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BA Heathrow picket lines are strong

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Daniel Randall

A Workers' Climate Action delegation, including several AWL members, went out to Heathrow on 19 March to be on the spot for the start of picketing on 20 March. We were hosted at Grow Heathrow, a squatted space run by Transition Heathrow (a group of Climate Camp-type activists who've moved to Sipson to focus their activism in the area).

A Workers' Climate Action delegation, including several AWL members, went out to Heathrow on 19 March to be on the spot for the start of picketing on 20 March.

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Sir James Dyson and the Tories.

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David Kirk

The Tory parties policy on Manufacturing industry is becoming clearer as Sir James Dyson has delivered a report demanding huge tax breaks for industrialists (like himself) to carry out Research and Development in this country. This would be an even further shift in the tax system to redistribute wealth from the working class to the capitalist class. All the while the Tories (like the other parties) are planning massive cuts in Jobs and Services to pay for the costs of the capitalist crisis.

Sir James Dyson, inventor turned job slashing, off-shoring capitalist has written a report for the Tories advocating more Tax breaks for Capitalist companies.

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Local Government: resist these cuts

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Sacha Ismail

A BBC survey of councils has made the extent of cuts threatening local services clear. The first batch of councils which answered the survey reported job cuts of at least 25,000 in the next three to five years. The BBC calculates that, translated across the board, this could mean 180,000 job being slashed.

Such cuts would, obviously, be a disaster for both council workers and “service users”, i.e., workers and working-class communities more generally. One third of councils said their children’s services faced cuts; the figure for adult services was half.

A BBC survey of councils has made the extent of cuts threatening local services clear. The first batch of councils which answered the survey reported job cuts of at least 25,000 in the next three to five years: translated across the board, this could mean 180,000 job being slashed.

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"We should focus on what unites us"

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Daniel Randall

Q) Could you tell us about the anti-cuts campaigning you're involved in at your workplace?

Workers' Liberty interviews Jenny Sutton, College of North East London UCU Branch Secretary & Trade Union and Socialist Coalition PPC for Tottenham.

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Why Has UCU Pulled Back From a Strike in Leeds?

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Dan Rawnsley

Leeds University UCU members were preparing to take strike action in defence of their jobs and in opposition to course cuts. The plan was to strike on three non-consecutive days beginning with Thursday 25th of February. The threat of a strike prompted the right wing Leeds University Students’ Union to call for a no vote on the ballot, but thanks to a grassroots student campaign against the union and for the strike lecturers had the confidence to vote for action.

Leeds University UCU branch has voted to accept a postponement of strike action in pursuit of further talks. What are the implications of this?

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Tubeworker 19/12/09: Stop Tube Jobs Massacre

The new issue of Tubeworker signals the start of the fightback against 1,000+ job cuts on London Underground. It also criticises weak union leadership in the current pay fight, and assesses the Copenhagen climate summit. Workplace reports include the latest threat to displace station staff and a strike ballot to demand two sacked Bakerloo line drivers.

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The new issue of Tubeworker signals the start of the fightback against 1,000+ job cuts on London Underground. It also criticises weak union leadership in the current pay fight, and assesses the Copenhagen climate summit. Workplace reports include the latest threat to displace station staff and a strike ballot to demand two sacked Bakerloo line drivers.

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UCU activists' meeting at King's College London - high stakes, missed opportunities

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Ed Maltby

On Tuesday the 15th of December, a meeting of London UCU activists and some students met in KCL. The meeting was hosted by KCL UCU Branch, and politically dominated by the SWP - i.e. a number of SWP full-timers were in attendance, and the meeting was chaired by an SWP student from KCL.

A report of the London UCU activists' meeting at Kings College London, Tues 15th Dec

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Ex-Vestas workers decide Trades Councils drive

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Martin Thomas

A meeting called by the former Vestas workers in Newport, Isle of Wight, on Friday 9 October decided to take their campaign forward by a drive to revitalise and augment the local Trades Councils and turn them towards a campaign for jobs on the island.

The first step is due to be a meeting called by the former Vestas workers on Thursday 15 October to discuss solidarity with the postal workers who may soon be taking national strike action over job cuts in their industry.

A meeting called by the former Vestas workers decided on a drive to revitalise and augment the local Trades Councils.

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Conservative Conference: What the Tories are planning

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By Amina Sadiq

The Conservative conference has confirmed what we can expect from a Tory government: deep cuts, attacks on the working class, and radical right-wing politics.

The Conservative conference has confirmed what we can expect from a Tory government: deep cuts, attacks on the working class, and radical right-wing politics.

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Vestas workers discuss next steps

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Dan Rawnsley

The Vestas wind turbine blade workers on the Isle of Wight have called a meeting for Friday 9 October to discuss the future of their campaign for Friday 9 October.

Vestas, a big Danish-based multinational, announced the close of their blade-manufacture operation on the Isle of Wight - the only sizeable one in Britain - on 28 April. The workers occupied the Newport factory from 20 July to 7 August to stop closure, and then blockaded it until the blockade was broken up by large numbers of police on 22 September.

The Vestas wind turbine blade workers on the Isle of Wight have called a meeting for Friday 9 October to discuss the future of their campaign for Friday 9 October.

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Vestas: an exchange about campaign tactics

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Vicki Morris

At the end of September, the Morning Star published a letter I wrote that reflected the different approaches taken by the SWP and the AWL to the Vestas dispute after the end of the occupation - AWL emphasised building the blockade of the factory, SWP, building the political campaign 'in the country'.

Back the workers
Sunday 27 September 2009
Readers will know by now that the Vestas company has removed most of the remaining blades from its Newport factory, using the might of the state to do it.

An oblique exchange between AWL and SWP on tactics in the Vestas campaign

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Tower Hamlets College: Still solid in week 5

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By Stuart Jordan

As teachers at Tower Hamlets College enter their fifth week of indefinite strike against cuts, their action remains strong.

As teachers at Tower Hamlets College enter their fifth week of indefinite strike against cuts, their action remains strong.

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Vestas: sparking the struggle, seeing it through

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Bob Sutton, Dan Randall, Ed Maltby, Martin Thomas, Stuart Jordan, Vicki Morris
On 20 September, two days before police finally broke the Newport factory blockade, some of the AWL activists who have been involved in the Vestas campaign talked over the experience.

On 20 September, two days before police finally broke the Newport factory blockade, some of the AWL activists who have been involved in the Vestas campaign talked over the experience.

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Vestas fight goes on after police raid

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Ed Maltby
Following the breaking-up of the blade blockade at the marine gate of the Vestas wind turbine blade factory at Newport, Isle of Wight, workers are debating how to take forward their campaign for green jobs.

Following the breaking-up of the blade blockade at the marine gate of the Vestas wind turbine blade factory at Newport, Isle of Wight, workers are debating how to take forward their campaign for green jobs.

At roughly 6.20 on the morning of Tuesday 22 September, a force of around 120 Hampshire police descended on the Isle of Wight and stormed the encampment which was being used by workers and supporters to block the movement of blades.

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Police move away workers and protesters to make way for Vestas blades

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Ed Maltby

Vestas bosses have finally moved some of the wind-turbine blades which have been trapped in its Newport (Isle of Wight) factory since workers occupied to stop the factory closure, between 20 July and 7 August. Police invaded the "camp" at the marine gate of the factory to clear the way. One barge-full of blades has been taken. Vestas bosses will presumably try to take the rest later today, or tomorrow.

Vestas bosses have finally moved some of the wind-turbine blades which have been trapped in its Newport (Isle of Wight) factory since workers occupied to stop the factory closure, between 20 July and 7 August. Police invaded the "camp" at the marine gate of the factory to clear the way.

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Vestas workers call for support on blockade, 22 and 23 September

Police forcibly cleared workers and supporters overnight, 21-22 September, from the camp at the marine gate. The barges to carry the blades are expected at noon.

Today, 22 September, is the day when Vestas bosses will try to move blades from the Newport factory.

Police forcibly cleared workers and supporters overnight from the camp at the marine gate. The barges to carry the blades are expected at noon.

Join workers and supporters on the cycle path outside the marine gate to protest!

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Vestas attempt legal action against "marine gate" blockade

Vestas

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Martin Thomas

On 16 September Vestas bosses moved to attempt legal action against the blockade by workers and supporters at the "marine gate" of its wind-turbine blade factory at Newport, Isle of Wight. That indicates that the bosses are feeling the pressure.

The "marine gate" is being blockaded to stop Vestas shipping out nine wind turbine blades, worth £700,000, that were left in the factory when workers occupied on 20 July to stop its closure.

Vestas bosses' move to attempt legal action against the blockade by workers and supporters at the "marine gate" of its factory at Newport, Isle of Wight, indicates that the bosses are feeling the pressure.

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Construction ballot: don’t waste the potential!

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By Gerry Bates

There is another dispute looming in engineering construction.

There is another dispute looming in engineering construction. A national ballot of workers on seven major sites, organised by both the GMB and Unite ran from 11 August to 1 September, taking up the employers’ refusal to make a pay offer or give any guarantees of employment security in the review of the NAECI agreement for 2010.

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Royal Mail - Vote “yes” in national ballot

Pete Firmin, a London postal worker, spoke to Solidarity about the post and telecom union CWU's campaign against job cuts in Royal Mail

Pete Firmin, a London postal worker, spoke to Solidarity about the post and telecom union CWU's campaign against job cuts in Royal Mail

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Fujitsu strike ballot: Fighting for jobs, pay and pensions

Unite members at Fujitsu Services are gearing up for a fight over jobs, pay and pensions.

Unite members at Fujitsu Services are gearing up for a fight over jobs, pay and pensions.

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Diageo: “Joint” task force fails

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By Dale Street

In mid-July up to 20,000 people marched through Kilmarnock in opposition to Diageo’s plans to shut down its Johnnie Walker bottling plant in the town, at a cost of 700 jobs, and to shut down its Por

In mid-July up to 20,000 people marched through Kilmarnock in opposition to Diageo’s plans to shut down its Johnnie Walker bottling plant in the town, at a cost of 700 jobs, and to shut down its Port Dundas grain distillery in Glasgow at the cost of another 200 jobs.

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Italian Teachers: Occupying to save 25,000 jobs

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By Hugh Edwards

While the numbers of workers across the world thrown on the scrapheap of global capitalism’s current crisis continues to rise, and those responsible sing along with their house trained professional

While the numbers of workers across the world thrown on the scrapheap of global capitalism’s current crisis continues to rise, and those responsible sing along with their house trained professional “canaries” about “green shoots” of recovery, spasms of defiance and resistance continue to be seen everywhere. The latest in Italy?

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Vestas: tripod at sunrise

Tripod
A tripod has now been erected at the marine gate preventing blades from leaving the factory.

10 September: Vestas Blade Blockade Steps Up The Pressure By Setting Up A Tripod at Sunrise

After more than a week of blockading the Vestas factory in Newport, Isle Of Wight, a tripod has now been erected at the marine gate preventing blades from leaving the factory. A worker from the original occupation is standing on top of the tripod enjoying a stunning view of sunrise over the River Medina.

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Vestas: "The strength of standing together"

Vestas

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Ian Terry
Ian Terry, one of the workers who occupied the factory from 20 July to 7 August, spoke to Solidarity on 9 September.

Ian Terry, one of the workers who occupied the factory from 20 July to 7 August, spoke to Solidarity on 9 September.

We're stopping the blades from going out from the St Cross factory because we believe they're our blades, from our factory, and we would like to see them put up in our country.

I think it's difficult to stop them getting out, but people are motivated to do it. We're getting more and more people each day willing to help us, as local people walk past the picket [which is on the cycle path from Newport to Cowes] and talk to us about it.

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Vestas workers keep up blockade: day of solidarity 17 September

Vestas

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Martin Thomas
Vestas bosses moved four wind turbine blades from their Venture Quays factory, in East Cowes, on Friday 4 September, but backed off from moving the nine blades in the St Cross factory, in Newport, after workers and supporters picketed the "marine gate" there.

Vestas bosses moved four wind turbine blades from their Venture Quays factory, in East Cowes, on Friday 4 September, but backed off from moving the nine blades in the St Cross factory, in Newport, after workers and supporters picketed the "marine gate" there.

The blades are those left unfinished when workers occupied the factory on 20 July to oppose Vestas bosses' plans to close the factories - Britain's only wind-turbine blade factories - and to demand that the Government nationalise the factories, upgrade the production processes, and save the jobs.

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