Trade union issues

Fight for workers’ rights

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:22 Author: Editorial

In 1997, shortly before winning the general election, Tony Blair boasted in an interview with the Daily Mail (26 March 1997) that Britain “would still have the most restrictive union laws in the Western world” with Labour in power.

That remained true until Labour lost office in 2010, but since then the law have become more restrictive.

The restrictions around ballots, picketing, solidarity action, political funds, and others, means the potential of our unions is shackled. Employers have taken advantage of that.

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Industrial news in brief: train cleaners; Sports Direct; Tube; Riverboats; Argos

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 12:19 Author: Solidarity
Sports Direct hits headlines

Train cleaners ballot

Cleaners working for Southern and Southeastern railways will be balloted by the RMT in two separate disputes over pay and working conditions.
The cleaners are employed by two different cleaning contractors — Wettons on Southeastern and Churchill on Southern.
The ballot closes on 21 September.

Sports Direct

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Solid First Day of Action at Northern and Merseyrail!

Submitted by Off The Rails on Mon, 13/03/2017 - 18:59

The RMT action on Northern and Merseyrail against Driver Only Operation on 13th March was very successful.

At Merseyrail, ALL Traincrew stayed out, including ALL Drivers, despite the majority of them belonging to ASLEF, which has not yet joined the dispute. The ONLY trains that moved at Merseyrail on the day were operated by managers.

That is a huge step forward in this dispute in terms of solidarity- let's hope this spreads to other depots as the dispute rolls on!

Workers' direct action gets the goods: sacked Crossrail worker reinstated

Submitted by AWL on 16 February, 2015 - 8:43 Author: Darren Bedford

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

The worker, who began work on Monday 9 February, raised concerns over safety standards on the site. Despite being told he would have work for three years, he was summarily sacked on Friday 13 February.

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The Monthly Survey

Submitted by AWL on 4 September, 2014 - 2:02

Articles:

John Major's "beef war" (Alan Gilbert)
Towards a summer of discontent? Rail and post go into battle (Tom Wills)
Deep divisions in Israel
Germany's workers are fighting back (Rhodri Evans)
Socialist Labour Party: Little controversy, no orientation, no hope (Martin Thomas)
The new left in Unison (Sleeper)

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Survey: education, diary of a tubeworker & labour news

Submitted by AWL on 24 July, 2014 - 10:42

Student debt explodes: HE, FE (Daisy Forest, Ed Whitby)
Out Proud and Organising (Daisy Forest)
Diary of a tubeworker: Phew, what a sell out!
Troops used against firefighters dispute (Chris Jones)
The rail sell out
Strike against casual labour
Defeated council plans library closure

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Ritzy cinema workers' strike hots up

Submitted by AWL on 23 July, 2014 - 12:52

On 20 July workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton were on strike again as part of their Living Wage campaign. The strike had been timed to disrupt a live screening of the new Monty Python musical, the kind of screening that normally draws packed audiences and big profits.

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