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Council Workers

Issue No. 1929

Brighton and Hove

TEACHING ASSISTANTS in schools in Brighton and Hove have rejected an employers’ offer and voted to press ahead with a two-day strike against low pay.

Alex Knutsen, branch secretary of Unison in Brighton and Hove, said, “We’re expecting 40 percent of schools to shut completely—and that’s a conservative estimate.”

As well as the strikes on 25 and 26 November, teaching assistants will not cover for classes if the teacher is absent.

The employers offered teaching assistants a lump sum before Christmas. But this didn’t tackle the key issue of cutting working weeks to term time only.

The Brighton and Hove strike reflects wider national discontent among teaching assistants over the government plans to “remodel” the schools workforce.


BIN WORKERS employed by private company Caxtons in Bexley, south east London, are to ballot for strike action against bullying management and an unresolved pay dispute.

Extra domestic waste over Christmas and New Year means bin workers are often expected to work additional shifts—including bank holidays. But Caxtons is offering less than the going rate.


MASS MEETINGS of Liverpool council workers in the Unison union have voted unanimously to ballot for strike action over the council’s decision to withdraw from a national conditions of service agreements.

The meetings, held on Monday this week, also pledged support for Liverpool’s childcare workers, who are entering the 14th week of their all-out strike.

Some 300 workers from across Unison’s Liverpool council branch met at lunchtime on Monday, with a further meeting that afternoon.

The bitter dispute between the union and Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat council escalated earlier this month when the council decided to tear up agreements over facility time for shop stewards.

By its decision to withdraw from Unison’s national conditions of service, the council is also junking national agreements on pay and conditions for all its workers.

The move is an attack on the whole trade union.

To arrange meetings or obtain collection sheets phone Norman Smith at Liverpool Unison on 0151 236 1944.

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Sat 27 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1929
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