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14 May 2008

North west shop stewards

Following a successful inaugural conference of the North West Shop Stewards Network (NWSSN) last month, the elected committee met for the first time on 10 May, writes Dave Lunn, assistant secretary NWSSN, personal capacity.

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29 April 2008

A week of strikes shakes government

Editorial: The strike on 24 April by hundreds of thousands of teachers, civil servants and college lecturers shook the government...

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16 April 2008

Editorial: 24 April strikes: step forward in pay battle

THE NATIONAL Union of Teachers (NUT) was the first public-sector union to decide to take strike action on Thursday 24 April over the government's pay limit policy, and now nearly 400,000 public-sector workers are due to strike...

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12 March 2008

Land Registry votes to reject pay offer

In a recent indicative ballot, PCS members in Land Registry voted overwhelmingly to reject a 2% cost of living pay offer - a pay cut, writes Dave Lunn and Emily Kelly, PCS Land Registry GEC, both in personal capacity.

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4 March 2008

Unite for a living wage

PCS on strike 1 May 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS on strike 1 May 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

No pay freeze: The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has organised a national lobby of parliament on 11 March, bringing together all the PCS groups in dispute over pay and to coordinate political pressure against the public-sector, writes Katrine Williams, PCS DWP Wales secretary, personal capacity

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4 March 2008

Pensions under attack

Postal workers

Postal workers' picket line in East London, photo Naomi Byron

Two weeks ago Royal Mail bosses awarded themselves massive bonuses of over 4.5 million, writes Andy Bentley

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4 March 2008

Teachers must reject real pay cuts

DURING THIS month, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) is organising a national strike ballot giving teachers across England and Wales the chance to stand firm together, Martin Powell-Davies and Linda Taaffe write.

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1 March 2008

Strike action in public sector

In the immediate period the battle is likely to be concentrated in the public sector...

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1 March 2008

Trade union bureaucracy

In addition the right-wing trade union bureaucracy is far more removed from the membership than was the case in the 1970s...

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27 February 2008

Workplace News in brief

PCS members working in the Department for Work and Pensions are to strike on 17 and 18 March, following the collapse of pay negotiations...

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13 February 2008

Land Registry staff vote for action

Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members in Land Registry, the government department responsible for keeping a record of land ownership in England and Wales, have voted overwhelmingly in a consultation ballot to rej... By A PCS member

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12 February 2008

Bosses prepare to force through more cuts

Local government pay: Unison members in local government have hardly finished counting the pittance they received from last year's pay deal in England and Wales and the union has now lodged the 2008 claim... By Glenn Kelly, Unison national executive, personal capacity

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6 February 2008

MPs' insult to low-paid workers

TGWU cleaners demonstrating against low pay, photo Molly Cooper

TGWU cleaners demonstrating against low pay, photo Molly Cooper

LOW-PAID public sector workers are facing three years of below-inflation pay rises. Low paid workers earn a fraction of their MP's salary, writes Adrian O'Malley, Unison branch chair, Wakefield and Pontefract Hospitals, Pinderfields Hospital.

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6 February 2008

How can an alternative to the main political parties be developed?

Socialism 2007 Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialism 2007 Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, photo Paul Mattsson

General secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), Mark Serwotka, has sent the contribution printed below to The Socialist, describing the attacks being made on public-sector workers by the government...

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30 January 2008

Police march for pay

AS PART of their battle against Brown's public-sector wage freeze the police held a demonstration of their own, with over 18,000 attending, in London on 23 January... By Alex Gounelas

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30 January 2008

Teachers' union calls strike ballot on pay

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) national executive has announced a decision to ballot all its members for the first national teachers' strike for 21 years... By Linda Taaffe, NUT

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29 January 2008

New Labour attacking our vital benefits

Flooded with Debt, cartoon by Suz, www.squashdonkey.co.uk

Flooded with Debt, cartoon by Suz, www.squashdonkey.co.uk

Gordon Brown's government is weaker than ever before. The smog of sleaze that pervaded Blair's government has now settled over Brown's with the resignation...

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23 January 2008

Strike against poverty deals in PCS

PCS on strike 1 May 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS on strike 1 May 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Public and Commercial Services union members, in the Department for Work and Pensions and in Revenue and Customs, are gearing up for possible strike action, writes Mark Baker, civil service union PCS national executive (NEC), (in personal capacity).

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23 January 2008

SNP 'trusts' are PFI in disguise

THE SNP-led Scottish government has published a consultation paper setting out its 'alternative' to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) schemes in Scotland... By Brian Smith, Glasgow Unison social work services secretary, personal capacity

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23 January 2008

More work for less pay

While teachers' workload remains as high as ever, with an average 50-hour week in primary schools, we are now being asked to take wage cuts for a further three years from September 2008.... By Linda Taaffe

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