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3 November 2017

Obituary: Derek Robinson, car workers' leader, 1927-2017

Derek Robinson, one of the most famous trade unionists of the 1970s, has died aged 90

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6 September 2017

Bosses' pensions robbery

Pensions are back in the headlines with the news that FTSE 350 companies' pension deficits are equivalent to 70% of their annual profits

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25 August 2017

Ford workers vote for action

"Talk about sourcing that will save the plant or we'll fight", say Bridgend Ford workers to the company

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10 May 2017

Workers fight back against race to the bottom!

Many strikes and protests are taking place

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12 April 2017

Car workers strike at BMW in defence of pensions

By a huge 93%, car workers at BMW, producing the Mini and Rolls-Royce, have voted to strike for eight days in defence of their final salary pension scheme.

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19 February 2014

Them & Us

Boom and bust: Last year government business secretary Vince Cable boasted of rising output in Britain's car industry as illustrating a recovering UK economy

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8 January 2014

Is UK car building back in Top Gear?

The thoroughly reactionary but entertaining Jeremy Clarkson, on his Top Gear programme's Christmas special, tried to demonstrate that UK vehicle manufacturing was healthier than ever

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29 September 2010

South Wales: Fight for car workers' jobs

Over 220 workers are facing the dole with the closure of TRW in Resolven (ex-Cam Gears). Coming on the back of closures of Bosch, Borg Warner and Linamar - over 1,500 car workers in South Wales have been...

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10 June 2009

Come to the National Shop Stewards Network conference 2009

THE BEGINNING of 2009 saw workers burst onto the scene with a big strike at Lindsey Oil Refinery. Hundreds of construction workers broke the vicious anti-trade union laws, organised a strike from the grassroots...

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6 May 2009

Defend victimised trade unionist

ROB WILLIAMS, the Unite trade union convenor at the Linamar car components factory in Swansea, has been temporarily reinstated following his sacking by company bosses on 28 April...

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6 May 2009

National Shop Stewards Network national conference

Saturday 27 June. Keynote speakers from workers in struggle including Lindsey Oil Refinery construction workers' dispute, car workers, London Underground, local government, and more...

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Workers picket Visteon at Basildon, photo Greg Maughan

Workers picket Visteon at Basildon, photo Greg Maughan

7 April 2009

Visteon car workers fight for their rights

Many have been inspired by the stand taken by the workers in the ex-Ford plants in Belfast, Enfield and Basildon...

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18 February 2009

Car workers' jobs slaughter - begin the fightback!

In response to the crisis in Britain's car industry, where thousands of job losses have been announced and thousands of other workers have been temporarily laid off for weeks at a time, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) hosted a very encouraging meeting in Birmingham on 14 February, writes Linda Taaffe, secretary NSSN.

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17 February 2009

Fight back now to stop job cuts

SACKED AT an hour's notice! And with no redundancy pay even after years of continuous work. That's what the bosses did to 850 workers at the BMW car plant at Cowley, Oxford.

These sackings typify the plight of workers today in 'casualised Britain' plc. The 850 sacked workers were agency staff who didn't have the same employment rights as permanent workers.

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11 February 2009

Car industry in crisis - national meeting

Saturday 14 February 2009, 12-4pm, The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS...

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28 January 2009

Russia: Bosses sack auto-factory union leader

ON 19 January at the end of his shift, Dmitrii Kozhnev, Chair of the Tsentrosvarmash factory branch of the Trade Union of Auto Industry Workers (MPRA), and a supporter of Socialist Resistance (CWI, Russia), was sacked from his workplace in Tver city, Russia...

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14 January 2009

Job cuts announced at Nissan

Bosses at Nissan's Sunderland car plant have announced they are axing 1,200 jobs, around a quarter of the workforce...

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7 January 2009

South Wales: Workers vow to fight job losses

There was strong media interest in a Swansea public meeting called on 16 December by the Linamar (ex Visteon car component plant) shop stewards' committee, writes Alec Thraves, secretary Socialist Party Wales, Swansea trade union council..

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10 December 2008

The National Shop Stewards Network is organising a meeting for car workers and those in ancillary industries:

Car industry in crisis - national meeting

The National Shop Stewards Network is organising a meeting for car workers and those in ancillary industries:
Saturday 14 February 2009, 12-4pm, The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.
Please encourage your union branch/workplace to sponsor this meeting and send delegates (5 per delegate or visitor).
See also: or PO Box 58262, London N1P 1ET.

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3 December 2008

Fight back now against job cuts

Unite trade union demonstration outside Labour Party conference 2007, photo Bob Severn

Unite members demonstrate at Labour Party conference 2007, photo Bob Severn

"We won't pay for bosses' crisis": Ford Workers and their supporters gathered in Southampton on 26 November to promote their campaign to win 100 million investment needed to build the new Transit in 2011, writes Nick Chaffey, Save The Transit campaign.

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