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FBU union leader Matt Wrack slams his critics in Labour

26 February 2016
FBU firefighter’s union general secretary Matt Wrack said he won’t be rattled by “people within the Labour party machine who clearly don’t want to see change”. In an exclusive interview with Socialist Worker Wrack responded to claims this week that his attempt to rejoin the Labour Party was questioned by his local party.

Since when is a boss of a sweatshop the real victim?

23 February 2016
New Chinese film Factory Boss is riddled with problems and contradictions. And its final message is troubling, writes Robbie Shaw

Wildcat strikes win a first class victory for disabled post worker Andrew Mootoo

16 February 2016
Postal workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, won a victory against management this week with the return to work of disabled worker Andrew Mootoo on Monday.

Labour MP under fire for betrayal of teachers at Small Heath School

16 February 2016
Support is growing for Small Heath strikers and their rep—but not from the local MP, says Sadie Robinson

EXCLUSIVE - leaked minister's letter shows Tory panic over Trade Union Bill

07 February 2016
A restricted government document leaked to Socialist Worker shows that the Tories are in disarray over their anti-union Trade Union Bill.

CWU leader Dave Ward says, 'We need a strategy to beat the Tories'

02 February 2016
CWU union leader Dave Ward spoke to Charlie Kimber about the prospects for Jeremy Corbyn, why more power has shifted to the bosses—and how we can win it back

Scrap the Trade Union Bill - join the TUC's week of action

02 February 2016
Activists are preparing for the TUC’s week of action against the Trade Union Bill, reports Raymie Kiernan

Small Heath school strikes halt academy as fight for union rep continues

01 February 2016
 

Parents join picket lines to show support for Small Heath school strikers

20 January 2016
NUT union members at Birmingham’s Small Heath school struck for a second day today, Wednesday, and NASUWT union members joined them.

TUC says call walkouts to defend union rights

12 January 2016
A government watchdog has warned the Tories’ Trade Union Bill could breach human rights.

Small Heath teachers call weekly three-day strikes in academy dispute after rep suspended

12 January 2016
Teachers at Small Heath school in Birmingham have voted to escalate their anti-academy strikes following the victimisation of NUT union rep Simon O’Hara.

Victory as Soas union rep Sandy Nicoll is reinstated - unofficial action works

05 November 2015
Bosses at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London have withdrawn the suspension of Unison union branch secretary Sandy Nicoll.

Tories suffer tax credits defeat and plot unions assault - WE CAN STOP THEM

27 October 2015
Tory chancellor George Osborne was left red-faced after the Lords threw back his cuts to tax credits on Monday of this week.

How does struggle grow?

27 October 2015
The system pushes workers to fight back and struggles can unexpectedly break out—but as Sadie Robinson argues, that doesn’t mean we should simply sit back and wait

'You can convince workers that it's worth fighting austerity'

27 October 2015
Unite the Resistance will hold a national conference on Saturday 14 November in central London.

We will turn 2 November into a day of protest for union rights

27 October 2015
Monday 2 November will be a day of trade union mobilisations against the Tory assault on the right to strike.

Bosses squeeze us for every last penny, low pay report shows

21 July 2015
Unpaid overtime, zero hours, no time to eat or for breaks at work— Nick Clark looks at a new report exposing what the Tory claims of economic recovery mean for low paid workers

News round-up

03 February 2015
Protesters say no to Immigration Street | activists shut down shops in Edinburgh over workfare | new group to challenge social care cuts in Glasgow | ferry strike off after deal

Up against the clock - the truth about night shift work

18 November 2014
Shift work is putting the health of millions of people in danger with regular reports detailing the risks. Raymie Kiernan spoke to workers whose body clocks are driven haywire by relentless rotas

Tories scramble to limit the impact of holiday pay ruling

11 November 2014
Overtime is now counted in the calculations of workers’ holiday pay—sort of. That was a ruling handed down by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) last week. 

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