Posts Tagged ‘GMB’

Liberty joins campaign against blacklisting

by Andy Newman.

Today’s Independent has a cracking article about the intervention of Liberty into the blacklisting scandal. The civil liberties organisation has written to the Information Commisioner querying the inaction over the illegal use of an unlawfully maintained database by around 40 construction companies to deny employment to people on utterly spurious grounds. Corinna Ferguson, legal officer for […]

House of Commons public meeting: GMB’s industrial dispute with Carillion

by Andy Newman.

Tuesday 10 July, 6 – 7pm Grand Commitee Room, House of Commons. Speakers include: Chuka Umanna MP – Shadow Business Secretary Kate Green MP – Shadow Women and Equalities Iain Wright MP – Shadow Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Ian Murray MP – Shadow BIS Employment Affairs Dave Smith – construction worker blacklisted by Carillion […]

Progress are an obstacle to a Labour victory

by Andy Newman.

I have certainly had a busy week at GMB Congress in Brighton, with not only the usual hectic conference schedule, but also a series of meetings with activists and officials within the union to plan the next steps in our industrial action against Carillion. In addition, on Monday I moved a motion from Southern Region committing GMB […]

On Progress newspeak and rebuttals that don’t rebut

by Jon Lansman.

We are all familiar with NewLabourspeak — Orwellian but Modern — that language New Labour used so persistently in government to imply that it was doing something it wasn’t actually doing at all. And then lots of New Labour types repeat it again and again, until you lose the will to live. So it is […]

Making the punishment fit the crime for Tory donors

by Michael Meacher.

We have always known that this was a government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.   But a striking confirmation of this has come from research by the GMB drawing on data from the Electoral Commission and the Register of Members’ Interests.   It shows that a quarter of the 1,000 ultra-rich persons in […]

The campaign against Progress is serious

by Jon Lansman.

The campaign against Progress operating as a party within a party stepped up a gear today as the GMB Congress passed without dissent a motion highly critical of Progress which it compared with the Militant tendency, and calling for “the national political officer should monitor the factional activity of Progress, and report to the CEC […]

Winning Labour sets its sights on winning back Labour’s lost 5 million votes

by Richard Burgon.

Last weekend Yorkshire-based trade union-backed Labour campaign, WinningLabour, held its first national day conference. Set up last year, it aims to promote radical and practical debate about how to win back the 5 million votes Labour lost between 1997 and 2010, embracing three core themes.

Guess what Stephen Twigg is up to on Academy Schools

by Jon Lansman.

The GMB has drawn our attention to what Stephen Twigg is up to on Education policy. And you won’t like it.  Remember Liam Byrne? Now that he’s got no job to go to in Birmingham, we’re stuck with him “running” the policy review until the next reshuffle. Buried on Liam’s Fresh Ideas website is an education […]

GMB Congress to consider investigating party-within-a-party “Progress”

by Jon Lansman.

The preliminary agenda for the GMB Congress, due to start in Brighton on 10 June, is now available on its internal website. The agenda reveals significant disaffection with the stance taken earlier this year by Ed Balls on public service cuts and pay, with motions from seven out of nine regions, some of which also […]

GMB calls on Ed Balls to reverse position on public sector pay

by Newsdesk.

GMB, the union for public sector workers, commented on the restatement of Labour’s economic policy made by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls over the weekend. Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said:

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