On 15th November, 15,000 people gathered outside Parliament to demand MPs vote for a ceasefire in Gaza. Chants included “Keir Starmer is a wasteman”, “Rishi Sunak, you will see: Palestine will be free”, “Occupation no more” and “Ceasefire now”.
Unite members at Barts NHS Trust ended two weeks of strike action over pay on 17 November with a rally at London Hospital. They will be out again 4-10 December.
Once again, the streets of London were filled with protesters against the war on Gaza on 11 November. Socialist placards and papers were snapped up and demonstrators thanked us for our continued support for the growing movement.
Following a very short election campaign, Annoesjka Valent, Socialist Party member and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for Hackney mayor, received a very creditable 1,265 votes, 3.42% of the vote.
RMT members working on the London underground have voted for the fifth time to continue the union’s mandate for strike action against attacks on jobs, pensions and conditions.
The other night, I had an interview at a local Tesco for the night shift. I asked the store manager how many applicants they’d had: “125 applications, 20 interviews, three jobs”.
The Labour mayor and council in Newham, East London, have come under fierce criticism. For weeks, Labour locally did not speak out against the Israeli state’s attacks on Gaza, nor distance themselves from Starmer’s support for Netanyahu.
The RMT is an all-grades trade union, not limited by narrow ‘craft interests’. That is why the ‘final offer’ of a 5% pay rise from London Underground is not acceptable.
The Socialist Party, as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), received 9% of the votes in the Higham Hill by-election which took place on 26 October in Waltham Forest.