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Privatisation


Anger after National Gallery bosses sack PCS union rep Candy Udwin

19 May 2015
Bosses at the National Gallery in central London have sacked leading PCS union activist Candy Udwin. This is a major attack on a high-profile trade unionist and a serious assault on union rights.

National Gallery workers begin new walkout days before national demonstration

19 May 2015
National Gallery workers were defiant as they began a new ten day strike today, Tuesday.

Bromley Council strikers can beat Tory cuts and privatisation plan

12 May 2015
Workers at Tory-run Bromley Council in south London are resisting a vicious programme of cuts and privatisation that could cut the council workforce from 4,000 to 300. 

Private post bosses want to sack 2,000 delivery workers to boost profits

12 May 2015
Private delivery company Whistl has issued redundancy notices to 2,000 workers after suspending its delivery service.

Workers rally in solidarity with victimised PCS union rep Candy Udwin

05 May 2015
Some 50 National Gallery strikers and supporters held a rally in solidarity with victimised union rep Candy Udwin today, Tuesday. The rally was held to support Candy on the first day of her disciplinary hearing.

Barnet strikers determined to resist council's latest outsourcing plans

05 May 2015
Barnet Council workers struck for two days last week against another wave of outsourcing at the Tory-run north London authority.

National Gallery workers vote for more action if bosses don't back down

02 May 2015
Workers at the National Gallery in central London completed their 23rd strike day yesterday, Friday, and warned bosses they could face more walkouts.

Workers debate ending Labour link at CWU conference in Bournemouth

28 April 2015
Workers in the Communication Workers Union (CWU) debated anti-racism and the union’s relationship to the Labour Party at their general conference in Bournemouth last Sunday and Monday of this week.

National Gallery strikers win London Living Wage—but fight continues

21 April 2015
National Gallery bosses have been forced to say they will pay staff the London Living Wage. The gallery was the only national museum or gallery in London not to pay it.

New strikes at National Gallery after bosses refuse to budge over privatisation

14 April 2015
National Gallery workers in central London have called a further six strike days in their fight with management over privatisation.

Education reports round-up

14 April 2015
Workers are organising against the outsourcing of casualised staff at Warwick university. They are resisting Teach Higher—a separate company set up by Warwick university-owned Warwick Employment Group.

Testing time for the Tories

14 April 2015
There’s a nasty agenda behind the Tories’ plans to test children as young as four. They will set children and schools up for failure while robbing vital education funds to give to big firms. But there is resistance, writes Sadie Robinson

Social work conference inspires a radical vision of care

14 April 2015
Some 450 people attended the Social Work Action Network (Swan) conference in Paisley last weekend.

London council workers resist Tory privatisation of services

14 April 2015
Workers at Bromley Council, in south London, held two days of strikes last week to stop the wholesale privatisation of services. 

Health worker Charlotte Monro reinstated after tribunal ruling - now let's build the fightback

01 April 2015
Sacked Unison union rep and Whipps Cross Hospital worker Charlotte Monro has been reinstated in Barts Health NHS Trust in east London.

Lewisham academies supporter Frankie Sulke resigns

31 March 2015
Campaigners against academies in Lewisham, south east London, were buoyed by the news that Frankie Sulke, council director for children and young people, will resign her post in the summer.

Barnet care workers strike back against Tory service cuts

31 March 2015
A struggle by care workers in Barnet, north London to defend pay and a quality care service has got bosses on the ropes. It’s bad news for the council privatisers, reports Raymie Kiernan

National Gallery strikers march on Downing Street demanding privatisation is halted

26 March 2015
Striking National Gallery workers in London held a rally outside the gallery in Trafalgar Square today, Thursday.

News in brief

24 March 2015
Short news stories from the past week including MPs on the impact of benefit sanctions, the privatisation racket on the railways continues, public inquiry report on tainted blood scandal and IPCC to release report on Mark Duggan death

Barts NHS Trust bosses' 'culture of bullying and harassment' blamed for care failings

24 March 2015
Health workers are furious with bosses at the Barts Health NHS Trust in east London for running Whipps Cross Hospital into the ground.

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