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Labour right cheers GMB union result

08 June 2021
“Two down, one to go,” was how a Labour MP greeted the news last week that Gary Smith has been elected to lead the GMB union.

‘It’s time to build workplace power’—Unite union leadership candidate Sharon Graham

31 May 2021
The politicians have failed. Job losses are racking up, emboldened employers are continuing the race to the bottom, new tactics such as fire and rehire remain legal and the floor keeps dropping.

Trade union membership rises in pandemic—but no room for complacency

27 May 2021
More workers are getting organised against bosses’ attacks. The number in trade unions in Britain rose by 118,000 last year to 6.56 million.

State statisticians lose a whole year’s strike days

18 April 2021
How many workers went on strike in 2020? One good answer might be “not enough”.

Here are the Kill The Bill protests this weekend

15 April 2021
These are protests that have been advertised for Saturday and Sunday against the police bill.

After British Gas sackings, unions must shift now

13 April 2021
This week saw the final sacking of British Gas workers who had refused a 15 percent pay cut and other assaults.

The Troublemaker—Deadly chemicals buried across Wales

12 April 2021
Toxic waste including mustard gas is buried among more than 1,500 disused landfill sites across Wales.

We need ‘serious disruption’ to kill Tory police bill

17 March 2021
MPs have taken another step towards making it much harder for people to protest in Britain.

LETTERS—Smash the capitalist system that causes women’s oppression

13 March 2021
I was not shocked to discover that recent research has found almost all young women in Britain have experienced sexual harassment.

Shrewsbury Colleges strikers say it’s right to resist

09 March 2021
NEU union members at the group are fighting to defend victimised union rep John Boken

Union leaders’ compromises leave workers behind

28 February 2021
Organised workers have the power to tackle the bosses. Nick Clark explains why union leaders often fear strikes.

Shrewsbury Colleges strike for victimised union rep John Boken

24 February 2021
Strikers stressed that the fight to defend John is part of a much bigger battle

Battle is on to stop unsafe schools return on 8 March

22 February 2021
Boris Johnson’s plan to fully reopen all schools in England on 8 March will put many more lives at risk.

Unions must fight for pay as inflation threat looms

19 February 2021
Working class people’s living standards could take a further hit with warnings that inflation could rise above 2 percent.

LDE strikers stay strong as they plan six more days of strikes to defend union rep

10 December 2020
NEU union members at the LDE free school in east London struck for a sixth day on Thursday. And they have voted for more strikes because they see the walkouts as their only chance to make the school better for staff and students.

Fighting against victimisation at Shrewsbury Colleges group

08 December 2020
Members of Shrewsbury Colleges Group NEU union are fighting the victimisation of John Boken, one of the union reps at the college.

LETTERS - Don’t be demoralised, get organised at work instead

07 December 2020
It is easy to get demoralised with politics in Britain given the strength of the populist right and the weakness of the Labour Party.

LDE school staff strike to demand reinstatement of union rep Sharon Morgan

03 December 2020
Workers at the London Design and Engineering (LDE) free school are taking action to demand the reinstatement of NEU union rep Sharon Morgan.

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

25 November 2020
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

02 November 2020
Two online rallies revealed debates on how the left should respond to the right’s assault.

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