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.

Camden: Save Our Youth Services!

A loud and lively protest at a  council meeting to discuss £1.6 million cuts to youth services, which will leave the service 64% worse off than in 2011. This is a result of government cuts to funding and is affecting youth services all over the country. Protestors are demanding that the Labour council do not implement the cuts, and that the government funds statutory youth service provision.

Issue 44, March 2015

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1) March For Homes (Reel News) 10:59 ***PLAY***

Thousands march on City Hall over the housing crisis, ending with anoccupation of the Aylesbury Estate.

2) National Gallery Strike (Reel News) 10:12

PCS members strike against privatisation and the victimisation of a leading rep.

3) 12 Bar Club Occupation (Reel News/FFRUK) 13:45

Bohemians 4 Soho resist the gentrification of Soho by occupying an iconic music venue.

4) Blacklisted: Official Trailer (Reel News) 3:10 ***PLAY***

The long awaited book on the illegal human rights of abuse of blacklisting is finally out.

5) Bailiffs Awards Dinner (Reel News) 2:28

Protestors give bailiffs a lively welcome as they meet for their annual awards dinner.

6) Camden Council: Pay A Living Wage! (Reel News) 8:06

School catering workers and care workers demand the London Living Wage from Labour controlled Camden Council.

7) Guinness Occupation (Reel News) 12:42

Tenants successfully resist the eviction of a disabled man.

8) A Different Kind of Tour: Belfast (Reel News/VfP) 21:26

An historic delegation of ex-soliders from Veterans for Peace meet ex-republican prisoners in Belfast.

9) A Different Kind of Tour: Pat Magee & Jo Berry (Reel News) 5:50

Veterans for Peace meet the man who planted the Brighton bomb and the daughter of an MP who was killed in the blast.

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Reel News Post-strike social and Fighting Gentrification Special

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THURSDAY JULY 10 , 7:30pm onwards, RYANS BAR, 181 STOKE NEWINGTON CHUCH STREET, LONDON N16 0UL

 

This month: not just a chance to hear reportbacks from the huge coordinated strike action on the day (as well as trade unionists being present from the various disputes, Reel News will be filming in London and Birmingham), but a chance to have a practical discussion about what we do in North London about the growing threat of gentrification.

In Hackney, the latest gentrification attack is the buying up of a council estate by a multi-millionaire, where huge rent rises will mean mass evictions. (Read more here: http://hackneyrenters.org/2014/07/03/a-new-era-for-social-cleansing-richard-benyon-must-be-stopped/)

We’re coming across a lot of people locally who feel that there’s nothing that you can do about gentrification, so we thought the best thing we could do would be to show campaigns from around the world where people are doing something about it – and winning.

Come to the screening and see what they’ve been doing in the USA (including the defeat of property developers in East Harlem), Vancouver in Canada, how they’ve fought evictions in Madrid and Barcelona – and what happened in the astonishing uprising in Burgos in Spain this year, where the building of a new luxury shopping mall was stopped completely.

We will also have activists from Hackney and Haringey talking about how they are organising – including the launching of the campaign against Benyon Estates’ rent rises.

Speakers confirmed so far: DAVE MORRIS from Our Tottenham and activists from DIGS private renter information, support and campaign group.

And then we’ll have music and drinks until midnight…as always, FREE!

 

 

Issue 41, July 2014

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1: Biomass: Emergency (Reel News) 24:42 ***PLAY***

Wood is being burned for energy in British power stations – and the process is as dangerous as fracking. Find out why, and what we can do about it.

 

2: Brixton Ritzy Strike (Reel News) 6:06

One of the most exciting new campaigns of the year, as cinema workers fight to win the London Living Wage.

 

3: Lambeth College Strike (Reel News) 13:01

UCU and UNISON members prepare for an all out indefinite strike against cuts to sick pay and holidays, and increased hours.

 

4: 3 Cosas – Recognition Now! (Reel News) 10:26

Outsourced workers at the University of London fight for recognition of their union, the IWGB, and to stop mass redundancies.

 

5: Sparks – Umbrella Scam (Reel News) 6:06

Electricians take direct action against the “Umbrella Scam”, which will mean construction workers employed by agencies losing 20-25% of their take home pay.

 

6: TfL strike (Reel News) 4:19

TSSA, RMT and UNITE members take strike action together for the first time against cuts that could mean losing tens of thousands of pounds in wages.

 

7: PCS Green Forum (Reel News) 19:15

Workshops on climate jobs, fracking, fuel poverty, aviation, rail, flood prevention, attacks on the forestry commission, tax evasion and greening the workplace.

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Lambeth College and Brixton Ritzy strikers fight for our future

96% yes vote for an all out indefinite strike against cuts to sick pay and holidays, and increased hours – so Lambeth college’s management run to the courts to get an injunction to stop them. This was already a local issue of national importance, with other colleges threatening similar attacks. Now Lambeth college principal Mark Silverman has turned it into an issue for the entire trade union movement by denying his employees their democratic right to protest.

lambeth college strikeThe changes to contracts will mean an extra 5 weeks work a year with no extra pay, and a cut in sick pay from 6 months on full pay and 6 months on half pay, to 4 months on full pay and 2 months on half pay. The only figure management can come up with for how much this will save the college is £20,000 for the cut in sick pay – a facility only used by workers in extremely difficult circumstances, for example cancer. So management are saying they are no longer prepared to support staff in such difficulties – but they are happy to spend £35,000 refurbishing an office for Silverman that he only uses for a maximum of one day a week. Meanwhile many lecturers report having to go to the stationers themselves to buy pens and paper for the students out of their own money.

This is all happening against a backdrop of management plans to shut down the 100 year old Brixton centre of the college, which is being sold off to make way for the Trinity Academy free school – a school run by people who are openly looking to attract children from the influx of rich white newcomers to Brixton.
Lecturers in the University and College Union (UCU) are now reballoting for all out indefinite strike action, and support workers in UNISON are doing the same.

lambeth college strike2Footage from the strike on Mayday, culminating in Lambeth college strikers marching with Brixton Ritzy strikers fighting for the London living wage. As resentment grows against the rapid gentrification of Lambeth and the fastest rising house prices in Britain, more and more locals are drawing a line in the sand and saying: Enough is enough.

Issue 40, Apr 2014

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1: Massacre in Vitoria (Reel News) 36:43 ***PLAY***

1976, the Basque Country: a dying fascist state orders police to attack one of the greatest rank and file movements ever seen. 5 workers are murdered and over 100 seriously injured; 38 years on, the people of Vitoria are still fighting for justice.

 

2: SOAS cleaners strike (Reel News) 14:07

Cleaners at SOAS show how a picket line should be done in the fight to be brought back in-house.

 

3: Blacklisting Companies Meeting (Stewart Hume, electrician and UNITE activist) 3:50

EXCLUSIVE secret footage exposes the building firm bosses who blacklist.

 

4: Blacklisting: Citizens Arrest (Reel News) 5:31

The Blacklist Support Group serve an arrest warrant on Cullum McAlpine.

 

5: Leon Rosselson: Sixty Quid a Week (Reel News) 4:30

New song from Leon about an encounter with a homeless person.

 

6: NUT strike (Reel News) 10:28

First national strike by teachers since 2011 as the campaign to stop Gove destroying education hots up.

 

7: David Rovics – Landlord (Reel News) 6:10

Great song and a slice of US working class history.

 

8: Chicago University Strike (Labor Beat) 8:36

2 days strike by lecturers at the University of Illinois-Chicago – for virtually the same reasons that lecturers are striking in Britain.

 

9: London Met – FE Strike (Reel News) 5:47

Rally at London Met to push for further action in the dispute over pay.

 

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