on-the-job action

On-the-job action means free ride for Stockholm passengers

This weekend, bus passengers in Stockholm travelled for free as drivers refused to handle cash.

The drivers, members of the Kommunal union, decided to take industrial action after the robbery of a bus driver near Slussen. Passengers without a ticket or travel card were allowed onto buses free of charge. A new ticketing system has massively increased the amount of cash that drivers handle, increasing the risk of attacks.

Firefighters call off unofficial action

Norfolk firefighters

Firefighters have called off the unsanctioned industrial action, in which they only responded to 999 calls, in a dispute over pay.

The BBC reported that crews across Norfolk started the action on Tuesday afternoon but without the backing of their trade union.

They said managers were not keeping to a pay deal agreed in 2003. Fire service managers met union representatives on Wednesday to reach an agreement.

After the meeting firefighters decided to call off the action, which was to answer only 999 calls.

15,000 Revenue and Customs staff join work to rule

Following a one day strike by 8,000 workers for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Large Processing Offices on 31st July, a further 7,000 workers in Distributing Processing offices joined a work to rule today.

Over 85% of PCS members employed at HMRC voted in favour of a ban on overtime and a work to rule in response to the introduction of new working practices called 'LEAN'.

BNP meeting prevented by workers' action

Action by workers at a Doncaster social club has prevented the BNP from holding a meeting.

The BNP are attempting to organise in the Doncaster area, probably in preparation for next year's council elections.

Ryder Cup clothing workers to strike

Workers making clothes for the European Ryder Cup golf team, will begin a work-to-rule and overtime ban on Friday.

The action at Mackinnon of Scotland, a subsidiary of Edinburgh Wool Mill, will begin on the same day as the tournament begins, with a series of strikes to follow if the dispute is not resolved.

Workers voted 85% in favour of the action, after Edinburgh Wool Mill refused to make a pay offer, according to the Community trade union.

1976: The fight for useful work at Lucas Aerospace

Useless: The Stingray torpedo, made by Lucas

History of how arms company workers struggled against closure and for a change in their work from weapons manufacture to socially useful production.

In the 1970s workers at the Lucas Aerospace Company in Britain set out to defeat the bosses plans to axe jobs. They produced their own alternative "Corporate Plan" for the company's future. In doing so they attacked some of the underlying priorities of capitalism.

1986: Victoria nurses' strike

The history of the second state-wide strike of nurses in Victoria, Australia against cuts and over wages, conditions and staff/patient ratios, which won its demands, with the solidarity of other workers.

Nurses are often seen as the archetypal ‘handmaidens’ of men. Yet if there was ever an experience that demolished this image, it was the Victorian nurses’ strike of 1986, in which a predominantly female workforce took on and defeated the State Labour government.

1985: Victoria nurses' strike

The history of the first state-wide strike of nurses in Victoria, Australia over wages and staff/patient ratios.

It ended in a partial victory, despite the unions' lack of militancy and more importantly layed the groundwork of rank-and-file organisation which was to play a key role in the 1986 nurses' strike.

Sabotage and striking on the job - Louis Adamic, 1931

Louis Adamic immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia at age 14 and was naturalized in 1918. This essay describes his experiences as a casual labourer in a variety of jobs during the 1920s, including his meetings with fellow workers who were members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the 'Wobblies'.

(This text is Chapter 32 of the Rebel Press reprint of Louis Adamic's classic book 'Dynamite! A Century of Class Violence In America 1830-1930'.)

NHS nurses could begin working-to-rule

The Royal College of Nursing has stated that nurses could refuse to work one day a week per nurse if they are not given a 3% pay hike.

Nurses work on average nearly a day of unpaid, additional overtime per week, and it is this work which could be refused if their pay demand is not met.

An RCN survey showed that 31% of nurses would work-to-rule.

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