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BECTU has launched a consultation with its members to determine how it provides guidance to freelance workers going forwards after the high profile collapse of Halo VFX 2019-03-20 [BECTU]

Water companies must plug 3 billion litre leaks to stop UK running out of water says GMB 2019-03-20 [GMB]

Offensive Weapons Bill - Usdaw urges the Government to follow through on promises 2019-03-19 [USDAW]

Manufacturing jobs crisis as job figures show 24,000 jobs gone in six months 2019-03-19 [Unite the union]

Coventry Council - must investigate Bullying 'epidemic' 2019-03-19 [GMB]

All you need to know about the pay ballot and how to vote 2019-03-19 [PCS]

Government mishandling of Brexit is casting shadow over UK economy, says TUC 2019-03-19 [TUC]

I'm taking Friday off – permanently 2019-03-19 [International Politics and Society]

Interserve handed £660 million taxpayer contracts months before facing collapse 2019-03-19 [GMB]

Crawley housing maintenance workers planning industrial action over poverty pay 2019-03-19 [Unite the union]

Empty words don’t pay the bills Sir Mark 2019-03-18 [PCS]

Independent Rail Watchdog Small Step Forward - Cortes 2019-03-18 [TSSA]

McCluskey: UK in the grip of manufacturing emergency - we must Save Honda 2019-03-18 [Unite the union]

Ballot opens today look out for your envelope through the post 2019-03-18 [PCS]

Interserve given 'public contracts worth £660m in run-up to collapse' 2019-03-18 [Guardian]

Leading the anti-racist struggle 2019-03-17 [CWU]

RMT sends out message of support to campaigners marching against racism 2019-03-17 [RMT]

TSSA in Dispute Over Union Busting Transfer 2019-03-16 [TSSA]

Ten colleges face strike action in third wave of walkouts 2019-03-16 [UCU]

Government must sit down with unions to protect Interserve jobs, says TUC 2019-03-16 [TUC]

Unite demands urgent Interserve administrator meeting following company’s collapse 2019-03-15 [Unite the union]

UNISON urges vigilance as new minimum wages rates are due 2019-03-15 [UNISON]

Ministers have learned nothing as Interserve faces collapse 2019-03-15 [GMB]

Interserve to go into administration - employs 45,000 people in the UK 2019-03-15 [Guardian]

Rail union RMT on confirmation Interserve has collapsed into administration 2019-03-15 [RMT]

Brexit limbo makes pay vote win more crucial 2019-03-15 [PCS]

RMT warns that privatised buses are failing the nation 2019-03-14 [RMT]

Environment Agency staff vote on strike action over pay 2019-03-14 [UNISON]

Shell chief's pay doubles to 143 times average UK employee's 2019-03-14 [BBC]

Govia Thameslink faces £5m fine over 2018 timetable chaos 2019-03-14 [Guardian]

Govia Timetable Chaos Fine Is Meaningless - Cortes 2019-03-14 [TSSA]

RMT renews nationalisation call as ORR fine GTR 2019-03-14 [RMT]

UN Special Rapporteur on Iran 'deplores' persecution of BBC Persian staff & families 2019-03-14 [NUJ]

Reps from Natural England launch report in the House of Commons 2019-03-14 [Prospect]

Union ballot launched for BT members to reject its People Framework plans 2019-03-14 [BECTU]

Teaching unions deeply disappointed after Hammond ignores school funding crisis 2019-03-14 [Morning Star]

Chancellor ignores the retail crisis and offers little to low-paid workers 2019-03-14 [USDAW]

Plans to ban gas hearing in new homes must be put on hold 2019-03-13 [GMB]

Pilots warn drone operators not to fall foul of new laws 2019-03-13 [BALPA]

Why has Theresa May decided to slash import tariffs for no-deal Brexit? 2019-03-13 [ITV]

Usdaw calls for talks with Lidl over plans to move a warehouse from Lutterworth to Peterborough 2019-03-13 [USDAW]

Little today for struggling local services, says UNISON 2019-03-13 [UNISON]

Hazards Conference UK’s biggest event for trade union safety reps and activists 2019-03-13 [Hazards Campaign]

​​​​​​​Government’s tariff plans would devastate manufacturing industries, say unions 2019-03-13 [TUC]

Union deplores weak legal protection of academic freedom 2019-03-13 [EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL]

GMB responds to the second huge Parliamentary defeat for May's Brexit deal 2019-03-12 [GMB]

Firefighters slam 'incomprehensible' further cuts to the fire service 2019-03-12 [FBU]

Usdaw challenges the Chancellor to 'save our shops' and address the squeeze on workers' incomes 2019-03-12 [USDAW]

Taxi union RMT postpones planned Birmingham protests tomorrow 2019-03-12 [RMT]

Chancellor should ditch the two-child limit to universal credit and tax credits, says UNISON 2019-03-12 [UNISON]

This month in labour history

1-03-1912 The Miners Federation of Great Britain commences the first national coalminers' strike, for a minimum wage. [more]

3-03-1985 A Special Delegate Conference of the NUM votes by 98-91 for a return to work after the year-long miners' strike. [more]

11-03-2014 Bob Crow - RMT leader died [more]