April 10, 2022

Working class people in the Black Country have been thrown under the bus for years now. Local councils have cut hundreds of millions of pounds from services, seeing thousands of jobs axed in the process. And thanks to a decade long squeeze on wages we are now being hammered by a cost of living crisis…

January 4, 2022

Metal workers at Somers Forge in Halesowen made history just before Christmas after taking strike action for the first time in the factory’s 155 year history. Over 30 GMB union members joined the picket line, leading to a shutdown of the metalworking shop. When the pandemic was raging at the end of 2020, management closed the enhanced sick…

December 7, 2021

It’s a good thing Serco run refuse centres, because they certainly belong in the trash. This time there’s trouble up in Sandwell in the West Midlands where over 100 refuse workers have been on strike citing poor pay, dangerous conditions and bullying from management. The strikes started with a few days here and there from…

August 11, 2021

Outsourcing is the scourge of public services. It is the twisted idea that a company with no ties to the community could step in and do a better job than the public sector. That is demonstrably false. Library workers in Dudley, in the West Midlands, are the latest victims. Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) is known…

June 27, 2021

On the 25th of June 2021 Unison members working for Sandwell Leisure Trust organised a strike at a number of leisure centres across the borough. Their grievance was one we’ve heard too much over the last 6 months: fire and re-hire. The new contracts being imposed by the trust would see a two year pay…

June 19, 2021

A by-election has been called for the Tividale council seat for Thursday 15th July. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition will be standing to offer an alternative to pro-cuts Labour and Tory councillors. Unlike Tory-lite Labour councillors, socialist councillors would resist Tory austerity instead of passing on savage cuts. we would be a voice for…

May 11, 2021

After the results from the elections on the 6th May, which saw the Tories strengthen their grip on Walsall and Dudley councils and the West Midlands Mayorality and make gains in Sandwell and Wolverhampton, the Labour Party crisis continues. Kier Starmer and his supporters blame the outcome in Hartlepool and elsewhere on left policies and…

April 28, 2021

The Friends of Sheepwash Local Nature Reserve recently contacted Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Oldbury Richard Gingell about plans to redevelop part of the site adjacent to a hazardous waste lagoon containing white phosphorus. What follows is an edited version of Richard’s response: Once you look at a map it becomes immediately obvious…

April 8, 2021

10 years of cuts to services have left the Black Country close to breaking point. Year after year, Labour councillors in Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Dudley have passed on millions of pounds in Tory cuts, axing thousands of jobs in the process. Labour councillors in Sandwell have carried out more than £70m in cuts, axing over…

March 2, 2021

Racism exists in all aspects of the lives of black and Asian people in the UK. The recent global movement around Black Lives Matter (BLM), sparked by the brutal murder of George Floyd, revealed the depth of anger against it. In Wolverhampton and across the UK last summer, numerous mass protests saw hundreds and thousands…