Strikes and lock-outs

Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Ollie Moore, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

Anti-privatisation campaigners and Unite the union in the London borough of Bromley are calling for a referendum on the planned privatisation of the learning disabilities service, due to be privatised on 1 October.

Adult services staff, members of Unite, struck for 48 hours from 00.01 on Thursday 27 August. Their strike is part of ongoing strikes across council services facing privatisation.

Library staff will strike for five days starting from 00.01 on 1 September, as the council goes ahead with its plans to privatise 14 of the borough's libraries.

Fighting council privatisations; Stoke housing workers strike; Tube strikes: what progress?; national Gallery strikes continue; strikes for jobs and safety on First Great Western.

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Hutchison thinks again. Wharfies step forward.

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Martin Thomas
Hutchison Ports top boss Mark Jack came to Sydney on 26 August. The 97 wharfies sacked in Brisbane and Sydney still didn’t get straight answers from Hutchison, but the union made progress.

Mark Jack, Hutchison Ports worldwide Executive Director and Managing Director for South East Asia and Australia, came to Sydney on 26 August. The 97 wharfies sacked in Brisbane and Sydney still didn’t get straight answers from Hutchison, but the union made progress.

If the union presses on with plans for sustaining, increasing, and varying the campaign in the next weeks, then the wharfies can win.

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Tube workers set for more strikes

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Ollie Moore

London Underground workers are preparing for further strikes in their dispute over terms and conditions, job cuts, and other issues.

Strikes are planned for 25-26 and 27-28 August, amounting to close to a week's worth of disruption. These dates follow strikes on 8-9 July and 5-6 August.

London Underground workers are preparing for further strikes in their dispute over terms and conditions, job cuts, and other issues.

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Phil Grimm, Vijay Jackson and Gemma Short

The long-running dispute over outsourcing at the National Gallery in London has escalated, with workers taking indefinite strike action.

Indefinite strike at gallery; protests at Pizza Express; fight against privatisation continues in Barnet and Bromley.

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Australian dockworkers win a first semi-victory

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Martin Thomas

On the evening of Thursday 13 August, the Federal Court ordered reinstatement of 97 dockworkers whom Hutchison Ports summarily sacked with immediate effect at their Brisbane and Sydney container terminals by email at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday 6 August.

On the evening of Thursday 13 August, the Federal Court ordered reinstatement of 97 dockworkers whom Hutchison Ports summarily sacked with immediate effect at their Brisbane and Sydney container terminals by email at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday 6 August.

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Peggy Carter, Anne Field and Ollie Moore

PCS members fighting privatisation at the National Gallery voted on 24 July for all-out strike from the start of August if the gallery does not back down.

Workers have already struck for more than 50 days, as well as holding various stunts, parties and protests inside and outside the gallery.

Workers will strike again on Wednesday 29 July and are holding an “alternative leaving party” for outgoing gallery director on Thursday 30 July.

All-out strike at National Gallery; defend Unison reps at London Met; Glasgow homelessness workers win regrading fight; more Tube strikes on 5-6 August; blacklisting protest wins.

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Support the Tube strikes!

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Ollie Moore

Tube unions Aslef and RMT have announced a further 24-hour strike on London Underground on 5-6 August, with which other unions are likely to coordinate, after a 24-hour strike by all four Tube unions brought the network to a complete standstill on 8-9 July.

Tube unions Aslef and RMT have announced a further 24-hour strike on London Underground on 5-6 August, with which other unions are likely to coordinate, after a 24-hour strike by all four Tube unions brought the network to a complete standstill on 8-9 July.

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Gemma Short, Becky Crocker and Charlotte Zalens

Council workers in the London boroughs of Bromley and Barnet struck again on 7-9 July and 8 July respectively in ongoing fights against cuts and privatisations.

Strikers from the two boroughs met up in Parliament Square at lunchtime on 8 July to protest at the budget announcement.

Bromley and Barnet council workers strike again; railworkers strike across South West; more strikes at National Gallery.

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Ollie Moore and Anne Field

Members of all four Tube unions will strike on 8-9 July, in disputes over pay, the implementation of 24-hour running (“Night Tube”), and job cuts.

Drivers’ union ASLEF returned a 98% majority for strikes, on a turnout of over 80%. Members of RMT, the largest union on the Tube, voted by over 90% for strikes in two ballots (one of all grades, over pay and Night Tube, and one of station workers over job cuts), on turnouts of around 53%. TSSA and Unite members also voted for strikes by over 70%.

Tube strikes set for 8-9 July; First Great Western strike; SNP and Labour fail homelessness caseworkers.

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