UNISON

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Dale Street, Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and David Ball

CCTV workers employed by Glasgow Community Safety – a Glasgow City Council Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) – are back at work having won a 24% pay rise after twelve strike days over six weeks. The 19 workers, all Unison members, struck to achieve equal pay, i.e. parity of shift allowance payments, with other employees who work the same pattern of 12 hour shifts in a round-the-clock service.

Strikes hit Glasgow council; Southern Rail guards strike to keep trains safely staffed; GTR bosses use courts to scupper strike; John Roan teachers strike; Government backs down on “check-off”; Parents Defending Education campaign launched.

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Will Stevens, Ruth Cashman, Ollie Moore, Simon Nelson and Cath Fletcher

Thursday 14 April was the third annual #FastFoodGlobal day Of action. Workers in fast food, coffee shops and cafes across the world took part in rallies, stunts, marches and other creative actions for higher pay, better conditions and the right of unions to organise.

Fighting for fast food rights; Lambeth councillor speaks out on libraries; Tube workers striking against gentrification; thousands march to save NHS; university pay ballot.

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Lambeth library occupied!

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Lizzy Brooks

Since late on 31 March, members of the local community in Lambeth, south London, have been in occupation of the historic Carnegie Library in Herne Hill to save it from closure.

Over 80 people, young children, grandparents, families, teenagers, students, and local workers occupied in protest at plans to close the library and turn it into a gym, run by Greenwich Leisure Limited.

Since late on 31 March, members of the local community in Lambeth, south London, have been in occupation of the historic Carnegie Library in Herne Hill to save it from closure.

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Sacha Ismail, Peggy Carter, Ollie Moore, Luke Hardy, Graham Korn and Charlotte Zalens

On 21 March cleaning and catering workers employed by multinational corporation Aramark at the South London and Maudsley NHS mental health trust, which has sites across South London, struck for a £10 an hour minimum wage, full sick pay and proper unsocial hours payments.

South London hospital workers strike; battle to stop Lambeth libraries closing; Piccadilly line drivers fight dictatorial bosses; job losses in energy industry; FE pay strikes called off; Sixth Form colleges strike over funding cuts; London dockers want union agreement.

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Ruth Cashman, Gemma Short and Janine Booth

Local writers Jay Rayner and Will Self joined library workers, local readers and residents marching on 5 March against Lambeth Council’s plans to close half the borough’s libraries.

Lambeth libraries; Tube unions accept night tube deal; Academy struggle faces more attacks.

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Ruth Cashman, Lambeth Unison (personal capacity), Peggy Carter and Ollie Moore

As the returning officer report about the Unison general secretary election is published, more leaks have shown the level of corruption inside Unison.

Prentis was re-elected general secretary of Unison on a tiny turn-out of 9.8%, an incredibly diminished vote, and with allegations of union staff campaigning for him against the rules of the union. A report by the returning officer report was due out on 10 January, but was published five weeks late.

More Unison corruption leaks; librarians plan more strikes; FE college workers strike over pay; Tube drivers and DLR balloted for strikes

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Scottish Labour starts to make noise about local government cuts

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Dale Street

The Scottish Labour Party organised a lobby of the Scottish Government Cabinet meeting in Clydebank last week, to protest against the SNP government’s cuts of £350 millions in local authority funding.

This week the Glasgow City Council Labour Group is staging a lobby outside the Scottish Parliament, to protest at the SNP’s cut of £133 millions in funding for Glasgow, which will cost around 3,000 jobs.

This is progress compared to muttering about underfunding and but getting on with ‘managing’ local authorities on a reduced budget anyway.

The Scottish Labour Party organised a lobby of the Scottish Government Cabinet meeting in Clydebank last week, to protest against the SNP government’s cuts of £350 millions in local authority funding.

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Gemma Short, Peggy Carter and Ollie Moore

On Wednesday 24 February, workers in Further Education (FE) colleges in England will strike over pay.

University and College Union (UCU) members struck in November but this time they will be joined by workers who are organised by Unison. The dispute is in response to the imposition of a pay freeze by the employer organisation, the Association of Colleges. Imposing a pay award without union agreement is an unprecedented action by the employers, but to be expected given the confidence of the employers. Why are they confident?

FE college lecturers to strike; Tube workers vote on deal; E-ballots and the Trade Union Bill; ENO singers ballot over cuts;

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Where next for Unison left?

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Simon Nelson

In the wake of the attacks of the Trade Union Bill and coming off the back of a General Secretary election mired in corruption and with a turnout of less than 10%, the largest public sector union, Unison, is not geared up for a fight.

The incumbent General Secretary, Dave Prentis’s victory in December should highlight the level of stagnation that exists, and the failure of a serious challenge to the entrenched bureaucracy outside of election time.

In the wake of the attacks in the Trade Union Bill and a General Secretary election mired in corruption, and with a turnout of less than 10%, the largest public sector union, Unison, is not geared up for a fight.

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Peggy Carter, Ollie Moore and Simon Nelson

Library workers in Lambeth struck on Monday 8 February in an ongoing fight to stop the closure or privatisation of many of the borough′s libraries.

Library workers in Greenwich and Bromley also struck on Monday 8 February The strike in Lambeth was well supported across all ten of the borough′s libraries, with all libraries shut and large picket lines. Activists from other local trade unions came down to show solidarity on the picket lines.

Lambeth library workers strike; Tube station strikes called off; track workers announce strikes.

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