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Letters—Unions should boost climate fight, not back nuclear power

Letters—Unions should boost climate fight, not back nuclear power ​​​​​​​I believe the NEU union was wrong to support the GMB’s motion on climate change at this years TUC congress.

Scottish council workers closer to a strike

Scottish council workers closer to a strike Scottish GMB union members in local government have moved closer to industrial action.

Resistance needed as council cuts loom

Resistance needed  as council cuts loom Councils in England, Wales and Scotland face huge budget deficits of almost £3 billion for the next financial year.

Vote for pay fight in the NHS and councils

Vote for pay fight in the NHS and councils Workers across the public sector should unite against the Tories

New health bill opens the door to more privatisation

New health bill opens the door to more privatisation The government has introduced a new Health and Care Bill into parliament as Covid-19 cases soar.

Sandwell Leisure Trust workers strike against fire and rehire

Sandwell Leisure Trust workers strike against fire and rehire Unison union members working for Sandwell Leisure Trust in the West Midlands struck last Friday in a battle against fire and rehire.

Union round up: Unison local government conference pledges to fight cuts

15 June 2021
Around 400 delegates from across local government in Unison met last Saturday for the union’s first virtual sectoral conference since the start of the pandemic.

Battles at Aberdeen city council + Sandwell leisure trust + Royal London hospital

14 June 2021
Aberdeen workers are striking over plans to merge the role of housing officer and support officer

Lord Lister and the loan for property developers

18 May 2021
Homes England is a government agency set up with the purpose of funding “affordable homes”. It met on 9 May 2019 to consider a request from a luxury property company for a £187 million publicly-backed loan.

Biomedical scientists + Jobcentre resistance +Abellio ScotRail + Encirc + Local Government

17 May 2021
Biomedical scientists who do Covid-19 testing at a Lancashire NHS trust are ramping up their industrial action.

Council workers hit back in Norwich, Thurrock and Ealing

17 May 2021
Strikes by around 170 environmental workers in Norwich are set to begin on 26 May

DVLA pickets stand firm despite management intimidation + Bolt drivers revolt + Norwich council

10 May 2021
Strikers at the Driver, and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) defied bosses’ threats and kept up pickets during their four-day walkout last week.

Vote left in Unison national executive elections

06 May 2021
Voting has begun in the elections for the Unison union’s leading body, the national executive committee (NEC).

Three week strike begins in Thurrock + Scotrail + Bakerloo line + St Mungo's

13 April 2021
Refuse, highway maintenance workers and street cleaners working for Thurrock council in Essex began a three-week strike on Tuesday.

Hundreds of civil service workers strike over safety

13 April 2021
As the Tories push ahead with a dangerous easing of lockdown restrictions, more than 1,000 people at a major government workplace struck last week for safety.

Norwich environmental workers prepare for battle

06 April 2021
Around 170 environmental workers in Norwich have taken part in indicative ballots for strikes.

Tories’ takeover of Liverpool council follows the imposition of the market

29 March 2021
The Tory government has sent a team of bureaucrats to impose its will on the Labour-controlled Liverpool City Council.

Resist cynical Tory takeover of Liverpool City Council

23 March 2021
The Tory government looked set to launch a takeover of Labour‑controlled Liverpool City Council on Wednesday of this week.

Council cuts to services will fail those who rely on them

16 March 2021
Reports suggest that the majority of local councils will impose further cuts. They’re caused by decades of austerity, not Covid-19, argue Sadie Robinson and Charlie Kimber

Dpac action + Clyde strikes + Local government pay

01 March 2021
Workers are set to strike at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases on the Clyde from 12 March.

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