Author Archives: Tony Burke

Tell Sherwin Alumina To End The Lock Out

On October 11th, Sherwin Alumina part of the multi-national Glencore company locked out 450 hard-working USW Local 235A members at their plant in Gregory, Texas. The lockout came after 235A members overwhelmingly rejected the company’s demands for major cuts in … Continue reading

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TUC and DGB: Workplace democracy is essential to decent work – the 13th British-German Trade Union Forum

A meeting of British – German Trade Union Forum took place in London on the 8th and 9th of December. It was the 13th time that this forum, jointly organised by the TUC and the DGB as well as the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and the … Continue reading

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USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

Anyone who follows this blogsite will know of the situation with Napoleaon Gomez of Los Mineros union in Mexico. Napoleon has been living in exile in Canada, in the safe keeping of the United Steelworkers after being hounded out of … Continue reading

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US Employers Say Plan To Speed Up Union Elections “Devastating”

In the USA the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) the body that governs ballots on union recognition (ballots) is set to put in place plans to speed up  union elections. The plan is being hailed as a victory for trade unions … Continue reading

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Workers At US VW Plant Say Yes To UAW Representation

Its not quite there yet – but the decision by workers at Volkswagen’s car production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee has opened the door for unionisation of other auto plants in the southern right to work states of the USA. Workers in … Continue reading

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Jaguar Land Rover Pay Deal: Labour Peer’s Comments – “Bizarre”

By Professor David Bailey It’s hugely welcome news that Jaguar Land Rover management and unions this week reached a new two-year pay deal, as I fully expected them to do. JLR revised its offer, with a pay rise of 4.5 … Continue reading

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Glencore: Sherwin Alumina Lockout

On October 11th, Sherwin Alumina locked out 450 hard-working United Steelworkers Local 235A members at their plant in Gregory, Texas. The lockout came after 235A members overwhelmingly rejected the company’s demands for major cuts in pension and health care benefits for … Continue reading

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Fighting The New Generation Of Trade Deals

Published in December issue of Labour Briefing Unions in the UK and the EU have been campaigning against TTIP, the free trade deal between the EU and the USA (and the deal with Canada known as CETA) since significant details … Continue reading

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Unsung Hero’s – Unite Members Contribution To The UK Automotive Industry

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Stop ‘Umbrella companies’ exploiting construction workers

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