Posts under ‘Trade Unions’

As Lamont resigns, only the independent voice of Scottish Labour can win

by Jon Lansman.

Johann Lamont’s resignation this morning opens up the possibility of a new future which Scottish Labour desperately needs. Its ver survival is at stake. It is an opportunity to declare the independence of Scottish Labour from Westminster, which it must do if it can again lead the Scottish people to a future that is in […]

The best general secretary the TUC has ever had

by Jon Lansman.

Without question, this is the speech of the best, most progressive general secretary the TUC has ever had. At the TUC march on Saturday, Frances O’Grady started by saying what a tough year it had been for trade unions, having lost “our brother, Bob Crow, and our teacher, Tony Benn“. She said how proud she […]

Labour: stop being scared of your own shadow

by Len McCluskey.

In Len McCluskey’s clear and robust speech to the TUC march on Saturday, he delivered a warning to Labour: Stop being scared of your own shadow. Don’t shrink what you offer to the British people. The time for timid is past. Be brave. Be inspired by this march today. Believe that people power and working class […]

Things Labour needs to do to beat UKIP #2: raise pay and cap the cost of living

by Jon Lansman.

Whilst Ed Balls stuck stubbornly to accepting that the economy was now growing rather than “flatlining“, with his disastrous conclusion that you couldn’t fund spending by borrowing in the up-swing, Ed Miliband was absolutely right last year to focus on the cost of living. “The first and last test of economic policy is whether living standards for […]

Why Britain needs a pay rise

by Mike Hedges.

Tomorrow the TUC demonstration will be highlighting why Britain needs a pay rise. The extent to which people’s living standards have dropped is greater than ever before. I was shocked when a Unite bus driver told me how every month his wife’s parents have to give them £200 to be able to pay their rent and […]

Either Labour starts to do politics. Or politics will do in Labour

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Oblivion is a shuffle, lurch, and crawl away for the Conservative Party. Even if by some dark miracle they are returned to power next year, the terminal crisis enveloping them cannot be sidestepped. Either the hard right lunatics decamp to an ever-so-pure and ever-so-irrelevant electoral lash up with the purple people bleaters, or they don’t. […]

International support rolls in for workers striking for democracy in Hong Kong

by Jon Lansman.

The call for a general strike in support of the democracy movement by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) – the only independent union in China – has attracted widespread international support. The Swire Beverages (Coca-Cola) union and the HKCTU unions of  school teachers and dockers were striking on Monday after mass civil disobedience actions had […]

Removing means of collecting union subs is ‘blinkered political attack’ by the Tories

by Jon Lansman.

The Tory plan to end the collection of trade union subscriptions through salaries is a “blinkered political attack“, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) says. In his speech at the Conservative party conference today, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the system known as check-off is being stopped at short notice in the Home Office […]

Mick Cash, new RMT leader, promises “no deviation” from Bob Crow’s approach

by Jon Lansman.

Mick Cash, deputy to Bob Crow for 12 years until his tragic death in March, was this week elected to succeed him as general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT). He first joined its predecessor, the National Union of Railwaymen, 35 years ago as a track worker. Mick won by an overwhelming […]

PFI contractor, Carillion, damned in report by NHS trust

by Andy Newman.

A damning NHS Trust report completely vindicates what GMB has said about Carillion since the union was first approached by staff in 2011. GMB, the union for staff at Carillion at Great Western PFI Hospital in Swindon, commented on the report considered on 25th September by the Board of the NHS Foundation Trust which details […]

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