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Submitted by Matthew on 13 December, 2017 - 12:24 Author: Will Sefton, Gemma Short and Patrick Murphy

The local government employers have proposed a two year pay offer for council and school support staff workers of 2% in 2018 and a further 2% in 2019.

Unison, GMB and Unite, as the largest unions representing local government workers, will now put the offer to their respective committees for consideration.

Initial statements from the three unions suggest they at least partially welcome a wage rise that is above the 1% pay cap, but it is well below the level needed to restore anywhere like the 20% cut that workers have faced since 2010.

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Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 1:29 Author: Jim Denham, Gemma Short, Dale Street and Peggy Carter

After twelve weeks of strikes, Unite members have agreed a deal to settle a long-running dispute over changes to waste management services in Birmingham. On balance, this has to be considered a victory for the workers. The Labour council have agreed to withdraw proposed redundancies in exchange for giving the affected workers new job titles and duties.

Unite, Len McCluskey and Jewish Voice for Labour

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 12:26 Author: Jim Denham
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″I‘ve never recognised [that Labour has a problem with anti-Semitism]. I believe it was mood music that was created by people trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.

“In 47 years of membership of the Labour Party, I’ve never been at a meeting where there was any anti-Semitic language or any attacks on the Jews. They would have had short shrift in any meeting I was at.

A battle to liberate Scottish Labour from the old guard

Submitted by cathy n on 13 November, 2017 - 3:59 Author: Dale Street
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The result of the contest for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party will be announced on Saturday, 18th November.

At the core of that contest has been a struggle by the rank-and-file of the Scottish Labour Party and affiliated trade unions in Scotland to liberate the Scottish labour movement from the grip of a right-wing old-guard establishment.

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Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 12:56 Author: Charlotte Zalens, Gemma Short, Dale Street and Peggy Carter

Picturehouse workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, and East Dulwich, Crouch End, Hackney and Central Picturehouses struck on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 November for the start of Living wage week.

On 6 November the new Living Wage was announced, and in London it rose from £9.75 an hour to £10.20 an hour.

Striking on the day of this announcement meant the strike gained national press coverage, including on ITV news, as the press covered the raise in the Living Wage.

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Submitted by Matthew on 11 October, 2017 - 11:55 Author: Martin Thomas, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Ralph Peters and Peggy Carter

Workers’ Liberty school workers met on 7 October 2017 to discuss our plans in our workplaces and in the new National Education Union, formed on 1 September by the merger of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. The new union is making a recruitment drive, offering membership free to trainees and students, for £1 to newly qualified teachers, and for £10 for the first year to all teachers and all school support staff.

Tens of thousands march against Tories

Submitted by martin on 1 October, 2017 - 9:27 Author: Martin Thomas

According to the organisers, some 50,000 trade unionists, Labour Party people, and left-wingers marched in Manchester on 1 October, as the Tory Party conference opened, to demand an end to cuts.

There were a lot of union banners and insignia, mainly from Unite and Unison, some from the GMB, a bit from the PCS and RMT. The newly-merged teachers' union NEU did not make much showing.

As on many demonstrations these days, the majority of the demonstrators looked to be either under 30 or over 55, with a thin representation of intermediate age groups.

Public support for bin strike grows

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 1:40 Author: Jim Denham

Birmingham refuse workers have renewed their strike action following the Labour council’s decision to renege on a settlement reached at ACAS and to issue redundancy notices.

This extraordinary and shameful about-turn by the council led to an unprecedented public statement from ACAS (in effect accusing the council of lying about the deal) and the resignation of discredited council leader John Clancy.