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

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

Defend Richie Venton, sacked by Ikea 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

Bosses axe thousands more jobs The jobs massacre continues across Britain, as does an almost total lack of response from union leaders.

Back Paul Holmes for Unison union leader

Back Paul Holmes for Unison union leader 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

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

We need action, not dodgy deals, from union leaders over virus

31 March 2020
Action by workers has shown the type of ­resistance that’s possible against bosses who force them to work in unsafe conditions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Trade unions—act, don’t just talk

11 February 2020
Heart Unions Week—the TUC union federation’s annual publicity campaign—this year focuses on challenging sexual harassment at work.

Strikes defy French cops as union leaders seek shoddy deals

04 February 2020
Another day of national strikes and demonstrations was set for Thursday this week in France.

Planned post walkout called off, but battle over bullying isn’t over in Bootle

21 January 2020
Postal workers in Merseyside have called off a planned strike after bosses backed down in a dispute over victimisations.

No to witchhunt of Kirklees Unison reps

14 January 2020
Four Unison union branch officers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, remain suspended by their own union without knowing the charges against them.

Government manoeuvres on pension age fail to stop protests and strikes in France

14 January 2020
Union members are holding real debates how to take their movement forward, says Charlie Kimber

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