UNISON

Strike to save London Met jobs!

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Max Watson, London Met Unison branch secretary

Max Watson, London Met Unison branch secretary, spoke to Solidarity


The Section 188 redundancy consultation is now over and we are waiting for the results. 

Management used changes to the law for a shorter, 45 day, consultation, and we got this extended by just a week.  It is likely they will make people reapply for their jobs, forcing people to go through the very upsetting process of competing with their colleagues. 

Staff at London Metropolitan University are not cowed by management's year on year cuts.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

On Saturday 9 May, over 400 people marched from South Friern library in Barnet, to East Finchley library, then Finchley Church End before finishing at North Finchley library, to protest over proposed cuts to library services in the borough.

The march was joined on the final leg, from Finchley Church End library to North Finchley library by a double decker bus decorated with union banners, and a brass band.

Activists in Barnet have now completed 4 days of action, marching through all the libraries in Barnet.

Protest over library cuts in Barnet; London Met UCU votes to strike; job cuts at Leeds and Bradford colleges; reinstate Candy Udwin!

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short

Workers at Barnet council struck on 30 April and 1 May in a dispute over outsourcing up to 80% of jobs.

Workers in all areas of the council apart from schools joined the strike, and a 50-strong picket line was held at North London Business Park, where many council offices are housed. On 1 May, strikers joined the central London May Day march after picket lines in the morning.

If the council does not move, a second phase of strikes will follow on Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, and a third on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June.

Workers at Barnet council strike over outsourcing; support from artists for National Gallery strikers; Glasgow homeless caseworkers' strike still strong;

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Gemma Short and Charlotte Zalens

After voting for strikes over outsourcing by 87%, Unison members in Barnet Council will strike on Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May.

On 1 May Unison hold a march and rally, followed by a members meeting to review the strike and any proposals from the council. If the council has not moved, a second phase of strikes will follow on Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, and a third on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June.

Barnet council workers fight privatisation; 165 jobs to be cut at London Met; Lewisham anti-Academies march; Network Rail pay deal rejected; London Underground cuts fightback.

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Fight Northants privatisation!

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Vicki Morris

Conservative-run Northamptonshire (Northants) County Council is planning to transfer its 4,000 workers to four semi-private “community interest companies” in a bid to save money. Only 150 staff will remain directly employed by the council, to commission and administer the contracts for services with these new semi-privatised companies, or with fully private companies.

Already, private company Balfour Beatty runs the street lighting and, another, Kier the roads.

Conservative-run Northamptonshire County Council is planning to transfer its 4,000 workers to four semi-private “community interest companies” in a bid to save money. Only 150 staff will remain directly employed by the council, to commission and administer the contracts for services with these new semi-privatised companies, or with fully private companies.

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Charlotte Zalens and Gemma Short

Following strikes on 3-4 February, 27-28 February and 2 March, management at the Information Commissioner’s Office have imposed the disputed new pay offer on staff.

This is despite half the staff having refused to sign up to the offer on an individual basis and demanding they negotiate with the recognised unions.

The pay offer was improved slightly as a result of the strikes, but it remains far short of meeting PCS’s demand for a 5% or £1,200 increase in annual pay.

Information Commissioner's Office imposes pay deal; Picturehouse Cinemas out to break union; Barnet council workers vote to strike over outsourcing.

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Unison probation members balloted over pay freeze

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Gemma Short

Unison probation workers will be balloted for strikes over their pay being frozen.

Employers have put forward a “full and final offer” of a non-consolidated £340 lump some to “eligible staff” – which means just those who are at the top of their pay band. Meaning all other staff get 0% for this year.

Because the lump sum is not being consolidated into salaries, it will not count towards pensions.

The dispute is for the 2014 pay claim. Unison says it will also start consultation shortly on what should be in the 2015 pay claim.

Unison probation workers will be balloted for strikes over their pay being frozen.

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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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Industrial news in brief

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Charlotte Zalens, Peggy Carter and Ollie Moore

Seventy Unison members who work with the homeless in Glasgow Council started an indefinite strike on Tuesday 31 March.

The strike is to win recognition of their work reflected in their pay grading. Unison says workers doing similar jobs are paid a pay grade higher than the homeless support workers.

Workers have been taking action short of strike action since January. Send messages of support to: Glasgow City Unison

Lewisham academies fight wins extension

Glasgow council workers strike; Lewisham academies fight wins extension; Unison rep reinstated; Network Rail pay ballot; RMT election.

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Coordinate in Unison

Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which, as previously reported in Solidarity, voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

The Executive conceded many criticisms in advance, not opposing critical motions, choosing to stand firm solely over re-submitting a pay claim for this year.

Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

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