Posts Tagged ‘TUC’

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 […]

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 […]

Britain Needs a Pay Rise: Demonstrate on 18 October

by Newsdesk.

Labour’s conference is over. We now need a Labour government but, just as important, we need a groundswell of opinion and activity against Austerity. On Saturday 18 October, hundreds of thousands of people will come together to demand an alternative to cuts, privatisation and falling living standards on the Britain Needs a Pay Rise national demonstration. […]

TUC: Chuka Umunna’s pro-worker, pro-business agenda means business as usual

by John Millington.

Have you heard the news? Workers and bosses have the same interests. That’s right. The biggest and most significant social divide in capitalist Britain today, the key battleground between those who produce the wealth and those who own it is apparently no longer an issue. According Labour leading light Chuka Umunna, Labour’s shadow business secretary, […]

Have the trade unions given up on Labour?

by Jon Lansman.

A slimmed down Trades Union Congress meeting this week on the banks of the Mersey has an air of unreality about it. It’s not quite that no-one cares what the TUC says – trade union leaders care enough about speaking with one voice that there is even less public debate and dissent here than there […]

Britain needs a pay rise

by Grahame Morris.

We are now in the second week of the Fair Pay Fortnight which is raising awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis. Upon taking office in 2010, the Coalition Government promised to “make work pay”. However, those in work have seen an assault on their living standards, with full time UK workers earning on average […]

Individual trade unionists are being offered no influence. Just like party members

by Jon Lansman.

At the end of Ed’s speech at this week’s TUC, most delegates clapped politely, as befits the person they’d prefer to be the next prime minister. But there was no enthusiasm. Trade union delegates feel misunderstood and unwanted. and it is not surprising. Ed talked of a “new relationship with individual trade union members“. That desire […]

Ed Miliband at the TUC – the reaction (video)

by Union News.

Coverage of TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady’s speech to the Trade Union Congress in Bournemouth yesterday from our friendsUnion News.  For more coverage of the TUC, click on the links in the Union News sidebar on this website. Good short film on Ed’s speech with highlights and reactions, including from Kevin Maguire of the Mirror, Paul […]

Unions need to be more involved in politics, says Frances O’Grady

by Union News.

Coverage of TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady’s speech to the Trade Union Congress in Bournemouth yesterday from our friends Union News.  For more coverage of the TUC, click on the links in the Union News sidebar on this website. In her first TUC conference speech as general secretary, Frances O’Grady said unions were united in […]

In Bournemouth at the TUC, union leaders firm up against Ed Miliband’s proposals

by Jon Lansman.

In Bournemouth for the TUC Congress, the leaders of the three biggest unions affiliated to the Labour Party yesterday firmed up their position against Ed Miliband’s proposals to ‘reform’ the Labour Party trade union link. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison which already has two sections of its political fund – one affiliated to Labour […]

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