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26 April 2007

Civil servants' union May Day strike

PCS on strike in February 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS on strike in February 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS MEMBERS will be striking again on 1 May. This is part of a national strategy to defend not only our jobs, pay and pensions but also the vital services...

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19 April 2007

Young trade unionists reject New Labour

THE TUC Youth Conference took place from 13-15 April, attended by around 50 young trade union activists. ...

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30 March 2007

Reject regional pay

NEW PAY proposals in the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) mean a court usher in Bootle will be paid 2,000 more than an usher in Southport...

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15 March 2007

UNISON leaders lead members into dead end

Local government pensions: ABOUT 900 UNISON members in local government met on 6 March to discuss the way forward on pensions...

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8 March 2007

Brown's pay cut insult

Unison and RCN lobby of parliament in 2006, photo Paul Mattsson Trade union action for decent pay and public services

"THIS IS the last straw - 1.9% is the final insult" a health visitor angrily told me last Friday.

On top of job losses, increased workloads, pension cuts and privatisation, public-sector workers were kicked in the teeth last week by New Labour's announcement of an effective pay cut.

Photo: Unison and RCN lobby of parliament in 2006, Paul Mattsson

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9 November 2006

The public-sector fat cats

NURSES, MIDWIVES and other health workers are told their next year's annual settlement should limit pay rises to 1.5%, well below the 3.6% official inflation rate, let alone the rise in fuel prices over the last year (as hig...

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2 November 2006

Building a national shop stewards' network

OVER 200 trade union shop stewards and workplace reps attended the railworkers' RMT union conference held on 28 October to discuss the setting up of a national shop stewards' network.... By Ken Smith

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7 September 2006

Workers yearn for fighting leadership

THE ANNUAL conference of the British TUC, starting on 11 September, promises to be almost as irrelevant, with a few notable exceptions, to the lives of working people as many of the past conferences have unfortunately proved to be, writes Bill Mullins.

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7 September 2006

2% public-sector pay rise won't cover inflation

WRITING IN the Financial Times (FT) (29/8/06) Chancellor Gordon Brown called for a 2% limit on all public-sector pay rises next year. This is an even tighter target than the 2.5% increases in public sector pay, writes Jared Wood.

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20 July 2006

Gordon Brown steps up attacks on the public sector

Gordon Brown announced last week that he was going to step up the attacks on public-sector workers, no matter who runs the Labour government, writes Bill Mullins.

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6 July 2006

Public services not private profit

Public-sector workers lobby their MPs
THOUSANDS OF public-sector workers met on 27 June to lobby their MPs over the mass privatisation of public services. Bill Mullins reports.

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22 June 2006

Brown attacks public sector workers

GORDON BROWN has declared war on public-sector workers' pay. In a recent speech to the bosses' organisation the CBI, he called for a three-year pay freeze. Brown is clearly setting out the programme he wants to implement whenever...

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2 March 2006

35,000 public-sector workers strike

BELOW IS a report of the first day of the current public sector strike which now involves 35,000 workers on strike in nine of the 16 federal states in Germany...

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2 February 2006

Pensions: 'Back down or we strike!'

That's the warning served on the government last week by the leaders of eleven public-sector unions representing over a million workers. They announced they are to begin a strike ballot on 20 February for a series of strikes,...

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12 January 2006

Stop the privatisation of council housing

THE CRISIS in housing has been called a time bomb under working-class people's living standards...

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15 December 2005

Confusion over pensions at NATFHE executive

NATFHE, THE college lecturers' union, voted at its December national executive to reject the public-sector pensions framework agreement, which has been agreed by other unions including NUT, UNISON and PCS...

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15 December 2005

Portuguese workers strike against Blairite cuts

COUNCIL AND local government workers in Portugal are striking on 13 and 14 December against the Blairite 'socialist' government's vicious attacks on their rights, working conditions and living standards...

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8 December 2005

Is there a pensions crisis?

THE GOVERNMENT have launched an all-out attack on pensions. Whilst they sit on one of the best public-sector pensions schemes available,...

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1 December 2005

Attack on pensions: We won't work till we drop!

Digby Jones of the bosses' organisation the CBI, Chancellor Gordon Brown and other cabinet ministers and Adair Turner chairman of the Pensions Commission all have gilt-edged pensions...

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1 December 2005

Pensions struggles still loom

FOR THE best part of two decades, big business has slashed and burned its way through the pension funds and entitlements of working people...

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