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RMT support solid in Scottish ferry dispute

28 June 2015

Ferry workers halted sailings to islands on the west coast of Scotland, taking action against the threat to wages, standards and jobs arising from an EU-enforced privatisation process.

Budgeting for decline

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver another government budget on 8 July. Familiarity with the themes of “austerity” and “balancing the books” should not blind us to what is going on behind the figures

Union rights restored

In the week leading up to the general election the London Borough of Wandsworth restored deduction of trade union subscriptions from payroll and returned to the Local Government national agreement they had torn up nearly 35 years ago.

Home working on the rise

22 June 2015

Workwise, which organised the tenth “National Work from Home Day” on 5 June, estimates that there are more than 4.2 million people in Britain working from home. That’s not good news.

Higher education union ballots on 'final' pay offer

16 June 2015

University and College Union members in higher education across Britain are currently being consulted on the “full and final” offer for 2015-16 made to the union by the University and Colleges Employers Association.

Sheffield bakery staff into second day of strike

16 June 2015

Workers in the food industry union BFAWU today enter the second day of their 48-hour strike at Gunstones factory, Sheffield, following the employer’s decision to force through a pay freeze.

Terrorist state removes Cuba from its list

5 June 2015

The US State Department has finally removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism  – while newly released documents show that the US shipped arms to al Qaeda and ISIS.

TTIP vote in balance

5 June 2015

With the European Parliament scheduled to meet for an important vote on TTIP on 10 June, MEPs are showing signs of panic and switching positions from day to day – as pressure from the peoples of Europe builds.

Rail strike threat draws new offer

2 June 2015

Planned strikes at Network Rail over pay and conditions this week and next have been called off after the rail operator increased its pay offer to 2 per cent this year.

New figures show scale of production crisis

29 May 2015

The economy grew by just 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, said the Office for National Statistics on 28 May, confounding – as ever – predictions from City analysts, who had been expecting higher growth.

New Ukrainian laws glorify WW2 fascists

26 May 2015

Seventy years after the defeat of Nazism in the Second World War, the descendants of the treacherous Ukrainian fascists are in power – and seeking revenge.

Globe tour guides prepare fresh action over pay

25 May 2015

Guides at London’s Globe Theatre are preparing for their second day of strike action over pay. The 38 tour guides have been in dispute since 2014, fighting for pay parity with similar prestigious organisations.

Wasted spaces

24 May 2015

Nicky Morgan, the new government’s education secretary, has tried to bolster free schools. Her stance should dispel the illusion that she is more approachable and reasonable than her irascible predecessor.

Ferrybridge C power station to close

23 May 2015

The announcement that Ferrybridge C power station will stop generating in 2016 twists the knife in what is left of coal power generation in Britain.

Pressure grows on TTIP deal

19 May 2015

It’s been a bad month for TTIP, and things could soon get even worse for those pushing the transatlantic trade deal. Lawmakers in the EU and the US are having second thoughts.

Surrey bus drivers ballot for action

6 May 2015

More than 100 bus drivers working for Abellio Surrey at its Byfleet depot are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Mayor removed after blistering court judgement

4 May 2015

The directly elected mayor of East London borough Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was summarily removed from office when an election court found him guilty of corrupt practices at the end of April.

Children forced into Sikh free school

1 May 2015

Parents in Leeds have been shocked to discover that their local authority has allocated places to their children in a Sikh free school, despite their not having chosen the school.

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