A big THANK YOU for helping us defend our contracts and our students’ education

Dear Colleagues

lambethpicket_20150115_full.jpgAfter 42 days of strike action Lambeth College UCU have voted to go back to work after management finally made us an offer that was acceptable.  We took strike action to stop a new, draconian contract being imposed on existing members of staff and new starters.  Thanks to the determination of our branch, we have ensured that 430 out of 530 staff can now go into work knowing that their terms and conditions are fully protected. 

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The Greek people have chosen hope Open Letter to The Guardian

The new government being formed in Greece places people at the heart of its programme of change. The crippling bailout package imposed through the EU/IMF memorandum has created huge increases in unemployment – especially for the young. There is a consequent loss of health insurance and therefore access to health services for nearly one in five, as well as severe homelessness and energy disconnections.

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Housing crisis is "Social cleansing"

WATCH the first instalment of our 20 part mini-episode from our People's Question Time event in London. The first timely one released in advance of the #MarchForHomes Demo on 31st Jan.

Housing crisis is "Social cleansing" says John Rees:

The Carnival of Incompetence - NHS Privatization

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The carnival of incompetence- why nobody actually knows how to privatise the NHS but are doing it anyway

William Goldman, the famous Hollywood screenwriter once said about motion pictures, that ‘nobody knows anything’. That ultimately nobody in the entire motion picture field actually has any idea whether a film is going to work or not. I’m pretty sure that if Goldman had watched the calamitous privatisation of our NHS in recent months he’d have been struck by a rich similarity between the Hollywood studios and our own embattled NHS.

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Join the residents of the West Hendon Estate on the 22nd January for an afternoon of housing activism!

In December of last year, the New Era Estate took on a consortium of corporate interests. They won. Fighting for justice, the campaign used social media as a base for collectivized mobilization, welcoming all who believed in the basic right to a secure home.

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Newham council leaves homeless family stranded

Joana Ramiro reports in the Morning Star today

A mother and her three young children were left sleeping on a police station floor after her employer Newham Council failed to find her emergency shelter when the family was made homeless.

 

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Charter for Budget Responsibility: A Pantomime in Parliament

The pantomime season continues long after the xmas holidays. On Tuesday the Coalition's Bill instituting a Charter for Budget Responsibility was passed almost unopposed in the House of Commons, showing the government at least has a sense of humour.

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