unions that have shown a fighting lead like PCS, FBU and RMT will participate. We welcome students, to attend and take part. Lets make the ‘students and workers, unite and fight’ chant an ongoing practical reality. http://tinyurl.com/372uupq

Sat 29th January sees the long awaited TUC action on Youth unemployment which PCS members put forward at TUC in Sep. Sadly it has been called as an indoor rally, so PCS are now organising a March on that day to feed into the rally. All welcome to support and attend.

1200 Heinz workers in Wigan are to strike for 24 hour for an improved pay offer. Messages of support to Ian at wrightian5@sky.com.

Medirest Staff at Southampton General & Amersham & Wycombe Hospitals took 48 hours of strike action. http://sabmw.weebly.com/meetings–events.html

Clitheroe Grammor School Lancs members of NUT/NASUWT took strike action against express academies.

ALSEF – Massive vote for strike action by LU Train drivers on boxing day. On the 23rd London Midland ASLEF will also be on strike. http://tinyurl.com/3y5dux7

PCS urge YES vote in ballot open till 14th Jan http://tinyurl.com/34ep3yy

This week also saw RMT protest at City Hall about 800 job cuts, a CWU rally that burst out onto the streets after Billy Hayes CWU leader also talked about being kettled on the 24th Nov with Students and other workers. Up and down the country actions took place to profile the horrendous Welfare and Housing benefit cuts. And this is apart from the ongoing meetings and lobbys organised by anti cuts alliances up and down the country. Students are also reviewing how to develop campaigns now the government vote has gone through and further actions and protests are being planned. Many occupations short and long continue, they welcome visitors.

Anyone up for helping out in our communications team? Local, National or Regional input welcome, updating on our facebook or providing content on our main website? Our likes page is becoming more useful to input short links on a day by day, sometimes hourly feed. Please join it and invite others to join and make use of it. http://on.fb.me/fNkaIo

National Shop Stewards Network.



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