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20 January 2021

Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action

The future of the Rolls-Royce factory in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, and its 350 jobs has been secured after a deal was agreed between the workers' union Unite and the company

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4 November 2020

Optare strikers escalate their action

At a meeting held on the picket line on 30 October, workers at bus manufacturer Optare in Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds voted to escalate their ongoing strike action in their long-running pay dispute from two days a week, to four days a week, starting from 16 November.

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1 July 2020

Plastic waste ignored

Plastic waste pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing society. So why the lack of enthusiasm by the government to curb manufacturing practices that generate tonnes of it which leech into the air, waterways, oceans and food?

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31 March 2020

Bosses concede to walkouts in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland virtually every manufacturer continued to operate as normal following the coronavirus lockdown, which led to rising confusion and then mounting anger

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19 June 2019

Ford Bridgend workers vote to fight to save threatened plant

Following a series of mass meetings on 12 June, Unite members at the Ford plant in Bridgend decided overwhelmingly to fight the closure of the engine factory, writes Alex Wedlake, Unite Young Members national committee (personal capacity).

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12 June 2019

Nationalise Ford to prevent closure

The announcement that Ford Bridgend is to close is the latest in a series of blows to manufacturing workers.

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20 February 2019

Nationalise Airbus and other manufacturing plants to save jobs now!

Thousands of jobs at plane manufacturer Airbus are under threat after the company announced it is ending production of its A380 passenger jet after failing to secure orders from the Emirates airline and others

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Climate Change  strike on 15th March 2019, London, photo by Paul Mattsson

Climate Change strike on 15th March 2019, London, photo by Paul Mattsson

16 November 2018

Climate Change strike on 15th March 2019, London, photo by Paul Mattsson

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31 October 2018

'Lucas Plan' film tells story of workers who set out alternative to job losses

Film review: The plan that came from the bottom up: 'The plan that came from the bottom up' is a new film about the 'Lucas Plan', developed by shop stewards at Lucas Aerospace in the Midlands in 1976, to make socially useful products rather than armaments used to kill people.

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27 April 2018

British capitalism in crisis

27) That is not to suggest, as the capitalist remainers do, that the crisis of British capitalism is caused by Brexit

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7 March 2018

May's EU speech kicks the can down the road

The closing line of Theresa May's speech - "now let's get on with it" - will have led to jeers of frustration from any workers listening.

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24 January 2018

May's "war on plastic" still puts profits before the planet

A rapidly growing mountain of plastic waste is polluting the world's land and oceans

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18 October 2017

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

Arms manufacturer BAE Systems has announced that up to 2,000 jobs will be cut in locations across the UK. These job cuts will have a devastating effect on the lives of workers losing their livelihood but will also have a wider impact on the local economy.

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6 October 2017

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

A trade dispute is threatening thousands of Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland.

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30 August 2017

China: debt crisis, state repression and the prospects for workers' struggle

The ideas of Trotsky's 'permanent revolution' are more applicable in China today in the struggle to transform what is a unique form of state-capitalist dictatorship

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10 July 2017

Vote for action to save Ford plant

Ballot papers go out at the end of this week to Bridgend Ford workers

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25 January 2017

2016 hottest year on record, air poisonous

Only socialist planning can end profit-driven pollution: There is strong evidence that 2016 was the hottest year on record. Meanwhile, in 2017, part of London breached EU limits on annual hours of toxic air in just five days

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30 November 2016

Brexit spin: demand a real workers' exit

Editorial of the Socialist: Tory Chancellor Phillip Hammond's Autumn Statement estimated the cost of the Brexit vote at 59 billion - to come out of the pockets of working-class people.

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10 August 2016

Samworth Brothers step up bullying and intimidation of workers

Trade unions like the bakers' union (BFAWU) exist to defend and extend the rights of workers This is why Samworth Brothers, one of Leicestershire's biggest food manufacturing companies, is trying to bully their employees at Kettleby Foods into backing-down from their perfectly reasonable demands for collective bargaining rights.

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15 June 2016

GMB backs no-cuts budgets and steel nationalisation

Taste for socialism at union's 2016 conference: GMB congress passed key motions on no-cuts budgets and steel, but unfortunately backed Trident renewal and the EU Remain campaign.

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