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Textile workers' sit-in continues Egyptian strike wave

15 May 2007
Textile workers at the Mansoura-España Garments Company in Egypt’s Nile Delta have occupied the plant in protest at unpaid wages and the sale of the company.

Strike at Anglian Windows in Norwich

15 May 2007
Over 100 workers at Anglian Windows in Norwich struck on Friday of last week and Monday of this week over pay.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency staff vote for industrial action

15 May 2007
Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action short of a strike over low pay.

1907 Belfast strike showed the power to end the sectarian divide

15 May 2007
Much was made last week of the politicians of Northern Ireland coming together apparently to bring peace. But 100 years ago, there was a far more inspiring and grassroots example of people coming together in Ireland, which is rarely written about in the mainstream press.

Iraq oil strike postponed

14 May 2007
The Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) has postponed its planned strike on Monday over the handing over of Iraq’s oil to multinationals. It postponed the action after it won negotiations with prime minister Nouri al Maliki in Baghdad set for Tuesday.

Tesco drivers strike looks inevitable in Scotland

11 May 2007
Strike action by nearly one hundred and fifty Tesco distribution drivers at Livingston near Edinburgh now looks inevitable after the company’s senior managers told the recently merged Unite (T&G and Amicus) union that they intend to derecognise the union.

Harlow College lecturers will take strike action to defend jobs

11 May 2007
Teaching staff at Harlow College – members of the UCU union – have voted for strike action as part of a campaign to defend their contracts and jobs.

Salford refuse workers threaten strike over agency workers

08 May 2007
Refuse workers in Salford are on the brink of strike action over the use of agency staff.

Reports round-up

08 May 2007
Harlow College strike ballot Lecturers at Harlow college are being balloted for strike action over management’s decision to make over 200 staff reapply for their jobs with new conditions – including longer hours and less pay.

Macclesfield post strike wins reinstatement

08 May 2007
Macclesfield postal workers last week walked out unofficially to support a colleague with chronic renal failure – and won a complete victory against uncaring bosses.

Birmingham GMB in single status strike threat

03 May 2007
GMB members have overwhelmingly voted to reject Birmingham City Council’s pay and grading proposals this week at one of the first meetings organised by GMB throughout the city.

Strike at Anglian Windows

03 May 2007
Nearly 200 GMB members who work at Anglian Windows in Norwich are preparing to strike. The first one-day strike will be from 6am on Thursday 11 May. A further strike will take place on 14 May.

Tesco drivers 96 percent vote for strike

03 May 2007
Tesco distribution drivers at Livingston near Edinburgh have voted in overwhelming numbers to take industrial action, including strike action.

Harlow college: 'Everyone must now reapply for their jobs'

01 May 2007
The 205 lecturers at Harlow College in Essex are holding a strike ballot after management announced redundancies and changes to terms and conditions.

PCS workers strike against Brown's cuts

01 May 2007
Some 250,000 civil service workers in the PCS union struck on May Day against job cuts, low pay and privatisation.

Strike as sacked BA baggage handler hangs himself

01 May 2007
Piara Kalayan, a baggage handler at Heathrow airport devastated at being sacked hanged himself last week.

Postal workers push for strike ballot over pay

01 May 2007
Royal Mail workers are pushing for a strike ballot over pay cuts.

City College Manchester strike on hold

01 May 2007
Lecturers at City College Manchester have put strike action on hold after management said that proposed new contracts would not be implemented for new starters.

Strike ballot likely after TUI and First Choice merger

27 April 2007
The planned merger between travel firms TUI and First Choice could lead to a ballot for strike action by cabin crew at Thomsonfly, which is owned by TUI, unless there are guarantees of no compulsory redundancies.

Cleaning strike called of at Neath Port Talbot Hospital after offer

24 April 2007
A strike by cleaning staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital has been called off after a last minute offer. Staff were due to walk out last week for two days over cuts in cleaning at the hospital which they feared would endanger patients.

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