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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

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.

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.

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.

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Bosses at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London have withdrawn the suspension of Unison union branch secretary Sandy Nicoll.

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

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.

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.

'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.

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. 

After strikes and marches - where next for the unions?

21 October 2014
After a series of strikes and up to 100,000 marching in London, trade unionists talk to Socialist Worker about the way ahead in the battle against the Tories

Huge slump in tribunal claims after Tories hike up fees

05 August 2014
There have been 70 percent fewer claims against bosses at employment tribunals since the Tories introduced £1,200 fees. A recent TUC report, At What Price Justice, exposes the dramatic impact this has had.

Coalition plans more laws to block any union activity

20 May 2014
Bosses have always hated unions. Raymie Kiernan looks at new plans to restrict workers’ ability to organise against attacks by their employers

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