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Growing strikes in Germany express anger at neoliberalism

24 July 2007
A four-hour strike by Germany’s train drivers at the beginning of July brought large parts of the country’s rail traffic to a standstill. Now the drivers are set for an all-out strike which could cause major disruption to traffic and corporate logistics.

Fremantle care workers strike again in north London

24 July 2007
Around 200 residential and daycare workers working for Fremantle in Barnet, north London, struck for 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday of this week. This follows another 24 hour strike earlier this month.

Network Rail signallers' strike in Scotland called off

24 July 2007
A strike by 400 signallers and supervisors working for Network Rail in Scotland scheduled for Friday has been called off by the RMT after the company tabled a further revised offer on disputed bonus payments.

Coca Cola workers set to strike

24 July 2007
Workers in the Unite union at Coca Cola Enterprises in Wakefield – the company’s largest bottling and distribution centre – are to strike for 48 hour strikes on Thursday and and Friday of this week and 13 and 14 August.

Oldham teachers strike over suspended NUT rep

24 July 2007
Some 27 teachers in the NUT union at South Chadderton School in Oldham went on strike last Thursday over changes to pay and the suspension of their union rep.

‘Can your offer,’ say Heinz workers in Wigan

24 July 2007
More than 1,000 workers at the Heinz food processing plant in Wigan, Lancashire, walked out for 24 hours on unofficial strike action on Tuesday of last week in protest at management’s latest pay offer.

Workers rally to defence of activist Karen Reissmann

24 July 2007
The battle to defend Karen Reissmann, the psychiatric nurse and health service union activist, is set to reach a critical stage this week as her Unison union starts a ballot for strike action in her defence.


17 July 2007
Strike shows the way The recent public sector workers’ strike in South Africa was very successful, although strikes are never 100 percent perfect.

Post workers’ powerful strike steps up challenge

17 July 2007
The postal workers’ strike last week was even more powerful than the one on 29 June. Royal Mail described it as patchy. Maybe it was a bit – in some places 98 percent of workers were out, in others it was as few as 95 percent!

Strike to defend union activist Karen Reissmann

17 July 2007
The campaign to defend nurse and health union activist Karen Reissmann from victimisation by her management was set to make a big leap forward this week.

Strike over outsourcing planned at Pirelli, Carlisle

17 July 2007
Around 700 workers at the Pirelli tyre factory in Carlisle have voted to strike against management’s plans to outsource five jobs to workers outside the factory.

Oxford post walks out

17 July 2007
Hundreds of workers at Oxford mail centre walked out on unofficial strike on Monday after union rep Steve Gill was suspended after a complaint about his behaviour during the last strike.

Collahuasi copper miners strike in Chile

17 July 2007
This week some 700 miners have come out on strike in Chile’s Collahuasi copper mine, nearly 2,000 kilometres north of Santiago and 5,000 metres up in the Andes. This is at a time when thousands of subcontracted workers in Chile’s state owned copper mines are already out.

Winning solidarity across the trade union movement

17 July 2007
Bristol: Activists brought eight banners to the CWU picket line at the Patchway office in Bristol at 5am during last weeks strike.

Coca Cola strike dates in Wakefield and Milton Keynes

17 July 2007
Workers at Coca Cola Enterprise's largest bottling and distribution centre – in Wakefield – will stage a series of 48 hour strikes on 26 and 27 July and 13 and 14 August.

Pictures of the post strike on 13 July

13 July 2007

Reports from London for the 13 July post strike

13 July 2007
North London The strike was 100 percent solid at Highbury in Islington, North London. There were 13 people on a confident picket line out of fewer than 40 workers. Union rep Martin Gyan said, "They want to turn us into a part time company. If there is no work you’ll just be sitting at home.

Post workers shut down Royal Mail in second first class strike, Friday 13 July

13 July 2007
Striking postal workers, in the CWU union, brought Royal Mail to a halt today in their second 24-hour strike.

Bakerloo line rail workers to strike over safety

12 July 2007
Around 150 train drivers and station staff on London Underground’s Bakerloo line will strike for 24 hours from 10pm on Thursday July 19 in a safety dispute over lone working.

Breakthrough at Anglian Windows

11 July 2007
The strike action at Anglian Windows has been called off after workers voted to accept a deal that will see a change in the company's pay structure.

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