Posted on Thursday, 30th June 2011 by admin2

THOUSANDS of children on Teesside were spending the day at home as teachers joined a national day of strike action by public sector workers. About 86 schools on Teesside were closed today with 59 partially open. Teachers joining the national strike are members of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and [...]

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Posted on Thursday, 30th June 2011 by admin2

Up to 6,000 people joined the pensions protest through Newcastle city centre today, a union leader said. With one in three North Easterners working in the public sector, many people felt Government cuts were having a greater impact in the region than elsewhere. TUC regional secretary Kevin Rowan said: “We have 5,000 to 6,000 people [...]

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Posted on Wednesday, 29th June 2011 by admin2

Newcastle 7.00 am – Rally at Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle NE4 7YH 7.30 am – UCU picket, Newcastle College, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, NE4 7S 7.30 am – PCS picket, Longbenton DWP, (Longbenton Metro), Benton Park Road, NE98 1BA 7.30 am – PCS picket, DWP main site, Tyne [...]

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Posted on Tuesday, 28th June 2011 by admin2

After holding out for several years I finally bit the bullet and attended conference. On being asked whether I enjoyed the experience my response tends to be ambivalent. There were times it felt like an endurance test. Being a taciturn Yorkshireman I prefer concision to prolixity. As Clem Atlee advised: ’It is better to remain [...]

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Posted on Friday, 24th June 2011 by admin2

LECTURERS and students staged a city centre protest today against deep job cuts planned at a Tyneside college. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Newcastle College say they are angry over plans to make up to 180 redundancies – three quarters of which will be teaching posts. This morning they took to [...]

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