On 7 September, Tony Blair and Education Secretary Alan Johnson visited Quinton Kynaston school in North London to announce the rolling out of their "trust schools" programme - including to QK itself.
A leaflet produced by AWL healthworkers for the NHS Together / TUC lobby of parliament on November 1st, 2006.
At a meeting on 21/10/05 of the Executive of the civil service union PCS, the TUC-Government deal on public sector pensions - which creates a two-tier pension system in health, civil service, and teaching, and leaves local government and the fire service in the lurch - was endorsed with only one vote against, from AWL member John Moloney.
OVER 18 months after Coventry City Council voted to break off negotiations with Unison over the imposed Single Status ‘deal’, the union looks set to add to the three days of strike action which it has already taken to defend members’ wages. In the face of the Tory-controlled council's attempts to use anti-union legislation and its team of solicitors in the High Court, the union ballot unanimously endorsed selective strike action.
From Central Foundation Girls' School Unison: At a branch meeting [on 27 September] our members voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action over the threat of redundancies among admin staff in the school.
By AWL health workers
In a magnificent show of defiance over the last two weeks, hundreds of NHS workers in the supply service NHS Logistics have taken the first national strike action in the NHS for 18 years. The one-day strikes mark an end to the “phony war” between the unions and the Government over NHS privatisation, and could spark a national fightback against the selling off of the NHS.
In a magnificent show of defiance this week, hundreds of NHS workers in the supply service NHS Logistics will take the first national strike action in the NHS for 18 years. The one-day strike starting at 10pm tonight will mark an end to the 'phony war' between the unions and the Government over NHS privatisation, and could spark a national fightback against the selling off of the NHS to the private sector.
by Nick Holden
“The government will today announce completion of the NHS’s biggest ever privatisation”, (Guardian 5 September).
The first week of September saw an escalation in the long-running dispute between cleaners, porters and switchboard workers and their private employers Rentokil Initial at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, East London.
Secretaries at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham staged a protest last week against proposed job cuts. As part of a plan to merge the cities two hospitals 1,184 staff will be made redundant, including 120 administrators.