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Workplace and TU campaigns / Strike

19 October 2016

Sheffield bin striker slams privatised refuse bosses

It was a proud day to be a bin man in Sheffield on 17 October as a hundred or more of my GMB union colleagues and I protested about the greedy corporate giant Veolia's refusal to agree our request for a 2% pay rise. They say they can't meet our demand while paying thousands to ship in scab labour and accommodate them in hotels.

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19 October 2016

NHS at breaking Point

What's the Tory answer to the NHS crisis? More cuts! Theresa May says there'll be no additional NHS funding and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is demanding 22 billion in 'efficiency savings' (ie cuts)

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19 October 2016

Newsquest strike: Bosses realise 'contraints' of scab labour

National Union of Journalists members at local daily papers published by Newsquest in the south of England have taken five days of industrial action against the company, beginning on 13 October. The source of the dispute is cuts to staffing, which have already prompted seven reporters to resign.

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19 October 2016

Support the 'Kinsley 3' cleaners in pay fight

Socialist Party members and other trade unionists took part in a march and rally in Barnsley on 15 October in support of school cleaners, the 'Kinsley 3', who have been on strike for over six weeks, writes Jon Sibbald, Wakefield and Pontefract Socialist Party.

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12 October 2016

Poland: Mass movement stops total ban on abortion

On 6 October women in Poland won a crucial victory against proposed legislation to impose a near-total ban on abortion

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12 October 2016

Attack on young people's health and social care: urgent fightback needed

Youth mental health crisis: unions must strike to fight cuts: Record numbers of children are ringing helpline Childline with suicidal thoughts.

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12 October 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the latest Southern Rail strike and a Unite the Union day of action against William Hill pay cuts.

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12 October 2016

Where next for the BMA - is the junior doctors' dispute really all over?

Having called off the strike action and lost the court case, many will be wondering if it's all over for the junior doctors. Will they now be forced onto the new contracts with all that entails for their pay, working lives and the threat to NHS services?

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10 October 2016

AMEY = A Massive Empty Yard

"A Massive Empty Yard" was how one electrician described the effect of the GMB strike at the Amey depot

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5 October 2016

Support the Spanish students' strike

The Spanish students' union Sindicato de Estudiantes has called a general strike of students for 26 October, which has won the support of parents' associations and teachers' unions

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5 October 2016

Durham teaching assistants ballot for strike

Teaching assistants in Durham are furious at the Labour council's plans to 'chop and drop' them. If these proposals go ahead 2,700 TAs will be sacked, then rehired on 23% less pay as they will only be paid during term time.

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5 October 2016

Poland: Fighting back against anti-abortion law

A mass movement is developing in Poland against the Law and Justice-led government's reactionary bill which bans abortions. This has included demonstarions of hundreds of thousands and a women's strike on 3 October.

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5 October 2016

Corbyn's praise for Cardiff Labour is mistaken

Corbyn needs allies to take on the Tories and big business, but he's making a big mistake if he thinks he can count on most Labour councillors. At Labour Party conference he applauded Cardiff's Labour-run council for not outsourcing Cardiff Bus. But it was less than a year ago Cardiff Bus workers forced to into prolonged strike action against poverty pay.

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5 October 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Virgin Trains strike; Ritzy cinema strike; Newsquest journalists' strike.

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5 October 2016

London Met strike against job cuts and victimisation

UCU members at London Metropolitan University took strike action on 29 September over job cuts, attacks on conditions and the victimisation of union reps.

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5 October 2016

RMT president Sean Hoyle speaks to the Socialist

Under attack but organising to fight back: Transport workers' union RMT has been involved in many recent disputes and played an important role in supporting both Jeremy Corbyn and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. RMT president Sean Hoyle spoke to the Socialist.

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5 October 2016

Bin workers' strike - "about more than just pay"

Sheffield bin workers took a one-day strike on 5 October, fighting for a better pay rise

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4 October 2016

RMT strike on Virgin Trains East Coast

Fresh from the 'traingate' attack on Jeremy Corbyn, Virgin East Coast is now attacking its staff

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28 September 2016

RMT defeats ScotRail bosses: The guard stays on the train

ScotRail guards have won a big victory, proving that determined strike action works.

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28 September 2016

The Ritzy strikes back

Buoyed by Jeremy Corbyn's crushing victory over the Blairites, striking Ritzy cinema workers walked out and created a loud, bustling picket lines that shut down the Brixton cinema at midday on 24 September mirroring their previous strike two years ago.

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