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29 June 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Lecturers, train workers and cleaners on strike.

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1 June 2016

PCS conference takes serious approach to key political and industrial questions

PCS has been to the fore in resisting government cuts and attempting to bring together public sector unions in coordinated action.

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4 May 2016

Civil service: fighting the pay freeze

PCS has been campaigning against austerity for many years including the public sector pay freeze. We have argued that the best way to defeat the pay freeze is to build joint coordinated action across the public sector but despite this being official TUC policy, they and other key unions have failed to build this action. While continuing to press this demand, PCS is campaigning to win settlements that will improve our members' wages wherever possible.

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23 March 2016

Five years ago: 750,000 march against cuts

Five years ago, on 26 March 2011, the biggest trade union protest in British history took place. The TUC-organised demonstration was the first major show of opposition to the then Con-Dem government.

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9 March 2016

"Our wages have been frozen for nine years" - a day in the life of a court worker

Around 75% of the staff in my office are women, something which is reflected throughout the civil service. This is because unions played a critical role in the creation of the public sector as we know it.

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Unison members on the 26th March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison members on the 26th March TUC demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

24 February 2016

Unison at a crossroads

Industrially and politically, Britain's largest public sector union is under siege from the Tories' relentless austerity agenda. Meanwhile, Unison's right-wing leadership and bureaucracy resort to dirty tricks to hold the struggle back.

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9 December 2015

Quiz of the year

It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.

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18 November 2015

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

The cat is out of the bag. As the Financial Times reported: "Chancellor George Osborne is considering a radical multibillion-pound plan to privatise the government's stake in housing associations".

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11 November 2015

Government departments agree to hack budgets

Four essential government departments have signed up to cuts of around 30% over the next four years.

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11 November 2015

Huge support for socialist in Northern Ireland union election

The last six weeks have seen one of the most high profile trade union elections in Northern Ireland for decades. The election was for general secretary of public sector union Nipsa, the largest union in Northern Ireland.

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4 November 2015

Unison general secretary election - vote Roger Bannister

Vote Roger Bannister for a flexible political fund that works for members.

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29 October 2015

Kill the Bill!

The TUC lobby of Parliament on 2 November needs to mark a major change in the fight against the Tory anti-trade union bill.

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9 September 2015

Nominate a fighting socialist for Unison general secretary

Interview with Unison general secretary candidate Roger Bannister

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19 August 2015

Kids Company closure

The failure of David Cameron's 'big society': On 7 August Kids Company, a charity providing care for vulnerable children, closed its doors for the last time.

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Roger Bannister, photo Paul Mattsson

19 August 2015

Socialist challenges for Unison leadership

Rank-and-file socialist Roger Bannister is standing for general secretary of Unison

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5 August 2015

Them & Us

Brief dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of bosses and their politicians.

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15 July 2015

Reverse social care sell-offs

As people live longer, more and more are likely to need care services when they get older, writes Jean Thorpe, Nottingham Socialist Party.

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8 July 2015

Hospital porters mop up in NHS pay battle triumph

After over 3 months of all-out action, 117 hospital porters in Dundee have won higher pay, more jobs, and cash for lost income

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1 July 2015

Escalate strikes to fight council's 90% sell-off

On the back of their shock general election win, the Tories think they are untouchable. In one borough in south-east London, they plan to outsource more than 90% of staff.

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