Unite

Council lies mean Brum bin strike extended til Christmas

Refuse collection workers in Birmingham have voted strongly in favour of extending strike action for a further three months.

All out! Birmingham bin strike back on

Bin workers in Birmingham are back on the picket line after the council went back on the agreement they reached with the union only two weeks ago.

Tribute to Ernesto Leal, a founder of the London migrant cleaners' movement

Tribute written by members of the Latin American Workers' Association (LAWAS) in 2009 after the death of Ernesto Leal (11 January 1938 - 22 October 2009), Chilean communist exile who eventually moved to London, working as a cleaner and founding LAWAS. In the same days of Leal's death, Unite the union purged LAWAS, leading cleaners to join the IWW and eventually founding IWGB and UVW, which continue to organise cleaners and other low-wage migrant workers in London's service sector. We republish it here from The Commune (now defunct) in light of the recent historic victories of migrant cleaners at LSE and SOAS.

Union claims victory as Birmingham bins strike suspended

Birmingham striking refuse workers

Birmingham's two-month long bin strike has been suspended following talks between the council and the Unite union via conciliation service, ACAS, with the union declaring a victory for its members.

UK: A Promising Hospital Strike

Cleaners manifesting during London hospital strike 2017

Since the Spring of this year in several London hospitals about 750 cleaners, security personnel and porters have been in dispute with their employer, Serco. They are part of the lowest paid workers in the U.K.

London Hospital Workers Strike over Low Pay

Hundreds of domestic workers in four London hospitals are on strike to demand a 30p pay raise.

Responding to Evening Standard bollocks on the tube strike

A commuter's rant about the (unsurprisingly) anti-worker coverage of the tube strike by the Evening Standard.

Unison activists vote to reopen 2015 pay dispute

Unison Special Local Government Conference, 24 March 2015

In an almost unprecedented move, rank-and-file Unison representatives in councils and schools voted in a special conference earlier today to tear up the 2014-16 pay deal which union leaders drew up with Labour Party officials and submit a new pay claim on top.

Five reasons "red" Len won't break the law

“Red” Len McCluskey is once more rattling his sabre ahead of the General Election. But don’t expect it to ever be drawn. Here’s five reasons why.

What the Evening Standard's definition of London tells us about the capital

Some thoughts on the Evening Standard's coverage of this week's bus workers' strike.