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The Trust failed to justify Gloria Emmanuel’s pay being lower than her male comparator’s, a maintenance supervisor.

London nurse wins landmark equal pay case

UNISON helped a nurse win a landmark equal pay claim against City & Hackney Teaching Primary Care Trust. The Trust [...]
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There will be widespread picket lines across Southampton on 3 August

Strike action spreads in Southampton – Social Work staff to strike

Update from Mike Tucker UNISON NEC and Southampton Branch Secretary Thanks to Union Futures website 1. Industrial Action On Wednesday [...]
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The government faces a summer of discontent over its reforms

Doctors to launch public campaign against proposed NHS reforms

BMA votes to reject idea that changes to health and social care bill will reduce the risk of privatisation of [...]
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This is a historical day for the trade union movement.

Britain’s two largest rail unions agree to merger talks

Publication Date: July 22 2011 The TSSA and RMT unions today agreed to commit to formal talks which could ultimately [...]
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Blacklisting of trades unionists: “Campaigning Northampton grandfather wins major breakthrough in Europe”

Northampton grandfather Brian Higgins this week acheived a major breakthrough in his campaign against the illegal blacklisting of trade unionists. [...]
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Today seems like a good day to debunk some public service pension myths…

Public Service Pensions – myth and reality

30th June 2011 Alice Hood TUC Today seems like a good day to debunk some public service pension myths… Myth [...]
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It’s time we entered the 21st century from the point of view of our employment terms.

Palestinian workers at Salit Quarries make history

by Eli Osheroff The article was first published in Zman Yerushalayim, taken from Maariv’s NRG website, June 26, 2011 Israeli [...]
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We have a duty to past, present and future generations

Doctors reject revised NHS plans

By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News, in Cardiff Doctors have rejected the government’s revised NHS plans, urging their union [...]
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‘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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Dave Prentis and UNISON

I find myself in the very unusual position of suggesting a moderate union leader has engaged in infantile ultra-leftism. I’m [...]
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Cuts are not the answer – organising and fighting for the alternative

UNITE Executive Policy Adopted by the Unite Executive 19th May 2011 Unite’s Executive Council unanimously confirms its opposition to all [...]
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Open letter to the medical profession: Now is the time to get tough on NHS reform

We are writing as a group of concerned doctors and we are also members of UK BMA Council. Next week [...]
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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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All that we are now asking them to do is stick to their word and get Arwyn back to work

Employment Tribunal finds Arwyn Thomas was unfairly dismissed

June 22, 2011 Arwyn Thomas’s Employment Tribunal today found that the London Underground driver was unfairly dismissed and that “no [...]
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The future is not orange. The future is purple and green

Birmingham members to strike against savage cuts

(22/06/11) UNISON council workers in Birmingham have voted to take industrial action in protest against a new contract proposed by [...]
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The Palestinian workers in Salit Quarry need your support!

On June 16, 35 Palestinian workers at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim (a settlement area east of Jerusalem in the [...]
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Royal Mail is not delivering

As profits dive, it’s clear this management isn’t modernising, it’s running the company into the ground – but why? Roy [...]
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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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Fire sale, going cheap – anyone want to buy enough fire engines and kit to run a large fire service?

June 16, 2011 The Fire Brigades Union has condemned the ‘for sale’ notice placed on the floundering company which owns [...]
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Job loss figure could spark strike ballot

16th June 2011 Responding to claims made by Royal Mail Chief Executive Moya Greene in an interview in today’s Daily [...]
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This first joint strike will include 750,000 public servants

Civil servants vote for strike over cuts to pensions, jobs and pay

15 June 2011 More than a quarter of a million civil and public servants today (15) joined teachers in voting [...]
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UNISON response to NHS Future Forum

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, said today that the Future Forum’s report into the NHS Health and Social Care Bill, [...]
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‘NHS privatisation train has not been derailed by Future Forum report’, says Unite

13 June 2011 The NHS privatisation programme is still on track despite protests by health professionals to the Future Forum [...]
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Tube victimisation dispute – the facts

Publication Date: June 14 2011 With strike action in the tube victimisation dispute beginning this weekend, tube union RMT today [...]
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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 as detailed analysis shows that McNulty Review will turn railways into a mugger’s paradise

RAIL UNION RMT today demanded an urgent meeting with Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond as a detailed study of the fine [...]
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Hosepipe Ban

Wednesday 8th June 2011 GMB congress told that parts of Midlands will see hosepipe ban in weeks unless there is [...]
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Royal Mail – fighting job losses and closures

Around 3,500 postal workers in four large London workplaces will probably be on strike in the next few weeks after [...]
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SEIU’s Dial 1-800-Solution Runs into Trouble

Steve Early, Labor Notes | June 6, 2011 Call centers now serve 800,000 members, but the results are disappointing, according [...]
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The sound of one hand clapping?

Jon Rogers The increasingly prompt and comprehensive official reporting from UNISON NEC meetings continues today, with an entirely appropriate emphasis [...]
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GPs not fooled by David Cameron’s pledges – doctors vote overwhelmingly to prevent destruction of NHS

9 June 2011 GPs have voted overwhelmingly to continue to oppose the Health and Social Care bill. The GPs, including [...]
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RMT names further strike dates in vicimisations dispute

Publication Date: June 9 2011 TUBE UNION RMT today announced strike dates involving all train driver members in the on-going [...]
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3 Questions to Con Dem anti-union emmisary Vince Cable MP

Professor Keith Ewing, who addressed the GMB Conference on the same day as Vince Cable MP earlier this week, poses [...]
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PCS and Unite take first action on equalities body

6 June 2011 PCS, the largest civil service union and Unite, the largest trade union in Britain and Ireland, are [...]
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Deregulation is really a workplace death wish

By Rory O’Neill Hazards Magazine A UK government-commissioned review of health and safety, which will report to ministers in autumn [...]
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PCS and Unite – together for the alternative

20 May 2011   Len McCluskey – leader of the million member Unite trade union – was given a standing [...]
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Billions wasted on Trident could stop cuts, warns UNISON chief

Commenting on the Defence Secretary Liam Fox’s announcement that the cost of a new fleet of Trident nuclear missile submarines [...]
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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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PCS conference: A quarter of a million public servants to ballot for strike

18 May 2011 More than a quarter of a million civil and public servants will ballot for a strike over [...]
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RMT response to the McNulty Rail Review

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “The inefficiencies of the UK rail system are entirely bound up with the fragmentation [...]
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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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UNISON calls on Lansley to hear the criticism and drop the bill

Health Minister Andrew Lansley must do more than listen – he must hear and act on the barrage of criticism [...]
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Unite and British Airways reach agreement on cabin crew

12 May 2011 Unite the union and British Airways have reached an agreement to resolve the long-running cabin crew dispute [...]
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PCS executive strike action motion

This is a PCS Executive Committee emergency resolution which will be put to the PCS conference next week PCS and [...]
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Reformers Win in California Grad Union Election

by Barry Eidlin | Tue, 05/10/2011 Labor Notes Graduate workers across the University of California have voted to transform their [...]
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Egyptian doctors hold first nationwide strike

Egyptian doctors staged the first strike today in public hospitals across the country, demanding better pay and conditions   Yasmine [...]
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Southampton UNISON members vote for industrial action

The result of the industrial action ballot which closed this morning was as follows: PREPARED TO TAKE STRIKE ACTION Number [...]
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Sheffield University members to ballot on strike action

(03/05/11) Some 2,000 UNISON members at Sheffield University will begin balloting over strike action this week to protect their pensions. [...]
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Threat of statutory duty removal

Rubbish could litter our streets, bodies could pile up, vulnerable children could be left without care, strip clubs could be [...]
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1 in 4 Not In Council Pension

One in four council workers already opted out of pension scheme shows proposed contribution increases to local government pension schemes [...]
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Drivers vote to stop victimisations on the tube

What a result! Train drivers and Instructor operators on LU were asked “are you prepared to take strike action over [...]
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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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On the picket line in Halifax

18 April 2011   History was made today with a first ever picket line at Halifax Jobcentre Plus call centre.That [...]
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Town halls face legal threat over cuts

08/04/2011 | By Rhiannon Bury, Inside Housing Local authorities face being taken to court over their spending cuts, following a [...]
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Strong vote for action against HMRC sick policy

13 April 2011 Members of PCS in HM Revenue and Customs have voted convincingly to take industrial action in opposition [...]
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Resolution submitted by the RCN National Stewards Committee

Following the minister offering job protection for some staff in return for a freeze in increments, Congress urges Council to [...]
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RCN conference – overwhelming vote of no confidence in Lansley

Resolution submitted by the RCN Greater Liverpool and Knowsley Branch That this meeting of the RCN Congress, in the light [...]
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More than 250,000 public servants to ballot for strike

12 April 2011 More than a quarter of a million civil and public servants could be balloted for a strike [...]
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Two FBU victories

April 5, 2011 Sticking by victimised members pays off We have recently been able to celebrate two fantastic victories against [...]
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Jobcentre call centre staff name strike date

8 April 2011   Thousands of Jobcentre Plus call centre staff will strike on 18 April after bosses refused to [...]
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Pension champions threatened with High Court as university pension row escalates

7 April 2011 Union says it’s outrageous that country’s second biggest private pension scheme is turning its fire on five [...]
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Connexions staff protest in Birmingham over job losses and office closures

By Kat Keogh, Birmingham Post April 6th Hundreds of staff at a Birmingham youth service staged a city centre rally [...]
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Health workers gear up to defend pensions

This is another report of the UNISON health conference from the UNISON Active blog UNISON delegates to health conference in [...]
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“Shadow Minister fails to catch mood of the conference”

From UNISON Active Following Dave Prentis’ rallying of health delegates to the National Health conference, there was a rousing demo [...]
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Exposing the myths about welfare

6 April 2011 Right-wing politicians and commentators make regular pronouncements about welfare. We look at its importance and bust some [...]
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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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NHS Hospital Trusts axe staff and beds under millstone of PFI schemes

Friday 1st April 2011 More and more NHS hospitals built at high cost with private finance in the last decade [...]
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RMT to ballot all tube drivers for action over victimisation of members for trade union activities

Publication Date: March 31 2011 TUBE UNION RMT announced today that it has served notice on London Underground for a [...]
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Reject EIS – Vote to reject revised proposals on teachers pay and conditions 2011

FAQ: What your union won’t tell you The EIS say: “The top priority of the EIS is to defend jobs. [...]
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After the cuts protest, what next?

The huge turnout of protesters means the TUC is burdened with great expectations; now unions must push the cuts campaign [...]
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BA vote shows cabin crew remain determined

28 March 2011 British Airways cabin crew, who are members of Unite the union, have voted to back strike action [...]
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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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250,000 or more on TUC demonstration

An estimated 250,000 or more people attended today’s demonstration. [...]
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People die when health and safety regulation is removed

A scalping or amputation is unlikely to be investigated now – under Chris Grayling’s regime how bad will an injury [...]
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As Hospitals Go ‘Lean’ and Squeeze Workers, Unions See Potential for Organizing

Kim Moody, Labor Notes March 15, 2011 Health care is a growing, consolidated industry with billions flowing into its coffers [...]
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Egypt protests against anti-protest law

The new decree-law issued by the cabinet yesterday draws the ire of activists and labourers who plan to take their [...]
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Israel – Social workers’ strike, confronting a privatized state

By Assav Adiv Sunday March 20 marked an important event in the history of trade unionism in Israel. The leadership [...]
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ASSETCO meeting to discuss crisis – infighting begins – brigade’s “smoke and mirrors” over back-up plans

From the London FBU The crisis engulfing AssetCo – the company which owns London’s fire engines and provides strikebreaking fire [...]
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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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£1bn social care funding gap piles pressure on NHS

Commenting on a report from The King’s Fund, which shows that local authority social care services face a funding gap [...]
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430 Workers Locked Out

Wednesday 16th March 2011 GMB WARNS BP, DU PONT AND BRITISH SUGAR OF LYNDSEY MARK TWO DISPUTE AT HULL CONSTRUCTION [...]
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400 construction workers fight lock-out at BP Saltend, Hull

400 engineering construction workers have been locked out from work since 14 March at BP Saltend near Hull. Arriving for [...]
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“Trade union pluralism” in Egypt?

The newspaper Al Ahram has reported that the Egyptian government has announced a number of reforms related to labour rights. [...]
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31,000 Elderly Homeless?

Monday 14th March 2011 31,000 elderly residents in Southern Cross care homes face being made homeless as GMB calls for [...]
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Hutton Problems

Thursday 10th March 2011 Final Hutton report: more recipe for disaster than blueprint for reform says GMB Lord Hutton had [...]
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Government will use Hutton report to raid public sector pensions

UNISON chief, Dave Prentis, is warning that the Government will use today’s Hutton report as a Trojan horse to raid [...]
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Managing Attendance in HMRC – Ballot

March 11th We have received Members’ Briefing MB/003/11 (see below) advising members of a ballot for industrial action over the [...]
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Southampton hospital workers strike again

Last time it was snowing and raining, this time bright sunshine greeted the still solid and growing strike by 250 [...]
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63 universities to be hit with strike action this month as UCU announces strike dates

8 March 2011 Well over a million students (1,241,655*) at 63 UK universities will be hit with strike action this [...]
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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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Thousands of jobcentre staff start strike vote

7 March 2011 Around 7,000 staff in Jobcentre Plus call centres will begin voting today in a strike ballot over [...]
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London’s fire engines owned “by a company in meltdown”

March 7, 2011 The chairman, chief executive and finance director of AssetCo, the company which owns and maintains all of [...]
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NUHW Nurses Strike in Los Angeles over Staffing Levels

Mark Brenner, Labor Notes March 3, 2011 More than 1,000 nurses at Kaiser-Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center walked off the [...]
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RMT secures major court victory on right to strike paving the way for millions to take action over cuts to jobs and services

March 4 2011 TRANSPORT UNION RMT this morning secured a major victory in the Court of Appeal over UK strike [...]
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RMT to Ballot LU Drivers for Strikes in Escalation of Battle against Victimisations

March 3rd 2011 From the RMT London Transport website RMT General Grades Committee decision today: We note that our Regional [...]
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Egypt workers lay down demands at new trade union conference

The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions officially announced its formation at a conference yesterday held at the Journalists’ Syndicate [...]
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New Voice in Wisconsin Protests: No Concessions, No Cuts

Colette Brown Labor Notes March 2, 2011 A day after 100,000 people demonstrated in Madison—one of the largest protests in [...]
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Madison, Columbus, Indianapolis: Pressure Mounts on Legislators

Labor Notes Staff March 1, 2011 by Jenny Brown, Mischa Gaus, Jane Slaughter Though their numbers aren’t as large as [...]
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Breaking News: ASSETCO facing winding-up order – London may lose Fire Engines

From the London FBU News is reaching us that AssetCo, the firm contracted to maintain London’s fire engines and provide [...]
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Labour activists: Mubarak trade union should be abolished

Independent labour union demands right to form official independent labour unions and dissolution of current nat’l union whose chairman is [...]
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Birmingham Hospital bosses who cut 300 jobs order £3 million investment over short-staffing

A Birmingham hospital trust that slashed more then 300 jobs to cut costs has ordered an urgent £3 million investment [...]
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Labour Upsurge in America’s Midwest

Kim Moody, UCU, NUJ In February 2011 mass mobilisations of public sector workers swept across much of America’s Midwest. In [...]
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Reports from the Wisconsin State Capitol

Here are a couple of reports from the US Solidarity website. See the Websine. They give a flavour of the [...]
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Wisconsin: ‘As Long As It Takes’

Howard Ryan, Labor Notes February 21, 2011 updated February 22 The spirit in Wisconsin is best captured by two teachers [...]
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Unite reveals 14 per cent ‘NHS privatisation tax’

17 February 2011 The government is planning a 14 per cent ‘NHS privatisation tax’ to help private healthcare companies take-over [...]
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The strike busters: Secret plans drawn up to tackle threat of a mass walkout

By Tim Shipman 22nd February 2011 In charge: Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude is leading the unit and has analysed [...]
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Glasgow Unions raise spectre of industrial action

Gerry Braiden 18 Jan 2011 Thousands of council workers face reduced holiday entitlement, increased hours and an end to flexible [...]
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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: Declaration by the Striking Workers of Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla

We, the 24 thousand striking workers of the Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla al-Kubra, on February 16, 2011 [...]
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Regional members pile pressure on BMA with vote to oppose health bill

18 Feb 11 By Ian Quinn Pulse Magazine Exclusive: The momentum in favour of a vote of outright opposition against [...]
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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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ACT NOW to save Iranian trade unionist Mansour Osanloo

As Iranian people demonstrate for freedom on the streets of Iran’s major cities, the TUC is joining Amnesty International to [...]
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Egypt: Military Council to ban strikes?

According to a report from Reuters yesterday the ruling Military Council will ban strikes and labour movement meetings. This was [...]
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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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Five leaders of the pro-government labour federation (ETUF) ask the Prosecutor General to close the CTUWS

The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS), on 11/2/2011 Five members of the leadership of ETUF : Abdel [...]
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The Egyptian Working Class Enters the Arena with Full Force

By Hossam el-Hamalawy My sources have just confirmed this now. The Cairo PuTblic Transportation workers, who started a strike today [...]
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Egypt: A new wave of workers strikes and sit-ins

Mass protests demanding change have triggered a fresh wave of mass strikes and workers’ sit-ins across the country Wednesday, spotlighting [...]
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Statement of the April 6th movement regarding the demands of the youth and the refusal to negotiate with any side

Feb 08 2011 by Jadaliyya Reports This statement was prepared by the April 6 movement. Translation below by Fida Adely [...]
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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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Demonstrations and strikes across Egypt

Workers, the unemployed and angry all took to the streets Tuesday demanding their rights and the removal of the country’s [...]
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Egypt: corruption in state “trade union” federation

Here are two press releases from the CTUWS “The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services “CTUWS” and several labour [...]
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Staff to strike at University of West England

University to face local strike action for the first time in its history over restructure plans Members of UCU at [...]
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Remploy disabled workers seek authority from GMB central executive council for strike ballot over redundancies

There is little point in adding more disabled workers to the dole queues since we know that they are not [...]
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Egypt, February 2nd – a war in Al Tahrir

This is a post from Zeinobia on today’s events in Tahrir square. As expected Mubarak and his regime have been [...]
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Revolution until victory

Egypt, CTUWS, February 2, 2011: The president Mubarak didn’t respond to the millions of Egyptians’ voice, who came out yesterday [...]
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The formation of the Constituent Body of the Egyptian Independent Trade Union Federation

Egypt is witnessing presently unforgettable days… Its people is showing unprecedented valor in its struggle to protect its right to [...]
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The Hijacker Government Shows its Claws

30/01/2011 by Tunisia Solidarity Campaign Tunisian General Union of Labour Tunis 29 January 2011 A few hours after the remaking [...]
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Tunisia: Bizerte UGTT statement

Bizerte UGTT Statement Posted: 27/01/2011 by Tunisia Solidarity Campaign The UGTT ( Bizerte ) pays tribute to the martyrs 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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Egyptian workers form new union

The TUC has received the following press release from the independent trade union organisation CTUWS, whose website has been blocked [...]
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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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Britain’s biggest public sector union found guilty in court – Witch-hunt ruled illegal

From Glenn Kelly At a time when 150,000 council workers are facing redundancy and another 100,000 have been told they [...]
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TUC statement on the union industrial response to government spending cuts

We await reports from inside today’s TUC meeting. Below is the response of Brendan Barber. Fearing the discussion on “coordinated [...]
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Casualty units shut to pay for private finance hospital contracts

NHS trusts are closing accident and emergency departments to help pay for hospitals built under the Private Finance Initiative, an [...]
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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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Nurses Vote on Action to Stop Cuts at St Georges Hospital

Four hundred Theatre Nurses and Practitioner members of health care union UNISON at St Georges hospital, South London, have started [...]
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Public rally in support of speech and language therapists and children’s services

Wednesday 2nd February 2011 Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, Camberwell 6.30pm Speakers include: Striking Speech and Language Therapists Parents [...]
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Egypt protests are breaking new ground

Egyptians have been here before, but the nature of this protest will unsettle a regime for which complacency is a [...]
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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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1,600 job losses in Heart of England NHS Trust- UNISON response

Commenting on the news that 1600 – 20% of staff – at Heart of England NHS Trusts are set to [...]
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NLRB Schedules Hearing on SEIU-Kaiser Collusion

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a report that could result in the overturning of last fall’s election [...]
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Tunisia: UGTT Demands Dissolution of Government

Statement of the National Administrative Commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) 1. The General Union of Tunisian [...]
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Hundreds protest at council and health cuts in Southampton

Thursday 20th January 2011 By Matt Smith Political reporter Daily Echo NEARLY one thousand council and health workers took to [...]
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British Airways cabin crew ballot result

21 January 2011 British Airways cabin crew members of Unite have voted in support of industrial action by a huge [...]
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Model of a Modern Royal Mail

Roy Mayall 19 January 2011 Last week all the new walk-sequencing machines in our area broke down. This meant that [...]
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Doncaster Council strike ballot

18 January 2011 Doncaster Council’s biggest trade union has started the ball rolling over a prospective strike over public spending [...]
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Northern Ireland: Health cuts put 4,000 jobs at risk

15 January Up to 4,000 jobs could be lost through Northern Ireland health cuts. The reductions could come over the [...]
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PCS: Massive support for campaign against cuts

14 January 2011 PCS members have voted by a massive majority to back the union’s campaign against cuts to public [...]
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Tanker drivers warn oil industry bosses to take their heads out of the sand

14 January 2011 The greed of an industry worth billions has led to mounting frustration amongst Britain’s oil and petrol [...]
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Resisting the Cuts – Success at Bright Start Nursery (Brighton)

Last month saw Brighton & Hove Tories make a U-turn in their plans to shut down Bright Start nursery. The [...]
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NHS Increment Freeze Rejected by GMB

Thursday 13th January 2011 NHS increment freeze rejected by GMB, the union for NHS workers in hospitals, ambulance services and [...]
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Health workers reject divisive two year freeze

UNISON has joined UNITE in relecting the ‘pay cuts for job security’ deal offered by NHS management. Members of UNISON’s [...]
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Fighting Health Care Privatization in Canada

An Ontario community-union alliance has successfully fought health care privatization by fostering coalitions that sustain struggles for quality public health [...]
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Instead of telling rail users the truth, Guillaume Pepy is blaming SUD-Rail!

The French rail system is in terrible shape: instead of telling the truth to rail users, Guillaume Pepy (president of [...]
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Open letter to the BMA about the health white paper

Clive Peedell and more than 100 co-signatories ask why the BMA is not representing its membership and has acted as [...]
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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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Strike while the iron is hot!

The RMT has called a further days strike action for Saturday 15th of January in the campaign to reinstate Eamonn [...]
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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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Leading medics challenge GPs to fight Andrew Lansley over NHS reforms

More than 100 doctors, including 20 professors, sign open letter criticising British Medical Association leaders Doctors‘ leaders are facing a [...]
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Birmingham city refuse collectors announce new strike dates

5 January 2011 288 Unite members working in refuse collection for Birmingham city council (BCC) have called two new strike [...]
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London Underground lies exposed as new documents show that nearly a third of tube stations will be left unstaffed as cuts bite

Publication Date: January 6 2011 TUBE UNION RMT today demanded an immediate halt to the London Underground cuts programme as [...]
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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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St georges nurses vow to defend the NHS

Nursing and NHS professionals at St Georges, Tooting, South London started 2011 by taking time out at lunch time to [...]
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Watsonville Community Hospital nurses picket in a demand for more staff

By Cathy Kelly Santa Cruz Sentinel December 23, 2010 WATSONVILLE – Scores of nurses demonstrated in front of Watsonville Community [...]
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RMT strike Arriva Tains Wales

Following an 85% ballot in favour of strike action, RMT train driver members on Arriva Trains Wales were out on [...]
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London Fire dispute ends with FBU members voting for Option 2

FBU members in London have voted heavily in favour of Option 2 of the Resolution Advisory Panel’s recommendations – shifts [...]
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Kirklees Council workers vote for industrial action

Thousands of council workers in West Yorkshire could go on strike in the new year after voting to take industrial [...]
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English Regional Firecontrol Project Scrapped

On Monday 20th December the Westminster Fire Minister issued a written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons which terminated, [...]
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Julian Assange receives Alliance Media Pass: unions offer support for WikiLeaks

23 December, 2010 | Media Release WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief Julian Assange will today (Thursday) be given his Media Alliance union card, [...]
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Aberdeen City Council staff reject 5% pay cut

Aberdeen City Council plans to cut £120m from its budget over five years Unions in Aberdeen have rejected an appeal [...]
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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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New ballot of cabin crew begins at British Airways

21 December 2010 Cabin crew at British Airways will start to vote today (Tuesday) in a fresh ballot for industrial [...]
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PCS: Cameron inviting industrial and legal action by refusing negotiations

Speaking after a meeting with prime minster David Cameron, which he attended with other trade union leaders and the TUC [...]
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Resolving the dispute in the NSSN

This is a personal view from SOLIDARITY Editor, Martin Wicks Download a PDF of this piece here Six officers of [...]
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Hospital strikes

(20/12/10) Striking hospital support staff in Buckinghamshire and Southampton have held marches and rallies to publicise their dispute with private [...]
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Unions, get set for battle

Len McClusky The Guardian Sunday December 19th We must join students in a broad strike movement to combat attempts to [...]
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The not so jolly postman

People used to say being a postman was the best job in the world. You’re up and out, in the [...]
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USA – Judge rules in favor of workers who voted to join NUHW, finds Kaiser violated the law

Last Monday, an Administrative Law Judge ruled that Kaiser Permanente violated the law by withholding scheduled raises and benefits from [...]
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“Reply to Dave Chapple from NSSN officers”

This is a response from NSSN officers who are members of the Social Party to the circular signed by 5 [...]
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The future of the NSSN: a statement from NSSN Officers and Steering Committee members

We are drawing attention to the disastrous outcome of the Steering Committee of the National Shop Stewards’ Network (NSSN) meeting [...]
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Sefton UNISON fights £38m cut backs?

Sefton UNISON Local Government Branch is fighting back against the 1,000 threatened job losses and £38m frontloading cuts next financial [...]
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Israel – Pyromaniacs

By Ido Mahel Challenge Magazine The Carmel fires of December 2010 were not the result of just another failure or [...]
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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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RMT announces action in two separate disputes over victimisation of underground train operators Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas

Eamon Lynch, RMT Bakerloo Line drivers’ health and safety rep, has been sacked by LU and although he remains on [...]
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Unions to seek strike ballot for Sefton council staff

by John Siddle, Liverpool Echo December 8th UNIONISTS said they have a “massive mandate for industrial action” after Merseyside council [...]
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UNISON pledges £20 million to fight savage cuts

The UK’s largest public sector union, UNISON, has today (8 December) set up a £20 million fighting fund to combat [...]
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Support NUJ members on strike today

NUJ members at the Newsquest-owned Southern Daily Echo in Southampton and The Argus in Brighton are on strike today. NUJ [...]
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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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RMT calls for full support for student fees protests

TRANSPORT UNION RMT today called on its members and the entire trade union movement to get out on the streets [...]
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BA faces court hearing on policy of dismissing Hong Kong cabin crew at 45

British Airways is facing a crunch court of appeal hearing this week into its policy of dismissing its female Hong [...]
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Winter issue of SOLIDARITY now available

Included in this issue: Oliver New (RMT Executive member) writes on the London Underground struggle – “A battle for jobs [...]
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Trade unions may call one-day strike across Scotland

Paul Hutcheon Herald Scotland 5 Dec 2010 Concerted nationwide industrial action has moved a step closer after one of the [...]
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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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Save the EMA – Get organised for 13 December 2010

The government intends to axe the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for college students in England. This will have a massive [...]
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NUJ members continue to step up the industrial action campaign at Newsquest

NUJ members at Newsquest Darlington have voted strongly in favour of strike action, as the dispute with the company escalates [...]
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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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Canada: Winnipeg Wildcat – Postal Workers Refuse Unsafe Work

thanks to Pete Firmin for this Howard Ryan A spontaneous one-day walkout of 70 Canadian postal workers over injuries triggered [...]
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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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New ballot at BA as Unite says end victimisation and punishment of cabin crew – put passengers first

29 November 2010 Unite, the union for British Airways’ 11,000 cabin crew, today (Monday) confirmed that a fresh ballot for [...]
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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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Coleman’s latest anti-firefighter outburst

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is today facing calls – including one from his predecessor, Ken Livingstone – to [...]
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Shock closure threat to suffolk 999 centre – fbu urges public to speak out

27 November 2010 Emergency fire calls in Suffolk could soon be answered outside the county under plans to close the [...]
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Human rights committee sides with PCS against cuts

30 November 2010 An influential parliamentary committee has criticised the government’s plans to cut civil service redundancy pay as being [...]
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RMT response to LU on victimisation

London Underground’s response to the RMT’s ballot to reinstate victimised rep Eamonn Lynch is not the most robust of arguments. [...]
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The birth of a new movement

Friday 26 November 2010 by Paul Brandon An unprecedented opportunity for all those on the left is upon us. It’s [...]
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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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Student protests and alliance of resistance?

This is from the UNISON Active blog As a parent and a UNISON member I took part in the student [...]
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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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140,000 council jobs set to be shed in the next year – LGA

LGA media release – 25 November 2010 Around 140,000 local authority jobs are expected to be shed in the next [...]
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RMT slams Government plans to halve numbers of additional rail carriages from 1300 to 650 over next four years

Publication Date: November 25 2010 RAIL UNION RMT today accused the government of deliberately distorting the announcement on rail investment [...]
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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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Student protests

Here are some links to the national movement of student/school student protests. BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11828882 National Campaign against Fees and cuts [...]
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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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UNISON – Follow the leaders?

From Jon Rogers blog In the spirit of supporting other trade union bloggers when they get blogging right – by [...]
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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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Five-day Kirklees Council strike moves step closer

Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner November 17th 2010 A FIVE-DAY council workers’ strike has moved a step closer. Trade union [...]
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Con-Dems on health: Like Thatcher on speed

John Lister, Director of Health Emergency The pace and scale of the cuts is inexorably rising across England as primary [...]
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RMT to ballot for action in two separate disputes over victimisation of underground train operators Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas

Publication Date: November 22 2010 IN TWO separate disputes over the victimisation of RMT London Underground activists the union announced [...]
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BA union leader predicts fresh strikes in January

A leader of the British Airways cabin crew – who have been resisting changes to their working conditions for more [...]
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Ireland: TEEU backs civil unrest campaign

TEEU general secretary Eamon Devoy says country is on the brink of significant civil unrest. IRISH TIMES REPORTERS One of [...]
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Fire Service Pensions:the latest attacks outlined

At the Firefighters Pension Committee (FPC) meeting held on 17 November 2010 a paper was presented by the Communities and [...]
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PCS ballot to reject government offer after minister reneges on promise of further talks

19 November 2010 We are balloting PCS members on the rejection of the government?s proposed cuts in the civil service [...]
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Schools Medical Provision Inadequate

GMB Warns parents that over 1 million school pupils with medical needs are at risk through “inadequate” provision as government [...]
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Leaked internal document exposes TfL lie that job cuts won’t lead to unstaffed stations

Publication Date: November 18 2010 TUBE UNION RMT today repeated its call for a halt to the TfL jobs cuts [...]
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RMT calls stoppage and overtime ban in support of sacked First Great Western member

Rail union RMT announced today that members at First Great Westerns Long Rock Maintenance Depot in Penzance will be taking [...]
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National call centres to handle all GP appointments under DH-backed plans

The lunatics rally are in charge of the asylum. This is from the Health magazine Pulse Today. By Ian Quinn [...]
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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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Construction company found guilty of blacklisting prominent trade unionist

A major construction contractor has been found guilty by an employment tribunal of blacklisting a prominent trade unionist. On 10 [...]
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Plymouth NHS staff vote ‘no’ to move to steamroller through social enterprise plans

Staff at Plymouth primary care trust (PCT) have voted overwhelmingly against plans for community services to be transferred to a [...]
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No-strike contracts offered to firefighters

Thursday 11 November 2010 A fire authority was accused today of being “hell bent” on provoking industrial action by firefighters [...]
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Unite members in the corrugated board industry ballot for industrial action

12 November 2010 The 2,500 Unite members working in the corrugated board industry have voted by a 9-1 majority to [...]
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Coleman faces backlash from LFEPA faces backlash from LEFPA colleagues

London FBU Senior figures on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) have slammed chairman Brian Coleman for his [...]
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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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Tories propose 500 firefighter cuts after strike

London could lose 500 firefighters and one in six of its fire engines under new cost-cutting measures proposed by its [...]
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UNISON NHS survey reveals front-line pressures

UNISON, the UK¹s largest public service union, is warning that staff shortages, recruitment freezes and redundancies are set to ‘turn [...]
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Cuts will have devastating impact on council housing

Cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) will have a devastating impact on council tenants. Combined with cuts to [...]
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BBC pensions strike – Live updates

Journalists across the BBC walked out at midnight in the first of two 48 hours strikes in protest at plans [...]
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Strike suspended – decision on mass sackings delayed

At its meeting this afternoon, the London regional committee of the FBU agreed to put a proposal to the brigade, [...]
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Activists swap unions to join BBC pensions strike

Four leading BECTU activists at the BBC have quit the general broadcasting union and applied to join the National Union [...]
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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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“Reckless and irresponsible”: Coleman and Dobson threaten to leave London without a fire service

The accusation has been thrown at the FBU by the London Fire Service and much of the media that it [...]
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UNISON to consult on industrial action over abolition of schools support staff pay body

UNISON, the UK’s leading public sector trade union, today said it would be consulting members on taking industrial action over [...]
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Schools Pay Body Abolished

Thursday 28th October 2010 Gove leaves schools and local authorities in lurch once again as government abolishes pay review body [...]
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PCS National executive response to comprehensive spending review

27 October 2010 Next steps in the campaign to defend job, pay, pensions and public services, and an update on [...]
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Council Workers Face Lock Out

Wednesday 27th October 2010 10,000 workers in Rhondda Cynon Taff Council face a “lock out” if they refuse to accept [...]
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More than 26,000 Birmingham City Council staff offered voluntary redundancy

More than 26,000 staff at Birmingham City Council are being given the opportunity to volunteer for redundancy. A trawl of [...]
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London Fire Service – Coleman fails to show up at peace talks

Last night on national television, the leader of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), Councillor Brian Coleman, invited [...]
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Department of Health considers national pay increment freeze

Health Service Journal 27 October, 2010 | By Sally Gainsbury The Department of Health is to examine introducing a national [...]
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November 5th Firefighters strike unless London Fire Brigade withdraws sacking notice

London’s 5,600 firefighters are set to escalate their strike action unless the London Fire Brigade withdraws the August 11 sacking [...]
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3% extra on pensions – £1 billion pension raid on Council workers is wrong and unsustainable

Tuesday 26th October 2010 Government plans to hike pension contributions are unaffordable and unworkable GMB commented on a proposal contained [...]
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Staff at South London and Maudsley NHS trust balloted for industrial action

26 October 2010 Unite members at South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS trust are being balloted in a consultative ballot [...]
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FBU calls 47 hour strike

Just received news that the FBU has called a further strike on November 5th at 10.00 hours, to last for [...]
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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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Generation will be thrown on scrapheap by massive cuts

The government’s comprehensive spending review will put hundreds of thousands of public sector workers out of work and is an [...]
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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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The Unsorting Office

Roy Mayall 13 October 2010 It’s been a bad few weeks at our delivery office. First of all Vince Cable [...]
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FBU sets strike dates

Following yesterdays decisive strike ballot result, the Fire Brigades Union has called two initial 8-hour strikes. The first strike will [...]
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Buckinghamshire Hospital staff in strike vote

Oct 14 2010 By Lawrence Poole, Buckinghamshire Advertiser HOSPITAL workers across Buckinghamshire have voted to ballot on strike action after [...]
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BBC pension offer: union reps call for ‘NO’ vote in ballot

This is the text of a leaflet put out by union reps at the BBC calling for a “NO” vote [...]
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Compensation scheme update 14 October – Talks on redundancy re-open

14 October 2010 The national executive committee (NEC) agreed on the 7 October that the latest offer on the civil [...]
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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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London Firefighter vote for strike by 79%

London firefighters today voted by 3482 to 943 to take strike action unless London Fire Brigade Commissioner Ron Dobson withdraws [...]
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RMT Rep – Eamonn Lynch – sacked!

Bakerloo RMT branch on Thu, 14/10/2010 RMT health and safety rep, Eamonn Lynch was sacked by London Underground yesterday 13th [...]
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Tory Pension cuts to start to bite for 3.5 million pensioners as pensions rises are linked to lower inflation index

At a stroke in June the Tory led Government wiped thousands of pounds from diligent savers’ retirement incomes, now the [...]
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Passport office closures increase risk of identity fraud

Criminals will find it easier to produce fraudulent passports if the government presses ahead with office closures in the Identity [...]
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A signing of a collective agreement between WAC (Israel) and Musrara Art School

A collective agreement between the Israeli Workers Advice Centre (WAC) and Musrara Art School was signed on August 25 A [...]
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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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Government seeks to slash redundancy pay to make massive job cuts

The government is seeking to override the wishes of the majority of its workforce by imposing cuts to civil service [...]
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Hutton report – UNISON response

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said: “Our key priority is to make sure that our members’ pension schemes, that they [...]
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Hutton Proposals for Firefighter Pensions are just a step too far

Firefighters are appalled to learn of the Hutton proposals on pensions, which suggest cuts in their pension provision, increasing their [...]
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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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NHS ‘privatisation’ white paper has no democratic mandate, says Unite

The NHS white paper, which heralds the rapid privatisation of the health service, has no democratic mandate from the public, [...]
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Reading Trades Union Council is back!

Over 30 activists from a dozen unions working in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Reading attended the re-foundation [...]
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Fire Service threat to move out of county (Berkshire)

The future of Berkshire’s fire control centre in Tilehurst is on the brink, according to the Reading Chronicle. Two weeks [...]
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NHS Oxfordshire announces … One in three NHS jobs to go

At today’s Board Meeting of NHS Oxfordshire released a bombshell. Tucked away on page 30 of a QIPP (Quality, Innovation, [...]
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Health workers vote to keep their services in the NHS

HEALTH professionals in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland have voted for a second time to keep services within the remit [...]
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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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The mood in the Royal Mail sorting office

Vince Cable has spoken: Royal Mail is to be privatised. My colleagues wonder whether things can possibly get any worse. [...]
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Working together to fight the cuts and promote public services

PCS and Unison joint statement PCS and Unison are committed to working together to fight cuts and promote public services. [...]
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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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Staff to ballot on industrial action to halt London hospital pathology privatisation

Plans to privatise one of the country’s leading pathology services at London’s King’s College Hospital are being opposed by Unite, [...]
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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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South Africa: Joint Media Statement By Unions On Suspending The Strike

Report by SADTU First Published: 06/09/10 The COSATU Public Service Unions and the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) that represent more [...]
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PCS and UNISON forge alliance to fight cuts

8 September 2010 Two of the UK’s biggest public sector unions, UNISON and PCS, representing 1.7 million workers, have pledged [...]
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Hundreds to lobby TUC leaders, demanding national demo against Con-Dem cuts

Hundreds of angry union members from across Britain will gather in Manchester this Sunday (12 September) for a vocal lobby [...]
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Strike solid as RMT demands Rail Regulator investigation to breaches of Post-Kings Cross Fire Safety Rules

Tube union RMT confirmed this morning that support for strike action amongst both TSSA and RMT members’ remains rock solid [...]
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South African strikers reject government offer

The South African public sector strike was set to continue after the country’s main labour federation on Wednesday rejected a [...]
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BBC staff deliver massive mandate for action on pensions

The joint unions, BECTU, the NUJ and Unite have today welcomed the overwhelming backing of union members in the BBC [...]
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A message to Tube passengers from Tube staff: Why we are striking: To defend services, safety and jobs

London Underground plans to: get rid of around 800 station staff posts reduce ticket office opening times by around 7,500 [...]
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GMB Strike at West Lothian

GMB MEMBERS AT WEST LOTHIAN REFUSE SERVICE TAKE STRIKE ACTION IN PAY DISPUTE West Lothian Council need to come back [...]
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10,000 Tube staff to strike to defend jobs and safety

SOME 10,000 members London Underground’s two biggest unions will begin a rolling series of strikes on September 6 against plans [...]
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UNISON takes legal action over NHS white paper

UNISON, the UK’s largest public service union, today started legal action against the Secretary of State for Health, challenging his [...]
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Kirklees Unison strike ballot launched

Kirklees Unison has launched a formal industrial action ballot, to begin strike action in September to challenge the council’s headlong [...]
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FBU Ballot begins over LFEPA sacking threat

FBU’s general secretary, Matt Wrack , wrote last week to LFEPA (London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority) bosses, notifying them [...]
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PCS: 100 days of attacks – What has the new government done?

An overview Since forming a coalition government on Tuesday 11 May, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have wasted no time [...]
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Solidarity demonstration with swedish cleaners

On the 13th August 2010 Trade Unionists and other supporters demonstrated outside the offices of London Regional in Solidarity with [...]
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Threat to sack London Firefighters – FBU ballot deadline

The London Fire Authority’s threat to dismiss all their staff and re-employ them on new terms and conditions has produced [...]
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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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Matt Wrack comments on LFEPA sack threat

Fire Brigades Union’s general secretary, Matt Wrack, has just released the following statement in relation to today’s developments: “Sacking all [...]
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BMA’s historic mistake on White Paper

An Open letter from John Lister of Health Emergency to Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chair of the BMA Council, in response [...]
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Talks blown apart as LFEPA begins process of mass dismissals

A letter to all London FBU members The FBU has reported previously on the ongoing talks taking place over LFEPA’s [...]
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Ministry of Justice – Mass job losses loom as justice cuts revealed

10 August 2010 The Ministry of Justice is planning for job cuts on an unprecedented scale as the first indication [...]
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RMT to take tube safety campaign to Euston passengers after fire detection failures and calls for urgent inspections at all sub-surface stations

TUBE UNION RMT is to leaflet rush-hour passengers at Euston station this Wednesday morning over cuts to safety and safety-critical [...]
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Scottish UNISON members reject pay offer

UNISON members in Scotland have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer from local government employers. The result of a consultative pay [...]
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An Open Letter to SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Ms. Henry: When I first learned you would become SEIU’s new President, I was filled with hope that you would [...]
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Health union threatens court action over NHS privatisation proposals

Friday 06 August 2010 Health service workers are on collision course with the government over sweeping changes to the NHS [...]
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RMT to ballot all tube fleet for action as London Underground doubles time between crucial safety inspections

Publication Date: August 6 2010 TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that it is preparing a ballot for action of all [...]
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Community-Union Collaboration in California Beats Oil Refiner’s Divide-and-Conquer

Community and union groups in Richmond, California, have notched two victories against oil giant Chevron, but not before the company [...]
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Axing wages board will see farm workers suffer

Abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board unleashes market forces and will make the vulnerable even more so Gregor Gall- Guardian Comment [...]
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Victory for Yunus Bakhsh as health trust is bashed

Yunus Bakhsh by Yuri Prasad From http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=21968 Yunus Bakhsh, a highly respected trade unionist from Newcastle, has won a four-year [...]
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RMT motion at TUC calls for coordinated strike action, national demonstration and link up with community groups in fight against the cuts

Publication Date: August 2 2010 TRANSPORT UNION RMT has tabled a motion for the TUC Congress in Manchester in September [...]
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Evidence busts myth pensions are unaffordable

Evidence submitted by the civil service unions to the government’s review of public sector pensions busts the myth that they [...]
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Staked out for the vultures

By John Lister information director of Health Emergency The new coalition government white paper Liberating the NHS could reduce the [...]
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A red alert film warning of the imminent dangers facing the heart of the NHS, to be produced for Keep Our NHS Public and Health Emergency

The outgoing Labour Government instigated cuts of £20 billion in the NHS which the ConDem Government is continuing to implement. [...]
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London FBU responds to commissioner's blog

The FBU was very disappointed to read the commissioner’s latest blog post, in which he openly threatens to sack every [...]
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RMT secures massive victory for low paid workers as tube cleaners win fight for London Living Wage

TUBE UNION RMT today secured a massive victory for low paid workers as it was confirmed today that all tube [...]
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Call on TUC to scrap Cameron invite

The following motion was passed unanimously at last night’s meeting of the Bristol and District Amal. Branch Central Committee. The [...]
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BT Ballot cancelled

5th July 2010 The Communication Workers Union today (Monday) is disappointed to have to cancel the notice for the industrial [...]
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Resistance to Public Sector cuts – Bracknell

Work is going ahead in Bracknell to build our, broadly based, anti cuts committee. At a recent stormy meeting of [...]
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Secret plans to destroy our NHS

Wednesday 30 June 2010 by John Lister One bizarre side-effect of the Con-Dem coalition government has been the belated publication [...]
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Andy Stern’s Next Gig? Board Member at a Bio-Warfare Pharma Company

Andy Stern who was going to reforge the American union movement – the man described by Tony Woodley as a [...]
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Cutting jobcentre staff while unemployment rises is 'absurd'

Plans announced by the Department for Work and Pensions today to cut 8,000 jobs from jobcentres by March 2011 are [...]
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Judge's ruling reverses firing of worker

After a year-long investigation and hearing, a judge has ordered one of California’s largest hospital corporations to reinstate a worker [...]
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Academies – applicants in your area

The government has released a list of schools which have expressed an interest in becoming academies. The GMB website has [...]
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Trade Union responses to the emergency budget

Here are four trade union responses to the emergency budget. FBU REACTION TO BUDGET Commenting after today’s budget address by [...]
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RMT's Bob Crow calls for emergency meeting of Trade Union Congress to plan co-ordinated action against Government attacks on jobs, pay and pensions

TRANSPORT UNION leader Bob Crow today issued a call for an emergency meeting of the Trade Union Congress to be [...]
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John McDonnell Private Members’ Bill – tackling employer abuse of trade union ballots

10th June 2010 John McDonnell MP has been drawn first in the Private Members’ Bill Ballot today and has opted [...]
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Judge vindicates PCS over cuts to redundancy pay

?? 18 June 2010 A High Court judge has dealt the final blow to the government’s unlawful cuts to civil [...]
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No evidence for deregulating health and safety

Report by Hazards Campaign 16/06/2010 Health and safety at work is only a joke if you are not on the [...]
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RMT slams 'lethal and unworkable' Tory plan to axe all tube drivers and operators in a dash for cuts

TUBE UNION RMT tonight condemned “lethal and unworkable” plans leaked to the BBC from within the GLA Tory Group to [...]
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The Lesson of the Flotilla Bloodbath: End the Occupation

Position paper of WAC-MAAN about the deaths on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza http://www.wac-maan.org.il/en/home WAC-MAAN, which organizes within its ranks [...]
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A Honda Worker in China Speaks Out at Close of Historic Strike

“Our parents have suffered from this cheap labor market and now they are getting old. Do we want to follow [...]
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Lambeth's “Co-operative Council” – UNISON response

What follows is the branch’s initial response to Lambeth Council’s proposals to become a “Co-operative Council.” We intend to sound [...]
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The Salit Quarry workers strike in the occupied West Bank

by Roni Ben Efrat For the background of a three year struggle see: http://www.wac-maan.org.il/en The entire workforce of the Salit [...]
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Major victory for union over plans to cut civil service redundancy pay

10 May 2010 The Public and Commercial Services union has won a major legal victory against government plans to drastically [...]
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Cabin crew announce further BA strike dates

10th May 2010 British Airways cabin crew are to hold a further 20 days of strike action following their overwhelming [...]
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Election result is a rejection of cuts agenda

The lack of clear support for the Tories in the general election and poor showings for Labour and the Liberal [...]
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BA cabin crew overwhelmingly reject company offer

Unite the union cabin crew employed at British Airways have overwhelmingly rejected the company’s offer relating to the current industrial [...]
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Unite recommends rejection in BA cabin crew ballot and challenges BA's motives for settlement

Unite the union has begun balloting its 12,000 cabin crew members on the latest offer from British Airways management, with [...]
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Royal Mail's plan for junk deliveries

Postal workers will soon be under pressure to deliver junk mail to every household Roy Mayall Postal workers have voted [...]
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The right to strike under threat – a European Taff Vale?

SOLIDARITY Editor Martin Wicks examines the implications of two recent injunctions against strike action by UNITE and the RMT. This [...]
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Matt Wrack re-elected

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack has been re-elected. He received 6,088 votes. The other candidate John McGhee received 3,920. 42,376 [...]
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We will fight cuts all the way, warn unions

Tuesday 20 April 2010 by Malcolm Burns in Dundee The STUC has launched a vigorous campaign to defend Scotland’s public [...]
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SEIU vs. NUHW: Who Owns the Union?

by Mike Parker, Labor Notes A federal jury in San Francisco awarded damages to the Service Employees union on Friday [...]
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RMT calls on STUC to condemn SNP ‘union-bashing’ over Scotrail

THE SNP government at Holyrood is set today to be accused by the Scottish TUC of “union bashing as shocking [...]
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Rail unions rally to defend safety rules

by John Millington in Lille, France Transport unions from across Europe have held a mass rally of thousands of railway [...]
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Union deal lets postal workers down

If the agreement between Royal Mail and the CWU is accepted it will be another weapon in the armoury of [...]
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Scotrail strike solid as government and company hide behind each other

Rail workers to lobby Scottish Parliament over safety on Thursday MEMBERS OF Scotland’s biggest rail union delivered another rock-solid strike [...]
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Network Rail's great April fool's prank

The greatest April fool’s joke in a long time was perpetrated last week by Network Rail. And in the process, [...]
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‘You Can Take the Time from Your Break’

Roy Mayall There’s a Tannoy system in our office. It’s very rarely used. Most people just shout when they want [...]
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Register a complaint against John Humphreys smear of the RMT

In John Humphreys interview with Bob Crow on the injunction against strike action on Network Rail, the presenter suggested that [...]
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RMT President replies to the Guardian

This is a letter from RMT President Alex Gordon in response to the Guardian’s coverage of the injunction against the [...]
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The case of the phantom signal boxes – Network Rail propaganda and the balloting regulations

The injunction against the RMT in relation to its strike action on Network Rail was supposedly based on ‘irregularities’ in [...]
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Unions demand retraction of ballot rigging slur against RMT…… ballot conducted by electoral reform society

Eight National Unions, who are represented by the Trade Union Coordinating Group, today demanded that the BBC make a full [...]
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Network Rail industrial action called off for both signalling staff and engineering members

This is an RMT circular to its members. As you are no doubt aware Network Rail, instead of negotiating with [...]
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Campaign to fight the blacklist and to support Brian Higgins

From Allan Armstrong Last autumn, the official journal of the construction workers’ union, UCATT, revealed the shocking details of a [...]
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Cost-cutting goes into reverse as BA strike-breakers become world's most expensive cabin crew

29 March 2010 Pilots working as cabin crew during the current strike are pocketing an extraordinary £166 per hour – [...]
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Unite steps up financial support for BA cabin crew – £700,000 to be raised for fight against cuts

29 March 2010 Unite, the union for BA cabin crew, has announced today (Monday) that it will raise £700,000 from [...]
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"In Unity We Shall Replace Economic Terror with Fair Employment "

Hundreds of women march in Tel Aviv, Marking Women International Day 2010 By Michal Schwartz A colorful march took place [...]
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Ireland: National Public Services Alliance Conference

Press Release from NPSA Conference March 27th The National Public Service Alliance of public service trade unionists placed a picket [...]
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BA strike: against a race to the bottom

by Gregor Gall Professor of Industrial Relations, University of Hertfordshire The BA dispute in shaping up to be the key [...]
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RMT announces national rail strike dates involving maintenance and signalling staff

RAIL UNION RMT announced today that following the failure of Network Rail to offer anything conclusive aimed at resolving disputes [...]
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Striking Civil Service Union Responds To Budget

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) responded to the budget as up to 200, 000 civil and public servants [...]
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USA: What’s In the Health Insurance Bill, What’s Not

by Jane Slaughter in Labor Notes What’s weird about the whole health insurance fracas is that Republicans and some insurance [...]
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Union Organising and the Health of the Union movement in Britain

A new pamphlet by Gregor Gall for the Institute of Employment Rights The publication assesses the impact the “union organising” [...]
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More reflections on the agreement

By Roy Mayall Money I don’t know about you, but I didn’t go on strike for money. I went on [...]
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GMB members overwhelming vote for strike action in British Gas over 'macho' management

8,000 GMB members have voted overwhelmingly for strike action at British Gas GMB announced today. Over 82% voted YES for [...]
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Unite 10am BA strike update: Day three

22 March 2010 On the third day of the BA stoppage, Unite has issued an update of how the strike [...]
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More junk from Royal Mail

A London Postal Worker calls for rejection of the CWU/Royal Mail agreement Four months since the national postal strikes were [...]
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Why this basket case of an authority is not fit to run the world's finest fire service

This is a London FBU Newsletter ‘THE REPUTATION OF the London Fire Brigade is being dragged through the mud. The [...]
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RMT signalling members vote for action

RAIL UNION RMT announced this morning that a ballot for action of signalling and supervisory staff has returned a vote [...]
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Deconstructing the agreement Part 2

By Roy Mayall Interpretation We’ve been reading through the text of the agreement to see what it reveals. This technique [...]
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Deconstructing the Agreement – Part 1

By Roy Mayall Purpose and Scope Reading through the new agreement I’m struck by how far short of expectations it [...]
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Precedent-making decision in favour of 21 "temporary" workers and WAC-MAAN

By Nir Nader Regional Labor Court: Manpower Workers in Archaeology must be Employed Directly by IAA after 9 Months Jerusalem’s [...]
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Report on the National Dispute between Network Rail and RMT

This is by an RMT member and Network Rail employee The potential for a national rail strike grows as RMT [...]
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Civil service compensation scheme: keep the pressure up

PCS Branch briefing: 11 March Support the national overtime ban National strike action now set for budget day – 24 [...]
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RMT Network Rail maintenance vote overwhelmingly for action over 1500 safety-critical job cuts

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members on Network Rail maintenance have voted by 77% for strike action and by [...]
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PCS: Invest in Revenue and Customs to close the £120 billion tax gap

The amount of money lost to the government through tax avoidance, evasion or uncollected tax exceeds £120 billion according to [...]
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The Role and Future of Trade Union Education

An invitation to engage in a discussion and debate: Saturday 27th March, Ruskin College (Walton Street site), Oxford (For travel [...]
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Defending Public Services and Jobs

The Spring issue of SOLIDARITY is now available. This is an article from it. “The strength of the unions depends [...]
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Royal Mail deal is junk

Royal Mail’s deal with the CWU is not just bad for postal workers – it will leave our postboxes stuffed [...]
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Don't Give Up On The Union – Vote No

Here is Roy Mayall’s response to the ‘deal’ which CWU members will have to vote on. It is a response [...]
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Personal report of NEC member to London Branches concerning democracy in UNISON

I am writing to London UNISON branches for whom I have email addresses, as one of your members of our [...]
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Women's Coalition for Fair Employment

A March of Working Women, followed by an Assembly, in Tel Aviv on International Women’s Day—March 8, 2010 by Roni [...]
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Crane Safety win for Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group

Report by Liliana Alexa Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group has won the fight to change the law around crane safety. [...]
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RMT confirms dates for ballot for national rail operations staff industrial action over reductions in safety

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that a ballot for national industrial action involving Network Rail operations staff across the country [...]
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PCS Members vote for national strike

25 February 2010 Up to 270,000 civil and public servants from across the UK are set to launch a month [...]
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Fog clears on NHS massacre

John Lister, Director London Health Emergency London’s NHS could face £5 billion worth of cuts over the next few years. [...]
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RMT confirms dates for ballot for national rail strike

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that a ballot for national industrial action involving rail maintenance workers across the country will [...]
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RMT demands immediate halt to job cuts as Network Rail is hit with a Prohibition Notice over track patrols

RAIL UNION RMT today called for an immediate halt to Network Rail’s plans to axe up to 1500 safety-critical maintenance [...]
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Royal Mail – "Downstream Access"

Downstream Access By Roy Mayall Postal workers will certainly know about Downstream Access, but how many members of the public [...]
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Reintroduce the postal monopoly of Royal Mail

You may have heard about the postal worker blogger who goes by the name of Roy Mayall. He came to [...]
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NUHW Landslide Election in S. California

Yesterday, 2,300 caregivers at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California won a landslide election victory to join NUHW and leave SEIU. [...]
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PCS National executive committee agrees industrial action ballot timetable – branch briefing

Branch briefing The national executive committee has agreed to proceed to ballot members on a campaign of national industrial action, [...]
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‘We told the bosses we’d escalate if they didn’t meet our demands’

Lessons of the North Devon Hospital dispute One of the main aims of the conference is to learn from successful [...]
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Irish public sector workers begin work-to-rule

More than 300,000 public sector workers in the Republic of Ireland are to begin a national work-to-rule in protest at [...]
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Sixth Iranian Sugar Union Leader in Prison – Act Now!

Reza Rakhshan, communications officer for the Haft Tapeh independent sugarworkers union in southern Iran, was arrested by security agents at [...]
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UCU calls on University of Leeds to halt 'devastating' cuts as strike ballot launches

13 January 2010 The fight to save jobs at the University of Leeds will intensify this week as members of [...]
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£75 million wasted on rail franchising since 2003

RAIL UNION RMT today slammed the government for “presiding over a culture of private waste” on the railways after new [...]
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(Royal Mail) Loopholes

This is from Roy Mayall’s blog on the London Review of Books site. I was talking to my union rep [...]
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RMT announces rally and lobby of parliament in fight to stop axing of 1500 safety-critical rail maintenance jobs

RAIL UNION RMT today announced arrangements for a rally and lobby of parliament on Wednesday 27th January 2010 in the [...]
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Sodexo members strike in North Devon

More than 200 UNISON members working for Sodexo at the North Devon NHS Trust are due to start a two-day [...]
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South Yorks Firefighters threatened with sack over shift changes

South Yorks Fire dispute: formal letters sent threatening to sack firefighters if they will not accept shift changes. The South [...]
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Nation’s Largest RN Organization Says Healthcare Bill Cedes Too Much to Insurance Industry

By National Nurses United December 21, 2009 The 150,000 member National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional organization of registered [...]
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RMT to ballot for action over Network Rail maintenance job cuts

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be balloting members on Network Rail maintenance, and other staff affected by [...]
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RMT confirms six more days of strike action and overtime ban in South Wales signallers strike

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed six more days of signallers strike action and an overtime ban in the dispute over [...]
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Roy Mayall replies to 'You and Yours'

This is a response by Roy Mayall (the postman who has come to public prominence with his book “Dear Granny [...]
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Land Registry workers shocked by secret filming

WEYMOUTH Land Registry has been secretly filming staff at home, in shops and at the gym after they made compensation [...]
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PCS to launch legal action and hold strike ballot

PCS decided today to launch legal action with other unions against the government over unilateral changes to the Civil Service [...]
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'Take Back Our Union' Slate Wins New York Bus & Subway Local

Chalk up another win for union reformers in New York. After victories by reform slates in two Teamster locals, 814 [...]
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Re Proposed Dismissal of elected Trade Union Facilitator by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

UNISON Press Release Zena Dodgson, elected Trade Union Facilitator at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust lodged an appeal against [...]
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Outrage That New Regulations Will Fail to End Blacklisting

Construction union UCATT fears that new regulations designed to outlaw blacklisting contain so many loopholes they will not deter the [...]
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Where now for postal workers?

An update on the postal dispute by a London postal worker When the postal strikes due for Friday 6 and [...]
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Six day strike by South Wales signallers

RAIL UNION RMT today announced six days of strike action by a group of signalling staff in the Wales and [...]
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WAC – Maan Has Established a “Truck Drivers’ Parliament” on its Way to Founding a New Union

An initiative for a start a new truck drivers’ Union was launched by the WAC – Maan association on Saturday [...]
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Israel – Diggers Wages

By Jonathan Ben Efrat, in Yedioth Aharanot They earn NIS 2000 per month, are dismissed every nine months, and have [...]
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Superdrug strikers march back to work

At 5.30am on Tuesday 24 November Superdrug strikers assembled by the Barnsley Oak pub in South Elmsall to march back [...]
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UNITE: Jerry Hicks announces intention to stand in election for General Secretary

One year. two elections: keep more than an eye on both Next year will see two elections. Both are likely [...]
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Where now for the postal dispute?

As we previously reported the London Division of the CWU has called for a return to national strike action. Here [...]
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Union activist threatened with redundancy as management propose to appoint union convenor!

Zena Dodgson, the elected Trade Union Facilitator (TUF) for staff at East Surrey, Crawley and Horsham hospitals, has been threatened [...]
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CWU London Division calls for national strike action

Postal Workers’ Dispute – London Update  20.11.09 At this afternoon’s meeting of the London Divisional Committee it was reported that [...]
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UNISON challenges proposed NHS cuts

Today convenors (senior stewards) from the Oxfordshire Health UNISON branch met and discussed the proposed cut of 240m in NHS [...]
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Statement by CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro on the House bill on healthcare

Of all the torrent of words that followed House passage of its version of healthcare reform legislation in early November, [...]
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In the sorting office

This is a letter written to the London Review of Books by a postal worker in London Like Roy Mayall [...]
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Why i'm onstrike today

From today’s Guardian Posties and the service we provide are being sacrificed on the altar of profit. We’re fighting back [...]
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Leeds Cleaning Strike

600 members of GMB and Unison have been on strike since the 7th September over Leeds Council’s proposals to level [...]
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Mexican Government seizes power plant, liquidates dissident union

Over the weekend Federal Police seized the plants of the Central Light and Power Company of Mexico, which provides electricity [...]
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UNITE behind the Postal Workers

Royal Mail Managers across Britain are being used in an effort to weaken the postal workers and their CWU union [...]
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GMB Engineering Construction Workers Vote To Reject Employers "Final Offer"

GMB Engineering Construction Workers Vote To Reject Employers Final Offer On Pay And Conditions  Members insist on the skills and [...]
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Leeds Refuse workers strike

GMB Central Executive Council provide £10,000 to hardship fund for victimised workers facing pay cuts and launch appeal to all [...]
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London FBU: Industrial action to begin as talks break down

London FBU is set to commence industrial action next week after talks aimed at averting a dispute ended in deadlock. [...]
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Occupation holds back Vestas factory closure date as company extends consultation period

The occupation of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight today passed another significant milestone with the [...]
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RMT pledges full support to Vestas occupation

TRANSPORT UNION RMT today pledged full support to the workers occupying the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of [...]
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Vestas occupation – all power to their elbow

A press release from Jerry Hicks, candidate in the election for Amicus-UNITE General Secretary On Monday 20th July workers began [...]
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Save Vestas wind turbine plant

22/07/2009 6:00 pm DECC, 3 Whitehall Place, SW1A 2HD Just when we need a huge expansion in renewable energy they [...]
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GMB To Ballot Engineering Construction Members For Strike Action At Power Station And Oil Refinery Sites

The objective of this dispute is to eliminate discrimination, unfair treatment and exploitation in this industry of workers wherever they [...]
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Barclays staff to be balloted for industrial action

Unite members will be balloted for industrial action over Barclays’ decision to close its final salary pension scheme. Unite members [...]
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Posties deliver three day strike

By John Millington, Morning Star LAYING THE BLAME: Lord Mandelson attempted to push the responsibility for Royal Mail’s difficulties on [...]
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RMT Network Rail Maintenance members vote by over 95% to reject harmonisation proposals

RAIL UNION RMT announced today that members working for Network Rail Maintenance have voted by over 95% to reject harmonisation [...]
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GMB Accuse Senior Managers Of Provoking The Unofficial Dispute At Lindsay By The Layoff Of Original 51 Workers In Breach Of Agreements

It is clear from what Richard Rowlands told the union that there never was any intention to redeploy these workers [...]
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Iran: The elections and workers organisations

This is a statement by the Tehran bus workers whose union has been subject to continuous oppression since it was [...]
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UNISON NEC: And the winner is?

This is from UNISON NEC member Jon Rogers blog The first meeting of the newly elected National Executive Council(NEC) was [...]
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Essex Fire Crews tell Fire Authority – suspend plans for firefighter cuts or ballot starts on June 25th

Essex fire crews and officers have given the fire authority a further 10 days to shelve plans to cut firefighters [...]
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Lindsey oil refinery – bosses refuse to negotiate

One thousand striking workers at the Lindsey oil refinery have called for national walkouts at engineering construction sites across Britain [...]
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"No more blank cheques"

A UNISON Press release from today’s session of their conference Dave Prentis laid down the gauntlet to the Labour government [...]
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Build Britain out of recession – Unite calls for action to kick-start social housing building programme

An action plan to kick-start the social housing building programme for the 4.5million people on waiting lists was launched by [...]
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Sackings spark second Lindsey strike

Hundreds of engineering construction contractors have walked out at the Lindsey oil refinery in North Lincolnshire for the second time [...]
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Workers' unity secures Linamar convenor's job

Unite convenor Rob Williams has been reinstated to his post at the Swansea plant of car components maker Linamar, the [...]
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London Underground Strike

RMT General Bob Crow secretary writes: RMT doesn’t resort to industrial action lightly, that’s just a myth peddled by some [...]
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UCATT General Secretary election – Vote Dooley

A union activist has asked to post this in relation to the UCATT General Secretary’s election. As a recent statement [...]
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Why we need a Campaign for Social Ownership

This is a discussion document expressing a personal point of view. I would welcome feedback, either on the comments page [...]
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Overwhelming vote for strike to reinstate Rob Williams

Linamar workers in Swansea have voted for an all out strike in support of their sacked convenor Rob Williams The [...]
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GMB members at Anglian Water vote for strike action over potential £2,500 pay cut

Meeting on Friday to discuss form and timing of industrial action at Anglian Water says GMB 27 May 2009 Hundreds [...]
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Union to consider standing candidates in election

PCS today set in train a process that could see the union standing and supporting other candidates in future parliamentary [...]
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Getting Detroit back to work

As GM and Chrysler’s retrenching deepens, the two companies have announced that together they will shutter 24 plants. Rank-and-file job [...]
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Money to burn: fire service IT project spending £40 million on rent and other building costs after series of delays

This is an FBU press release Nearly £40 million will be spent on nine regional fire control centre buildings before [...]
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Reinstate Rob Williams

Rob Williams, trade union Convenor of Linamar Swansea and vice chair of the NSSN, was sacked by the Linamar management [...]
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Chrysler's Plan? Send Pay and Standards Down the Drain

By  Larry Christensen from Labor Notes The media consensus is that union auto workers escaped the government-imposed restructuring of their [...]
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SOLIDARITY Meeting – Fighting for the right to work? How should the unions respond to the economic crisis?

May 9th 2009 12.00 – 15.00 Venue: Exmouth Arms, 1 Starcross St, London NW1 2HR (near Euston Station) Speakers: Gregor [...]
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A call for messages of protest to the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ministry of Labor

The Israeli Workers Advice Center  is calling for support for workers dismissed by the Israeli Antiquities Authority WAC-MAAN calls on [...]
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Glasgow City UNISON ballots for strike action

This is from the Glasgow City UNISON website The Council intends to cut some of your co-workers wages in April. [...]
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Sacked Visteon staff vow to continue blockade

VISTEON workers fighting for justice after being summarily sacked vowed on Friday to blockade their factories into next week. A [...]
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RMT ballots 3,000 rail engineering workers over threat to jobs

MORE THAN 3,000 rail engineering workers at six of Network Rail’s key contractors are to be balloted for industrial action [...]
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National rally and lobby of parliament for a publicly owned people’s railway, Tuesday May 5

Rail bosses are using the recession as an excuse to attack jobs and conditions and cut back on services and [...]
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An evening with Andy Stern

Lucky fellow Steve Early had the opportunity to listen to the wit and wisdom of SEIU leader (as Tony Woodley [...]
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Six weeks to save the NHS from new, flawed "reforms"

A Health Emergency Press Release Friday March 20th As Foundations collapse, campaigners warn of more scandals to come: The shocking [...]
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Egyptian workers on the move

Kamal Abbas (52), Director of CTUWS in Egypt, has been caught in a maelstrom. During the past year CTUWS branches [...]
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Speak out and you could be blacklisted

It’s time to impose a proper punitive system on employers who victimise workers for voicing concerns Gregor Gall from Comment [...]
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Eye-witness at Staythorpe demo

This report is courtesy of Jerry Hicks. I thought people might like to hear of my account of the mass [...]
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WAC calls for reinstatement of sacked East Jerusalem workers

From the Israeli Workers Advice Centre 21 Palestinian workers of the Antiquities Authority from East Jerusalem, were laid off by [...]
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Now is the winter of our discontent

Gordon Brown’s slogan ‘British jobs for British workers’ has come back to haunt him, as workers’ protests gather momentum (writes [...]
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Fairclough withdraws

This is a press release from the campaign of Jerry Hicks for General Secretary of the Amicus wing of UNITE. [...]
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"Government must take control of the banks"

GMB Press release January 21st 2009 Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary commenting on today’s rise in unemployment said: “Unlike some [...]
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WAC-Maan: stop Israel's war on Gaza

Press release: December 30, 2008 Arab Construction worker killed and 9 wounded as missile hits the Israeli city of Ashkelon [...]
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Sheffield PCS beats off vicitmisation

Management back down in face of strike action DWP activist Lee Rock has had his penalty for serious misconduct quashed [...]
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CWU response to Mandelson

CWU Responds to Mandelson 16th December 2008 Billy Hayes, general secretary, said: “It is incredible that the British Government which [...]
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Bolton – postal workers to strike over centre closure

This is from the Bolton News. There is a ballot on it asking if people support the strike, which currently [...]
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Postal workers in Bridgwater vote for strike action

Postal deliveries in Bridgwater and the surronding area are facing disruption after members of the Communication Workers Union voted by [...]
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HMRC office closures

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) working at Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Westgate House, Bridgwater [...]
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Oppose Buckinghamshire Fire Service Cuts

Dear Comrades, Will you please take a moment to sign the petition on the link below? It concerns the frontline [...]
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POCA account stays with Post Office

This is a CWU Press Release Today, in the House of Commons, James Purnell Secretary of State for the department [...]
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Card Check: Can it Organise the Unorganised

This is from Kim Moody in the latest issue of the US Lbor Notes Employers do everything in their power [...]
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Unite: why that's precisely what we need to do

Gill George reports on a Special Executive Committee meeting of the Amicus wing of Unite (on October 9th) which threatens [...]
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Workers in India battle corporate car parts firm Pricol

More than 3,000 workers, many of them women, employed by Indian car parts manufacturer Pricol in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu are [...]
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Hazards Conference 2008

This is a report of this year’s Hazards Conference by Chris Smart, RMT activist from Manchester. It was his first [...]
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Anti-Academies Alliance

The Anti Academies Alliance involves parents, teachers, school governors, trade unionists, councillors and MPs. We believe that the government’s Academies [...]
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Farewell to a free NHS

Allyson Pollock says: Read the small print: Lord Darzi’s report pave the way for Labour to charge for NHS care. [...]
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Summer Issue of SOLIDARITY available

The summer issue of SOLIDARITY is out now. It includes: Kim Moody (“Workers of the (English Speaking) World Unite?”) examines [...]
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Irish Voters drive stake through the heart of the Lisbon Treaty

This is an analysis of the No vote in Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty. It is by John Meehan from [...]
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RMT statement to European conference of rail trades unionists

We congratulate participants attending this conference and contributing to this vital discussion. We welcome the support this initiative has received [...]
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Egyptian activists call for independent unions

Increasing violations of workers’ rights and an unrepresentative, state-controlled, trade union structure necessitate the formation of independent, worker-led, trade unions [...]
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Tube cleaners strike for living wage

AROUND 700 RMT Tube cleaners working for four private contractors are to stage a series of strikes after voting by [...]
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CWU delegates back ballot for industrial action

Delegates at the CWU conference in Liverpoool have voted unanimously for a ballot on industrial action. The union’s press release [...]
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Egyptian workers impose a new agenda

Asma Agbarieh-Zuhalka of the Israeli Workers Advice Center reports on a trip to Egypt to meet activists in the new workers’ [...]
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CWU Postal Exec Emergency Motion

This is an Emergency Motion to the CWU’s forthcoming conference, from the Postal Executive Committee This Conference agrees that we [...]
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From Shanxi to Dongguan, slave labour is still in business

One year after the Shanxi brickyard slave labour scandal first broke in late May 2007, many reportedly freed slaves have [...]
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The REAL news on What's Happening?? in the postal service

In April 2008, the pamphlet “What’s Happening?? The Truth About Work…& the Myth of ‘Work-Life Balance’ ” mistakenly contained an [...]
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'New Zealand takes rail back into public hands

‘The news that the New Zealand government is to repurchase its national rail and ferry operations is not only good [...]
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17,000 Network Rail workers balloting for industrial action

Two separate disputes involve maintenance and signalling staff MORE THAN 17,000 RMT members at Network Rail are being balloted for [...]
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Local Government – Unison to ballot for strike action?

UNISON’s committee covering local government has voted to reject the government’s 2.45% pay offer and to ballot its members for [...]
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Labor Notes impressions

Sheila Cohen reports on her visit to the US Labor Notes conference Reporting on a Labor Notes conference is as [...]
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SEIU's internal divisions spill into delegate races

Mark Brenner writes in the US Labor Notes Mounting conflicts within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have spilled into [...]
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Reasons to reject the NHS pay offer

Gill George, from the Unite national Executive Committee has put together a detailed response to the NHS pay offer and [...]
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Irish union members at British Telecomm stage public protest at company Head Office

  On Tuesday April 22nd a large group of BT Ireland staff, with support from other CWU members, held a [...]
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Lambeth Council bans trade union from staff conference

Lambeth’s Labour-led Council has sunk to new depths by refusing the trade union UNISON, which represents more than 2,000 council [...]
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South West Trades Unionists support call for Trades Councils' rights

This is a Bridgwater TUC Press release on a debate which took place at the AGM of the South West [...]
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Defending Thai journalists against Tesco

  On his blog (http://jeremydear.blogspot.com ) Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary reports of Tesco’s attempt to silence two Thai journalists [...]
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Open Letter to SEIU members and Leaders on the Violence at the Labor Notes conference

This is an open letter from members of the reform movement in the SEIU, condemning the action of the SEIU [...]
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SA union refuses to handle arms for Zimbabwe

Durban – Opposition to a shipment of arms being offloaded in Durban and transported to Zimbabwe increased on Thursday when [...]
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Dustbins to overflow in Leeds

Strike action will commence with the first day of strike on Wednesday 23 April 2008, an indefinite work-to-rule will start [...]
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SEIU International attempts disruption at Labor Notes Conference

Following the row between the Services Employees International Union and the California Nurses Association over the management inspired ballot in [...]
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Stealing Union Money

Sooner or later some wag with a sense of the satirical is bound to call Gordon Brown Mr Sure Touch. [...]
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College lecturers vote to strike on pay

College lecturers in England have voted to strike on Thursday 24 April in support of a demand to bring their [...]
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Call for Hospital cleaning drive

This is a UNISON press release. It’s a potentially good initiative so long as it is translated into campaigning activity. [...]
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Offshore Industry: employers appeal – the fight goes on!

This is a statement from the OILC (Offshore Industry Liaison Committee) which formally unites with the RMT on May 1st. [...]
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Negotiating pay cuts – or how to throw Gordon Brown a lifeline

Gill George, Unite NEC member, reports on her blog http://gillgeorge.wordpress.com/2008/04/07/union-negotiators-recommend-pay-cuts/ that UNISON and RCN walked out on the other unions [...]
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Spring Issue of SOLIDARITY is available

The spring issue of SOLIDARITY (Issue 22) is now out. It includes: Dave Chapple (president of the Bristol CWU branch) [...]
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Greg Tucker – a brief appreciation

This is from the Bristol Rail branch of the RMT, written by Alex Gordon. RMT members learned with great sadness [...]
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Postal workers reject Royal Mail pension changes – time for genuine consultation says CWU

CWU Press release Postal workers have today (Tuesday) overwhelmingly rejected Royal Mail’s pension changes in a CWU consultative ballot of [...]
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Campaigners march on Department of Health in outrage at Camden NHS privatisation

Protest outside Department of Health: 5.30pm, Monday 31 March Health campaigners, doctors and Camden residents will march to the Department [...]
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Solidarity Meeting – International Unions?

SOLIDARITY  Meeting International Trades Unions? April 19th 2008 – 12.00 o’clock Exmouth Arms, 1 Starcross St, London NW1 2HR (near [...]
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Tube safety talks stall again

ATTEMPTS TO kick-start talks with London Underground over a raft of safety and staffing issues have foundered again over the [...]
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A depressing day for the American labour movement

The reproduction of a press release from the California Nurses Association on the role of the SEIU in Ohio hospitals [...]
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GMB reaction to the budget

Chancellor Misses Moral Target Of Making The Elite Pay The Same Rate Of Tax As Their Cleaners 12 Mar 2008 [...]
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Hospital Chain and Hand Picked Union, SEIU, Forced to Cancel Rigged Election

News from the USA which sheds some light on the methods of the SEIU, which has a relationship with the [...]
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GMB fights to reopen York Remploy Factory

Prime Minister Remains Silent as Remploy Management Closes Factory Today 7 Mar 2008 GMB today vowed to continue the fight [...]
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Network Rail operational staff reject pay offer and threaten ballot

Publication Date: March 6 2008 NETWORK RAIL has today been given seven days to improve its two-year pay and conditions [...]
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Workers at 'Shelter' to strike

This is a press release from Unite. The strike takes place on March 5th. Picketing begins at 07.45 a.m. at [...]
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OILC and RMT to join forces

OILC members vote overwhelmingly for ‘transfer of engagements’  RMT/OILC Press Release  OILC and RMT are to become a single organisation [...]
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Scottish Firefighters' ill health retirement restored by Scottish government

The Fire Brigades Union welcomes the announcement made today by Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety, that guidance for [...]
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Birmingham Council workers to strike against pay cuts

UNISON press release (30/01/08) Council workers in Birmingham will bring the city to a halt next Tuesday if their warnings [...]
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Logical new plan or a 'betrayal?

Tensions are surfacing over proposals to restructure the union that represents FE and university lecturers. Francis Beckett reports Francis Beckett [...]
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Remploy Birkenhead and Aintree Overwhelming vote for industrial action in redundancy dispute

GMB Press Release Strike ballots underway in a further 6 Remploy factories as disabled workers step up campaign for the [...]
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"Council workers ask for 6% to ‘catch up and match up’"

UNISON Press Release (14/01/08) Town hall unions including UNISON, GMB and TGWU-Unite have agreed a pay claim for this year [...]
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"GMB Prepares For Fight Over Local Government Pay 2008 Claim Submitted"

GMB Press Release 6% or 50p per hour claim whichever is the greater for 1.4 million local government workers 15 [...]
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Union anger over government nuclear decision

PCS Press release 11 Jan 2008 PCS has condemned the government’s decision, in the White paper Meeting the Energy Challenge, [...]
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Union betrayed by New Labour

POA press release January 7th 2008  Leaders of the POA have reacted angrily to the statement made by the Rt. [...]
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Industrial action intensifies in Burslem

Industrial action is being extended and intensified in Burslem in response to Royal Mail’s continued refusal to allow twelve suspended [...]
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Unite say Chancellor’s announcement on three year pay deal will incense trade union members

8 January 2008 Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, say that Alistair Darling’s announcement that public sector workers will be [...]
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GMB rejects 3 year pay deal for public sector

Responding to today’s statement by the Chancellor Alistair Darling, GMB which represents 300,000 public sector workers flatly rejected the idea [...]
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Agreement reached over BAA pensions dispute

Strikes threatening BAA’s seven UK airports have been called off following an agreement between the unions and management, the Public [...]
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Rail fiasco underlines need to end fragmentation, says RMT

THE POST-Christmas chaos caused by major engineering overruns on the rail network and the anger caused by massive fares hikes [...]
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London Firefighters vote for strike action over pensions

This is an FBU circular to London Region members London firefighters have voted by a massive majority to take strike [...]
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Burslem postal strike

CWU press release  More than one hundred delivery workers walked out on strike this morning over a long standing dispute [...]
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Strike in support of Karen Reissman suspended

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED UNISON members voted today to suspend their indefinite strike of community mental health teams and will return [...]
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Karen Reissman loses appeal

Press release from Manchester Community and Mental Health Unison Protest in Manchester Tuesday 11th December as Karen Reissmann, nurse and [...]
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Council workers in Birmingham have threatened strike action over plans to impose pay cuts on 5,000 employees to solve an equal pay crisis

From Personnel Today Trade union Unison said it received 100% support from its members for a ballot on industrial action [...]
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A major blow to postal workers

A London postal worker reports on the CWU ballot on the “Pay and Modernisation” agreement and the situation following the [...]
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Justice for Firefighters' pensions – first round to the FBU

This is a circular to FBU members from Matt Wrack.  I am very pleased to be able to report that [...]
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POA members threatened with sack

UNION MEMBERS THREATENED WITH SACK Members of the POA are being threatened with disciplinary Action by the Director General of [...]
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The longest Teachers' strike in Israel 's history – a new brand of workers' struggle

A report from Assaf Adiv of the Israeli Workers Advice Centre The public support for the teachers strike in Israel [...]
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PCS strike action

This is a PCS press release   Management still not listening PCS met DWP management yesterday in a final attempt to [...]
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Time to end rip-off fare hikes

Time to end rip-off fares hikes, says RMT Publication Date: November 27 2007 ANOTHER ROUND of rip-off rail-fare increases will [...]
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Manchester Home Care service under threat

Why is the Council upsetting the elderly, the frail and the disabled? Why is the home carers service being privatised [...]
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Reinstate Karen Reissman

Report by Manchester Community and Mental Health branch, UNISON Published: 05/11/07 On Monday November 5th Karen Reissmann, CPN and UNISON [...]
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What's happening with the Royal Mail pension?

SOLIDARITY interviewed CWU Postal Executive member Dave Warren in relation to the changes to the Royal Mail pension which the [...]
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CWU Western Counties Branch Urges You to REJECT THE DEAL

This is a leaflet from the CWU Western Counties branch calling for a No vote in the CWU ballot on [...]
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PCS members vote for industrial action

PCS members have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the union’s proposals for national industrial action aimed at resolving the ongoing national [...]
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CWU Reject the Deal Campaign

Below is a link to the leaflet produced for the No campaign against the deal negotiated with Royal Mail. The [...]
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"There needs to be a broad based campaign to reject the deal"

The CWU Postal Executive voted by 9-5 to recommend acceptance of the deal with Royal Mail. As well as the [...]
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Royal Mail: who wins?

From the Guardian Comment is free website  The dispute has been resolved, we are told. But behind the headlines, it’s [...]
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"I voted against the deal and so should you"

The CWU executive voted by 9 to 5 to recommend the deal with Royal Mail. Dave Warren, one of the [...]
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Release Mansour Osanloo

The International Transport Workers’ Federation reports that Mansour Osanloo, President of the Tehran Bus Workers’ Union continues to be incarcerated [...]
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NHS Demonstration November 3rd

The national demonstration in support of the NHS is taking place on November 3rd. Assemble at Temple Place on Victoria [...]
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Open letter to CWU Executive Committee members

A personal statement by two long-serving Activists Decisions taken at tomorrow’s Postal Executive count among the most important in our [...]
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Inconvenient Truths

This is from the Egyptian English language paper Al Ahram http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/866/eg4.htm The prison sentence handed down to CTUWS coordinator Kamal Abbas [...]
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The new profiteers

Lord Darzi’s report makes the government’s desire for privatisation clear, but this will only lead to more debt and deficit [...]
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Private rail industry profits from £1.3 billion in unpaid tax

Companies using deferred-tax loophole to fund leap in dividends THE PRIVATE rail industry is profiteering on £1.3 billion in unpaid [...]
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The role of staff unions in the labour movement

An interesting interview in the US Labor Notes which touches on the methods of Andy Stern’s SEIU revered by Tony Woodley. [...]
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Posties pledge to save Oxford depot

From the Oxford Mail Bob Cullen A union leader will today ramp up the battle to stop the closure of [...]
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CWU announces more strikes

The Communication Workers Union is announcing today (Thursday) that there will be further strike action in response to Royal Mail’s [...]
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A Trade Union or Federation?

At the time of writing thousands of prison officers are ignoring an injunction to return to work. They have said [...]
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Newquay Hotel Fire

This is a recording of an interview with Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary and the Chief Fire officer following the Newquay [...]
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Breakthrough? Give us a break!

Here’s the take of a new UNISON EC member from Oxford on the revised Local Government pay offer.  http://unisonmaid.blogspot.com   As reported [...]
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ASDA Walmart Skelmersdale depot workers vote for collective bargaining

16 Aug 2007 In an official secret ballot conducted by the ERS, the result of which was announced today, workers [...]
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