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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.

Post Office counters staff to hold strike

10 July 2007
Counters workers in the big high street post offices are to strike on two days next week rather than this week. They will strike on Monday 16 July from 2.30pm to 7pm, and Thursday 19 July from 6am to 12 noon.

Reports round-up

10 July 2007
RMT to ballot over pension rights Over 11,000 members of the RMT rail workers’ union at companies covered by the Transport for London (TfL) pension fund are balloting for strike action over plans to undermine the pension rights of people forced to leave their jobs through ill-health.

United strike can win for all workers

10 July 2007
Every day it becomes clearer that the postal workers’ dispute over pay and in defence of the postal service is crucial for workers across Britain.

Coca Cola workers in Wakefield plan strike

10 July 2007
Workers at Coca Cola’s bottling and distribution plant in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, may strike over pay.

‘We need to step up the pressure on Royal Mail’

10 July 2007
We have been looking forward to this week’s strike. That’s not because we like losing money, but because we know that unless we hit back the management will walk all over us.

Barnet daycare workers strike against wage cuts

10 July 2007
Around 200 residential and daycare workers working for Fremantle in Barnet, north London, struck for 24 hours on Thursday and Friday of last week.

Subcontracted Chilean copper miners strike to demand ‘Same work, Same pay’

09 July 2007
The use of sub-contractors has become endemic in Chilean copper mines. In 1980 the state copper company Codelco employed 28,000 workers on fixed contracts. Now only 18,000 work "direct", and 33,300 work for sub-contractors – and the jobs which are "tendered out" are the same jobs that direct workers do.

Post strike reports from around the country show anger and strength

03 July 2007
Glasgow At the mail centre in Springburn, the strike began with a walk-out at 4.45am. A driver refused to cross a picket line at the nearby Baird Street delivery office.

Why is Sir Digby Jones in Brown’s government?

03 July 2007
My union was on strike last week when we heard that Gordon Brown had made bosses’ rep Sir Digby Jones a trade minister in his government.

Edinburgh parking attendants strike again

03 July 2007
More than 80 low paid parking attendants working for NCP in Edinburgh struck on Friday and Saturday of last week. Their action follows a successful one-day strike earlier in the month.

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