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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Cleaners organise and strike

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 12:04 Author: Gemma Short
MoJ Strike

Cleaners at the Ministry of Justice and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council (RBKC) will strike on 7, 8 and 9 August over pay and unfair working conditions.

The cleaners at the Ministry of Justice are contracted by outsourced cleaning company OCS, and those at RBKC are employed by Amey.

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Wildcat strikes against racist boss

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:36 Author: Gemma Short

On Tuesday 31 July Indianapolis welder Antoine Dangerfield filmed what became a viral video, watched over 2 million times in two days, of a wildcat strike by Latino construction workers building a new UPS hub.

In the video and in a subsequent interview with Jacobin magazine Dangerfield explains that some Latino workers, working for a different contractor but in the same hub were ordered to go home (effectively sacked) by a white boss he calls racist.

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Mixed outlook in DOO strikes

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 11:25 Author: a train driver

RMT members are currently voting on a proposed settlement of their Driver-Only-Operation dispute at Greater Anglia that would see a second safety-critical member of staff (i.e. a conductor or guard) on all trains that currently run with one, with some of the operation of the train doors passing to the driver.

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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
Precarious workers May Day
SJWWed, 09/05/2018 - 12:50

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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