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Britain needs a pay rise: march and rally

Tens of thousands of trade unionists, public services employees and anti-austerity protestors marched in London on Saturday.

More news from Toyoda Gosei

Unite Community members continued to offer their support today at Toyoda Gosei in Rotherham.

Toyoda Gosei workers have started to join up online and on the gate after weeks of Unite engagement. Our next step is to offer workers a drop in session next week, where we have booked a room at the Magna Center.

Unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions in Industrial organizing but our hard work is beginning to pay off. Organise to win!


Local food bank support

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Unite Community members continue to support our local food bank, making another vital food donation this week (pictured above).

Toyoda Gosei Work Continues

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Unite Community members are continuing their work helping to organise workers at Toyoda Gosei In Rotherham.

This was the fifth week of “gate work” at the site. Workers at the factory have started to join Unite and this week came and spoke to Union activists about work related issues. An offsite meeting is being planned for the near future. If you would like to get involved Email Joe Rollin. United we bargain, divided we beg!

Unite suspends local government strike action to consult on ‘improved’ pay offer

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Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 9 October) that strike action planned for next Tuesday (14 October) by local government workers was being suspended to allow for a new improved proposal to be put to members.

The offer, which sees thousands of the lowest paid getting pay rise of up to £1,065 a year from 1 January 2015, will be put to members in a consultative ballot.

It follows a one day stoppage earlier in the year on 10 July which saw hundreds and thousands of local government workers walk out across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Unite has about 80,000 members in local government carrying out such jobs as refuse collection, maintenance of council property, traffic enforcement, school support and care services, and grave digging.

Commenting, Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: “This new improved offer would not have been achieved without the resolve of our members who stood together to force the employers back around the negotiating table.

“We believe the offer is the best achievable by negotiation, but local government employers and the government should be under no illusions that we will continue to campaign against poverty pay in local government.

“Industrial action is now suspended while members are consulted on whether to accept the new offer.”

 

Strike Action: Britain Needs a Pay Rise

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Here is a round-up of strike action in our area. We would like to encourage all Unite Community members to please go and support your local picket lines, marches and rallies.
Unite flags can be obtained from your local branch office. Please also send your photos and reviews of any strike action that you attend to Joe or Andy, so that we can include them on the blog.

March with us in London on Saturday 18th October, to call for an end to the longest squeeze on living standards for nearly a century. March for a better Britain, full of hope for ordinary people and the next generation, jobs that pay and affordable homes. Book your seat – Contact Caroline on 0113 322 3385 to book a seat on Unite’s free transport for members and family.

Please note that all of the details below are correct at the time of publication. As more details become available, we will update the list, so check back regularly. Please also check with you local branch office if in doubt.


Monday 13th October 2014

BARNSLEY: NHS solidarity BREAKFAST
Hospital workers in UNITE, UNISON and RCM (Royal College of Midwives – striking for the first time in their history) will be on strike from 7am-11am.
Pickets at Barnsley Hospital, Keresforth Centre, Kendray and Mount Vernon hospitals/day care centres.

SHEFFIELD: Strike Action
NHS workers in UNISON, GMB, UNITE and Royal Society of Midwives are taking limited strike action against George Osborne’s refusal to pay even the 1% pay rise recommended by the Government’s own Pay Review Body.

SHEFFIELD: Rally
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road Entrance at 10am
Speakers:
Tony Pearson, UNISON
Bill Adams, Reg TUC Sec
John Dunn, Orgreave Campaigner
Doncaster Care UK striker
All staff welcome to join the rally
0114 2714408 john.campbell@sth.nhs.uk

YORK: March
Assemble at 12noon by the West End of York Minster.
We don’t just want strike day to be a stay-at-home day. We want to show that this is an active campaign with demands that people are passionate about. Better pay in the public sector means more pressure for better pay in the private sector – and more taxes to provide support for those unable to find or undertake work. Its a win-win-win.


Picket Lines: 7am to 11am

Scarborough Hospital
Woodlands Drive
Scarborough
YO12 6QL

Bridlington Hospital
Bessingby Road
Bridlington
YO16 4QP

York Hospital
Wigginton Road
York
YO31 8HE

Keresforth Centre
Keresforth Close
Barnsley
S70 6RS

Fieldhead Hospital
Ouchthorpe Lane
Wakefield
WF1 3SP

Northway Clinic
Northway
Scarborough
YO12 7AF

Leeds Blood Transfusion Service
Bridle Path
Seacroft
LS15 7TW

Reginald Centre
263 Chapeltown Road
Leeds
LS7 3EX

Leeds General Infirmary
Great George Street
Leeds
LS1 3EX

St James Hospital
Beckett Street
Leeds
LS9 7TF

Durham Health
UHND – Darlington Memorial
07880 196359

Gateshead Health
Queen Elizabeth and Bensham Hospitals
0191 4452371

Newcastle Hospitals
RVI and Maternity Services
Freeman Hospital
0191 2231373

North Tees & Hartlepool
Outside main gates at University Hospital of Hartlepool and University Hospital of North Tees.
01642 383804

Northern Blood
Blood Centre – Holland Drive, Newcastle.
0191 219 4518

Northumbria Health
Main Hospitals – Wansbeck, North Tyneside, Hexham.
01670 529347 / 825

South Tees Health
Three main sites – JCUH Middlesbrough, Redcar Hospital, Friarage (Northallerton).
01642 246 434

South Tyneside Health
General Hospital and other sites.
0191 2024066

TEWV
Four main sites – Middlesbrough, Darlington, Durham and Northallerton.
01642 837 364

Wearside Health
Sunderland Royal Hospital
0191 569 9909


Tuesday 14th October 2014

HUDDERSFIELD: March and Rally
Assemble from 11.00 am St George’s Square HD1 1JS
Move off 11.30 am for town centre march
Rally back at St George’s Square
Speakers will include: Paul Holmes UNISON, Lyall Singleton UNITE, speaker from GMB, chair Nick Ruff Huddersfield TUC.
For more information: Bob Stoker 0730633708
www.huddersfield-tuc.org 
Facebook/ Huddersfield TUC

BARNSLEY: March and Rally
Assemble at 10.30am outside Gateway Plaza for an 11am set-off, followed by a rally in the precinct. Local trade union speakers. Local MPs invited. Contact: Dave Gibson.

SHEFFIELD: March and Rally
Local Authority workers in UNISON, GMB and UNITE are taking a day’s strike action over pay restraint which has seen their pay fall in real terms faster than any other group of workers.
Assemble 11am Devonshire Green. Speakers at 11.15am. March sets off 11.30am. 12.30pm arrive at City Hall steps Barkers Pool for final rally and speeches. Close 13.30pm.

YORK: March
We’re going to be marching with UNISON, UCU and members of other unions. We want this to be a representation of our whole city. Many staff, both public and private sector, are being told year after year that they won’t get a raise, whilst money is pumped into the hands of the few. York may be doing better than many places for ‘job creation’ but so many of those jobs are paying below the Living Wage.

DONCASTER: Picket and March
Picket North Bridge, Doncaster. March Civic Building Doncaster (no other details yet available).

ROTHERHAM: Picket and March
(no details yet available).


Picket Lines: 7am to 11am

City of Sunderland
Youth Offending, Lombard Street, Sandhill View, Civic Centre
0191 5532730

Darlington
Town Hall
01325 388 270

Durham
County Hall
03000 263300/ 301/ 302/ 303

Gateshead
Civic Centre.
Still establishing position re Schools.
0191 4776638

Hartlepool
Main Admin Buildings, Departments and Schools.
01429 523027

Newcastle
Same as July. Civic Centre and other Offices and Depots.
0191 211 6980/6981

North East Ambulance
Bernicia HQ, Newburn, Riverside
0191 232 0348

North Tyneside
Bernicia HQ, Newburn, Riverside
0191 232 0348

North Tyneside
Main HQ buildings – Cobalt
0191 643 8953

Northumberland
Branch Committee meets Monday, 6 October. Will picket County Hall.
01670 624406/01670 624409/01670 624410

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Health
St Nicholas Hospital, St George’s, Hopewood Park, Monkwearmouth.
01670 394161

Redcar and Cleveland
Civic Heart, R&C House, Belmont House.
01642 444 468

South Tyneside LG
Three main buildings – South Shields Town Hall, Middlefields Depot and Gordon House, South Shields.
0191 454 4167

Stockton
Kingsway House, Queensway House, Municipal Buildings (Church Road).
01642 528685 / 528684


Wednesday 15th October 2014

BARNSLEY: Solidarity Walk
3 PCS picketlines in Barnsley. Assemble at 7.30 am at John Rideal House, Shambles Street.

SHEFFIELD: Strike Action
PCS civil servants on strike over attacks to their pay and conditions
BRING YOUR BANNERS!

The PCS will have a picket line at every Job Centre, please visit their website for more details.


Saturday 18th October 2014

LONDON: Britain Needs a Pay Rise
Support the TUC’s Britain Needs A Pay Rise demonstration in London. The Trades Council has organised a coach which is filling fast. To book your seat on Unite’s free transport for members and family, contact Caroline on 0113 322 3385.

10 July industrial action – your story. Hundreds of thousands of people took industrial action on 10 July to call for fair pay for local government workers. Here, a few of our members tell us why they felt they had to take their demonstration right to the heart of London. Click here to view.

A message from Mark Serwotka of the PCS Union.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vwRjgsL9PFo

 

Unite In Schools

Unite recognises that young people often have little or no knowledge of trade unions.  Reports show that even when at work, they invariably believe that there is no redress when they are treated badly. This policy has been developed to support the Unite agenda of raising awareness on the role and value of trade unions to young people at an early age.

By speaking directly to young people at school, we have an opportunity to show them that by collective action, trade unions can empower workers to improve their working lives.  Reaching out to young people at secondary school is particularly important as this is a time when we can influence their view on trade unions before they enter the world of work and when they are undertaking work experience.

Unite Community have been given the task of taking trade union education into our secondary schools. We have already trained 20 Unite/Unite Community members to deliver these sessions in the North East Yorkshire and Humberside regions. If you have any contacts with school governors or N.U.T representatives who you think may be interested in this project please contact Joe Rollin with their contact details.

Here is what the Daily Mail think of our efforts to teach young people their rights at work: click here.

Here are some of the materials we have developed.
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What Have Trade Unions Done For Us

TUC Unemployed Workers Centres

Here at Unite Community, we are keen to forge better links with TUC Unemployed Workers Centres.

Unemployed Workers Centres don’t just help unemployed and disabled people to get the benefits they need to survive. They run training courses and other services to help their clients into jobs and out of poverty.

In towns across the country, the task of representing the trade union movement on local and national government initiatives such as the New Deal, Employment Zones and European Social Fund projects is fulfilled by Unemployed Workers’ Centres. Some centres are going further, leading the way in developing positive labour market programmes.

Unemployed Workers’ Centres help some of the poorest people in Britain to get benefits and jobs . They are developing new programmes to help socially excluded people back into the mainstream, and campaigning for reforms that will help claimants for years to come.

Directory of Unemployed Workers Centres: UWCDirectory

North Derbyshire Unite Community Newsletter: solautumn2014

Huddersfield Community Activists

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Unite Community Activists From Huddersfield held their first activist training day today.

The group have been campaigning on Welfare Reform Issues and are concentrating most of their effort around the issue of sanctions. They will be electing Branch officials at their next meeting please contact us to get involved.

Public Speaking Course

Monday 29th September

Public Speaking Course Day 1

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The Public Speaking course day one was held in the iconic NUM Hall in Barnsley. The NUM Hall is steeped in history and has been an arena for public speaking, particularly during the Miner’s strikes.

The reps and activists were given the opportunity to wander around the hall to take in the history and atmosphere before the course began. A perfect place to hold the course! Most of the day was spent learning about the theory, methodology and construction of speeches. Towards the end we gave them the chance to stand on the platform to get a feel for what it would be like delivering a speech. The day has prepared them for the next session which will be delivering a speech!

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