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Rail workers work, rest then strike at First

Train drivers working for the First Capital Connect company have caused immense disruption by exercising their right not to work on their rest days. The service relies on drivers working overtime, but when they choose not to it has a massive impact.

Connect conference debates merger

Delegates at the Connect communications union conference in Blackpool last week took a backwards step in support the union executives' proposals for a merger with Prospect and rejecting an offer to merge with the CWU that they had earlier backed. The whole weight of the union machine was used to force this through in the debate.

Action planned on at two rail lines

Action planned on at two rail lines Around 1,500 RMT transport union members at National Express East Anglia and First Capital Connect are set to strike on Monday of next week over job losses.

Edward Upward 1903-2009

Edward Upward 1903-2009 Edward Upward was a poetic writer and unrepentant Marxist. He died recently at 105, the last of a group of writers who were radicalised by the fight against fascism and workers’ struggles in the 1930s, and sought to connect their politics and their writing. 

Bread & butter issues

Bread & butter issues It’s often in our pockets that we connect most directly to the politics of food. But the struggle for food extends across a broader canvas, and it’s one that affects workers intimately. The production of food, for instance, is a battlefield of exploitation and resistance.

Respect’s campaign outside schools reaches those who usually get ignored

Respect’s campaign outside schools reaches those who usually get ignored Newham Respect has tried to connect with the many groups that the Westminster political classes don’t reach.

Connect conference

28 June 2003
OVER 100 delegates from Connect, the union for professionals in communications, met last week. The conference marked a change in industrial direction for the union, with a new general secretary anxious to align Connect somewhat more closely with the "awkward squad" of unions.

Cashing in on the movement?

12 April 2003
THE ANTI-WAR movement is sending the advertising hacks into a spin. Canny corporations see the anti-war and anti-capitalist movements as new marketing tools to get to young people. How they connect into these movements takes many different forms. Corporations like Nike with its "Just do it" theme or FCUK with its anti-establishment stance are playing on relatively safe ground. Meanwhile Qibla and Mecca Cola are trying to take a small bite out of Coca-Cola and Pepsi's markets by plugging themselves as an ethical alternative to these global giants.

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