Pay, hours, conditions

Victory for Southwark teachers over box-ticking culture SJW Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:39
CoLA Strike

Teachers at the City of London Academy Southwark have won significant improvements after three days of strikes by the National Education Union, 1 March and 7-8 March.

A union group meeting on Monday 12 March voted to suspend further strikes, scheduled for 13-15 March while management carries through its promises to redraft appraisal and support-plan policies in consultation with the union.

US teachers declare victory SJW Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:35
US teachers declare victory

On Tuesday 6 March teachers in West Virginia, USA, were celebrating winning all five of their demands after a nine-day statewide strike and included an occupation of the Capitol.

Teachers defeated an expansion of charter schools (similar to academy schools in the UK), a proposal to eliminate seniority, and a ″paycheck-protection″ bill which would have ended union dues being collected from pay. They won a significant pay rise and a mechanism to change unfair health-insurance practices.

Revolt in the degree factory

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 11:55 Author: A UCU member
UCU London demonstration

On Monday 12 March Universities UK and the University and Colleges Union (UCU) announced they had reached an ″agreement″ at ACAS in the ongoing dispute over the USS pension scheme.

As details of the ″deal″ came to light UCU members across the country were at first confused as to why the UCU would have agreed such a deal, and then angry.

Bad pay deal for NHS SJW Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:50

Recent press reports have indicated a possible very bad pay deal arising from talks between NHS employers and the health unions: a 3% pay rise for this year, followed by two years of 1-2%, and losing a day’s annual leave. 

With inflation running at 3% we face three years of falling pay. And the GMB estimates health workers have already had a real terms pay cut of £2,000 in last seven years. The initial reaction from many NHS workers to these reports has been complete disdain.

Student and workers say #NoCapitulation - Support the strikes!

Submitted by SJW on 13 March, 2018 - 4:08
No capitulation

Student occupiers, anti cuts activists and UCU members from across the UK spoke to Workers' Liberty

Bristol students occupation

An occupation of Bristol University Senior Management’s offices has forced the university to concede to most of their demands. A Bristol Uni occupier writes...

Industrial news in brief Matthew Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:43

A major industrial and political battle against academy status is under way in Newham, East London.

UCU strike part of a wider fight Matthew Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:27

By Dan Davison, NCAFC Postgrads and Education Workers Co-Rep

On Monday 19 February, Theresa May launched the latest funding review for higher education.

German union wins over hours, but at what price? Matthew Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:20

Last month, the German metalworking and electronics industries waged their most intensive struggle for years. More than 1.5 million workers downed tools in three 24-hour stoppages.

The 24-hour strikes allowed them to make a strong show of economic force. The strikes meant between 770 and 980 million Euros’ worth of lost production. Little wonder, then, that the Gesamtmetall employers’ association wanted to prevent open-ended strikes.

University pension revolt gains strength Gemma_S Tue, 02/27/2018 - 18:45
A big red picket fence in front of the gates to a University building.

See more coverage of student protests here.

As Solidarity goes to press, staff at 64 universities are on the fourth day of strikes over pensions which began on Thursday 22 February. Seven more universities are due to join in coming weeks.

There has been a strength of feeling on the picket lines unprecedented in recent university disputes. A thousand people joined a protest at Bristol, and at many other campuses numbers have been in the hundreds.

Industrial news in brief Matthew Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:47

As previously reported in Solidarity (461, 7 February), the Communication Workers′ Union Postal Executive has endorsed the agreement reached between CWU negotiators and Royal Mail, which will now be put to a vote of the membership.