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London Overground ticket offices saved

25 April 2019

Rail unions were claiming victory over the Easter weekend after the announcement that 47 of the 51 ticket offices slated for closure on London Overground will be retained.

A year for engineering

26 April 2018

A new campaign aims to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

Real earnings slump for Londoners

10 July 2017

A survey of average earnings across London’s 32 boroughs by the GMB union shows London in a very different light from the usual picture of the capital as a thriving business centre.

London rebuilt

6 September 2016

As London commemorates 350 years since the Great Fire of 2 September 1666, we are reminded of what a real catastrophe looks like – unlike the spurious and risible warnings of the “disaster” of Brexit.

Rail company declares war on staff

4 June 2016

Britain’s biggest rail franchise company, Govia Thameslink Railway, has launched an all-out war on its staff. Now the High Court has entered the fray, barring drivers’ union ASLEF from taking industrial action.

Camden wardens break through 'living wage' barrier

20 October 2015

Traffic wardens working for outsourcing company NSL in Camden, north London, have agreed a settlement which breaks through the ceiling of the “London living wage” and avoids the need for further strike action.

London teachers launch housing campaign

19 September 2015

Teachers can’t afford London, says the newly formed London Teachers’ Housing Campaign, as tthe average price of a home soars above £500,000 and rents continue to rise by over 10 per cent a year.

River staff threaten strike action

31 August 2015

Crew members and others who staff some of the Thames river boats, such as Thames Clippers and City Cruises, have voted unanimously to go out on strike for improved pay and conditions.

Mayor removed after blistering court judgement

4 May 2015

The directly elected mayor of East London borough Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was summarily removed from office when an election court found him guilty of corrupt practices at the end of April.

London-wide bus walkout over pay and conditions

9 January 2015

With the announcement by Unite of a London-wide bus drivers’ strike on 13 January the stage is now set for a key confrontation in the capital’s public transport. The 27,000 drivers work for 18 different companies, and want to end big discrepancies in pay with a single agreement for all.

Ferry workers vote on strike

9 January 2015

Unite members working on the Woolwich Ferry crossing in London are balloting for strike action over sick pay and the company’s use of agency staff.

London: the capital of poverty

14 December 2014

The Greater London Authority’s recent update on poverty in London makes stark reading. Despite being the play bauble of the world’s rich, London remains one of the most deprived areas in Britain.

Museum workers speak up over swingeing cuts

9 December 2014

Like many other cultural institutions, the British Library at St Pancras in London has faced swingeing cuts under this government – and seen its grant cut every year since 2010.

London mayor ‘risking lives’

20 November 2014

The Mayor of London has been accused of risking lives with fire brigade response times rising in the wake of 10 station closures and the withdrawal of 13 further engines earlier this year.

Bill to open up land grab

An amendment to the Infrastructure Bill going through parliament will allow Boris Johnson or his successor as Mayor of London to acquire land held by all public bodies in London. The prime target for this land grab will be the estates of NHS properties in London estimated as being worth over £50 million.

Sport billionaires welcome

No sooner is the World Cup a mere dot on television screens than Boris Johnson, soon to be forgotten Mayor of London, is jostling for space in the sporting arena by promoting Formula One racing on London’s streets.

Second strike at TfL

Travel centres at stations across the capital were disrupted on 13 June in what the unions involved have dubbed a “let them eat cake” dispute at Transport for London.

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