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1982 to 2014: Striking for fair pay in the NHS

13 Oct 2014, By Guest

Some things have changed since the last big national pay strike in the NHS 32 years ago. I was a size 10 back then, and had moved on from platforms and flares to the New Romantic style, while friends were sporting ra-ra skirts and legwarmers – and that was just the blokes! No mobile phones.…

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Have your say on EU water quality

14 Sep 2014, By

Following up the phenomenally successful Right2Water petition organised by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the Right2Water campaign is now encouraging trade unionists to submit views to the European Commission on water quality. Nearly 2 million people across Europe signed the Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative last year, putting public provision of water and…

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Pride: a must-see film… Get free tickets here

15 Aug 2014, By

Hilarious, tear-jerking, magnificent: all this, and a hymn to solidarity too. “Pride” is unique. Go see it, and remind yourself of why you are a trade unionist and why you believe in equality for all. You might also enjoy the sounds of the 80s (well, Bronski Beat anyway, in my case)! To be a miner…

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Why should parents support the #J10 teachers’ strike?

10 Jul 2014, By Guest

Teachers know that any strike by teachers is a major headache for parents. We realise that many parents will have to work at home, find emergency childcare, or take a day’s leave. Believe me when I tell you that no teacher takes today’s strike lightly, but it is precisely because of the concerns we have…

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#J10: The need to take action against poverty pay in public services

08 Jul 2014, By Guest

The Government has had local government pay and conditions squarely in its sights since 2010. A pay freeze in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and a punitive 1% pay cap ever since has sent the pay packets of local government and school workers plummeting back to the level of the 1990s.  This year’s pay offer would result in a cumulative real-term cut of almost 20%.  We…

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