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Strikes over pay in York, Hackney and Manchester

08 November 2016
Also: Offshore workers reject bosses’ sham pay offer

How do bosses still dare to pay women lower wages?

01 November 2016
The resilience of the gender pay gap is nothing to celebrate, Sadie Robinson argues—and the reasons tell us something about how the system uses sexism

Dirty tricks from Durham Labour council as teaching assistants ballot for strikes

04 October 2016
Labour-run Durham County Council is playing classic divide and rule to ram through its 23 percent cut to pay teaching assistants' (TAs) pay in the hope it can undermine a move towards strikes.

Teaching Labour a lesson in Durham

27 September 2016
Rank and file teaching assistants in Durham are fighting for their very livelihoods. Their battle has pitted them not just against the Labour-led council but their own union officials too.

Durham teaching assistants say no to deal that would cut their pay

13 September 2016
Rank and file teaching assistants (TAs) are organising to reject a “much improved” offer from Labour-controlled Durham County Council.

Tower Transit strikers stop London buses

07 September 2016
Also: Solidarity for drivers in Weymouth

Migrant workers strike because they get half the pay of others

14 July 2016
Migrant workers at Esso's Fawley oil refinery in Southampton struck today, Thursday, against bosses who pay them half as much as British workers.

Strikes hit over 30 universities as UCU union members walk out in pay row

30 June 2016
University workers at over 30 institutions are on strike today, Thursday, as part of a national programme of action over pay.

University strikers fight for better pay

28 June 2016
University workers at 38 institutions were set to strike on Thursday of this week. The walkouts are part of a national programme of rolling action over pay.

University strikers take on zero hours and low pay in Winchester

10 June 2016
Workers at the University of Winchester are on strike today, Friday. The UCU union members are fighting a measly 1.1 percent pay offer—and want equal pay for women and an end to casualised contracts too.

Workers back more strikes to defend pay and education at UCU union congress

07 June 2016
The pay fight in higher education was a key debate at the UCU union's annual congress in Liverpool last week. UCU members in universities held a two-day national strike last month for a pay rise and an end to pay inequality.

Durham teaching assistants defy Labour council’s ‘galling’ raid on pay

24 May 2016
Labour-run Durham County Council voted last week to sack 2,700 teaching assistants (TAs) and rehire them on worse contracts with up to 23 percent lower pay.

University national strikes announced for 25 and 26 May

10 May 2016
UCU union members in universities will stage a two-day national strike over pay later this month. The walkout of around 60,000 workers across Britain will take place on 25 and 26 May

Say no to civil service DWP pay deal

22 April 2016
A pay debate is coming in the civil service. The civil service workers’ PCS union group executive representing members working in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has voted by 17 to nine to recommend a package of proposals on pay and working conditions.

Pasties are binned in Lincoln walkout over half-baked wages

19 April 2016
Three workers in a Lincoln high street bakery shut down their store and threw away all the pasties in it to demand thousands of pounds of unpaid wages.

CCTV workers defy night shift robbery as Glasgow council cuts rebellion grows

22 March 2016
Glasgow trade unions are moving towards a council-wide strike against the cuts. The Labour-run administration is attacking workers’ terms and conditions.

Reports round-up

22 March 2016
Social work students hold campaigning conference | Final curtain for Opera pay dispute | Holiday hold-up for hot cross buns | Electric action at Network Rail | Heathrow Tube strike takes off | Buses set to stop around Manchester | Coop lorry drivers win talks at Acas | London left rallies against bosses’ EU

College pay battle is thrown away in a disastrous retreat

08 March 2016
The UCU union has ended its pay campaign for further education members.

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.

College workers gear up for joint pay strike

09 February 2016
Further education (FE) lecturers and support staff have announced an England-wide strike for Wednesday 24 February.

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