Trade union issues

The Price of Inequality

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Maria Exall

It is estimated that the potential cost of equal pay claims in the public sector is in the billions. This is money that the Government insists must be found from existing NHS, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies’ budgets. The Unions involved have asked the Government for funding directly to sort out the inequality.

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For jobs, fight the bosses, not other workers!

An Appeal by Socialists and Trade Unionists

As the recession brings attacks on jobs, wages and conditions, we are determined to fight back, and to support our fellow workers who do so, for example in the recent engineering construction walkouts.

We demand:

• Jobs for all workers

• Work or full pay

• Pay to be levelled up to the best rates

• Direct recruitment of labour by the companies or by principal contractors, rather than the use of subcontractors, wherever possible

• Union agreements to be enforced without exemptions for contractors

An Appeal by Socialists and Trade Unionists. As the recession brings attacks on jobs, wages and conditions, we are determined to fight back, and to support our fellow workers who do so, for example in the recent engineering construction walkouts.

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Pensions White Paper: Government tells workers: Work Longer, Save More, Pay More Tax and Cross Your Fingers

By Mike Fenwick, UNISON

Trade union leaders in the TUC have welcomed the Government’s White Paper on pensions, published on 25 May.

Only the week before, the TUC had set out its “bottom-line” five tests for the White Paper. Even on a generous reading, the White Paper passed only one of the five tests.

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The 1984-5 Miners' Strike, the Miners Who Scabbed, and the Fate of the Pet Pig

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Sean Matgamna

In Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, there is a strange, affecting scene, in which the butchering of a hand-raised pig is described. It is told with great sympathy and empathy from the pig’s point of view.
(Parables for Socialists-5)

In Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, there is a strange, affecting scene, in which the butchering of a hand-raised pig is described.

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Defend Karen Reissmann!

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Bruce Robinson

On Monday 5 November psychiatric nurse and chair of the Manchester Community and Mental Health branch of UNISON, Karen Reissmann, was sacked by the local mental health trust. Karen’s crime was to have spoken out publicly as a trade unionist against a reorganisation of mental health services that would have led to cuts.

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Comrade Hand Grenade

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Bill Hunt

The Builders Labourer, the journal of the Builders Labourers Federation of Queensland, carried this tribute to Bob Carnegie when he decided to step down as a full-time organiser with the BLF to return to work on the sites. Bob is a supporter of Workers’ Liberty Australia.

The Builders Labourer, the journal of the Builders Labourers Federation of Queensland, carried this tribute to Bob Carnegie when he decided to step down as a full-time organiser with the BLF to return to work on the sites. Bob is a supporter of Workers’ Liberty Australia.

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US auto workers seek their own plan

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Dan La Botz

The crisis in the auto industry is about many things: the possible collapse of General Motors, Detroit gas guzzlers, auto emission standards, the environment, and the need for mass transportation, among others. At the centre of it all, however, is the struggle between management and the workers, that is, between capital and labour....

George W Bush is offering loans to GM and Chrysler, but only on condition that they extort severe cutbacks from US auto workers. Some workers have different ideas.

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Solid First Day of Action at Northern and Merseyrail!

The RMT action on Northern and Merseyrail against Driver Only Operation on 13th March was very successful.

At Merseyrail, ALL Traincrew stayed out, including ALL Drivers, despite the majority of them belonging to ASLEF, which has not yet joined the dispute. The ONLY trains that moved at Merseyrail on the day were operated by managers.

That is a huge step forward in this dispute in terms of solidarity- let's hope this spreads to other depots as the dispute rolls on!

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Workers' direct action gets the goods: sacked Crossrail worker reinstated

Author: 

Darren Bedford

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

The worker, who began work on Monday 9 February, raised concerns over safety standards on the site. Despite being told he would have work for three years, he was summarily sacked on Friday 13 February.

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

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