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A battle to liberate Scottish Labour from the old guard cathy n Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:59
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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.

Industrial news in brief

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.

Industrial news in brief Matthew Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:55

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.

Council reneges on bins deal

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 12:08 Author: Jim Denham

Birmingham refuse workers have returned to the picket lines after the Labour city council reneged on a deal and sent out redundancy notices.

Mountains of rubbish bags piled up on street corners before the last seven-week strike was suspended on 16 August after Unite and the council struck a deal at ACAS.

Glasgow homeless service workers fight back

Submitted by cathy n on 7 August, 2017 - 3:49 Author: Terry Elliot

Worse working conditions for the workers. And a worse service for clients.

That’s the result of Glasgow City Council putting its homelessness outreach support services out to tender, and cutting from five to two the number of organisations supporting homeless people transitioning into settled accommodation.

Workers who were transferred into Loretto Care, one of the two successful bidders, earlier this year found themselves moved from fit-for-purpose workplaces into an empty shell – no office furniture and no IT equipment – on a remote industrial estate.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 21 June, 2017 - 1:30 Author: Ollie Moore, Charlotte Zalens, Peggy Carter and Gemma Short

On 16 June over 100 people attended a short-notice demonstration called at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema, in protest at the sacking of three trade union reps. Three reps for the Bectu union at the Ritzy were sacked for failing to report to management the contents of an email sent from a Bectu branch email address to members’ private emails, which mentioned actions that community supporters of cinema workers’ strikes planned to undertake. One other rep remains suspended and awaiting disciplinary.

Grenfell Tower appeal

Submitted by cathy n on 15 June, 2017 - 7:17 Author: Len McCluskey

Dear friends,

The full horror of the fire at the Grenfell Tower is yet to unfold but we do know that there has been fatalities, serious injuries and hundreds of people are left destitute and in despair.

Once again our emergency services have been called upon to display the selflessness and heroism we are sadly becoming all too accustomed to. Unite will be sending its solidarity to our colleague unions to express our very deep thanks for all that they do to in the name of public service.