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Officials covered up birth defects link to protect drug firm

Officials covered up birth defects link to protect drug firm New evidence has emerged of a cover-up involving the government, medical authorities and giant corporations.

Rail strikers win solidarity in fight for safety

Rail strikers win solidarity in fight for safety Over half of Northern rail services and 80 percent of Merseyrail services were cancelled on Monday as both firms became the latest to see walkouts by train guards.

Southern strikes are on the right track as bosses feel the heat

Southern strikes are on the right track as bosses feel the heat Bosses at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) face fresh strikes in their battle with rail workers’ unions to undermine safety and slash services.

How runaway train profits derail safety

How runaway train profits derail safety Private train firms are wreaking chaos on the railways and making passengers’ lives a misery. Now they want to ram through even more attacks—but a series of strikes to defend safety could stop them in their tracks, writes Raymie Kiernan

Surface tension—the battle against the North Sea oil bosses

Surface tension—the battle against the North Sea oil bosses Offshore oil workers have a tough life—and to keep up profits bosses are out to make it even tougher. But a new wave of strikes could put a stop to that. Raymie Kiernan spoke to trade unionists organising on the North Sea rigs

Migrant workers die at Birmingham recycling site

Migrant workers die at Birmingham recycling site Five workers were killed when they were crushed by tonnes of concrete and scrap metal at a recycling plant last week.

Masked workers protest in oil city Aberdeen for safety offshore

09 February 2016
Rank and file offshore workers staged a day of protest in Aberdeen today, Tuesday, over job losses and bosses’ attacks on workers’ terms and conditions

Flint—the poisoning of a US city

09 February 2016
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has shocked people across the world— and it’s just the latest ruling class assault inflicted on ordinary people in the US city, writes Alistair Farrow

In the danger zone - the oil rig workers fighting to defend safety at sea

06 October 2015
North Sea oil bosses are driving through cuts that will put the lives of those on oil rigs at risk. Workers preparing to resist spoke to Raymie Kiernan about what is at stake

Fight for services, safety and jobs at First Great Western

25 August 2015
 

New call for Crossrail protests

10 March 2015
Around 80 people attended the national construction rank and file meeting in Glasgow last Saturday. 

Scientists and safety inspectors set for strikes

16 December 2014
Prospect union members at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a campaign of industrial action against an imposed 1 percent pay deal. 

Join the protests against rail cuts

09 December 2014
Important rail safety jobs are being axed as the Tories ram through franchise agreements and reprivatisation before the general election. 

Safety concerns over scabbing on Tube

08 July 2014
Workers have raised severe safety concerns as Tube bosses waste millions of pounds of public money in an effort to beat a strike.

Trade unionists mark Workers' Memorial Day

29 April 2014
Trade unionists and campaigners demonstrated across Britain to mark Workers’ Memorial Day on Monday of this week, including 150 in London, to highlight deaths at work. 

Workers killed in Super Puma helicopter crash paid a deadly price for big oil's profits

27 August 2013
Oil bosses ground Super Puma helicopters after latest crash kills four workers, reports Sarah Ensor

Workers' grief turned to anger in struggle for offshore safety

02 July 2013
Workers formed the Oilc union in 1988 in the aftermath of Piper Alpha. The battle to build effective offshore union organisation can be a matter of life and death. 

Piper Alpha 25 years on: fire killed 167 workers because bosses cut corners

02 July 2013
On the anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster, Socialist Worker looks at the union-busting and callous lack of safety that condemned oil workers to death

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