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Taking the battle to save the NHS into our communities

29 Sep, By

People from all walks of life joined together to fight the Health and Social Care Act that the government pushed through in 2012. And again we mobilised when the government introduced the Section 75 regulations which appeared to enforce competition throughout the NHS, contrary to government assurances. Despite hard campaigning, we are left with an…

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Unions take action over soaring rail fares

11 Dec, By

Rail fares are continuing to outstrip inflation and wages, even in times of recession. Our research has shown that from January 2008, rail fares have increased over 26%, three times faster than average wages. Now they’re set to rise again, with a 3.9% increase in January, the tenth straight year of inflation-busting rail fare rises. …

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Action for Rail

Action for Rail: Joined up unions in action

14 Aug, By

These are pivotal times for the UK’s railways, for those who use rail services and those who work in the industry. Multiple franchises are up for grabs in the next three years and the government and train operators are looking at ways to slash £3.5bn costs from the industry. The government is unsurprisingly backing the…

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Do private sector workers support public sector strikes?

19 Sep, By

An email from HR Review Update landed in my inbox. ‘Majority of private sector employees oppose public sector strikes’ read the story. But on closer inspection, it made for slightly more interesting reading than the usual line trotted out by various right wing commentators and Tory ministers. The poll was conducted by recruitment consultants, Badenoch…

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How unions help … two great cases in this week’s news

15 Oct, By

If confronted by some cliched ridden dinosaur telling you that unions have no place in the modern world of work and achieve nothing, helpfully point them in the way of two news stories that broke this week. On Monday, we learned about the RMT’s deal with Network Rail protecting their members from compulsory redundancies while delivering a…

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ITUC steps up the youth campaign

19 Mar, By

As a second step of its youth campaign, the ITUC is relaunching its youth blog and is launching the campaign’s brochure. The youth blog comes with a redesign, new functionalities such as Facebook and Twitter sharing as well as a special campaign section. The brochure is a best practice guide on organising young people and…

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Joe the Dog

18 Mar, By

Today the ITUC launched its youth campaign, with the release of this handy little video:  Joe the Dog tries to change the world  Feel free to cut’n’paste to whatever social network sites you use. Looking forward to getting the details of the campaign as the ITUC’s own youth officer, Phillipe Gousenberger, addresses the TUC Young Members…

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