Stagecoach/Virgin to run East Coast

Despite the campaign York TUC supported to Keep East Coast Public it seems the government has gifted the profitable public service to Stagecoach and Virgin.

More details reported by BBC News.


Health strikes

Further news from Unite the Resistance in York:

Hunt’s ‘snub’ to NHS staff on pay sparks four-hour strike on 24 November

From Unite

The continual failure of health secretary Jeremy Hunt to engage with NHS staff over their declining pay in real terms has sparked a four-hour strike across the health service in England on 24 November, Unite, the country’s largest union.

Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “It is crystal clear that Jeremy Hunt and his government have pulled down the shutters on talks to improve the ever-eroding incomes of the 1.35 million-strong NHS workforce.

“It is a snub to the dedicated and hardworking health professionals that sustain the NHS day in, day out, 365 days-a-year, as demand for services soar.

“The stonewalling of Hunt has energised our members to build on the industrial action they took earlier this month and to strike for four hours on Monday 24 November.” Continue reading Health strikes

Unite the Resistance Conference

Please see the report and announcement below from Unite the Resistance in York:

Unite the Resistance conference: Inspiration from the struggle, debates on the way forward

Around 550 trade unionists and campaigners attended sessions at the Unite the Resistance event in London on Saturday including delegates from York. It was a call for action against austerity, racism and scapegoating.There were many inspiring moments.

Continue reading Unite the Resistance Conference