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Tories’ anti-union stunt hits buffers

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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.”

Bruce Carr report will "make no recommendations"

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Glasgow Council workers face down anti-union bosses

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Anne Field

Unison members employed by Glasgow Life, an “arms-length company” set up by Glasgow City Council, staged a series of protests last week to highlight their employer’s treatment of them as a second-class workforce.

Workers at Glasgow City Council are taking on anti-union employers during the Commonwealth Games.

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Defend our unions!

The bleating from the bourgeois press about disruption on 10 July strike day has given Cameron an excuse to restate the Tories’ intention to almost ban strikes in the public sector through changes to balloting laws.

The bleating from the bourgeois press about disruption on 10 July strike day has given Cameron an excuse to restate the Tories’ intention to almost ban strikes in the public sector through changes to balloting laws.

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Industrial news in brief

Doncaster Care UK workers struck for 14 days in May in a fight against a 50% cuts in wages and massive reductions in sick pay.

A strike committee has now been formed for the 80 out of 120 rank-and-file Unison members who have refused to accept these conditions

Doncaster care workers fight on; RMT rep wins in court; Hands Off London Transport; Garden Halls strike.

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Cameron says Tory 2015 manifesto will include new anti-strike laws

David Cameron has threatened new anti-union laws to make it harder for unions to call lawful strikes.

David Cameron has threatened new anti-union laws to make it harder for unions to call lawful strikes.

Cameron said: “When strikes are going to take place that are hugely disruptive to other people’s lives they should at least have the support of a good share of the members of that trade union.” He is reported to be considering a proposal from London mayor Boris Johnson that strike ballots must secure an absolute majority, rather than just a majority of those voting, to provide a mandate for legal strike action.

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Australian labour on back foot

Australia’s right-wing prime minister Tony Abbott has called for a Royal Commission into union “corruption”, as a way of paving the way for new anti-union laws, which he can’t introduce straight off because he lacks a majority in the Senate (upper house).

The comment by former Labor minister and former ACTU [Australian TUC] president Martin Ferguson on Abbott’s anti-union drive focuses some of the problems in the labour movement’s response.

Australia’s right-wing prime minister Tony Abbott has called for a Royal Commission into union “corruption”, as a way of paving the way for new anti-union laws

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The Scab as Hero: The Miners Strike, 1984-5

"BY THEIR heroes ye shall know them... for in the individuals whom they exalt and glorify and hold up to the youth as example every class and every movement unfailingly reveals its standards of worth, its morality, its very soul.

Thus, the communist workers of Germany glorified the name of the courageous and incorruptible Liebknecht who sacrificed his life in battle for a great cause. The degenerate Nazis countered with the dedication of their official hymn to Horst Wessel the pimp who was killed in a brawl...

The typical hero of Mrs Thatcher's brave new Britain during the 1985-5 miners' strike was the scab.

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The Year of the Heroic Scab: The Miners Strike, 1984-5

"BY THEIR heroes ye shall know them... for in the individuals whom they exalt and glorify and hold up to the youth as example every class and every movement unfailingly reveals its standards of worth, its morality, its very soul.

Thus, the communist workers of Germany glorified the name of the courageous and incorruptible Liebknecht who sacrificed his life in battle for a great cause. The degenerate Nazis countered with the dedication of their official hymn to Horst Wessel the pimp who was killed in a brawl...

The typical hero of Mrs Thatcher's brave new Britain during the 1985-5 miners' strike was the scab.

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