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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 December 2018
Workplace news in brief
Over 400 members of general union Unite working for housing charity Shelter are due to strike over pay. The 72-hour walkout from 11 December is in response to real-terms pay cuts. Workers demand a 3.5% increase.
Workers at the Historic Royal Palaces organised by civil service union PCS are balloting for strikes against pension cuts. The employer wants to close the 'final salary' scheme and move 120 staff to an inferior 'defined benefit' scheme.
Cammell Laird continues
Merseyside Cammell Lairds shipbuilding workers walk out 23 November, photo Hugh Caffrey, photo Hugh Caffrey (Click to enlarge)
Unite has extended its rolling strike action and overtime ban at shipbuilder Cammell Laird after bosses refused to suspend 291 redundancies for talks.
Bus drivers organised by Unite are due to strike for higher pay in Durham and Keighley. The 650 workers in the north east demand a £1-an-hour raise, and workers in West Yorkshire demand 50p.
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In The Socialist 5 December 2018:
What we think
Corbyn and trade union movement urgently need to fight for a general election to kick out the Tories
International socialist news and analysis
France: mass demonstrations force president to back down
Midwives go on strike in New Zealand
Socialist Party feature
The growth of artificial intelligence technology
Workplace news and analysis
PCS AGS election: Where now after the PCS Left Unity conference?
Blairite Birmingham steps up union-busting and two workforces plan strikes
Victory! Grimethorpe dinner ladies' strike beats job cuts
Victory for left in RMT union president election
WHSmith: hands off our Post Offices!
Bradford College joins #FEfightback strike for decent pay
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party news and analysis
Austerity: not one more day - Tories out now
Health bosses move goalposts on A&E waiting times: more funds for our NHS now!
Northamptonshire council crisis continues
Arrogant landlords can be beaten
Fatal bus crash - an avoidable tragedy
Racist attack in Huddersfield
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fight Cardiff Council's school cuts
Join the march through Woking against austerity
Fighting NHS and fire services cuts and closures in Merseyside
Socialist Party argues against fire service cuts at Tyne and Wear consultation
Leeds TUC conference to organise fight against austerity
West Midlands Socialist Party women's meeting: our role in changing society
Socialist Students conference date set
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