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Setback for Trade Union Bill

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Gemma Short

The House of Lords has taken issue with the parts of the Trade Union Bill which relate to party funding and have referred them for closer scrutiny in the committee stages.

The House of Lords has taken issue with the parts of the Trade Union Bill which relate to party funding and have referred them for closer scrutiny in the committee stages.

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Without help from Murray

The Unite union helped with resources for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for Labour leader, and by all accounts Unite’s leaders are influential with the team round Corbyn.

So a long article by Unite “chief of staff” Andrew Murray about Corbyn’s Labour, first published on the web in mid-October and widely circulated since, deserves analysis.

It’s an odd article, written in the style of a jaded but worldly-wise oracle addressing young devotees. And vague when it gets to the point.

A long article by Unite “chief of staff” Andrew Murray about Corbyn’s Labour, first published on the web in mid-October and widely circulated since, deserves analysis.

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Scottish Labour Conference: Scrap Trident!

The Scottish Labour Party conference on 31 October-1 November voted overwhelmingly (70/30) against Trident renewal.

Support for Trident renewal was spearheaded by the Community and GMB leaderships. Both argued that nuclear weapons were good for the nation’s defence, and good for jobs. According to Community strategy and policy director John Park: “We are supportive of the nuclear deterrent and of the conventional defence industry.”

Scottish Labour Party conference votes overwhelmingly against Trident renewal.

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Industrial news in brief

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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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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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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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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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