UK Unions

No Sweat at PCS conference, 23-25 May, Brighton


No Sweat will have a stall at the PCS trade union's 2012 conference in Brighton, Wednesday 23-Friday 25 May. If you are in the area (!) please come and visit us at the Brighton Centre, which is on the seafront (King's Road).

Support the pensions strikes on 30 November and fight for a good pension for everyone!


No Sweat is supporting the strikes to defend public sector pensions in the UK on 30 November. Find an action near you:

No Sweat at the TUC march - Saturday, March 26th

26/03/2011 - 1:00pm
26/03/2011 - 5:00pm

"I’m fighting for......the future of the welfare state, of our public services, of the education system, of pensions and of the NHS. I’m fighting for my future and my children’s, and the future of anyone else who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth" - Cath Elliot, on the TUC website. NoSweat will be there, will you?


06/03/2010 - 12:00pm
06/03/2010 - 2:00pm

Jobs and services not bailouts for the rich

Demonstrate: Saturday 6 March 2010

Assemble 12 midday at The Level, Brighton

Demonstrate in support of Alberto Durango - sacked for organising!

12/02/2010 - 1:00pm
12/02/2010 - 2:30pm

At a so-called disciplinary hearing Lancaster Cleaning Services have sacked UNITE shop-steward and leader of the Latin American Workers Association Alberto Durango.

Show your support:

Reinstate Alberto – Hands off Our Union
Friday 12 February 1:00 PM,
Outside UBS Capital, 100 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 2RH


09/02/2010 - 7:30pm
09/02/2010 - 9:00pm

Public Meeting
Tuesday 9th February, 7.30pm, Brighthelm Centre

Janet Henney, Unite regional officer, plus a senior Unite rep at Edwards
Jim Guild, University and Colleges Union, Sussex University
RMT, Network Rail
FBU rep from Preston Circus Fire Station

Brighton Vestas Support Meeting

24/09/2009 - 7:30pm
24/09/2009 - 9:15pm

Public meeting: Support the Vestas Workers!
Thursday 24 September, 7.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton

With a speaker from the Vestas workers committee.
Plus contributors invited from the Visteon occupation, Brighton bin workers / street cleaners’ dispute & Brighton Housing Trust dispute, and others.

Help Support Vestas Wind Turbine Factory Occupation


As the workers' occupation continues at Vestas on the Isle of White, Energy minister Ed Miliband has announced new government finance for wind-turbine construction, and extra public funds for the Vestas wind turbine company for investment.

Carphone Warehouse: Union-Busting Scum


Carphone Warehouse victimises trade union reps

Sacked Union Activist Reinstated


After an inspiring campaign of solidarity and activism, victimised trade union activist, Rob Williams, has won his job back.

Linamar management have folded and Rob is reinstated as convenor. The news of Rob's unconditional reinstatement is a victory for all workers and militant trade unionism.

Defend Rob Williams - Trade Unionist Sacked for Fighting for Jobs!


Rush messages of support to (copy in or text 07816 134690.

Over one hundred workers have downed tools in protest against the sacking of their union convenor in South Wales. Rob Williams, a well known trade union militant and socialist working at the Linamar factory in Swansea, was summoned before management and summarily dismissed this afternoon.

Visteon support group

06/05/2009 - 7:30pm
06/05/2009 - 9:30pm

Support group meeting
Wednesday 6 May 7.30pm, upstairs at the Phoenix Millennium Centre, West Green Road, N15 (entrance on Vincent Road).

Visteon occupation film


Footage from the Enfield occupation against job losses. Workers also occupied in Belfast. Mass pickets started in Enfield on 9 April.

Series of events marking 175 years since the giant Tolpuddle Martyrs demo


There are a whole series of events commemorating the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the fight for their pardon, in and around Islington this month.

In case you had never heard of them they were six agricultural labourers arrested and transported to the penal colonies for forming a trade union in 1834... They were eventually pardoned after a huge campaign over several years.

Tube cleaners fight victimisation


The rail union RMT are asking for help to defend union members victimised for fighting low pay...

Festival to celebrate 175 years since Tolpuddle Martyrs demo

18/04/2009 - 11:00am
18/04/2009 - 9:00pm

It was 1834 and 100,000 people gathered in what was Copenhagen Fields and is now just north of King’s Cross to demand freedom for the Tolpuddle Martyrs; it is now 175 years later and residents in King’s Cross together with trades unions from all over the country are preparing to commemorate that momentous day with a march on 25 April from the Caledonian Park to Edward Square where an acoustic music festival and lots of activities will end a week of events.
Edward Square and surrounding area of Copenhagen Street, Kings Cross, London.

Left Opposition emerges in shopworkers union


USDAW bureaucracy shaken by election result

Organise 2008!

08/11/2008 - 10:00am
08/11/2008 - 5:00pm

Organise 2008!
A conference organised by trade union organisers
Saturday 8 November, 10–5pm
London Metropolitan University

Organising hospitality workers - Can it be done?

09/06/2008 - 12:45pm
09/06/2008 - 1:45pm

Film and discussion of young workers organising experiences in New Zealand, France and the UK.

Councils underestimate scale of school strike closures


[By Polly Curtis and Anthea Lipsett
Thursday April 24, 2008;]

The number of schools affected by today's teacher strike action could be many more than the 8,000 predicted, after key local authorities reported double the number turning pupils away, the Guardian can reveal.

Everybody Out - 2 - Mass Meeting Ahead of Oil Strike


[From BBC]
The strike by Unite members is due to begin on Sunday

Q&A on the Grangemouth dispute

Workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery are to hold a mass meeting ahead of a planned strike which will shut down the facility.

"NHS Together" trade union demonstration, London

03/11/2007 - 11:00am
03/11/2007 - 4:00pm

"NHS Together" trade union demonstration, London
Assemble at 11.00 at the Embankment

Freemantle care workers' march, London

10/11/2007 - 12:00pm
10/11/2007 - 2:00pm

Assemble at Watling Park (nr Burnt Oak Station, Northern Line), march leaves at 12.30
Rally at St Alphage Church Hall, Playfield Road, Edgeware HA8
Speakers: Heather Wakefield, Linda Perks, Jon Rodgers (Unison) and Eric Lee (LabourStart)

Labour Representation Ctte conference

17/11/2007 - 10:00am
17/11/2007 - 4:30pm

LRC Conference 2007: The Next Steps for the Left

Saturday 17th November


15/09/2007 - 2:30pm
15/09/2007 - 3:00pm

There will be an action for JUSTICE FOR CLEANERS this SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15th
from 2.30pm at the LLOYDS Building on 100 Leadenhall Street in the
City...nearest tube is Liverpool St.

LLOYDS are having an open day and we are going to be protesting outside.

The cleaners at LLoyds are contracted by MCLELLAN .....they are earning poverty
wages, the contractor is still refusing to sign a union recognition agreement
and allegations of harassment and intimidation have been made against
management by the cleaners.

March with the postal workers, London

21/08/2007 - 12:00pm
21/08/2007 - 2:30pm

Please note: this march has been canceled!

Preliminary details of CWU national demonstration in support of the postal
strike on 21 August.

Assemble at 12 noon, Clerkenwell Green, EC1 (nearest tube: Farringdon on
Circle, Hammersmith & CIty, and Metropolitan lines). March departs at
12.30. Circular route back to Clerkenwell Green for rally a 1.30 PM.
Speakers to be confirmed.

Further information will be available from the CWU website. Get in touch
with local CWU branches to find out about transport.

Rank and file trade union school, London

15/09/2007 - 12:00pm
15/09/2007 - 6:00pm

Saturday 15 September

Noon-6pm. St Mary’s Community Centre, 302b Upper St, London N1

Professionally-staffed creche provided

Sessions include

* Disputes: how to win them
* Pensions: a strategy to win
* Partnerships: can they work for workers?
* Equality: the fight goes on
* Iraqi trade unions: building solidarity
* Mergers, Super-unions & union structure

Organised by the Alliance for Workers' Liberty
Email for more information or to book tickets.

Repeal the anti-union laws rally, parliament

18/10/2007 - 7:00pm
18/10/2007 - 9:00pm

Rally to promote the second reading of the 'Trade union rights and freedoms bill'
Committee Room 4 at House of Commons, Westminster, London

Labour mvt conference on climate change: planning meeting

14/07/2007 - 12:45pm

Labour Movement Conference on Climate Change is set for February 2008.

There will be an open planning meeting for this conference in Birmingham on Saturday 14 July. The venue is Carrs Lane Church, Carrs Lane, Birmingham City Centre, and the start time is 12. 45pm. Please do all you can to publicise this meeting amongst your union friends and comrades. We will need to take decisions on the venue, budget, structure and publicity for the February event at this meeting. If you are planning to attend this meeting in Birmingham please let me know by email as soon as possible.

Migrant workers: new report details exploitation


A new study finds one in five migrants are working for less than £5 per hour...

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