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.
Hacked By Sxtz
Hacked By Sxtz
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Hacked By Sxtz
This is the most important dispute in Britain at the moment. Teaching assistants in Durham, faced with a 23% paycut from a Labour council, have organised themselves into an incredible rank and file movement that has forced their union, UNISON, to back strike action in scenes not witnessed in Durham since the miners strike. A victory by this mainly women workforce would strike a major blow against austerity, against the Labour councils who are implementing Tory policies, and send shockwaves through the trade union movement. Next strikes are on 23rd and 24th of November – you can donate to the strike fund at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/CountyDurhamTeachingAssistants – or better still, join them on the picket lines and give them a donation in person.
Jenny Nash (@_SRPhotography), one of the students who occupied the CASS centre at London Met University in December 2015, speaking at a rally in protest at the victimisation and sacking of UCU branch secretary and chair, David Hardman and Mark Campbell.
Anger is escalating over management’s decision to make David Hardman and Mark Campbell, the UCU branch secretary and branch chair, compulsorily redundant – the only two redundancies to be made, and with plans afoot to cut a staggering 395 jobs in September. With a vice-chancellor one of the few in favour of the Government’s white paper on higher education, and a governing board chair who was UK managing director of notorious education privateers Pearsons, it’s clear that London Met is being softened up for privatisation. National demonstration to reinstate Mark and David: Sat July 23, 11:30am, London Met Holloway Road site to Highbury Fields.
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell joined the joint doctors and teachers march in London yesterday, along with other public sector workers, on the first day of the junior doctors all out strike. The junior doctors are showing incredible determination and are prepared to do whatever it takes to save the NHS – meanwhile the bookies have Hunt at just 5/2 now to be the next minister to resign…
Rank and file organised demonstrations erupt in cities across the country against the Government’s plans to academise all schools, as furious teachers and parents demand an end to privatisation. In London, shadow education secretary Lucy Powell speaks to a packed rally, as does a striking junior doctor, who is greeted with chants of “Teachers and doctors, unite and strike”…
David Cameron is telling everyone that by cutting 22% of sixth form funding since 2010, he’s actually “protecting” it and providing “better funding”. So striking teachers from City & Islington hold a free maths lesson outside Parliament…
…and the pub happens to be full of striking sixth form teachers. See what happens next…and given that this happened at 3pm in the afternoon, has Sir Michael knocked off early to get a pint? Or is this when he normally finishes work? At least he agrees that turning all schools into academies is a bad idea…
As the government prepares to shut down specialist sixth form colleges across England, students at the BSix college in Hackney – a working class college with 80% black and ethnic minority students, and 40% entitled to free school meals – explain why this type of college is so important and how they’ve benefited.