Unions set for strike march in York

York People’s Assembly are working with UNISON City of York branch to build a lunchtime march and rally on Tuesday 14th October in support of their strike action. Everyone is invited to assemble at the West Front of York Minster from 12noon, with a rally following the march starting at 1pm by Constantine’s Statue, round the corner in Minster Yard.

Unions across the public sector are due to take part in strike action on 13th, 14th and 15th October. Healthworkers will lead the way on Monday 13th, with Council and College staff on strike on Tuesday 14th. Finally, civil servants will take action on Wednesday 15th. We’ll be standing on picket lines with all of them. Its all part of a week of action culminating in the “Britain Needs A Pay Rise” demonstration on Saturday 18th October. Coach tickets from York are available here.

College rally backs tutor suspended for standing up

john_westmorelandJohn Westmoreland, York College history tutor and UCU branch chair, has been suspended in what can only be seen as an attack on unions. A rally at the college saw dozens of staff and students, past and present give him their support. The York Press have covered the story. Group member Chris used his speech to invite John to address our strike-day rally on July 10th, and John accepted. We need to show the college that John has wide support. Over 800 have signed this petition already – please sign it too! Continue reading

Strike day march announcement

Respect for Education and Teachers - Strike 10th JulyCouncil and school staff are set to take strike action on Thursday July 10th against the government’s derisory pay offer. We want to create an opportunity for those on strike and those who benefit from the work they do to stand together. We’ve notified the police and council that we intend to hold a march and rally on the day of the strike. Subject to confirmation, we’ll assemble at Clifford’s Tower from noon and leading into a rally in St Sampson’s Square from 1 to 2pm. UNISON and the NUT are mobilising their members to take part, and will be sending speakers. We’re reaching out to other unions and we hope you’ll join us in joining with them!

Turning up the heat this Summer

The People’s Assembly “No More Austerity” march and free festival is just weeks away, and coach tickets are selling well. But that’s not the only major anti-austerity action planned for the summer months. Unions are balloting members for joint strike action on public sector pay. If successful, Thursday 10th July could see a million on strike in education, health and local government, and we’ll be supporting them. But that’s not all… Continue reading

Unions see off Uni privatisation threat

Congratulations to University of York UCU and others for a significant victory. After a brewing uproar by students and staff, the University of York has decided not to go ahead with its controversial plans to outsource the recruitment and English-language teaching of international students to part-hedge fund-owned INTO University Partnerships, a multinational firm. People’s Assembly supporter Josiah explains… Continue reading

Education strikes set to continue

ucustrikeUniversity of York and York St John UCU branches were on strike Thursday, with York St John’s efforts topping the previous one-day walkout. After picketing across all three campuses, University of York staff, students and supporters congregated outside Heslington Hall for a meeting (see photo). Today its been announced that school teachers in the NUT will walk out on 26th March, with NASUWT under pressure to join them. York People’s Assembly will offer practical and moral support, so watch out for an announcement in a few weeks time.

Students fight back on scholarship fund

After the government announced it will slash the National Scholarship Program, Universities have come under fire to replace the money with funds from their burgeoning cash reserves. Today, the University of York made its decision public: it will fund 50% of the shortfall in funding for its scholarships, or £700k, from its own reserves. The announcement comes after hundreds of students bombarded the senior management group with emails, and is a significant concession if somewhat short of a win. Continue reading