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Oct 13

October 13, 2011

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Edinburgh Muckraker 5

This issue of Edinburgh Muckraker was produced in response to the upcoming vote by Edinburgh Council on Oct 27th on the privatisation of council services, and to support the refuse collection workers and street cleaners in their ongoing dispute – so far hundreds of copies have been distributed at waste depots and council offices around the city. The Edinburgh Muckraker is produced by an independent group in solidarity with council workers, to inform the people of Edinburgh what is really…

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Oct 11

October 11, 2011

Resistance Sparks Special

The last eight weeks of actions have shown that unofficial action works. The road blockings and occupations of sites have made MJN Colston, one of the eight employers who planned to get out of the Joint Industry Board (JIB) national agreement, lose their nerve and go running back to the JIB. The employers plan : Pay cuts of up to 35% Travel time and fares to be scrapped End of right to claim unfair dismissal from beginning of job End…

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Sep 22

September 22, 2011

Sparks fly

Article by Peter Murray published by the newly launched Union News, which can now be found at http://union-news.co.uk Dozens of electricians and other workers have taken part in the latest of a continuing series of protests against the attempt by rogue employers to abandon long-held national agreements in the construction sector. Unite members and supporters lobbied Edinburgh City Council headquarters, where the local authority is considering awarding the contract to build a new school in the city to Balfour Beatty,…

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Sep 15

September 15, 2011

Huge strike against pension cuts on the way

A massive November walkout of up to 2 million public sector workers is now on the cards as the UK’s largest unions announce their intention to ballot for strike action over pension reform. Unison, Unite and the GMB, the UK’s largest biggest unions, have announced their intention to ballot for coordinated strike action against cuts to public sector workers pensions. Other unions which have not taken action over pensions so far also indicated their intention to ballot, including the NASUWT…

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Jul 27

July 27, 2011

The Great Betrayal?

Was the general strike of 1926 the great betrayal? From Organise #67. Written after the public sector strike or 2006, when 1 million workers went on strike. Reprinted in Freedom, 2 July. The Public Sector strike in March of this year saw one million workers on strike in what was the largest industrial disruption since the General Strike of 1926, eighty years previously. The strike against changes in the Local Government Pension Scheme was an example of the Trade Unions…

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