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Joint fight to stop huge NHS privatisation

30 March 2015

Three unions are combining to challenge the way NHS England is trying to hand a contract worth over £1 billion for primary care support services over to the private sector.

Attack on May Day march rebuffed

30 March 2015

South East Region TUC has seen off an attempt to prevent the annual London 2015 May Day march from occurring by making the organisers foot the bill for policing it.

TTIP 'danger to environment', say MPs

15 March 2015

​A report from MPs says proposals in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership treaty pose dangers for the environment, animal welfare and public health in Europe.

Dulwich gallery strike wins agreement on first day

15 March 2015

Front-of-house staff at Dulwich Picture Gallery, south London, are back at work after a week-long strike begun on the morning of Friday 13 March ended with a draft settlement by the end of the first day out.

Ukraine: the real violators

10 March 2015

Who is demonstrably violating the Minsk peace agreement? Prime Minister David Cameron for one. The US government for another.

EU turns the screws on Greece

10 March 2015

Sensing weakness, the European Union is now demanding that hundreds of "troika" officials go into Greece’s ministries to examine the accounts.

Northampton goes for 'big bang' privatisation

7 March 2015

Conservative-run Northamptonshire County Council is planning to outsource all its services in one go, reducing its workforce from 4,000 to a rump of 150 staff who will simply commission services.

Anniversary of the end of the miners' strike

7 March 2015

3 March 2015 saw the 30th anniversary of the return to work of miners involved in the year long-strike in 1984 and 1985 against pit closures and job losses. Today only a handful of pits remain.

Greenwich ordered to scrap council newspaper

6 March 2015

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has become the first local authority in Britain to have notice served by the government requiring it to close down the weekly free council newspaper to local citizens.

Gallery board digs itself deeper into hole

27 February 2015

​Staff are continuing to fight for jobs at the National Gallery, with a new director due to take up his/her position next week and expected to implement the outsourcing policies of the previous director.

The NHS - for sale all over Europe

22 February 2015

THE NHS in England is now advertising across the private sector in the European Union to sell off the “back office” or administrative functions of GP practices.

Behind the scandal of tax avoidance

22 February 2015

Tax avoidance has been much in the news. That it happens is no surprise to workers – but the extent to which it is engrained in our economic system might be.

EU tries again on trade deal

22 February 2015

A worried EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström paid a visit to London on 16 February. The successful signing off of TTIP is a priority for Malmström’s boss, EU president Jean-Claude Juncker, but he has handed her a poisoned chalice.

‘Fair pay’ fortnight launched.

18 February 2015

The TUC’s “Fair Pay Fortnight” runs from 16 February to 1 March, supposedly a time for Britain’s trade unions to campaign over Britain’s depressed wage rates. But it seems a muted campaign.

US, NATO stoke the flames of open war over Ukraine

8 February 2015

The drums of war are beating again as the US attempts to maintain its aggressive attitude to Russia. While peace talks brokered by France, Germany and Russia are taking place, the US and NATO are moving to a war footing.

Cypriot workers fight aftermath of EU-ordained closure

8 February 2015

Unions in Cyprus are still fighting the aftermath of the shutdown of the national air carrier, Cyprus Airways. An EU ruling that financial help given by the Cyprus government was illegal state aid effectively shut it down in January, with the loss of 560 jobs

National Gallery: fighting on

7 February 2015

National Gallery workers were on strike for five days against privatisation proposals. They are part of a wider fight to defend Britain’s cultural heritage.

Health workers to ballot on pay offer

7 February 2015

Unions in the NHS are balloting their members on the pay offer that their industrial action has extracted from a reluctant government. But no one on the union side is claiming victory.