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ThyssenKrupp / Tata Steel Merger

Pensions, jobs and conditions cut but no guarantees for the future!  By Alec Thraves Whilst the signing of a ‘memorandum of understanding’ between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp was given a ‘cautious’ welcome by steel union leaders, there is still massive uncertainty over the future of the Port Talbot plant and others across the UK and Europe who will make up the ...

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Carmarthenshire union leader slams Welsh Labour and Plaid cuts

The secretary of Carmarthenshire Unison has hit out at cuts being carried out by Labour and Plaid politicians while claiming to be anti-austerity. In a letter to the Western Mail Mark Evans takes up the claims of politicians from both parties referred to in an article by Martin Shipton. We republish the full article below. The abridged letter published in ...

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Tories start to retreat on pay cap

By Steve Score The government has caved in. It has agreed to lift the 1% public sector pay cap from next year, reflecting the pressure the Tories are under and their real weakness. Police and prison officers, the last groups to have pay decided this year, will have the cap lifted immediately – although their raises are still below inflation. ...

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Bron Afon victory

Support workers at Bron Afon Housing Association in Cwmbran have ended their strike after accepting a much-improved offer from management. The Unison members were set to lose an average of £3000 a year but after 9 days of strike action, forced management to agree to hand over an extra £1500 a year per worker, consolidated, as well one-off cash payments. ...

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Fight council cuts – back the Brum bin strikers!

Birmingham’s bin workers once again have had to strike to stop job losses and pay cuts, after the Labour council reneged on a previously agreed deal. Disgracefully the council has issued 113 redundancy notices to workers and is clearly setting out to try and break the bin workers’ struggle. The council claims it has no choice but to sack bin ...

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Solidarity with McDonalds strikers

Cardiff Trades Union Council hosted a very successful rally today in solidarity with McDonalds workers striking for decent pay and against job insecurity and bullying management. Workers have taken strike action at McDonalds restaurants in London and Cambridge, but as Dave Reid from the Cardiff Trades Council pointed out the campaign for £10 an hour minimum wage is for all low ...

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Bron Afon Workers Step Up Action

Support workers at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran have begun their second 5-day strike in as many weeks, as the Unison members escalate their action to send a message to management that £3000 pay cuts will not be accepted lying down. Strikers have been boosted by visitors from PCS, Cardiff Trades Council, Newport Trades Council, Caerphilly Trades Council and ...

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Bridgend Ford workers vote for action – the fight is on

Rob Williams, Socialist Party national industrial organiser and former Visteon (ex-Ford) Unite convenor Bridgend Ford workers have sent a clear message to the company: “Talk about sourcing that will save the plant or we’ll fight.” Nearly three-quarters of the shop floor voted in the industrial action ballot, showing that Bridgend workers are absolutely committed to fighting to save the plant ...

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Strikes Get Results

Coordinate the strikes to defeat the Tories Normally a quiet month for the trade union movement, August has seen a whole number of industrial disputes raging on – and two prominent ones have registered wins. The Birmingham bin workers have forced management to retreat after seven weeks of action while janitors in Glasgow, in a branch of public service union ...

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