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Nurse who cared for Boris Johnson resigns over ‘lack of respect’ for NHS workers [The Guardian] 2021-05-18

Supreme Court to hear landmark case for compensation following breach of trade union rights [Unite the union] 2021-05-18

Historic victory for Go North West bus drivers over ‘fire and rehire’ [Morning Star] 2021-05-18

Long working hours killing 745,000 people a year, study finds [BBC] 2021-05-17

Public warned of Covid complacency as restaurants and pubs prepare for indoor service from Monday [Unite the union] 2021-05-15

Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic [TUC] 2021-05-14

Only 1 in 218 workplaces inspected for safety failures during pandemic, TUC finds [Morning Star] 2021-05-13

West Midlands Railway sent staff fake bonus email in cyber-security test [BBC] 2021-05-12

GDP: government should raise key worker pay to help recovery gain speed [TUC] 2021-05-12

TUC – government has 'rowed back on promise' to boost workers’ rights [TUC] 2021-05-11

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Nurse who cared for Boris Johnson resigns over ‘lack of respect’ for NHS workers 2021-05-18 [The Guardian]

Northern Ireland Bread supplies hit as Hovis Belfast strike continues 2021-05-18 [British Baker]

Modern slavery survivors face ‘significant barriers’ to accessing legal advice, finds report 2021-05-18 [Independent]

Huge victory at Manchester Go North West as Unite defeats fire and rehire to end strike 2021-05-18 [Unite the union]

Supreme Court to hear landmark case for compensation following breach of trade union rights 2021-05-18 [Unite the union]

Historic victory for Go North West bus drivers over ‘fire and rehire’ 2021-05-18 [Morning Star]

Higher education staff reject 1.5% pay offer 2021-05-18 [UNISON]

No need for return to offices 2021-05-18 [PCS]

New figures show the reality of the Great British Rail Rip Off 2021-05-18 [RMT]

Gig economy couriers should be eligible for a pension, says UK regulator 2021-05-18 [The Guardian]

Most people in UK didn’t work from home in 2020, says ONS 2021-05-17 [The Guardian]

Usdaw highlights the unequal impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBT+ workers 2021-05-17 [USDAW]

RMT calls for zero tolerance of any breach of transport Covid safety measures 2021-05-17 [RMT]

Long working hours killing 745,000 people a year, study finds 2021-05-17 [BBC]

UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workers 2021-05-17 [Guardian]

Mass return to work in jobcentres to be imposed from 17 May 2021-05-16 [PCS]

'Disappointing' council pay offer ignores huge Covid effort of workforce 2021-05-16 [Unite the union]

Wales TUC Statement: We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people 2021-05-16 [Wales TUC]

Abellio Scotrail - RMT strike action remains solid 2021-05-16 [RMT]

Cease Israeli government violence against civilians in Palestine 2021-05-15 [PCS]

Public warned of Covid complacency as restaurants and pubs prepare for indoor service from Monday 2021-05-15 [Unite the union]

Usdaw asks how many more major high street brands do we have to lose before the Government acts 2021-05-15 [USDAW]

Public warned of Covid complacency as restaurants and pubs prepare for indoor service from Monday 2021-05-15 [Unite the union]

NUJ to publish protocol with private security workers 2021-05-15 [NUJ]

England Defend History and Language provision at Aston University 2021-05-15 [Univ and College Union]

Northern Ireland Union warns of bread shortages as Hovis workers strike over pay dispute 2021-05-14 [British Baker]

TUC warns Covid-related working from home trend could lead to new ‘class divide’ 2021-05-14 [Morning Star]

Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic 2021-05-14 [TUC]

Scotland ScotRail scab managers given packed lunches 2021-05-14 [RMT]

Essential workers fighting to defend their pay from Thurrock Council bosses resolve to continue strike action 2021-05-14 [Unite the union]

BALPA calls for clarity and confidence amidst confusion and lack of international co-ordination 2021-05-14 [BALPA]

Foodbank users lived on less than £250 a month at the beginning of the pandemic, charity finds 2021-05-13 [Morning Star]

RMT uncovers illegal employment practices in the offshore supply chain 2021-05-13 [RMT]

Covid lateral flow home test kits being launched for Royal Mail workers 2021-05-13 [CWU]

Invest in NHS staff or waiting lists won’t shorten 2021-05-13 [UNISON]

Union warns of likelihood of bread shortages in Northern Ireland 2021-05-13 [Unite the union]

Government police cuts have contributed to a weak response to retail crime 2021-05-13 [USDAW]

Israel must be held accountable for its crimes against journalists and civilians 2021-05-13 [NUJ]

Electric wheelchair warning as Dudley firm ballots for strike action 2021-05-13 [Unite the union]

UNISON’s NEC election ballot helpline is now open 2021-05-13 [UNISON]

Rail- Need for high safety standards across the rail industry 2021-05-13 [RMT]

Only 1 in 218 workplaces inspected for safety failures during pandemic, TUC finds 2021-05-13 [Morning Star]

Spycops's practice of stealing dead children’s identities was inspired by The Day of the Jackal, inquest hears 2021-05-12 [Morning Star]

Scotland Zero Covid Scotland: Letter to the First Minister 2021-05-12 [Zero Covid Scotland]

West Midlands Railway sent staff fake bonus email in cyber-security test 2021-05-12 [BBC]

UNISON responds to the situation in East Jerusalem and Gaza 2021-05-12 [UNISON]

TUC: Stop Israeli Government Violence Against Palestinians 2021-05-12 [TUC]

BT strike ballot scheduled for early June if no agreement reached 2021-05-12 [CWU]

GDP: government should raise key worker pay to help recovery gain speed 2021-05-12 [TUC]

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This month in labour history


4-05-1926 For the first and so far only time in British history, the TUC calls millions of workers out in a general strike, in support of coal miners. [more]

5-05-1882 Sylvia Pankhurst, suffragette and revolutionary socialist, is born. [more]

10-05-1920 Dockers refused to load arms shipments to be used by White armies in Russia. [more]

14-05-1771 Socialist philanthropist Robert Owen is born [more]

30-05-1984 Miners leader Arthur Scargill, along with 81 other pickets, is arrested at the Orgreave coking plant in South Yorkshire. [more]