Posts under ‘Trade Unions’

How can we resist the Trade Union Bill?

by Keith Ewing and John Hendy.

Trade unionists met at the NUT’s Mander Hall in central London last week, united in their fury about Tory attacks on their civil liberties. What is at stake is an attempt to silence the trade union political voice and to emasculate its industrial power. Neither will succeed — trade unions are too important and their support […]

British democracy requires a Corbyn victory

by Andy Newman.

Yesterday marked a turning point in the Labour leadership battle. Neither of the trade unions with a leaning towards the Blairite wing of the party backed Liz Kendall. Community announced that they were backing Yvette Cooper, and Usdaw announced that they were backing Andy Burnham. This follows Kendall’s relatively poor performance in gaining nominations from […]

Cameron’s Trade Union Bill is part of the government’s privatisation agenda

by Patrick Smith.

The Conservative’s Trade Union Bill will have its first reading in parliament today. It has been described in today’s Daily Mail as “Cameron’s War on the strike bullies” and has been justified by the Business Secretary as “protecting working people” from the trade unions. The bill would impose a minimum 50% turnout, public sector strikes […]

Jeremy Corbyn in his own words

by Heiko Khoo.

This is how Jeremy Corbyn introduced himself in the Newsnight Labour leadership debate on 17 June: “I was first elected to Parliament 32 years ago, and I’ve spent that time in Parliament representing my constituency and standing up for rights and justice in Britain and all around the world. I believe that is the function of […]

Unite members call for backing for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader

by Newsdesk.

United Left, the broad left of Unite the Union to which a majority of the union’s executive council belong, has called on Labour MPs to switch their nomination to Jeremy Corbyn, so that he can achieve the 35 nominations necessary to stand in the leadership election. Martin Mayer, who chairs United Left and is also a member […]

Orgreave – the IPPC and DPP are not fit for purpose

by Michael Meacher.

Accountability in Britain has reached a new nadir today. The report that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) refuses to investigate claims of police criminality at the mass picket at Orgreave during the 1984-5 miners’ strike really stinks. They have already found evidence that police officers assaulted miners and then perverted the course of justice, […]

TTIP and the rule of law: a response to Jude Kirton-Darling MEP

by Keith Ewing and John Hendy.

Thanks to Jude Kirton-Darling MEP for replying to our previous article. No-one could suggest she was capable of doing anything ‘shabby’. We are grateful that it is she, not us, who has to deal with the complex procedures of the European Parliament which she describes. We make several points of substance by way of response. […]

Outside the Westminster bubble, people are mobilising against austerity

by Steve Turner.

Within 72 hours of the Tories forming a majority in Parliament it became crystal clear they were salivating at the opportunity to further impose their political austerity agenda for another five years. Attacks on freedom of speech, protest, the Human Rights Act and the right to strike came swiftly. Threshold limits on industrial action ballots […]

Under-regulated banks get less (for funding Tories), over-regulated unions more

by Michael Meacher.

Behind the scenes Britain’s big four banks have now launched a sustained campaign to get the this Tory government to go easy on regulation and review (a euphemism for wind down) the bank levy. Considering the colossal damage that the bankers’ arrogance, mismanagement and corruption inflicted on the British economy which is still on-going and may […]

Trade union shows how not to consult its members on London Mayoralty

by Jon Lansman.

So far the selection of the candidate for London Mayor has left much to be desired. A selection process was imposed on London that no section of the party in London wanted – not the trade unions, not the constituency parties, not the regional board of the party. Then the process was designed as if […]

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