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Gordon Wray 1934-2008

18 March 2008
Comrades in Leeds were saddened by the news that Gordon Wray passed away on 10 March. Gordon was a lifelong socialist and trade unionist.

Fighting single status cuts in local government wages

26 February 2008
Over 50 angry and worried GMB union members, demonstrated outside Leeds Civic Hall on Wednesday of last week. The union wanted to lobby the council meeting, to show its opposition to pay cuts of up to £6,000 a year included in the council’s single status deal.

Council workers resist single status attacks

19 February 2008
Leeds Angry refuse and street cleansing workers in Leeds are to demonstrate on Wednesday of next week against Leeds council’s proposal to take up to £6,000 each year from their pay packets.

Single status round-up

17 December 2007
Leeds workers reject pay deal Leeds council workers in the GMB union have voted two to one against a single status pay deal.

Leeds GMB members reject single status deal

13 December 2007
LEEDS COUNCIL workers in the GMB union have voted two to one against a single status pay deal.

Leeds ballot on single status

11 December 2007
Some 5,500 GMB union members who work for Leeds City Council are balloting on the council’s single status pay and grading system.

Leeds International Film Festival

23 October 2007
The 21st Leeds International Film Festival aims to give space to the films and documentaries that are often denied mainstream screenings.

Leeds Housing Workers Strike

19 October 2007
Members of Unison union, who work for Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (Bitmo) in Leeds, took one day of strike action last Monday.

Reports round-up

20 June 2007
Leeds strike over redundancies Teachers and support staff at Fountain Primary school in Morley, Leeds, held a one-day strike on Wednesday of last week.

Kester Aspden interviewed about his new book on the persecution of David Oluwale

29 May 2007
David Oluwale was last seen alive on the night of 17 April 1969, being beaten by two police officers in Leeds.

'Nationality: Wog' - the police hounding of David Oluwale

29 May 2007
Kester Aspden's new book Nationality: Wog – The Hounding Of David Oluwale is an extraordinary piece of social history that investigates the persecution and lonely death of David Oluwale in 1960s Leeds.

Metroline | Yorkshire Coastliner | FirstBus Leeds

10 March 2007
Metroline Bus workers at Metroline in north London were shocked to learn last week that their final salary pension scheme was being closed. Alternatives to the final salary scheme are cheaper for the company but less secure for workers.

Bauhaus photography in Leeds | Reds | The Good, the Bad and the Queen | Babel

27 January 2007
Bauhaus photography in Leeds Joost Schmidt's "Still life with prism and seahorse" (courtesy of the Bauhaus Archive, Berlin) is an example of the pioneering experimental photography produced by the Bauhaus sculpture workshop in the 1920s and 1930s.

Bus drivers’ strikes shake bosses

16 December 2006
Some 1,000 striking drivers brought bus services to a standstill in Leeds on Monday of this week. The T&G union members are planning two more days of action before Christmas over attacks on their pensions.

Leeds First Bus strike brings bosses to their knees

16 December 2006
Over 1,000 bus drivers at First Bus in Leeds struck on Monday against attacks on their final salary pension scheme. The company is trying to cap pensions contributions and link them to inflation.

Anti-fascists protest at BNP leader Nick Griffin's court hearing

04 November 2006
Fascist BNP leader Nick Griffin and his sidekick Mark Collett appeared in Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday morning for re-trial on charges of race-hatred. The trial was adjourned until Friday when the prosecution will open their case.

Protest outside court case of BNP leader Nick Griffin on Wednesday 1 November

28 October 2006
Join the anti fascist rally outside Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday 1 November.

Refugees from Zimbabwe protest against deportations

23 September 2006
Over 300 Zimbabweans from across Britain led a vibrant and lively demonstration in Leeds last Saturday against the government’s resumption of deportations of refused asylum seekers back to Zimbabwe, writes Stuart Hodkinson

Leeds caretakers win substantial pay rise

16 September 2006
Caretakers working for Leeds North West Homes told Socialist Worker that they were "jubilant" after winning substantial pay rises - over 10 percent on their basic hourly rate.

Caretakers’ battle with Leeds North West Homes

26 August 2006
A group of caretakers in Leeds are taking industrial action over pay.

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