On strike at Xmas…back these strikes

16 December 2016

On strike at Xmas…back these strikes


Back the Southern Guards’ and Drivers’ strikes. Solidarity with the RMT and ASLEF

GTR bosses have lost further injunction on drivers in the ASLEF union who returned an 87 percent vote for strikes.

This means that the strikes will go ahead.
The dates are as follows:

  • Today, Friday 16 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)
  • Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)

Southern have been vicious in their campaign to attempt to lay the blame for the dispute with the RMT spending tens of thousands of pounds taking out adverts in the Evening Standard.

They are quite happy to compromise on safety, while the bosses pocket the profits and enjoy big government subsidies. Why should tax payers money be used to support a company that’s running the service into the ground?

Listen to RMT President, Sean Hoyle speaking about the dispute here

On Thursday, around 100 commuters demonstrated at Victoria station and then marched to the Department of Transport to deliver a letter to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling.

Solidarity with Crown Post Office staff on strike for five days from Monday 19 December
Commencing Monday 19th December and including Saturday Christmas Eve, thousands of Post Office workers will be walking out on strike from workplaces across the country, in response to continuing attacks by company chiefs on their job security and pensions, and in defence of the Crown Office network. Read on here

London: Come and join us outside Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Monday 19th at 10:30 am

Ritzy cinema staff on strike today, Friday 16 December
From their Facebook page:

“We’re on strike from 4pm today! It’ll be the last action of 2016. Our own Ritzy choir will be signing Christmas tunes and a mince pies will be eaten.

We leave 2016 with our heads high. Hackney Picturehouse and Picturehouse Central have joined us in balloting for industrial action. What a huge achievement”

For latest information: Go here
Messages of support: ritzylivingwage@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RitzyLivingWage/
Twitter: @ritzylivingwage
Strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike
Further Strike dates: TBC

Hackney Picturehouse also striking back
“If you did cross the picketline at Hackney Picturehouse to go see Rogue One last night you would have seen this projected on the screen. We just had this sent in by a supporter, who took the initiative and organised this stunt.

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Obviously as an campaign we can’t endorse this action or encourage others to do likewise. However, I can’t help but find this very funny. I wonder what the advertisers like YouTube think about this being projected all over their adverts at the Picturehouse?”

For latest information: Go here
Messages of support: hphbectu@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RitzyLivingWage/
Twitter: @hphlivingwage
Strike fund (joint with the Ritzy): https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike

Trade Union Act set to become law
The new Trade Union Act is likely to be implemented in early March 2017.

Parliament will debate, probably in January, the regulations defining the list of “important public services” which will face the most stringent new strike ballot thresholds (see below) under the Trade Union Act 2016.

This will then come into effect on 1 March, or 21 days after Parliament agrees the regulations if that happens later. The expectation is that all the new restrictions on industrial action contained in the Act will come into effect on the same date.

Unite the Resistance believes we need to discuss a response to both the debate of the regulations in Parliament and on the day the Act becomes law so that trade unionists are clear about the threat and to organise our response now that the Act will be coming into force.

Read on here

Read the discussion post by joint Unite the Resistance national secretary, Sean Vernell:

“National or local?: how to build fighting unions after the Trade Union Bill” discussion post by UtR joint national secretary, Sean Vernell

Sheffield Needs a Payrise demonstration, Saturday 17 December


We cant survive on the poverty wages we are paid. Things have got to change.
Its only when ordinary people like us stand up and demand change that any change will come.
Its not right. We can’t afford to pay our bills.
Its not right. Our mothers are skipping meals to feed their children. Its not right. We have to depend on benefits to keep our families. Its not right. Many of us cannot afford a home of our own.
When the companies we work for make millions in profit & our boss lives in luxury its not right.

Sheffield Trade Union Council has brought together various trade unions & community groups representing many workers across the city, to fight for a real living wage for all, of £10 an hour, and for a proper pay rise regardless of age, This campaign is about securing dignity for all, and gives working people a collective voice together that cannot simply be ignored. We deserve more, we are worth more, and this campaign can not only secure better pay, but with that collective voice of a trade union can bring about a better future, with decent work, and a fairer society for all. if we fight together, we will win together. So join the campaign, and fight for a better future for ourselves and our Children,
Sheffield needs a pay rise is run by ordinary people like you.
Want to get involved?
Get in touch Tel /text 07739326006 Email….Sheffieldneedsapayrise@Outlook.com Facebook @Sheff4Ten twitter #Sheff4Ten

Derby Teaching Assistants escalate strikes
Teaching Assistants in Derby have escalated their strikes over pay cuts. Following two days of strikes this week, 19 and 20 December and then again in the new year 19 and 20 January.               

For latest information: Go here
Messages of support: unison@derby.gov.uk
Strike fund: crowdfunding.justgiving.com/unisonderbyschools
Twitter: @Unisonderbycity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnisonDerbyCityBranch/

Further strikes at Fujitsu Manchester
Unite has issued a further notice of industrial action for employees of Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit as part of the dispute over pay, pensions and job security.

For details of planned activities etc go here

RMT  strike dates over poverty pay threat on Virgin West Coast Catering
Catering staff are next set to strike from 22:00 on Tuesday 20th December until 21:59 hours on Thursday 22nd December 2016.

Durham Teaching Assistants push Durham Council leaders back over threatened cuts
Over 2,700 Teaching Assistants in Durham have finally pushed Durham Council to reconsider a vicious, life changing pay cut of up to 23 percent.

It is great to see some movement after four days of fantastic days of strikes which saw over 100 picket lines in place. This is an opportunity for the council to entirely withdraw its threat of sackings and lift the attack on pay entirely.

Watch Megan Charlton speaking at Unite the Resistance conference here

Stand Up to Racism Trade Union Conference, Saturday 4 February 
Following Stand Up to Racism’s magnificent conference of 1500 people on Saturday 8 October. A Stand Up to Racism Trade Union conference has been launched for Saturday 4 February.

The election of Donald Trump in the US and the growth of anti-migrant and Islamophobic scapegoating in Britain and elsewhere have left millions of people fearful of the growth of racism.

Politicians and the media have ramped up the rhetoric against immigration while Theresa May has put the ending of the free movement of labour at the heart of her Brexit strategy.

Stand Up to Racism is organising a conference for those who believe trade unionists have to fight the attempts to divide working class people. We are stronger together, in the fight against austerity and ruthless employers.

We want to:

  • Defend our EU workmates and make sure their rights are maintained after Brexit.
  • Oppose attempts to blame migrants for falling wages and the slashing of our public services.
  • Arm trade union activists with the arguments they need to defeat racist ideas in the workplaces.
  • Build the biggest possible turn out by trade unionists on the Stand Up To Racism demos in London and Glasgow (backed by the TUC) on 18 March 2017.

Join us 12pm on Saturday 4th February for the Stand Up To Racism Trade Union Conference at (Mander Hall) NUT Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD. Facebook event here

Register for conference here:

SUTR model motion to support conference here:

For more information go to their website here
Videos from Unite the Resistance conference “Building Fighting Unions in the era of Jeremy Corbyn

Around 300 people came to our conference held on the 12 November. The day brought together some of the people on the frontlines of resistance to cuts and fighting for equal pay.

Video highlights of the conference are now available on line. Follow this link to view them and click on a speaker’s name for their speech

Ongoing disputes that need your support:
Glasgow School Janitors:
“Fair pay”
For latest information: Go here
Messages of support: unisonenquieries@glasgowcityunison.org.uk
Further strike dates: 13-18 December
Twitter: @Unison_Glasgow

ICT, Access Glagow
Messages of support: unisonenquiries@glasgowcityunison.org.uk
Strike: Thursday 26 November, Rally 12.30pm Glasgow City Chambers
Twitter: Unison_Glasgow

Ritzy Cinema:
“Living Staff – Living Wage”
For latest information: Go here
Messages of support: ritzylivingwage@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RitzyLivingWage/
Twitter: @ritzylivingwage
Strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike
Further Strike dates: TBC

Hackney Picture House:
For latest information: Go here
Messages of support: hphbectu@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RitzyLivingWage/
Twitter: @hphlivingwage
Strike fund (joint with the Ritzy): https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike

National Post Office strike
For latest information go here
Strike dates: Some 3,500 CWU members are in dispute over cuts. Further dates TBC
Twitter: @CWUnews

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