Posts under ‘Trade Unions’

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 […]

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 […]

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