Posted on Saturday, 31st December 2011 by admin2

1. Chavs – Owen Jones (Verso, 2011) 2. Pitmen’s Requiem – Peter Crookston (Northumbria Press, 2011) 3. Counterpower – Tim Gee (World Changing, 2011) 4. The Assault on the Universities – ed Michel Bailey (Pluto, 2011) 5. Red Shelley – Paul Foot (Bookmarks, 2004) 6. Swimhiking in the Lake District & North East England (Gilbert [...]

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Posted on Saturday, 31st December 2011 by admin2

Steve Cushion,  Secretary of the University & College Union’s London Retired Members’ Branch, has anaylsed what effect the government’s current proposals would have for both working and retired UCU members in TPS, and it’s grim reading: http://www.ucu-retired-london.org.uk/pdf/pension-report.pdf If other unions have made a similar analysis, please send them to me for the website at nessnsec@gmail.com

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Posted on Thursday, 22nd December 2011 by admin2

Myth 1: “Austerity will reduce debt.” Wrong. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, having fallen between 2007 and 2010, household debt will increase by £531 billion in the next 4 years – which means that, in the unlikely event that Osborne meets his target of eliminating the £142 billion budget deficit by 2015, this [...]

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Posted on Thursday, 22nd December 2011 by admin2

Since 2009 and the creation of the County Durham Unitary Authority, there has been an urgent need for a Trades Union Council which matches it. Informal discussions have been going on for some time in and around Durham about ways in which trade union members can achieve more of a representative voice within the council [...]

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Posted on Tuesday, 20th December 2011 by admin2

The largest union in the civil service, PCS, today rejected the government’s latest attempt to force public servants to pay more and work longer for less in retirement. Government officials had previously imposed an arbitrary 10am deadline on the civil service unions, threatening to exclude them from future talks if they did not sign up [...]

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