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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.

Sky high strike vote at Ainscough cranes

26 January 2016
Around 500 crane operators and support workers employed by Ainscough, Britain’s largest mobile crane hire firm, have voted overwhelmingly to strike over pay.

University lecturers launch pay campaign

19 January 2016
Workers in higher education (HE) have begun a national campaign over pay.

Drive home the advantage in pay fight at Tesco hubs

01 December 2015
Over 700 Tesco lorry drivers and warehouse workers at distribution hubs in Doncaster and Belfast are being balloted to strike over a “pitiful” pay offer.

As BMA sets strike dates it’s time to support junior doctors and build solidarity

17 November 2015
Junior doctors will strike three times next month if they back industrial action in a ballot ending on Wednesday of this week.

Junior doctors prescribe a strike for the NHS

27 October 2015
The junior doctors’ revolt is growing. The British Medical Association (BMA) announced last week that it would ballot its 56,000 members for industrial action. 

FE lecturers gear up for strike to break pay freeze

27 October 2015
A lecturers’ strike is set to hit further education colleges across England on Tuesday 10 November. The bosses’ Association of Colleges has recommended a pay freeze for 2015/16.

Colleges in England to strike over pay

20 October 2015
Further education lecturers in England are set to strike on 10 November over pay. The UCU union members voted by nearly 74 percent for strikes after bosses announced a pay freeze.

Students and staff protest against University of Manchester cuts

06 October 2015
Students led a demonstration on Friday of last week against planned job cuts at the University of Manchester. 

Junior doctors spread revolt

06 October 2015
More than 800 junior doctors marched in Manchester on Tuesday of last week to chants of “Tories out” and “strike, strike, strike”. 

The lights go out in Sheffield

06 October 2015
Around 40 street lighting workers in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, struck on Friday of last week against attacks on pay.

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