Strikes and lock-outs

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Kelly Rogers, Dale Street, Darren Bedford, Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

On Saturday 14 May the BMA held a junior doctors′ conference, followed by a meeting of the junior doctors′ committee on the next day. It was hoped that these meetings would have heard the outcome of renewed negotiations held between the government and the BMA between 9-13 May. However a last minute agreement (brokered by Brendan Barber of all people!) to extend the talks for another week meant that junior doctors did not get a chance to give judgement on any proposed deal.

Junior doctors; BECTU votes for right-wing merger; school janitors step up strike; Topshop cleaners protest across country; strikes in Sheffield against job losses and pay cuts; Southern strikes continue.

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Gemma Short, Ruth Cashman, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

UCU at the University of Nottingham is balloting for industrial action against threatened compulsory redundancies in the Faculty of Arts.

The University that claims to be Britain's global university wants to reduce its offer in archaeology, and theology and religious studies, and close language courses including Dutch. 11.5 FTE posts are at risk. The student body is up in arms over the threat. They have organised several protests, a petition and a Facebook group: Resist Restructuring Nottingham.

Anger at Nottingham University; victory at the John Roan School; Lambeth libraries; lecturers to strike over pay; stop victimisation at London Met; Hands off our weekends!; cabin crew fight for breaks

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Junior doctors in contract talks

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Gemma Short

Talks between the Department of Health, NHS employers and junior doctors representatives have restarted. The talks, offered by a Health Secretary who has up until now been resolutely refusing to talk, will happen over five days, ending on Friday 13 May. For the period of the talks the government has agreed to pause the imposition of the junior doctors contract. The fact that the talks are happening shows the Health Secretary feels unable to face down the mounting pressure on him.

Talks between the Department of Health, NHS employers and junior doctors representatives have restarted.

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Ollie Moore, Darren Bedford and Alice Bolton

Train guards on Southern in the RMT union are set for further strikes after talks between RMT and Southern bosses collapsed.

Workers are fighting the extension of “Driver Only Operation”, and resisting the de-skilling of the role of the guard, which the union says will have dire consequences for passenger service and safety on what are already some of Britain’s most overcrowded rail routes.

Southern workers stand firm; blacklisted workers win; ambulance workers to ballot.

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Keep faith in our solidarity

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Peter Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors Committee, personal capacity

Turnout in the latest round of strike action by junior doctors (26-27 April) was an estimated 78%.

Considering that around 80% of junior doctors are BMA members and that doctors on maternity leave, sick leave and those working nights won’t be included, this is an incredible turnout. Junior doctors are growing in confidence, our placards are improving and we are getting better at picketing effectively. Public support remains strong and more blame the government for this dispute than they did in January.

Turnout in the latest round of strike action by junior doctors (26-27 April) was an estimated 78%.

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Dale Street, Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and David Ball

CCTV workers employed by Glasgow Community Safety – a Glasgow City Council Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) – are back at work having won a 24% pay rise after twelve strike days over six weeks. The 19 workers, all Unison members, struck to achieve equal pay, i.e. parity of shift allowance payments, with other employees who work the same pattern of 12 hour shifts in a round-the-clock service.

Strikes hit Glasgow council; Southern Rail guards strike to keep trains safely staffed; GTR bosses use courts to scupper strike; John Roan teachers strike; Government backs down on “check-off”; Parents Defending Education campaign launched.

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Support junior doctors!

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Gerry Bates

As Solidarity goes to press on Tuesday 26 April junior doctors are starting a two-day, all-out strike with no emergency-cover.

The strike is an escalation from previous strikes by junior doctors where they have provided emergency-cover. In these strikes it will be up to hospital managements to ensure that hospitals are safe and move consultants from other duties into emergency-care roles. This will cause delays to elective procedures that consultants would otherwise have been carrying out.

The government has given its clearest sign yet that it sees the junior doctors' dispute as a fight over the future of their austerity plans.

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Listen to junior doctors, Heidi!

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Gemma Short

Instead of joining the junior doctors picket lines and backing the strike like junior doctors and Labour members have asked her to, Labour′s Shadow Health Secretary appears to have been spending her time organising a cross-party letter to Jeremy Hunt calling for a trial imposition of the contract.

Why Labour Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is wrong to propose trial run of junior doctors contract.

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Will Stevens, Ruth Cashman, Ollie Moore, Simon Nelson and Cath Fletcher

Thursday 14 April was the third annual #FastFoodGlobal day Of action. Workers in fast food, coffee shops and cafes across the world took part in rallies, stunts, marches and other creative actions for higher pay, better conditions and the right of unions to organise.

Fighting for fast food rights; Lambeth councillor speaks out on libraries; Tube workers striking against gentrification; thousands march to save NHS; university pay ballot.

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Next steps for junior doctors

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Pete Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee, personal capacity

You may have watched an hour of half truths and lies slander from the Secretary of State for Health in Parliament on 18 April. Here are some answers to Hunt’s slander.

Junior doctors cannot close Accident and Emergency Departments, despite what the government will have you believe.

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