Eastbourne and Brighton hospital workers and campaigners come together to defend the NHS.

Across Sussex, workers are saying ‘No’ to working longer, for less, for smaller pensions and seeing their jobs and the services they provide privatised and cut.

BUILDING SOLIDARITY IN ACTION
In Sussex, fire fighters and council workers have spoken at rallies of striking teachers; union members from local government, education and health supported City Clean workers; UCU, PCS, GMB, Unison and Unite members signed a letter supporting the postal workers strike; the Brighton probation office picket was joined by local trade unionists; the defend the NHS campaign in Sussex has brought together health workers and campaigners, and teachers, students, college and university lecturers and non teaching staff have taken action together to defend public education and decent pay for college and university workers. Across Sussex, Trades Councils and union branches have supported action to defend jobs, services, pay and pensions and will, again, support the FBU pickets. In the New Year it is possible teachers will strike over pay and university and college workers are due to take more action too. Faced with a growing resistance, government and employers are attacking the right to protest and to trade union organisation and using bullying and the threat of redundancies but this shows they are feeling worried and that further escalation is the key to winning. It’s time to turn solidarity into co-ordinated action. This can only make each campaign stronger. The fire fighter strikes over the next two weeks are an important step forward. In the New Year we’ll need more action.

Sussex Trade Union Network SOLIDARITY WITH THE FIRE FIGHTERS
Fire fighters are taking strike action, again, to defend their pensions against Government proposals that are unaffordable, unworkable and unfair. Strikes will take place between:
- 7pm and midnight on Tues 24 Dec - 6.30pm on Tues 31 Dec and 12.30am on Wed 1 Jan - 6.30am and 8.30am on Fri 3 Jan

These strikes — the seventh, eighth and ninth to take place — will include FBU members working in control centres on Christmas Eve refusing to work voluntary overtime, meaning every fire fighter will be taking part in industrial action together for the first time. For more about the fire fighters case and action see http://www.fbu.org.uk/archives/9243#more-9243 The fire fighters action proves the continued determination of the FBU to resist attacks on their members and the services they provide and they are not alone. Since the Sussex Trade Union Network conference and the Brighton City Clean strikes over pay in the summer, education workers, probation officers and post office workers have also been forced to take action to defend their jobs, working conditions and pensions. In Hastings, nearly 7,000 people joined with CWU workers in resisting the closure of a Crown Post Office; in Brighton university students and staff have continued their campaign to prevent the privatisation of education; in Crawley teachers and parents have witnessed the disaster of Gove’s Free School policy – another form of privatisation – and in Worthing,

SUPPORT THE FBU PICKETS!
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