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Iceland strikers call for support

16 December 2006
Some 350 Iceland strikers struck and dozens joined picket lines again today (Friday), faced by security guards. They are hitting the company hard but need your backing.

Bus strikes force new pay deal from Metroline

16 December 2006
Metroline bus drivers in London have voted by around 80 percent to accept a 5.75 percent pay rise. The rise will apply to all elements of pay – the basic rate, overtime, holiday pay and back pay.

Cleaners mop up at Lancaster

16 December 2006
Lancaster Office Cleaning Company has caved in to a campaign by cleaners and their supporters in London and Edinburgh demanding union recognition and a living wage.

Chilling anti-strike tactics at Iceland

16 December 2006
If you ever thought the class struggle was dead, you should have been outside the Iceland depot in Enfield, north London, at 2am on Friday last week.

Workers set for action over single status

16 December 2006
Falkirk The battle against the single status pay settlement in local government is hotting up across Britain. GMB and Unison union members working for Falkirk council in central Scotland are set to protest this Saturday and strike on Monday of next week.

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.

Lecturers at Middlesex University vote for action

16 December 2006
Lecturers at Middlesex University have voted for action short of a strike over the university’s refusal to implement a pay award and pay framework agreement, which have been agreed nationally.

Fujitsu escalates dispute with Manchester staff

16 December 2006
IT services giant Fujitsu escalated its dispute with Manchester staff by walking away from talks with Acas last week. It has also threatened disciplinary action against Ian Allinson, the senior Amicus Rep, as part of an effort to attack the union by reducing facility time in the middle of the dispute.

City cleaners' fight for pay justice targets a new company

09 December 2006
Over 100 cleaners protested outside the headquarters of the financial multinational Merrill Lynch on Monday.

Tug workers ballot for strike action

09 December 2006
Tug workers in the T&G union around Britain’s ports are balloting over industrial action.

London bus workers interviewed about the battle over transport

09 December 2006
Bus drivers working for Metroline in London are in dispute with their bosses over pay – and have taken two days of strike action so far to press home their point.

Mark Serwotka interview: out to defend vital jobs and services

09 December 2006
Why is the PCS union planning to ballot over 280,000 members for strikes in the new year?

Sacked JJB Sports union rep calls for support

09 December 2006
The JJB dispute is threatening to erupt again after the firm sacked a leading union representative.

Unity in Barking & Dagenham over single status

09 December 2006
Over 1,000 workers from Barking & Dagenham council joined a lunchtime protest on Monday. Council bosses want to cut the wages and conditions of thousands of employees as part of the "single status" agreement.

‘We will not live in fear’ - Canary Wharf cleaners speak out

24 July 2004
Canary Wharf in east London is the site of the cathedrals of capitalism. It is the most concentrated area of wealth in Britain. Its only rival is the very heart of the City around the Bank of England.

Are left wing union leaders too awkward for New Labour?

04 October 2003
IN 1998 a relatively unknown train driver from Leeds, Mick Rix, won the general secretary election in Aslef. He was the first in a series of new left wing trade union leaders now known as the "awkward squad". Their election signalled a wider radicalisation taking place inside Britain's trade union movement.

Strike at Ifor Williams Trailers

16 August 2003
"What do we want? Shift pay! When do we want it? Now!" These chants echoed round a small North Wales town last Sunday as workers from Ifor Williams Trailers continued their battle for night shift pay and other improvements.

Friction Dynamics dispute at industrial tribunal

19 October 2002
STRIKING WORKERS who were sacked by their millionaire boss took their case to an industrial tribunal last week. The 87 workers were employed at the Friction Dynamics car components factory in Caernarfon, North Wales. They went on strike in April 2001 when boss Craig Smith imposed a 15 percent pay cut.

London council workers' rolling strike action continues

19 October 2002
ROLLING STRIKE action by council workers in London continued last week as finance staff in nine London boroughs walked out. The selective action is part of the workers' fight for an increased London weighting allowance.

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