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17 July 2019
An estimated 200,000 people attended the 135th Durham Miners' Gala on 13 July, one of Europe's biggest celebrations of trade unionism and the labour movement.
9 January 2019
650 bus drivers, members of Unite the Union employed by Arriva, commenced a week-long strike on 6 January in a dispute over low pay. Drivers based at Darlington, Durham, Redcar and Stockton believe they are the second-lowest paid Arriva bus drivers in the country.
25 July 2018
The Socialist Party took part in the Durham Miners' Gala, the largest trade union gathering in Europe, on 14 July
12 July 2017
Durham teaching assistants in education unions Unison and the ATL have voted to reject the latest divisive offer from Durham council
10 July 2017
Crowds of up to 250,000 flocked to a sun-soaked Durham for the 133rd Durham Miners Gala
24 May 2017
A striking Durham TA spoke at a meeting including several new people interested in the Socialist Party's ideas
10 May 2017
Students at Durham debated the proposition 'free market capitalism is the way forward' - Elaine Brunskill, representing the Socialist Party, gave those supporting the motion a cold shiver down their capitalist spines
12 April 2017
Schools are under the greatest threat for more than a generation and an equally powerful response is needed. In the next couple of months, the scale of the cuts will be evident
12 April 2017
An excellent meeting of over 100 Socialist Party trade union members took place in London
12 April 2017
Train strikes brought large parts of the country to a standstill on 8 April. Train guards in the RMT union struck against driver-only operation (DOO) on Merseyrail which affected the Grand National horse race, on Northern Rail and again on Southern Rail, days before the franchise's boss doubled his pay.
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.
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