Posts Tagged ‘Strikes’

Strike ballots and unintended consequencies

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Johnson’s at it again. Rather than sit down and have meaningful dialogue with workers’ representatives on the London Underground, he’s been carping about a “lack of mandate” because the RMT’s successful strike ballot came off the back of a 40% turnout. Instead, Johnson believes every ballot for industrial action should meet a 50% threshold to […]

The battle to keep ticket offices open on the London Underground

by Newsdesk.

In the next two weeks, members of rail unions RMT and the TSSA are planning two 48-hour strikes, from noon on 4 February and again from 11 February. This video sets out the background: the threats to London Underground ticket offices and staff, and, in the longer run, a fully automated underground system including driverless trains, no-one […]

Four decades on, the cover up of the persecution of the Shrewsbury 24 continues

by Dave Anderson.

Tomorrow , the House of Commons is to debate a motion on the release of papers relating to the bulding strike of 1972 and the prosecution of the Shrewsbury 24.  Dave Anderson MP, who will lead the debate, explains the background. Those involved in the Shrewsbury 24 campaign have, for over four decades, tried to […]

Political Scandal and Indifference

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Let’s look at what you would’ve won. No more privatisations. No market fundamentalism. An extension of trade union rights. A thriving mining industry using the most advanced technology in the world. A joined up approach to finance and industry. A strong labour movement. Communities proud of their history. All under three successive Labour governments, dating […]

Dispatches from the Halloween higher education strike

by Newsdesk.

On Thursday, a nationwide higher education strike saw lecturers, librarians, cleaners and other support staff down tools for a day, as students joined them on the picket lines. The one day strike, called jointly by the UCU, Unite and Unison trade unions, followed yet another year of a pay increase offer below inflation. Coupled with […]

Why I’m striking today

by Richard Johnson.

This Thursday, all three of the main higher education trades unions are taking, for the first time, co-ordinated strike action over pay. As we all know, living costs over the last four to five years have rocketed in comparison to pay, meaning that wages have significantly reduced in real terms. In higher education, the situation […]

No change at Falkirk. Just one good trade unionist out of a job

by Jon Lansman.

For the Labour Party, nothing about Falkirk has changed. There never was any ballot rigging scandal there, as the BBC found three months ago. In spite of many column inches of the Sunday Times (£) devoted to “union dirty tricks“, there is no new smoking gun amongst the 1000 emails that Ineos have passed to the […]

Parents should be angry…. with Michael Gove

by Grahame Morris.

Today I am in Durham to address the People’s Assembly as teachers across the country are on strike over pay, pensions and conditions. Parents are right to be angry. No teacher wants to go on strike; they know the disruption it causes to families and most importantly the children. However, while Ministers are on TV, […]

Strike ballot for Royal Mail workers

by Newsdesk.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) representing postal workers, has announced it will ballot for a national postal strike this month, if current ongoing talks with Royal Mail do not bring agreement. CWU is planning for ballot papers to go out on 20 September to 125,000 Royal Mail workers in what would be the first national […]

GMB members in dispute to break Kitcat

by Andy Newman.

GMB General Secretary Paul Kenny is to lead a march and demonstration of GMB members employed by Brighton & Hove City Council who will be striking over proposed cuts to their take home pay. Saturday 15 June 2013, 11:30 AM Assemble at Cityclean Depot, Upper Hollingdean Road, Brighton, BN1 7GA Meanwhile, GMB has welcomed a commitment […]

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