Coordinated efforts to undermine #CammellLaird strikers pt1: Twitter accounts spring up to troll

Union members at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead are united in a rolling strike action to defend their jobs after the company announced plans to make around forty percent of the workforce redundant just after winning a huge £619 million contract. Unions say that the redundancies are part of a move by the shipyard […]

Impact: unions say Cammell ran short of gas even on day 1 of strike as lorries turned back

A Unite picketer and a lorry attempting to enter Unite and GMB members have been picketing the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead since Monday as part of rolling strike action in response to the company’s plan to impose almost three hundred redundancies not long after winning a new £619 million project. That action appears to […]

Laird threatening staff with dismissal for talking to press about redundancies

Unite and GMB workers are staging a rolling strike and picket outside the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead after the company announced plans to make almost three hundred staff redundant shortly after winning a new £619 million project. Union members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action. A document has emerged showing that the company has threatened […]

Cammell Laird workers hold mass walk-out today to defend their jobs

  Workers at the Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside face the loss of almost three hundred jobs – just after the company won a new £619 million contract. Unions have accused the company of seeking to increase its casualised workforce and pad its profits. Today the shipyard’s union members will show solidarity in a mass […]

Video: New Foreign Secretary Hunt tells Chinese officials his Chinese wife is… Japanese

Hunt (left) bows his head after his mistake If you were hoping for a less inept Foreign Secretary now that Jeremy Hunt has replaced Boris Johnson, you haven’t been watching the NHS – and your hopes will be dashed. Jeremy Hunt’s wife Lucia Guo is Chinese. They have been married since 2009. Hunt was meeting […]

Staff win battle to stay in NHS: shock cancellation of Trust’s transfer plan

At the beginning of this week, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust (WWL) issued a notification to staff who had been on a series of strikes to try to prevent their forcible transfer out of the NHS to a private company employer. The Trust CEO’s email – a body-blow to deeply-committed cleaners, porters, domestic and […]

WWL NHS Trust trolls workers striking to stay in the NHS

NHS staff in the north-west are striking against a decision by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust to transfer their employment out of the NHS to a new limited company set up by the trust to exploit tax rules. Estates and facilities, porters, domestic and catering staff – among the lowest-paid in the NHS – […]

Liverpool’s most right-dominated CLP swings left

Liverpool’s famous skyline, turned red Liverpool Riverside CLP – whose MP Louise Ellman is considered on the hard right of the party – has long been the most right-dominated CLP (constituency Labour party) in Liverpool, in spite of a majority-left membership. The CLP was suspended over what turned out to be entirely unsupported allegations against […]

Guest post pt 2: understanding Labour heartlands, winning back UKIP vote

In a follow-up to his first hard-hitting guest post, South Yorkshire teacher, Labour voter and trade union activist Andy Searson moves from analysis of the working-class Brexit vote and why New Labour lost the working class to what Labour as a radical movement needs to do to reconnect with those communities and win back votes […]

Breaking: Heidi Alexander gone – to Khan’s office

Heidi Alexander As predicted on the SKWAWKBOX a couple of weeks ago, former Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander has quit and will be joining London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office as Deputy Mayor for Transport: Ms Alexander’s recent career as an MP will be remembered for her resignation as part of the 2016 ‘chicken coup’ and […]