Union conferences

Unite prepares ground for unlawful action

Unite the union held its rules conference in Brighton this week.

About 500 delegates debated motions from sectors, branches, equalities committees and regions. 

Two key and contested debates were about the election of union officials and the union’s political structures and affiliation to the Labour Party. 

Unite members do not elect any paid officials other then the General Secretary. There were many different motions calling for the election of different types of officers by different constituencies. These motions all fell and the status quo prevailed.

Unite has deleted from its rules the caveat “so far as it may be lawful”. General Secretary Len McClusky made clear this was about the existing trade union laws and the Tories’ planned new attack on the right to strike.

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RMT AGM pledges to fight attacks

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Janine Booth, delegate from Central Line East branch

The Annual General Meeting of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union voted to back Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for Labour leader, fight the Tories’ attacks on trade union rights, and step up its work on equalities.

As well as committing to militant industrial struggles, delegates also voted unanimously for several emergency resolutions from branches opposing the tightening of anti-union laws promised in the Queen’s Speech. These included support for a national demonstration and rank-and-file conference this year.

The Annual General Meeting of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union voted to back Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for Labour leader, fight the Tories’ attacks on trade union rights, and step up its work on equalities.

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Unison for Corbyn

Just over 3000 delegates met in Glasgow for Unison’s National Delegate Conference, 16-19 June. 

The conference was taking place in the midst of two disputes with Glasgow City Council, as well as strikes involving members at London Met and Barnet Council.

Dave Prentis addressed Unison conference noting that Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy would make the election for Labour leader more interesting but not committing to supporting him.

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Workers' Liberty bulletins from Unison conference 2015

Workers' Liberty members active in Unison produced at distributed bulletins at Unison's Local Government and National Delegate Conferences in Glasgow, 14-19 June 2015.

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Local Government Conference

National Delegate Conference

AWL bulletins from Unison Local Government and National Delegate Conferences in Glasgow, 14-19 June 2015.

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Anger over pay claim in Unison

Delegates gathered in Glasgow for the Unison Local Government Conference on 14-15 June.

Following the special conference in March, pay was very much on the minds of many. Questions about what had happened to our pay claim were a hot topic among delegates. A fringe meeting was called by Salford City branch on Saturday night to discuss the way forward and build support for their emergency motion on pay.

Delegates gathered in Glasgow for the Unison Local Government Conference on 14-15 June.

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FBU conference report: fight anti-union laws!

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Darren Bedford

FBU conference took place last week 11-15 May, one of the first union conferences since the general election. Discussion revolved around the incoming Tory government and the likely onslaught firefighters and other workers will face in the coming period.

FBU conference took place last week 11-15 May, one of the first union conferences since the general election. Discussion revolved around the incoming Tory government and the likely onslaught firefighters and other workers will face in the coming period.

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Discontent grows in NUT

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Gemma Short

At the National Union of Teachers conference on 3-7 April, an amendment from the rank and file network Lanac on teacher workload was lost by 41% to 59%.

A wrecking amendment (delete most) to a Lanac proposal on union strategy passed only by 53% to 47%.

At the National Union of Teachers conference on 3-7 April, an amendment from the rank and file network Lanac on teacher workload was lost by 41% to 59%.

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Coordinate in Unison

Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which, as previously reported in Solidarity, voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

The Executive conceded many criticisms in advance, not opposing critical motions, choosing to stand firm solely over re-submitting a pay claim for this year.

Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

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Challenge to Unison leaders

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Ed Whitby

On 24 March local government workers from the largest union in that sector, Unison, will meet to debate the decision to call off the strike action over pay.

Activists were angry that the dispute against the employers' pathetic 1% pay offer was called off in favour of an even more pathetic 2% over 2 years, not just compounded the difference between pay rise and inflation, but also preventing members taking action in the run up to national and local elections.

Unsion activists in local government are angry that the dispute against the employers' pathetic 1% pay offer was called off in favour of an even more pathetic 2% over 2 years.

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RMT rule changes

The next RMT Annual General Meeting, in June 2015, will be a chance to discuss changes to the union’s rules.

The Executive will be submitting its own proposals arising from the review of the union’s structure - but rank-and-file members can also submit proposals through branches.

Eight branches need to submit any particular proposal for it to get on the agenda. Off The Rails is promoting five proposals: see the insert in the zine for the full wording.

The next RMT Annual General Meeting, in June 2015, will be a chance to discuss changes to the union’s rules.

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