Posts Tagged ‘Trade Unions’

Labour needs to rediscover comprehensive economic planning

by John Penney.

In his barnstorming 2015 and 2016 Labour Leadership campaigns Jeremy Corbyn outlined a series of, very enthusiastically received policy offers of a distinctly left Keynesian, anti-austerity hue. These proposals ranged from renationalising the railways, to fully re-nationalising and refunding the NHS, establishing a universal free national education service, nationalising key utilities, controlling the banks more […]

The left must encourage people into unions – not work against their leaderships

by Andy Newman.

There is an unfortunate tendency for articles nowadays to have sensationalist “click-bait” headlines, but by any standards the aggressive spin put on Michael Chessum’s latest piece in the New Statesman is highly unfortunate. The headline screams “It’s time for Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters to take on the trade union leadership”. Nothing could be more counterproductive than seeking […]

Corbyn is right: Migrants don’t drive down wages

by Tom O Leary.

In his recent speech to Labour Party conference Jeremy Corbyn said, “It isn’t migrants that drive down wages, it’s exploitative employers and the politicians who deregulate the labour market and rip up trade union rights.” This is excellent and entirely correct. It is probably the best statement ever made by a Labour leader on this […]

Alan Johnson’s amnesia about “New Labour” and the unions

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Where does political radicalism come from? There are many sources, but I would humbly suggest one of them is being blocked from participating in/being integrated into established political processes. And that brings us onto the minor farrago over Alan Johnson’s polemic against the “madness” of a Labour leadership contest dominated by Jeremy Corbyn. Alan is particularly concerned […]

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 […]

On Trade Unions

by Carl Packman.

Chris Dillow says in a post, after pointing out “membership has fallen to its lowest level since the 1940s”, that even Conservatives should mourn the demise of Trade unions. After all this is about workers themselves collectively bargaining and not relying on the state to do all the hard work. I can think of a few Conservatives […]

The only thing the 1% fear

by Jon Lansman.

A graph showing trade union membership versus the percentage of UK income taken by the one percent illustrates perfectly what the 1% have to fear. (hat tip: J-C Duncan and @StroudAntiCuts)

Unions of the Future

by Owen Jones.

This video of Owen Jones talking about the unions of the future was made by Union News, the new website and (self-proclaimed) active voice for trade unionists.

Is Cameron about to declare war against the unions?

by Owen Jones.

Britain’s laws are “the most restrictive on trade unions in the Western world”, as Tony Blair once boasted. Our country is in violation of its obligations as a signatory to  various International Labour Organisation Conventions. Strikes can be overturned on the flimsiest of technicalities. The right-wing cry that Labour is somehow the puppet of its trade […]

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