Russia: Protests against pension reform show potential for resistance

By Svenja Spunck IN June, the Russian government announced a far-reaching pension "reform". The main change is to raise the retirement age for women from 55 to 63 and for men from 60 to 65. What may sound to people in Germany like whingeing actually means working to the death in Russia, because average life … Continue reading Russia: Protests against pension reform show potential for resistance

UCU Lecturers to strike against 40 per cent pension cut

MEMBERS OF the University College Union (UCU) have smashed through the government’s strike ballot threshold to declare their support for industrial action over devastating cuts to their pension scheme. Eighty-eight per cent voted to strike after the government announced cuts that would cost the average lecturer £200,000 in retirement. Strikes After the result, announced on … Continue reading UCU Lecturers to strike against 40 per cent pension cut

NUT leaders dither as teachers lose out

By Bernie McAdam, Sandwell NUT The National Union of Teachers (NUT) Conference this Easter made abundantly clear to its leaders that more national strike action was needed to stop the Coalition’s pensions attack. A successful motion called for regional strikes in the summer term, culminating in a national strike in June. Within weeks, however, the … Continue reading NUT leaders dither as teachers lose out

Solid strike at Unilever Leeds: now escalate to defend pensions

Forty Unilever workers from the night shift, USDAW reps and officials and supporters joined picketlines outside the big Leeds plant at Seacroft to kick off the second 24-hour strike. Workers were angry that the giant company is closing their final salary pension scheme, a huge cut to future retirement funds, while it is still making … Continue reading Solid strike at Unilever Leeds: now escalate to defend pensions

Unite the Resistance comes to Manchester

Tuesday saw the first real organising meeting in Manchester for the Unite the Resistance campaign, which recently held a several-hundred strong meeting in London to oppose the pensions sell-out. Around thirty activists from unions such as Unite, Unison, UCU and FBU gathered in the Friends Meeting House to discuss how to further the fight against … Continue reading Unite the Resistance comes to Manchester

Pensions conference: left leaders timid in face of right wing betrayal

PCS Left Unity, the leading faction in the civil service union, opened its doors to activists from all unions to debate the way forward, ahead of a pivotal week in the pensions dispute. But PCS leader Mark Serwotka and the influential Socialist Party promised further action but refused to name a date for the next … Continue reading Pensions conference: left leaders timid in face of right wing betrayal

Now we can stop the pensions robbery

Two million strong strike shows unions have power to bring down the government – but, argues Jeremy Dewar, only if they escalate the action, broaden their aims and base themselves on action committees “OBVIOUSLY IT was a big strike,” conceded David Cameron the day after the 30 November strike. Gone was the bluster that this … Continue reading Now we can stop the pensions robbery

Public sector pensions – trade dispute or class war?

Is the struggle over pensions limited to an economic issue, or is it a political fight, asks Jeremy Dewar THE TORIES and the bosses are seriously worried about the coordinated strike on 30 November. Education Secretary Michael Gove and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude have been at the forefront of those calling for an army … Continue reading Public sector pensions – trade dispute or class war?

Form joint strike committees and unite the pensions struggle

Jeremy Dewar looks at the impending mass strike action in defence of pensions and asks how we can get the biggest turn out possible Around three million workers are now set to strike together at the end of next month in the biggest day of action for a generation. Unison (1.1 million members), the GMB … Continue reading Form joint strike committees and unite the pensions struggle