Schools Strikes Will Damage Children’s Education

This week’s strikes will only serve to damage the education of thousands of children in Southampton and disrupt the lives of hard working parents. Many parents will themselves lose a day’s pay as they have to take the day off work and others will have to pay the cost of making alternative child care arrangements.Southampton’s schools are driving up standards and results are improving year after year. One of the key drivers of improvement is better attendance. The more children are in school the better …

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Labour Behind Council Strikes

Labour Behind Council Strikes

Labour Councillors and Labour Activists in the trade unions have been working together to disrupt services and cause misery for Southampton residents.   Last summer Labour even went as far as supporting the strikes that threatened to damage the port and disrupt the local economy.

As recently as the February Council Meeting Labour were holding rallies with the unions and backing further disruption in the city. Labour activists in the unions have said that intend to try and disrupt the opening of the city’s new …

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City Wide Clean Up Announced

Southampton Conservatives have today announced that we will have a city wide council clean up of Southampton, in order to get the streets looking spick and span after last Summer’s bin strikes.

Dozens of young people will also be given the chance to join in the cleaning operation in order gain to work experience.

The £100,000 clean up will take place over several weeks and is being funded from a VAT tax rebate that the council has recently received from HMRC for commercial waste collections …

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Social Worker Strike Is A Step To Far

Today’s announcement by union leaders that children and adult social workers in Southampton will strike next week is totally unacceptable. It is not right to put vulnerable people at risk.Vulnerable children and adults must be kept safe and looked after. I will be asking the trade unions to ensure that key services are exempted from the strike action.I hope that the trade union leaders do the right thing and allow those who work in key safeguarding roles to come into work so that our vulnerable …

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Audio Interview on Southampton Strikes

Interview with Portswood.info on industrial action (recorded Saturday 2nd July). Click HERE to see the full article on Portswood.info.

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School Strikes on 30th June

Details of which Southampton schools will be open on Thursday and which will be closed as result of the national schools strike can be found HERE.Well done to all those schools that are able to stay open. I know many schools are thinking creatively about how best to manage the school day and how to make curriculum changes to deal with some staff striking. It is important that the impact on children and their families is minimised by the action.

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Striking Staff Offered A Payrise

In a bid to end industrial action in Southampton the City Council last week offered to exempt all staff earning £22,000 or less from pay cuts and ensure a £250 payrise for those earning £21,000 or less. The offer forms part of a 10 point plan put to the unions. Sadly the unions bosses have refused to put the proposals to their members, despite claiming that 7 out of the 10 proposals were their ideas! Union bosses seem more interested in striking for political reasons …

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