Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Derby Teaching Assistants- Why I'm furious & you should be to
I am so bloody angry I could scream in fact I am screaming.
Today we had our Barnet UNISON AGM and we had a delegation of Derby Teaching Assistants to speak about the devastating 25% cut imposed on 2,700 low paid school workers by Labour run Derby City Council.
The first speaker started off well but when she started to describe what the cut is doing to her and her families lives she was in tears.
She is losing £400 a month.
She is working 50 hours a week for less pay.
The Council has £186 million in reserves.
They were all sacked and re-engaged.
We all told her her she was brave and there was nothing wrong crying. Indeed many of us were in tears and some of us were seething with anger.
This is not a right wing Tory Council this is a Labour Council in a Labour heartland.
Does this heartbreaking story sound familiar?
It should because in another Labour heartland Labour run Durham County Council are doing the same thing!
25% pay cut.
Jeremy has tried to speak to both Labour Leaders, but they persist in this inhumane cruel decision that is destroying lives of low paid female workers.
This is not the vision of a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn, it is the politics of the right wing of Labour. If you don't believe me ask the Former Care UK 90 Day Strikers about the lack of support from Labour MPs for their campaign.
The Labour Party is the biggest political party in Western Europe yet still grassroots are not being heard.
I fear that if grassroots members and potential Labour voters continue to suffer under Labour controlled Councils then it will become impossible to win a general election.
But back to the Derby TAs.
They are now on indefinite strike action. They need donations and messages of support. Please seek them out and do what you can.
We can not let such a devastating attack on workers go without a fight.
We had a bucket donation and have sent several donations.
I look forward to seeing them again.
Our branch gave them a standing ovation.
Solidarity to Derby TAs