#Fightingon! Happy Xmas from the Durham TAs

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.

Who are we? Durham TAs! Hear Us Roar!

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.

Leading trade unionists sacked as London Met plans 395 job cuts

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.

Junior Doctors strike: March with teachers joined by Labour Party leaders

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…

Academies: Teachers and parents march on the Department for Education

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”…