Posts under ‘Trade Unions’

How far did blacklisting extend outside construction?

by Michael Meacher.

It was originally assumed that blacklisting was a secret tool used by construction companies – Balfour Beatty, Costain, McAlpine, Skanska, Carillion, Kier and over 30 others – to keep out people they didn’t want. To achieve this the euphemistically named Consulting Association over 16 years (1993-2009) complied a database on thousands of construction workers who […]

On austerity, the Labour-union link and the threat of state funding political parties

by Billy Hayes.

This is an abridged version of the speech by Billy Hayes to yesterday’s conference and AGM of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) It is a privilege to address your conference. CLPD gives coherence to everything the left stands for inside of the party – to be practical, effective and principled. There is no difference […]

TUC expresses solidarity with Greece; Labour remains silent

by Jon Lansman.

The TUC General Council this week expressed its solidarity with the people and trade unions of Greece in no uncertain terms. If only the political wing of the Labour movement would follow suit! Some Labour MPs have individually signed a supportive early day motion but even they are surprisingly few. We’d urge readers to do […]

Using public procurement for a fairer Scotland

by Dave Watson.

More than £10bn of Scottish taxpayers cash goes on buying goods and services in the private sector. This procurement activity could do much more to deliver the Scottish Government and other public bodies policy aims. Last year the Scottish Parliament passed the Procurement Reform Act and the EU passed a new Procurement Directive. These provide […]

Labour 6:1 in favour of a public railway, stronger unions and an end to austerity

by Jon Lansman.

Earlier this week we reported that, following Syriza‘s remarkable victory in Greece on a platform of ending austerity and greater state intervention in the economy, 15 Labour MPs including Michael Meacher had called for a similar change in direction here. They issued a statement calling for an alternative to austerity, for public ownership of the railways and for a […]

As Syriza win on an anti-austerity platform in Greece, Labour MPs seek a change in direction here

by Jon Lansman.

As Syriza wins a remarkable victory in Greece on a platform of ending austerity and greater state intervention in the economy, fifteen Labour MPs have today expressed concerns about elements of Labour’s policy agenda, and proposed a change of course in three key areas. They have issued a statement calling for an alternative to austerity, for public […]

20,000 London bus workers go on strike – with the public on their side

by Jon Lansman.

Picket lines were in place across London’s 70 bus garages today as over 20,000 bus workers working for 18 bus operators take part in a 24 hour strike to end unfair pay disparities across the capital’s bus network. With very solid support for the strike the bus workers’ union Unite urged TfL and the mayor of London […]

The scandal over City Link shows private equity at its worst

by Michael Meacher.

Jon Moulton, long-time Tory party donor till 2012 when he absconded to UKIP, owner of the private equity company Better Capital (sic!) that controls City Link, perfectly portrays how capitalists like him, when the going gets rough, abandon all sense of responsibility towards the 2,760 workers losing their jobs because of his managerial incompetence, transfer […]

Neil Findlay launches new charter of workers rights

by Jon Lansman.

Neil Findlay has today launched a new charter for workers rights in Scotland “to make work fit for the 21st century”. If he wins the leadership, he promises Scottish Labour will reconnect with working Scotland and put practical policies in place to make a difference to people’s lives from day one. The charter includes calls for greater […]

Pandering to xenophobia is rooted in an acceptance of austerity and recession

by Kate Hudson.

Many on the left will be dismayed by the furore surrounding Emily Thornberry’s recent tweet. Whatever the thinking behind the posting of the image, the reality is that the Labour leadership’s subsequent actions have come to symbolise the latest shameful stage in the race to the bottom over immigration. How the Labour leadership has allowed […]

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