NSSN 467: New year opens with workers’ victories

January 14, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN is delighted to report that just two weeks into 2020, there have been significant victories in a number of disputes. We look forward to many more during the rest of the year. Please give support and solidarity to all the other workers and their unions taking action, the details of which you can find every week in this bulletin.

This week, we headline with three – by Unite in Hackney, United Voices of the World in Greenwich and GMB in Sandwell.

Hackney SEND strike

Unite: Hackney school bus staff dispute ends with pay and agency worker win (8 Jan) – A long running dispute between Hackney council and school bus staff has been brought to an end after workers secured increased pay and a commitment to make agency roles permanent, Unite said today (Wednesday 8 January). The pay deal came after 38 Unite members, who are drivers and passenger escorts on school buses for children with disabilities, carried out a series of strikes in relation to the dispute during 2019. Hackney council has agreed to yearly lump sum payments which will be backdated to April 2019 and are linked to annual National Joint Council pay increases for local government staff. The agreement also includes a review, led by the conciliation service Acas, into improving working relationships within the bus service, as well as a commitment to review agency staff positions each term with a view to making those roles permanent. Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Our members deserve huge credit for the fight that they have put up and for the fact that they have achieved such an excellent campaign victory. “The financial settlement is of course key for these low paid workers – but just as important is that Hackney council agreed in principle to fill jobs on a permanent basis rather than through insecure and vulnerable agency employment. This victory shows why it pays to be in a trade union, especially a union like Unite, which is prepared to actively fight back for its members. Unite looks forward to working productively with Hackney council in implementing these changes during the months ahead.” Read more    Watch video

 

 

UVW: Outsourced workers win a 23% pay rise as dispute with the University of Greenwich comes to an end (Jan 10) – Outsourced workers win a 23% pay rise as dispute with the University of Greenwich comes to an end. Outsourced workers at the University of Greenwich, including café workers, cleaners and security guards, celebrated today an announcement of a pay rise to the London Living Wage of £10.75 per hour, scheduled to take effect by May 2020. This marks a 23% increase for cleaners and a 16% increase for café workers. The outsourced workers will also receive the same occupational sick pay and holiday entitlement as directly employed university staff. This announcement signals what could be the end of a long running dispute at the university. This victory was brought about by the cafe workers represented by the trade union United Voices of the World (UVW) who took 4 days of strike action in October 2019. The dispute was supported by academic staff at the university and saw workers protest the 2019 student graduation. The campaign also included an occupation of the university’s board meeting and the cafe itself, and a boycott of the cafe owned by catering giant BaxterStorey. The Boycott was supported by Greenwich market traders who offered discounts to any Greenwich staff or students. The cleaners and security guards are represented by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) who also supported UVW’s campaign. The UVW and the IWGB unions are known for their direct action orientated trade unionism which achieves quick results.

Bel Howard, a caterer who has worked at the café for over 20 years said: “I can’t tell you how happy I am. It is only £1 more per hour what for some people is nothing but it will change my life completely. It takes a huge worry off my mind of how to pay for my bills. Also, I don’t have to work ill anymore! It’s winter now, flu time and we all come to work when we are ill as we simply cannot afford to be sick, it’s not just us in the café but also the cleaners and security guards. This is what makes this victory so great, we can all rest and recover now when ill!”

Petros Elia, UVW trade union rep and organiser of the strikes said the following: “Today’s victory was the result of the courageous cafe workers and shows the continued power and importance of strike action and direct action. Now the fight continues to force the university to in-house all employees and end the discriminatory practice of outsourcing once and for all.” Read more

BREAKING NEWS!! Metropolitan Police to face legal action after unlawfully detaining barrister during lawful strike at St. George’s University (UVW 15 day security guard strike for in-house at St George’s University) – The prestigious medical school of St. George’s, University of London, found itself embroiled in controversy today, after a barrister and trade union official was unlawfully arrested on a picket line during an industrial dispute over the role of outsourcing at the university. The independent trade union United Voices of the World (UVW), who organised the industrial action, has said that the arrest marks a potential watershed in industrial relations and could set a dangerous precedent for the erosion of civil liberties and workers’ rights if left unchallenged. The incident, which took place shortly after 9am, saw 12 police officers arrive at the university after being called by management to dispel workers and trade union officials from a lawful picket. In a series of highly irregular events that has seen the Metropolitan Police become the subject of legal action, police officers swiftly issued workers and union officials with a letter from the University claiming that the picket needed to take place outside of NHS property. Several police officers then warned all workers and union officials that they would be arrested if they failed to leave the property within five minutes. When barrister Franck Magennis of Garden Court Chambers, who is currently seconded to UVW as the head of the legal department, inquired into the legal basis of the warning, he was swiftly arrested and handcuffed, and subsequently de-arrested and released less than five minutes later on the condition that he immediately leave the site. The incident appears to represent an attempt by the Metropolitan Police to use criminal sanctions to frustrate lawful industrial action read more

Upcoming strike dates:-

Round 2: 27th, 28th, 29th Jan

Round 3: 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Feb

Round 4: 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th Feb

Picket lines are from 8am at the main entrance

 

 

GMB: Victory in Sandwell bin dispute (10 Jan) – GMB has scored a big win for members in the Sandwell bin dispute following last ditch talks. Private outsourcing company Serco have now agreed to suspend the round changes imposed on bin workers. GMB had served notice of industrial action to Serco after they urged workers to ignore the company’s own safety rules. Serco has removed two rounds from the Sandwell domestic waste contract and put the work onto existing crews – This is in on top of all the new build houses placed onto rounds over the last few years. Now GMB will work with Serco during the next 3 months to address members’ concerns around workload and allocation. GMB will suspend industrial action during this period read more

 

 

 

Support the CWU in the Royal Mail dispute and Stop the Tories new planned anti-union law. Defend the right to strike

The NSSN is calling on all our supporters and affiliates to give full support and solidarity to the CWU after their appeal against the outrageous High Court ruling was dismissed. We call for an emergency meeting of the TUC General Council to discuss solidarity action and protests at this act and the new anti-union laws targeted at the rail and transport unions.

Email messages of support to the CWU via info@cwu.org and follow the union on their website, Facebook and twitter via @CWUnews using the #WeRiseAgain hashtag

CWU National Dispute – resources page

Join CWU Supporters now – The fight against exploitative employers, dodgy contracts and insecure work requires the support of every single community across the country. Our recent vote for strike action in Royal Mail Group was secured by connecting with our membership in every corner of the UK – both online and on the ground – click here to join

Support the CWU Royal Mail strike at Bootle & Seaforth Delivery office on January 18 & 20 – members voted for action by over 97% as 21 members face conduct code charges, including the rep who is also facing dismissal

Andy Furey slams Post Office’s ‘privatisation obsession’ (Jan 8) – Community campaigning to save our nation’s beleaguered Post Office network will be stepped up over the coming weeks in response to the announcement of yet more back-door privatisation plans by the company. Senior national CWU representatives met yesterday and unanimously backed a proposal from assistant secretary Andy Furey to relaunch the union’s Save Our Post Office activities – with a particular emphasis on winning the widest possible support from local residents and small businesses read more

 

 

 

Support these indefinite industrial actions:-

Unite

Support the Unite Bromley strike – Unite members are taking action to defend jobs being led by 50 members of the union employed by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) and who work at Bromley’s libraries. The workers have been on continuous strike since Thursday 6 June. They recently renewed their strike mandate and began the latest continuous strike action on Monday 25 November. Once Unite members became aware that the strikers had voted again to renew the strike mandate a fund raising exercise was organised. Unite branches from Scotland to Gibraltar and many places in between made donations and over £20,000 was raised for the campaign. The strike is as a result of the plans by GLL, which claims to be a social enterprise, to slash staffing levels by 35 per cent making it impossible for the council’s 14 libraries to remain fully functioning. Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The generosity of Unite branches across the UK, has greatly helped to show GLL that this is a campaign supported by people across the UK and has given our members a huge morale boost as well. GLL need to understand that the strength and conviction of our members is undiminished and strikes will continue until GLL provides cast iron assurances that they will not slash jobs. Our members fundamentally believe that libraries improve people’s lives and that GLL’s current plans will destroy the ethos of the service. Unite believes that this dispute can be resolved if GLL is prepared to enter into honest negotiations. Unite’s door is very much open to allow such talks to occur.”

📢Join us for one of the campaign days!

📢Follow Unite London & Eastern to find out details about the future events!

Here is a link for our crowd funding site which has been set up. Please forward this to stewards and members and encourage them to donate. This is a vitally important campaign – and we will win a vitally important victory!

Also, cheques can be made payable to Onay Kasab and forwarded to 33 – 37 Moreland St, London, EC1V 8BB and messages of support via onay.kasab@unitetheunion.org   bank details are: Unity Trust Bank, Bromley LG Bromley Branch, A/C NO. 20272821 Sort 60 83 01

Sign the petition to defend Bromley Library Service Call and support the indefinite strike. Please send messages of support and any financial assistance via Unite regional officer Onay Kasab Onay.Kasab@unitetheunion.org

 

Support Westex Carpets staff strike – Westex Carpet strike reaches two month mark: Members of Unite at the Westex Carpets factory in Cleckheaton are about to reach the two month mark in their ongoing dispute over pay. The strike began on November 20th after workers rejected a minimal pay rise which was then withdrawn by the company, which has since refused further dialogue read more

To make a donation to the hardship fund:-

Account name – TGWU

Account number – 20175407

Sort code – 60/83/01

Reference – WESTEX STRIKE FUND

 

Support the Tayside Pharmacy workers – read more on Support Tayside Pharmacy Workers Facebook page

Donate to the strike fund

 

 

 

NSSN news

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Date for your diary: 2020 NSSN Conference Saturday July 4th 11am-4.30pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL

And if you can, come to one of our regional Conferences. If there is not one in your area, get in touch to either assist in organising or have a speaker at one of your meetings or events. Contact Rob or Linda on info@shopstewards.net

Follow us on twitter via @NSSN_AntiCuts and Facebook

Watch NSSN TUC Rally video

 

 

 

 

Union News

FBU

Firefighters urge fire authority to reject cuts (10 Jan) – Devon and Somerset Fire Authority must listen to residents’ concerns and reject the cuts to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said today, in an address to a fire authority meeting. The fire authority debated revised proposals, which include removing eight fire engines, closing two fire stations, and crewing some fire engines responding to incidents with less than four firefighters read more

South East 999 call mergers “unsafe and unsustainable” (9 Jan) – The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has issued a safety-critical notice after Surrey and West Sussex control rooms were merged, without an increase in staff. The union is concerned that emergency fire control staff cannot handle the current volume of 999 calls, and are calling on Surrey Fire and Rescue Service to address the “significant risk to both public and firefighter safety” read more

 

UCU

Dates set for talks on future of pension scheme at heart of university strikes (8 Jan) – Five January dates have been set for meetings to look at reforming the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – the pension scheme for members of the University and College Union (UCU) who took eight days’ strike action before Christmas read more

 

RMT

RMT Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington depot strike again this week in fight for workplace justice (8 Jan) – RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington depot will be striking again on Friday in an on-going fight for workplace justice and safety read more

Donate to the RMT strike fund on South Western Railway – The NSSN is appealing for financial support and solidarity for the RMT and their members on SWR.

Send messages of support and requests for speakers for your union branch and/or trades council to RMT NEC member and SWR guard Geoff Kite – g.kite@rmt.org.uk

To make a donation to the hardship funds set up for RMT members striking against Driver Only Operation:-

National Dispute Fund:
Transfers can be made directly into the account using the details below:
Account name: RMT Head Office National Dispute Fund
Account no: 20113524
Sort Code: 60-83-01
Alternatively, you can send cheques to the Finance Department at Head Office – Unity House 39 Chalton Street London NW11JD

RMT Wessex DOO Dispute Fund:
Transfers can be made directly into the account using the details below:
Account name: RMT Wessex DOO Dispute Fund
Account no: 20399461
Sort Code: 60-83-01

 

PCS

Support striking HMRC Ealing members on their latest action (10 Jan) – PCS members at International House in Ealing will hold a short rally on 15 January to coincide with their next strike action to oppose the closure of their office. HMRC is planning to close its office at International House in Ealing. In 2019 PCS members there took five days of action which secured an extension to the office closure date. However, commitments from HMRC, which could have allowed our members to continue their careers within HMRC, were then reneged upon and our members voted to take further strike action and action short of strike to continue fighting for their jobs. They walked out for half a day on 5 and 12 December. Members will now take further action to seek to persuade the employer to take our demands seriously on:

15 January – noon walkout

22 January – noon walkout

29 January – noon walkout

31 January – full day strike action.

31 January is a key day in the HMRC calendar as it is self-assessment deadline.

At noon on 15 January there will be a strike rally on the green outside the Drapers Arms at Ealing Broadway. We are encouraging members and supporters to attend the rally to show their backing for the striking workers and their campaign. If good quality jobs are axed in Ealing it will not just impact on the individuals concerned and their families, it will have a knock-on effect on the local economy.

What else you can do

Send a message of support to RCGroup@pcs.org.u k

Support us on social media, using the hashtag #SaveEalingTaxOffice

Donate to the strike fund.

For more information on how you can help support our campaign, contact cathyc@pcs.org.uk

Support striking LGV driving examiners out in all weathers for PCS strike – PCS members, who are LGV driving examiners in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, have held a week-long action before Christmas. This is a long-running dispute over working practices and restructures. Our members work in various driving test centres, across the country. Donate to the strike fund online using account number: 20331490, sort code: 608301, quoting the reference DVSA Strike Fund. Send your solidarity messages to Midsbargaining@pcs.org.uk

Support Merseyside ISS members in HMRC The members who clean HMRC offices in Bootle and Liverpool have been striking over low pay and poor conditions. The low paid members recently took six days strike action, in addition to previous action in September. Members are demanding a £10 per hour living wage, holidays and sick pay equal to civil servants, and improved job security. Picket lines in Bootle and Liverpool remained strong, with a majority of striking members taking part and support from UCU members who are also on strike. Meanwhile, the strike-breakers brought in by ISS have complained directly to pickets in Liverpool about the amount of work they are having to cover. You can help by donating to the strike fund and sending solidarity messages to rcgroup@pcs.org.uk read more

 

More Unite

Local authorities must bring Sanctuary Care contracts ‘back in-house’ (14 Jan) – Unite is urging local authorities who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘back in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its care homes. The union, which has more than 100 members across the Sanctuary Group, has consistently warned that Sanctuary’s ‘relentless’ attacks on the pay and conditions of low paid staff would put vulnerable people at risk. Unite made the comments after it was revealed a criminal investigation into Garside House care home in Westminster was launched following a CQC inspection that found instances of serious medication errors, residents being wrongfully deprived of liberty, dehydration, understaffing and a lack of training read more

Beer drinkers may face ‘short measures’ after Greene King workers vote for strike action over ‘paltry’ pay offer (13 Jan) – Beer drinker’s favourite ales could be in short supply after Greene King workers voted for strike action following a ‘paltry’ pay offer by the brewery, Unite said today (Monday 13 January). Unite members, including draymen, brewery production staff and warehouse workers, voted strongly in favour of strike action after years of annual two per cent pay rises that fail to reflect the rising cost of living. The union has more than 160 members in Greene King’s brewing and brands department, with the membership split between Bury St Edmunds, the firm’s Suffolk headquarters, and distribution centres in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. The ballot comes after the £4.6bn takeover of Greene King, which has 3,000 pubs, by CK Asset Holdings in August read more

Harrods security guards in historic strike vote over pay and unpaid work (13 Jan) – Security officers and CCTV operators at the iconic Harrods store in Knightsbridge have begun balloting for strike action today (Monday 13 January) in a dispute over pay and unpaid work. The workers who are members of Unite are angry that Harrods’ management imposed a below inflation pay increase on them rather than return to the negotiating table, after the workforce overwhelmingly rejected the initial pay offer, in a consultative ballot. The dispute is also a result of the workers being required to work half an hour unpaid every day, as they have to be at attend a separate location 15 minutes before their shift starts and to stay behind 15 minutes after it ends, to collect and drop off rotas, radio, keys and DNA spray. The workers are also required to undertake an additional unpaid ‘training day’ every eight weeks, an issue which also forms part of the dispute. The ballot closes on Wednesday 29 January and if members vote for industrial action, strikes are likely to begin next month. Given the prestigious nature of the store, which is owned by the Qatari sovereign wealth fund, a strike by security officers and CCTV operators will cause a great deal of disruption at the store read more

Lifeguards at Blackburn and Darwen leisure centres to strike over £3,000 a year pay cut (10 Jan) – Lifeguards at Blackburn and Darwen leisure centres will take part in strike action on Saturday 11 January over Blackburn and Darwen borough council’s decision to cut their wages by up to £3,000 a year Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Friday 10 January). The dispute centres on a new structure which will see 14 lifeguards remain in employment but on a lower grade than their present role. The new structure comes after some of the roles were re-evaluated under the council’s job evaluation scheme. These changes have reduced lifeguards pay by up to £3,000 per year. The lifeguard members, who are responsible for the safety of people in the swimming pools, at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre and Darwen Leisure Centre will take part in in discontinuous strike action consisting of a series of 24 hour stoppages commencing at 00:01 hours on 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28 January 2020 read more

Sheerness dock driver strike postponed after GB Terminals agree to Acas pay talks (9 Jan) – Drivers at logistics firm GB Terminals (Southern) Ltd based at Sheerness docks, Kent, have postponed scheduled strike action after the firm agreed to talks mediated by the conciliation service Acas, Unite said today (Monday 9 January). Unite represents 26 drivers and other workers who move new Volkswagen Group vehicles, which also include models from Audi, Porsche and Skoda, off ferries arriving in Sheerness and process and park them ready to be picked up by car transporters. The membership voted overwhelmingly (84.2 per cent) for strike action after GB Terminals shut down a claim for a pay rise in line with inflation and sought to impose a pay freeze. However, Unite officials and GB Terminals have now agreed to renew negotiations, which will be mediated by Acas, with strike action planned for tomorrow (10 January) now suspended to allow talks to occur read more

Unite to ballot for industrial action at Sullom Voe Terminal (9 Jan) – Unite the union has today (9 January) announced that it is to ballot its membership at the Sullom Voe Terminal following talks with EnQuest to protect vital terms and conditions including pensions. In a consultative ballot held over the festive period, 98 per cent of Unite members voted to reject EnQuest’s proposed changes to terms and conditions on a 77 per cent turnout. Unite launched the ballot to coincide with the end of a lengthy internal dispute process involving the union and the company which has produced no agreement read more

Sandwell council tenants face ‘sitting in the dark’ after underpaid electricians vote to strike (9 Jan) – Sandwell council tenants could be left without power after local authority electricians voted for strike action over an ‘unfair’ pay evaluation that is costing them £1,000 a year, Unite warned today (Thursday 9 January). Around 26 electricians, who carry out repairs in council housing in Sandwell, West Midlands, are being paid below nationally recognised standards because their job evaluations are not being scored properly. According to the National Joint Council, which sets pay rates for local government staff, experienced electricians should score between 463 and 486 points. Sandwell council electricians, however, score just 387 points. The discrepancy is a result of Sandwell council’s refusal to include the training of apprentices or the type of environment the electricians work in as part of the job evaluation scoring process. After nearly two years of Sandwell council ignoring their claim, Unite members voted in favour of going on strike, joining electrician colleagues belonging to other trade unions taking industrial action over the same issue read more

 

Unison

Support Unison members who work for ISS Facility Services at Homerton Hospital.  ISS is the private company that runs catering, domestic, portering and security services at the hospital – 

“Blue Monday” Protest Action Monday 20th January 2020 – meet at front of Homerton Hospital 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

ISS staff deserve:-

* Proper sock pay

* NHS pay rates

* Better Annual leave

Unless they have a supervisory position, none of the staff in this company are paid the current rate of the London Living Wage. Also, some staff have worse terms and conditions.  Those who transferred from the previous company still have terms which are broadly comparable to NHS terms and conditions (sick pay, annual leave, weekend/evening enhancements).  Those employed after 1st October 2015 do not. They only get statutory sick pay, less annual leave and a flat rate of pay whether they work unsocial hours or not. We are campaigning for fair pay and conditions for this group of workers.  Their work is vital to the safe running of our hospital and they should have the same terms as NHS staff.

We are asking you to

Please return any paper copies of the petition to the above email or Homerton UNISON c/o Education Centre, Homerton Hospital, London E9 6SR.

Please share this as widely as possible.

Thank you for your support.

Lorna Solomon & Pumula MacDonald Homerton UNISON branch committee

 

More GMB

GMB joins Northern Ireland health strike (10 Jan) – GMB members are set to join a mass strike of health workers taking place across Northern Ireland. In a ballot for industrial action, more than 92% voted to strike Action and action short of strike action. GMB Northern Ireland NHS branch secretary and reps will now meet on Monday [January 13] to discuss strategy for industrial action across Health and Social Care Services. Thousands of healthcare workers across Northern Ireland are staging strike action on Friday today over pay and staffing levels read more

Support the ASDA workers and reinstate Michael Hunnum – 12,000 workers faced being sacked before Christmas by scrooge bosses ASDA, who are now owned by US superstore giant Walmart. This threat hanging over them was unless they agree to the new ‘Contract 6’ which will see them lose all their paid breaks and forced to work bank holidays. The same employer is sacking North East GMB member Michael Hunnam. Michael’s fight is part of the same struggle to resist the offensive of the ASDA bosses. Michael’s supporters believe that his determined opposition to Contract 6 is what has put him in the ASDA firing line. Support the ASDA workers and reinstate Michael!

 

NEU

Please find below details of forthcoming action. Please send messages of solidarity to the email addresses below:

Action Date Contact
St Catherine’s Catholic School / Bexleyheath
(Unacceptable Management Style)
Tuesday 14 January Wednesday 15 January
Thursday 16 January
Debbie Jones

deborah.jones@neu.org.uk

St Angela’s Ursuline School Newham
(Enforced Academisation)
Tuesday 14 January
Wednesday 15 January Thursday 16 January
Louise Cuffaro

louise.cuffaro@neu.org.uk

St Michael’s Catholic Primary School / Newham
(Enforced Academisation)
Tuesday 14 January
Wednesday 15 January Thursday 16 January
Louise Cuffaro

louise.cuffaro@neu.org.uk

Staff retain TPS in South London School – Staff at a South London School persuade governors to commit to Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) read more

 

NIPSA

Health Dispute Update (8 Jan) – NIPSA Health Strike: On the 18 December 2019 NIPSA members played an outstanding role in the biggest strike action that the Health Service has seen in many years.  We thank all of our Branches and members who took a stand to defend your NHS.  It is important to note the huge support that was given from the public and patients on the day. The action has forced significant concessions from the employers but has not sufficiently addressed the two key issues, pay justice and safe staffing, that NIPSA members are fighting for read more

 

RCN

RCN members join picket lines again in bid to secure safe staffing and pay parity (10 Jan) – Members of the RCN in Northern Ireland are taking strike action for the third time to demand urgent measures to address unsafe staffing levels and deliver pay parity with colleagues from across the UK. Pat Cullen, Director of the RCN in Northern Ireland, said: “It is with great dismay that nursing staff begin this third day of strike action. Nurses do not want to be standing again on picket lines, losing another day’s pay, and feel totally let down that they have been put in this position yet again read more

 

NUJ

Resounding NUJ victory in landmark equal pay case (10 Jan) – The NUJ today welcomed the finding of the London Central Employment Tribunal, which determined that the presenting work of Samira Ahmed on BBC’s Newswatch programme was equal to that of Jeremy Vine on Points of View.  The panel found that the work of the two presenters was “like work” – the same or broadly similar – making it clear that any differences between the two programmes were minor and had no impact on the work that the two presenters did, or the skills and experience required to present the programmes read more

 

TEFL Workers Union

2019 DELFIN cancels Christmas, 2020 Teachers fight back! Support the January 13 picket – Five days before Christmas, Delfin school made their entire teaching staff redundant. Teachers, some of whom had worked at the school for years, were told on the Friday before Christmas that they were losing their jobs. The redundancy process failed to meet basic legal standards. If this is about Delfin, why are we in front of British Study Centres? When Delfin closed their main campus, they began renting rooms from British Study Centres. Our message to BSC is clear: don’t deal with dodgy schools who mistreat their staff. BSC: DO THE RIGHT THING! DROP DELFIN NOW! Facebook event

 

 

More News

There is a special screening of ‘The Big Meeting‘ documentary film (about the fantastic Durham Miners’ Gala) coming up at Art House in Crouch End, London on 29th January. It will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Daniel Draper and Mike Jackson and Brett Haran from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). Many Unite branches helped with donations to get this film made.  Tickets  

 

 

Blacklisting & Victimisation

Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)

Blacklisted t-shirts available at: https://shop.hopenothate.org.uk/component/hikashop/product/78-blacklisted-t-shirt

Book: http://newint.org/books/politics/blacklisted-secret-war/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNcgrNs6pB8

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/blacklistSG/

Blog: www.hazards.org/blacklistblog

 

 

 

International

France grinds to halt in the biggest strikes: ‘everyone is on the streets’ see more on YouTube/Guardian

 

 

 

Diary

 

2020

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