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Debenhams workers speak out after ‘heartbreaking’ redundancies’

Debenhams workers speak out after ‘heartbreaking’ redundancies’ Around 2,500 Debenhams workers were cruelly sacked by profiteering bosses on Tuesday, as the retail giant announced massive cuts in the department stores and warehouses. 

Workplace roundup: strike call at The Doctors Laboratory+Mcr airport+The Grange+The Giant agency

Workplace roundup: strike call at The Doctors Laboratory+Mcr airport+The Grange+The Giant agency Medical couriers that transport Covid-19 samples on behalf of NHS pathology contractor The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) are to ballot for strikes.

Stand Up To Racism conference calls for action in the workplace

Stand Up To Racism conference calls for action in the workplace Up to 250 trade unionists and campaigners rallied against racism in Central London on Saturday.

Union leaders are wrong to make concessions that weaken Corbyn

Union leaders are wrong to make concessions that weaken Corbyn CWU union leader Dave Ward has spoken out in defence of Jeremy Corbyn. Others are demanding he concedes over the definition of antisemitism.

Trade union leaders pile pressure onto Labour to silence criticism of Israel

Trade union leaders pile pressure onto Labour to silence criticism of Israel Trade Union leaders and allies of Corbyn have put increasing pressure on him to adopt a definition of antisemitism that restricts criticism of Israel.

Sainsbury’s bosses under pressure over plans to slash wages

Sainsbury’s bosses under pressure over plans to slash wages Pressure is growing on supermarket bosses and their Tory backers as Sainsbury’s prepares to slash workers’ pay.

Tesco strikers: ‘We can move 30 tonnes during a shift, but we don’t even get £10 an hour’

18 May 2018
Workers at a Tesco distribution hub in east London struck over pay. Their action raises wider questions about how workers can defeat the retail giants.

Tesco distribution strike shows firm’s vulnerability

15 May 2018
Workers at the Tesco distribution centre in Dagenham, east London, were set to strike for 24 hours this week.

Reports round-up: Bullying Royal Mail boss gets the boot after walkouts in Accrington

03 January 2017
Also: New offer for BA cabin crew | Wage war rolls on at Picturehouse cinemas | Harrods protest will demand pay justice | Weetabix factories to face walkouts | Stop Home Office deportation flights to Jamaica | Bectu now biggest sector in Prospect | Unite calls off bus strike in Wirral

Asda in mess over mass equal pay claim

05 July 2016
Over 19,000 people are bringing an equal pay claim against the Asda supermarket chain.

BHS worker—‘The system is rigged against people like me’

07 June 2016
Some 11,000 jobs are set to go after Duff & Phelps, administrators for BHS, failed to find a buyer for the retail chain.

Sainsbury's workers in Leeds defect from Usdaw to Unite

31 December 2012
Over 100 members of the Usdaw union at the Sainsbury’s distribution centre in Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds, have defected to the Unite union.

Unilever workers strike against pension attacks

09 December 2011
Over 2,000 workers at nine factories, two research and development facilities and one IT office are on strike today (Friday) to defend their pensions at manufacturing multinational Unilever. They are members of the Unite, GMB and Usdaw unions.

Bookmakers strike at Aintree

07 October 2008
Members of the Usdaw union working at the bookmakers Ladbrokes call centre in Aintree held a second 24-hour strike last Sunday to protest against their below-inflation pay offer of 3 percent.

Reports round-up

26 August 2008
Ladbrokes workers walk out Some 200 workers at Ladbrokes telebetting call centre in Aintree on Merseyside struck last Saturday. The Usdaw union members rejected a 3 percent pay offer.

Anger at Usdaw conference

06 May 2008
Delegates gathered at the Usdaw shop workers’ union conference in Blackpool last week. There was notable anger against Labour, especially around Gordon Brown’s removal of the 10p tax rate.

Co-operative insurance

08 October 2005
Last week saw two days of strike action by over 2,000 Co-operative Insurance Society financial advisers, writes Geoff Brown. Around 500 attended a rally in Manchester journeying from as far afield as Aberdeen and Plymouth. The workers’ Usdaw union is maintaining the fight against changes to contracts that could mean earnings are reduced by up to 30 percent.

Sainsbury's

07 February 2004
STRIKE ACTION by workers at Sainsbury's distribution depot in Haydock forced the company to increase its pay offer. The workers, members of the Usdaw union, voted to accept the deal which brings their pay up to £7.60 an hour, with shift allowances on top. The vote was 426 for the deal, and 218 against.

Usdaw elections

15 November 2003
THE ELECTION for the general secretary of Britain's fifth biggest union has started.

Unity message in north east

19 July 2003
THOUSANDS OF people attended the biggest Durham Miners Gala in over a decade on Saturday of last week. The event was co-sponsored by the National Union of Mineworkers and the Unison union. It attracted the support of many other trade unions, including the RMT, Aslef and Usdaw.

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