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Strike back to beat Tory pay cuts

30 September 2014
A series of successful strikes by workers across different unions can boost confidence to take on the Tories—and counter pressure on union leaders to retreat, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Ballot over pay for Defence Support Group workers

23 September 2014
Defence Support Group (DSG) workers in the Unite union began a national ballot on Friday of last week for strikes over pay. It is set to close on 3 October.

This is our chance to take on the Tories

23 September 2014
The mass movement that emerged around the fight for Scottish independence was driven by working class anger. This rage is not unique to Scotland. 

Unison calls for NHS strike across England on Monday 13 October

19 September 2014
Britain’s biggest health union today named Monday 13 October as the day for England’s first NHS strike over pay in 32 years.

NHS workers vote to strike

18 September 2014
Health workers in the Unison union have voted to strike against attacks on their pay.

Build TUC 18 October protests and boost class confidence

16 September 2014
This autumn’s mass demonstrations against austerity on 18 October are now just four weeks away. They will come just days after huge public sector strikes.

Local government strike ballot gets underway in Scotland

09 September 2014
A strike ballot of 70,000 local government workers in Scotland began on Tuesday. The Unison union is recommending a yes vote.  

NUT union should join October pay strike

09 September 2014
The national executive committee of the NUT union last week voted by 26 to 12 against striking over pay on 14 October. That’s the day Unison union members in schools and local councils are set to walk out.

Turn fury at the Tories into big strike votes, say NHS workers

09 September 2014
Attacks on pay and conditions have created enormous anger among health workers—but union leaders need to do more to build action that can stop them, writes Annette Mackin

Ritzy strikers reject offer and hold out for London Living Wage

27 August 2014
Workers in the Bectu union at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in Brixton, south London have rejected an improved pay offer from bosses.

Vote yes for strikes to defend the NHS

26 August 2014
As strike ballots begin in the health service activists are already organising to win a big yes vote—and are finding a mood to fight, reports Dave Sewell

Local government workers stage pay protests

26 August 2014
Local government and school workers took part in a day of action over pay on Wednesday of last week.

Doncaster Care UK workers build for their longest walkout yet

19 August 2014
Workers at Care UK in Doncaster have voted unanimously for a three-week strike in their ongoing campaign to defend pay and conditions.

Local government workers call new strike during Tory Party conference

23 July 2014
The next strike in the pay battle with the Tories has been announced today, Wednesday. The Unison union has called a second one day strike for 600,000 local government workers on 30 September—right in the middle of the Tory party conference.

Let’s seize the chance and escalate the strikes to stop the Tories’ attacks

15 July 2014
The 10 July strike was the biggest walkout over pay the Tories have faced since taking office. Here is Socialist Worker’s highlights from the day taken from reports sent to us from the picket lines as strikers filled town and city squares, and the arguments that were made for the way forward

We are right to strike - let's escalate to win

08 July 2014
As workers walk out against Tory austerity Sadie Robinson says there is a mood to keep up the fight

Picturehouse boycott begins as Ritzy workers strike for eighth time

08 July 2014
Bectu union members at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in south London struck for the eighth time on Sunday of last week to demand the London Living Wage.

'Our strike can make Tories pay' - 1.4 million to join 10 July walkout

01 July 2014
Join me on the picket lines, says kitchen assistant Wendy Harris

EDF energy workers show they have the power to take on the bosses

26 June 2014
Meter readers began picketing at energy giant EDF’s building in Bexley Heath, south east London, this morning, Thursday, as the Unite union stepped up selective action.

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.

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