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Peggy Carter, Hugh Duncan and Ollie Moore

Workers at museums across Wales struck over the Easter weekend as part of a two-year dispute over weekend working.

The workers, part of the PCS union, plan to strike every weekend from 9 April-1 May, at Big Pit in Blaenavon, St Fagans and the National Museum in Cardiff, the National Wool Museum in Llandysul, the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, and the Swansea Waterfront Museum.

Museums Wales: Hands off our weekends!; Sheffield bin strike over CCTV use; News from the Tube.

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Trident: take the fight into unions and Labour

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Gerry Bates

On Saturday 27 February, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be among the speakers at the demonstration calling Britain's Trident nuclear weapon system to be scrapped and not replaced.

This demonstration should be the biggest nuclear disarmament protest for many years. The Tory government will try to get a definite decision through Parliament this year to start construction of the hugely expensive Trident replacement programme. But the Labour Party now has a leader, and hundreds of thousands of new members, committed to nuclear disarmament.

On Saturday 27 February, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be among the speakers at the demonstration calling Britain's Trident nuclear weapon system to be scrapped and not replaced.

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Patrick Murphy, Peggy Carter, Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham have won significant successes in their campaign against academy status and in defence of the suspended NUT rep, Simon O’Hara. In fact they appear to have defeated the academy proposal entirely and can now focus on lifting Simon’s suspension.

Win at Small Heath school; Lambeth library workers strike; Tube station staff to strike; London Underground track workers strike for safety; No to privatisation at V&A.

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Flogging off the last of the family silver

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Len Glover

Most of us mere mortals only have to deal with the Land Registry on the rare occasion we are buying or selling a house (and given current house prices we can dream on). But supposing you have a house and for whatever reason you needed to find who owns the land your house stands on, or the open land, wasteland or coppice at the back of your house? Easy (or rather, c’est facile). You go to the local Mayor’s office and he or she will get out a huge book of maps which show all the land ownership (its fancy name is a cadastre) in your local area.

The government, having now sold off just about everything that wasn’t hot or nailed down, is turning its attention to institutions which even the most ardent Thatcherite had never dreamed of privatising.

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Luke Neal and Peggy Carter

Strikers at the National Gallery, London, returned to work on Monday 5 October after 111 days on strike.

They have secured a deal which protects members’ terms and conditions and sees their sacked PCS rep reinstated.

The deal, which was made on Friday 2 October, does not stop the privatisation of gallery services but is a big climb down by gallery management in most areas, and the gallery has agreed to review the private contract after one year

National Gallery strikers return to work; fighting redundancies at Manchester University; Barnet Unison secretary John Burgess nominated for general secretary; support Barnet strikers; Tube drivers in strike vote; Carlsberg workers fight for pay rise.

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Ollie Moore

Workers in Barnet will strike on 7 October in an ongoing fight against privatisation.

Social workers, coach escorts, drivers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning and refuse workers will strike on 7 October as their services face outsourcing.

These workers are some of the only ones left directly employed by Barnet council after mass privatisation, as the “easycouncil” aims to reduce its directly employed staff to less than 300.

Council workers in Barnet to strike in ongoing fight against privatisation; Royal Albert Hall management ignore majority staff vote in recognition of their union; workers at the National Gallery now on 106th day of strikes in dispute over outsourcing; UCU, Unite and Unison fighting redundancies at University of Manchester; Camden parking workers strike for better pay; 1,700 jobs at risk in Redcar, Teesside, as steelmaker SSI announces plans to close plant; Tube controllers strike to demand re-grading.

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Charlotte Zalens and Ollie Moore

Workers facing outsourcing from London borough of Barnet council will strike on Wednesday 7 October.

The dispute involves social workers, coach escorts, drivers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning and refuse workers, all of whom face outsourcing under Barnet's “easycouncil” model which will see the number of directly employed staff fall to less than 300.

Barnet council workers strike against outsourcing; National Gallery workers mark 100 days on strike; Bromley refuse workers win pay rise; Tube talks continue.

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

United Voices of the World (UVW) union continues its protests in support of sacked union members Barbara and Percy.

Barbara and Percy were sacked from Sotheby’s auction house, where they worked as porters and cleaners, after they helped organise a protest to demand sick pay and for trade union rights.

On Monday 7 September UVW organised a protest at a car auction Sotheby’s was holding in Battersea park.

Two of the four UVW activists originally sacked by Sotheby’s have got their jobs back, but Sotheby’s continues to victimise Percy and Barbara.

Sotheby's activists victimised; National Gallery strikes continue; construction workers take unofficial action.

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Phil Grimm, Gemma Short and Ollie Moore

On 4 September, workers striking against privatisation of services at the National Gallery handed in a petition signed by over 133,000 people.

The delivery of the petition was timed to mark the 80th day of strikes at the gallery. Around a hundred people gathered outside the gallery on Trafalger Square to hand in the petition, which has garnered widespread support online.

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn and left-wing backbench MP John McDonnell both sent messages of support and solidarity to the protest.

National Gallery strike continues; Camden parking wardens strike for fair pay; Tube unions pull back from strikes; win at Pizza Express.

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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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