Teaching assistants in Derby have taken the very brave step of going on all out strike to try and get the Labour council to talk to them and come up with a sensible offer to end this dispute. Last Wednesday, leader of the council Ranjit Banwait walked out of a full council meeting rather than face angry parents and TAs – and the following day walked out early from an ACAS meeting with UNISON, to do prearranged media interviews condemning the negotiations! TAs are calling on teachers and heads to help them close the schools to sort out the mess Derby City Council have made as quickly as possible.
The Durham Lions were out in force again during half term, impatient at the lack of movement in negotiations over plans to cut their pay by 23%. Now they have called a solidarity march and rally for Saturday March 25 and are asking for your support – not only to step up their own fight, but to link up workers from all over the country who are facing attacks. They send their solidarity to you and ask you to stand in solidarity with them – together, we can all make a difference.
The Durham lions become the Durham lumiere to say Happy Xmas! The fight goes on though – although they forced the council into a massive climbdown with offers of talks and the suspension of the sacking and reengagement on new contracts, the council are still not offering anything concrete. If the negotiations don’t guarantee the preservation of current pay and conditions, the lions will roar again – at a moment’s notice.