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Construction workers protest against blacklist

14 May 2013

Unions consult local government workers over ‘insulting’ pay offer

14 May 2013
Local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being consulted on a 1 percent pay offer. It was made in line with chancellor George Osborne’s public sector pay restraint.

Trade unionist bus driver Gerry Downing reinstated

14 May 2013
Sacked Bus driver and Unite union member Gerry Downing has won his job back in a successful appeal.

RAF staff declare war on bosses

14 May 2013
Workers in the GMB and Unite unions at eight RAF air bases in England and Wales are being balloted for strikes over a puny pay rise.

Overtime ban hits ferry services

07 May 2013
Management of Orkney Ferries refused to improve a 1 percent pay offer last week.

Support Coors brewery workers

07 May 2013
Some 455 workers at Molton Coors Brewery in Burton are being balloted for strikes against attacks that will cost some workers £9,000 a year.

Airport cleaners' strike takes off in Manchester

07 May 2013
Some 100 Unite union members, who work for cleaning firm Mitie, struck at Manchester airport on Friday of last week.

Blacklist campaign grows

07 May 2013
Workers gathered outside the Scottish Parliament to protest against blacklisting last week. Stewart Hume, a blacklisted electrician said, “I was selected for redundancy because of my trade union activity. It was a stressful time but solidarity at Grangemouth got me my job back. 

Strike vote result due at Ford Dagenham

07 May 2013
Workers at Ford’s car factory in Dagenham, Essex, are expected to have voted for strikes in a ballot that ended last week.

Sussex staff vote to strike

07 May 2013
Unite union members at the University of Sussex have backed strikes against privatisation in an indicative ballot.

Heathrow workers prepare for ballot

30 April 2013
Workers at Heathrow airport employed by Menzies World Cargo are set to ballot for strikes over pay.

University unions reject pay offer

30 April 2013
Five unions representing workers in higher education have rejected a below-inflation pay offer of 0.5 percent.

Defend McCluskey, but fight for action

30 April 2013
The row last week between Labour leader Ed Miliband and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey raises issues far beyond the internal politics of the Labour Party. It matters to everyone who wants to beat the Tories.

Unite union political fund

23 April 2013
Members of the Unite union face their second national ballot of the year, this time over the future of the union’s political fund.

As ballot begins, hundreds protest at Ford Dagenham

23 April 2013
Hundreds of workers protested at Ford’s plant in Dagenham, Essex, on Thursday of last week as they began a strike ballot.

A week of protests targets building bosses

23 April 2013
Construction workers protested repeatedly over blacklisting last week.

Coors workers call time on pay cuts

23 April 2013
Some 350 workers at the Molson Coors brewery in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, are to be balloted for strikes from next Tuesday.

Strike’s flame is burning strong

23 April 2013
Kiln burners at Hanson Brick near Peterborough have entered their third week of indefinite strike.

Massive demonstration defends Stafford hospital

20 April 2013
Up to 30,000 protested in Stafford on Saturday against threatened cuts to the local hospital

Brilliant vote for Jerry Hicks in Unite leadership election

16 April 2013
The shock results of the Unite union general secretary election revealed the scale of workers’ frustration with the policies of current leader Len McCluskey.

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