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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 June 2015
Workplace news in brief
Seven colleges strike
Lecturers at seven London colleges struck against job cuts on 23 June. The University and College Union called the action to fight compulsory redundancies. As well as job losses, colleges face campus closures and reduced adult education places.
Teachers walk out
Teachers in east London struck for three days on 23 to 25 June against plans to turn their school into an academy. Members of the National Union of Teachers at Sarah Bonnell secondary school in Newham are concerned their conditions will be undermined and the school will become unaccountable to the community.
Two other Newham schools also face academisation. The union plans further strikes.
One of Britain's last deep coal mines is set to shut this year, at a cost of 700 jobs. Workers at Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire have not been offered alternative employment. Britain currently relies on coal for 31% of its electricity. The Socialist Party calls for public ownership of fossil fuels to allow a swift and orderly transition to green energy with no loss of jobs.
Malik J Rofidi
Staff at central London's National Gallery started their latest ten-day walkout on 20 June. Members of public sector union PCS are continuing action against privatisation, and victimisation of rep Candy Udwin.
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In The Socialist 24 June 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
City of London fills with defiance against austerity
After huge anti-austerity demos: organise the fightback!
Child poverty soars
Youth Fight Austerity!
Them & Us
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Why I joined
Laying the foundation stones of the workers' movement
Theatre review: The Red Lion
Socialist Party features
Can Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership challenge help to develop the socialist left?
What next for the NHS?
International socialist news and analysis
Greece: Syriza backtracks
International news in brief
Socialist Party workplace news
Prentis pushed to talk up action
Transport workers plan fightback
Regulator eyes Royal Mail for profit
Workplace news in brief
Strike in Swansea to defend home tuition jobs
Outsourced workers' pay strike
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Campaigning for the victims of police brutality
Wales: Local Government reorganisation threat
Scotland anti-austerity rally, Glasgow
Labour wields Tory axe at Library of Birmingham
Hull: A new generation of activists
Growing the party in Sheffield
Socialist bake-off at London picnic
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