Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

Passing the surveillance bill in one day is totally unacceptable

by Michael Meacher.

The Official Secrets Act was rammed through the House of Commons in 1911 in just one day – with the (ostensibly) unintended and undesirable consequences of a national security concept with blanket coverage that we have had to live with ever since. That should surely have taught us the lesson that precipitate telescoping of normal […]

What’s wrong with striking for £1 an hour when richest 1,000 double wealth by £20bn?

by Michael Meacher.

No-one wants to strike, least of all the strikers who lose wages they can ill afford, but what do you do when public sector workers’ pay has been cut in real terms by 8% in the last 6 years and the employers flatly refuse to offer a very modest pay rise to at least try […]

What today’s strikes are all about

by Andy Newman.

While David Cameron bleets about the alleged lack of a mandate for today’s strike, it should be remembered that the turnout in strike ballots would be a lot higher if the current legal requirements were sensibly adapted to allow, for example, workplace balloting, plus internet and phone voting. In any event GMB members voted 3:1 in […]

July 10 strike: Government picks fight with public sector workers

by John Millington.

This Thursday, one and a half million workers including firefighters, teachers, civil servants and local government staff will exercise their democratic right to strike. On the surface the dispute is over pay and pensions but the strike is being billed as a wider protest against cuts to public services and the detriment caused to service […]

In response to Michael Meacher: what Labour narrative?

by Mike Phipps.

There my be an element of wishful thinking in Michael Meacher’s recent post on Left Futures, A clear Labour narrative is emerging, but key gaps need filling.  A few good policies, such as the repeal of the bedroom tax or an energy price freeze does not constitute a narrative. In fact, without such an over-arching […]

Why Labour should boycott G4S as a provider of security to its conference

by Greg Dropkin and John Nicholson.

G4S is mired in scandal, but the company will provide security at Labour Party conference in September. Stop G4S campaigners Greg Dropkin and John Nicholson ask trade unionists and party members to demand Labour withhold contracts until, at least, the company pulls out of Israeli prisons and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. During the recent UNITE […]

Why media conglomerates should be broken up

by Michael Meacher.

The hacking trials aren’t even half the issue. The hard, unavoidable fact remains that the power of the Murdoch press – the real unspoken stain behind the Brooks-Coulson trials – is undiminished and has still not been broken. It is best illustrated by the run-up of events to the long-planned Murdoch campaign to take over […]

Investigating paedophile politicians

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

As Parliament prepares to disband for the summer, a vast supercell hangs poised to send tornado after tornado ripping through the political establishment. Rumours have long-circulated about paedophile MPs, and the absence of several dossiers submitted to the Home Office by the late Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens have forced Theresa May to establish a wide-ranging enquiry. […]

Publicly owned railways, not just right but popular

by Diane Abbott.

As the National Policy Forum in Milton Keynes draws nearer, all eyes are on Labour’s policy formation process. Left Futures has discussed bringing back rail into public ownership before. But it is worth returning to the subject because it illustrates everything that is wrong about the way that our party currently makes policy. We know […]

Respect to Owen Smith and Labour backing for public sector workers’ strike

by Jon Lansman.

Back in January 2012, just after the Tory-led government announced that public sector pay would be frozen and then rise by only 1% in the two years to 2015, which amounted to a significant pay cut in real terms, Labour’s Ed Balls (without prior consultation, we were informed at the time, with Ed Miliband) announced that […]

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