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Student nurses to walk out over bursary cuts

Danielle Tiplady, a student nurse involved in the campaign against scrapping student NHS bursaries, spoke to Solidarity.

I fully support the idea of the walk out suggested by the NHS bursary committee. On the 10 February I hope to see many students out on the picket lines defending their bursaries and showing support to junior doctors.

Danielle Tiplady, a student nurse involved in the campaign against scrapping student NHS bursaries, spoke to Solidarity.

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Patrick Murphy, Peggy Carter, Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham have won significant successes in their campaign against academy status and in defence of the suspended NUT rep, Simon O’Hara. In fact they appear to have defeated the academy proposal entirely and can now focus on lifting Simon’s suspension.

Win at Small Heath school; Lambeth library workers strike; Tube station staff to strike; London Underground track workers strike for safety; No to privatisation at V&A.

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Peggy Carter, Gemma Short, Harry Davies, Gareth Davenport and Ollie Moore

Workers at the UK′s train operating companies are facing a huge attack on their pensions due to government legislation that ends the contracting-out of the Second State Pension. The legislation means higher National Insurance contributions for both employees (1.4%) and employers (3.4%).

The government has also passed legislation to help employers out with this — by allowing them to carry out annual raids on occupational pensions schemes, without even having to consult with scheme trustees.

Rail pensions sell-out; save London Metropolitan University; Sheffield recycling workers to strike; Tube unions suspend strikes; 100 Sheffield steel jobs to go; Workers' Rights in a Global Economy; local government pay “offer”.

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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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Gemma Short, Peggy Carter, Tim Cooper and Ollie Moore

Cleaning and security workers on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) won a big victory before Christmas, settling a long-running dispute over terms and conditions for a deal that represents a 75p/hour pay increase, backdated to April 2015.

The workers, employed by outsourced subcontractor Interserve, struck several times throughout 2015. An RMT statement called the deal “a massive breakthrough”, which “gives some much-needed Christmas cheer to a group of London transport workers who have fought long and hard for pay justice.”

DLR cleaners win; jobs battle continues on Tube; RMT gears up to defend Glen Hart; Momentum on the streets; no mandate for Prentis; Arriva trains strike; Lambeth librarians balloted.

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Wake Up! bulletin November 2015

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Wakefield council workers' bulletin for November 2015.

Includes: Massacres in Beirut and Paris, join Momentum and fight, staff survey, and defend DOCAS!

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Wakefield council workers' bulletin for November 2015. Includes: Massacres in Beirut and Paris, join Momentum and fight, staff survey, and defend DOCAS!

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Wake Up! bulletin October 2015

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Wakefield council workers bulletin for October 2015.

Includes: Fight in the Labour Party after Corbyn victory, stop the Trade Union Bill, management restructuring, cuts to council tax benefit.

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Wakefield council workers bulletin for October 2015. Includes: Fight in the Labour Party after Corbyn victory, stop the Trade Union Bill, management restructuring, cuts to council tax benefit.

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Gemma Short, Ollie Moore, Ben Tausz, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

Lancashire County Council is on the verge of making sweeping cuts.

The cuts include over 2,500 job losses (compulsory and voluntary). Around 40 of the 75 libraries in Lancashire will close, as will 5 out of the 10 council run museums, all subsidised bus routes, and numerous other front line services will be cut.

Lancashire and Lambeth library workers fight cuts; teachers fighting for respect; Tube offer falls short; fighting casualisation in higher education; Open University strike; Enfield parking strike.

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Vote Burgess for Unison General Secretary

John Burgess is standing for Unison General Secretary. He spoke to Solidarity about why.


I decided to run for Unison General Secretary for a mixture of reasons. Mainly due to the frustration and disappointment that after five years of austerity our union appears to have no strategy fight back.

It is clear that the Tories sense a weak trade union opposition and want to finish us off. I am not someone who stands at the back complaining, but adding nothing.

John Burgess on why he is standing for Unison General Secretary.

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Workers stage unofficial walkout to save libraries

On Wednesday 18 November, ninety library workers across Lambeth in South London walked out of work to protest the Council’s refusal to listen to concerns over libraries closures, including controversial plans to turn three libraries into fee-charging gyms run by Greenwich Leisure Limited.

On 18 November, library workers across Lambeth walked out of work to protest at the Council’s refusal to listen to concerns over libraries closures, including controversial plans to turn three libraries into fee-charging gyms run by Greenwich Leisure Limited.

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