Defending jobs

The Vestas workers' struggle

Vestas

Author: 

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.

Trade Unions: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Industrial news in brief

Author: 

Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Gerry Bates and Adam Marshall

Guards on Southern Rail struck again from 22-23 November, with further strikes planned for 6-8 December, 22-24 December, and 31 December-2 January. Despite widespread calls to do so, government ministers are refusing to meet with the guards′ union, RMT, directly.

Southern war continues; Tube workers fight job cuts; Labour CLPs back Durham TAs; cinema strikes grow; King’s cleaners protest.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Industrial news in brief

Swedish dockers defend union rights; Durham TAs strike; support Picturehouse workers; Southern guards fight on; Barnet librarians strike.

On 8 November, the Dockworkers’ Union started industrial action, including a ban on overtime, at the Gothenburg terminal which handles 60% of Sweden’s container trade. It has also called for a blockade on traffic redirected from Gothenburg.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Around the world: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Industrial news in brief

Author: 

Ollie Moore, Charlotte Zalens, Peggy Carter and Gemma Short

Station staff on London Underground are balloting for strikes, and industrial action short of strikes, against job cuts.

The ballot begins on 1 November and closes a fortnight later. Both the RMT and TSSA unions are balloting their members. London Underground’s “Fit for the Future” restructure programme on stations has seen nearly 1,000 jobs axed and thousands of workers forcibly regraded and displaced.

Strikes ahead on Tube; Ritzy workers give bosses a fright; Durham teaching assistants plan strikes; Southern workers protest at Parliament; IDS not a friend of workers or claimants; Post Office strike; Uber loses in court.

Publications: 

Culture and Reviews: 

Trade Unions: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

The struggle against layoffs

Author: 

Marianne Davin

Hello Solidarity readers! Me again from Paris.

Since I last wrote (September), the Labour Law mobilisation has died down and no more protests or strike actions have occurred. I thought I would write about the dire situation with layoffs in France.

PSA Peugeot Citroën have just announced 2,133 job cuts, in addition to the 17,000 job cuts of the past four years. They are still turning a very nice profit, though: 1.2 billion dollars in the first half of 2016.

Now that the mobilisation against the Labor Law has died down, the bosses in France think they can do whatever they want, that no one will protest. But struggles have emerged against factory closures and layoffs.

Around the world: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Industrial news in brief

Author: 

Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Ollie Moore and Simon Nelson

Teaching assistants in Derby and Durham have been fighting attacks on their terms and conditions.

As previously reported in Solidarity, teaching assistants in Derby will have their pay slashed by 25% to bring them onto term-time only pay.

Durham teaching assistants face a similar cut in pay, and the council is planning on sacking all the teaching assistants and reemploying them on the new contract to force through the changes, Durham council′s ″solution″ would mean some workers only losing 10% of their pay — but working more hours for the privilege!

Teaching assistants fight back; Ritzy strikes again; terror alert shows staff cuts risk; Southern guards strike; HMRC redundancies; 35 days and more on strike.

Publications: 

Trade Unions: 

Industrial news in brief

Author: 

Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Peggy Carter and Charlotte Zalens

Southern rail workers began a further three-day strike from 18 October in their battle to defend the role of the guard. Southern bosses recently re-offered a £2,000 payment to all workers in exchange for accepting new, non-safety-critical roles as "On-Board Supervisors".

Southern guards' fight goes on; Veolia caught strike breaking; Newsquest strike; London bus strike restarts; museum cleaners win living wage.

Publications: 

Trade Unions: 

Industrial news in brief

Author: 

Gemma Short, Ollie Moore,Simon Nelson and Peggy Carter

Workers at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in Brixton struck on Friday 7 October, and will strike again on Saturday 15 October. The Ritzy cinema was completely shut down by the strike, and films due to be shown as part of the London Film Festival moved to other venues.

Picturehouse cinema strikes spread; Southern workers strike again; #Unisongate hearings to start; Hackney traffic wardens fight for unsocial pay; Sheffield bin workers strike.

Publications: 

Trade Unions: 

Industrial news in brief

Author: 

Ollie Moore, Peggy Carter and Gemma Short

Rail workers on Southern Rail will strike for 14 days across three months, with strikes planned for 11-13 and 18-20 October, 3-5 and 22-23 November, and 6-8 December.

The workers, who are members of the RMT union, are fighting to defend the safety-critical role of the guard. Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR, which also operates the Gatwick Express franchise), wants to de-skill the guard's role to make it non-safety-critical, meaning that only the driver would have responsibility for tasks such as opening and closing doors.

Southern fight steps up; Virgin Trains East Coast strike; Ritzy strikes back; support Fujitsu workers; Durham TAs fight 20% pay cut.

Publications: 

Trade Unions: 

Industrial news in brief

Author: 

Simon Nelson, Gemma Short and Peggy Carter

Unison is organising a strike ballot among its members in the Higher Education (HE) sector to oppose this year’s pay offer. The offer of just 1.1% for the majority of staff, with some additional payments at the lower end of the scale, is not adequate to meet rises in the cost of living and compensate for rises in taxation.The union is recommending rejection of the offer and demanding a 5% rise, and the independent living wage for those on the lowest pay.

HE: reject the pay offer; cleaners fight union-busting; Durham teaching assistants reject offer; Post office workers to strike; Picturehouse protest; TUC wrings its hands.

Publications: 

Trade Unions: 

Pages