Unite the Resistance Bulletin 26th April 2013

27 April 2013

NUT and NASUWT Rally for education

Since 2010, the Government has embarked on massive changes to education. But the majority of these changes are not supported by parents, teachers or schools. The NUT and NASUWT are opposed to the Government’s changes to teachers’ pensions and pay and are working together to protect jobs and working conditions for teachers.
Schools are on the brink of a major crisis that is damaging the teaching profession and will undermine education for years to come.

Members of the NUT and NASUWT are saying: “Enough is enough – it’s time to rally for the education of our children and young people.”

Rally against Government attacks on the education service and teachers. All teachers, parents and governors welcome.
·         Liverpool, Saturday 27 April
·         Manchester, Saturday 27 April
·         Birmingham, Saturday 11 May
·         Leeds, Saturday 11 May
·         Cardiff, Saturday 18 May
·         Newcastle, Saturday 18 May
Full details http://www.nut.org.uk/rallyforeducation

Benefit Justice Summit 11th May

Stop the Benefit Cuts – Stop the Bedroom Tax
Saturday 11th May 11am
Central Hall, Westminster
Storey’s Gate, London SW1H 9NH

With Billy Hayes (cwu), John McDonnell MP, DPAC, Defend Council Housing,
Anti-workfare and local bedroom tax and benefits campaigns from across the UK
Benefit justice is uniting all those opposed to the devastating benefit cuts. By linking up we can challenge the government’s divide and rule tactics, and unite the millions of people hit by these cuts.
Click here to download leaflet
More info at http://benefitjustice.wordpress.com/

Unite the Resistance – Axe the Bedroom Tax – T shirts and badges
New UtR T-shirts just £9 each
Badges 10 for £3
Order online here http://uniteresist.org/2013/04/bedroom-tax-t-shirts-badges/

Post Office Counters staff to strike again

The dispute over closures, franchising, jobs and pay in the Post Office is ramping up as the CWU has served notice for a third round of strike action set to take place from 1pm on Monday April 29 following no attempt by the Post Office to resolve the dispute.
Strike action will affect up to 4,000 staff working in 373 Crown post offices. CWU is opposed to Post Office plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices – 20% of the network -which would affect over 800 jobs. The union is seeking protection for jobs and services, and wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who have had no rise since April 2011.

PCS actions

Fresh walkout planned as Gove’s department confirms office closures

Staff have been told that six of the Department for Education’s 12 offices in England will be shut, putting around 500 jobs at risk.
This includes Runcorn, the cheapest to run of all the DfE’s sites, where low-paid staff will be forced to move or commute to Manchester to work in a building that is due to be demolished.
The union’s 1,800 members, who in March held a two-hour strike against the plans, will walk out again from 3pm to 5pm next Wednesday (1 May).

Hewlett Packard workers strike for pay rise

The workers, mainly on central government contracts, are taking action on 29 April over a pay offer that amounts to a consolidated increase of 1.6%. Their action is likely to cause problems with the Department for Work and Pensions’ launch of Universal Credit.
This will be preceded by the beginning of action short of strike action, including an overtime ban, from Friday, 26 April.

Turning Point charity workers strike
Workers at Turning Point, a charity which employs 2,300 staff, struck on Friday. The charity wants to sack its entire staff and re-employ them on worse contracts. Some people stand to lose up to £10,000.
Messages of support to : situ@unisonwmc.org.uk
Video of a strike rally in Manchester http://youtu.be/6PQrZW2fMvg
Teachers strike over academy plan for school

Angry teachers walked out of the classroom to stage a picket-line protest at plans to change a Birmingham state school into an academy.
About 40 staff, armed with placards and shouting slogans, formed a demonstration at the gates of Hamstead Hall School in Handsworth Wood Thursday.

Strike Ballot at Carling plant
Management at Molson Coors in Burton-on-Trent have announced they will cut the wages of 184 brewery technicians by up to £9,000-a-year. Unite the Union are balloting their members from 30 April to 28 May.
Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April 2013

The purpose behind Workers’ Memorial Day has always been to “remember the dead: fight for the living” and unions are asked to focus on both areas, by considering events or memorial to remember all those killed through work but at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated. That can best be done by building trade union organisation, and campaigning for stricter enforcement with higher penalties for breaches of health & safety laws.

People’s Assembly Against Austerity
Central Hall, Westminster, on 22 June
The recent Unite the Resistance steering committee voted to support the People’s Assembly.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity was launched with a letter to the Guardian by the initial signatories below:
This is a call to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government. With some 80% of austerity measures still to come, and with the government lengthening the time they expect cuts to last, we are calling a People’s Assembly Against Austerity to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatisation with trade unionists in a movement for social justice. We aim to develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the Con Dem government.
Click here to read the full article

Save Our NHS – London wide march on Parliament 18th May
Called by the London wide coordinating group of NHS campaigns this could be massive.
This follows the 25,000 strong march in Lewisham and the 600 strong public meeting to save the Whittington Hospital in North London.

Click here to download our Model Motion: For a National demonstration to defend the NHS

Unite the Resistance news

Unite the Resistance – Axe the Bedroom Tax – T shirts and badges
New UtR T-shirts just £9 each
Badges 10 for £3
Order online here http://uniteresist.org/2013/04/bedroom-tax-t-shirts-badges/

Oxford Unite the Resistance meeting 29th April
Trade Unions and the Fight Against Austerity: A strategy to win
Meeting and Pamphlet Launch
Monday 29 April 2013, 7pm, Ruskin College (Headington OX3 9BZ)

Speakers include: (personal capacity)
Zita Holbourne (PCS NEC / Black Activists Rising Against Cuts)
Ellen Clifford (Disabled People Against Cuts)
Alan Whitaker (former President UCU)
Ian Hodson (President Bakers’ Union BFAWU)


Unite the Resistance East London Conference, Sat 4 May

Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG
Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary
Jackie Turner, Keep Our NHS Public
Alex Kenny, Tower Hamlets NUT branch secretary
Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary
Eileen Short, Defend Council Housing
Max Watson, UNISON NEC (All speakers in appear in a personal capacity)

West Midlands Unite the Resistance conference
Wednesday 5th June, 6-9pm
@ The Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF
Speakers include:
Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary
Ian Hodson, BFAWU president
Rhiannon Lockley, UCU branch secretary Halesowen College
Josh Jones, Birmingham Labour councillor who refused to vote for cuts.


Unite the Resistance affiliation motion

We face the most concerted attack on our public services, jobs, pay and pensions for generations.
The Tory led coalition is committed to austerity as an excuse to drive down our pay and living standards and drive through cuts to our services that even Thatcher never dreamed of.

We are asking our supporters to raise affiliation motions in your unions.

Click here to download the motion

UtR Pamphlet: Trade Unions and the fight against Austerity

Edited by Sean Vernell with a foreword by John McDonnell MP.
The pamphlet is a useful tool for trade unionists. Order copies priced £2 each and a special offer of £15 for 10.
Click here to order online http://uniteresist.org/2012/12/new-pamphlet-trade-unions-and-the-fight-against-austerity/

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