The South African labour war spread to agriculture last week as farm workers struck against low wages and poor living conditions.
Strikes and lock-outs
Teachers at South Shields Community School in Tyne and Wear struck on 7, 8, and 13 November, as part of a planned series of strikes which will also see action on 14 and 15 November.
On Monday 12 November, the Industrial Workers of the World union (IWW) launched a fresh pay dispute on behalf of outsourced cleaners at John Lewis.
Despite persistent rain, pre-demo arrests, blockage of roads, and the threat of police truncheons and gas, the protest outside parliament at Syntagma Square on the 7 November, the second day of a 48-hour general strike, was one of Greece’s biggest ever demonstrations.
Wednesday 14 November, the day this paper goes to press, will see the first Europe-wide general strike in history.
From the IWW website here.
Teachers in Worthing (near Brighton) and Leytonstone (east London) have struck to stop their schools becoming Academies.
Tube Lines maintenance and engineering workers held a lively picket line at the Stratford Market Place depot in east London as they struck to win pensions and travel pass equality.
14 November will see Europe’s first ever continent-wide general strike.
Over a fortnight since their last 24-hour strike (22 October) workers in the Remploy factory in Springburn (Glasgow) are still waiting to find out the fate of their workplace.