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Amicus broad left group falls under Simpson’s control

04 March 2006
Officials loyal to Derek Simpson, general secretary of the Amicus union, have taken control of Amicus Unity Gazette, the union’s main broad left organisation.

Health workers lobby over cuts

14 January 2006
Hundreds of health workers, members of the Amicus union joined by some of their colleagues in the Unison union, lobbied MPs on Tuesday of this week.


10 December 2005
The Amicus union has called off a series of strikes set to begin at Birmingham International Airport on Thursday of this week. These were called as part of a campaign of industrial action after two workers were sacked.

How we stopped the Nazis in the 1970s

22 October 2005
Who Shot the Sheriff? — Alan Miles’s excellent new film charting the history of the Rock Against Racism and Anti Nazi League movements of the 1970s — is set to go on tour in January, sponsored by the Amicus union.

Amicus in Birmingham council

22 October 2005
The Amicus trade union is balloting its members in Birmingham city council for strike action over plans to privatise the city’s highways services.

Glasgow refugee protest

08 October 2005
Over 1,000 people marched through Glasgow last Saturday demanding an end to the detention and deportation of asylum seekers. The Vucaj family from Kosovo were snatched and deported on Thursday of last week. The march was led by Scottish and refugee school students. There were banners from the Fire Brigades Union, the T&G union, the teachers’ EIS union and the Amicus union. MSPs spoke at the rally.

Join the demonstration to back Rolls strikers

27 August 2005
Ninety six engineers in a critical section of Rolls Royce aerospace began an indefinite strike on Tuesday this week as they escalated their fight against the victimisation of Amicus union convenor Jerry Hicks.

Action to back Jerry Hicks

20 August 2005
The Amicus union has defiantly rejected a cynical offer by Rolls Royce management for convenor Jerry Hicks to give up his fight for reinstatement in return for a £50,000 payoff.

Solidarity with Jerry Hicks

20 August 2005
About 40 people attended a public meeting organised by the Amicus branch of Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge which was addressed by Jerry Hicks.


16 July 2005

BBC workers discuss their next move

18 June 2005
The dispute at the BBC over 3,800 job cuts is at a crucial stage. Union leaders from Bectu, the NUJ and Amicus unions met the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, on Wednesday of last week.

Bank workers make a statement over pay

04 June 2005
The first strike by bank workers in eight years caused major problems for the giant HSBC bank on Friday of last week. Thousands of workers in the Amicus union struck over the bank’s below inflation pay offer.

Banking on a fightback at HSBC

28 May 2005
The giant HSBC bank was set to see major strike action hit its operations across Britain on Friday this week. Workers in the Amicus union have voted by 68 percent to 32 percent in favour of striking over pay.

HSBC bank workers close the tills

21 May 2005
Thousands of workers at the giant HSBC bank are set to strike over pay on Friday of next week. The Amicus members voted by two to one in favour of striking.

Amicus conference — leader bangs the drum for government

21 May 2005
Over 800 delegates gathered in Brighton last weekend for the first national conference of the 1.2 million strong Amicus union.

ITV strike forces improved pay offer

23 April 2005
Strike action by workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV has forced management to make an improved offer over pay.

ITV strikers channel their anger over pay

16 April 2005
Hundreds of media workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions struck between Friday and Sunday of last week at ITV. They are fighting for decent pay. Strikers picketed ITV offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.

Media round-up

09 April 2005
ITV workers’ strike set to hit flagship programmes Members of the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV were set to strike on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week in their pay dispute. The strike involves over 700 broadcasting, production and studio staff at ITV centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham and Birmingham.

Why we believe a merger between Amicus and the T&G unions will not be so super for workers

12 February 2005
Amicus THE NATIONAL executive of the Amicus union was told on Wednesday of last week about plans for a three-way merger with the T&G and GMB unions. Almost every executive member knew about the plans in advance—by reading about them in the newspapers.

Union mergers

05 February 2005
"This is a huge move that could lead to a union of two million members. It lays the basis for British unions to be grouped around two centres — public sector workers in Unison, private in T&G-Amicus. It’s being done at great pace. The rumour before the T&G executive meeting was that the timetable is: executive decision now, conference decision in the summer and a ballot in the autumn.

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