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Tens of thousands join TUC march. Now build for strikes

Tens of thousands join TUC march. Now build for strikes It was important to take to the streets, but more will be needed to beat the Tories

Are bosses allowed to ship in agency workers to replace strikers?

Are bosses allowed to ship in agency workers to replace strikers? The issue of bosses using agency workers in an effort to replace strikers has come to the fore in recent disputes.

Postal workers get organised to counter Royal Mail’s squeeze on their conditions

Postal workers get organised to counter Royal Mail’s squeeze on their conditions The rumblings of a brewing storm in Royal Mail have grown louder over the past few months—and could soon burst into a huge national strike.

Victory for unions and workers over fees that denied access to justice

Victory for unions and workers over fees that denied access to justice Seven of Britain’s most senior judges have ruled that the Tories’ system of employment tribunal (ET) fees “effectively prevents access to justice”, is “unlawful” and “must be quashed”.

How can we fight under new strike laws?

How can we fight under new strike laws? Offshore workers in the Unite union are the latest to have their legal right to strike blocked by the Trade Union Act. But it is possible to fight as Royal Mail have shown.

Council workers’ strike vote crashes into new anti-union law

Council workers’ strike vote crashes into new anti-union law Local government workers in Scotland have voted by a clear majority to strike to force council chiefs to improve their latest pay offer but there are no plans for action.

GMB congress is shaped by the looming election, but delegates slam the Tories

06 June 2017
Delegates gathered for the GMB union congress in Plymouth ahead of the general election this week.

Labour’s new policy on workers’ rights tinkers but doesn’t transform

02 May 2017
The difference between what’s on offer at the general election from the Tories and Labour was underlined last week over workers’ rights.

Strike ballot hits the buffers as threshold thwarts RMT

25 April 2017
A vote for strikes by London Underground workers has been possibly the first to fall foul of new Tory ballot thresholds.

New union restrictions test strikers

28 March 2017
The limits the Trade Union Act puts on strikes became clearer this week, but so did the resistance.

New Tory law hits lecturers’ action

21 March 2017
Two dangerous examples this week were the first to show how the Trade Union Act can be used to put the brakes on disputes.

What does the Tory Trade Union Act mean for trade unionism?

07 March 2017
As the Trade Union Act comes into force, Sadie Robinson looks at the barriers that aim to stop workers striking—and why the Tories want them

Trade Union Act—what do the Tories call 'important public services'?

07 March 2017
For workers in some sectors the new Tory Trade Union Act puts up an additional barrier in an attempt to prevent strikes. If workers who usually provide “important public services” are balloted, at least 40 percent of those eligible to vote must vote yes. This is on top of the new rule that a ballot must have a 50 percent turnout

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