FREE TUC union reps training In North East London

Trade Union Education courses for reps, shop stewards and safety reps pro-vided by the TUC are acknowledged to be high quality training. TUC certificates are accredited by the National Open College  Network and are free to reps from affiliated unions. All courses are from 9:30am until 4:30pm and run for 10 weeks (with a break for half term)

Venue: College of Haringey Enfield and North East London, London N15
How to apply: Online at

Download leaflet here: TU Ed course flyer template 2018

Want to know more about UCU members’ fight to defend their pension scheme?

UCU’s higher education committee says serious and sustained industrial action is required in the face of damaging proposals from the employers which would effectively destroy the USS pension scheme.

Information for those affected by the strikes: Why we’re taking action over USS

The employers want to end guaranteed pension benefits.

They say your final pension should depend on how your ‘investments’ perform and not on your contributions.

We say it’s wrong to risk our members’ futures.

Fighting fund

Information about how to donate to the UCU fighting fund is here:

Make a direct bank transfer, or set up a regular standing order, to:
Account name: UCU Fighting Fund
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account no: 20179432
Reference: ‘Fighting Fund Voluntary Levy’

or send a cheque (payable to ‘University and College Union’) to:
Fighting Fund donation
Finance Dept
University and College Union
Carlow Street


The London demonstration on 28 February has a webpage here:

Barnet Unison: Residents don’t blame our members working for Street Cleansing

Last week Barnet UNISON members working in Street Cleansing we called to a meeting and informed of a massive cut to overtime.The news came out of the blue, our members some who have been working for Barnet for decades were both angry and bewildered by this decision.Staff were told there was no longer a budget to cover the service and told that they shouldn’t rely on overtime payments. This did not go down well with the workforce who are the lowest paid in the Council and desperately rely on the overtime payments over the weekend.

This news follows quickly on from the recent 19% cut in the number of staff charged to keep the streets of Barnet clean just before Christmas last year.

In order to explain the cut and its impact on Barnet, Street Cleansing service for Saturday and Sundays which goes from Oakleigh Road depot.

Please note the figures below are for just one side of the borough. The other half of the service goes out from Harrow Depot (we won’t go why we have a depot outside Barnet in this post).

  • 8 hours Finchley Central
  • 8 hours North Finchley
  • 8 Hours East Finchley
  • 4 Hours East & New Barnet
  • 4 hours Friern Barnet/Colney Hatch
  • 4 Hours Whetstone
  • 4 Hours Greenhill/ Mays Lane
  • 8 Hours High Barnet
  • 8 Hours response team x 2 = 16 hours

This makes that 64 hours for this half of the borough.

The new service which started last weekend is a one 7.5 ton vehicle with one driver and one loader (16 hours) to cover all the above areas in Barnet.

This is a reduction of 48 hours per day.

Barnet UNISON has unsuccessfully attempted to try to restore the service for Barnet residents. We have sought clarification as to whether normal service will resume from 1 April 2018, we are still waiting. Our members were reporting increases in fly tipping before the workforce was cut, but still the Council implemented the cut. This massive cut to street cleansing at the weekends is going to have a dramatic impact on our borough.

Meanwhile we hear the Council have enough money to pay “eye watering” payments to Capita and seem to have very little control over agency/consultancy spend.

Barnet Supplier Payments – yet another reason why we need to start planning for change

But what do we know.

Now’s our chance to bring East Coast Railway back into public ownership!

This is it. Chris Grayling will be making a decision about what to do with the East Coast rail line any day now

His choice is between bringing the line into public ownership (where TSSA members worked so hard to ensure it was a massive success between from 2009-2014) or handing it straight back to Stagecoach for at least the next two years.

We only have a few days to convince Grayling to make the right choice – he’s said public ownership is on the table, and he’s under pressure from his Department, the Transport Select Committee, and the National Audit Office to make the right decision. This is our chance!

Sign the We Own It Petition

TSSA has hundreds of brilliant members working hard every day serving the public on East Coast Railway, its time they were given some certainty, and the travelling public were given what they are demanding – a railway run in their interests, and not for profit, instead of being bailed out time and time again by taxpayers.

Add your name to our petition, and we’ll join TSSA members to deliver it to the Department for Transport on Tuesday morning. 

Take 30 seconds to take action now before it’s too late. The people of Britain deserve better, this is a chance to let TSSA members to say enough enough, its time to stop this franchising farce, and create a Peoples Railway.

Please share the petition with your friends and family, and tweet with the hashtag #MakeEastCoastPublic!   

And if you can, join us outside the Department for Transport (Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, Westminster, London SW1P 4DR) tomorrow morning (Tuesday 20th February, 8.15 – 8.45am) to deliver our petition to Chris Grayling.

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