Unite the Resistance Bulletin 9th May 2013

9 May 2013

Brighton bin workers occupy against pay cuts

Bin workers and street sweepers in Brighton refused to work and occupied their canteen for 2 days this week.
The workers refused to work in protest at plans by Green Party-led Brighton & Hove Council to introduce a new system of allowances. Many workers will face a £4,000-a-year pay cut. Those refusing the new deal have been threatened with the sack.
The local Green Party and the Green MP Caroline Lucas have now spoken out against the threat to workers pay.
Hundreds of refuse workers today left the Hollingdean Road depot occupation to march to a council meeting at Brighton town hall.
At a mass meeting before the march workers voted to return to work tomorrow morning after a two day sit-in at the depot.
The 300 plus workers will now begin the process of an official industrial action ballot.
Send messages of support to mark.turner@brighton-hove.gov.uk and hollysmither@hotmail.co.uk and follow events on twitter at @gmbcityclean

Molton Coors Brewery Unite appeal for Solidarity

Molson Coors are proposing :
• Pay for 184 of our 284 Technicians cut by £9000 per year, with the remaining 100
becoming “A” grade Technicians on the same salary
• Pay for FLT cut by £8000 per year
• Site agreement book to be destroyed and re-written by the employer
• Abolition of site agreement that protects pay for two years when shift changes result in loss of pay
• 49.5% of our 455 members facing an extreme pay cut
• Forced introduction of extreme shift working that would leave members on call or
working at least 95% of the time
• Threat to sack us all if we don’t agree to the proposals by June 14th

Messages of support may be sent to Burton.Brewery@unitetheunion.org or via #burtonbrewery on Twitter.
A fighting fund has been established. Cheques should be sent to the finance department at Unite’s regional office at West Bromwich. Cheques should be payable to Unite, with “Burton Brewery” written on the back.
Unite West Midlands Regional Office,Transport House,9-17 Victoria Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8HX

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.
·         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/

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 NHSLatest literature

Sheffield DWP contact centre strike
PCS members in the DWP contact centre at Hartshead Square in Sheffield struck against the unfair sacking of union rep Lee Rock on Tuesday 7 May.
The PCS branch has stated that if today’s strike does not win Lee’s reinstatement them they will escalate the strikes by balloting the whole branch to involve local JCP, Benefit Centre, and other workers.
Messages of support can be sent to branch chair Ian Furness: Ian.k.Furness@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Well supported public sector walkouts continue
Action within the Public Sector Group of PCS continued today (Thursday) with a series of one hour walkouts in departments such as the National Archives and the Electoral Commission.

Rush solidarity messages to the Hamstead Hall strikers!
NUT members at Hamstead Hall Secondary School in Birmingham took part in their second day of strike action against attempts to turn their school into an Academy today (9th May).
Send messages of support to NUT rep Giles Thomas at: thomasg@hamsteadhall.com
and copy to banut@btclick.com

Protests against blacklisting in Edinburgh & Manchester
Unite Scottish Rank & File and the Blacklist Support Group staged a demonstration at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Thursday 2 May.
The demo was called to highlight the blacklisting scandal and put pressure on the Scottish Government to use the upcoming Procurement Reform Bill to ban companies involved in blacklisting from publicly funded contracts.

Anti-blacklist protests target Crossrail CEO
Unite, together with the Blacklist Support Group, protested outside the Railtex exhibition taking place at the Earl’s Court exhibition centre in West London on Thursday 2 May

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/

Report from Leeds Unite the Resistance May Day event
The May Day Unite the Resistance in West Yorkshire May Day Rally was great. Around 100 people attended and listened to a range of local activists who are challenging Austerity.http://uniteresist.org/2013/05/report-from-leeds-unite-the-resistance-may-day-event/

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
Zak King, Defend the Right to Protest
Josh Jones, Birmingham Labour councillor who refused to vote for cuts.

South London Unite the Resistance Conference 23rd May
The Fight Against Austerity
Thursday 23rd May, 7pm
Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Rd, Brixton, SW9 7PH
Speakers include Kevin Courtneyhttp://uniteresist.org/2013/05/south-london-unite-the-resistance-conference-23rd-may/

Bristol Unite the Resistance event, Saturday 8 June
Sat 8 June, 12-4pm
City of Bristol College
BS7 9BUhttp://uniteresist.org/2013/05/bristol-unite-the-resistance-event-saturday-8-june/

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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