Dated: 15 Dec 2012
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Christmas is supposed to be a time of celebration and happiness. But for Nina Hammill, it’s yet another source of stress.
Some 1,200 workers were set to strike on Friday of this week at four factories in the West Midlands. They are fighting poverty pay, along with alleged bullying and lack of support for workers who suffer industrial accidents.
Protesters in Barnet, north London, took over a council meeting as the Tory cabinet voted to hand £750 million of services to private firm Capita.
Lorries backed up outside Tesco’s distribution centre in Doncaster last Saturday, and on Monday and Tuesday of this week—kept out by defiant pickets.
Huge firms including Tesco, Argos and Superdrug have stepped up their recruitment of people on workfare for the Christmas season.
Inquests set to be quashed Attorney general Dominic Grieve has applied to quash inquest verdicts for 96 Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough football disaster.
Tory chancellor George Osborne fired the first shot in the battle over public sector pay last week.
Chancellor George Osborne announced the end of national pay levels for teachers in his autumn statement last week.
Dunston school walks out against appraisals Teachers at Dunston primary school in Chesterfield began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week against intrusive appraisals and monitoring.
There are 86,047 men, women and children in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.
Bristol post workers deliver solid strike A solid strike took place at Mead Street sorting office in Bristol on Monday of this week to defend national agreements and fight unreasonable workloads. Over 100 managers from across the south west were brought in to try and break the strike.
Anti-cuts group UK Uncut targeted more than 40 branches of tax-dodging coffee chain Starbucks on Saturday of last week.
Around 500 people tried to make themselves heard at a public consultation on the closure of Lewisham A&E in south London on Tuesday of last week.
Traffic wardens in Camden, north London, have won a pay rise of 10 percent over the next two years following strikes.
The Unite union executive has announced a timetable for a general secretary election—three years early. This would allow Len McCluskey to extend his term for a further two years.
Lawyers and solicitors in Scotland are continuing action against plans to cut legal aid. The changes would force people with a disposable income of more than £68 a week to contribute towards their legal costs.
Refuse workers in the Unite union have called four strike days at Veolia, demanding the reinstatement of four sacked colleagues.
Train signallers in Stirling were set to strike on Saturday of this week to demand 12-hour shifts. They are members of the RMT union.
A report into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane has concluded there was "no overarching state conspiracy", even though there were "shocking" levels of state collusion.
Striking Tesco lorry drivers in Doncaster have voted to accept a deal from their new bosses Eddie Stobart.
The national executive of the NUT teachers’ union met yesterday, Thursday, against the backdrop of Tory plans to scrap teachers’ national pay and give head teachers the power to determine pay.
If you tuck into a chicken product from Tesco, Morrisons or Marks & Spencer, there’s a good chance it passed through one of the 2 Sisters Food Group factories in the West Midlands. More than 1,200 workers struck there today, Friday—against plans to pay them chicken feed.
The results from the first day of Egypt’s referendum poll on Muslim Brotherhood President Mursi’s new constitution show a majority of 56.5 percent cast a yes vote.
Some 64 percent of Egyptian voters have approved President Mohamed Mursi’s new constitution, according to unofficial results released on Sunday by the judicial authorities.
Mass demonstrations across Egypt by hundreds of thousands of people have forced Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi to withdraw a decree that gave him draconian powers.
Greek public services to strike Public sector unions in Greece have called a general strike for Thursday of next week. Private sector unions will hold a shorter stoppage. Local government workers will strike for three days.
The Tunisian revolution began two years ago this month—and set in motion a wave of revolt across North Africa and the Middle East.
The ongoing teachers’ dispute in Slovakia has demonstrated the militant potential of a long sidelined working class.
Banners hang across the streets and graffiti covers the walls in central Cairo. The centre of Tahrir Square is occupied by protesters. It’s the day before the first day of voting for a new constitution in Egypt—and tension is high.
Protesters continued to occupy both Tahrir Square and the streets around the presidential palace as voting began in Egypt’s referendum on a new constitution.
Winter is biting hard in austerity-hit Greece, but workers are still fighting back.
Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland have been gripped by an explosion of protests, riots and roadblocks at the hands of Loyalist paramilitaries.
The genetic research industry has spent a great deal of time making tall claims about what it could achieve. By unravelling the building blocks of life, it declared, we would at last discover the truth about why we are the way we are.
With Christmas around the corner, there’s no let up in the grim future the government has set for disabled workers. Hundreds more workers at Remploy factories are at risk of losing their jobs under fresh closure plans announced last week.
India under the Mughal Empire, which stretched from 1526 to 1858, was for a time one of the world’s most advanced societies. There were as many as 120 large cities. Delhi was said to be as big as Europe’s largest city, Paris, and was an economic and political powerhouse.
Photographer and filmmaker William Klein offers a guide to the pre-digital era, from the blinding fluorescent signs of Manhattan to the smoke swept streets of Paris ’68.
The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow This collective of singers, songwriters and a socialist magician was formed out of the Occupy struggle against austerity.
It all went a little sour a little quickly. The pregnancy that was meant to lift the hearts of a nation was only a week into its overhyped, wall to wall coverage when things went wrong.
Britain could be heading for a triple dip recession, Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable declared last week. His Tory coalition partners immediately condemned him.
I, like several others, have had the pleasure of knowing Ivan from his time in the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) office. We are all shocked by the news of his sudden death.
A chance to block Royal Mail privatisation The CWU union’s announcement that it may ballot members in Royal Mail over ceasing to handle competitors’ mail is welcome. But as union members we need to make sure our leaders take this chance to fight back seriously.
‘The only tax cuts the Conservatives support are ones for the very rich’
This can be a stressful time for the super-rich, as they try to find presents extravagant enough for their phenomenal wealth. So we thought we’d help with a few pointers.
Tory chancellor George Osborne admitted on Wednesday of last week that his economic plan isn’t working—even on its own terms.