Open letter regarding Cityclean Dispute at Brighton & Hove City Council

Bright Green has been sent this open letter from a group of Green Party councillors and activists regarding the ongoing pay dispute between refuse workers and the council administration. Refuse workers started their strike at 6am on Friday the 14th of June. As concerned Green Party activists, Councillors and trade unionists we feel we have [...]

Budget Day Strikes – support the PCS today

It’s budget day. Again. Once more, George Osborne will stand up on his hind legs and assault the people of Britain. And once more, the Public and Commercial Services Union are standing on the from line against him. Tomorrow, PCS members are on strike. They are, quite rightly, demanding a pay rise. For too long, [...]

Are the strikes in South Africa good for platinum producers?

As the dispute continues in Marikana, and appears, if anything, to be spreading to both other platinum mines and to more and more workers at Lonmin, perhaps it’s worth taking a step back from the immediate actions and considering the broader economic effect of the strikes. Before we do, however, a brief overview of the [...]

UCU votes to suspend action over pensions.

Yesterday the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) held a special conference to determine where we go next in our pensions dispute. For those who haven’t been following the intricacies of it all I’ll attempt to briefly lay out where we were going into this meeting. UCU represents academic and what’s known as academic related staff [...]

Don’t give up the pensions fight

Today Unison signed a heads of agreement with the government over changes to NHS pensions. The agreement still needs approval from Unison’s health committee (and potentially the membership directly) and the full details aren’t yet public, but the guardian report: Unison’s head of health, Christine McAnea, said the offer contained some concessions from the government, [...]

Sparks occupy BBC Scotland

A group of electricians have occupied the BBC Scotland building to protest against the corporation’s failure to cover their long running fight against large building contractors who are attempting to cut their pay nationwide by 35%.   As reported on the site jibelectrician.blogspot.com: THIS morning, Saturday 17th,  Scotland M&E workers are currently occupying the Glasgow [...]

Green politicians confirm they won’t cross picket lines

The senior elected representatives of the 3 Green Parties in the UK – the Green Party of England and Wales, the Scottish Green Party, and the Green Party of Northern Ireland – have all now confirmed that they won’t be crossing picket lines during today’s strike. With staff at Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, the London [...]

5 things about pensions

Wednesday’s strike isn’t just about pensions. Unions like the PCS have been clear from the outset – anti-worker laws mean we can’t go on strike against government policies. So unions couldn’t ballot for action against cuts in general. Instead they chose the one direct issue between employers and workers – one cut – which applies [...]

Occupy to Support the Strikes.

On November 23rd students at universities across the country occupied their institutions as part of a day of action called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts. Here we repost an initial statement from the Edinburgh Occupation. We are now occupying Appleton Tower, in support of the UCU strike on Wednesday November 30, against [...]

Nov 30: Greens call Holyrood out on strike

“Pick a side,” urged the Green members of the Scottish Parliament, Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone, as they voted against scheduling business during the multi-union pension strike.

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