Wigan celebrates its radical communist heritage

Several hundred people converged on the centre of the lovely town of Wigan to celebrate the life of local radical Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the Diggers' (True Leveller) Movement that he played a central role in establishing.

The Lancashire coalfield 1945-1972: NUM-Labour Party hegemony and industrial change

An article by Stephen Catterall on the colliery closures of the fifties and sixties in the Lancashire region and the relationship between the NUM and the Labour Party.

Heinz beanz is being really meanz

Alfred Stevens of Communist Students on the ongoing dispute at Heinz's factory in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Heinz workers defy union and walk out

Mean meanz Heinz

Over 1,000 staff at food manufacturer Heinz's Wigan plant walked out Wednesday night over a sub-inflation pay offer, and sickness and disciplinary procedures.

JJB steward sacked

Only weeks after JJB workers scored a massive victory over anti-union boss Dave Whelan, their union (GMB) is under serious attack. One steward has been sacked and the convenor is facing disciplinary action as well.

Recruitment agency accused of breaking JJB strike

The GMB Union has accused JJB of illegally breaking a strike by warehouse workers at its Wigan depot.

JJB staff stage first ever strike

Staff at the Greater Manchester-based JJB Sports have gone on strike in a row over pay and conditions.