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Photo Pete Dickenson

Photo Pete Dickenson

1 April 2011

Teachers and council workers strike together in Tower Hamlets

The fight against the cuts in Tower Hamlets, East London, got a big boost on Wednesday 30 March when there was a joint strike of council workers and teachers. An edited version of this article appeared in The Socialist.

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3 March 2011

Liverpool 1983-87: the council that fought Thatcher

THE LABOUR council leaders proposing the cuts budget in Liverpool council can feel a spectre haunting them...

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23 February 2011

Council workers face pay freeze

Local government employers are imposing another year's pay freeze on local authority workers. They are also saying they can't afford to give the paltry 250 one-off payment for public sector workers...

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Lobbying Bolton council

Lobbying Bolton council

27 January 2011

Bolton council workers denounce huge cuts

Unison members working for Bolton council lobbied the council executive on Monday 24 January, because it was meeting to accept proposals for cuts

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Birmingham council workers strike, April 2008, included Unison, GMB, NUT and PCS workers, photo S O'Neill

Birmingham council workers strike, April 2008, included Unison, GMB, NUT and PCS workers, photo S O'Neill

1 December 2010

Defend jobs and services

100,000 council workers given redundancy notices: During the first week of December local councils will be told in exact cash terms what the cuts will mean for them over the next four years, writes A local government worker.

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Birmingham Council workers on strike, 24 April 2008, photo S. O Neill

Birmingham Council workers on strike, 24 April 2008, photo S. O Neill

22 September 2010

Birmingham: Solidarity with council workers

Sometimes the bosses hesitate before attacking workers. Sometimes they proceed slowly. And sometimes they rush to strike a devastating blow, Birmingham Socialist Party members write.

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26 May 2010

Local government: Where's our pay award for 2010?

The first of April has once again come and gone and still we have had no pay rises. Unfortunately this is no April fool. The national employers are still refusing to move and are intent on making no award...

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28 April 2010

Three years of wage cuts for council workers

Tens of thousands of low paid council workers across Scotland are facing three years of cuts in wages following their employer's (CoSLA) pay offer...

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21 April 2010

Fighting cuts at Coventry council

Workers in street cleansing and grounds maintenance at Coventry City council have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action...

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Roger Bannister, photo by Paul Mattsson

17 February 2010

Nominate Roger Bannister: Council workers need a fighting union

ROGER BANNISTER is a member of the Unison union's national executive, and campaigning to stand for election as Unison general secretary. Roger says the union must fight the cuts in Birmingham, which are being repeated by councils, health authorities and the education sector nationwide...

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30 September 2009

Leeds council workers' strike solid

Now in its fourth week, the striking bin workers in Leeds, with much support and donations from the public, are even more determined to win, writes A Unison steward.

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16 September 2009

Leeds council workers on indefinite strike

Around 600 Leeds "Streetscene" council workers, including street cleaners and refuse collectors, are on indefinite strike...

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28 January 2009

Scotland: Step up opposition to cuts

THE IMPACT of the cuts in local government spending signalled by both the UK and Scottish governments in late 2008 is beginning to show, writes Brian Smith, branch secretary, Glasgow city Unison (personal capacity).

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16 July 2008

Greenwich: Employers' hypocrisy

SHORTLY BEFORE many thousands of local government workers went on strike on 16-17 July, council workers in one London borough, Greenwich, condemned their council's and the Brown government's hypocrisy...

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25 June 2008

Council workers striking back

Unison members in local government have voted by 55% to 45% for a programme of sustained strike action against a derisory 2.45% pay offer.

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4 March 2008

Greenwich workers score victory against single status

Greenwich Unison members have voted to accept the council's latest 'single status' proposals. This follows a successful campaign by the trade unions, led by Greenwich Unison, demanding equal pay without pay cuts.

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19 February 2008

No wage cuts! Fund equal pay

Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O

Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O'Neill

"No pay cuts!" "Equal pay for women, now!" That's what Birmingham council workers will be saying as they strike for the second time on 26 February. Tens of thousands of members of GMB, Amicus, TGWU, UCATT and Unison struck on 5 February...

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12 February 2008

Birmingham council workers' biggest strike for decades

Greenwich council workers lobby the council, photo Paul Mattsson

Single status has meant cuts for many. Here, Greenwich council workers lobby the council. Photo Paul Mattsson

On 5 February, Birmingham saw its biggest strike for decades. Tens of thousands of Birmingham council workers were on strike and thousands stood outside... By Dave Griffiths, West Midlands Socialist Party

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13 December 2007

Birmingham city council: Workers boo 'lead balloon' councillors

Birmingham city council: "WE'VE GOT a grudge with councillor Rudge," was one of the slogans displayed on placards by several hundred angry Birmingham city council workers... By Clive Walder

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14 November 2007

Birmingham council workers fight pay cuts

On 7 November Birmingham city council workers held a demonstration outside the council house in Birmingham city centre in protest against the council's plans to force through its gender pay equalisation plans which will mean... By Ted Smith, Birmingham Socialist Party

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