Tag Archives: Industrial Action

How Prudential staff built to a strike against offshoring

Prudential workers are about to take industrial action for the first time since 1990. The dispute centres on the company’s proposals to move 90 roles to Mumbai. How did workers overcome low membership, low confidence and management tactics to take … Continue reading

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2 sisters workers strike against cuts to pay for phony National Living Wage

Since George Osborne introduced his phony “National Living Wage” there has been a spate of employers cutting other benefits to fund it. BFAWU members at 2 sisters food group are striking to stop this. 2 sisters is one of the … Continue reading

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Support Guards on Southern Railway

RMT members have been striking against plans by GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) to compromise passenger safety and customer service with more driver-only trains. ASLEF members have also voted to strike. For more information on the dispute, see their Facebook page.

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Set up a bank account well before you go on strike

Strikes eat money – for everything from hardship payments to members to printing of leaflets and fares to meetings and events. Luckily, strikes raise money too – as long as you ask for it. To raise money effectively, you need … Continue reading

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Inoculation Against Bosses’ Lies

The first time I went on strike, there had been no strikes in my workplace for decades and none of the union activists had first-hand strike experience. As we prepared to ballot, a rumour circulated that the workplace would close … Continue reading

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Social media in disputes: learning from the electricians’ BESNA win

In any campaign the power of social media should not be underestimated. This became apparent during the construction workers BESNA dispute of 2011. Facebook groups such as “Sparks Against De-skilling and 35% Pay Cut” were set up and were used … Continue reading

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Keeping flexibility after a ballot, with members in control

When union members are asked to vote in an industrial action ballot, they want to know what action they are voting for. This presents a dilemma. Propose too little action at the start, and it might not be enough to … Continue reading

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