March for Moulsecoomb Primary!

The Department for Education has imposed a forced Academisation Order on Moulsecoomb Primary, a much loved local authority community school. Parents, staff, ex-pupils, trade unions, the council, local MPs and the wider community are united in fighting to keep the school in the local authority. On Saturday 13th July we will be assembling at Moulsecoomb Primary School for a march and rally. The march will head down Lewes Road, past the Level turning right at St Peters Place and up Ditchling Road back to the Level. Once at the Level there will be speakers (TBA) and a family picnic. All are welcome. Bring placards and bring banners. Save our Schools !!

People will be assembling from 09.30 for a 10.00 start.

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Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School!

PUBLIC MEETING – OPEN TO ALL

TUESDAY 18TH JUNE 6-7.30PM

MOULSECOOMB PRIMARY SCHOOL

Following an “Inadequate” Ofsted rating Moulsecoomb Primary School faces being forced to join a multi-academy trust. This decision by the Department for Education is opposed by Brighton & Hove City Councillors, unions, parents and staff.

Come to the public meeting to hear why academies do not improve outcomes for children and take schools away from public accountability by privatising them.

Even if you cannot get to the meeting, please sign the petition at https://tinyurl.com/HandsOffOurSchool

 

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Your voice, your vote

It’s time to choose who speaks for you on UNISON’s national executive council.

You’re hard at work keeping our vital public services running, and leading busy lives with your family and friends.

So now’s your chance to elect the people who’ll speak up on your behalf over the next two years.

What’s the election for?

All seats are up for election on UNISON’s national executive council (or ‘NEC’).

The NEC is a diverse group of 67 ordinary members like you, working in all areas of public services, who make decisions about how our union is run.

When can I vote?

The ballot opens on 15 April 2019 and closes on 17 May 2019.

A ballot paper will be sent to the home of every eligible member, together with information on the candidates.

Will you remind me?

Yes! We’ll send you an email when the ballot’s open.

What if I haven’t had a ballot paper?

The election opens on 15 April, so if you haven’t received your ballot paper by 29 April, please call 0800 0857 857.

Please join your fellow UNISON members and vote in the NEC election. It only takes a few minutes! Thank you.

More here https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/your-voice-your-vote/

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Brighton General campaign speaker at branch AGM

Madeleine Dickens of Sussex Defend NHS will be speaking at our branch AGM on Wednesday (20th March) about the campaign to ensure the land at Brighton General Hospital is kept for community use.

Read more about it here. All branch members are welcome at the AGM at Brighton Town Hall, starting at 5.30pm.

Non-print order flyer STOP THE THEFT OF BGH-page-001

 

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Bust the winter blues at our branch social!

Unison Social flyer

 

Use this link to book your tickets – branch members only please

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brighton-hove-unison-tickets-56182094156

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School staff to be consulted over action on budget cuts

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Support staff in Brighton & Hove’s schools are being asked to have their say in a national consultative ballot on school budget cuts.

“We want to know what you think, and what you are prepared to do, to help us defend schools against further cuts and job losses” said Branch Secretary Sue Beatty.

“We can’t go on like this. Your school is too important to be put at risk by failing government policies, increasing workloads, funding and staffing cuts, all of which hurt support staff, teachers and of course the children.”

All Unison members in schools are urged to take part in the ballot which begins on 22nd January. Make sure the branch office has your personal email address so you can have your say. Email them on brightonandhove@btconnect.com

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International Solidarity needed

From Eric Lee of LabourStart.

Just a few days ago I wrote to ask for your support in the struggle against Hungary’s new “slave law.”  Our campaign, launched at the request of the Hungarian Trade Union Confederation, called on the country’s president to refuse to sign this terrible law.

He did not listen to us, and signed the law three days ago.  

Our campaign, which had 7,288 supporters and was translated into 13 different languages, did not succeed.

But the struggle continues.  

The Hungarian trade unions have issued this statement.

I think it’s important that we be completely honest about these things.  We tell you when our campaigns help to win victories for workers.  But we also tell you when we come up short.

And we know it’s not just about the numbers.  Some of our largest campaigns have had little effect, while some small ones seem to persuade employers and governments to change course.

We do know that the chances of winning are increased the more people we can involve in our campaigns.

That’s why I’d like to ask you to consider doing some these things over the next few days, a time when most of you are on a holiday break.  It will help.

1. Support Canada’s postal workers, who are involved in a bitter industrial dispute and have been forced back to work against their will.

2. Tell the Iranian government to stop jailing teachers now.

3. Urge the government of Kazakhstan to respect workers’ rights and release jailed activists

4. Protest to Mitsubishi Electric in Thailand about its degrading treatment of workers and its attempts to crush the local union. 

5. Like LabourStart on Facebook

6. Follow us on Twitter

7. Join our group on LinkedIn

8. Make a donation to LabourStart. 

9. Encourage your friends, family and fellow union members to do all of the above.

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