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Car industry bosses lay off hundreds to protect profits

Car industry bosses lay off hundreds to protect profits Commentators, business and union leaders, say that Brexit is to blame for car factory closures. It’s really down to firms’ fear that overproduction will hit profits, argues Sarah Bates

Shock and anger at Michelin factory closure

Shock and anger at Michelin factory closure Tyre-maker Michelin's threat to 850 jobs has to be met by action from the unions. 

Why battles over working hours are key to capitalism

Why battles over working hours are key to capitalism Bosses won’t let us benefit from advances in technology unless we fight them, argues Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Car bosses’ Brexit threats expose their weakness

Car bosses’ Brexit threats expose their weakness Alistair Farrow looks at why car industry fat cats say they might move production abroad after Brexit

Rolls-Royce workers rev up as strikes against BMW’s pension robbery spread

Rolls-Royce workers rev up as strikes against BMW’s pension robbery spread Workers making Rolls-Royce cars in Goodwood, West Sussex, struck for the first time in almost 40 years last Friday.

Reports round-up

Reports round-up Includes short reports from the latest strikes in manufacturing, IT services, higher education, local government, plus news from abortion rights, housing and climate change campaigns

Cash for the car bosses at Vauxhall won't help defend workers' jobs

21 February 2017
Calling on the Tories to back ‘British firms’ will only harm workers’ interests, argues Dave Sewell

Leicester food workers fight to build the union and stop pay cuts

16 February 2016
Some 300 workers at Samworth Brothers food manufacturer in Leicester met on Friday of last week to discuss bosses’ plans to cut their pay.

British economy on the slide: “Sell everything” says bank

13 January 2016
British manufacturing is in recession, undermining chancellor George Osborne’s forecasts of steady economic growth.

As Labour MP calls for nationalisation - Occupy to save Redcar

29 September 2015
Steel giant SSI’s decision to mothball its Redcar plant and throw 1,700 workers on the dole is a disgrace. The company whined that it wasn’t making enough profits.

Anger but no fight as steel plant mothballed

29 September 2015
The bosses of the last steel plant in Redcar, Teesside, announced they were “mothballing” it on Monday of this week, with the loss of 1,700 jobs. Production was “paused” earlier this month.

Unions must lead a fight to save steel jobs

22 September 2015
Thousands of jobs could be at risk in the steel industry as bosses try to palm off the cost of a slump in demand onto workers.

Tata Steel threatens job cuts after unions compromise on pensions

21 July 2015
Bosses at Tata Steel threatened 720 job losses in South Yorkshire and the West Midlands last week. 

Steel workers are ready to fight against bosses' raid on pensions

16 June 2015
More than 13,000 steel workers were set to strike on Monday of next week against attacks on their pension scheme. 

Tata Steel workers deliver a resounding vote for action

02 June 2015
Workers in the Community union at Tata Steel plants across Britain have voted by almost 90 percent to strike in defence of their pensions.

Packaging workers take action over their hours at Sharpak in Yate

16 December 2014
From 6am on Tuesday and Thursday of last week, the small town of Yate, just outside Bristol, saw cheerful and determined pickets waving Unite union flags.

Pension attack pushed back at Jaguar Land Rover

09 December 2014
Workers at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have overwhelmingly rejected a company offer and made it withdraw changes that worsened its pension scheme.

Glass workers in Gateshead are out to smash an insulting pay deal

20 June 2014
Striking workers at Tyneside Safety Glass marched through a Gateshead industrial estate today, Friday. Some 112 Unite union members have been on strike for better pay on Monday of this week.

Workers angry as profits take off

03 June 2014
Workers at Magellan Aerospace in Wrexham have voted by 92 percent to strike against a real terms pay cut.

Optare workers walk out - and plan more strikes

03 June 2014
Workers at Optare, a Leeds-based supplier to bus and coach companies, struck for 24 hours on Monday of this week.

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