Public sector pay battle 2007-8

NUT agrees a ballot: fight for action!

By an NUT member

After stalling for months Education Secretary, Alan Johnson finally responded to teacher unions requests for a review of the current pay award. In his submission of evidence to the STRB (School Teachers’ Review Body) for the 2008/11 award he said “...if teachers get more than 2% it will take away money aimed at one-to-one tuition for vulnerable students.”

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A guide to the “modern” NHS

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Mike Fenwick

Talk about the NHS “reform agenda” and you end up knee deep in a flood of acronyms and abbreviations. Below we try to define what some of them mean. Our definitions are hopefully more to the point than DoH (Department of Health) circulars which prefer to hide the detail of what’s going on by using a private language of “modernisation’

EBP-Evidence Based Practice.

All clinical interventions must be justified on the basis that they work and are backed up by research and other evidence.

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24/10/07 AWL Postalworker bulletin: Reject the deal!

"We, the undersigned, call upon CWU postal branches, CWU representatives, and ordinary CWU members to sponsor, support and attend an Open Special Conference to organise the maximum No vote in the forthcoming ballot. We would like to remind you just why this deal should be rejected.

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Local government - vote YES

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Mike Fenwick

850,000 members of UNISON in Local Government will be receiving ballot papers over the next few weeks to vote on strike action over pay. Having already rejected an improved offer of 2.45% the union is calling for a yes vote for action to win an award in line with inflation.

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Local solidarity committees get moving

In Leeds, a local public sector unity committee was set up in June. It drew over 100 to a launch rally on 12 July, with speakers from Unison Local Government and Health, NUT, CWU, PCS and UCU.

Luton’s solidarity committee was set up at a meeting of over 40 on 12 September, initiated by PCS and CWU activists and with representation from Unison, TSSA, NUT, and UCU. It is setting up a local hardship fund and will be organising delegations to the CWU picket lines.
Email lutonunionsunite@btinternet.com.

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NUT -Pay Freeze Ballot

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Pat Murphy

The NUT National Executive voted yesterday to confirm plans to ballot members to oppose the government’s planned pay limit for public sector workers. These plans will see the union ballot members in schools from 10 December 10 until January 8th with an initial strike day set for January 30.

The Secretary of State for Education is due to receive the report from the teachers’ pay review body on the settlement for 2008-11 on 26 October, and usually responds within weeks. The union leadership was keen to delay any ballot until the award for 2008-11 was known to members.

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OUR POSTMAN IS A POET

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Attila

Our postman is a poet
Today, I found that out.
No, it’s not that unusual -
There’s loads of us about.
And he’s not any old poet -
He’s a hippie poet for sure

OUR POSTMAN IS A POET

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Public Sector Pay: Unite the Rank and File!

On Tuesday 11 September the TUC Congress, the annual gathering of delegates from all Britain's unions, voted for united action by all the public sector unions to beat Gordon Brown's decree that public sector pay rises should be limited to two per cent at a time when the retail price index shows 3.8%.

Now the job is to make the union leaders deliver on that promise.

Comment on the 11 September 2007 TUC vote for united action

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