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Arts: National Gallery strike [updated]

8 January 2015

Staff at the National Gallery in London are fighting low pay and privatisation, which is putting 400 jobs at risk. PCS members held a 24-hour strike in October and will ballot for more action.

Barbour workers on four-week strike

8 January 2015

Warehouse workers at Barbour’s Gateshead site have begun four weeks of strike action in a dispute over new contracts proposed by the clothing firm

Special school site handed over to religious academy

4 January 2015

The government has ordered Leeds City Council to hand over a £1 million former primary school site where it had been looking to build a special school – gratis and without compensation – to a Sikh academy.

Victory for Sheffield electricians

22 December 2014

Unite electricians based at Amey Council Work depot Olive Grove Sheffield have settled their dispute, winning a 3.7 per cent pay rise, reports Sheffield Trades Council.

Miami 5 return to Cuba

18 December 2014

The Miami 5 have returned to Cuba in a huge victory for Cuban workers and their allies around the world. They had been imprisoned for fighting US-sponsored terrorism against Cuba.

London: the capital of poverty

14 December 2014

The Greater London Authority’s recent update on poverty in London makes stark reading. Despite being the play bauble of the world’s rich, London remains one of the most deprived areas in Britain.

MPs foresee end of state pension

14 December 2014

Questioned in an online survey, MPs said that the state pension age would need to rise to 70 within 30 years – with many believing that the state pension would disappear altogether.

Rail engineers suspend pay strike

14 December 2014

A planned strike at the Doncaster plant of Wabtec, where rail engineering staff were set to strike for five days from 15 to 19 December in a fight over pay and conditions, has been suspended following eleventh-hour talks with the employer.

Museum workers speak up over swingeing cuts

9 December 2014

Like many other cultural institutions, the British Library at St Pancras in London has faced swingeing cuts under this government – and seen its grant cut every year since 2010.

Is Google being ironic?

30 November 2014

Today is St Andrew’s Day, and in celebration Google has a new and perhaps ironic logo: a speeding train with the Scottish Saltire on the side.

The mathematics of the madhouse

27 November 2014

Under fire for promoting corporate tax evasion, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has come up with a new wheeze: magicking a €315 billion investment programme out of thin air.

NHS staff in second walkout

24 November 2014

Health workers throughout England walked out on strike this morning (24 November) for four hours in their long-running dispute over pay. The action followed a similar walkout on 13 November.

Students march against fees

20 November 2014

Thousands of students from all over Britain demonstrated in London on Wednesday 19 November against the fees charged for university courses. Placards called for the return of free education.

London mayor ‘risking lives’

20 November 2014

The Mayor of London has been accused of risking lives with fire brigade response times rising in the wake of 10 station closures and the withdrawal of 13 further engines earlier this year.

Residents fight savage library cuts

14 November 2014

A north London council is looking to turn 9 of its 15 libraries into unstaffed reading rooms, slashing floor space and handing over to volunteer groups. Local residents are fighting back.

Unions still in the dark over Rolls-Royce cuts

12 November 2014

Over a week after Rolls-Royce said it is cutting thousands of aerospace jobs, unions have still not been told where the axe is going to fall – even though local negotiations have begun.

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