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UK Must Become Modern Manufacturing Economy Says TUC

The employers body Confederation of British Industry has set out its proposals for the first hundred days of the new Government – and it doesn’t make comfortable reading for the Tories. The CBI’s ‘Best Foot Forward’ report states that the next … Continue reading

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Unite Analysis Of Osborne’s Last Budget

By the Unite Political Department To call George Osborne’s performance, hopefully for the last time, at the Commons’ despatch box a budget for the nation is stretching credulity to its limits. With 50 days to go before the most important … Continue reading

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Luca Visentini To Be New European TUC Head

Italian trade unionist Luca Visentini is the proposed successor to Bernadette Ségol as General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation. This week a meeting of the ETUC’s Executive Committee voted the 46 year old current Confederal Secretary of the ETUC … Continue reading

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LATEST: Crown Dispute: Ontario Appoints Expert To Investigate Strike

Ontario, Canada: Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn is appointing Morton Mitchnick to conduct an Industrial Inquiry Commission to facilitate a resolution in the dispute involving the United Steelworkers and Crown Metal Packaging Canada LP. On rare occasions the Minister … Continue reading

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USW Reaches Tentative Agreement To Settle Oil Industry Strikes

The United Steelworkers (USW) has announced that it has reached a ‘tentative agreement’ on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry. 7000 oil workers have been on strike across the … Continue reading

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Blacklisted – The Secret War Between Big Business & Union Activists

‘Blacklisted – The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists’ by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlin tells the story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies resorted to in their attempt to keep union activists away from their places of … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To Socialist Party Members In Unite

The following is an open and public letter from members of Unite’s United Left grouping to members of the Socialist Party who are  standing candidates against Labour candidates in marginal seats in the forthcoming General Election. “Dear Comrades, This Coalition … Continue reading

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International Unions Support Locked Out Glencore Workers.

One Hundred USW members and allies from trade unions from Texas and around the world visited the Houston offices of multinational corporation Glencore on February 26th to present the company with a silver medal in in recognition of its second-place finish … Continue reading

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US Oil Strike – More Refineries Walk Out

According to reports on the negotiation front, it is being reported that “it’s been a quiet week for striking oil workers and energy executives”. The United Steelworkers added three more refineries, including the USA’s largest refinery and one chemical plant to … Continue reading

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Germany: IG Metall Wins 3.4% Pay Deal

Germany’s largest union IG Metall which cover engineering, automotive, aerospace, electrical and other skilled metalworking trades has agreed a 3.4% pay rise for 12 months from April. The union, which represents 3.7 million workers across Germany had originally demanded a … Continue reading

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