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The Socialist 3 December 2014

The bitter pill of cuts to come

The Socialist issue 836

The bitter pill of cuts

Osborne's solution deficit

NHS: the money's running out

Tower Hamlets: Government attacks local democracy

Terrorism Bill: May continues job started by Blair

Them & Us


World health crises show: Capitalism kills!


Care UK: Inspirational struggle for all trade unionists

Hull city council: a tale of two surveys

College UCU strikes against imposed new contracts

Lambeth College strike dates named

Northern line RMT stoppage over sacking

Trelleborg engineering pay victory

Reports from the NSSN bulletin


Angry New Era tenants take protest to Cameron

Sixth form students grill Grayling

Stop academies in Lewisham

Crown drops charges against protest pensioners

No justice, no peace: protest stops London streets

Neighbours defend disabled man from eviction


Help us fund historic election challenge

More socialists needed!


Zero-hour contracts: Demeaning rules and poverty pay

 
 
 
 

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UCU members at Barnsley College begin a two day strike, 26.11.14, photo by A Tice

UCU members at Barnsley College begin a two day strike, 26.11.14, photo by A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Barnsley College UCU strikes against imposed new contracts

University and College Union (UCU) members at Barnsley College began a two-day strike today, Wednesday 26 November, against the forcing through of a new contract that means some teachers will end up on worse pay and less holidays than others.

The contract was proposed in May and UCU rejected it and requested extended talks, but instead management forced it through in June without agreement, on the back of a restructure that saw job cuts as well as huge downgrading.

Barnsley College strike, 26.11.14, photo by A Tice

Barnsley College strike, 26.11.14, photo by A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

The college principal making these cuts has seen his pay increase 40% since 2009 to 142,000 a year! In the same period, Further Education pay has fallen nationally by 15%, and some teachers at Barnsley College have seen their pay cut by a further 33% due to restructures and downgrading.

On the picket line, I noticed a lot of men had beards. Asked about this, one striker quipped: "It shows how poor we've become, we can't afford razors anymore!"

The strikers will meet tomorrow to decide on further action which they hope will force the Principal back to negotiations.

Alistair Tice

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 26 November 2014 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

The bitter pill of cuts

Osborne's solution deficit

NHS: the money's running out

Tower Hamlets: Government attacks local democracy

Terrorism Bill: May continues job started by Blair

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

World health crises show: Capitalism kills!


Socialist Party workplace news

Care UK: Inspirational struggle for all trade unionists

Hull city council: a tale of two surveys

College UCU strikes against imposed new contracts

Lambeth College strike dates named

Northern line RMT stoppage over sacking

Trelleborg engineering pay victory

Reports from the NSSN bulletin


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Angry New Era tenants take protest to Cameron

Sixth form students grill Grayling

Stop academies in Lewisham

Crown drops charges against protest pensioners

No justice, no peace: protest stops London streets

Neighbours defend disabled man from eviction


Socialist Party appeal

Help us fund historic election challenge

More socialists needed!


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