Posts Tagged ‘TUC’

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 […]

Save the NHS and join the march and rally 29 September!

by Newsdesk.

Watch this great video by Unite which explains how the NHS was first established and the privatisation threat that it faces today and get ready to join the march and rally for the NHS on 29 September. Then put this date in your diary! Defend Jobs and Services. No to Austerity. March and Rally – […]

The practicality of a general strike

by Andy Newman.

Len McCluskey appeared to throw down the gauntlet at the Hyde Park rally following last Saturday’s march in London. He is reported in the Morning Star to have said: “When the horrific welfare cuts bite in April the situation will be even worse, but we should take heart from this demonstration because we represent millions and […]

The boos won’t help, but Ed is wrong, wrong, wrong on austerity

by Jon Lansman.

Standing twenty metres from Ed Miliband during his speech in Hyde Park on Saturday, the crowd around me clapped and cheered loudly, as I did, when he referred to “a Chancellor of the Exchequer who tries to travel first class on a standard class ticket“. Again, louder still when he attacked the “incompetent, hopeless, u-turning, pledge-breaking, […]

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