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Rolls Royce plan shut down of Barnoldswick plant —only a united response can save jobs

Rolls Royce plan shut down of Barnoldswick plant —only a united response can save jobs Strikers at Rolls-Royce need urgent solidarity from across the labour movement after bosses announced a Christmas lockout on Wednesday.

Debates and divisions in unions and the left on how to respond to the attacks in Labour

Debates and divisions in unions and the left on how to respond to the attacks in Labour Two online rallies revealed debates on how the left should respond to the right’s assault.

Fights for jobs by tanker drivers and at Rolls-Royce

Fights for jobs by tanker drivers and at Rolls-Royce Fuel tanker drivers employed by Hoyer Petrolog UK have overwhelmingly voted for strikes over job cuts.

Strike in South Africa - ‘We are prepared for war over peanuts increases’

Strike in South Africa - ‘We are prepared for war over peanuts increases’ Over three million workers in South Africa’s four largest trade union federations held a national strike on Wednesday of last week.

Over 100 branches back Paul Holmes for Unison leader

Over 100 branches back Paul Holmes for Unison leader Left activists in Unison are celebrating this week after scoring a fantastic result in the nominations for the Unison general secretary election.

People Before Profit launch emergency jobs programme

People Before Profit launch emergency jobs programme Labour MPs, trade unionists, campaigners and socialists have joined forces to call for a “fightback across workplaces and communities to demand ordinary people won’t pay for the crisis”.

Workers in grip of the economic crisis speak out—millions face jobs misery

19 September 2020
With the future of the government’s furlough scheme in doubt, and with hundreds of firms axing jobs, a wave of fear is spreading

Defend Richie Venton, sacked by Ikea

07 September 2020
Protesters from several trade unions picketed a Glasgow Ikea store last Friday to demand the reinstatement of a union rep sacked for fighting cuts to workers’ conditions.

Bosses axe thousands more jobs

24 August 2020
The jobs massacre continues across Britain, as does an almost total lack of response from union leaders.

Letters—The Met fails again over the Stephen Lawrence murder

18 August 2020
 

Back Paul Holmes for Unison union leader

11 August 2020
SUPPORT IS growing for Paul Holmes to be the next Unison union general secretary. Nominations for the post opened this week.

​​​​​​​Tax office cleaners launch walkouts to win living wage

03 August 2020
Cleaners at HMRC tax offices in Liverpool and Bootle began a four week strike on Monday—part of a long-running battle for a living wage.

Workers bring more than just numbers to protests

05 June 2020
Organised workers make up a unique group with the power to paralyse the system, says Sarah Bates

Workers rush into trade unions to fight profit-hungry bosses

28 May 2020
There’s good news—the number of British workers in trade union members rose last year by 91,000 to 6.44 million.

Workers say Rishi Sunak’s furlough scheme changes leave them poor and at risk

13 May 2020
Workers fear they will be made to pay the price after Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the job retention scheme on Tuesday.

The battle is on - we can refuse to work

12 May 2020
It is possible to refuse to go back to work. Teachers in the NEU union have said it clearest. They’ve laid out five tests that have to be met before they can agree it’s safe to open schools.

Roar of resistance at grizzly behaviour by Great Bear Distribution

12 May 2020
Distribution workers at a Unilever plant in Merseyside are gearing up for strikes after bosses dismissed a union rep.

Inaction makes union leaders complicit

21 April 2020
The failures of most trade union leaders to mount any resistance to the Tory government’s fatal handling of coronavirus intensifies the danger to workers

Thousands forced back to work in unsafe conditions at government departments

21 April 2020
More than 5,000 people are being made to go into work to operate the government’s payment scheme for laid off workers.

Shocking evidence to MPs shows how firms are putting lives at risk

02 April 2020
Submissions to a parliamentary committee reveal how the government’s failures are hitting workers

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