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Combating unsafe workplaces: an interview with Janet Newsham

Every workplace is a Covid frontline, as employers try to force workers into unsafe situations. We interviewed Janet Newsham of the Hazards Campaign, which is fighting back.
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NEU: preparing for the fight of our lives

Supporting teachers to refuse unsafe work is the NEU's immediate and overwhelming priority, but we also need to learn the lessons from last June and ballot for strike action.
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‘Rewards in heaven won’t pay the bills’: priests strike in Norway

'Rewards in heaven won't pay the bills': Norwegian priests are on strike over the Christmas period over a threatened pay cut at the Church or Norway.
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Retail tales of festive frenzy

For many bookshop workers, Christmas is a season of stress and exploitation – but it could also be the perfect time to put pressure on management.

Scotland: education workers move towards strike action

Workers at all levels of Scotland's education system are preparing to fight for workplace safety and job security.
RMT members and supporters pose with banners at a picket in Longsite depot, Manchester.

Video: Rail workers strike over pay freeze

Rail maintenance workers went on strike against a pay freeze. rs21 interviewed RMT members and officials Conor Price, Clayton Clive, Michelle Rodgers and Daren Ireland at the Manchester Longsight picket line.

‘We have a right to stop’: interview with a socialist nurse

Whereas the first wave of Covid-19 was an occasion for government-sponsored jingoism, the second wave is seeing health workers abandoned and left to manage the unmanageable.
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Unemployment and class power: the example of Portugal

Worker organising in Britain will have to change to take account of rising mass unemployment. We can learn from how workers in Southern Europe faced the wave of austerity after the last economic crisis.

Tactics of resistance: occupations and sit-ins

In part one of a series looking at differing tactics for winning battles in the workplace, Bob Carter explains workplace occupations and how to make them successful.

Poland’s feminist uprising

Women in Poland are making their own cause for hope by taking the streets. rs21 spoke with several feminist activists in Polish union Inicjatywa Pracownicza about the recent wave of feminist strikes and protests.