NSSN 333: Teaching Assistants still fighting in Derby and Durham!

March 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  This week we give an update on the two longstanding struggles of teaching assistants in Derby and Durham against pay cuts of up to 25%, shamefully in both cases by Labour councils. After an incredible dispute that has lasted 10 months and had recently seen strike action go indefinite, Derby City Council has put a new offer on the table, which will now be voted on by the 1,200 Unison members. In Durham, a similarly heroic and resilient campaign of over 12 months, forced the council before Christmas to suspend notices to sack and re-engage 2,700 staff in Unison […]

NSSN 315: Durham teaching assistants strike back!

November 8, 2016 in Bulletins

Teaching assistants in Durham in Unison and ATL have started their first 48-hour strike today to prevent pay cuts of up to 23%. TAs in Derby have recently been taking strike action against similar cuts to pay. This is an excerpt from the blog Lions of Durham – “This is not action we are taking lightly but we have been forced into it by the Council’s refusal to discuss an alternative to imposing 23% pay cuts for working the same hours or 10% pay cut for working an ADDITIONAL 175.5 hours a year (many TAs are unable to work the […]

Defend our unions in Coventry City Council

July 10, 2015 in News, Press Releases, Protest

Coventry City Council UNITE UNISON NUT NASUWT ATL Defend Our Unions   Our right to Trade Union support is being threatened! Proposals have been submitted on behalf of Labour controlled Coventry City Council that would significantly cut the amount of time that local union officers have to act on their members’ behalf, with many unions facing a greater than 50% reduction. This is an attack on the trade union movement locally and an attempt by the City Council to make it more difficult for the trade unions to defend their members and the public services in the City. These cuts […]