News & Statements

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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Communists condemn reckless and illegal aggression in Syria

The Communist Party of Britain unreservedly condemns the latest act of aggression in Syria by Britain, the USA and France today (April 14). International law cannot be upheld by breaching the most important articles of the United Nations Charter, which ban unprovoked military attacks by one member state upon another.

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'Tories trying to switch agenda', CP insists

'Backed by much of the mass media, the Tory government is pulling out all the stops to switch the political agenda from Britain's social crisis to one of Russia aggression and loyalty tests', John Foster told the Communist Party's executive committee at the weekend. 

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