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Construction workers' ballot underway

18 August 2009
More than 2,000 engineering construction workers in the Unite and GMB unions at seven petrochemical plants and power stations are balloting for an official strike over jobs.

Construction workers ballot about to start

04 August 2009
More than 2,000 engineering construction workers in the Unite and GMB unions at seven petrochemical plants and power stations are set to vote for an official strike over jobs.

Corus workers frustrated after union meeting

28 July 2009
Around 100 workers at the Corus Steel company, who are members of the Community, Unite and GMB unions, attended a multi-union meeting in Scunthorpe on Friday of last week. Many workers were disappointed by the agenda.

An enterprising vote for strikes

28 July 2009
Enterprise-Liverpool workers in the GMB union have voted by a massive 97 percent for industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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