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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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Phil Grimm, Vijay Jackson and Gemma Short

The long-running dispute over outsourcing at the National Gallery in London has escalated, with workers taking indefinite strike action.

Indefinite strike at gallery; protests at Pizza Express; fight against privatisation continues in Barnet and Bromley.

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Peggy Carter, Anne Field and Ollie Moore

PCS members fighting privatisation at the National Gallery voted on 24 July for all-out strike from the start of August if the gallery does not back down.

Workers have already struck for more than 50 days, as well as holding various stunts, parties and protests inside and outside the gallery.

Workers will strike again on Wednesday 29 July and are holding an “alternative leaving party” for outgoing gallery director on Thursday 30 July.

All-out strike at National Gallery; defend Unison reps at London Met; Glasgow homelessness workers win regrading fight; more Tube strikes on 5-6 August; blacklisting protest wins.

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Gemma Short, Becky Crocker and Charlotte Zalens

Council workers in the London boroughs of Bromley and Barnet struck again on 7-9 July and 8 July respectively in ongoing fights against cuts and privatisations.

Strikers from the two boroughs met up in Parliament Square at lunchtime on 8 July to protest at the budget announcement.

Bromley and Barnet council workers strike again; railworkers strike across South West; more strikes at National Gallery.

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Universal credit staff to strike

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Gemma Short

PCS members working in the new Universal Credit benefits system will strike for two days from 20-21 July over increasingly oppressive working conditions.

Staff voted by 84% to strike about a lack of resources, an oppressive management culture, inadequate training, hard to reach targets and staff shortages.

The strike involves over 1, 500 workers at two sites in Bolton and Glasgow, where more than half of all universal credit staff are employed.

PCS members working in the new Universal Credit benefits system will strike for two days from 20-21 July over increasingly oppressive working conditions.

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Tom Harris, Dale Street and Anne Field

Strikes over privatisation continue at Bromley Council.

Workers are on strike between 10-20 June in a series of selective strikes. Unite members in adult services and transport workers will strike from 10-15 June, library staff between 13-20 June and central council workers on 16 June.

The council's cuts plan involves outsourcing most of its services, reducing the number of council employees from 4000 to 300, and privatising 14 libraries. Unite, Unison and community campaigns organised a march through the borough on Saturday 13 June.

Strikes over privatisation continue at Bromley Council; steel workers strike; reinstate Candy Udwin; solidarity with Robert O'Donnell; Glasgow homelessness caseworkers fight on.

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Following a one-day strike at Lewisham and Southwark College on 4 June, union members report a different atmosphere in the college.

The dispute has now broken out of the world of committee meetings and into the classrooms and corridors, canteens and staff rooms. Everybody now has to have a position on the strike, everybody has to think about taking a side.

For many staff and students, this is a further political education and a first direct experience of trade union struggle.

College strike builds confidence; National Gallery protests; probation pay strike; Teesside construction protests; no to cuts at London Met; reject Network Rail deal.

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Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Train drivers for Southern rail will vote on a new pay offer, after they voted by 91% and 95% for strikes and action short of strikes to win a better deal.

The strike votes, which saw turnouts of around 85%, followed the rejection of the company's initial pay offer of a 2.65% increase even against the recommendation of officials from the drivers' union ASLEF. Such resounding votes against union recommendations are rare anywhere in the labour movement, and show a clear strength of feeling amongst Southern drivers to win a better deal.

Southern rail pay deal; Tube unions plan strikes; DLR cleaners strike; Sheffield recycling workers protest against sackings; National Gallery protest; London Met strike; strike against LeSoCo cuts.

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Charlotte Zalens

UCU members at Lewisham and Southwark college (LeSoCo) have voted by 85% for strikes over job cuts.

At a meeting with the chair of the college governors, union reps made it quite clear that we were going to fight to build a college, not a scrapheap composed of redundant education workers and working-class people denied a further education.

Already, more than a hundred students have demonstrated to governors their opposition at a meeting at the Camberwell site. This is only the beginning of a range of actions, on all sites, which will now unfold over the coming weeks.

FE colleges fight cuts; squeeze on university pay; National Gallery bosses sack rep.

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

On Saturday 9 May, over 400 people marched from South Friern library in Barnet, to East Finchley library, then Finchley Church End before finishing at North Finchley library, to protest over proposed cuts to library services in the borough.

The march was joined on the final leg, from Finchley Church End library to North Finchley library by a double decker bus decorated with union banners, and a brass band.

Activists in Barnet have now completed 4 days of action, marching through all the libraries in Barnet.

Protest over library cuts in Barnet; London Met UCU votes to strike; job cuts at Leeds and Bradford colleges; reinstate Candy Udwin!

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