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Campaigning Northampton grandfather wins major breakthrough in Europe

Blacklisting of trades unionists

Northampton grandfather Brian Higgins this week acheived a major breakthrough in his campaign against the illegal blacklisting of trade unionists. [...]
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This is a dispute that is entirely of the government's making

'Pay more, work longer, get less' remains government position

27 June 2011 Speaking after today’s meeting with ministers over the government’s plans to cut public sector pensions, PCS general [...]
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Unite's reaction to talks between unions and government on pensions

27 June 2011 Reacting to the outcome of talks held today on pensions (Monday 27 June) between unions representing public [...]
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'Stop the great pensions robbery'

(22/06/11) “Lies, damned lies and the inventions of a Tory poodle.” That was how Jane Carolan described what UNISON is [...]
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Workers organized in WAC- Maan insist: "No work without an agreement"

On June 16, 35 Palestinian workers at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim (a settlement area east of Jerusalem) began a [...]
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Crunch week for NHS as ‘privatisation’ controversy rages over PM's 'pledges'

10 June 2011 As the future of the NHS faces a crunch week, Unite, the largest union in the country, [...]
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RMT seeks urgent meeting with Transport Secretary

RAIL UNION RMT today demanded an urgent meeting with Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond as a detailed study of the fine [...]
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Coastguard climbdown is a 'body blow' for government – Mark Serwotka

19 May 2011 Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka has described the apparent climbdown over coastguard cuts [...]
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Benefit office closures 'deeply flawed' as unemployment will rise

13 May 2011   The decision by Jobcentre Plus to close one fifth of its benefit processing offices and call [...]
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Don't swallow Lansley's pre-election pause

Sunday 24 April 2011 John Lister from the Morning Star Don’t believe the headlines about a pause or a so-called [...]
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The Social Workers' Strike: A Setback with Important Lessons

By Assaf Adiv from Challenge magazine   The social workers’ strike ended in disappointment. (See Background article.) After the momentum [...]
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Health Bill – must be no way back for coalition's destructive NHS plan

5 April 2011 Unite response to Health Select Committee report into commissioning health services Reacting to the publication today (Tuesday) [...]
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Hundreds of jobs threatened under 'work' programme

1 April 2011 New contracts announced today to run the government’s back to work scheme will add hundreds more to [...]
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Hundreds march onto Cabinet, protesting Egypt's anti-strike law

Protesters assert their opposition to the new anti-strike law, directing their anger at the military council and Sharaf’s cabinet Yassin [...]
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Egypt's independent labour unions to protest anti-strike law

Anti-protest laws don’t go down well amidst the spirit of revolution, and unions respond defiantly, calling for Sunday protests Ahram [...]
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CTUWS calls for 'No' vote in the Egyptian Referendum

As Egypt votes today on the consitutional amendments the Muslim Brotherhood and the former ruling NDP call for a ‘yes’ [...]
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UNISON victory over "NHS privatisation tax"

UNISON is claiming a victory over the NHS “privatisation tax”, after the Government withdrew damaging plans to allow private companies [...]
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Iran – Mansour Osanloo's birthday (still in prison)

Mansour Osanloo is celebrating his 51st birthday today on 23 February. Without his family, friends and colleagues for the fourth [...]
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Egyptian government appoints nominee of state run "union" federation as Minister of Manpower and Immigration

This is from the CTUWS. It is not a very good translation but you will get the drift. Urgent Call [...]
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Egypt's Mahalla workers strike, bring demands to the military

More than 20,000 workers in Mahalla have relaunched a strike demanding higher wages and better management Marwa Hussein 16 Feb [...]
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Employees of Egypt's public banks in revolt

The staff of Egypt’s largest public banks protest at their headquarters on Sunday, demanding wage restructuring and transparency Salma Hussein, [...]
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Union's legal challenge over Somerset hospital staff's terms

Unions representing staff at a West hospital have lodged a legal challenge against “unilateral” changes to terms and conditions of [...]
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Kill Lansley's Bill – before it kills our NHS

26 January 2011 by John Lister The publication of Andrew Lansley’s enormous 367-page Health and Social Care Bill last week [...]
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Government-Dominated "Official" Labour Federation is One of Reasons Led to Crisis

Egypt, Centre for Trade Uion & Workers Services, January 27, 2011: While thousands of Egyptian workers have been participating with [...]
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The BMA Council has called a Special Representative Meeting to debate the government's NHS reforms

The BMA has also published a second reading briefing, which demands amendments to the Health Bill. The council’s chief concerns [...]
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London A&E closure 'puts 500,000 lives at risk'

Khiran Randhawa, Health & Social Affairs Correspondent London Evening Standard 27 Jan 2011 Half a million patients’ lives will be [...]
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Teachers strike to 'demolish regime'

Monday 24 January 2011 Teachers across Tunisia kicked off an indefinite strike today to demand that members of the ousted [...]
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Lansley's NHS Bill would be "a disaster for local accountability"

Health reporters and editors of local and national news media are urged today to lend their voice to the growing [...]
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Why the NHS 'pay cuts for job security' deal is flawed and unacceptable

Ahead of Monday’s special meeting of the UNISON health service group executive, UNISON Northern regional health committee has voted to [...]
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“We can't fight cuts if we collude with them”: A letter to UNITE Health workers

This is a letter from UNITE NEC Health Sector members Gill George and Frank Wood to UNITE health workers. Since [...]
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Birmingham boosts workers' fightback

Wednesday 05 January 2011 by John Millington, Campaigns Reporter, Morning Star Britain’s industrial fightback against the government austerity drive will [...]
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Fury at 'pay cut or 900 jobs' ultimatum at Aberdeen City Council

17 December 2010 By Frank Urquhart The Scotsman A CITY council is facing the prospect of all-out industrial action after [...]
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UNISON members to consider 'tough choice'

Through gritted teeth I post this UNISON Press Release for your information. What was it at the TUC Congress? “Coordinated [...]
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Whistleblower nurse reveals how Wirral hospital cuts 'will hit patient care'

From the Liverpool Daily Post CUTS at a Merseyside hospital will hamper patient care, a whistleblowing nurse told the Daily [...]
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Union's legal challenge may scupper council budget cuts

Some of the biggest council public sector cuts in Britain could be undone by a pioneering legal challenge by a [...]
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"UNISON gears up for lunchtime protests against further education funding cuts"

UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, is gearing up to join students, staff and other unions, for Save EMA [...]
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London FBU: RAP makes its recommendation…now it's up to you

A CONSULTATIVE BALLOT is about to begin, asking FBU members whether they wish to accept the recommendations of the chair [...]
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ICTU leaders Jack O'Connor and David Begg are booed at mass protest march

From the Kerry Public Service Workers Alliance The ICTU leadership was sent a clear message from the massive crowd at [...]
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"It's our future, not yours"

This is a brief report from a 16 year old school student, courtesy of NUT member Roger Silverman. November 24th [...]
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Len McCluskey's 'alliance of resistance' faces formidable challenges

Unite’s leader is keen to build a social movement against coalition cuts. That’s much easier said than done This week [...]
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New leader of UK's biggest union promises 'alliance of resistance' to cuts

Len McCluskey, newly elected leader of Unite, tells the Guardian he wants to force the government to step back from [...]
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Astonishing bust-up between radio's 'Mr Angry' and Brian Coleman

A sensational bust-up today between Brian Coleman, Tory chairman of the London fire authority, and LBC radio presenter James O’Brien. [...]
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FBU rep challenges Socialist Worker's coverage of fire strikes

In defence of the FBU This is from Socialist Worker Your coverage of the London firefighters’ dispute has angered FBU [...]
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London's 27 fire engines: not Brian Coleman's toys to throw out of his pram, says Fire Brigades Union

Following London Mayor Boris Johnson’s answers to questions on London’s 27 missing fire engines, the Fire Brigades Union general secretary [...]
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Social enterprises 'A leap in the dark' warns UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest public service union, today warned that Government plans to push ahead with large NHS social enterprise [...]
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Coleman's proposed cuts: "It stinks to high heaven" – listen to James O'Brien on LBC

Listen to James O’Brien’s podcast from LBC 97.3 on Brian Coleman’s proposal to cut 27 appliances in London. Ron Dobson [...]
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A day of shocking violence against London's Firefighters

Vehicles driven at speed into three FBU pickets Two strikebreakers arrested Strikebreaking contractors refuse first aid equipment to the injured [...]
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Nine jobseekers for every job in Duncan Smith's Cardiff

23 October 2010 The city where Iain Duncan Smith claims people from Merthyr Tydfil should go to find work currently [...]
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Kaiser workers call for new elections, stronger protection of workers' rights

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 4:33PM Employees’ choice thwarted by delays in NLRB enforcement, false fear campaign by SEIU and [...]
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USA: Challenging SEIU's collusion with Kaiser

October 15, 2010 Employer intimidation, government inaction and business unionism have prevailed for now at California health care giant Kaiser [...]
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Trade Union responses to Lord Young's report on Health & Safety

Here are initial responses from the RMT, GMB and UNISON to Lord Young’s report on Health & Safety Young report [...]
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What's happening with the Civil Service Compensation Scheme?

The announcement by Francis Maude that 5 of the civil service unions had reached an agreement to changes to the [...]
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NHS unions need to break with "partnership" to defend jobs and services

? This is a SOLIDARITY health service leaflet. You can download a PDF here The NHS faces a dual threat: [...]
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London FBU Ballot result: "It's a landslide!"

FBU members in London have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action short of a strike in response to management threat to [...]
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"Birmingham could be first battleground as unions prepare to fight cutbacks"

Birmingham is set to be the first battleground of a campaign to fight spending cuts which could spark a wave [...]
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"Privatisation is politically motivated"

Union says Royal Mail is successful and modernising while privatisation is unpopular and politically motivated to get hands on pension [...]
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Solidarity With the Ferrexpo Mineworkers – Poltava, Ukraine

A major dispute is underway between mineworkers in Poltava in West Ukraine and Ferrexpo Plc, a major player on the [...]
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Let's sing from the same hymn sheet

Thursday 12 August 2010 Gregor Gall from the Morning Star Several contributors to the Morning Star have written before about [...]
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