Defending jobs

The Vestas workers' struggle

Submitted by martin on 26 August, 2009 - 9:24 Author: AWL
Vestas

For a full list of all stories on this website about Vestas, click here. Key articles below:

What you can do - practical solidarity

The story so far - timeline 28 April to 18 August

Why wind turbine production should be publicly owned - Government minister Joan Ruddock challenged face-to-face on her "principles"

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Wigan outsourcing strike

Submitted by SJW on 21 June, 2018 - 1:32 Author: Gemma Short

Workers in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trust will strike again for 24 hours beginning at 00.01 on Wednesday 27 June and for five days beginning at 06:00 hours on Thursday 28 June in a dispute over outsourcing plans.

Hospital caterers, cleaners, porters, and other workers, members of Unison, previously struck for 48 hours on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 May. As previously reported in Solidarity, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trusts plan to outsource workers to a new company called WWL Solutions.

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ACAS deal wins more jobs

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 3:21 Author: By Charlotte Zalens

Workers at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have won more jobs and commitments on workload and grading following strikes.

According to the PCS union: ″Acas management has agreed to immediately recruit extra staff and keep overall conciliation staffing levels under review, with a view to further recruitment rounds to take account of ongoing service demands and staff turnover.

″Acas has also agreed to accelerate work on a new grading redesign in response to union anger at the downgrading of work.

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UoL's vague promises

Submitted by SJW on 30 May, 2018 - 11:58 Author: Gerry Bates

Outsourced workers at the University of London are disappointed after a much delayed announcement from the University about bringing workers in-house has failed to give workers any real commitment.

Workers organised by the IWGB union previously struck on 25-26 April, and will strike again on 6 June, in a campaign to be brought back in-house and have parity of terms and conditions with in-house workers. Outsourced workers currently receive inferior pensions, and less holiday, sick, maternity and paternity pay.

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Bring outsourced University of London workers back in house

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:57 Author: Gemma Short

Over 100 cleaners, porters, receptionists and other outsourced workers at the University of London will strike on 6 June.

Workers organised by the IWGB union previously struck on 25-26 April in a campaign to be brought back in-house and have parity of terms and conditions with in-house workers. Outsourced workers currently receive inferior pensions, and less holiday, sick, maternity and paternity pay.

Protests in support of the strikes on 25 April were attended by hundreds of supporters, including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

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Precarious workers May Day

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 12:50 Author: Kelly Rogers
Precarious workers May Day

On May Day, a coalition of unions and campaigns, each organising precarious workers, came together to celebrate and take action.

Bringing together workers from BECTU, United Voices of the World (UVW), Independent Workers union of Great Britain (IWGB), the Bakers’ Union and Unite, as well as campaigners and activists from Women’s Strike, Labour Campaign for Free Movement, Workers’ Liberty, Another Europe is Possible, and Plan C, among others, the bloc coalesced around four demands:

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End outsourcing at UoL!

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:21 Author: Gemma Short

Cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners, post room and audio-visual staff at the University of London struck on 25-26 April.

The workers, members of the IWGB union, held day-long pickets at the University of London’s Senate House, and organised demonstrations through the universities area of Bloomsbury on both days.

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End UoL outsourcing!

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:47 Author: Gemma Short

Cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners, post room and audio-visual staff at the University of London will strike on 25-26 April.

The workers, organised by the IWGB union, are employed by a range of outsourcing companies that have contracts with the university. They are fighting to be directly employed by the university and for parity of terms and conditions with currently directly-employed workers. Outsourced workers currently receive inferior pensions, and less holiday, sick, maternity and paternity pay.

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Universities plan job and course cuts

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 7:50 Author: Peggy Carter

Job cuts have been announced at the Open University and at Liverpool University.

Cuts at the Open University would result in 41 degree courses being axed, leaving only 71, reducing the number of courses available by a third. The University plans to save £100m from its £420m annual budget, yet the University has spent £2.5m on consultancy fees to KMPG.

From money put aside for redundancies, the UCU estimates that the University is planning for at least 250-300 voluntary redundancies in the coming year, and for compulsory redundancies to follow.

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