Fight Austerity

#Conservatives strong on weak and weak on the strong: From @LabourEoin

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Conservatives strong on weak and weak on the strong:

Enough is Enough: Liverpool NHS Bosses 50% pay rise. How can this be justified when #NHS Health Workers have lost 14% in real terms pay? #NHS front line staff need to strike back, the #Conservatives are destroying our NHS

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Pay rises of up to 50% for senior NHS managers in Liverpool have been described as “scandalous” by an MP.

Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chairman Nadim Fazlani got a £50,000 rise in 2014-15, Rosie Cooper’s Freedom of Information request found.

Replying to the West Lancashire Labour MP during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May promised an investigation into the pay hike.

Liverpool CCG said its salaries were set within NHS England guidelines.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39356516

Solidarity with our #Derbyuk Teaching Assistants: You can help by spreading the word and donating to the strike fund.

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In a major (and very brave) escalation, Derby teaching assistants are now on ALL OUT STRIKE over a 25% pay cut imposed last June. Last week Ranjit Banwait, leader of the Labour council, walked out of a full council meeting rather than face angry parents and TAs. He then walked out early from an ACAS meeting with UNISON the following day – to do prearranged media interviews condemning the negotiations!

Derby TAs are now calling on teachers and heads to help them close schools to bring about a swift resolution to this dispute – you can help by spreading the word and donating to the strike fund.

Make cheques payable to Derby City UNISON Industrial Action Fund and send to: UNISON Derby City Branch, Royal Oak House, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AR.

#Derby and #Derbyshire some Interesting Events

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Did you go to, and did you find valuable, the meeting with John McDonnell on Saturday 9th January?

Three more are planned by “All Together Now”.

 Highly recommended ACTING ALONE

22nd Jan: 7.30pm  Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House  Box Office: 01298 72190.
Ava Hunt asks whether we really stand up for what we believe in. Inspired by visits to the West Bank and Tel Aviv, actor, she weaves together stories of fragile humanity with the frequently hilarious experience of touring as an actor. In Acting Alone she asks; can one person really make a difference?

This one woman show enjoyed huge popularity at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2015 and now makes its way to the Arts Centre for just one night. Acting Alone is a heart-breaking, witty and confrontational piece of theatre which asks whether we really stand up for what we believe in.

 

Stop Fracking in Derbyshire

Stop Fracking in Amber Valley

 

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-fracking-in-amber-valley

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Fracking-tests-happen-Derbyshire-2016/story-27639447-detail/story.html

More information on these activities from the Bread and Roses Website.http://derby50k.co.uk/ and Derby Diary  www.derbypeoplesdiary.org

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Defending our NHS: Stop the #Conservatives dismantling our NHS: Save Student Bursaries

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Defending our NHS: Stop the Conservatives dismantling our NHS: Save Student Bursaries

The new fit for work tests are not fit for purpose – and at double the cost

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The new fit for work tests are not fit for purpose – and at double the cost

Despite the DWP spending more on disability assessments than it’s saving in cuts, the quality hasn’t improved. It is the political equivalent of burning £50 notes

Disabled people protest at parliament about the loss of the independent living fund
‘The DWP is handing £1.6bn of public money over three years to private contractors. Yet none of the companies met the government’s own quality assessment threshold.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

What is most damning about the NAO’s findings isn’t that the disability assessment system is haemorrhaging money (the cost of carrying out each employment and support allowance test has risen from £115 to £190). It is that higher spending isn’t creating a competent or ethical assessment. The NAO found that as the government has spent more the quality of the much-maligned tests hasn’t improved.

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