Broad lefts and rank-and-file groups

Communication Workers Union Broad Left AGM - Consensus or democracy?

By Maria Exall, CWU National Executive, personal capacity

The Communication Workers Broad Left meets for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 10 January.

Just before Xmas the union received a letter from BT asking us to not submit a pay claim this year. This really is an indication of how far along the "Company Union" route we have gone. BT plans to continue major job cuts, continue outsourcing to India, and press forward with the performance based pay agenda.

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FBU: leaving Labour will not stop the bureaucrats

By Nick Holden



The agenda for the annual conference of the Fire Brigades' Union (at Bridlington, May 11-14) has just been published and there are several motions advocating disaffiliation from the Labour Party or the opening up of the political fund to allow branches to support non-Labour candidates.

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TGWU BL victory: we must deliver!

By a TGWU member



Candidates of the Broad Left have won an unexpectedly decisive 21:16 majority on the General Executive Council of the TGWU. The previous majority faction grouped around fake-left bureaucrat John Aitken has been routed. Despite retaining some influence in the union's regional structure, it is no longer a significant force in the national leadership.

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CWU Broad Left

By CWU members

The Annual General Meeting on 10 January of the Communications Workers Union Broad Left (CWU BL) had several heated debates around the accountability of union National Executive Council (NEC) members who have been supported by the Broad Left to the activists of the BL and to the wider membership.

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FBU ranks must organise

FBU ranks must organise
By Nick Holden

Fire Brigades Union members have voted to accept the staging of the second phase of their pay rise, with a three to one majority.


The ballot had a 56% turn-out, low by the FBU's standards, and was a major reversal since twelve months ago, when there was a nine to one majority for strike action to win a £30,000 salary for all fire fighters.

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Industrial news

A report from the CWU Conference and news from PCS, GMB, TGWU & FBU.

CWU conference: two narrow defeats for the left

By a delegate

The postal and telecom workers union, the CWU, met on 1-6 June. The General Conference:

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Biggest ever left slate in Unison

Unison is in the midst of re-electing its National Executive Council. For the first time, the whole committee is being elected at once, which creates the opportunity for big changes in the shape of the committee, but also creates a dilemma - how to maximise the vote.

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Woodley appeals to shop stewards

By Jim Denham

Tony Woodley is one of four candidates standing to replace Bill Morris as General Secretary of the TGWU.

Although the political differences between the candidates are not immediately obvious from their election material, their records within the union point to important differences. Tony Woodley is backed by the union's Broad Left and has a record of rank and file activism and opposition to 'business unionism'. His slogan is "If we fight we may not always win, but if we don't fight we will surely lose".

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Unison left runs united slate

By Adie Kemp

UNISON's National Executive Committee comes up for re-election over the next two months. The whole committee is facing re-election, and the left inside the union has fielded the largest united slate of candidates since the union's foundation.

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UNISON Service Group elections Vote United Left!

The left in UNISON has missed an opportunity to follow the lead of other unions like Amicus and the TGWU when the Service Group Executive Committees are elected next month.

The Service Group Executives are the "industrial" leaderships of the union. Although they lack the profile of the NEC, they have decision-making powers on issues of pay and conditions and negotiations, thus making them just as important as the NEC. Yet the left, traditionally, hasn't contested them. After a better showing two years ago, this seems to be the case again in 2004.

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