Britain

Communists urge Labour solution to social crisis

Britain's deepening social crisis confirms the urgent need to replace Theresa May's minority regime with a left-led Labour government, Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths declared at the weekend.

Reporting to his party's Executive Committee, he slammed Dame Judith Hackitt's review of building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster and the Tory response. She had stopped short of calling for a ban on combustible cladding, while Housing and Communities secretary James Brokenshire had promised a 'consultation' on the Hackitt report followed by unspecified legislation.

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USS: Building from an epic dispute

Statement issued by the Communist Party’s Further and Higher Education Advisory, 15 May 2018.

UCU members voted to accept the revised offer by UUK and settle the current dispute, for now. It has been an epic dispute. Unprecedented levels of collective action were taken by UCU members. This action achieved a positive shift in the employers’ position. What has happened is a truce on terms that are more favourable to UCU than the employers wanted. The terms of the agreement are far from perfect but that is what happens in collective bargaining. Not only had the employers dramatically revised their opening position of complete shift to a defined contribution scheme and had agreed the defined benefit status-quo (for the moment) but USS and the state regulator also got out of the way to ensure they didn’t block a settlement. Not revolutions, but shifts in the balance of power brought about by united collective action can produce material gains for members.

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