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Privatisation


Real fight needed at British Steel to save jobs

22 May 2019
Unions are calling for nationalisation, but winning that will take mass resistance.

Bosses want to pull the plug on Labour plan to nationalise energy network

15 May 2019
Prepare for a surge of lies from the power companies as Jeremy Corbyn outlines plans to nationalise substantial parts of Britain’s energy network on Thursday. 

The bosses go nuclear over strikes at Sellafield

16 April 2019
Outsourcer Mitie has turned to bullying measures in an effort to weaken a strike at Sellafield nuclear processing plant which was set to start on Friday this week.

Virgin rail smash and grab

16 April 2019
Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will have trousered £306 million in dividends from Virgin Trains by the time the franchise finishes operations within the next year.

Tories are making us sick, say NHS workers at Unison health conference

09 April 2019
Pressures faced by NHS workers dominated the Unison union’s health conference in Bournemouth this week.

NHS privatisation rocks hospitals, yet Tories hand out millions more in contracts

08 April 2019
Tory health secretary Matt Hancock is stepping up the privatisation of the NHS just as a fresh scandal rocked hospitals.

Aecom contract is a slap in the face for Grenfell victims

26 March 2019
The Tories have appointed an “independent specialist contractor” to conduct environmental checks of the area around Grenfell Tower.

More privatisation chaos as Interserve collapses

19 March 2019
Thousands of workers have been plunged into an uncertain future as outsourcing giant Interserve collapsed into ­administration last week.

United strike is just the ticket in traffic wardens’ fight for sick pay

01 March 2019
GMB union members at Tory-run Westminster and Wandsworth councils began a 48-hour strike for sick pay on Wednesday. And they plan a further two-day strike from Thursday of next week.

Strikes over academy scam plan in Enfield

05 February 2019
NEU union members at Galliard Primary School in Enfield, north London, were set to start a two-day strike on Wednesday this week.

‘The company treats us like dogs,’ say striking Wandsworth traffic wardens

31 January 2019
GMB union members in the Tory-run south London borough began their second 48-hour strike for sick pay on Thursday

Wandsworth traffic wardens aren’t waiting to act over sick pay

24 January 2019
GMB union members in the Tory-run borough began a 48-hour strike on Thursday.

London councils are losing millions from Tory Right to Buy

22 January 2019
London councils are paying over £22 million a year to rent back homes they were forced to sell under the Tories’ Right to Buy scheme.

The Carillion collapse and capital

15 January 2019
Carillion, a former giant firm in construction, outsourcing and privatisation, went bust one year ago. It was one of the go-to firms to get rid of public services, first with New Labour and now with the Tories.

The tiny group controlling England’s water industry

07 January 2019
Privatisation has handed just 20 investors over two thirds of England’s water and sewerage supply—and it’s time we took it back, says Charlie Kimber

Workers on company boards won't stop business as usual for the fat cats

03 January 2019
Outsourcing giant Capita has announced it will appoint workers to its board

Interserve—a privatisation nightmare

11 December 2018
School meals, home care, window cleaning, road works and hospital security—these are just some of the services that stand on the brink of further chaos.

New anti-academies fights launched as Village School celebrates step forward

04 December 2018
Workers and parents at The Village School in Brent, west London, were celebrating after a plan to turn the school into an academy was halted.

Upbeat strike at The John Roan school says no to academies

07 November 2018
Workers at The John Roan school in Greenwich, south east London, struck on Wednesday. The NEU union members are fighting a plan to turn the school into a privately-run academy.

Winter flu vaccine crisis looms after years of Tory budget cuts and selloffs in NHS

25 October 2018
An east London GP has warned that elderly people could die this winter because of flu vaccine shortages.

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