Defending jobs

The Vestas workers' struggle

Vestas

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AWL

For a full list of all stories on this website about Vestas, click here. Key articles below:

What you can do - practical solidarity

The story so far - timeline 28 April to 18 August

Why wind turbine production should be publicly owned - Government minister Joan Ruddock challenged face-to-face on her "principles"

Key articles on the factory occupation that brought the issues of renewable energy and of jobs together, and both centre-stage.

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Industrial news in brief

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Maria O’Toole, Paul Abbot and Gemma Short

The Durham teaching assistants and Derby school support staff disputes have been the most significant in local government over the last year. Similar pay cuts of approximately 25%; threats of, or in Derby’s case the actual, imposition of new contracts; Labour councils doing the dirty work for the Tories and spearheading these acts; but on the workers side a strong determination to resist.

Teaching Assistants demonstrate in Durham; Tube station staff balloted for strikes; cinema strikes win celebrity support; not our deficit!

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Justine Canady, UCLU Women’s Officer-elect (personal capacity), Simon Nelson and Luke Hardy

UCL Student Union’s senior management have agreed cuts in the region of 90k to the cleaning budget. Secura Clean, the company contracted to carry out UCLU cleaning, have promised there will be no redundancies. However, hours will be drastically cut, meaning that some cleaners possibly losing one-third of their hours.

Student union cuts cleaners’ hours; sacked for using holy water?; Picturehouse strikes spread to six cinemas; teachers say: “not our deficit!”; sacked for organising.

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DOO strikes spread

On Monday 13 March, RMT guards and drivers on Southern Railways struck and were joined for the first time by RMT guards and drivers on Northern and Merseyrail. RMT continues its fight against the extension of driver-only operation on Southern, while the leadership of drivers’ union Aslef seems desperate to surrender.

On Monday 13 March, RMT guards and drivers on Southern Railways struck and were joined for the first time by RMT guards and drivers on Northern and Merseyrail.

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Unions unite to defend jobs!

"Carnage for the public services"
Mark Serwotka, PCS union General Secretary



By a civil servant



On Monday 12 July Gordon Brown announced the axing of 100,000 civil service jobs. Just like that. It is a job cut programme on a par with the butchery that was done to the mining industry in the last twenty years.

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Civil Service: Vote “yes” to action!

By a civil servant


Civil servants should vote “yes” in the ballots being conducted up to 22 October by the PCS trade union for a strike on 5 November. We are facing serious attacks by a ruthless government that plans:

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Swansea council workers to strike

The two month long dispute in Swansea Council with Information Technology workers is now set to escalate as UNISON members in the council staff have voted to take strike action over privatisation and redundancies. On a 41% turnout 63% voted yes.

102 IT workers have been on indefinite strike since 16 August over the council’s decision to privatise IT within the council. The ICT dispute arose after the Lib-Dem council began restructuring all its services under a £100 million Services@Swansea initiative.

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Stop redundancies at Hackney College

Lecturers at Hackney Communisty College have voted to take two days of strike action — a one day strike on Tuesday 12 October, followed by another at the beginning of November.

College management have announced cuts of up to 71 jobs, affecting both lecturers and support staff.

Ten of the proposed redundancies are in Adult and Continuing Learning provision and are directly attributable to the Hackney Learning Trust insisting on offering the college a reduced budget.

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PCS debates action after 5 November

The national strike called by PCS on the 5 November was solid, with about 200,000 staff were on strike. Encouraging report backs show a high level of picketing across the country and that all the rallies were well attended.

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