Cleaning workers at the prestigious Royal Opera House in London have launched a new dispute to win back pay, guaranteed hours, and union recognition.
In a terrible setback for the US union movement, car workers at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee have voted against being represented by a union.
Trade union campaigners gathered on London's Oxford Street for a tour of fast food restaurants and coffee shops as part of the new "Fast Food Rights" campaign, highlighting low pay and zero-hours contracts in the fast food industry.
Lecturers at Edinburgh College are continuing their rolling programme of strikes.
Five three-quarter truths, piled one on top of another to reach a conclusion, make a conclusion which is only three-quarters times three-quarters times... true. Or 24% true. Or three-quarters false.
Unite is the UK’s largest trade union, with approximately 1.5 million members in industries as diverse as cabin crew, speech therapy, power stations, and car production.
University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
In 1934, truck drivers (“teamsters”) in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, struck for shorter hours, pay increases, overtime pay, and other demands. The mass strike was the result of a sustained unionisation drive, led by revolutionary socialists. The 1934 strike brought rank-and-file teamsters into direct confrontation with the bosses, the state, and the union officials, with parts of Minneapolis effectively brought under workers’ control.
The strike is rich with lessons for how workers can organise and build power.
Farrell Dobbs, a participant in the strike and Trotskyist activist, documented his experiences in Teamster Rebellion. A group of student and workers’ movement activists are coming together to read the book collectively, and discuss what we can learn from it.
The first session will introduce the book and the themes of the course, and discussion of the book will begin in week two.
The reading group is organised by members of Workers’ Liberty, and is open to anyone who wants to learn about working-class history and how we can build workers’ power today.
Outsourced workers at the University of London’s central administration, employed by Cofely GDF-Suez (until recent by Balfour Beatty), will be striking from 27-29 January.
The “Fast Food Rights” campaign, launched at a meeting on 8 January and involving the Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), plans a day of direct action on Saturday 15 February.
The British labour movement needs more migrant workers.