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1 March 2017
Our Northern regional conference set the tone for our work in the next period
7 December 2016
Durham teaching assistants have won a significant battle in their campaign against pay cuts
7 December 2016
The all-Labour council in Newham, east London, is threatening to sack up to 1,300 of its workforce.
30 November 2016
Durham teaching assistants took another two days of strike action on 23 and 24 November. A hundred schools were picketed. On 23 November over 1,000 teaching assistants descended on Durham with public street protests and a march.
16 November 2016
Almost 2,000 teaching assistants (TAs), Unison and ATL members, in County Durham struck on 8 and 9 November against the Labour council that is proposing to cut their wages.
9 November 2016
Newcastle residents and council staff have borne the brunt of Tory austerity. £200 million of central government funding has been stripped from the cash-starved council since 2010. An important refuge for women and children fleeing domestic crises is slated for closure.
1 November 2016
Around 400 TAs protested outside Durham County Hall. Across the north east there is growing anger against Durham's Labour-controlled council, which is planning to sack 2,700 TAs, then rehire them on 23% less pay.
19 October 2016
Durham City Council is proposing to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then rehire them on 23% less pay. At an event in Durham City centre, which was to raise awareness of the attack on them, teaching assistant Lisa Turnbull talked to the Socialist.
5 October 2016
Teaching assistants in Durham are furious at the Labour council's plans to 'chop and drop' them. If these proposals go ahead 2,700 TAs will be sacked, then rehired on 23% less pay as they will only be paid during term time.
13 June 2016
Around 400 angry teaching assistants packed into a meeting called by Durham Trades Council
15 July 2015
A record number of around 150,000 people attended this year's Durham Miners' gala.
17 July 2013
From the platform of the Durham Miners' Gala Davie Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, mentioned this was the first time in 115 years there hadn't been a Labour MP speaking
18 July 2012
Ed Miliband became the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock in 1989 to speak at the Durham Miners' Gala... Does this represent a break with the past? Has Ed become red?
18 July 2012
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband spoke at the Durham Miners' Gala, which is regarded as the largest working class event in Britain
13 July 2011
60,000 people descended on Durham on Saturday 9 July for the 127th annual Durham Miners' Gala. The Gala sees ex-miners and their communities join with other trade unionists to march through the city centre...
6 July 2011
Ed Miliband has come under fire for pulling out of speaking at the Durham Miners' Gala. In a cowardly retreat it became clear he did not want to share the stage with Bob Crow, the militant leader of the...
31 March 2010
PCS pickets who work on security at the Houses of Parliament were out again in force. One of the pickets who has been working there for 20 years explained that during the last strike extra police were...
31 July 2008
Workers at the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) were out on a three-day strike from 23-25 July. Elaine Brunskill reports from the Durham office...
16 July 2008
An estimated 40,000 workers and their families from Durham and beyond converged into the city for the Durham Miners' Gala, writes Elaine Brunskill, Northern region Socialist Party.
12 July 2007
SEVEN HUNDRED 'surplus' jobs were cut from Durham's NHS in the last year...
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