Strikes and lock-outs

Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 28/02/2018 - 12:43

A major industrial and political battle against academy status is under way in Newham, East London.

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German union wins over hours, but at what price?MatthewWed, 28/02/2018 - 09:20

Last month, the German metalworking and electronics industries waged their most intensive struggle for years. More than 1.5 million workers downed tools in three 24-hour stoppages.

The 24-hour strikes allowed them to make a strong show of economic force. The strikes meant between 770 and 980 million Euros’ worth of lost production. Little wonder, then, that the Gesamtmetall employers’ association wanted to prevent open-ended strikes.

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University pension revolt gains strength

Submitted by Gemma_S on 27 February, 2018 - 6:45
A big red picket fence in front of the gates to a University building.

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As Solidarity goes to press, staff at 64 universities are on the fourth day of strikes over pensions which began on Thursday 22 February. Seven more universities are due to join in coming weeks.

There has been a strength of feeling on the picket lines unprecedented in recent university disputes. A thousand people joined a protest at Bristol, and at many other campuses numbers have been in the hundreds.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 14/02/2018 - 13:47

As previously reported in Solidarity (461, 7 February), the Communication Workers′ Union Postal Executive has endorsed the agreement reached between CWU negotiators and Royal Mail, which will now be put to a vote of the membership.

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Iran sugar workers demand controlMatthewWed, 14/02/2018 - 11:24

Recent events have shown that Iran’s working class is willing and able to fight consistently against the capitalist class, the regime and the state. By the end of the current Iranian year (on 20 March) the number of workers’ strikes and protests in the course of the year could reach the 1,000 mark.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 07/02/2018 - 15:25

On 22-23 February, campuses across the country will see the first of 14 days of strikes announced by the University and College Union (UCU).

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 31/01/2018 - 13:29

Lecturers strike over pensions

Staff at 61 universities have voted to strike in a dispute over pensions, beginning on 22 February.

University bosses want to remove guaranteed pension provision, in favour of a “defined contribution” scheme where the eventual pay-out is dependent on performance of investments. Staff face losing up to £200,000 over the course of retirement.

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An open letter to ASLEF driversMatthewWed, 31/01/2018 - 12:43

As strikes by train guards in the RMT union against the imposition of “Driver Only Operation” continue, the role of drivers, most of whom are in the Aslef union, is thrown into sharper and sharper relief.

On MerseyRail, activists have organised magnificent solidarity which has led to Aslef drivers refusing en masse to refuse to cross RMT picket lines. On other companies the picture is less positive.

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An open letter to fellow ASLEF drivers: which side are we on?

Submitted by Off The Rails on Fri, 19/01/2018 - 10:56
DOO strike

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“It has long been the tradition in ASLEF to respect picket lines whether they are our own or those of fellow trade unionists.” - ASLEF  members’ diary

TIME TO MAKE THIS A REALITY!

Dear Driver,

I am writing to you, as a fellow ASLEF driver, because I want to persuade you that we need to change how we approach the current RMT disputes over DOO/DCO.

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