Posts under ‘Trade Unions’

UNISON activists need to move on from the General Secretary election

by Andy Newman.

I am not a member of UNISON, and I am neither qualified nor inclined to comment on the respective merits of the various candidates who recently contested their election for General Secretary. However, I do think that there is cause for concern for the whole labour movement that such a large and important union may […]

Dave Prentis re-elected general secretary amidst allegations of ballot rigging

by Keith Wright.

Dave Prentis was yesterday declared re-elected as leader of UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, amidst allegations of ballot rigging, in face of a call by one-third of the union’s national executive committee for his suspension and with a public petition calling for an independent inquiry and the election to be re-run. One candidate has now issued a legal […]

Left candidate wins general secretary election in GMB

by Jon Lansman.

The result of the election to choose the General Secretary of the GMB to replace Sir Paul Kenny whose term of office expires at the end of 2015 has been announced. The winner is Tim Roache, currently GMB Regional Secretary for Yorkshire & North Derbyshire, who beat Paul McCarthy,Regional Secretary for the North West & Ireland by 15,034 votes […]

On Tory indifference to steel and to human tragedy, and their hatred of solidarity

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It was like the crashing of dominoes, except the toppling was done by livelihoods, supply chains, ways of life. First, SSI in Redcar announced it was going belly up. And after toing and froing with the government, once it was clear state aid wasn’t forthcoming it was as if Britain’s steel bosses huddled together and […]

Kill the Bill (the video)

by Keith Ewing and John Hendy.

A film by the Institute of Employment Rights, in which Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC talk about the Trade Union Reform Bill. In it, John Hendy QC says: This Bill is “an attack on the rights of unions having an industrial voice”. It also aims to exclude “unions from having a political voice” as well […]

Corbyn’s Labour will stop the Tories abusing liberty, removing rights and cutting living standards

by Grahame Morris.

An effective, credible and principled opposition has never been needed more. The Cameron Government have resumed their assault on working people in the Commons this week. The Trade Union Bill seeks to remove the democratic rights of working people and has been condemned by human rights organisations including Liberty, Amnesty International UK and the British Institute […]

Trade Union Bill represents major attack on civil liberties in the UK

by Newsdesk.

Liberty, the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and Amnesty International UK yesterday published a joint statement condemning proposals in the Government’s forthcoming Trade Union Bill: The government’s plans to significantly restrict trade union rights – set out in the Trade Union Bill – represent a major attack on civil liberties in the UK. By placing […]

Hypocrisy of the Tory “workers’ party”: making it impossible to strike

by Michael Meacher.

Strike action, fox hunting, the BBC, Europe, migrant benefits – never underestimate the Tory capacity to identify things that aren’t problems and then attack them. The number of days lost to strike action is on average less than a tenth of what it was during the 1980s. It’s not even as though strikes are constant […]

Exposing corporate hypocrites

by Andy Newman.

A key concept in modern marketing is that of Brand Promise: the commitments made by a company that seek to align it to the expectations and preferences of its target market, to provide competitive advantage. In particular, some companies seek to position themselves as “ethical”, whether in relation to avoiding controversial business sectors, such as […]

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 […]

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