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Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by smokedout, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. smokedout

    smokedout criminal

    Thought it was worth having a thread to keep track of official and unofficial strikes, walk outs and worker led direct action, whether large or small. Ideally not for bickering, but to help promote and support local action.

    Here's one to start:

  2. frogwoman

    frogwoman Whatever's meant to go here.

    The youth workers' strike in oxfordshire (article written by me in this weeks socialist hopefully)

    began aug 23rd, they went again this friday and are planning a series of rolling one-day strikes
  3. frogwoman

    frogwoman Whatever's meant to go here.

    i don't call 148 out of 400 a "small number"
  4. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    Protest against job cuts at northampton university tomorrow
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  5. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    Birmingham Unison council workers on strike again on the 21st. GMB, UCATT and Unite are balloting at the moment.. I think if they are succesful we can assume that they will all go on strike in November along with the teachers/PCS/whoever else
  6. frogwoman

    frogwoman Whatever's meant to go here.

    NASUWT to start ballotting too apparently.
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    ResistanceMP3 www.ResistanceMP3.org.uk

  8. shagnasty

    shagnasty two legs bad four legs good R.I.P.

    I live in barnet the problem is unless you use these services you think it don't affect you ,so a strike may well highlight the cuts ,hopefully
  9. dennisr

    dennisr the acceptable face

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  10. Yelkcub

    Yelkcub Well-Known Member

    "Highways and planning staff are among those taking strike action over the move they claim will put jobs and quality of services at risk."
    At Barnet?:D One of the funniest things I've ever read.
  11. frogwoman

    frogwoman Whatever's meant to go here.

    in other words if you think that they're bad now, just wait.
  12. frogwoman

    frogwoman Whatever's meant to go here.

    Good luck, tell me how it went mate
  13. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Unison and the Fire Brigade Union are ballotting.
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  14. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Well-Known Member

    I'm off to a GMB meeting with council management later today, hopefully will we be ballotting - one less promise off that list.

    Where's Unite on that list btw?
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  15. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    haven't received my Unison ballot form yet
  16. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Well-Known Member

  17. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Give them a chance, marty, it was only announced this morning.
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  18. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Well-Known Member

    The TUC votes unanimously for campaign of co-ordinated industrial action over pensions!

    General Strike!!!
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  19. dennisr

    dennisr the acceptable face

    Its good news - something that can be built on from the bottom even if the top wavers (as some inevitably will...)
  20. frogwoman

    frogwoman Whatever's meant to go here.

  21. treelover

    treelover Well-Known Member

  22. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    Prison Officers Association I think will come out as well, illegally because they are not allowed to strike.. in Birmingham at least they are very pissed off about being privatised, and I'm sure would take the opportunity to come out over pensions.. find it hard to extend any solidarity to screws but admire them for doing so and the POA for taking the risk that it is if it does tell its members to wildcat.. oh the horns of a dilemma.
  23. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I want to vote Yes immediately!
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  24. frogwoman

    frogwoman Whatever's meant to go here.

  25. love detective

    love detective secret pint


    14 unions in total
  26. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Well-Known Member

    One day? Oh ffs.

    Or is that unconfirmed & down to the individual unions involved atm?
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  27. articul8

    articul8 Dishonest sociopath

    Critical thing is to link issue of pensions to broader issues of cuts and austerity - and raise issue of alternatives. Press will portray it as coseted public sector workers out to protect their "gold-plated" pensions (sic).

    Should also raise the scandal of what's happened to private pensions.
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  28. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    A good show all round. Frowny security man said we could only have 6 people there, but 40 turned up. He was told if he didn't like it we would love him to ring OB. Some SP, some greens, the obligatory megaphone wielding chant starting Unison rep. All the cleaning staff, lots of other ancillary staff and some academics gave up thier lunch hour to support. Someone bod from bbc local news filmed us waving placards so that should make bbc look east

    Turnout over on the larger park campus was nearer a hundred staff and students, the two local rags and the local radio turned out to them, and the Vice Chancellor (axeman) was photod walking through the frowny ranks of protesters.

    Lots of beeping and support etc at both sites. A decent turnout, all told.

    Ballot to consider balloting for strike action is apace.
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  29. Clint Iguana

    Clint Iguana not an undercover cop

    All the unions that get a yes vote will be out for the one day. There will then be strategic action to follow (for instance, action by key workers supported by other members - that type of thing).

    if you think the grass roots membership are up for 'everybody out and stay out till the job is done', you are very much mistaken.

    Nothing confirmed yet, but it will be a rolling programme. The important thing is to get a good turn out in the ballot and get a strong mandate.
  30. treelover

    treelover Well-Known Member


    14 unions in total '

    Good stuff, but just before Xmas, a lot of members won't like that sadly...

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