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20 December 2011

TUC lobby demands no retreat on pensions

Hundreds of rank and file union members lobbied the TUC's Public Services Liaison Group, angry at the prospect of their leadership agreeing to a rotten deal, writes Rob Williams, NSSN

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7 December 2011

Defend the JIB, victory to the sparks!

Electricians working for Balfour Beatty (BBES) have spoken for all electricians in the construction industry and voted overwhelmingly to strike to defend their national pay agreements - the Joint Industry Board (JIB), writes Rob Williams, Chair, National Shop Stewards Network.

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Construction electricians protest outside Balfour Beatty

19 October 2011

Construction protests continue and Unite declares strike ballot (report with video)

This week's protest at Blackfriars Balfour Beatty site began in full darkness at 6:30am this morning.

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Tony Woodley, Socialist Party member Rob Williams and Len McCluskey (back) address a Visteon pensions lobby at Unite conference, photo Mike Gard

Tony Woodley, Socialist Party member Rob Williams and Len McCluskey (back) address a Visteon pensions lobby at Unite conference, photo Mike Gard

4 August 2010

Unite general secretary election

In an article in issue 632 of The Socialist, Kevin Parslow outlined reasons why Socialist Party members in the Unite trade union are supporting Len McCluskey in the general secretary (GS) election...

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26 July 2010

Swansea trades council launches anti-cuts campaign

On Wednesday 21 July delegates to Swansea trades council decided to launch a campaign to defend public sector jobs and the important services that public sector workers provide...

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21 July 2010

Swansea Linamar

Workers at the Linamar car parts plant in Swansea voted overwhelmingly to reluctantly accept the company's closure terms, at a mass meeting on Monday 12 July...

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14 July 2010

Swansea Linamar plant: Reluctant vote for redundancy

Workers at the Linamar car parts plant in Swansea voted overwhelmingly to reluctantly accept the company's closure terms, at a mass meeting on Monday 12 July...

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8 July 2010

Linamar announces closure in Swansea: Union prepares challenge

208 workers at the Linamar plant in Swansea, and their families, face the dole as the Canadian car parts company announced the closure of the Swansea plant by the end of this year on Wednesday 7 July, writes Alec Thraves.

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Socialist Party member Rob Williams and Tony Woodley, Unite joint general secretary,  speak at a rally for Viseton workers at Unite conference 2010, photo Mike Gard

Rob Williams withTony Woodley, photo Mike Gard

16 June 2010

Come to the NSSN conference

Prepare for the battles ahead: The fourth annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) takes place in London on Saturday 26 June, writes Rob Williams (pictured left), Unite convenor, Linamar Swansea, personal capacity.

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12 May 2010

Swansea: Potential new members

As expected, our Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition result in Swansea West followed a national pattern of being squeezed by the main parties, writes Swansea Socialist Party.

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10 May 2010

Election results in Swansea West put down a marker for the future

As expected, our TUSC result in Swansea West followed a national pattern of being squeezed by the main parties...

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5 May 2010

Swansea Trade Union Council anti-cuts demo

Up to 200 trade unionists, young people and community campaigners marched in Swansea today against the Lib Dem councils cuts...

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7 April 2010

Ex-Visteon workers continue fight for pensions

Hundreds of Visteon pensioners and their supporters marched through central London on 31 March to protest against cuts in their pensions due to the greed of their previous employers, Ford, writes Alec Thraves.

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Visteon Pensioners protest

22 January 2010

Visteon pensioners protest

About 300 Visteon pensioners from Swansea, Basildon & Enfield along with supporting trade unionists protested today outside the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff, writes Rob Williams, Socialist Party Wales and Linamar UNITE convenor.

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9 September 2009

Unite election: United Left hustings

Next year, Unite members will elect a general secretary designate who will eventually take over from retiring joint general secretaries Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson, writes Kevin Parslow.

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Rob Williams addresses Linamar workers at a rally in support of him, photo Sarah Mayo

Rob Williams addresses Linamar workers at a rally in support of him, photo Sarah Mayo

17 June 2009

Victory at Linamar! Rob Williams reinstated

ROB WILLIAMS, the Unite trade union convenor at the Linamar car components factory in Swansea, Wales, has won a stunning victory in his fight for reinstatement...

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11 June 2009

Rob Williams' unconditional reinstatement is a victory for all workers

Rob Williams, leading Socialist Party member and vice-chair of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), has won his campaign against Linamar management in Swansea, who summarily sacked him without notice for an "irretrievable breakdown of trust"...

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Rob Williams at the National Shop Stewards Network meeting after the Jobs demo in Birmingham called by the Unite trade union, photo Paul Mattsson

10 June 2009

Victory at Linamar! Rob Williams reinstated

100% Victory! Rob Williams has been unconditionally reinstated.

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10 June 2009

Reinstate Rob Williams now! Support Linamar strikers

STOP PRESS: ROB HAS BEEN REINSTATED! WORKERS AT the Linamar car components plant in Swansea are taking indefinite strike action from Thursday 11 June to get their sacked Unite trade union convenor, Rob Williams, a long-standing Socialist Party member, reinstated, writes Alec Thraves, Socialist Party secretary, Wales.

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Linamar support for Rob Williams. Photo Sarah Mayo

5 June 2009

Action to defend union rights

Update - Rob Williams reinstated. Workers at Linamar voted to strike in support of their sacked convenor.

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