Strikes and lock-outs

Government stance hardens in firefighters’ pension dispute

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Darren Bedford

Firefighters in England and Wales have begun a further eight-day period of strikes, as the Westminster government refuses to improve its pension proposals.

The strikes began on Saturday 9 August, and will last until Saturday 16 August. They take place every day between 12 and 2pm, and again from 10.59 to 11.59pm.

Westminster government stonewalls, "partnership" Scottish leader voted out

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All together now!

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All together now! (Shelly Grainger)
Solidarity regained (Marting Thomas)
Is Europe to blame?
Why strikes did not reach the private sector
Strikes revive the trade unions
CGT leadership under pressure
The power next time! (France '68)
Workers and students unite

A collection of articles on the strike wave in France

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Construction workers' sit-down safety strike

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Darren Bedford

Nearly 1,000 construction workers at a gas plant in Shetland staged a sit-down strike in their workplace canteen on Monday 21 July, over safety concerns.

Nearly 1,000 construction workers at a gas plant in Shetland staged a sit-down strike over safety concerns.

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Struggles on London Underground

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Ollie Moore

Tube cleaners who are refusing to use “biometric fingerprinting” machines to book on for shifts remain locked out by their employer, ISS, with the lock out now stretching into its third week.

ISS want the machines, which take unique DNA-based data from everyone who uses them, to replace the existing method of booking on using telephones, and have already admitted that the data collected would be shared with the UK Border Agency and the Home Office. One cleaner told Solidarity: “This is a racist attack on a predominantly immigrant workforce.”

Tube workers are battling their bosses over biometric fingerprinting and job cuts.

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Unison to discuss pay fight

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Dave Pannett

After just a single day’s strike over pay by workers local government, education, and the civil service, the press and the Tories are on the offensive against unions, highlighting the low turnouts in ballots, and pushing for new anti-union legislation.

The pay fight in local government and the NHS.

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Health workers to ballot for strikes: unions must coordinate the action!

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

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Survey: education, diary of a tubeworker & labour news

Student debt explodes: HE, FE (Rosie Woods, Ed Whitby)
Out Proud and Organising (Rosie Woods)
Diary of a tubeworker: Phew, what a sell out!
Troops used against firefighters dispute (Chris Jones)

The Monthly Survey, Sept 1995

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Lambeth College: preparing for round two!

Union negotiators for lecturers at Lambeth College have failed to reach an agreement.

Management have failed to show any movement on proposed new contracts which would see increases in hours, cuts in pay, reduced holidays and cuts in sickness entitlement.

However workers ended their strike on Wednesday 9 July, committed to working during enrolment, and have agreed to re-ballot for further industrial action in the autumn.

Lambeth College Strike

Union negotiators for lecturers at Lambeth College have failed to reach an agreement.

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RMT election: vote John Leach!

The individual members’ ballot in the election for the new General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers’ union (RMT) begins on Monday 21 July, after a period of branch nominations.

RMT members face serious industrial and political challenges. Significant staffing cuts are threatened in the railway industry, the union’s largest industrial sector, as bosses implement the recommendations of the McNulty Report, commissioned by Labour and completed by the Tories.

Workers’ Liberty members active in RMT are backing John Leach, the current London Transport Regional Organiser, former RMT President and Executive Member, and a London Underground worker.

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