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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 January 2010
Signallers' strike spreads
Signal workers, members of RMT, have been involved in two weeks of strike action over the imposition of new working conditions.
A mass picket was held in Newport on 8 January.
The RMT is organising an overtime ban and are balloting other signal workers to join in the action.
The dispute erupted when Network Rail tried to impose new rosters in a cost-cutting exercise associated with the opening of the new South Wales Control Centre this year.
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In The Socialist 13 January 2010:
Decent jobs - not slave labour
Protest against bankers' bonuses
Leeds City Council Future Jobs Fund is no solution
Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition
Launch of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Socialist Party news and analysis
Labour's leadership crisis - time for a new workers' party
Global warming chills the north
The real cost this winter
Iceland debt crisis: Make the 'dirt bags' pay!
No to County Council cuts in Warwickshire!
Corruption scandal grips Northern Ireland
Socialist Party workplace news
Fujitsu workers say: "Enough is enough"
Signallers' strike spreads
Buses - privatisation means worse services
Teesside fight to save jobs
Twinings jobs meeting
Hospital workers battle on
Unison witch-hunt: Shock exposures at Employment Tribunal
Call centres: Union campaign makes important gains
Socialist Party international feature
Greece - on the edge of a volcano
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka presidential elections: No to the two warmongers!
Israel: Instability, class polarisation and socialism
Chile - Freedom for Elena Varela
Hard chimes for Pompey
The Socialist 13 January 2010 |
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