The great privatisation swindle has meant that we are indirectly paying twice for some services. Successive governments has trousered trillions from the legalised thievery that was made popular by 'that woman'. Where has my money gone, and can I have it back please?
The issue of privatisation is a contentious issue for many. I constantly ask myself why I want the state to control a variety of services when I actually want to abolish the state. For me the answer is two-fold. Firstly, the society that I want to see is not about to arrive any time soon, although you never known.
Public sector workers in Southampton are reaching the end of a week of strike action, organised in response to swingeing cuts and job losses being implemented by the Conservative-led local council.
This week's strike comes after over two months of action on the part of local council employees, and involves Unite and Unison, two of Britain's largest unions.
A 24-hour general strike protesting the government’s austerity policies largely paralysed Portugal on Wednesday, with planes grounded, trains cancelled and rubbish going uncollected.
Unions hailed the action as a massive success. The national strike is Portugal’s first since 2007, and the first called jointly by the two big trade union confederations, CGTP and UGT, in 22 years.
Recent industrial news from the UK, including transport strikes in Liverpool, walkouts at West Lothian Council and Southampton libraries, and strike ballots for London firefighters, ambulance drivers, and tube staff.
Bin workers strike at West Lothian council
Refuse workers at West Lothian Council have taken strike action over a pay cut being imposed as part of the downgrading of their jobs.
All refuse workers face a job downgrade which will amount to a cut of at least £2,800 a year. The first 24-hour strike took place on Friday the 27th of August, and was sanctioned by the GMB union.
Workers' report: general conditions and the conditions for generalisation at Hackney Street Cleansing Department
A report about working life in refuse collection, recycling and street cleaning department of Hackney Council, including conflicts and co-operation in the workforce.
* The Department
* The Depot
* The Work-Force
* The Working Standards
* The Work Organisation
* The Work
* The Conflicts
* The Crisis
* The Union
* The Future Struggles
* The Past Struggles
A wave of strikes culminating on Thursdays pan-worker mobilisation has been the response to the scaremongering of the government amidst the worsening economic crisis that threatens Greece with bankruptcy.
After the week of riots came the week of strikes: the multifold strikes that are taking place since Tuesday 15 December and peaked on Thursday 17 with the pan-workers strike called by PAME, the Communist Party Union Front, as wells a dozens of extra-parliamentary parties of the left and first-grade unions forming demos in 58 cities and towns around Greece.
An Edinburgh refuse worker describes the background ther dispute with the council, the workers' collective action, and the council's attempts to break the strike. Taken from the second issue of the Edinburgh Muckraker.
What’s behind the dispute?
The first issue of the Edinburgh Muckraker, a freesheet produced and distributed in support of local government workers struggling against pay cuts.
The Edinburgh Muckraker is produced by an independent group in solidarity with council workers, to inform the people of Edinburgh what is really going on behind the lies, misinformation and threats.
We encourage and assist effective action to win this dispute. We aim to help Council and other workers to come together across sectional and union divides.