Posts under ‘Trade Unions’

Pride trailer: lesbians and gays support the miners

by Newsdesk.

Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the union, the group identifies a tiny mining […]

The SNP vision of a deregulated Scotland is reason enough to vote No

by Richard Leonard.

Vision is essential in politics. It illuminates the possibility that things could be different, better and inspires people to not just believe in change, but to be driven to do something about it. That’s why it will play a big part in determining the outcome of next month’s referendum on the question of a separate […]

We must look back with anger

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

My home village was built on coal. All the local mines had shut before 1984 and open casting was the name of the game. Up until I left home you could see great mountains of slag and earth crouching on the horizon, the engines and buzzers of diggers echoing across the landscape early every morning. […]

Austerity: trade unions agree coordinated strike action on 14 Oct against pay freeze

by John Millington.

Three of Britain’s biggest unions  have agreed to escalate their dispute over pay with a coordinated strike in October, days before a massive demonstration against cuts. The three unions –  GMB, UNISON and Unite, have agreed that their members will run a coordinated strike of their local government and school members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on […]

TTIP could privatise our education system, permanently

by James Elliott.

Over the last year the student movement has seen something of a comeback from the low ebbs of 2012 and early 2013, with new waves of occupations, landmark campaigns such as Occupy Sussex, the inspirational militancy of the 3Cosas cleaners, and a renewed conflict between students and workers’ right to organise, and the management’s will […]

Tory plan to make strikes near impossible betrays their ambition for a bosses’ Britain

by Michael Meacher.

The core issue in industrial relations is the balance of power between employers and workers. The Tories insist that in the 1970s it shifted too far in the interests of labour, and the Left will insist that in the last 3 decades it has shifted too far – far too far – in the interests […]

If unions simply vote for what they believe, Labour can present a bold popular programme

by Jon Lansman.

Doubts about tomorrow’s meeting of Labour’s national policy forum have already been raised by Jon Cruddas’s comments (£) about the “dead hand” of central control, which I argued remained a problem because of mistakes by Ed Miliband. Of course, party managers have ensured that Cruddas and policy forum chair, Angela Eagle, attempt to present a picture of Labour “united […]

Labour’s policy process: the stitch ups of old

by Peter Willsman.

This weekend, Labour’s national policy forum (NPF) meets in Milton Keynes for the last time before the general election. It will agree a programme which will be put to Labour Party conference for agreement in September. The last time the forum met to do this, known as “Warwick II”, was in 2008 with Gordon Brown as […]

Dennis Skinner’s speech to Durham Miners Gala

by Dennis Skinner.

Dennis Skinner, speaking to the Durham Miners Gala in brilliant sunshine last Saturday. After having been ejected from Labour’s national executive the previous week by Labour MPs, he was in fine form, speaking about Cameron, the public sector strikes and ballot rules, the miners’ strike, Thatcher’s “share-owning democracy,” the mantra of “balancing the books” and […]

Standing on the shoulders of giants

by Grahame Morris.

This year’s 130th Durham Miners Gala was a huge success. The weather was perfect, there were over 60 banners from former coalfields across the region and the festival atmosphere was complete with superb brass bands playing everything from miners classics to modern standards. The Gala remains the UK’s largest annual trade union gathering despite the closure of […]

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