National Protest against Driver only trains, April 26th, Old Palace Yard, Westminster

April 26th marks a year of the RMT Southern Guards determined industrial action against driver Only operation (DOO) with over 30 strike days taken so far and more days planned until they can reach a joint settlement. The DOO dispute is about safety, security and accessibility on the railways , and is one which puts passengers before profit.

To mark that anniversary, and the threats they face elsewhere in the country by its threatened extension, they will be holding a protest at noon outside Parliament followed by a rally in Central Hall at 2.00pm.

 This will be their last opportunity to make some noise outside parliament until after the election and it would be great to have as much support as possible so please come along and show support if you can.


SAVE THE DATE – University of Brighton UNISON AGM March 8th in Cockcroft hall.

The University of Brighton UNISON AGM will be held on Wednesday March 8th in Cockcroft hall.  The meeting is 12 .30 – 2pm (12 if you want a buffet lunch) and members will be getting an invite in the next week.

This year’s AGM will include:

* Kath Owen, speaker from UNISON Higher Education Service Group Exec

* Reports from your Branch Officers and Representatives

* A chance to put questions to the Branch Committee

*Elections of next year’s Officers and Representatives

*Business including the Financial Report

University Staff to be balloted on action over pay.


UNISON members in higher education are to be balloted on whether they wish to take strike action over their employers’ pay offer, which would see most staff receive a 1.1% increase.

UNISON’s  Higher Education Service Group Executive will be calling on members to reject the 1.1% pay offer and take strike action to put pressure on the employers to make an improved offer .