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1 November 2011

Southampton - Sink Tory cuts

On Wednesday mass meetings of Unite and Unison Southampton council workers will discuss the next steps in their fight against cuts...

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26 October 2011

Workplace news in brief

30 November strike: Unite members are now being balloted for strike action on 30 November. They will be joining one of the biggest strikes in modern British history...

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Southampton council workers on strike 6.10.11, Nick Chaffey

10 October 2011

'We have not gone away' say Southampton council workers

Last Thursday saw the latest strike action of Southampton council workers. Unite called out its 700 members across the city in solidarity with 250 Unison care workers

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Southampton on 13 June, photo Paul Mattsson

Southampton on 13 June, photo Paul Mattsson

21 September 2011

Southampton council workers vote for more action

"The bin workers have led the way, it's time we did some of it!", was the conclusion of the 100 care workers who turned out to discuss the dispute over pay cuts and job losses at Southampton city council, writes Nick Chaffey.

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Over 1,000 council workers, striking Medirest cleaners and others marched through Southampton on 13 June in a powerful show of solidarity against vicious council cuts and the scandalous consequence of the private sector in the NHS , photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

12 August 2011

Massive vote to continue action against Southampton cuts

At a packed meeting of over 600 union members, Southampton council workers voted by four to one to continue their industrial action

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19 July 2011

Southampton council workers' struggle continues despite imposition of new contracts

Up to 1,000 council workers and supporters marched through Southampton last Wednesday to protest at the Tory council's decision to dismiss its entire workforce and re-employ workers on worse terms and conditions

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11 July 2011

'Fire and rehire': Shropshire council sacks 6,500 workers

All 6,500 Shropshire county council employees have been sent 90-day redundancy notices last week, writes Sam Morecroft, Shropshire Socialist Party.

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Southampton port workers join protest as council workers face the sack

Southampton port workers

11 July 2011

Southampton: Anger grows as workers face the sack

On 11 July, Southampton council workers faced the sack unless they signed new contracts cutting pay and enhancements. But at least 400 workers were yet to sign the contract...

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Over 1,000 council workers, striking Medirest cleaners and others marched through Southampton on 13 June in a powerful show of solidarity against vicious council cuts and the scandalous consequence of the private sector in the NHS , photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

4 July 2011

Southampton council workers strike on same day as teachers, lecturers and civil servants

NB Update appended on 5 July. Last Thursday Southampton was covered by picket lines at colleges, universities and civil service offices. In addition, selective action at the council continued

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13 June 2011

Southampton 'Fight the Cuts' demonstration

Monday 13 June 2011: Assemble 12.30pm in Hoglands Park, by the Debenhams roundabout, Southampton...

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

Birmingham strike 2008

8 June 2011

Birmingham: city of a thousand cuts

Birmingham has been hit hard by the ongoing capitalist crisis. Unemployment stands at 11.6% and the city is now facing brutal council led cuts

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Southampton council workers lobby their council, photo Nick Chaffey

Southampton council workers lobby their council, photo Nick Chaffey

1 June 2011

Southampton - council workers' strike spreads

Southampton refuse workers finished their first strike action against cuts to pay, jobs and services on 27 May, writes Nick Chaffey.

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31 May 2011

Southampton city council strikes continue

Refuse workers finished their first strike action against cuts to pay, jobs and services on Friday 27 May 100% solid. Support has poured in from around the country and internationally...

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Southampton refuse workers strike, 23.5.11

Southampton refuse workers strike, 23.5.11

23 May 2011

Southampton city council workers strike

"No ifs, no buts, you can stick your Tory cuts", "Cut my pay, No way" were the angry chants of Southampton refuse workers today, out on strike against savage cuts to pay

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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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