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France at a crossroads

14 January 2020
Richard Greeman, a Marxist writer and activist best known for his work on Victor Serge, looks at why Macron is so determined, and asks how workers can win

More universities could join new wave of UCU action

14 January 2020
Workers in 37 UCU union branches are reballoting for strikes. The branches voted overwhelmingly for walkouts in initial ballots, but failed to meet the Tories’ 50 percent turnout threshold for legal strikes.

Government manoeuvres on pension age fail to stop protests and strikes in France

14 January 2020
Union members are holding real debates how to take their movement forward, says Charlie Kimber

French strikes ‘beyond trade unionism’

07 January 2020
Another huge day of strikes and demonstrations in France against president Emmanuel Macron’s pension assaults was set for Thursday this week.

French pension strikers reject Macron’s bribes

30 December 2019
Tens of thousands of French workers remain on indefinite strike against president Emmanuel Macron’s attacks on pensions

How they fight back in France

10 December 2019
After years of attacks on pay, pensions and living standards, ordinary people in France have had enough. Huge strikes—the most significant wave of workers’ action since 1995— should be an inspiration to everyone, says Charlie Kimber

Millions of workers strike to defy French pension assault

05 December 2019
A huge strike swept France on Thursday as millions of workers revolted against pension attacks from president Emmanuel Macron.

UCU strikes see ‘festive’ second day

26 November 2019
Striking university staff were in a buoyant mood as they entered the second day of an eight-day walkout on Tuesday.

Start of strike at 60 universities is a stunning success

25 November 2019
Big picket lines, student support, enthusiastic particpation and union recruitment as eight-day strike begins

Strikers at UCL speak out over UCU union fight over pay, pensions and conditions

25 November 2019
Workers and students staged determined picket lines across Britain on Monday as an eight-day strike got underway.

Strikes to hit 60 universities as UCU members fight for the future of education

18 November 2019
Tens of thousands of UCU union members are preparing for their return to the picket line. Sadie Robinson talks to activists about how they’re building solidarity—and how to win

University workers headed for eight days of strikes over pensions and pay

01 November 2019
Eight days of strikes are set to hit 60 universities from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December after workers voted for action in two ballots.

Letters—A hard working life, and now my pension has been stolen

15 October 2019
This month I will be 62, but there will be no real happy birthday feeling until I am 66.

University workers are ready to get the vote out in strike ballots

01 October 2019
UCU union members in universities are balloting for strikes over pay, workloads, unequal contracts and pensions.

Workers in France strike back as Emmanuel Macron attacks pensions

23 September 2019
Strikes on the railways, in schools and many other sectors swept France on Tuesday against president Emmanuel Macron’s assault on pensions.

Tory plans for retirement at 75 means working till death

20 August 2019
The state pension age is set to rise to 75 over the next 16 years. That’s if Boris Johnson’s favourite think tank gets its way

LETTERS - Robbed by pension change, but women are fighting back

29 July 2019
Many women are taking part in the “We paid in you pay out” campaign on Facebook and protests around the country.

Pensioners plan protests to stop cuts to free TV licences

18 June 2019
This year’s Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool was rocked by news that the BBC is to end free TV licences for over 75s unless they qualify for pension credit.

University workers could take to picket lines again to defend USS pensions

11 June 2019
The UCU union could ballot workers across 69 universities for strikes later this year if attacks on the USS pension scheme continue.

Higher education workers fight back

14 May 2019
University workers are furious at a new attack on their USS pension scheme

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