Britain

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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Britain's Road to Socialism - Draft updated edition

BRS2018This the draft of an updated 8th edition of the Communist Party's programme. First published in 1951 as The British Road to Socialism, subsequent editions were issued in 1952, 1958, 1968, 1977 and 1989.The 7th edition in 2000 was renamed Britain's Road to Socialism. The 8th edition was adopted by the Executive Committee in July 2011.

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May Day

Unity May Day 2018