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Pret, McColls and Welcome Break in minimum wage fail [BBC] 2021-08-05

Refusal to make contingency plans for schools during pandemic ‘unforgivable’, says report [Independent] 2021-08-04

More than half of workers feel pressure to return to offices despite concerns, report finds [Morning Star] 2021-08-03

Summer holidays unaffordable for millions of people in full-time work in Britain [Morning Star] 2021-08-02

Army of invisible​, yet indispensible​, cleaners, porters and caterers must be included in NHS pay award [UNISON] 2021-08-02

Don't end furlough, adapt it to avoid a bleak autumn and provide longer-term support for workers [Unite the union] 2021-07-31

Ballot over parity pay for HGV drivers could hit deliveries to 1,500 convenience stores in London and south east, Unite warns [Unite the union] 2021-07-30

TUC – universal credit cut will hit millions of working families and key workers [TUC] 2021-07-29

TUC calls for ban on use of umbrella companies to employ agency workers [The Guardian] 2021-07-29

Unions could have helped to avoid this ‘pingdemic’ mess – but no one asked them [Guardian] 2021-07-27

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Today's labour news


BALPA response to updated travel rules 5 August 2021-08-06 [BALPA]

Bectu responds to DCMS claim of visa free travel for short term tours in 19 EU member states 2021-08-06 [bectu]

GMB warn price cap rise would be more evidence of 'shambolic' policies 2021-08-06 [GMB]

Northern Ireland Linden Foods: Man dies after incident at Granville site 2021-08-05 [BBC]

Rolls Royce Barnoldswick protest to be held as strikes over site’s future resume 2021-08-05 [Unite the union]

Support with summer childcare 2021-08-05 [PCS]

Ministers and bosses ‘dragging feet’ on HGV driver crisis as threat of industrial action grows, says Unite 2021-08-05 [Unite the union]

Strike action goes ahead on Hull Trains on Sunday 2021-08-05 [RMT]

Huge scale of UK green job losses show government leading country ‘wrong way’ on low carbon revolution 2021-08-05 [Unite the union]

New nuclear jobs now needed to meet net zero 2021-08-05 [GMB]

John Lewis among 191 firms named and shamed for not paying minimum wage - see list 2021-08-05 [Mirror]

Most adults in Britain support a ‘right to disconnect’ law, new research reveals 2021-08-05 [Morning Star]

Starmer warned plans to avert climate crisis not good enough, after the Labour leader slammed the Tories’ record on green jobs 2021-08-05 [Morning Star]

Pret, McColls and Welcome Break in minimum wage fail 2021-08-05 [BBC]

Banbury coffee workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of deal that removes ‘fire and rehire’ 2021-08-04 [Unite the union]

Government agrees to vaccination of 16-17 year-olds 2021-08-04 [NEU]

Health organisations stand together against abuse 2021-08-04 [RCM]

  JOB   TUC hiring web assistant 2021-08-04 [TUC]

Refusal to make contingency plans for schools during pandemic ‘unforgivable’, says report 2021-08-04 [Independent]

More than half of workers feel pressure to return to offices despite concerns, report finds 2021-08-03 [Morning Star]

Scotland Unions vow to strike if nationalised ScotRail costs frontline jobs 2021-08-03 [The Times]

England Burton Latimer: Weetabix strike action over pay suspended 2021-08-03 [BBC]

Secrets and lies – are Boris’ assurances that journalists won’t be treated as spies believable? 2021-08-03 [NUJ]

Summer holidays unaffordable for millions of people in full-time work in Britain 2021-08-02 [Morning Star]

Scotland Overwhelming majority of Scottish government workers want four-day work week, research finds 2021-08-02 [Morning Star]

More than 650,000 jobs likely to still need furlough when scheme ends in September 2021-08-02 [ntia]

Army of invisible​, yet indispensible​, cleaners, porters and caterers must be included in NHS pay award 2021-08-02 [UNISON]

Union calls on private NHS employers to match public-sector pay rises 2021-08-02 [Guardian]

RMT on ACAS Tube strike talks this morning 2021-08-02 [RMT]

Pay rise for Aldi lorry drivers amid shortage 2021-08-01 [BBC]

Ealing Serco parking strikes suspended as hopes of peace deal rise 2021-08-01 [Unite the union]

RMT East Midlands senior conductors stand solid on twelfth week of action 2021-08-01 [RMT]

Labour will end the UK’s bogus system of different employment statuses 2021-07-31 [Guardian]

Don't end furlough, adapt it to avoid a bleak autumn and provide longer-term support for workers 2021-07-31 [Unite the union]

Malta: state responsible for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder 2021-07-31 [NUJ]

BALPA response to updated travel rules for fully vaccinated EU and US passengers 2021-07-30 [BALPA]

‘Pandemic profiteering has to stop’ 2021-07-30 [RMT]

End Sizewell uncertainty to secure more than 25,000 jobs before project collapses 2021-07-30 [GMB]

Continuing growth of empty shops further demonstrates the need for an industrial strategy for retail 2021-07-30 [USDAW]

Ballot over parity pay for HGV drivers could hit deliveries to 1,500 convenience stores in London and south east, Unite warns 2021-07-30 [Unite the union]

Strike action and rally at Royal Parks 2021-07-30 [PCS]

England Tower Hamlets strike called off after turnout for union ballot is too low 2021-07-30 [East London Advertiser]

London - Night Tube strike talks at ACAS tomorrow 2021-07-29 [RMT]

TUC – universal credit cut will hit millions of working families and key workers 2021-07-29 [TUC]

England 'Severe disruption' Tube warning if drivers strike next week 2021-07-29 [ITV News]

England TfL warns of 'severe disruption' over planned Tube strikes 2021-07-29 [LBC]

Scotland Prospect members at HIAL forced into strike action to protect jobs 2021-07-29 [Prospect]

Gloucester UPS strikes suspended as peace talks progress 2021-07-29 [Unite the union]

Eurostar: rail unions unite for public meeting 2021-07-29 [TSSA]

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This month in labour history


6-08-1914 The Labour Leader, the newspaper of the Independent Labour Party, publishes an anti-war appeal to workers. [more]

8-08-1920 The country sees large 'citizen demonstrations' against intervention in Soviet Russia. [more]

8-08-1842 Thousands of mill and factory workers across Lancashire walk out in support of the People's Charter. [more]

9-08-1920 The TUC and the Labour Party agree to move a resolution for a general strike if Britain declares war on Soviet Russia. [more]

11-08-1917 LAbour politician Arthur Henderson resigns from the war cabinet over its refusal to allow workers' representatives to attend the Stockholm peace conference. [more]

12-08-1933 London taxi drivers go on strike against the wishes of their union. [more]

13-08-1889 The beginning of the great dockers strike [more]

16-08-1819 Yeoman attack a crowd gathered in MAnchester to demand parliamentary reform, in what becomes known as the Peterloo Massacre. [more]

23-08-1976 Fifty workers at the Grunwick film processing plant in north west London go on strike for the right to join a trade union. [more]