Broad lefts and rank-and-file groups

Industrial news in brief

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Ollie Moore, Michael Tron and Gemma Short

Lambeth Libraries staff have voted overwhelmingly for strike action to save jobs and keep all ten Lambeth libraries open.

Staff voted 89% to strike against plans to close libraries and cut jobs. Unison will now be discussing extended strike action with the library workers in the borough. This strike vote follows a community campaign to keep the libraries open, as well as a walk out by staff in December when news circulated that books were already being taken out of one of the libraries.

Lambeth workers strike to save libraries; Tube unions call new strikes; teachers struggle against cuts; support LANAC candidates in NUT; Birmingham job losses; fighting for fair 16-19 funding; FE college pay strike planned; fighting union busting; Sheffield housing strike.

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Vote Bridget and Jane in NUT

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Liam Conway

On 28 October, ballot papers go out to elect two vice-presidents for the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Only LANAC candidates, Bridget Chapman and Jane Nellist, have anything to say about the strategy needed to beat the Tories′ attacks.

This year there are four other candidates for Vice-President. Two from Broadly Speaking, the old right-wing, and two from the Socialist Teachers Alliance/Campaign for a Democratic Union, the current leadership who responsible for our ″action″ campaign since 2010, a campaign that resulted in major defeats on pay and pensions.

On 28 October, ballot papers go out to elect two vice-presidents for the National Union of Teachers.

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“Bottom up not top down”

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Liam Conway

La Villita (Little Village), West Side Chicago, 2001. Parents demand that a school is built on vacant land. Nineteen go on hunger strike to achieve this goal.

They pledge not to back down until there is justice on the south side of town. Many local people turn out to show solidarity with the hunger strikers. Not only do they win the demand for a school but also a role for teachers, parents and students in the design of the new building.

A review of Chicago: the Great Teachers Strike by Banner Theatre.

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John Burgess for Unison General Secretary

The Unison General Secretary election nomination process has begun. There are five candidates, including incumbent General Secretary Dave Prentis.

Workers’ Liberty members and supporters in Unison are backing John Burgess, and so is the majority of the Unison Left NEC caucus. John is Barnet Local Government Branch Secretary; he has an impressive record of leading a series of fights against the so called “easycouncil” in Barnet and in defence of public services.

Workers’ Liberty members and supporters in Unison are backing John Burgess, and so is the majority of the Unison Left NEC caucus. John is Barnet Local Government Branch Secretary; he has an impressive record of leading a series of fights against the so called “easycouncil” in Barnet and in defence of public services.

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Industrial news in brief

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Peggy Carter, Anne Field and Ollie Moore

PCS members fighting privatisation at the National Gallery voted on 24 July for all-out strike from the start of August if the gallery does not back down.

Workers have already struck for more than 50 days, as well as holding various stunts, parties and protests inside and outside the gallery.

Workers will strike again on Wednesday 29 July and are holding an “alternative leaving party” for outgoing gallery director on Thursday 30 July.

All-out strike at National Gallery; defend Unison reps at London Met; Glasgow homelessness workers win regrading fight; more Tube strikes on 5-6 August; blacklisting protest wins.

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A union which belongs to its members

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Gemma Short

Uetricht begins his account of the transformation of the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) and their 2012 strike by counterposing two incidents representing the opposite faces of teacher trade unionism.

A review of Strike for America: Chicago teachers against austerity by Micah Uetricht.

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Unison Special Conference and winning rank and file control of our Unions

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Ed Whitby (Unison activist - personal capacity)

In the aftermath of the Unison Local Government Special Conference, unison activists are rightly discussing where next, how can we build on this policy victory and make it a victory for low paid workers in our re-opened pay battle. In this contribution Ed Whitby discusses how we continue to reclaim not just this pay battle, but also the structures of our union from the workplaces and branches upwards.

In the aftermath of the Unison Local Government Special Conference, unison activists are rightly discussing where next, how can we build on this policy victory and make it a victory for low paid workers in our re-opened pay battle. In this contribution Ed Whitby discusses how we continue to reclaim not just this pay battle, but also the structures of our union from the workplaces and branches upwards.

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Discontent grows in NUT

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Gemma Short

At the National Union of Teachers conference on 3-7 April, an amendment from the rank and file network Lanac on teacher workload was lost by 41% to 59%.

A wrecking amendment (delete most) to a Lanac proposal on union strategy passed only by 53% to 47%.

At the National Union of Teachers conference on 3-7 April, an amendment from the rank and file network Lanac on teacher workload was lost by 41% to 59%.

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NUT needs a new turn

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Patrick Murphy

At its February meeting the National Union of Teachers (NUT) National Executive definitively ruled out further national strikes between now and the election.

NEC members who support rank and file campaign LANAC proposed that the Union call a strike for March 24, but were defeated by 24 votes to 13 with 2 abstentions.

At its February meeting the National Union of Teachers National Executive definitively ruled out further national strikes between now and the election.

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Industrial news in brief

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Peggy Carter, Gemma Short and Charlotte Zalens

On Tuesday the 13 January the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) branch of the PCS union voted by an overwhelming majority to call strikes over pay.

The ICO has been lagging behind civil service pay for some time, with members’ salaries a grade behind what the rest of the civil service receive.

Information Commissioner’s Office staff vote to strike over pay; Woolwich hospital workers continue dispute; Lewisham teachers' ballot against Academies; NUT DGS result; Lambeth College deal; No to outsourcing at National Gallery.

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