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'Southern rail - do your worst' say defiant striking train guards

11 October 2016
Train guards were defiant as they began a three-day strike on Tuesday against Southern rail bosses’ plans to introduce the dangerous Driver Only Operation (DOO).

Housing demo hits awards event to protest over selloffs and demolitions

11 October 2016
Activists protested outside the annual Stirling Awards for architecture on Thursday of last week.

LETTERS: Richard Branson is taking Virgin passengers for a ride

30 August 2016
Richard Branson was keen to try and prove that Jeremy Corbyn did not have to sit on the floor of one of his overcrowded, overpriced trains.

Can Jeremy Corbyn’s plans work?

30 August 2016
Rivals attack Corbyn’s policies as ‘loony left’ but millions back them nevertheless. Raymie Kiernan and Tomáš Tengely-Evans look at what difference his policies could make

Shock new attacks on the NHS to come, but there's also resistance

26 August 2016
NHS bosses are drawing up plans to shut hospital departments across England as the Tories ramp up their assault on the health service.

Southern strikes are on the right track as bosses feel the heat

23 August 2016
Bosses at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) face fresh strikes in their battle with rail workers’ unions to undermine safety and slash services.

Virgin Trains East Coast faces action against cuts

16 August 2016
Some 2,000 RMT union members working on Virgin Trains East Coast were set to strike for 24 hours from 3am on Friday of this week.

How runaway train profits derail safety

09 August 2016
Private train firms are wreaking chaos on the railways and making passengers’ lives a misery. Now they want to ram through even more attacks—but a series of strikes to defend safety could stop them in their tracks, writes Raymie Kiernan

Health workers take on ISS privateers at east London hospital

04 August 2016
Health workers employed by outsourcing giant ISS at Homerton Hospital in east London are fighting attacks on their hours and jobs.

Reports round-up

19 July 2016
Brighton protest against NHS privatisation | Protest and strike call at St Barts hospital | Unite backs Stand Up to Racism | HMY Radford shop fitters build pay strike | South West Water workers pull plug on overtime | Two-day Capita pay strike hits services | Disabled people take on Capita | Migrant cleaners hold march | Protest for Prossie against deportation

Teachers set to strike against Tory cuts - and fight to defend education

28 June 2016
Teachers will take part in an England-wide school strike next Tuesday over the impact of Tory policies and funding cuts.

Bus and train strikes scare the fat cat transport bosses

21 June 2016
Four strikes hit public transport around Britain this week as workers lose patience with management attempts to squeeze their pay and conditions - First bus drivers in Leeds and Weymouth and train guards on Southern and Scotrail

NHS staff crisis leaves A&E ‘more like a warzone’

21 June 2016
Sadie Robinson talked to workers and patients about the scale of the crisis at one north London hospital

Why has the Southern railway gravy train hit the buffers?

21 June 2016
Thousands of services cancelled and many more delayed, but it’s green lights all the way for bosses’ perks. Raymie Kiernan sees the hand of the Tories behind moves to driver-only trains

Defence of A&E steps up a gear as anti-cuts message rings out in Chorley

14 June 2016
Over 1,800 people marched in Chorley last Saturday demanding their local hospital’s accident and emergency (A&E) department is reinstated.

UCU members debate defending education - and more - at annual congress

07 June 2016
The Tory assault on education, and resistance to it, dominated the UCU union’s annual congress in Liverpool last week.

Reject junior doctors' deal and fight to defend the NHS

24 May 2016
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to use a new contract deal with junior doctors to break momentum and push more attacks on the NHS. 

Solid strike by Southern railway train guards was two fingers to bosses' intimidation

18 May 2016
Hundreds of trains were cancelled as train guards struck on Wednesday. Bosses want them to bring in more money but the guards fear for passenger safety

Junior doctors are still up for a fight - but pause threatens momentum

17 May 2016
Talks with health secretary Jeremy Hunt came as junior doctors met for their conference. The conference reflected a mood to fight—and possible dangers, reports Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Doctors’ rep says prepare for more strikes, as BMA conference nears

10 May 2016
Junior doctors are set to meet for the British Medical Association’s (BMA) junior doctors’ conference in London this Saturday.

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