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Mass pickets can win Leeds strike

22 September 2009
The strike is solid—most bins in Leeds have not been emptied since the action started more than two weeks ago.

Leeds bin workers are all-out against council’s £6,000 pay cuts

22 September 2009
Around 600 Leeds refuse workers have been on all‑out strike for more than two weeks in a battle against the Tory/Lib Dem council.

Leeds bin workers’ fury over bosses lies

15 September 2009
The all-out indefinite strike by over 500 hundred refuse collectors and street cleaners in Leeds has entered its second week. Many depots had large picket lines with some agency workers being persuaded to turn back.

Leeds refuse workers begin all-out strike

08 September 2009
Over 200 refuse and street cleaning workers in Leeds walked out on indefinite strike on Monday of this week in a dispute over pay.

Leeds council’s proposal is rubbish

01 September 2009
An all-out strike of some 600 refuse workers at Leeds city council is set to begin on Monday of next week.

Leeds bin workers to hold mass meeting

14 July 2009
Refuse workers in Leeds were to hold a mass meeting on Thursday of this week to discuss resistance to the council’s plans to cut their pay by up to £6,000 – around a third of their annual wage.

Leeds rallies against Nazis

16 June 2009
A 600-strong rally against the Nazi British National Party took place in Leeds on Saturday of last week. Trade unionists, community representatives, LGBT and disabled groups and Unite Against Fascism all addressed the rally.

Leeds College of Art and Design picket for pay rise

16 June 2009
Around 30 lecturers in the UCU union at Leeds College of Art and Design (LCAD) picketed their college on Wednesday of last week as part of their union’s "IOU" campaign to win the implementation of a nationally agreed pay rise.

Leeds bin workers refuse pay cuts

12 May 2009
GMB, Unison and Unite trade unions in Leeds say industrial action could be looming over the latest row over refuse workers’ pay.

Leeds: a stain on the city

14 April 2009
I came across the hidden history of David Oluwale while working in Leeds. I’d been away from the north for some years and Leeds seemed a very different city to the one I’d known in my youth. Back then it was tribes of beer-drinking Tetley Bittermen, goths, and football hooligans from the Service Crew. Mostly unpleasant, dark stuff.

Newspapers round-up

10 March 2009
Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post NUJ journalists’ union members at the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post newspapers in Leeds struck again last week over redundancies.

John McDermott: union activist sacked for representing members

10 March 2009
Unison union members in Leeds and across the country were shocked and angered last week at the news that East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) had sacked John McDermott.

ENEHL strike for victimised Unison convenor

03 March 2009
Workers in East North East Homes Leeds struck on Tuesday of this week in defence of John McDermott, their Unison union convenor who is a member of the union’s national executive.

Rising action against assault on media jobs

24 February 2009
Over 140 workers at Yorkshire Post Newspapers in Leeds struck from Thursday of last week to Sunday, as part of the wave of resistance to job losses sweeping the newspaper sector.

Leeds council stewards to discuss response to job cuts plan

24 February 2009
Unison union stewards in Leeds council were set to meet on Wednesday of this week to discuss their response to the council’s plans to axe at least 450 jobs.

Lobby in Leeds to support ENEHL workers

03 February 2009
Over 100 workers joined a lobby of Leeds councillors on Wednesday of last week to support workers in East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) and Unison union convenor John McDermott.

The Hounding of David Oluwale – interview with Daniel Francis

27 January 2009
David Oluwale was last seen alive on the night of 17 April 1969, as he was being beaten by police officers in Leeds. Two weeks later his body was pulled out of the River Aire.

Strikes planned at ENEHL

15 December 2008
Unison union stewards in East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL), voted overwhelmingly to resume industrial action in January, in a dispute over trade union rights and the victimisation of union activist John McDermott.

Leeds anti-Nazi protest is music to our ears

21 October 2008
The fascists were humiliated in Leeds last weekend after hundreds of young people turned out to block their attempts to whip up race hatred in the city.

Day of action at East North East Homes

19 August 2008
Workers in East North East Homes Leeds held a successful day of strike action in defence of their Unison union convenor John McDermott, who has been suspended from work.

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