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Don’t let legal threats stop national construction strike

21 July 2009
More than 2,000 engineering construction workers in the Unite and GMB unions at seven petrochemical plants and power stations are to be balloted for an official strike over jobs.

Bolton protest against care cuts

14 July 2009
Members of the Unison and GMB unions held an angry protest outside Bolton Town Hall on Wednesday of last week against cuts to adult care.

Company wants Total obedience

23 June 2009
Bosses at Total insist they did not trigger the dispute at the Lindsey refinery. Yet according to the GMB union the company ensured that workers it described as "unruly" were not re-employed.

Glasgow council battles continue

16 June 2009
Last week’s planned indefinite strike action by 1,300 GMB, Unison and Unite union members in Glasgow council’s land and environmental services department was called off after concessions were made.

Labour hypocrisy on planned cuts

16 June 2009
Gordon Brown renewed his attack on the Tories’ plans to slash public spending if they win the next general election at the GMB union congress in Blackpool this week.

GMB conference: Divided loyalties as government hits crisis

16 June 2009
The crisis in the Labour Party dominated early debates at the annual GMB union conference in Blackpool.

National construction workers strike ballot has the potential to unite all workers

09 June 2009
The Unite and GMB unions are expected this week to begin a national ballot of tens of thousands of construction workers for strikes over pay.

Leeds bin workers refuse pay cuts

12 May 2009
GMB, Unison and Unite trade unions in Leeds say industrial action could be looming over the latest row over refuse workers’ pay.

Union leaders meet to discuss public sector pay

14 April 2009
Union leaders from Unite, GMB and Unison unions met on Tuesday last week to discuss public sector pay.

Council round-up

10 February 2009
Nottingham Nottingham city council has deferred a decision to axe hundreds of jobs after protests by workers. Over 200 Unison, GMB and Unite union members rallied in the city as councillors were due to discuss plans to slash up to 800 jobs.

Strike threat at Thames Water

10 February 2009
Workers at Thames Water in the GMB union may be balloted for strike action over job cuts and a threat to outsource call centre work to India.

Up to 60 redundancies announced at Chemilines

27 January 2009
The dispute at the Chemilines pharmaceuticals factory in Wembley, north west London, took another turn for the worse this week as the GMB union called off further strike action and the company announced plans for up to 60 redundancies.

Chemilines set for three strike dates

09 December 2008
Some 78 GMB union members at pharmaceuticals company Chemilines have voted unanimously for three days of strike action over pay.

Protest at Rochdale council over restructuring

25 November 2008
Over 500 people protested in Rochdale last Thursday over the council’s plans to attack the terms and conditions of its 8,000 workers through pay and grade restructuring. The lively protest had flags and banners from the Unison, Unite and GMB unions.

Scottish Water workers strike

25 November 2008
Some 3,500 workers at Scottish Water are set to strike for 24 hours from Thursday over pay. The workers, members of the Unison and GMB unions, are angry that management has imposed a below-inflation pay deal of 3 percent over 15 months.

Scottish local government workers in the GMB and Unite unions reject pay offer

18 November 2008
Members of the GMB and Unite unions have rejected the latest local government pay offer in Scotland, raising the possibility of further strike action.

Fighting to save jobs in York

11 November 2008
The GMB, Unite and Community unions have launched an initiative to save jobs and services in York.

Lobby of London Fire Authority

11 November 2008
Members of the GMB and Unison unions in the London Fire Authority have called a lobby of a meeting of their employer that will consider cuts in the organisation’s budget next week.

Scottish strike can win on pay

23 September 2008
We are taking to the picket lines this week with over 150,000 other local government workers. Colleagues in the Unite and the GMB unions are striking with us.

CE Electric workers vote for strike over wages

02 September 2008
Over 1,100 workers at CE Electric, in the Unite and GMB unions, have voted to strike for a 5 percent wage increase.

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