Anti-union laws

Fight Tory attacks on our unions! Matthew Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:41

The first Conservative government for 18 years will introduce a Bill to beef up existing anti-trade union laws in the UK.

Whilst the proposed restrictions on strike action had been well signalled in advance, the inclusion of a change to union political funds was unexpected.

The Tories are demanding a 50% turnout threshold in a ballot and an additional 40% yes vote requirement in “core public services” (health, education, transport and fire services), They hope to make it impossible for unions to organise lawful strikes.

On the streets against the new anti-strike laws!

Submitted by Matthew on 20 May, 2015 - 9:32 Author: Editorial

The unions and the labour movement should launch a life-or-death campaign to stop the Tories’ planned new anti-union laws, starting with a mass street demonstration.

Britain already has “the most restrictive trade union laws anywhere in the western world”, as Tony Blair complacently told the Daily Mail in 1997.

Now the Tories plan to ban public service strikes unless the ballot majority for the strike comes to at least 40% of the workers balloted.

Only 24% of the electorate voted Tory on 7 May, and they think that’s enough to decide the government!

German rail strike shows the way

Submitted by AWL on 20 May, 2015 - 8:36 Author: Paul Cooper

A much needed reminder of the power of organised labour in a rich and advanced economy is currently being demonstrated in Germany.

Freight and passenger train drivers for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn recently completed the latest of their strikes over wages and conditions. Their confidence and determination is growing in what is already a 10 month-old dispute.

A government for the rich

Submitted by AWL on 19 May, 2015 - 5:24 Author: Ann Field

The Tories are committed to cutting public spending by £30 billion over the next four years. This will mean annual cuts twice the size of any year’s cuts over the past five years. Although they have not identified all their cuts it is already clear to some degree where the axe will fall.

Policies include debarring unemployed under-21s from claiming Housing Benefit and cutting the annual benefits cap — the maximum payable to any claimant, whatever their circumstances — from £26,000 to £23,000.

Tories plan new law to cripple strikes

Submitted by Matthew on 14 January, 2015 - 12:51

Britain already has “the most restrictive trade union laws anywhere in the western world”, as Tony Blair complacently told the Daily Mail in 1997.

If the Tories win in May 2015 the laws will become not just “most restrictive” but crippling, or least crippling for national strikes. The Tories will ban public service strikes unless at least 40% of the workforce vote for the strike in a ballot.

Only 23.5% of the electorate voted Tory in 2010, but they think that’s enough to decide the government!

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Submitted by cathy n on 19 September, 2014 - 11:47

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Tories’ anti-union stunt hits buffers

Submitted by cathy n on 13 August, 2014 - 12:30 Author: By Darren Bedford

Bruce Carr, the QC appointed by the government to review the anti-union laws, has said that his report will make no recommendations.

He expressed “concern” about “the ability of the review to operate in a progressively politicised environment in the run up to the next general election”, and said that while he would still publish a report, it would not provide “a sound basis for making recommendations for change.”